Yuan Quan

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Yuan Quan
Chinese name
Pinyin Yuán Quán (Mandarin)
Born (1977-10-16) October 16, 1977 (age 40)
Jingzhou, Hubei, China
Other names Yolanda Yuan
Ethnicity Han
Alma mater Central Academy of Drama
Years active 1999–present
Label(s) Polybana Films
Spouse(s) Xia Yu (m. 2009)
Children 1

Yuan Quan (Chinese: 袁泉, born 16 October 1977), also known as Yolanda Yuan, is a Chinese actress and singer. She graduated from the Central Academy of Drama where she majored in drama.[1]


Yuan starred in her first film Rhapsody of Spring (1998), which won her the Golden Rooster Award for Best Supporting Actress.[1] Her subsequent films also earned her awards; Once Upon a Time in Shanghai (1998) earned her a nomination for Best Actress at the Golden Rooster Award and A Love of Blueness (2000) brought her the Best Actress trophy at the Beijing College Student Film Festival.[2] In 2002, Yuan won her second Golden Rooster Award for her performance in Pretty Big Feet by Mo Yan, the first film that depicts contemporary western China.[3]

Though Yuan achieved success in films, it is on stage that Yuan has earned most fame and applause.[4] She chose to become a professional drama actress at the National Theater of China after graduation and first attracted the audience and media in the 2001 production of Hurricane.[5] Yuan rose to prominence in 2005 when she starred in Meng Jinghui’s musical drama Amber, which was a hit; touring seven cities in Asia and attracting more than 100,000 audiences.[5][6] In 2006, she starred in Secret Love in Peach Blossom Land by Stan Lai, which won critical acclaim and was voted "Best Stage Drama of 2006".[7] The success of the play led to Yuan's introduction to famous Taiwan musician Yao Qian, who in turn inspired Yuan Quan to start a musical career. In 2007, Yuan released her first album, The Lonely Flower.[8]

Yuan also took on the role of the titular protagonist for the 2009 and 2013 drama production Jane Eyre by the National Center for the Performing Arts.[9] Her performance received acclaim; in an audience poll conducted by the Beijing News, 90% believed that Yuan’s Jane did justice to the novel, conveying the character’s ‘calm, introverted and persistent personality’.[10] Yuan won the China Golden Lion Award for Drama in 2010 and the Plum Blossom Award in 2012; both are considered high honors in theater.[11][12]

2014 was a successful year for Yuan, who starred in two top-grossing films Breakup Buddies and The Continent.[13][14]

In 2017, Yuan co-starred in The First Half of My Life, a drama that tells the inspirational story of a housewife-turned-career woman. The drama was a huge hit in China.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Yuan Quan married actor Xia Yu in 2009, a decade after their first got together as students in Central Academy of Drama.[16] They have appeared in 4 films together: The Law of Romance (2003), Waiting Alone (2004), Shanghai Rumba (2006) and Breakup Buddies (2014). Yuan Quan also portrayed a character named Xia Yu in Pretty Big Feet (2002). Their daughter was born on March 31, 2010.[17]



Year English Title Chinese Title Role Notes
1998 Rhapsody of Spring 春天的狂想 Zhou Xiaomei
1998 Once Upon a Time in Shanghai 上海纪事 Li Huirong
2000 A Love of Blueness 蓝色爱情 Liu Yun
2000 If I Lose You 如果没有爱
2002 Pretty Big Feet 美丽的大脚 Xia Yu
2003 The Law of Romance 警察有约 Eyes partner
2004 Waiting Alone 独自等待 Xiao Mi Cameo
2006 Shanghai Rumba 上海伦巴 Wan Yu
2009 Like a Dream 如梦 Yi Ling / Yi Yi
2010 My Ex-wife's Wedding 跟我的前妻谈恋爱 Yu Xiaohong
2012 The Last Tycoon 大上海 Ye Zhiqiu
2013 The White Storm 扫毒 Yuan Ke'er
2014 Breakup Buddies 心花路放 Kang Xiaoyu
2014 The Continent 后会无期 Liu Yingying
2014 The Golden Era 黄金时代 Mei Zhi
2015 From Vegas to Macau II 澳门风云2 Xiao Ma's wife
2016 The Deadly Reclaim 危城 Zhou Susu
2016 The Wasted Times 罗曼蒂克消亡史 Miss Wu

Television series[edit]

Year English Title Chinese Title Role Notes
2001 青春不解风情 Bai Ling
2001 爱情滋味 Zhao Chen
2002 吕布与貂蝉 Dong Yuan
2002 The Ripple 旋涡 Xiang Duo
2002 Love & Sword 有情鸳鸯无情剑 Yuan Juan
2003 生命因你而美丽 Xia Lan
2004 天剑群侠 Xian Zi Lu Mu
2004 爱在边缘 Jiang Xinyue
2005 完美 Bai Xuan
2005 The Proud Twins 小鱼儿与花无缺 Su Ying
2006 完美夏天 Xin Yu
2006 Romance in the White House 白屋之恋 Yang Lan
2007 烈爱 Ying Ai
2007 Flower 花之恋 Wang Jialin
2008 Indanthrene 阴丹士林 Lin Ruijia
2014 Walking on the Blade 锋刃 Mo Yanping
2017 The First Half of My Life 我的前半生 Tang Jing
2017 Blue Sea Ambition 碧海雄心 Lin Yue


Year English Title Chinese Title Role Notes
1999 The Butterfly Lovers 梁祝 Zhu Yingtai
2001 Hurricane 狂飙 An E
2001 I Have Heard of Love 我听见了爱 Shui Yuantong
2005-2008 Amber 琥珀 Shen Xiaoyou
2006 Song of Film 电影之歌 Qing Qing
2006-2008 Secret Love in Peach Blossom Land 暗恋桃花源 Yun Zhifan
2009 Jane Eyre 简·爱 Jane Eyre
2012 To Live 活着 Jia Zhen
2012 Green Snake 青蛇 Bai Suzhen



Year English Title Chinese Title Language Notes
2007 The Lonely Flower 孤独的花朵 Mandarin
2008 Short Stay Taipei Short Stay 台北 Mandarin
2008 Short Stay Okinawa Short Stay 冲绳 Mandarin
2009 Short Stay Beijing Short Stay 北京 Mandarin

Awards and nominations[edit]

Television, Film and Theater[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
1999 Golden Rooster Award Best Actress Once Upon a Time in Shanghai Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Rhapsody of Spring Won [18]
2001 Best Actress A Love of Blueness Nominated
Beijing College Student Film Festival Won
2002 Chinese Film Media Awards Nominated
Golden Rooster Award Best Supporting Actress Pretty Big Feet Won
2003 Hundred Flowers Award Won [19]
Huabiao Awards Outstanding Actress Nominated
Golden Phoenix Awards Society Award Won [20]
2009 Golden Horse Awards Best Actress Like a Dream Nominated
2010 China Golden Lion Award for Drama Performance Award Jane Eyre Won [21]
2011 International Theatre Academy Award Best Performer Won
2013 Plum Blossom Award Won
2017 China Film Director's Guild Awards Best Actress The Wasted Times Nominated
Macau International Television Festival Best Supporting Actress The First Half of My Life Nominated [22]


Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2007 Beijing Pop Music Awards Golden Hit of 2006 "The Lonely Flower" Won
China Collegiate Music Festival Most Popular Female Singer (Mainland) N/A Won [23]
ERC Chinese Top Ten Awards Best Music Video Unknown Won [24]
China Music Awards Best Music Video (Mainland) "An Lian" Won [25]
2008 Top Chinese Music Awards Newcomer of the Year "The Lonely Flower" Won [26]
Chinese Music Media Awards Best Newcomer (Mandarin) Won [27]
2009 Beijing Pop Music Awards Golden Hit of 2008 "Mu Jin Hua" Won [28]
Top Chinese Music Awards Best EP Short Stay Beijing / Short Stay Okinawa Won [29]
2010 Top 10 Golden Hits "The Lonely Flower" Won


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  2. ^ "第八届北京大学生电影节获奖名单". NetEase (in Chinese). February 10, 2010. 
  3. ^ "'Big Feet' Fills Large Shoes". China.org.cn. October 25, 2002. 
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  5. ^ a b "All the world's a stage for Yuan Quan". The Global Times. Jun 11, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Yuan Quan, the Lonely Flower". China Radio International. July 31, 2007. 
  7. ^ ""Secret Love in Peach Blossom Land" to open late April". CCTV.com. April 16, 2007. 
  8. ^ "Actress Yuan Quan finds interest in music". CCTV.com. April 16, 2007. 
  9. ^ "Jane Eyre cast prepares for premiere". CCTV.com. June 11, 2009. 
  10. ^ "Not-so-plain Jane". Week in China. July 2009. 
  11. ^ "NCPA drama Jane Eyre returns in April". en.chcpa.org. March 16, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Jane Eyre opens its 9th round". en.chcpa.org. June 27, 2013. 
  13. ^ "'Witch' tops China box office; 'Continent' approaches $100 million". Los Angeles Times. August 12, 2014. 
  14. ^ "'Breakup Buddies' road comedy tops $100 million at China box office". Los Angeles Times. October 9, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Popular TV drama explores modern women's issues". China Daily. July 19, 2017. 
  16. ^ "Xia Yu and Yuan Quan Marry". CCTV.com. September 1, 2009. 
  17. ^ Wu Qiong (April 6, 2010). "It's a Baby Daughter". China Radio International. 
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  19. ^ "第26届百花奖揭晓 徐静蕾与卢奇分获大奖(组图)". Sohu (in Chinese). October 10, 2013. 
  20. ^ "第九届电影金凤凰奖在武汉颁奖". 黄藤机械信息网 (in Chinese). 
  21. ^ "话剧金狮奖圣诞大礼花落袁泉王茂蕾(组图)". Sina (in Chinese). December 28, 2010. 
  22. ^ "2017第八届澳门国际电视节奖项提名". Weibo (in Chinese). Macau International Television Festival. December 11, 2017. 
  23. ^ "2007大学生音乐节颁奖 袁泉容祖儿最受喜爱(组图)". China.com (in Chinese). November 13, 2007. 
  24. ^ "第14届东方风云榜颁奖盛典揭晓 众星云集(图)". China.com (in Chinese). 
  25. ^ "第十三届华语榜中榜谢幕 王力宏当仁不让大赢家(图)". iFeng (in Chinese). February 22, 2010. 
  26. ^ "第八届音乐风云榜颁奖". Sina (in Chinese). 
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  28. ^ "Beijing pop music awards". CCTV.com. January 12, 2009. 
  29. ^ "第九届音乐风云榜年度盛典完整获奖名单". Sina (in Chinese). April 2, 2009. 

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