Ruby Lin

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Ruby Lin Xinru
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Ruby Lin in Beijing, China in 2008
Chinese name
Pinyin Lín Xīnrú (Mandarin)
Jyutping Lam4 Sam1-jyu4 (Cantonese)
Pe̍h-ōe-jī Lîm Sim-jû (Hokkien)
Vietnamese name Lâm Tâm Như
Born (1976-01-27) January 27, 1976 (age 40)
Taipei, Taiwan
Occupation Actress, singer, producer
Genre(s) Mandopop, Cantopop
Years active 1995–present
Spouse(s) Wallace Huo (m. 2016)

Ruby Lin Xinru (Chinese: 林心如; pinyin: Lín Xīnrú; born January 27, 1976) is a Taiwanese actress, television producer and singer. American entertainment critic Derek Elley named Lin as "Taiwan's TV Drama Queen".[1]

3 years after Lin made her acting debut in a TV commercial, she rose to national and regional prominence overnight for her role as Xia Ziwei in the TV series My Fair Princess (1998-1999). She followed the success with other hit series including The Duke of Mount Deer (2000), Romance in the Rain (2001), Boy & Girl (2003), Affair of Half a Lifetime (2004), Beauty's Rival in Palace (2010) and The Way We Were (2014).

Since 2010, Lin has been producing TV dramas and TV films starring herself, both in mainland China and Taiwan. Her production debut The Glamorous Imperial Concubine (2011) won her Best Producer at the 2012 TV Drama Awards Made in China, and her first Taiwanese drama production The Way We Were (2014) won three out of seven nominations, including Best Television Series at the 50th Golden Bell Awards. In 1999, she also began a singing career with her debut album Heartbeat. According to Apple Daily, Lin was the third highest-earning Taiwanese drama actress in 2011,[2] and the top-earning in 2012[3] and 2013.[4]

Early life[edit]

Lin was born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan, the eldest of three children, having one brother a year younger and the other, six years younger.[5] Her father was a businessman, and her mother a housewife. Her English name is from her mother's love of the jewel.[6] After her parents' divorce, when Lin was seven years old, she lived with her mother, who took her to visit relatives in Japan every year.[7] She graduated from Ri Xin Primary School and Zhong Dian High School.[8] Lin originally planned on going to the United Kingdom to study after high school graduation, never considering the prospect of an acting career. However, she began her acting career at age seventeen as a part-time model. Her first TV commercial was for Jasmine Tea.[9]

Lin's parents did not like the idea of their daughter being involved in the entertainment industry,[7] but she decided to pursue an acting career. After appearing in many commercials, her parents finally agreed to allow her to sign a contract with an entertainment-management company. Following high school graduation, Lin joined Jessie and Jones Entertainment Ltd[10] on her 20th birthday. Over the years, she has also helped her parents to reconcile.[11]


Early work (1995–1996)[edit]

When Lin received her first experience in front of the camera in 1995, for a minor role, she started to develop a passion for acting. After filming her first TV commercial, Lin caught the attention of TV and film directors, and many companies began seeking her for roles.[12] She received her first role in the film School Days, with Jimmy Lin and Takeshi Kaneshiro. From 1995 to 1997, Lin had roles in several Taiwanese TV series, and began to attract attention and buzz from the media. In 1996, Lin went to China for the first time to film; she considered this a period of valuable experience and a time that she began to learn about acting.

Breakthrough (1997–2001)[edit]

After playing minor roles in various series and films, Lin was selected by Taiwanese writer Chiung Yao to audition for a main role in the comedic period drama My Fair Princess, a joint production by mainland China and Taiwan which was adapted from Chiung Yao's own novel. Originally picked for the role of Sai Ya, Lin was ultimately chosen by the company to play Zi Wei instead, as the actress scheduled to play the main role was unavailable.[7]

The drama quickly became a phenomenal sensation, appealing to large audiences in mainland China, Hong Kong, South Korea, and Southeast Asia. Lin rose to prominence and became a household name overnight.[14]

After My Fair Princess, Lin starred in a number of successful television series. In 2000 she starred in Hong Kong TVB's production of The Duke of Mount Deer with Dicky Cheung, Shu Qi and other well-known artists. In this series, Lin played Princess Jian Ning – a sassy, funny girl. This role demonstrated her acting range, since it differed from the nice, sweet image she had developed from her role in My Fair Princess. The following year, she starred in Romance in the Rain, a costume drama based in 1930s and 1940s, also written by Chiung Yao. The series was a commercial success, and recorded the highest ratings of the year. For two consecutive years (2000 and 2001), Lin was included in the Top Ten Most Famous Asian Superstars.[15] The same year, she was selected in fourth place in "Malaysia 2001 Heavenly Kings & Queens".[16]

As Lin felt she had achieved all she could in television, she started venturing into films. In 2000, she appeared in three Hong Kong films - Winner Takes All, Comic King and the action movie China Strike Force with Aaron Kwok and Taiwanese actor-singer Leehom Wang. Although Lin had only a supporting role, she considered it a learning experience. With these films, she made inroads into the Hong Kong market.[14]

Mainstream success (2002–2005)[edit]

Since 2002, Lin focused on her career in mainland China. In 2003, Lin was chosen for the female lead in the TV version of Half Life Fate. For Lin, it was a challenging role and she was under pressure.

Lin's performance yielded good results, earning accolades for capturing her screen character Man Zhen’s 14 years of arduous life. The series was broadcast in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and South Korea.[17] The same year, Lin also appeared in the youth romantic TV series Boy & Girl; it was broadcast in China by CCTV, receiving the highest rating of all series aired in 2003.[18] With this series, Lin was selected one of the Top 10 actresses of the year; of those 10 actresses, she was the only one from Taiwan.[15] She then appeared in the ancient martial arts TV series Flying Daggers, based on Gu Long's novel. Lin not only acted in a martial-arts series for the first time but also played against type – portraying a cold assassin, rather than her usual gentle damsel. These three series were released in 2003 throughout Asia, contributing to Lin's rise in popularity and recognition. Though Lin focused on TV series, she continued to appear in films such as the adventure drama Life Express (with Richie Ren) and the romantic comedy Love Trilogy (with Francis Ng and Anita Yuen), which was relatively successful in China.

Lin sparked a trend towards China-Korea collaborations when she starred in the 2004 production Amor de Tarapaca (co-starring Korean actor Han Jae Suk). Lin was involved in another original Korean screenplay Magic Touch of Fate, co-starring Taiwanese actor Alec Su and Korean idol Kangta. This series is the highest-budgeted miniseries in Asian television history (as of 2011). By this time, Lin had been in show business for almost a decade, with nearly non-stop filming. She wanted to go back to school; since high school, studying abroad had been her dream.[7] In the winter of 2004, after filming Magic Touch of Fate, Lin decided to study language and acting for three months in New York City. While she was there, Lin studied English at Study Group International[19][20] and performance at the New York Film Academy.

Returning home to Taiwan with a new passion for acting in February 2005, Lin starred almost back-to-back in four big-budget Chinese series: Paris Sonata, Sound of Colors,[21] Star Boulevard[22] and Da Li Princess. For her role in Paris Sonata, she learned to play piano two months before filming. After Paris Sonata, she selected the TV drama Sound of Colors (a remake of Jimmy Liao's book) as her next work, portraying a blind radio DJ. Lin's performance as a blind girl received good reviews from audiences and the news media.[23][24] This drama was broadcast in many countries, including Hong Kong, Taiwan, Philippines, Vietnam and the United States. Star Boulevard and Da Li Princess were expected to be released in 2008 by CCTV.


Lin in 2007

In 2006, Lin's starred in the television series Ancestral Temple where she further expanded her acting range.[25] After three months of filming in Huang Shan, China, the series was completed at the end of October 2006. Its broadcast by CCTV-1 was planned for 2008. On June 6, 2006, Lin won the Most Popular Actress in Taiwan award at the 2nd Chinese TV Drama Award ceremony in Beijing.[26] She has also been regularly featured in polls as one of the Top 10 contemporary Chinese actors.[27]

At the end of 2006, Lin bid farewell to her management company Zhong Jie, after a 10-year relationship, and on November 30, 2006 ceremoniously signed with Huayi Brothers Film and Television group for a reported $10 million.[28] Hua Yi Bros.[29] is (as of 2011) the largest management and domestic movie-making company in China. In September 2007, she guest-starred in CCTV's historical drama Su DongPo. In this series she played the first wife of Su Dongpo (writer, poet, artist, calligrapher, pharmacologist, and statesman of the Song Dynasty, one of the major poets of the time), played by Lu Yi. This is their third collaboration.[30]

After filming the digital film Evening of Roses, Lin took on more challenging roles. In late 2007, she co-starred as Daji with Ray Lui in The Legend and the Hero 2 (also known as Fengshen Bang), one of the major vernacular Chinese novels written during the Ming Dynasty. After speculation over who would receive the leading role of Daji (who was known for her beauty and cruelty which ruined a dynasty), the role was offered to Lin. When Lin committed to play Daji, she could not escape comparison with Fan Bingbing, who played the same role in the first part of the series. Lin's performance received generally positive comments from media. NetandTV commented, "In comparison to the previous version, the bright spot in this new version's Daji gets a new makeover. Ruby Lin's look gave Daji a brand-new definition".[31] Lin has often said "comparing with other people is meaningless, I just wants [sic] a breakthrough from past looks, to surpass myself."[32]

In 2008, Lin returned to Taiwan for the series Love at Sun Moon Lake, playing a aboriginal woman; this was the first TV series to obtain permission for mainland Chinese actors to film in Taiwan.[33] It was also announced that Lin had been cast as Sun Shangxiang in the new Romance of the Three Kingdoms TV adaptation directed by Gao Xixi, titled Three Kingdoms.[34] The series was aired in May 2010, and was well-received both domestically and internationally, earning an estimated 800 million RMB (133.3 million USD) by 2012.

In early 2009, she was cast in Fallen City. In this film, Lin plays a rebellious woman during the 2008 Sichuan earthquake. In July 2009, Lin starred as Empress Dou in the Chinese big-budget historical fiction television drama Beauty's Rival in Palace. For her role in the series, Lin received a salary of 150,000 renminbi per episode.[35] When the series premièred on a Shanghai TV station in March 2010 with the highest rating of the year, Lin got positive reviews from audiences and critics. It was reported that Beauty's Rival in Palace sold well in the Korean and Japanese markets, due to Ruby Lin's unwavering popularity in Asia.[36] Beauty's Rival in Palace is another milestone in Lin's career.


In May 2010, her first stage play, Sweet Sweet Love, began a Chinese tour. The play is based on the 1996 Hong Kong romantic film Comrades: Almost a Love Story, which starred Maggie Cheung and Leon Lai. During its three-month run, it was performed in four cities: Shanghai, Beijing, Hangzhou and Shenzhen. Due to popular demand, a fifth city (Nanchang) was added.[37]

In June, Lin played a psychiatrist in the romantic film You Deserve To Be Single with Mike He and David Wu. For her performance, Lin was nominated for the 2010 Shanghai International Film Festival Press Prize as Best Actress.[38] She also won the 2010 Vietnam DAN Movie Award for Favorite Taiwanese Actress. After that, Lin starred in Zhang Yang's film Driverless as a self-motivated businesswomen. Director Zhang Yang commented "Ruby has a rare ability, all her emotions seem genuine". She received critical acclaim for her performance by audiences and media - "Without a doubt, Ruby Lin's wonderful range of emotions really steals the show. She delicately unveils the depths of a struggling during hard time of her life, both strong and brave yet desire to be protected."[39]

After the success of Beauty's Rival in Palace, Lin was cast in Monopoly Exposure, written by Hai Yan (海岩), many of whose books have been successfully adapted for TV dramas.[40]

2010 was a successful year for Lin. She won the Most Popular Actress award (voted online by residents of Asian countries) at the 5th Seoul International Drama Awards. According to Yahoo Korea, Lin was voted best actress with 17,358 votes followed by Fan Bingbing, Li Kun Wang and Yao Chen.[41] Also in late 2010, Lin won the Favorite Actress of the Year award for her performance in Beauty's Rival in Palace at the annual TV Drama Awards Made in China[42] and the QQ Annual Entertainment Star award. For her achievements in films and television series, Korean media dubbed her Taiwan's number-one actress and goddess of ancient Chinese series.[43]

In January 2011, Lin started her first project The Glamorous Imperial Concubine as a producer. This series achieved excellent ratings and Lin won "Best producer of the year" award. She was also nominated as Best TV actress at the 2012 Huading Awards. Lin returned to the film industry again, playing a mom with two kids in the film Blood Stained Shoes, directed by Raymond Yip. The film ranked 2nd on "Top 10 box-office ranking in Chinese horror film chart".[44] The media said that Lin's image was far removed from that which she has previously portrayed in other works.[45]

In October 2011, Lin started on her second production, Taiwanese idol drama Drama Go! Go! Go! which co-starred Jiro Wang and Lin Gengxin. The series released on November 2012. Lin's performance was well received by audiences and audience named Drama Go! Go! Go! as one of the most anticipated TV series of 2012.[46]


In March 2012, Lin was crowned Most Influential TV Actress at the 2012 annual Jeanwest Entertainment Awards.[47] She also received a nomination at the Huading Awards as Best TV Actress for her performance in The Glamorous Imperial Concubine.[48]

She then started filming for The Patriot Yue Fei, a 60-episode historical drama about the downfall of General Yue Fei in the Song Dynasty. Lin portrayed the wife of General Yue Fei, played by Huang Xiaoming.

On April 27, 2012, Lin announced her third project television film Forgotten as producer and main actress. She played a married couple in the show with Christopher Lee, where their marriage started to fall apart due to a lack of communication and personality differences, and an unexpected accident changes their life entirely.[49] It was scheduled to be first released in Taiwan on May 26, 2012. In Forgotten, critics and audiences praised Lin's performance as breakthrough. Xinhua News (Xinhua News Agency) states "Ruby Lin is recognized as one of the best promising producer. Also as actress, she is in a different class from others."[50] In addition, Youku Tudou Inc, the largest video-sharing website in China, bought copyright of TV series and films that were produced by Lin. Lin officially announced the news during the 18th Shanghai Television Festival.[51]

In August 8, 2012, Lin was honored as Best Producer at the 2012 Asian Idol Awards for The Glamorous Imperial Concubine.[52] On December 2012, Lin was announced as one of the highest paid Chinese celebrities of the year, ranking 5th. She managed to earn over 90 million RMB this year through her studio alone.[53] She also came in 2nd on the Taiwan’s top-earning drama actors list, with a yearly income of 278 million NTD.[54]

In August 2013, Lin won Most Favorite Actress at the 8th Beijing Film Festival for Youth Welfare.[55] Except for some public appearances, Lin spent much time doing pre-production work for the drama Singing All Along, based on Li Xin's romantic novel series Xiuli Jiangshan.

In April 2014, Lin won the Outstanding Actress award at 1st China Television Star Awards by CTAC (China Television Artists Committee Actors Committee).[56]

In May 2014, as producer and main actress, Lin came back to Taiwan with the television film Mother Mother, playing a role of an aggressive mother. Lin stated that she will continue to film one Taiwanese series per year.[57] The same year, Lin starred in the romance TV series The Way We Were. This drama marks Lin's return to Taiwan television after a 10-year absence. As main actress and producer, Lin received favorable comments from both critics and audiences. The series not only received high viewer ratings, but was also selected as one of the most popular Taiwanese dramas of 2014 by many of media review. Within a day of release, it reached over 24 million views on the mainland Chinese video sharing site iQiyi. Since its debut on July 19, the drama has stayed within the top two on iQiyi’s most popular dramas list.[58]

On March 1, 2015, Estée Lauder Companies announced that Lin was their new brand ambassador for Taiwan region, and Lin was also selected as spokesperson for HTC.

After finished filming Raymond Yip's film Phantom of the Theatre in Shanghai, Lin joined the cast of the licensed remake of the Korean variety show We Got Married, titled We Are In Love.[59] In November, Lin gained her first Asian Television Awards nomination for Best Actress with her performance in The Way We Were following a first Golden Bell Awards nomination on September.[60]

In early 2016, Lin won Huading Awards for Best Actress in a TV Series and the Woman's Media Award for Most Influential Woman of the Year.[61] In April 2016, Lin starred in Magical Space-time, a time-travel TV series directed by Fu-Hsiang Hsu. Most recently, she starred in adventure film The Precipice Game.

Ruby Lin Studio[edit]

In 2009, Lin establishing her own production company, Ruby Lin Studio (林心如工作室). Taiwan media reports that the company will deal with all aspects of the actress's career, including acting, singing and film roles.[62] Till 2016, 2 artists - Miku Chang & Yang Zhiwen - and 1 director Fu-Hsiang Hsu are under Ruby Lin Studio. As a producer, she can have a lot more control over the entire TV project - overseeing the scripting process, hiring and casting. Lin stated, "I just kept getting offered the same type of role. Being an actress, you cannot really do much. Actresses can only wait for the roles to come."[63]" "Now I can choose everything myself, whether it's the roles or the director that I want to work with or the cast that I want to feature. I feel much more in control over what I get to do."[63]

Lin's production debut turned out to be a hit with viewers, winning several awards including "TV series of The year" from Shanghai's Dragon TV Awards, as well as "Best Producer" and "Best Actress" awards for Lin at the 2011 Youku Awards.[64] Despite the accolades from sitting in the producer's chair, she insists that acting will still be her "top priority".

"I will be producing more and more but I still love acting so much, so that will still be my main focus. There is something wonderful about getting yourself in the head of the characters that you play and being able to perform for viewers. It's just that now I also get to create characters that I really want to play."[63]

Personal life[edit]

Lin dated Taiwanese actor Jimmy Lin, whom she met when filming School Days, from 1995 to 1997. In 2006, they appeared together on "Kang Yong's Family" (a Taiwanese show), asserting that distance was the reason for their breakup. It was the first time the two appeared on the same stage since their separation.[65]

According to Lin,

Besides her friends from inside the entertainment world, Lin still keeps in touch with many of her old friends. According to Lin, "Friends play a very important role in my life. Fate is indeed a very marvelous thing. We had also known each other for 18 years. Transforming from naive little seeding to charming women, going through numerous difficulties/obstacles in the process. So as to have the unshakeable friendship today" (From Ruby Lin's personal blog)[66]

In May 2016, Lin confirmed her relationship with Taiwanese actor Wallace Huo.[67][68] They reportedly became romantically involved around Lin's birthday in January 2016.[69]

Lin married Huo on 31 July 2016 at the Bulgari Hotel in Bali. Celebrities who attented the wedding included Zhao Wei, Fan Bingbing, Shu Qi, Zhou Xun, Liu Tao, Liu Shishi, Nicky Wu and Hu Ge.[70] The pair also held another wedding reception in Taipei on 2 August 2016.[71] Lin subsequently confirmed her pregnancy.[72]


Charity work[edit]

Lin is very involved with charity activities for various causes. Since 2005 Lin has been spokesperson for fashion company Xuezhu, and she established a fund to help poor people living in small cities in China.[73] In addition, she participated in the Jackie Chan and Friends concert in 2005.[74] and reportedly adopted a Vietnamese boy through World Vision Taiwan.[5] In 2007 Lin was chosen one of the Anti-Depression Ambassadors of China for its campaign, including a concert.[75] For her work, Lin received the Outstanding Contribution to Charity Award at the China Fashion Awards (CFA) in 2007.[76] In January 2008, Lin funded a school for rural children, presenting a ¥200,000 (US$27,627) check to the Chinese Red Cross Foundation to build an elementary school.[77] The Red Cross Society of China gave Lin a commemorative plague in return, inviting her to be philanthropic ambassador for its elementary-school building project (which helps Chinese children in rural areas obtain an education).[78] In October 2008 Lin become ambassador for the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation, Yum! Brands Inc. China Division and United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)'s "Donate $1, Offer Compassion, Deliver Nutrition” joint campaign. This campaign provides daily nutrition to children for at least one year. As ambassador Lin appeared at a KFC restaurant in Beijing to interact with patrons, summon more people to participate in the fundraiser and care about children's health and development.[79]

In March 2011, For Lin's contribution to charity work, China Charity Billboard Award awarded her "Charity star of the year" award.[80] On February 12, 2012, Lin was appointed as a spokesperson and ambassador for the Maria Society Welfare Foundation. In order to raise money for the children, she promote the campaign at her official microblog at Sina Weibo, where she owns one of the most popular accounts. Following the 2013 Sichuan Lushan earthquake, Lin donated to the One Foundation.

In 2014, Lin named as an ambassador for Estee Lauder's Breast cancer awareness Campaign. In 2015, Lin shoots for the The Da Ren Wu (Big Shot) Photo Charity Exhibition.


After rising to prominence, Ruby Lin became actively involved in commercial work. In 2001, she was selected as Taiwan's most popular advertisement star. At that time, she was spokesperson for Coca Cola and Esprit. After she was selected as spokesperson for brands such as Mentholatum and Pantene, Lin was ranked second on the China Top Ten Most Popular Commercial Model list in 2005.[81] Lin has been praised by the media for her sense of style; in 2006, MTV China selected her as most stylish actress of the year.[15] That same year, Lin also received the Most Stylish Actress in China award at the QQ 2006 China Entertainment Star Awards.[82]

In 2009, Estee Lauder chose her as "My Cover Girl in 2009" for their Chinese and Taiwan markets for ¥1 million, according to media reports.[83] In 2015, Estee Lauder announced again that Lin was their new brand spokesperson for Taiwan region. In 2010, based on the popularity of her new series and film, Lin was spokesperson for more than 20 brands (including Japanese and Korean brands). Media named her as "commercial queen". [84] Lin also won the Most Charming Actress of the Year award at the 2010 China Fashion Weekly Awards.[85]

In Asia as elsewhere, endorsement contracts for well-known brands are evidence of stardom.[86] Ruby Lin has been a spokesperson for such brands as Mentholatum (2000–2003), Coca Cola (2000), Christian Dior watches (2006–2007), ESPRIT (2001), Liuhengsei casual wear (since 2001), VOV Cosmetics (since 2006), China Mobile (since 2007), Pantene (2003–2006), Sofie Pantiliners (2002–2005), D&D jewelry (2001–2005), Japanese company Glico, Oriks(since 2011), and HTC(since 2015). Lin also served as ACAP Wild Aid's Rhino Ambassador for 2004–2005 and Winnie the Pooh Friendship Ambassador in 2001. Lin's endorsements provided the majority of her income in 2007.[87] In December 2009, Ruby Lin was chosen Best Artist for Advertisements at the annual China International Commercial and Art Awards.[88]

Filmography (as an actress)[edit]

TV drama[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1995 Taiwan Heavy Case Records Xiao Jun
1996 Story Of Dragon Dynasty Mo Yu
The Root Lai Xuezi
Taiwan Mysterious Affairs Hu Xinbei
Angel's Dust Yang Qingxin
Asian Flower Bud Tang Yaxuan
Zhen Ai Yi Shi Qing Peipei
1997 An Emergency Mission Su Huiru
New Justice Bao: Plum Flower Thief Feifeng Princess
Last Tango in Shanghai Yi Fenglu
1998 My Fair Princess Xia Ziwei
Magic Chef Hong Niang
1999 Food Glorious Food Sansan
My Fair Princess II Xia Ziwei also theme song singer
2000 The Legend of Master Soh Hong Qilian
2001 The Duke of Mount Deer Princess Jianning Hong Kong TVB series
Romance in the Rain Lu Ruping
Wulung Prince Wang Wengxu Guest star
Taiji Prodigy Bing Xin Taiwan version, guest star
2002 The New Adventures of Chor Lau-heung Sikong Xing'er
Only You Si Jiayi
2003 Half Life Fate Gu Manzhen
Boy & Girl Su La
Flying Daggers Xue Caiyue
2004 Amor de Tarapaca Li Yiqiao
2005 Magic Touch of Fate Lin Xiaomei China & Korea joint production
2006 Paris Sonata Yu Manzhi also theme song singer
Sound of Colors Fu Jingjing
Star Boulevard Mi Lu China 1st musical drama, also theme song singer
2009 The Legend and the Hero 2 Daji
Love in Sun Moon Lake An'an
Da Li Princess Duan Aiyue
Zhi Xian Ye Guang Ming Liu Xiaoqian Guest star
Ancestral Temple Zheng Xiuyun also theme song singer
2010 Three Kingdoms Sun Shangxiang
Beauty's Rival in Palace Empress Dou Yifang also theme song singer
2011 The Glamorous Imperial Concubine Ma Fuya, Pan Yu , Mei Fei also producer and theme song singer
New My Fair Princess Xia Yuhe Remake of My Fair Princess, guest star
2012 Drama Go! Go! Go! Wang Ming Ming also producer
Bloody Sky Chen Xiangmei Guest star
Mazu Guanyin Guest star
Su Dongpo Wang Fu Guest star
2013 The Patriot Yue Fei Li Xiao'e
Flowers in Fog Xue Hua Guest star
2014 Young Sherlock Wu Zetian also artistic director
The Way We Were Tang Jia-Ni also producer
Monopoly Exposure Bang Dan
2016 Magical Space-time Xie Jia Xin
Singing All Along Empress Yin Lihua also producer

Television Film[edit]

Year Title Role More information
2012 Forgotten Wei An also producer
2014 Mother Mother Xia Yu Rou also producer


Year Title Role Notes
1995 School Days Princess Dubut Film
1998 My Wishes Mao Mei
Bad Girl Trilogy Yige Mingxing
1999 The Mirror Judy three-story omnibus film
2000 A Matter of Time Mei Jiahui
Winner Takes All Wen Jing
China Strike Force Ruby
Comic King Chu Qi
2001 Dragon's Love Long'er
Never Been To Me Xiao Jing
2002 Life Express Sun Xinxin
2003 Love Trilogy Lui Hai Aka 30 Fen Zhong Lian Yao
2005 Kill Two Birds with One Stone Zhang Xinxin
DragonBlade Ba Liba Dubbing actress
2009 Evening of Roses Xia Meigui Digital Film
Sophie's Revenge Lucy
2010 You Deserve to Be Single Fei'er also theme song singer
Driverless Wang Dan
2012 Blood Stained Shoes Su Er
2013 My Lucky Star Lucy
The House Xia Li Dong
Fallen City Qin Xiaoxiong
2014 Sweet Alibis Guest appearance
The House That Never Dies Xu Ru Qing
2015 The Wonderful Wedding Li Shu Fen
2016 Phantom of the Theatre Meng Sifan also producer
The Precipice Game Liu Chenchen

Stage work[edit]

Year Title Dates City, Theater
2010 Sweet Sweet Love (Tian Mi Mi) May 7–9 Shanghai (debut)
May 13–15 Hangzhou, Grand Theater
May 19–23 Beijing, Poly Theater
June 4–5 Shenzhen, Grand Theater
July 17–18 Nanchang, JiangXi Art Theater

Books (Photo albums and diary)[edit]

Year Title Release Date Notes
1999 Spring Emotion / 春情 August 1999 photo album
Sharing / 心如心語 December 1999
2000 Love in Great Britain / 英倫情人 October 2000
2005 My Private New York / 私藏心如 April 2005 Travel diary

Filmography (as producer)[edit]

In 2009, Ruby Lin sought to have greater control over her career by forming her own production, "Ruby Studio". For its debut production she bought the rights to the popular novel Qing Shi Huang Fei (倾世皇妃) - The Glamorous Imperial Concubine , a story about the power struggles during the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms period.[89] It was reported that Lin attracted a great deal of investment in the production and assembled a team of male stars. All casts are invited by herself. She also invited director Gao Xixi as an investor of the series. He make consultant for the fighting sequences and battles befitting to the brutal warring period.

Filming began January 15, 2011 in Hengdian World Studios, China.[90] The series started airing on 30th, October 2011 on Hunan TV's golden time.(China's second biggest television network). According to the China audience rating survey CSM27, it record the highest viewing rate from the first episode.[91] According to the Shanghaidaily news, one week after screening domestically, it made back all of its 100 million yuan investment.[92]

On December 2011, As a result of high rating & positive receptions, Lin won "Best producer" for her producing at 2011 Youku drama awards. Also She was crowned Best Actress and The Glamorous Imperial Concubine selected as top 10 TV series of the year.[93] Following her performance in The Glamorous Imperial Concubine, Lin extend her production business to romantic TV series and micro films in China and Taiwan. June 2012, Lin hold a press conference at Shanghai TV Festival for her upcoming projects.[94]

Since Ruby Lin studio establishment in 2010, Lin produced 6 TV series and films which has been nominated for numerous awards. In September 2015, Lin's latest production The Way We Were had a triumphant showing at Taiwan's the 50th Golden Bell Awards, with three victories for Best Television Series, Director and Supporting Actress.[95] Chinese media considered Lin served as a shining example for star-turned-producer.[92]

Year Title Release Date Notes Role
2011 The Glamorous Imperial Concubine September 2011 TV series Producer & Main Actress
2012 Drama Go! Go! Go! November 2012 TV series Producer & Main Actress
Forgotten May 2012 Television Film Producer & Main Actress
2013 Painted Skin: The Resurrection[96] April 2013 TV series artistic director
2014 Young Sherlock June 2014 TV series artistic director & Supporting Actress
Mother Mother May 2014 Television Film Producer & Main Actress
The Way We Were July 2014 TV series Producer & Main Actress
2016 Singing All Along July 2016 TV series Producer & Main Actress


Main article: Ruby Lin discography




  • 2016 Ambassador of Tourism in Hawaii
  • 2016 Qiong Yao Culture Foundation
  • 2014 Estee Lauder Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign
  • 2012 Ambassador for the Maria Society Welfare Foundation in Taiwan
  • 2011 Trend Health - Find most beautiful& healthy body of china[97]
  • 2010 Raily Good and Healthy Life campaign
  • 2010 Sohu "EasyGo China" charity campaign[98]
  • 2008 China Music Radio Kappa Project
  • 2009 World Food Programme(WFP)'s "Donate $1, Offer Compassion, Deliver Nutrition”[99]
  • 2009 Ambassador of Tourism in Seoul, Korea[100]
  • 2008 China Red Cross elementary-school building project[78]
  • 2008 China Music Radio Kappa Project
  • 2007 Beijing Olympics public-service promotional campaign
  • 2005 Promoter of Annapurna Conservation Area Project
  • 2004 Chinese Culture Festival in Seoul, Korea
  • 2001 Promoter of Hong Kong Community Chest Walkathon
  • 1999 Ambassador of Hong Kong Anti-Drug and -Crime Campaign

Awards and nominations[edit]


  1. ^ Elley, Derek (March 28, 2014). "Sweet Alibis review". Film Business Asia. 
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  3. ^ 吳奇隆制霸戲界強壓蘇有朋 2.7億連莊劫鈔王 [Nicky Wu dominating the drama scene with 270 million; topping Alec Su to win the income race again] (in Chinese). Apple Daily (Taiwan). November 6, 2012. 
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