Yu Xiaoguang

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Yu Xiaoguang
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Background information
Chinese name于曉光 (traditional)
Chinese name于晓光 (simplified)
PinyinYú Xiǎoguāng (Mandarin)
BornYu Liguang (于立桄)
(1981-05-16) May 16, 1981 (age 37)
Dandong, Liaoning, China
ResidenceBeijing, China
Other namesEthan Yu
EthnicityHan Chinese
Alma materCentral Academy of Drama
Lee Wei Song School of Music
Wuhan Sports University
OccupationActor, composer
Years active1995 - present
AgentBeijing Fengchi Huameng Film and Television Media Co.,Ltd
Choo Ja-hyun (m. 2017)
ChildrenA son

Yu Xiaoguang (Chinese: 于晓光; born 16 May 1981), also known as Ethan Yu, is a Chinese composer and actor. Yu is a former swimmer and sprint canoer. In 2006 he has made a crossover from sports to the movies. Yu made appearances on many television series, most notably My Kung Fu Girlfriend (2006), Fighting in Peking (2009), Mao Anying (2010), The Happy Time of the Spicy and Hot Girlfriend (2012), City and Country Life (2014), and Namchow Mechanic Heroes (2015).

Early life and education[edit]

Yu was born in Dandong, Liaoning, on May 16, 1981. At the age of 7, he entered a sports school to learn to swim and later became a member of the Liaoning swimming team. In the National Youth Swimming Championships, he won the championship two years (1995 and 1996) in succession. In 1997, he started to learn to canoeing and won the championship in the National Canoeing Championships.[1] After his early retirement, he was accepted to Central Academy of Drama, where he majored in acting. In 2002, he pursued advanced studies in Singapore, he studied music under Lee Wei Song.


Yu had his first experience in front of the camera in 2006, and he was chosen to act as a lead role in My Kung Fu Girlfriend, a comedy television series starring Wang Yang and Ma Su.[2]

In 2007, Yu made his film debut in Crazy in Love, playing Brother Xi. That same year, he co-starred with Yao Chen and Zhang Jiayi in the historical television series Past Events.

In 2008, he appeared in the Game of Life and Death, I'm the Sun and Sailfish Qi yu.

In 2009, Yu portrayed Feng Mu [zh], a writer and critic, in the war television series Fighting in Peking.

Yu portrayed Mao Anying, son of Mao Zedong, in the 2010 biographical drama Mao Anying.[3] That same year, he had key supporting role in Mother, which starred Siqin Gaowa and Song Chunli.[4]

In 2011, two films and one television series he headlined, Wu Yunduo, Beginning of the Great Revival and A Cheng. He played Wu Yunduo, a Chinese ordnance expert during the Second Sino-Japanese War, in the biographical drama Wu Yunduo. He portrayed Liu Shaoqi in China Film Group and DMG Entertainment's production of Huang Jianxin and Han Sanping's Beginning of the Great Revival, alongside Liu Ye, Chen Kun, Li Qin, Huang Jue, and Liao Fan.[5]

Yu starred in the romantic comedy television series The Happy Time of the Spicy and Hot Girlfriend, playing the boyfriend of Choo Ja-hyun's character.[6]

In 2014, Yu portrayed Deng Zhifang, son of Deng Xiaoping, in Deng Xiaoping at History's Crossroads, created by CCTV and directed by Wu Ziniu. The drama received positive reviews and high ratings.[7] That same year, he starred as Man Cang, reuniting him with co-star Che Xiao, who played his girlfriend Jing Mei, in the romantic television series City and Country Life. The series was one of the most watched ones in mainland China in that month.[8]

Yu starred opposite Yu Rongguang, Choo Ja-hyun and Zhu Xiaoyu in 2015 television series Namchow Mechanic Heroes.

In 2017, Yu guest-starred on Billy Chung's Eternal Wave, an action film starring Aaron Kwok, Zanilia Zhao, Zoe Zhang, Zhang Han, and Simon Yam. That same year, he was cast in Hero, playing the son of Siqin Gaowa's and Gao Ming's characters.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Yu married Korean actress Choo Ja-hyun on January 18, 2017.[10][11] They first met while appearing in a Chinese drama The Happy Time of the Spicy and Hot Girlfriend in 2012.

On June 1, 2018, Yu's wife Chu Ja-hyun gave birth to a boy at a hospital in Seoul, South Korea.[12][13]



Year English title Chinese title Role Notes
2007 Crazy in Love 意乱情迷 Brother Xi
2008 Sailfish Qi yu 旗鱼 Gao Ming
2011 Wu Yunduo 吴运铎 Wu Yunduo
Beginning of the Great Revival 建党伟业 Liu Shaoqi
2017 Eternal Wave 密战 Big Cat

TV series[edit]

Year English title Chinese title Role Notes
2006 My Kung Fu Girlfriend 我的功夫女友 Du Runnan
2007 Past Events 百年往事 Zhang Xiaolu
2008 Game of Life and Death 生死博弈 Xiao Ke
I'm the Sun 我是太阳 Shao Yue
2009 Fighting in Peking 狼烟北平 Feng Mu
See A-Lang Again 又见阿郎 Zheng Guyi
2010 Sword Without Front 利剑无锋 Shen Hao
Mao Anying 毛岸英 Mao Anying
Mother Man Cang
2011 A Cheng 阿诚 Jiang Haisheng
2012 The Happy Time of the Spicy and Hot Girlfriend 麻辣女友的幸福时光 Luo Yin
N/A 鹰巢之预备警官 Jin Rui
N/A 一门三司令 Yang Tianhong
2014 Deng Xiaoping at History's Crossroads 历史转折中的邓小平 Deng Zhifang
City and Country Life 满仓进城 Man Cang
Moving Muzzle 移动的枪口 Lu Tianhong
2015 Beautiful Village Girl 美丽村姑 Ding Zhun
Namchow Mechanic Heroes 南侨机工英雄传 Fang Tianhai
Storm over Ordos 鄂尔多斯风暴 Ta La
2016 Ultimate Mission 终极使命 Gao Han
2017 Soma Flowers 索玛花开 Mu Xia
Hero 英雄烈 Liang Tianci
Her 咱家 Guo Hu
The Dream is Getting Closer 梦想越走越近 Zhao Jiaping
The Wolf Warriors 百战天狼 Ma Gaitian
2018 About Time 想停止的瞬間: About Time Zhang Qiang [14]


Year English title Chinese title Role Notes
2013 Mao Zedong and His Elder Son 毛泽东和他的长子 Mao Anying

Music video appearances[edit]

Year English title Chinese title Singer Notes
2003 Hope 希望
2005 When You Want to Know Who Alone 孤独时候你想谁呢 Yaya Meng
2006 Message Board 留言信箱 Huang Yue

Variety show[edit]

Year English title Original title Television Notes
1 December 2010 Art Life 艺术人生 CCTV-3
6 August 2011 China Feelings 中华情 CCTV-4
1 September 2011 Avenue of Stars 星光大道 CCTV-1
25 February 2012 The Eight Immortals Crossing the Sea: Happy New Year 八仙过海闹新春 CCTV-8
9 August 2012 Best Live 最佳现场 BTV
22 November 2012 Fashionable Tourism 时尚旅游 Qinghai Television
1 May 2013 Thank God You are Coming 谢天谢地你来啦 CCTV-1
20 November 2013 The Most Unusual National Opera Fan 最炫国剧风 Shandong Television
16 December 2013 I Love My Family 我爱我家 BTV
1 September 2014 Film and Television Drama 影视风云 BTV
14 February 2015 A Letter to Home 一封家书 Shandong Television
12 March 2016 Family and Children 家游好儿女 Shandong Television
26 March 2017 Super Sound Wave 超强音浪 Shandong Television
10 July 2017 Same Bed, Different Dreams 2: You Are My Destiny 동상이몽 2 - 너는 내 운명 SBS [15]

Music (as composer)[edit]

Year English title Chinese title Singer Notes
2006 I Find Happiness That Year 找到幸褔那年 Tarcy Su
Love is Never Wrong 爱一个人没错 Sun Ho
7-27 7-27 Maggie Teng
2007 The Plight We Made 我们说好的 Jane Zhang with Lee Wei Song.
Secret Love 暗恋 Huang Xiaoming
Scorpio Lover 天蝎情人 Huang Xiaoming
2008 Out of Tune 走音 Wong Jinglun
Experimenting 试验品 Stephen Fung
2009 Blue Sky 天空蓝 Pace Wu
Ban Tiger Huang
2011 Occasionally Ordinary 偶尔平凡 Hacken Lee with Lee Wei Song.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Notes
2017 SBS Entertainment Awards Hot Star of the Year Same Bed, Different Dreams 2: You Are My Destiny Won with Choo Ja-hyun


  1. ^ 于晓光拍戏间隙回母校 重温皮划艇艰苦快乐时光. Sohu (in Chinese). 2011-07-22.
  2. ^ 《我的功夫女友》热播 于晓光早期青涩造型曝光. 163.com (in Chinese). 2009-09-01.
  3. ^ 《毛岸英》央视热播 男一号于晓光走红(图). 163.com (in Chinese). 2010-10-26.
  4. ^ 电视剧《娘》于晓光苦用功 与斯琴高娃结母子缘. Sohu (in Chinese). 2009-05-25.
  5. ^ 于晓光《建党伟业》再次饰演刘少奇. sina (in Chinese). 2011-04-01.
  6. ^ 《麻辣女友》高潮迭起 于晓光荧幕初吻献秋瓷炫. Tencent (in Chinese). 2012-06-07.
  7. ^ 《邓小平》热播 张嘉译零片酬于晓光学演技. Sohu (in Chinese). 2014-08-14.
  8. ^ 于晓光主演《满仓进城》收视夺冠. 163.com (in Chinese). 2014-12-09.
  9. ^ 于晓光领衔《英雄烈》 潮服引领“谍战剧”时尚. 163.com (in Chinese). 2016-10-19.
  10. ^ K. Lee (2017-08-22). "Chu Ja Hyun and Yu Xiaoguang Are The Hottest New Couple On TV". soompi.com.
  11. ^ K. Lee (2018-03-19). "Chu Ja Hyun And Yu Xiaoguang To Leave "Same Bed Different Dreams 2"". soompi.com.
  12. ^ L. Kim (1 June 2018). "Chu Ja Hyun and Yu Xiaoguang are now parents!". soompi.com. Retrieved 1 June 2018.
  13. ^ "Actor couple Choo Ja-hyun, Yu Xiaoguang have first baby". koreaherald.com. 1 June 2018. Retrieved 1 June 2018.
  14. ^ "'어바웃타임' 이상윤X우효광, 한-중 사업가의 포스 넘치는 미팅 현장 공개". Tenasia (in Korean). Tenasia. May 19, 2018.
  15. ^ "'You Are My Destiny' with Choo Ja-hyun and Yu Xiaoguang Is Gaining International Popularity". popkorea.com. 2017-07-24.

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