Ying Da

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Ying Da
Born (1960-07-07) July 7, 1960 (age 63)
Beijing, China
Alma materPeking University
University of Missouri
Occupation(s)Actor, director
Years active1988–present
AgentBeijing Yingshi Visual Arts Limited Liability Company
(m. 1989⁠–⁠1997)
Liang Huan
(m. 1997)
Children3, including Ying Rudi and Ying Batu[1]
Parent(s)Ying Ruocheng
Wu Shiliang
RelativesYing Lianzhi (great-grandfather)
Aisin Gioro Shuzhong (great-grandmother)
Cai Rukai (great-maternal grandfather)
Ying Qianli (grandfather)
Cai Baozhen (grandmother)
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese
Simplified Chinese

Ying Da (Chinese: 英达; born July 7, 1960) is a Chinese actor and director, best known in film for portraying Louie Wang in Big Shot's Funeral (2001), Ni Zhengyu in The Tokyo Trial (2006) and Jin Shenghuo in The Message (2009), and has received critical acclaim for his television work, particularly as Zhao Xinmei in Fortress Besieged (1990) and Leng Zixing in The Dream of Red Mansions (2008). As a director, Ying Da is best known for bringing the multi-camera format to several comedy television shows, such as I Love My Family (1993), We Are A Family (2013), Idler: Sister Ma (1999), and Sister Ma and Her Neighborhoods (2000).[2]

Ying Da first garnered recognition for his acting in 1990, when his performance in Fortress Besieged, a television series adaptation based on the novel of the same name by Qian Zhongshu, earned him a Hundred Flowers Award for Best Supporting Actor nomination at the 13th Hundred Flowers Awards. In 2002 he won the Hundred Flowers Award for Best Supporting Actor at the 25th Hundred Flowers Awards for his performance in Big Shot's Funeral. In 2012 Ying Da's performance in You and Me which garnered him a Golden Lotus Awards nomination for Best Actor.

His son Ying Rudi is a member of the China men's national ice hockey team.

Early life and education[edit]

Ying Da was born in Beijing on July 7, 1960, to Ying Ruocheng, a director, actor, playwright and vice minister of culture from 1986 to 1990, and Wu Shiliang (吴世良), a translator and interpreter of Zhou Enlai.[3] His sister Ying Xiaole (英小乐) is a Chinese-American painter.[3]

Ying's parents were arrested in 1968 during the Cultural Revolution of China, and 8 year-old Ying Da was passed between relatives and got acquainted with a gang of older delinquents.[4] In 1973, after his parents were released from jail, Ying Da resumed studies at the Beijing No. 72 Middle School, where he studied alongside Jiang Wen.[5] After completing his bachelor's degree in science from Peking University in 1983, he was assigned to Beijing Normal School in Dongcheng District as a teacher. Ying Da received a master's degree in literature and art from the University of Missouri in 1987, that same year he returned to Beijing.


Ying Da made his film debut in Xie Jin's The Last Aristocrats, playing Zhou Daqing.

In 1990, he was director of the People's Arts Theatre of Beijing. That same year, for his role as Zhao Xinmei in Fortress Besieged, he was nominated for the Hundred Flowers Award for Best Supporting Actor at the 13th Hundred Flowers Awards.

In 1993, Ying Da had a cameo appearance in Chen Kaige's Farewell My Concubine, a drama film starring Leslie Cheung, Zhang Fengyi and Gong Li.

In 1997, Ying Da starred with Ng Man-tat, Eric Tsang, Zhao Benshan, Song Dandan in the comedy film Family Harmony. It earned good ratings nationwide.[6] That same year, he starred opposite Ge You, Xu Fan, He Bing, Liu Bei in Feng Xiaogang's comedy film The Dream Factory.

In 2001, he starred in the comedy film Big Shot's Funeral, alongside Rosamund Kwan, Paul Mazursky, Donald Sutherland. The film marked the second collaboration between Ying Da and Feng Xiaogang. He received a Hundred Flowers Award for Best Supporting Actor at the 25th Hundred Flowers Awards for the role.

In 2005, he appeared in Waiting Alone, a romantic comedy starring Xia Yu, Gong Beibi and Li Bingbing.

In 2006, Ying Da portrayed Ni Zhengyu in the historical film The Tokyo Trial, directed by Gao Qunshu.

In 2008, Ying Da participated in Chen Kaige's Forever Enthralled as Feng Ziguang, a friend of Leon Lai and Zhang Ziyi's characters. That same year, he made a guest appearance as Leng Zixing in The Dream of Red Mansions, adapted from Qing dynasty novelist Cao Xueqin's classical novel of the same title.

In 2009, he starred in an espionage thriller called The Message with Zhou Xun, Li Bingbing, Zhang Hanyu, Huang Xiaoming, Alec Su, and Wang Zhiwen. The film was directed by Chen Kuo-fu and Gao Qunshu and based on Mai Jia's novel. That same year, he had a minor role in Huang Jianxin and Han Sanping's historical film The Founding of a Republic.

In 2010, Ying Da co-starred with Guo Tao, Hu Jing, Ada Choi and Kingdom Yuen in the romantic film The Love Clinic. That same year, he had key supporting role in East Wind Rain, a spy drama starring Liu Yunlong, Fan Bingbing and Li Xiaoran. He co-starred with Zhu Shimao, Chen Peisi, Vivian Wu and Qiao Renliang in the comedy film Under the Influence. Ying Da also hosted the Chinese version of Family Feud from October 2010 to January 2011.

In 2011, he had a supporting role in the horror thriller film The Devil Inside Me. The film was directed by Zhang Qi and starred Tony Leung Ka-fai, Kelly Lin, Huang Weide and Anya Wu. He had a minor role in the romantic comedy Dear Enemy, which starred Xu Jinglei, Stanley Huang, Gigi Leung, Aarif Rahman, Christy Chung, Michael Wong, and Zhao Baogang.

In 2012, he played Mr. Ming, the lead role in Hu Qiang's You and Me, costarring Tarcy Su and Jeff Chang. He was nominated for Golden Lotus Award for Best Actor at the 2nd Macau International Movie Festival.

In 2014, Ying Da played the lead role in the comedy film Hot Blood Band, alongside Chen Xiang, Leon Dai, Anthony Wong, Kathy Chow and Cai Ming.

Personal life[edit]

Ying Da has married three times. His first wife was his university alumni at Peking University, they married in 1985 and divorced in 1987.[7]

He married for the second time in 1989 in Beijing, to actress Song Dandan, the couple had a son Ying Batu (英巴图). They divorced in 1997.[7]

On February 24, 1997, Ying Zhuang married Liang Huan (梁欢), 8 years his junior, in Beijing. They have a son Ying Rudi and a daughter.[7][8]


His great-grandfather Ying Lianzhi (英敛之; 1867–1926) was the founder of Takungpao and Fu Jen Catholic University.[9] His great-grandmother Aisin Gioro Shuzhong (爱新觉罗·淑仲) was a member of the Qing dynasty royal family.[10] His great-maternal grandfather Cai Rukai (蔡儒楷; 1867–1923) was president of National Beiyang University.[3] His grandfather Ying Qianli (英千里; 1900–1969) was a professor at National Taiwan University and Fu Jen Catholic University.[3] His grandmother Cai Baozhen (蔡葆真) was president of Beijing Children's Library.[3][8]

8. Ying Lianzhi
4. Ying Qianli
9. Aisin Gioro Shuzhong
2. Ying Ruocheng
10. Cai Rukai
5. Cai Baozhen
1. Ying Da
3. Wu Shiliang



Year English title Chinese title Role Notes
1988 The Last Aristocrats 最后的贵族 Zhou Daqing
1991 Family Portrait 四十不惑 Guest
1993 Farewell My Concubine 霸王别姬 Na Kun
1997 The Dream Factory 甲方乙方 Bookstore manager
Family Harmony 家和万事兴 Manager
2001 Big Shot's Funeral 大腕 Louie Wang
2005 Waiting Alone 独自等待 Television director
2006 The Tokyo Trial 东京审判 Ni Zhengyu
2008 Forever Enthralled 梅兰芳 Feng Ziguang
The Good Luck is High to Shine on 鸿运高照 Hou Fei
2009 The Message 风声 Jin Shenghuo
The Founding of a Republic 建国大业 Guest
2010 The Love Clinic 爱情维修站 Jiang Dong
East Wind Rain 东风雨 Laoyi
Under the Influence 戒烟不戒酒 President Niu
2011 The Devil Inside Me 夺命心跳 Guest
Dear Enemy 亲密敌人 Amy's father
2012 You and Me 我和你 Mr. Ming
2014 Hot Blood Band 热血男人帮 Laotie
2018 21 Karat
2019 I'll Complete for the Top

TV series[edit]

Year English title Chinese title Role Notes
1990 Fortress Besieged 围城 Zhao Xinmei
1991 大路通天 Guest
1992 No Way to Love You 爱你没商量 Fang Bo
1998 Beijing Woman 北京女人 Guest
2003 Romantic Affairs 浪漫的事 Huang Xianwei
人生几度秋凉 The Marshal
2004 In the Age of Blooming Teen 豆蔻年华
2005 爱如风过 Guest
2007 地下交通站 Ishihara
2008 The Dream of Red Mansions 红楼梦 Leng Zixing
2009 They Call Her Mom 美丽的事 Yuan Hang
Women in the Yard 大宅院的女人 Mr. Lin
2010 家庭赛乐赛 Himself (host) Chinese version of Family Feud
2011 Be On The Sick List 老病号 Yang Gong
Secret War in Emei 密战峨眉 Mao Shuyi
Confused Love 糊涂的爱 Du Anze
战火西北狼 Hu Zongnan
Legend of Wei Zhenguo 韦振国传奇 Chen Kuangsi
2012 Tang Dynasty Romantic Hero 唐朝浪漫英雄 Tao's father
Editorial Department Story 新编辑部故事的故事 The producer
Puzzle 没有硝烟的战斗 Chen Fanxiong

As director[edit]

Year English title Chinese title Notes
1993 I Love My Family 我爱我家
1995 起步停车
1996 百老汇100号
1997 Story of the Waiting Room 候车室的故事
1998 Psychological Clinic 心理诊所
Chinese Restaurant 中国餐馆
1999 Idler: Sister Ma 闲人马大姐
2000 一手托两家
Sister Ma and Her Neighborhoods 马大姐和邻居们
2001 A family in the Northeast of China 东北一家人
The Joy of Spring 欢乐青春
2002 The Family of Hu in Xi'an 西安虎家
2003 Stories of the Sales Office 售楼处的故事
2004 Family Harmony 家和万事兴
Legend of Brother Ba 巴哥正传
2004 Stories of the Tourist Agency 旅行社的故事
2007 地下交通站
2013 We Are A Family 我们一家人

Film and TV Awards[edit]

Year Nominated work Award Result Notes
1990 Fortress Besieged Hundred Flowers Award for Best Supporting Actor Nominated
2002 Big Shot's Funeral Hundred Flowers Award for Best Supporting Actor Won
2012 You and Me Golden Lotus Award for Best Actor Nominated


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