June 26, 1984|
Xi'an, Shaanxi, China
|Alma mater||Central Academy of Drama|
Wen rose to fame for his role in the popular television series Struggle (2007). Based on the popular novel by Shi Kang, Struggle gained unexpected acclaim and was seen as a breakthrough in Chinese TV production as it broke from the usual Chinese TV series focusing in traditional legends and series.
Another notable series Wen starred in is Dwelling Narrowness (2009). The series, which focuses on rising property prices in China and the impact it has on youths and their ambitions, was a major hit with the audiences and sparked a discussion among youths online. The same year, he made his film debut in A Tale of Two Donkeys (directed by Li Dawei), a black comedy film set in the Cultural Revolution. Wen won the Best New Actor award at the China Movie Channel Media Awards for his performance.
Wen had his first major role on the screen in Xue Xiaolu's literary film, Ocean Heaven (2010), playing a 21-year-old autistic man whose only happiness is swimming. Wen was initially rejected by the producers, as he did not fit their requirements; and this prompted him to master four kinds of living strokes in one week. After he successfully got the role, Wen underwent arduous training - which involves swimming 5000 m per day and a 180-day's living with a group of autistic people, which Wen says helped him get closer to their inner mind. Wen's efforts paid off to overwhelming positive reviews from critics, and he clinched the Best Actor award at the China Movie Channel Media Awards. The same year, Wen won the Best Actor award at the Sichuan Television Festival and Audience's Choice for Actor at the Golden Eagle Awards for his role as a war-time hero in Snow Leopard.
In 2011, Wen starred in the romantic comedy Love is Not Blind alongside Bai Baihe. The low-budget film became a surprise hit and ended up grossing over 350 million yuan at the Chinese box office. Wen won the Best Actor award at the Hundred Flowers Award for his performance. The same year, Wen won the Best Actor award at the China TV Drama Awards for his performance in Naked Wedding. The series, which explores the struggles a China couple faces when they marry for love with no house, substantial savings, or elaborate ceremonies, struck a chord with Chinese youths and become a major hit.
In 2013, he starred as Tang Sanzang in Stephen Chow's fantasy blockbuster Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons, which broke records to become the highest grossing Chinese movie then. He also starred in action comedy Badges of Fury alongside Jet Li. The same year, Wen launched his directorial debut, Little Daddy on the small screen; which stars himself as the lead actor. He received the award for Best TV Series for the production, and the Best TV Actor award at the LETV Awards.
Post-scandal and successful comeback
Wen directed his first film, When Larry Met Mary which was released in 2016. However, despite positive reviews, the film failed to do well at the box office. Wen received the Best Directorial Debut award at the Golden Rooster Awards.
Wen married Chinese actress Ma Yili, who is eight years older, and they have a two-year-old daughter. However, in 2014, Wen was exposed by the media to be involved in an affair with Yao Di, a Chinese actress who starred with Wen in the 2011 television series Naked Marriage. His affair attracted widespread discussion on Sina Weibo with over millions of comments.
|Year||English Title||Chinese Title||Role||Notes|
|2009||A Tale of Two Donkeys||走着瞧||Ma Jie|
|2010||Ocean Heaven||海洋天堂||Da Fu|
|2011||Mr. & Mrs. Incredible||神奇侠侣||Emperor|
|The Law of Attraction||万有引力||Gao Yuan|
|The Sorcerer and the White Snake||白蛇传说||Neng Ren|||
|Love is Not Blind||失恋33天||Wang Xiaojian|
|2012||In-Laws New Year||亲家过年||Zhang Xuelun|
|Truth or Dare||真心话大冒险||Cameo|
|All for Love||三个未婚妈妈||Cameo|
|The Guillotines||血滴子||Qian Long|
|2013||Beyond the Bounds||越位者||Cameo|
|Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons||西游·降魔篇||Tang Sanzang|
|Badges of Fury||不二神探||Wang Bu'er|
|2014||On the Way||我在路上最爱你||Xia Yu|||
|Gone with the Bullets||一步之遥||Wu Qi|||
|League of Gods||封神传奇||Nezha|
|When Larry Met Mary||陆垚知马俐||Director|
|2017||Gong Shou Dao||功守道||Director|
|Year||English Title||Chinese Title||Role||Notes|
|2000||Bloom of Youth||青春正点||Chen Long|
|2001||Black Triangle||黑三角||Du Liang|
|2003||Zheng Jiu Shao Nian Fan||拯救少年犯||Cao Xiaolei|
|2004||You Are Smiling, While I am Weeping||你在微笑我却哭了||Chen Chen|
|2006||Song of Youth||青春之歌||Lin Daofeng|
|Romantic Life||与青春有关的日子||Zhuo Yue|
|Jin Yi Wei||锦衣卫||Zhu Tianjiao|
|2007||An Liu||暗流||Duan Yifei|
|Where is Happiness||幸福在哪里||Cameo|
|2009||Prominent Family||望族||Du Qingming|
|Love in Sun Moon Lake||爱在日月潭||Meng Ting|
|Dwelling Narrowness||蜗居||Xiao Bei|
|2010||Snow Leopard||雪豹||Zhou Weiguo|
|National Anthem||国歌||Nie Er|
|Bing Shi Shui Zhao De Shui||冰是睡着的水||Coach Gao|
|2011||Naked Wedding||裸婚时代||Liu Yiyang|
|Zai Ba Guo Yin||再过把瘾||Cameo|
|Black Fox||黑狐||Luo Bin|
|2013||Blood Rose 3||血色玫瑰之女子特遣队||Wang Jingwei|
|Little Daddy||小爸爸||Yu Guo||Also director|
|Love is not Blind||失恋33天||Cameo|
|2016||Young Marshal||少帅||Zhang Xueliang|
|2017||Razor||剃刀边缘||Xu Congliang||Also director|
Awards and nominations
|2009||China Movie Channel Media Awards||Best New Actor||A Tale of Two Donkeys||Won|||
|2010||Best Actor||Ocean Heaven||Won|||
|2011||Beijing College Student Film Festival||Best Actor||Nominated|
|Most Popular Actor||Won|||
|Huabiao Film Awards||Best Newcomer||Won|||
|Golden Phoenix Awards||Society Award||Won|||
|China TV Drama Awards||Best Actor||Naked Wedding||Won|||
|Shanghai Television Festival||Best Actor||Snow Leopard||Nominated|
|2012||Golden Eagle Awards||Audience's Choice for Actor||Won|||
|Most Popular Actor||Won|
|Shanghai Television Festival||Best Actor||Naked Wedding||Nominated|
|China Film Director's Guild Awards||Best Actor||Love is Not Blind||Nominated|
|Beijing College Student Film Festival||Best Actor||Nominated|
|Most Popular Actor||Won|||
|Hundred Flowers Award||Best Actor||Won|||
|2013||Sichuan Television Festival||Best Actor||Snow Leopard||Won|||
|LeTV Awards||Best Director (TV)||Little Daddy||Won|||
|Best Actor (TV)||Won|
|China TV Drama Awards||Best Director||Won|
|2016||Asian New Talent Award||Best Director||When Larry Met Mary||Nominated|||
|2017||31st Golden Rooster Awards||Best Directorial Debut||Won|||
- "《奋斗》火爆文章窜红 如小燕子赵薇一夜成名". Sina (in Chinese). January 21, 2008.
- "TV drama Snail House hit the airwaves in Beijing". CCTV.com. November 9, 2009.
- "Hit TV Series Strikes Chord with China's "House Slaves"". The Wall Street Journal. November 26, 2009.
- ""A Tale of Two Donkeys" Wins Laughter in CSFF". China Radio International. April 9, 2010.
- "电影频道传媒大奖揭晓 《走着瞧》成最大赢家". NetEase (in Chinese). June 22, 2009.
- "'Ocean Heaven' Actor Wen Zhang: It's Good to Learn". China Radio International. June 15, 2010.
- "Actor 'Little octopus' says We Can". China Daily. July 29, 2010.
- ""A Bite of China", "Downton Abbey" win top prizes". CCTV.com. November 19, 2013.
- "Golden Eagle TV Art Festival opens in Hunan Province". CCTV.com. September 11, 2012.
- "Wen Zhang, Bai Baihe join 'Love is not Blind'". China Daily. October 16, 2012.
- "Love Is Not Blind is a box office hit in China". Asia Pacific Arts. November 22, 2011.
- "31st Hundred Flowers Award ceremony opens in E China". The Global Times. September 30, 2012.
- "Sheren Tang and Kevin Cheng Win Most Popular Artist Awards in Beijing". JayneStars. December 27, 2011.
- "《裸婚时代》开播即成收视冠军 话题十足引争议". Tencent (in Chinese). June 23, 2011.
- "《裸婚时代》江苏卫视热播 导演解读80后新婚姻". Sina (in Chinese). June 13, 2011.
- "Film Review: 'Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons'". Variety. March 10, 2013.
- "Film Review: 'Badges of Fury'". Variety. June 28, 2013.
- "'Little Daddy'actor/director Wen Zhang wins double at LETV Awards". The Global Times. December 22, 2013.
- "Actor Wen's romantic comedy set for July release". China Daily. June 6, 2016.
- "Box-office takings wilt in the heat of summer". China Daily. August 5, 2016.
- "Highlights of 31st Golden Rooster Awards in Hohhot". The Global times. September 17, 2017.
- "A look at the Xi'an Incident hero's formative years". China Daily. January 21, 2016.
- "Actor's cheating apology sets China social network on fire". Sina. March 31, 2014.
- "Charlene Choi, Wen Zhang seen in new film". China.org.cn. July 1, 2011.
- "Wen Zhang to Star in 3D Film 'On the Road'". China Radio International. November 15, 2011.
- "Wen Zhang, Wang Zhiwen join Jiang Wen's new film". China Daily. August 19, 2013.
- "Star couple to play in 'Spy Game'". China Daily. March 17, 2017.
- "第18届北京大学生电影节落幕". enorth.com (in Chinese). April 30, 2011.
- "Huabiao awards winners announced". CCTV.com. August 30, 2011.
- "第十三届"金凤凰奖"揭晓 百余名表演艺术家出席". China.com (in Chinese). August 12, 2011.
- "19th Beijing College Student Film Festival wraps up". China.org.cn. April 27, 2012.
- "Candidates for the Asian New Talent Award". Shanghai Daily. June 20, 2016.