Liu Tao

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Liu Tao
Chinese name 劉濤 (traditional)
Chinese name 刘涛 (simplified)
Pinyin Líu Tāo (Mandarin)
Born (1978-07-12) July 12, 1978 (age 39)
Nanchang, Jiangxi, China
Residence Beijing, China
Other names Tamia Liu
Ethnicity Han
Alma mater Guangdong University of Foreign Studies
Years active 2000–present
Label(s) Beijing Junqi Feiyang Media Co[1]
Spouse(s) Wang Ke (m. 2008)
Children Wang Ziyan ((王紫嫣}
Wang Zijing ((王子京)

Liu Tao (Chinese: 刘涛, born 12 July 1978) is a Chinese actress from Jiangnan.[2] She is known for her roles in Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils (2003), Mazu (2012), To Elderly With Love (2013), Nirvana in Fire (2015), Legend of Mi Yue (2015), Ode to Joy (2016) and The Advisors Alliance (2017).

In 2017, Liu ranked 6th on Forbes China Celebrity 100 list.[3]


Liu entered the industry in 2000, when she was cast in the family sitcom Daughter-in-Law.[4]

In 2003, Liu was cast in My Fair Princess III, playing the role of Musha. Following the series, Liu rose to fame in China.[5] Her subsequent performance as A'zhu in Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils (2003) made her a household name.[6]

In 2006, Liu starred in Madame White Snake and gained attention for her portrayal of the titular heroine.[7][8]

Liu challenged her first antagonist role in Da Li Princess (2009) co-starring Ruby Lin.[9][8] In 2012, she played Mazu in the television series of the same name. The drama gained high ratings during its run and won at the Outstanding Television Series award at the China TV Golden Eagle Award and Flying Apsaras Awards.[10][11][12]

Liu's subsequent performance in To Elderly With Love (2013) garnered her the Best Actress award at the China TV Golden Eagle Award and the Best Performing Arts Award at the China Golden Eagle TV Arts Festival.[13] The same year, she starred in Good Wife as a mother and housewife who struggles with the challenges of family-life. The family drama was a ratings hit and along with the discussion of Liu's own martial arrangements, became one of the most talked-about topics on Weibo.[14] As a result, Liu gained a surge in popularity.[15]

In 2015, she starred in acclaimed wuxia-historical series Nirvana in Fire.[16] A wax figure based on her role "Ni Huang" was displayed in Beijing Madame Tussauds Wax Museum.[17] The same year, she co-starred in The Legend of Mi Yue and won the Best Supporting Actress award at the Shanghai Television Festival.[18]

In 2016, Liu headlined modern romance series, Ode to Joy.[19] The drama garnered positive reviews and high ratings, and Liu was nominated as Best Actress at the Huading Awards and Shanghai Television Festival.[20]

In 2017, Liu starred in historical drama The Advisors Alliance, portraying Zhang Chunhua, the wife of Sima Yi.[21] The same year, she featured in the crime thriller Peace Breaker alongside Aaron Kwok.[22] She also starred alongside Jackie Chan in action thriller The Foreigner.[23]



Year Title Chinese Title Role Notes
2006 The Story of A Bao 阿宝的故事 Liu Jia
2011 The Founding of a Party 建党伟业 Consort Jin
2014 You Are The One 恋者多喜欢 Cheng Yu
2015 Let's Get Married 咱们结婚吧 Tian Haixin
2016 So Lucky 杠上开花 Cameo
2017 Peace Breaker 破·局 Lin Xiaoye
The Foreigner 普通人 Lan Keyi
2018 The Monkey King 3 西遊記之女兒國 Guanyin

Television series[edit]

Year Title Chinese Title Role Notes
2000 Jiu Ji Fan Guan 九记饭馆 Chu Chu
Daughter-in-Law 外来媳妇本地郎 Hu Xingzi
2001 The Sino-Dutch War 1661 英雄郑成功 Hai Xia
Huang Cheng Shen Ying 皇城神鹰 Princess Feixue
The Joy of Spring 欢乐青春 Bai Li
2002 The Railway Station 候车室的故事 Xiao Li
Love me, love me not 信是有缘 Fang Xiuxiu
2003 My Fair Princess III 还珠格格 Mu Sha
The Formidable Sword of Guan Xi 关西无极刀 Royal concubine of Loulan
Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils 天龙八部 A Zhu
Red & Black 2000 红与黑2000 Xiang Xiaoxiao
Taiwan Strait 台湾海峡 Chen Sisi
2004 The Last Concubine 末代皇妃 Qi Ruyu
Hero During Yongle Period 永乐英雄儿女 Princess Man'er
2005 So It's You 原来就是你 Du Muxue/ Jin'er
How Much Sorrow Do You Have 问君能有几多愁 Queen Zhou the Elder/ Madame Huarui
Cherry Red 樱桃正红 Meng Xing
2006 The Legend and the Hero 封神榜之凤鸣岐山 Chang'e Cameo
Forensic Heroes 遍地英雄 Zhou Ju
Madame White Snake 白蛇传 Bai Suzhen
Paris Sonata 巴黎恋歌 Yu Yue Cameo
Ye Guang Shen Huai 夜光神杯 Cheng Xiuxiu
Five Disciples of Master Huang 黄飞鸿五大弟子 Mengsao
2007 The Sword and the Chess of Death 魔剑生死棋 Liu Yiyi
Big Shot 大人物 Chu Chu
2008 Flower Woman 女人花 Huang Mei'er
Dali Princess 大理公主 Yang Yujiao
Wear a Mask and Dance 戴着面具跳舞 Han Sirui Cameo
2009 Cold Night 寒夜 Zeng Shusheng
Prelude of Lotus Lantern 宝莲灯前传 Yao Ji Cameo
2011 Pan Long Wo Hu Gao Shan Ding 盘龙卧虎高山顶 Bai Yu'e
Qian Duo Duo Marry Remember 钱多多嫁人记 Qian Duoduo
Hidden Identity 掩护 Gong Li
Journey to the West 西游记 Guan Yin
Bodhi Tree 橄榄树 Mu Sha
The Glamorous Imperial Concubine 倾世皇妃 Wen Jingruo Cameo
Night Falls in Chang'an 叶落长安 Bai Lianhua
2012 Happiness Full House 幸福满屋 Yang Lu
Zhi Zu Chang Le 知足常乐 Sun Yun
Two Female Bandits 两个女匪王 Kui Ying
Mazu 妈祖 Mazu
2013 Good Wife 贤妻 Han Dayun
Tian Xia Ren Jia 天下人家 Yang Xiaohui Cameo
Puzzle 1931 迷局1931 Du Juan
Angel Cometh Tonight 今夜天使降临 Peng Jiajia
To Elderly with Love 老有所依 Jiang Mulan
2014 The Story of a Woodcutter and his Fox Wife 刘海砍樵 Da Jie Cameo
Outsmarted His Huashan Legend 智取华山传奇 Yang Yuhuan
Happiness Beautiful Blossoms 幸福从天而降 Jiang Tianlan
Food to Pregnancy 食来孕转 Shen Yuyu
Hua Hong Hua Huo 花红花火 Hong Hua
2015 The Next Station is Marriage 下一站婚姻 Deng Caocao
Warriors on Fire 铁在烧 Zhao Zhiyi
Nirvana in Fire 瑯琊榜 Princess Nihuang
The Legend of Mi Yue 羋月傳 Mi Shu
2016 The Link 天伦 Mei Yujuan Cameo
Ode to Joy 歡樂頌 An Di
Forever Love 爱情万万岁 Jin Na
2017 Ode to Joy 2 欢乐颂2 An Di
The Advisors Alliance 军师联盟 Zhang Chunhua
2018 Tempest of Anti-Corruption 反贪风暴 Mei Ruobing
Both Of Us Must Be Fine 我们都要好好的
TBA Scouring Marriage 淘婚记 Wang Keke



  • The Best Time (最好的時光) (2014)[24]


Year Title Chinese Title Album Notes
2003 "Only Need You" 只要有你 My Fair Princess III OST
2006 "Fall in Love with You" 爱上你 Madame White Snake OST
"Cherry Blossom Island" 桃花岛 Forensic Heroes OST
2007 "Cold Night" 寒夜 Cold Night OST
2008 "Tears of Love" 爱的眼泪 Dali Princess OST
2013 "How a Heart-broken Girl is Like" 伤了心的女人怎么了 Good Wife OST
2014 "One More Time" 再一次 Angel Cometh Tonight OST
"I Won't Be Alone" 我不会一个人
2015 "Faded Beauty" 红颜旧 Nirvana in Fire OST
2016 "There Will Be Happiness Waiting For You" 总有幸福在等你 Ode to Joy OST with Jiang Xin, Wang Ziwen, Yang Zi & Qiao Xin
"Can't Say It Aloud" 说不出口
2017 "Us" 我们 Ode to Joy 2 OST with Jiang Xin, Wang Ziwen, Yang Zi & Qiao Xin
"The Feeling of Home" 家的滋味
"Meeting Love" 遇到爱
"Zhan Cheng Nan" 戰城南 N/A Theme song of mobile game 胡萊三國2.
"Waiting For You To Come Back" 等著你回來 Peace Breaker OST
"Ordinary Person" 普通人 The Foreigner OST with Jackie Chan

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2013 5th China TV Drama Awards Best Actress To Elderly with Love Won [25]
2014 10th China Golden Eagle TV Arts Festival Best Performing Arts Award Won [13]
27th China TV Golden Eagle Award Best Actress Won
2015 30th Flying Apsaras Awards Outstanding Actress Nominated [26]
Nirvana in Fire Nominated
2016 19th Huading Awards Best Actress (Ancient) Nominated [27]
Best Actress (Revolutionary-Era) Warriors on Fire Nominated
22nd Shanghai Television Festival Best Supporting Actress The Legend of Mi Yue Won [18]
28th China TV Golden Eagle Award Best Actress Nominated [28]
11th China Golden Eagle TV Arts Festival Most Popular Actress Won [29]
2017 3rd Asia Rainbow TV Awards Best Actress (Historical) Nirvana in Fire Nominated [30]
Best Actress (Modern) Ode to Joy Nominated
22nd Huading Awards Best Actress Nominated [20]
23rd Shanghai Television Festival Best Actress Nominated [31]


  1. ^ "秦海璐联手刘涛开公司:拍板都听闺蜜的". Sina (in Chinese). April 15, 2012. 
  2. ^ "刘涛北京王府饭店完婚 宣布将退出演艺圈". Xinhua News (in Chinese). January 7, 2008. 
  3. ^ "2017 Forbes China Celebrity List (Full List)". Forbes. September 22, 2017. 
  4. ^ "他"生"出《外来媳妇本地郎》 称刘涛怎么留都留不住". Tencent (in Chinese). December 25, 2016. 
  5. ^ "因古装剧大红大紫的女星". Xinhua News (in Chinese). August 15, 2014. 
  6. ^ "刘涛:阿朱成了"万人迷" (Ah Zhu is now China's new popular girl)". Xinhua News (in Chinese). Retrieved 2016-10-01. 
  7. ^ "刘涛、潘粤明重写"人蛇之恋" 《白蛇传》昨日开机". Sina (in Chinese). June 28, 2004. 
  8. ^ a b "刘涛:蜜糖女孩的双面生活 古装时尚两相宜". Sohu (in Chinese). September 7, 2009. 
  9. ^ "《大理公主》今晚登陆央视". NetEase (in Chinese). March 10, 2009. 
  10. ^ "一周台视:《妈祖》中视首播 收视破一". NetEase (in Chinese). August 12, 2013. 
  11. ^ "我省神话作家周濯街 二度斩获电视剧飞天奖". NetEase (in Chinese). August 23, 2013. 
  12. ^ "重庆梁平籍作家编剧的电视剧《妈祖》获金鹰奖". NetEase (in Chinese). September 13, 2014. 
  13. ^ a b "刘涛获封双料视后落泪 感慨电梯缘份奥妙 (Liu Tao tears up after winning two awards)". Sina (in Chinese). Retrieved 2014-10-13. 
  14. ^ "Confucius goes Commercial – China's TV Hit 'Good Wife'". Whats On Weibo. March 27, 2013. 
  15. ^ "For richer or poorer". Week in China. March 15, 2013. 
  16. ^ "《琅琊榜》9月揭榜 古装男神胡歌再战"江湖"--人民网娱乐频道--人民网". People's Daily (in Chinese). Retrieved 2015-12-23. 
  17. ^ "Wax statue of Liu Tao's role in 'Nirvana in Fire' shown in Beijing". China Daily. September 18, 2016. 
  18. ^ a b "白玉兰获奖名单 胡歌孙俪摘最佳男女主". Sina (in Chinese). June 10, 2016. 
  19. ^ "《欢乐颂》4月17日首播 定档片花首曝光". Sina. March 2, 2016. 
  20. ^ a b "华鼎奖提名公布投票开启 《人民》吴刚陆毅齐入围". Sina (in Chinese). April 28, 2017. 
  21. ^ "《军师联盟》首支片花曝光 吴秀波刘涛群星领衔". NetEase (in Chinese). October 27, 2016. 
  22. ^ "Kwok, Wang team up for summer film". China Daily. June 21, 2017. 
  23. ^ "《英伦对决》刘涛老年妆面露沧桑 获成龙赞敬业". Sina (in Chinese). August 29, 2017. 
  24. ^ "最好的时光 (刘涛音乐专辑)". Baidu Baike (in Chinese). 
  25. ^ "2013国剧盛典 刘涛获观众最喜爱女演员奖". Netease (in Chinese). December 31, 2013. 
  26. ^ "第三十届飞天奖公布提名名单 胡歌陈宝国争视帝". Sohu (in Chinese). December 23, 2015. 
  27. ^ "第19届华鼎奖公布中国百强电视剧满意调查提名". Tencent (in Chinese). April 29, 2016. 
  28. ^ "金鹰奖提名出炉 胡歌王凯刘涛赵丽颖争视帝视后". NetEase (in Chinese). October 6, 2016. 
  29. ^ "胡歌刘涛人气最佳称帝封后". Sina (in Chinese). October 17, 2016. 
  30. ^ "第三届亚洲彩虹奖电视颁奖礼入围名单". CTVCC (in Chinese). 
  31. ^ "23届上海电视节入围名单公布 《欢乐颂》获八项提名". ifeng (in Chinese). May 24, 2017. 

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