Yan Yikuan

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Yan Yikuan
Chinese name 嚴屹寬 (traditional)
Chinese name 严屹宽 (simplified)
Pinyin Yán Yìkuān (Mandarin)
Born (1979-01-24) 24 January 1979 (age 39)
Shanghai, China
Other names Yan Kuan
Kevin Yan
Ethnicity Han
Alma mater Shanghai Theatre Academy
Occupation
Years active 1999–present
Label(s) Yan Yikuan Studio
Spouse(s) Sunny Du (m. 2014)
Website http://www.weibo.com/yankuan

Yan Yikuan (simplified Chinese: 严屹宽; traditional Chinese: 嚴屹寬; pinyin: Yán Yìkuān, born 24 January 1979), also known as Yan Kuan, is a Chinese actor and singer. He is best known for his roles in the television series Taiji Prodigy (2002), The Prince of Qin, Li Shimin (2005), The Last Princess (2008), All Men Are Brothers & The Glamorous Imperial Concubine (2011), Mazu (2012), Heroes in Sui and Tang Dynasties (2013), The Three Heroes and Five Gallants (2015) and Treasure Raiders (2016).

Career[edit]

Yan graduated from the acting department of Shanghai Theatre Academy in 2001 and joined National Theatre Company of China. He made his debut in the film First Opium War (1997), where he had a minor role. However due to his appearance not fitting the role, his scenes were later cut.[1]

Yan first gained attention with his appearance in wuxia drama Taiji Prodigy and later historical drama The Prince of Qin, Li Shimin.[2] Thereafter, he starred in a series of well-received period dramas, such as Big Shot and Golden Years, which gained him considerable recognition and earned him the title of "Most Handsome Ancient Man" in China.[1][3] He also starred in The Last Princess which yield high audience following during its run and led to a surge in popularity for Yan.[4][5]

Yan achieved breakthrough in 2011; his performance in the television adaptation of Water Margin, All Men Are Brothers and historical palace drama The Glamorous Imperial Concubine garnered much attention for Yan, who later won the Acting Idol award at the China TV Drama Awards.[6][7][8] Yan also starred alongside Liu Tao in mythology drama Mazu, which was a hit in China.[9]

Yan then headlined historical drama Heroes in Sui and Tang Dynasties (2013), which marked the turning point of his career.[10] The series earned both positive reviews and high ratings. After the series was broadcast in Taiwan, Yan experienced a surge in popularity in the region.[11] His other notable appearances were in The Three Heroes and Five Gallants (based on The Seven Heroes and Five Gallants) and Treasure Raiders (based on Gu Long's novel of the same name).[12][13] In 2016, Yan starred alongside an ensemble cast in Guo Jingming's epic fantasy film L.O.R.D: Legend of Ravaging Dynasties.[14] In 2017, Yan co-starred in the fantasy romance film Once Upon a Time, portraying Demon Lord Qing Cang.[15] He has also been cast in the historical drama Win the World co-starring Fan Bingbing.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Yan and his girlfriend of five years, actress Sunny Du held their long-awaited wedding in Bali, Indonesia on the evening of March 22, 2014. The couple were engaged for four months before registering for marriage last August.[17]

Yan Kuan changed his name to Yan Yikuan in 2013.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year English title Chinese title Role Notes
2004 Fairy Tale in Beijing 北京童话 Liu Xiaofeng
2007 Momentary Beauty 瞬间的美丽 Du Peng [18]
2010 The Love of Three Smile Scholar and the Beauty 三笑之才子佳人 Scholar Cameo
2014 Forever Young 怒放之青春再见 Zhang Wu Cameo
2015 The White Haired Witch of Lunar Kingdom 白发魔女传之明月天国 Hong Taiji [19]
2016 L.O.R.D: Legend of Ravaging Dynasties 爵迹 Guishan Fenghun
2017 The Chinese Widow 营救飞虎队 [20]
Once Upon a Time 三生三世十里桃花 Qing Cang

Television series[edit]

Year English title Chinese title Role Notes
1999 Love Letter 情书 Jin Pengcheng
1999 The Blessed Family and The Sun, Moon and star 情牵日月星 Liu Dehua Cameo
2000 Love Web 心网 Bi Chenggong
2000 碧血情仇 Kuang Xianneng
2000 奇人奇案 Ye Yushu
2001 Two People Is Better Than Being Alone 一个人不如两个人 Wang Dong [21]
2002 Chasing Dream 追梦 Sun Benli
2002 Taiji Prodigy 少年张三丰 Yi Jifeng
2002 秋潮向晚天 Zhuang Zili
2003 梦里花开 Lin Hui [22]
2003 The Ming Dynasty 大明王朝惊变录 Zhengtong Emperor
2005 起跑天堂 Wen Cheng
2005 The Prince of Qin, Li Shimin 秦王李世民 Li Jiancheng
2005 Wu Dang 武当 Zhu Yuanzhang [23]

[24]

2005 Young People of Border Town 飞天潜龙 Liu Yushu
2005 Wind Warrior 风中战士 Yan Kuan
2005 六女当铺 Qin Chi
2006 Golden Years 金色年华 Fang Guowei [25]
2006 The Life and Death Love 生死绝恋 Tao Jin [26]
2006 春天后母心 Huzi Cameo[27]
2007 The Legend of Lu Xiaofeng 陆小凤传奇之决战前后 Ye Gucheng [28]
2007 Justice Department 青天衙门 Yu Huanchun
2007 Loving Insurance 情爱保险 Huang Jianyuan [29]
2007 Liaozhai 2 聊斋志异2 E Zichuan [30]
2007 Good Morning Shanghai 纯白之恋 Wang Mingwei [31]
2007 Big Shot 大人物 Qin Ge [32]
2008 Bicheonmu 飞天舞 Liu Zhangyu Special appearance [33]
2008 The Last Princess 最后的格格 Fang Tianyu
2009 犯罪启示录 Lee Dalin [34]
2009 大案组 Sha Cheng [35]
2009 冷枪 Xiang Jianfeng [36]
2009 Love in Trouble Time 乱世艳阳天 Qiu Zheng
2010 烽火长城 Xiao Yunfei not broadcast [37]
2010 Indanthrene 阴丹士林 Li Zhaocun [38]
2010 Ghost Catcher - Legend of Beauty Zhongkui 天师钟馗之钟馗嫁妹 Du Ping [39]
2010 Beauty's Rival in Palace 美人心计 Liu Shaokang Special appearance [40]
2010 The Legend of Crazy Monk 活佛济公 Sheng De [41]
2010 生死迷局 Wu Fei [42]
2011 All Men Are Brothers 水浒传 Yan Qing
2011 Palace Lin Feifan Cameo
2011 大唐儒将开漳圣王 Chen Yuanguang [43]
2011 The Glamorous Imperial Concubine 倾世皇妃 Meng Qiyou
2012 媳妇是怎样炼成的 Tang Lei Cameo
2012 Happiness By Your Side 身边的幸福 Yang Qing [44]
2012 铁血男儿夏明翰 Xia Minghan [45]
2012 Lord of Legal Advisors 刑名师爷 Emperor Cameo
2012 Mystery of the Blue Butterfly 蓝蝶之谜 Zhuo Lixuan Cameo
2012 Mazu 妈祖 Wu Zonglun
2013 Heroes in Sui and Tang Dynasties 隋唐演义 Qin Shubao
2013 Love Love 恋了爱了 Jiang Haotian [46]
2013 Girlfriend's Lover 闺中密友 Li Qiuyang [47]
2013 Blood Oath 血誓 Ao Zi Cameo
2013 Longmen Express 龙门镖局 Shangguan Jingyu Cameo
2013 春天的绞刑架 Du Kurong [48]
2014 Modern Father 岳父太囧 Yuan Dong [49]
2014 Dating Hunter 约会专家 Gu Yi Cameo
2014 God of War 战神 Qin Jinwen [50]
2014 The Romance of the Condor Heroes 神雕侠侣 Wang Chongyang Special appearance [51]
2015 Legend of the Seaways 海上絲路 Emperor Xuanzong not broadcast [52]
2015 The Legend of Jasmine 大清江山之龍膽花 Duo Ergun not broadcast [53]
2016 Sisters 姐妹姐妹 Cha Zhachai [54]
2016 Treasure Raider 新萧十一郎 Xiao Shi Yi Lang
2016 The Three Heroes and Five Gallants 五鼠闹东京 Zhan Zhao
2016 God of War, Zhao Yun 武神赵子龙 Liu Bei Special appearance[55]
2016 Ice Fantasy 幻城 Yuan Ji Special appearance [56]
2016 Ares Ensanguined Youth 战神之血染的青春 Zhuang Zian [57]
2016 The Legend of Flying Daggers 飞刀又见飞刀 Li Xunhuan Special appearance [58]
2018 Love in Hanyuan 小楼又东风 Gao Chen [59]
TBA Win the World 赢天下 Crown Prince Dan
TBA Flying Youth 飞行少年 Kong Xin [60]
TBA Love and Passion 万水千山总是情 Yuan Tingshen [61]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year English title Chinese title Notes
2008 The Next Heavenly King 下一站天王 [62]

Singles[edit]

Year English title Chinese title Album Notes
2000 "Waiting for Love" 等爱 Qiren Qi'an OST
2001 "Don't Be Afraid, There's Me" 别怕有我 Two People Is Better Than Being Alone OST
2006 "Only Have Love" 只有爱 Golden Years OST
2007 "Rely" 依赖 The Last Princess OST
2009 "Falling Leaves" 落叶 Qiuchao Xiang Wantian OST
2013 "The You I Love" 我爱的你 Love Love OST
"Love Love 恋了爱了
"Say I Love You Again" 再一次说爱你

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2011 China TV Drama Awards Acting Idol Award N/A Won [8]
Best Supporting Actor All Men Are Brothers Nominated
2013 Most Popular Couple (with Sunny Du) Girlfriend's Lover Won
2016 New Zealand Asia Pacific Film Festival Most Popular Actor N/A Won [63]
China TV Drama Awards Most Popular Couple (with Sunny Du) Sisters Won
2017 Huading Awards Best Actor (Ancient Drama) Treasure Raiders Nominated

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