Wu Jinyan

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Wu Jinyan
Wu Jinyan
Born (1990-08-16) August 16, 1990 (age 29)
Alma materBeijing Film Academy
Years active2010–present
AgentHuanyu Entertainment
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese吳謹言
Simplified Chinese吴谨言

Wu Jinyan (Chinese: 吴谨言, born August 16, 1990) is a Chinese actress. She is best known for her roles in television series Beauties at the Crossfire (2013), Story of Yanxi Palace (2018) and The Legend of Haolan (2019).[1][2]

Early life and education[edit]

Wu was born in Chengdu, China. She began studying ballet at the age of 3. In 2000, she moved from her hometown to train at the Dance School Affiliated to Beijing Dance Academy, working to become a professional ballerina. After 7 years of boarding school, Wu joined the National Ballet of China, where she suffered repeated fractures in her feet. Wu later reported that these injuries caused her to pursue a different career to ballet.[a] In 2009, Wu entered Beijing Film Academy, majoring in acting.[3]

At the Affiliated school, Wu once had a chance to become an actress. The director even invited Wu's parents to persuade her to participate. But the role needed to shave the head, which would affect the dance presentation, she finally gave up this opportunity.[4]


2010–2017: Beginnings[edit]

During Wu’s sophomore year, she began her career by taking part in filming a time-travel television series,[5] which has not been aired yet.[b]

In 2011, Wu signed a contract with Zijun Entertainment, which opened up more acting opportunities for her.[6]

In 2013, Wu played a dual role in the period political drama Beauties at the Crossfire,[1] which achieved the highest ratings of the year for Anhui TV.[7] She also got the nomination of Most Popular Actress at the Shanghai Television Festival.[8]

In 2015, she appeared in the Guan Hu's crime film Mr. Six as a college student begging money to go home, opposite Feng Xiaogang.[9]

In 2016, during the shooting of Waitan Zhong Sheng, Wu made acquaintance with Yu Zheng, a Chinese screenwriter and producer.[c] Then she became an artist of Huanyu Entertainment and was cast as the lead role in the historical drama Zhaoge.[10]

2018–present: Rising popularity[edit]

In 2018, Wu starred in the historical drama Story of Yanxi Palace.[2] The drama was incredibly popular in China and throughout Asia, becoming the most googled show in 2018.[11] Wu gained increased attention and popularity with her role as Wei Yingluo.[12] She gained increased attention after starring in historical fiction The Legend of Haolan (2019) as Li Haolan / Zhao Ji.[13]

In 2019, Wu joined the cast of Youth Periplous, a Chinese variety show broadcast on Zhejiang Television.[14] In August, she ranked 65th on Forbes China Celebrity 100 list.[15] In September, Wu portrayed a scriptwriter in the suspense romance drama You Are My Answer which aired on Hunan Television.[16] In October, Wu appeared on the 2019 edition of Forbes' "30 Under 30" China list, which consisted of 30 influential people under 30 years old who have had a substantial effect in their fields.[17]



Year English title Chinese title Role Notes
2011 The Law of Attraction 万有引力 Huang Juan
2015 Mr. Six 老炮儿 Zheng Hong [9]
2018 Forever Young 无问西东 Lin Huiyin [18]
Born to Be Wild 说走就走之不说再见 Xue Qi [19]

Television series[edit]

Year English title Chinese title Role Notes
N/A 古今六人行 Mao Mao Unaired
2012 青海花儿 Wu Xiaoyu
2013 屏风美人 Qing Qing Television film
New Editorial Department Story 新编辑部故事 Young Lady Episode 13
Beauties at the Crossfire 烽火佳人 Qing Ping / Hong Yu
2014 The Four 少年四大名捕 He Xiaoyu Cameo
Young Sherlock 少年神探狄仁杰 Li Qian
2015 Royal Romance 多情江山 Wan'er
Fighting 激战 Jiang Ziyun [20]
2016 Singing All Along 秀丽江山之长歌行 Xu Yanzhi [21]
The Flame of Youth 尖锋之烈焰青春 Bei Batian
Magnificent Sword with Beauty 美人如玉剑如虹 Mei Ting [22]
2017 Guardian of Beauty 守护丽人 Zhu Qiqi [23]
Head Above Water 守卫者-浮出水面 Mi Xiaoran [24]
Legend of Heavenly Tear: Phoenix Warriors 天泪传奇之凤凰无双 Ya Meiren
2018 Untouchable Lovers 凤囚凰 Feng Ting [25]
Story of Yanxi Palace 延禧攻略 Wei Yingluo
Waitan Zhong Sheng 外滩钟声 Du Xinmei [26]
2019 The Legend of Haolan 皓镧传 Li Haolan (Zhao Ji) [27]
You Are My Answer 你是我的答案 Bai Xiaolu [28]
Yanxi Palace: Princess Adventures 金枝玉叶 Wei Yingluo [29]
TBA Zhaoge 朝歌 Daji / Yue Hao / You Ji [10]
Shanghai Picked Flowers 十里洋场拾年花 Yao Li [30]
Fighting Youth 正青春 Zhang Xiaoyu [31]
We Are Young 青春创世纪 Qian Xixi [32]
Happiness Will Knock Again 幸福还会来敲门 Fang Yan [33]
Legacy 传家 Yi Zhongyu

Variety show[edit]

Year English title Chinese title Role Notes
2019 Youth Periplous 青春环游记 Cast member

Music video[edit]

Year English title Chinese title Singer Notes
2019 The Story of Us 將故事寫成我們 JJ Lin [34]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2014 20th Shanghai Television Festival Most Popular Actress Beauties at the Crossfire Nominated [8]
2018 7th iQiyi All-Star Carnival Popularity Award (Actress) N/A Won [35]
15th Esquire China's Man At His Best Awards Breakthrough Actress Won [36]
24th Huading Awards Best Actress (Ancient Drama) Story of Yanxi Palace Won [37]
5th The Actors of China Award Ceremony Best Actress (Web series) Won [38]
10th China TV Drama Awards Young Rising Actress Won [39]
2019 4th China Quality Television Drama Ceremony Sina Weibo Most Talked About Celebrity Online N/A Won [40]
6th Hengdian Film and TV Festival of China (Wenrong Awards) Best Actress Story of Yanxi Palace, The Legend of Haolan Won [41]
China Entertainment Industry Summit
(Golden Pufferfish Awards)
Most Promising Commercially Valuable Artist N/A Won [42]
Golden Bud - The Fourth Network Film And Television Festival Best Actress The Legend of Haolan, You Are My Answer Nominated [43]


  1. ^ Appearing on Very quiet distance (非常静距离) on March 30, 2019, Wu described her early life and career.
  2. ^ In an interview released by China News Service on February 2, 2019, Wu disclosed that her first work, the television series shot during her sophomore, has not been aired.
  3. ^ Appearing on Very quiet distance (非常静距离) on March 30, 2019, Wu told her story how she made acquaintance with Yu Zheng.


  1. ^ a b 吴谨言《烽火佳人》分饰两角身陷三角恋. Sina (in Chinese). August 13, 2012.
  2. ^ a b 出演《延禧攻略》爆红 吴谨言:开心最重要. Epoch Times (in Chinese). August 14, 2018.
  3. ^ 4千人中脱颖而出!吴谨言10年前报考北影画面曝光. Phoenix New Media (in Chinese). January 7, 2019.
  4. ^ "吴谨言 10岁,19岁,与现在。". yohobuy (in Chinese). August 28, 2018.
  5. ^ 梁天盛赞王劲松《古今六人行》表演很“给力”. Sina (in Chinese). November 17, 2010.
  6. ^ 明星梦 距离现实有多远(图). Sina (in Chinese). July 20, 2013.
  7. ^ 2013盛世骄阳大剧盘点 《烽火佳人》年末收官. NetEase (in Chinese). January 3, 2014.
  8. ^ a b 第20届上海电视节白玉兰奖完全获奖名单. People's Daily (in Chinese). June 13, 2014.
  9. ^ a b 《老炮儿》票房飙升 吴谨言谈郑虹敬六爷江湖. Netease (in Chinese). December 31, 2015.
  10. ^ a b 于正《朝歌》曝剧照 吴谨言版苏妲己惊艳. Netease (in Chinese). April 4, 2017.
  11. ^ "Yanxi Palace: The most Googled show on Earth". BBC. December 23, 2018.
  12. ^ "Five actresses who could become the next Fan Bingbing: up-and-coming Chinese talents". South China Morning Post. February 22, 2019.
  13. ^ 《皓镧传》收官 吴谨言感言:有幸遇到皓镧. People.com (in Chinese). February 21, 2019.
  14. ^ "Wu Jinyan's Tang Dynasty Look Fails to Impress". Jayne stars. April 29, 2019.
  15. ^ "福布斯中国发布100名人榜 吴京黄渤胡歌位列前三". Sina (in Chinese). August 20, 2019.
  16. ^ "Love story filled with suspense". Shine. September 9, 2019.
  17. ^ 福布斯30岁以下精英榜出炉 肖战王一博李现等上榜. Sina (in Chinese). October 17, 2019.
  18. ^ 吴谨言曾演《无问东西》林徽因 民国扮相温婉动人. Sina (in Chinese). August 20, 2018.
  19. ^ 电影《说走就走之不说再见》曝光人物海报. Netease (in Chinese). August 10, 2018.
  20. ^ 《激战》吴谨言痴恋徐佳 父辈之约成兄妹. Sina (in Chinese). November 23, 2015.
  21. ^ "《秀丽江山之长歌行》曝光人物定妆照". Sina (in Chinese). September 27, 2013. 吴谨言饰许胭脂
  22. ^ 《美人如玉剑如虹》杀青 吴谨言掀民国时尚风. Netease (in Chinese). January 29, 2016.
  23. ^ 吴谨言主演《重生丽人》:我的努力看得见. Tencent (in Chinese). January 5, 2015.
  24. ^ 《守卫者-浮出水面》今晚开播 四大看点揭秘. Netease (in Chinese). August 14, 2017.
  25. ^ 吴谨言《凤囚凰》挑战演技 实力出演少女太后. Youthnet (in Chinese). February 12, 2018.
  26. ^ 吴谨言新剧变女老板,与俞灏明投身外滩创业. Sina (in Chinese). November 22, 2018.
  27. ^ 电视剧《皓镧传》首曝演员剧照. Xinhua (in Chinese). April 9, 2018.
  28. ^ 《你是我的答案》开机 吴谨言化身最美女编辑. Netease (in Chinese). May 2, 2018.
  29. ^ "Chinese spinoff drama on royal affairs debuts on Netflix". China Daily. January 9, 2020.
  30. ^ 《十里洋场拾年花》曝预告 王铭铎冷面探长显风采. Netease (in Chinese). August 22, 2017.
  31. ^ 《标化人生》阵容曝光 吴谨言殷桃挑战职业女性. People's Daily (in Chinese). December 21, 2018.
  32. ^ 陈凯歌监制新剧《青春创世纪》,吴谨言搭档黄景瑜. Sina (in Chinese). April 28, 2019.
  33. ^ 吴谨言《幸福还会来敲门》开机 出演个性警花引期待. ifeng (in Chinese). August 19, 2019.
  34. ^ "JJ Lin's new music video to feature Yanxi Palace actress Wu Jinyan". The Straits Times. December 31, 2019.
  35. ^ 2019爱奇艺尖叫之夜全程回顾 2019爱奇艺尖叫之夜完整获奖名单. Fengfeng (in Chinese). December 2, 2018.
  36. ^ "吴谨言斩获"年度突破演员奖" 蕾丝白裙优雅飘逸". People's Daily (in Chinese). December 5, 2018.
  37. ^ 张嘉译陈数获华鼎奖最佳男女主 "魏璎珞"摘奖. Sina (in Chinese). November 9, 2018.
  38. ^ "第五届"中国电视好演员"表彰盛典在蓉举行". People.com (in Chinese). December 29, 2018.
  39. ^ 2018《国剧盛典》落幕 黄晓明朱一龙张翰获荣誉. Sina (in Chinese). January 1, 2019.
  40. ^ 品质盛典落幕,王凯、唐嫣摘得“年度卓越品质之星”. Sina (in Chinese). March 7, 2019.
  41. ^ "2019横店影视节圆满落幕 "文荣奖"各奖项揭晓". Sina (in Chinese). October 27, 2019.
  42. ^ "2019金河豚奖入围名单". Sina (in Chinese). November 18, 2019.
  43. ^ "金骨朵网络影视盛典提名揭晓 王一博肖战杨紫等入围". Ynet (in Chinese). November 25, 2019.

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