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)
Born (1984-09-25) September 25, 1984 (age 33)
Taipei, Taiwan
Other name(s) Chao Yu-ting
Zhao Youtíng
Occupation Actor, model
Label(s) Prajna Works
Years active 2009–present
Spouse(s) Gao Yuanyuan (m. 2014)
Parents Allen Chao (father)
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 made his television debut in the television series Black & White (2009), for which he won the Golden Bell Award for Best Actor. Since then, he has starred in films Monga (2010), Caught in the Web (2012), So Young (2013), Young Detective Dee (2013), Chronicles of the Ghostly Tribe (2015) and the television series Eternal Love (2017).

Early life[edit]

Chao is the son of actor and television host Allen Chao (zh). He graduated from the University of Victoria in Canada, with a double degree in sociology and economics. He started his career in the Taiwanese entertainment industry after he graduated.


Mark Chao made his debut in the television drama Black & White (2009). His role as the rash, righteous and no-nonsense cop shot him to fame and won him the Best Actor award at the 44th Golden Bell Awards.[2] He then starred in his first film, Monga (2010). The gangster flick, directed by Doze Niu grossed more than NT$250 million (HK$61 million) in Taiwan, making it one of the most successful domestic productions.[2] Chao won the Best Newcomer award at the Asian Film Awards for his performance as a solitary, self-loathing and intense gang member.[3]

Chao's successive films boosted his recognition in China. Love (2012), directed by Monga director Doze Niu, became the highest-grossing Taiwanese film in the Mainland.[4] He also starred in First Time alongside Angelababy and reprised his role as Wu Yingxiong in the prequel of Black and White.[5] The same year, he starred in Caught in the Web directed by Chen Kaige. The film drew than six million viewers and praise from critics.[6][7] Mark won the Best Actor award for the Hong Kong and Taiwan category at the Huabiao Awards.[8]

Chao then starred in Zhao Wei's directorial debut So Young (2013), playing an ambitious and nerdy China university student.[9] The same year, he played Di Renjie in Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon, the prequel to the popular Detective Dee film directed by Tsui Hark.[9]

Chao once again reprised his role as Wu Yingxiong in Black & White: The Dawn of Justice (2014), the sequel to Black & White Episode I: The Dawn of Assault.[10] He won the Best Actor award at the 16th Huading Awards for his performance.[11]

Chao was then cast to play Hu Bayi in Chronicles of the Ghostly Tribe (2015), adapted from the best-selling tomb raid novel series Ghost Blows Out the Light. The film, directed by Lu Chuan, was a hit at the box office but received mixed reviews in regard to its faithfulness to the novel.[12] The following year, he starred in the Chinese-French film The Warriors Gate, directed by Matthias Hoene and filmed in English.[13]

Chao made his return to television after 8 years in Eternal Love (2017). Though Chao's casting as the beautiful male lead was originally met with criticism, he successfully won over critics with his acting. After the series aired, Mark experienced an explosive rise in popularity and increased film offers.[14][15] Mark will next star in the romance film Till the End of the World, which was shot in Antarctica.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Mark married Chinese actress Gao Yuanyuan in 2014. The two met on the set of Caught in the Web.[17]

He is good friends with his Young Detective Dee co-star Kenny Lin.[18]



Year English title Mandarin title Role Notes
2010 Monga 艋舺 Zhou Yiwen
2012 Love Mark Na
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
2013 So Young 致我們終將逝去的青春 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
2015 Chronicles of the Ghostly Tribe 九层妖塔 Hu Bayi
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


Year Title Mandarin title Role Network Notes
2009 Black & White 痞子英雄 Wu Yingxiong PTS, TVBS-G
2017 Eternal Love 三生三世十里桃花 Ye Hua / Mo Yuan / Zhao Ge Jiangsu TV, Dragon TV
Midnight Diner 深夜食堂 Customer Beijing TV, Zhejiang TV Special appearance


Year Title Translation Album Notes
2009 "無賴正義" Rogue Justice Black & White OST with Color Band
"痞子英雄" Ruffian and Hero with Jason Zou
2010 "Tonight Tonight" N/A Monga OST with Ethan Juan
2012 "哭得像小孩" Cry Like A Little Child First Time OST
"Stand By Me" N/A
"Rock n Roll Man" N/A
"Me and you" N/A
"小毛驢" Little Donkey
"我們不是對手" We Are Not Opponents

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2009 44th Golden Bell Awards Best Actor Black & White Won
2010 16th Shanghai Television Festival Best Actor Nominated
12th Taipei Film Festival Best Actor Monga Nominated
Best New Actor Nominated
54th Asia-Pacific Film Festival Best Actor Nominated
5th Asian Film Awards Best Newcomer 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 Awards Best Actor 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[19] Best Actor Chronicles of the Ghostly Tribe Won
2017 2017 China Quality TV Drama Awards[20] Outstanding Performance Star of the Year Eternal Love Won
23rd Shanghai Television Festival[21] Best Actor Nominated


  1. ^ Loh Chuan Junn (9 April 2010). "Mark Chao: A magnet for trouble?". Retrieved 2012-05-21. 
  2. ^ a b "Q&A: Mark Chao Yu-ting". South China Morning Post. 10 April 2010. 
  3. ^ "'Uncle Boonmee' Wins Best Film at Asian Film Awards". The Hollywood Reporter. 21 March 2011. 
  4. ^ "No Signs of Slowing Down: The Renaissance of Taiwanese Cinema". HIFF. Retrieved 2017-02-27. 
  5. ^ "Mark Chao to dominate screens". Shenzhen Daily. 8 June 2012. 
  6. ^ "China, Framed by the Cinema and the Web". New York Times. 14 September 2012. 
  7. ^ ""Human flesh search" film renews discussion of Internet vigilantism". Global Times. 27 July 2012. 
  8. ^ "Chinese film honors its excellence". 27 December 2013. 
  9. ^ a b "Angelababy and Mark Chao make a Dee-lightful couple". The Star Online. 29 September 2013. 
  10. ^ "Taiwanese-Canadian actor Mark Chao stabbed filming fight scene". Asia One. 3 October 2014. 
  11. ^ "'Dearest' wins big at 16th Huading Awards". 2 June 2015. 
  12. ^ "Tomb raid novel turned into blockbuster". 15 December 2015. 
  13. ^ "Mark Chao promotes an Upcoming Chinese-French film". CRI English. 16 November 2016. 
  14. ^ "Mark Chao’s Popularity Rises Again, Waiting for $800 Million Movie Deals". JayneStars. Sina. 3 March 2017. 
  15. ^ "Lose yourself in the labyrinth of Chinese fantasy epic Eternal Love". The Straits Times. 12 April 2017. 
  16. ^ "Romantic Movie Till the End of the World Shot in Antarctic". Beijing Tourism. 10 December 2015. 
  17. ^ ""National Godess" Gao Yuanyuan married to Taiwanese Actor Mark Zhao". Sina. 6 June 2016. 
  18. ^ "Real and reel bromance between Mark Chao and Lin Gengxin". Toggle. 3 October 2014. 
  19. ^ "欧洲万像国际电影节颁发20奖项". (in Chinese). 23 December 2015. 
  20. ^ "Mark Chao, Tiffany Tang, EXO's Lay, Yang Yang win at China Quality TV Drama Awards". DramaFever. 10 March 2017. 
  21. ^ "23届上海电视节入围名单公布 《欢乐颂》获八项提名". ent.ifeng (in Chinese). 24 May 2017. 

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