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Liu Yifei
Chinese name 劉亦菲 (traditional)
Chinese name 刘亦菲 (simplified)
Pinyin Líu Yìfēi (Mandarin)
Jyutping Lau4 Jik6-fei1 (Cantonese)
Birth name An Feng (安风)
Born (1987-08-25) 25 August 1987 (age 29)
Wuhan, Hubei, China
Other name(s) Liu Ximeizi (刘茜美子),
Crystal Liu
Occupation Actress, singer, model
Genre(s) Mandopop, Japanese pop
Instrument(s) Vocals, piano
Label(s) Red Star Dock Brokerage Firm (2005-present, China)
William Morris Endeavor Entertainment (2008-2013, USA)
Years active 2002-present
Partner(s) Song Seung-heon
Parents An Shaokang (father)
Liu Xiaoli (mother)
Chen Jinfei (godfather)
Alma mater Beijing Film Academy
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Liu.

Liu Yifei (born 25 August 1987[1]), birth name An Feng (安风), legal name Liu Ximeizi (刘茜美子),[2] also known as Crystal Liu, is a popular Chinese actress, model and singer. Said to be one of the most beautiful Chinese actresses, Liu is widely known as "Fairy Sister" in the entertainment industry for her sweet and delicate image. In 2009, she was named as one of the New Four Dan Actresses in China.

Early life and education[edit]

Liu was born in Tongji Hospital in Wuhan, Hubei and her birth name was "An Feng".[1] She is an only child. Her father is An Shaokang (安少康), a 1st Secretary in the Chinese Embassy in France and a French language university professor, while her mother is Liu Xiaoli (刘晓莉), a dancer and a stage performer. Her parents divorced when she was 10 years old and she was raised solely by her mother. That same year, she adopted her mother's family name and changed her legal name to "Liu Ximeizi" and began modelling, along with training in singing, dancing and playing the piano. Her godfather is Chen Jinfei (陈金飞), the Chairman of Beijing Tongchan Investment Group (北京通产投资集团).[3][4]

When she was 11 years old, Liu and her mother moved to New York City, where she attended Louis Pasteur Middle School 67.[5] She returned to China in 2002 to pursue an acting career and adopted the stage name "Liu Yifei" (刘亦菲). Several weeks later, Liu was accepted into the Performance Institute of Beijing Film Academy at the age of 15, and graduated in 2006.


2003–2006: Rising popularity[edit]

Immediately after her admittance into the Beijing Film Academy, Liu Yifei received offers to star in various television series. Her first television appearance was in The Story of a Noble Family, based on Zhang Henshui's novel of the same name. The series achieved the highest ratings on CCTV, and positive reviews from audience.[6][7]

The same year, she was chosen by Zhang Jizhong to play Wang Yuyan in Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils, an adaptation of Louis Cha's novel of the same title. The series was broadcast in Taiwan and achieved a rating of 5.69, becoming the highest-rated mainland drama in Taiwan.[8] Liu's role as the beautiful Wang Yuyan earned her the nickname of "Fairy Sister" by the media and fans.[9]

Liu further solidified her popularity in with Chinese Paladin, adapted from the action RPG The Legend of Sword and Fairy. She played the female lead, Zhao Ling'er. The drama achieved extremely high ratings of 2.7,[10] and Liu was praised for her improvements in acting.[11]

In 2006, Liu was cast as the female protagonist Xiaolongnü in The Return of the Condor Heroes. The series was based on Louis Cha's novel of the same title. Liu's casting was backed by Cha himself, who felt that she had all the necessary qualities to portray the young and innocent female protagonist.[12] After the drama aired, Liu gained acclaim for her portrayal of Xiaolongnü, and her popularity rapidly rose.[13] The same year, she was chosen as the "Golden Eagle Goddess" at the 6th China Golden Eagle TV Art Festival.[14]

2008–Present: Transition to films[edit]

After achieving success in television, Liu then ventured onto the big screen. In 2008, she starred in her first Hollywood production The Forbidden Kingdom. She played Golden Sparrow, an orphan seeking revenge against her parents' killer.[15]

In 2010, she starred in romantic-comedy Love in Disguise opposite Taiwanese singer-actor Wang Leehom. She then co-starred with Louis Koo and Yu Shaoqun in Wilson Yip's A Chinese Ghost Story.[16]

In 2011, she starred in White Vengeance, a historical epic based on the well-known legend of Liu Bang and Xiang Yu of the Qin Dynasty.[17] The same year, she was cast as Wu Qing (Emotionless) in Gordon Chan's wuxia film The Four, adapted from Woon Swee Oan's novel series The Four Great Constables.[18]

In 2012, Liu played Diao Chan in The Assassins, starring Chow Yun-fat as the titular Cao Cao in a film about the warlord's later years. Liu won her first major acting award in her 11-year career for the film, when she was crowned the Best Actress at the 5th Macau International Movie Festival.[19]

2014–Present: International collaborations[edit]

In 2014, she collaborated with Korean actor-singer Rain in For Love or Money, based on Hong Kong novelist Amy Cheung's 2006 novel of the same name. Though it did reasonably well at the box office, the film was criticized for its storyline and production.[20]

In 2015, Liu starred in American-Chinese action film Outcast directed by Nick Powell, alongside Nicolas Cage and Hayden Christensen.[21] Liu also co-starred with Song Seung-heon in romance melodrama, The Third Way of Love.[22] She was awarded Most Anticipated Actress at the 16th Chinese Film Media Awards.[23] The same year, she was named the first Chinese ambassador of Dior Prestige.[24] She also became the global ambassador of Tissot.[25]

In 2016, Liu starred in Night Peacock, a Chinese-France film directed by Dai Sijie. The film was awarded first prize under the Special Chinese Film category at the 40th Montreal World Film Festival, and Liu was nominated as Best Actress.[26] She then starred alongside Kris Wu in romance film Never Gone.

Liu will be joining Samuel L. Jackson in the American-Chinese science fiction film Inversion, directed by Peter Segal.[27]

Music career[edit]

Liu Yifei signed with Sony Music Entertainment Japan in 2005.[28] She released her first Japanese single "Mayonaka no Door" with Sony Music on July 19, 2006. Her debut album Liu Yifei was released the next month in various parts of Asia such as mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and throughout Southeast Asia, featuring a diverse music repertoire including rap and soft rock.[29] In the same year, Liu also released her Japanese album in which the single, "Mayonaka no Doa" was chosen to be the theme for an animation series Demashita! Powerpuff Girls Z by Tokyo TV.



Year Title Chinese title Role Notes
2004 Love of May 五月之恋 Zhao Xuan
The Love Winner 喜歡你喜歡我 Jin Qiaoli
2006 Abao's Story 阿宝的故事 Xixi Cameo
2008 The Forbidden Kingdom 功夫之王 Golden Sparrow
2010 Love in Disguise 恋爱通告 Song Xiaoqing
2011 A Chinese Fairy Tale 倩女幽魂 Nie Xiaoqian
White Vengeance 鸿门宴 Consort Yu
2012 The Four 四大名捕 Wu Qing
The Assassins 铜雀台[30] Lingju / Diaochan
2013 The Four II 四大名捕2 Wu Qing
2014 The Four III 四大名捕3 Wu Qing
For Love or Money 露水红颜 Xing Lu
2015 Outcast 白幽灵传奇之绝命逃亡 Zhao Lian
The Third Way of Love 第三種愛情 Zou Yu
2016 Night Peacock 夜孔雀 Elsa [31]
Never Gone 原来你还在这里 Su Yunjin [32]
2017 Once Upon a Time 三生三世十里桃花 Bai Qian [33]
The Chinese Widow 營救飛虎隊 Ying [34]
Yi Dai Yao Jing 一代妖精 Bai Xianchu
2018 Inversion 重力反转 Chinese physicist


Year Title Chinese title Role Notes
2003 The Story of a Noble Family 金粉世家 Bai Xiuzhu
Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils 天龙八部 Wang Yuyan
2005 Chinese Paladin 仙剑奇侠传 Zhao Ling'er
Doukou Nianhua 豆蔻年华 Teacher Xiao Zhao
2006 Return of the Condor Heroes, TheThe Return of the Condor Heroes 神鵰俠侶 Xiaolongnü



Album information Track list Notes
Title: Liu Yifei
Label: Sony BMG Music Entertainment (Hong Kong) Limited
Release date: 31 August 2006
  1. 泡芙女孩
  2. 就要我滋味
  3. 心悸
  4. 幸运草
  5. 放飞美丽
  6. 世界的秘密
  7. 一克拉的眼泪
  8. 做你的秒钟
  9. 毛毛雨
  10. 爱的延长赛
Chinese album
Title: All My Words
Label: Sony Music Entertainment Japan
Release date: 6 September 2006
  1. 真夜中のドア
  2. 恋する週末
  4. 愛のミナモト
  5. どこまでも ひろがる空に向かって
  6. テノヒラノカナタ
  7. My sunshiny day
  8. 世界の秘密
  10. 月の夜
  11. スピード
  12. Pieces of my words ~言の花~
Japanese album


Album information Track list Notes
Title: Mayonaka no door
Label: Sony Music Entertainment Japan
Release date: 19 July 2006
  1. 真夜中のドア
  2. brightly
  3. 真夜中のドア (Instrumental)
  4. brightly (Instrumental)
Japanese album


Year Title Worked with Notes
2011 Lan Ruo's Lyrics (Chinese: 兰若词) theme song for video game A Chinese Ghost Story Online
Chu's Song (Chinese: 楚歌) Feng Shaofeng soundtrack of White Vengeance
2012 Dreams Won't Die (Chinese: 梦不死) Deng Chao, Ronald Cheng, Collin Chou theme song of The Four
Waiting For Snow (Chinese: 等雪来) Chow Yun-fat theme song of The Assassins
2013 Giving Up (Chinese: 放下) theme song of The Four II
2016 Never Gone (Chinese: 还在这里) Reno Wang theme song of Never Gone

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2008 6th China Golden Eagle TV Art Festival Golden Eagle Goddess Won [14]
2012 22nd Hong Kong Society of Cinematographers Most Charismatic Actress A Chinese Fairy Tale Won [35]
2013 5th Macau International Movie Festival Golden Lotus Award for Best Actress The Assassins Won [19]
2016 40th Montreal World Film Festival Best Actress Night Peacock Nominated [26]
16th Chinese Film Media Awards Most Anticipated Actress The Third Way of Love Won [23]
13th Guangzhou College Student Film Festival Most Popular Actress Night Peacock, Never Gone Won [36]


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  25. ^ "Tissot Announces Its New Female Ambassador". Tissot Watches. Retrieved 2017-02-26. 
  26. ^ a b "Chinese films win big at 40th Montreal World Film Festival". Global Times. Retrieved 2017-02-26. 
  27. ^ "Samuel L. Jackson, Liu Yifei Join Peter Segal's Chinese Sci-Fi Epic 'Inversion'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2017-02-26. 
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  30. ^ Stars of "The Four" and "The Assassins" Set to Shine at BJIFF
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