Yao Chen

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Yao Chen
China 2014 - An Insight, An Idea with Yao Chen.jpg
Chinese name 姚晨 (simplified)
Pinyin Yáo Chén (Mandarin)
Jyutping Jiu4 San4 (Cantonese)
Born (1979-10-05) 5 October 1979 (age 36)
Shishi City, Fujian, China
Occupation Actress
Years active 2005-present
Spouse(s) Ling Xiaosu (2004-2011)
Cao Yu (2012-present)
Official website blog.sina.com.cn/yaochen

Yao Chen (Chinese: 姚晨; born 5 October 1979) is a Chinese actress and the person on Sina Weibo with the largest number of "fans" (analogous to "followers" on Twitter), with over 71 million as of August 2014.[1][2] In 2014, Time named Yao on the list of 100 global celebrities.[3] As of 2014, she is listed as the 83rd most powerful woman in the world by Forbes.[4]


Yao Chen was born in Shishi City, Quanzhou, Fujian province, China in 1979 to a middle-class family, and studied Chinese folk dance at the Beijing Dance Academy from 1993 to 1997, then studied at the Beijing Film Academy from 1999 to 2003. Her acting debut was as the daughter of a powerful martial artist in a 2005 television production of My Own Swordsman. Following this, in 2008, she played the part of an iconic guerilla leader in the series Undercover. Her first stage appearance was as a white-collar heroine in A Story of Lala's Promotion (2009). She has since appeared as Mango in Feng Xiaogang's If You Are the One 2 (2010), in Chen Yili’s Colour Me Love (2010) and in Shang Jing’s My Own Swordsman (2011).[5] She won the Golden Eagle Award for Best Actress in 2010.

In 2004 Yao Chen married the Chinese actor Ling Xiao Su, but they divorced in January 2011.[6]

In 2011 Yao Chen visited Mae La refugee camp in northern Thailand as UNHCR’s Honorary Patron for China. The number of followers of her microblogging during this visit increased dramatically, won over by her sincere, fearless communication and her honest engagement with current world events.[5] As she left Mae La she said, "I hope to spend part of every year with refugees."[7]

On 17 November 2012 Yao Chen married cinematographer Cao Yu in Queenstown, New Zealand.[8]

She is also a professing Christian and reported to have discovered Christianity when she was 25.[2]

She has spoken in support of journalists from the Southern Weekend protesting government enforced media censorship.[9] As of 2014, she is listed as the 83rd most powerful woman in the world by Forbes.[4]

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  1. ^ "Yao Chen's weibo page". Retrieved 10 Jan 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Yao Chen: Meet China's answer to Angelina Jolie". Sydney Morning Herald. 25 August 2014. Retrieved 9 September 2014. 
  3. ^ 姚晨、习近平并列时代周刊全球百强榜 (in Chinese). BBC. Retrieved 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "The World's 100 Most Powerful Women". Forbes. Forbes. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Yolanda Chen (June 2011). "Passion & Fame". Glass Magazine (London) (6): 25–29. ISSN 2041-6318.  External link in |journal= (help)
  6. ^ "姚晨凌潇肃授权腾讯娱乐发声明 两人证实已离婚". 腾讯网. Retrieved 2011-01-28. 
  7. ^ Kitty McKinsey (1 April 2011). "Chinese actress Yao Chen shares refugees' stories with millions of fans". UNHCR. Retrieved 29 June 2011. 
  8. ^ "Yao Chen got married in New Zealand". China.org.cn. 19 November 2012. Retrieved 19 November 2012. 
  9. ^ http://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21569421-reform-labour-camp-system-would-be-welcome-more-change-must-come-soon-great Reform in China: Great expectations

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