Yang Yang (actor)

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Yang Yang
Yang profile pic.jpg
Yang Yang in Paris, June 2016
Born (1991-09-09) September 9, 1991 (age 27)
Alma materPeople's Liberation Army Academy of Art
Years active2010–present
AgentYuekai Entertainment
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese楊洋
Simplified Chinese杨洋

Yang Yang (simplified Chinese: 杨洋; traditional Chinese: 楊洋, born 9 September 1991) is a Chinese actor. He made his acting debut in the Chinese television drama The Dream of Red Mansions (2010). Since then, he has received recognition for his roles in television dramas The Lost Tomb (2015), The Whirlwind Girl (2015), Love O2O (2016) and film The Left Ear (2015). He was ranked fifth on the 2017 Forbes China Celebrity 100 list.[1]

Early life[edit]

At age 11, Yang was admitted to the Department of Dance in People's Liberation Army Arts College in China.[2] He also has studied at the Central Academy of Drama for a period of time.[3]


2007–2014: Beginning[edit]

In December 2007, he was chosen to play the lead role Jia Baoyu by director Li Shaohong in The Dream of Red Mansions.[4] One of the most expensive Chinese TV series produced at RMB118 million (US$17.55 million), the 50 episode drama premiered on July 6, 2010.[5]

In 2011, Yang featured in The Founding of a Party, a patriotic tribute detailing the process of establishing the Communist Party of China.[6] He continued to build up his filmography, featuring in war dramas The War Doesn't Believe in Tears (2012) and Ultimate Conquest (2013), and romance series Flowers of Pinellia Ternata (2013).[7][8][9][10]

On April 29, 2014, Yang ended his contract of 7 years with his company.[11]

2015–2016: Rising popularity and breakthrough[edit]

Yang started to gain recognition for his performance in The Left Ear, a coming-of-age film which is also the directorial debut of Alec Su.[12] The film was a box office hit, and Yang received positive for his performance as Xu Yi.[13] He then participated in travel-reality show Divas Hit the Road,[14] which was a huge topic online when it aired and helped Yang top the "2015 Chinese Reality Show Star Ranking".[15] He next starred in action-adventure web-drama The Lost Tomb based on the novel of the same name. The Lost Tomb was the most watched web drama of the year, and Yang gained acclaim from novel fans and audience for his portrayal of Zhang Qiling.[16][17][18] Yang then played the male lead in youth sports drama The Whirlwind Girl, which gained one of the highest viewership ratings of the year.[19][20] He also released his first single, "Tender Love".[21] At the end of the year, Yang won several awards including the Most Popular TV Actor of the Year at iQiyi All-Star Carnival Night 2016;[22] and the Most Anticipated Actor and Most Influential Actor awards at the China TV Drama Awards.[23]

In 2016, Yang starred in youth romance drama Love O2O, based on Gu Man's novel of the same name.[24] The drama was a massive hit both locally and internationally, and is the most viewed modern drama in China. Following the airing of Love O2O, Yang experienced a huge surge in popularity and successfully broke into the mainstream.[25] To thank his fans, Yang released the song "Love is Crazy", a jazz/rock single.[26] He next starred in romance film I Belonged to You,[27] which was a huge success and broke box office sales record for mainland-produced romance films.[28] He was named as one of the Top 10 Chinese celebrities with most commercial value by CBN Weekly.[29]

2017–present: Continued success[edit]

In 2017, Yang starred alongside Liu Yifei in romantic fantasy film Once Upon a Time.[30] He was announced as the lead role Ye Xiu in the upcoming eSports novel adaptation of The King's Avatar.[31]

In 2018, Yang starred in the fantasy action drama Martial Universe.[32][33]

In 2019, Yang was cast in the military drama Glory of the Special Forces directed by Xu Jizhou.[34] He was also announced to star in the disaster film Vanguard alongside Jackie Chan.[35]

Other activities[edit]

In January 2016, Yang became the first artist to be featured on the China Post postage stamp.[36]

On February 19, 2017, Yang had his wax figure of himself displayed at Madam Tussauds Shanghai.[37] His second wax figure was displayed at Madame Tussauds Beijing on July 19, 2017.[38]



Year English title Chinese title Role Notes
2011 The Founding of a Party 建党伟业 Yang Kaizhi
2012 Joyful Reunion 饮食男女2012 Shizhe (young) [39]
2015 The Unbearable Lightness of Inspector Fan 暴走神探 Zhanshi Wu [40]
The Left Ear 左耳 Xu Yi
2016 I Belonged to You 从你的全世界路过 Mao Shiba
2017 Once Upon a Time 三生三世十里桃花 Ye Hua
2020 Vanguard 急先锋

Television series[edit]

Year English title Chinese title Role Notes
2010 The Dream of Red Mansions 红楼梦 Jia Baoyu
2011 Melody of Youth 青春旋律 Ning Hao [41]
2012 The War Doesn't Believe in Tears 战争不相信眼泪 Du Changyou
Refresh 3+7 刷新3+7 He Tianze [42]
2013 Legend of Goddess Luo 新洛神 Cao Zhi [43]
Ultimate Conquest 武间道 Bai Niansheng
Flowers of Pinellia Ternata 花开半夏 Lu Yuan
2014 Lanterns 花灯满城 Fei Yu [44]
Tiny Times 小时代之折纸时代 Neil [45]
2015 The Four 少年四大名捕 Wu Qing
The Lost Tomb 盗墓笔记 Zhang Qiling
The Whirlwind Girl 旋风少女 Ruo Bai
2016 Love O2O 微微一笑很倾城 Xiao Nai
My Adorable Husband 我的蠢萌老公 Yang Kang [46]
2018 The Chronicles of Town Called Jian 茧镇奇缘 Huang Moru [47]
Martial Universe 武动乾坤 Lin Dong
2019 The King's Avatar 全职高手 Ye Xiu
2020 Glory of the Special Forces 特战荣耀 Yan Poyue

Variety show[edit]

Year English title Chinese title Role Notes
2013 Star Soldier 防务精英之星兵报到 Cast member [48]
2015 Divas Hit the Road Season 2 花儿与少年 [14]


Year English title Chinese title Role Notes
2009 The Dream of Red Mansions 红楼梦 Jia Baoyu



Year English title Chinese title Album Notes
2011 "Dandelion" 蒲公英 Melody of Youth OST with Zhou Mi, Ma Su, Jiang Mengjie & Su Qing
2015 "Fly with a Carefree Heart" 放心去飞 The Left Ear OST with Oho Ou & Hu Xia
"Divas Hit the Road" 花儿与少年 N/A Divas Hit the Road theme song
"Tender Love" 安心的温柔 N/A
2016 "Summer's Smooth Hair Dance" 夏日顺发舞 N/A Promotional song for the shampoo brand Rejoice
"One Smile is very Beautiful" 微微一笑很倾城 Love O2O OST N/A
"Love Is Crazy" 爱是一个疯字 N/A
"Sunshine in the Eyes" 瞳孔里的太阳 N/A Promotional single for the 2016 World AIDS Day
2017 “Three Lifetimes, Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms" 三生三世十里桃花 Once Upon a Time OST with Liu Yifei
"Just Like IDOL" 就象是IDOL N/A
"Power of Love" 爱的力量 N/A Charity Song for Sunshine Special Fund
2018 "The Best" 最好 N/A
"Forever Young" N/A N/A

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Event Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2015 Chinese Campus Art Glory Festival Most Popular Actor The Four Won [49]
4th iQiyi All-Star Carnival Popular TV Actor Award The Lost Tomb Won [22]
8th China TV Drama Awards Most Talked About Actor N/A Won [23]
Most Influential Actor in the Media N/A Won
2016 13th Esquire Man At His Best Awards Most Commercially Valuable Artist N/A Won [50]
Youku Young Choice Awards Artist of the Year N/A Won [51][52]
2016 UC Headlines Figure N/A Won
2017 2nd China Television Drama Quality Ceremony Most Popular Quality Actor Love O2O Won [53]
Chinese Communist Youth League (CCYL) May 4 Medal N/A Won [54]
14th Esquire Man At His Best Awards Man of the Year N/A Won [55]
Artist of the Year N/A Won
Tencent Video Star Awards VIP Star of the Year N/A Won [56]
2018 Won [57]


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  2. ^ 细数军艺毕业的影视明星. Sohu (in Chinese). May 3, 2011.
  3. ^ 杨洋:我不想做什么"小鲜肉",我要做"红烧肉". CCTV (in Chinese). February 26, 2018.
  4. ^ "成年宝玉"杨洋发现记 初次面试被李少红选中. Tencent (in Chinese). June 23, 2008.
  5. ^ 新《红楼》8年耗资1.18亿 投资方称年收益率低. NetEase (in Chinese). September 7, 2010.
  6. ^ 建党伟业》热映 杨洋不顾形象当场"泪奔". Sina (in Chinese). September 21, 2011.
  7. ^ 《战争泪》开播 杨洋沪宁两地奔忙(图). Sina (in Chinese). June 5, 2012.
  8. ^ 《战争不相信眼泪》获好口碑 杨洋演绎战地纯爱. Tencent (in Chinese). September 25, 2012.
  9. ^ 《武间道》将播 大宝玉杨洋弃文从武. Sina (in Chinese). September 18, 2013.
  10. ^ 杨洋《花开半夏》演富二代 多套造型玩转学院风. Tencent (in Chinese). January 6, 2012.
  11. ^ 杨洋与荣信达4月解除合同 经仲裁委员会终局裁决. NetEase (in Chinese). December 26, 2014.
  12. ^ 杨洋《左耳》告别荧幕初吻 最后定角许弋. Sina (in Chinese). November 19, 2015.
  13. ^ 《左耳》上映4日超速奔3 杨洋成吸粉利器春. Sina (in Chinese). April 28, 2015.
  14. ^ a b 《花儿与少年》杨洋自曝性格慢热 在旅行最怕饿. Sohu (in Chinese). May 7, 2015.
  15. ^ 《花少》杨洋获封真人秀之王. Sina (in Chinese). November 18, 2015.
  16. ^ 南派三叔亲定小哥 发杨洋正面试装照(图). Sina (in Chinese). September 17, 2014.
  17. ^ 专访|杨洋:我在《盗墓笔记》中绝对没有感情戏. The Paper (in Chinese). June 8, 2015.
  18. ^ 杨洋《盗墓笔记》斗中显神威 小哥打动原著粉. Xinhua News Agency (in Chinese). July 13, 2015.
  19. ^ 《旋风少女》杨洋:其实我最想演霸道总裁. Sina (in Chinese). June 30, 2015.
  20. ^ 《旋风少女》收官网友不舍 杨洋助攻收视. Sina (in Chinese). September 2, 2014.
  21. ^ 杨洋《安心的温柔》暖心首发 告白粉丝. Sina (in Chinese). September 9, 2015.
  22. ^ a b 杨洋盛典收获尖叫 荣封年度人气演员. Tencent (in Chinese). December 7, 2015.
  23. ^ a b 杨洋"国剧盛典"双奖加封 加倍努力回馈观众. NetEase (in Chinese). December 21, 2015.
  24. ^ 杨洋《微微》海报曝光 高颜值还原肖奈. Sina (in Chinese). September 17, 2017.
  25. ^ 《微微一笑很倾城》完美收官 大势杨洋精彩待续. iFeng (in Chinese). September 7, 2016.
  26. ^ 杨洋《爱是一个疯字》首发 大玩爵士摇滚. Sina (in Chinese). September 8, 2016.
  27. ^ 《从你的全世界路过》首映 杨洋:茅十八更加接地气. People's Daily (in Chinese). September 26, 2016.
  28. ^ 《从你的全世界路过》破8亿引领国产爱情片新方向. China Entertainment News (in Chinese). October 26, 2016.
  29. ^ "Top 10 Chinese celebrities with most commercial value". China Daily. December 15, 2016.
  30. ^ "Crystal Liu, Yang Yang paired in a fantasy romance". China.org.cn. December 24, 2015.
  31. ^ 《全职高手》杨洋担纲男主 重启热血荣耀之路. Sina (in Chinese). June 13, 2017.
  32. ^ 《武动乾坤》官宣!杨洋领衔开启寻道征程. Sina (in Chinese). August 29, 2016.
  33. ^ 《武动乾坤》定档8月7日 杨洋高燃诠释英雄出少年. ifeng (in Chinese). July 26, 2018.
  34. ^ 《特战荣耀》首曝定妆照 杨洋再披军装铁骨铮铮. Sina (in Chinese). April 19, 2019.
  35. ^ "杨洋联手成龙《急先锋》曝先导预告". Mtime (in Chinese). June 18, 2019.
  36. ^ 杨洋专属邮品牵引粉丝正能量. Sina (in Chinese). January 11, 2016.
  37. ^ 杨洋入驻上海蜡像馆 量身细节首次公开. NetEase (in Chinese).
  38. ^ "'Yang Yang triplet' in Madame Tussauds Beijing". China Daily. July 20, 2017.
  39. ^ 《饮食男女2012》热映 杨洋雨中嘶吼获导演盛赞. Sina (in Chinese). March 27, 2012.
  40. ^ 杨洋《暴走神探》血拼内心戏 眼技传神一黑到底. Sohu (in Chinese). January 29, 2015.
  41. ^ 《青春旋律》登陆央视 杨洋蒋梦婕再携手. Tencent (in Chinese). January 25, 2011.
  42. ^ 《刷新3+7》热播 杨洋首曝兵马俑造型 (in Chinese). November 15, 2012.
  43. ^ 《新洛神》杨洋演活曹植 获封"完美男人". Sohu (in Chinese). March 14, 2014.
  44. ^ 《花灯满城》张妍与杨洋演绎虐恋大戏 (in Chinese). September 2, 2014.
  45. ^ 杨洋《小时代》率先杀青 完美演绎"高富帅". ifeng (in Chinese). September 6, 2012.
  46. ^ 《我的蠢萌老公》定档9月14日 杨洋结婚照抢镜. Netease (in Chinese). September 8, 2016.
  47. ^ 《茧镇奇缘》定档元旦 宋茜蒋劲夫杨洋上演三角虐恋. ifeng (in Chinese). December 29, 2017.
  48. ^ 北京卫视强档重磅推出《防务精英之星兵报到》. ifeng (in Chinese). November 15, 2013.
  49. ^ "张杰郑恺TFBOYS获"魅力校园青少年最爱大奖". People's Daily (in Chinese). December 2, 2015.
  50. ^ 组图:杨洋时尚先生获奖 亲吻奖杯不忘感谢粉丝. Tencent (in Chinese). December 8, 2016.
  51. ^ 年轻的选择2016优酷盛典完整获奖名单 杨洋成"双料王. Edushi (in Chinese). December 26, 2016.
  52. ^ 刘玮 (December 23, 2016). 十年新生,优酷做出"年轻的选择". Beijing News (in Chinese).
  53. ^ 品质盛典:孙俪着戏装现身 胡歌现场致敬老艺术家. NetEase (in Chinese). March 3, 2017.
  54. ^ 团中央授予10位艺人"五四优秀青年"称号. ifeng (in Chinese). May 4, 2017.
  55. ^ "以荣耀之冠致敬时代大人物 第十四届MAHB年度先生盛典启幕". ifeng (in Chinese). November 23, 2017.
  56. ^ "杨洋2017星光大赏"年度VIP之星"领奖+红毯视频CUT观看地址". mnw.cn (in Chinese).
  57. ^ "腾讯视频星光盛典:Baby美杨超越萌,老戏骨们最有范儿". Tencent (in Chinese). December 18, 2018.

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