Tiffany Tang

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Tiffany Tang
Background information
Chinese name 唐嫣
Pinyin Táng Yān (Mandarin)
Birth name Tang Yan
Ethnicity Han
Born (1983-12-06) December 6, 1983 (age 33)
Shanghai, China
Occupation Actress, Model
Label(s) Tang Yan Studio
Ancestry Ningbo, Zhejiang, China

Tang Yan, better known by her English name Tiffany Tang (born December 6, 1983[1]) is a Chinese actress. She graduated from the Central Academy of Drama in 2006. In 2007, she was nominated for the Best Actress award at the Shanghai Television Festival for her film debut in Farewell for Love.[2] She left her company Orange Sky Entertainment Group mid-2012 to set up her own studio.

Known as the "1 billion queen", Tang is noted for her roles in Chinese Paladin 3 (2009), My Daughter (2011), My Sunshine (2015), Lady & Liar (2015) and The Princess Weiyoung (2016). She is currently one of the highest paid Chinese TV actresses.[3]


In 2001, she took part in the 3rd "Shulei Century Star" competition, and won the Top Champion" award.[4] In 2004, Tang was selected as one of the 14 "Olympic Babies" by director Zhang Yimou and performed at the closing ceremony of the Athens 2004 Summer Olympics.[5]



Tiffany Tang acted in many television series and movies in her early time. In 2007, she was nominated as Best Actress at the Shanghai Television Festival and as Best New Actress at the Beijing College Student Film Festival for her performance in the film Farewell for Love.[2]

2009–2014: Rising popularity[edit]

Tang rose to fame after starring in Chinese Paladin 3 (2009), adapted from the video game of the same title. Tang's portrayal of Zi Xuan and her chemistry with Wallace Huo drew positive reviews from the audience.[6] She also co-starred with Jay Chou in the Taiwanese television series Pandamen (2010).

Tang's popularity further increased with the drama My Daughter (2011), which earned high ratings.[7] Tang won the awards for Most Popular TV Actress at the 2011 Grand Ceremony of New Forces and 3rd Anhui TV Drama Awards.[8]

In 2012, Tang co-starred in Xuan-Yuan Sword: Scar of Sky, adapted from the popular role-playing game Xuan-Yuan Sword. The drama topped TV ratings and garnered 2 billion views online, becoming the 9th drama in Hunan TV's broadcast history to achieve that feat.[9] She reunited with Chinese Paladin 3 co-star Wallace Huo in Perfect Couple (2014), a historical romantic comedy written by Tong Hua. The drama topped online broadcast views; winning Tang and Huo the Best Couple award at the China TV Drama Awards.[10]

2015–Present: Mainstream success and Film roles[edit]

Tang starred in a series of high rated dramas in 2015, namely My Sunshine, Lady & Liar, Legend of Fragrance, Diamond Lover and The Lost Tomb.[11][12][13][14][15] Due to the success of her dramas, Tang was given the nickname of "1 billion queen".[16] She was nominated at the 17th Huading Awards for Best Actress in four different categories, and won Best Actress in the contemporary genre for her performance in My Sunshine.[17][18] She also became the promotional ambassador for the 7th China TV Drama Awards, and won the awards for Actress with the Most Media Influence as well as Audience's Favourite Character.[19][20] The same year, Tang was ranked 20th on Forbes China Celebrity with an income revenue of 45 million yuan.[21] Despite her success, Tang received criticisms from repetitively playing the same kind of roles without any breakthrough.

Tang was crowned "Golden Eagle Goddess" for the 11th China Golden Eagle TV Art Festival due to her successful streak in television series.[22] She then made her television comeback in the historical drama The Princess Weiyoung. The drama ranked in the top ten highest rated television dramas of 2016 and garnered 18 billion views online.[23] Tang won the Best Actress award at the Huading Awards for her performance.[24]

The same year, Tang starred in Korean-Chinese production Bounty Hunters alongside Korean actor Lee Min-ho and Wallace Chung. The film broke 1 million admissions, and Tang received praises for her acting breakthrough as a femme fatale.[25] She then starred in A Chinese Odyssey Part Three directed by Jeffery Lau, playing the role of Zixia Fairy. The film was released on the mid-autumn festival and topped box office charts.[26] In 2017, Tang starred alongside Nicholas Tse and Jung Yong-hwa in the comedy film Cook Up a Storm.[27]