Mark Chao

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Mark Chao
2010TIBE Day4 Hall1 Monga Photobook Event Mark Chao.jpg
Background information
Chinese name 趙又廷
Chinese name 趙又廷 (traditional)
Chinese name 赵又廷 (simplified)
Pinyin Zhao Yòutíng (Mandarin)
Origin Taiwan
Born (1984-09-25) September 25, 1984 (age 32)
Taipei, Taiwan
Other name(s) MaBo
Occupation Actor, Model
Genre(s) Mandopop
Years active 2009–present
Spouse(s) Gao Yuanyuan (m. 2014)
Parents Allen Chao
Ancestry Xingtang, Hebei, China

Mark Chao (Chinese: 趙又廷; Wade–Giles: Chao Yu-t'ing; born 25 September 1984) is a Taiwanese-Canadian actor and model.[1] He is the son of actor and television host Allen Chao (zh). Chao graduated from the University of Victoria, Canada; with a double degree in sociology and economics. He started his career in the entertainment industry in Taiwan after he graduated. He is currently signed to Prajna Works (普拉嘉國際意像).


In 2009, he starred as the main character Wu Yingxiong in the television series Black & White, which established his fame and won him "Best Actor" at the 44th Golden Bell Awards.

In 2010, he starred in his first movie, Monga. The film became the highest grossing locally produced movie at Taiwan's box office in 2010, and Chao won "Best New Actor" at the 5th Asian Film Awards and 12th Taipei Film Festival.

In 2012, he participated in several successful movies. Love, which co-starred Zhao Wei and Shu Qi, became the highest grossing Chinese film in North America. First Time, which starred Chao together with Angelababy, topped the box office charts for two weeks consecutively. In Black & White Episode I: The Dawn of Assault, he reprised his role as Wu Ying Xiong. Chao also starred in Chen Kaige's social drama Caught in the Web, and was awarded "Outstanding Chinese Actor" at the 15th Huabiao Awards.

Chao headlined two box office hits in 2013: So Young, the directorial debut of Zhao Wei and Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon, where he played the main character Di Renjie.

Chao once again reprised his role as Wu Ying Xiong in Black & White: The Dawn of Justice, the sequel to the 2012 movie. For his performance, he won "Best Actor" at the 16th Huading Awards.

In 2015, he played Hua Bayi in 3D action-adventure film Chronicles of the Ghostly Tribe, based on the 2006 best-selling novel Ghost Blows Out the Light, and was awarded the "Best Actor" award for his role at the 7th China Image Film Festival.

In 2016, Chao starred in Matthias Hoene's The Warriors Gate alongside Ni Ni.

In 2017, he starred in the romantic fantasy series, Eternal Love alongside Yang Mi. This is Chao's first television series in mainland China and his acting performance in this series was greatly recognized, winning the "Outstanding Performance Star of the Year" at the 2017 Chinese Quality TV Drama Awards.

Personal life[edit]

In April 9, 2012, he was spotted on a date by paparazzi in Nanjing with actress Gao Yuanyuan[2] who co-starred with Chao in the film Caught in the Web. He revealed his relationship with Gao on April 17.[3] In June 5, 2014, Chao and Gao registered their marriage in Beijing.


Television series[edit]

Year Title Chinese Title Role Network Notes
2009 Black & White 痞子英雄 Wu Yingxiong PTS, TVBS-G 44th Golden Bell Awards: Best Actor
2017 Eternal Love 三生三世十里桃花 Ye Hua / Mo Yuan / Zhao Ge Jiangsu TV, Dragon TV 2017 China Quality TV Drama Awards: Outstanding Performance Star of the Year
TBA Late Night Restaurant 深夜食堂 Customer Cameo


Year English Title Chinese Title Role Remarks
2010 Monga[4][5] 艋舺 Zhou Yiwen / Mosquito

5th Asian Film Awards: Best New Actor, 12th Taipei Film Festival: Best New Actor

2012 Love Mark
First Time 第一次 Gong Ning / Lu Xia
Black & White Episode I: The Dawn of Assault 痞子英雄首部曲:全面開戰 Wu Yingxiong
Caught in the Web 搜索 Yang Shoucheng 15th Huabiao Awards: Outstanding Chinese Actor
2013 So Young 致我們終將逝去的青春(致青春) Cheng Xiaozheng
Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon 狄仁傑之神都龍王 Di Renjie
2014 Black & White: The Dawn of Justice 痞子英雄之黎明升起 Wu Yingxiong 16th Huading Awards: Best Actor
2015 Chronicles of the Ghostly Tribe 九层妖塔 Hu Bayi 7th China Image Film Festival: Best Actor
2016 The Warriors Gate 勇士之門 Warrior
2017 Till the End of World 南极绝恋 Wu Fuchun
2018 Detective Dee: The Four Heavenly Kings 狄仁杰之四大天王 Di Renjie


  • "Crying Out" by CoLoR
  • "Rogue Justice" by CoLoR & Mark Chao
  • "Ruffian and Hero" by Jason Zou & Mark Chao
  • "Tonight Tonight" by Ethan Juan & Mark Chao
  • "We Are Not Enemy" by Mark Chao
  • "Me and You" by Mark Chao[6]
  • "Stand by Me" by Mark Chao
  • "Cry Like a Child" by Mark Chao
  • "Good Man" by Mark Chao

Soundtrack participation[edit]

  • "Rogue Justice" by CoLoR & Mark Chao
  • "Ruffian and Hero" by Jason Zou & Mark Chao
  • "Tonight Tonight" by Ethan Juan & Mark Chao

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2009 44th Golden Bell Awards Best Actor Black & White Won
2010 12th Taipei Film Festival Best New Actor Monga Won
54th Asia-Pacific Film Festival Best Actor Nominated
5th Asian Film Awards Best New Actor Won
2011 11th Chinese Film Media Awards Best New Actor Nominated
2013 15th Huabiao Awards Outstanding Chinese Actor Caught in the Web Won
2014 5th China Film Director's Guild Award Actor of the Year So Young Nominated
8th Asian Film Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated
2015 16th Huading Awards Best Actor Black & White: The Dawn of Justice Won
15th Chinese Film Media Awards Most Anticipated Actor Nominated
7th China Image Film Festival Best Actor Chronicles of the Ghostly Tribe Won
2017 2017 China Quality TV Drama Awards Outstanding Performance Star of the Year Eternal Love (TV series) Won


  1. ^ Loh Chuan Junn (9 April 2010). "Mark Chao: A magnet for trouble?". Xin MSN Entertainment. Retrieved 21 May 2012. 
  2. ^ udn News
  3. ^ Zcom News
  4. ^ Derek Elley. Monga review at the Variety website. 13 February 2010. Retrieved 15 February 2010.
  5. ^ James Topley. Monga 艋舺 review at the China Post website. 5 February 2010. Retrieved 15 February 2010.
  6. ^ Sina video

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