Yuan Quan

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Yuan Quan
Born (1977-10-16) October 16, 1977 (age 41)
Alma materCentral Academy of Drama
Occupation
Years active1999–present
Spouse(s)
Xia Yu (m. 2009)
Children1
Musical career
Also known asYolanda Yuan
LabelsPolybana Films

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]

Career[edit]

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,[13][14] who starred in two top-grossing films Breakup Buddies and The Continent.[15][16]

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.[17]

Personal life[edit]

Yuan Quan was born in a Hui-Han family. She married actor Xia Yu in 2009, a decade after their first got together as students in Central Academy of Drama.[18] 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.[19]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

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 Cameo
2004 Waiting Alone 独自等待 Xiao Mi [20]
2006 Shanghai Rumba 上海伦巴 Wan Yu [21]
2009 Like a Dream 如梦 Yi Ling / Yi Yi [22]
2010 My Ex-wife's Wedding 跟我的前妻谈恋爱 Yu Xiaohong [23]
2012 The Last Tycoon 大上海 Ye Zhiqiu [24]
2013 The White Storm 扫毒 Yuan Ke'er [25]
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 [26]
2015 From Vegas to Macau II 澳门风云2 Xiao Ma's wife [27]
2016 The Deadly Reclaim 危城 Zhou Susu [28]
2016 The Wasted Times 罗曼蒂克消亡史 Miss Wu [29]
2019 China Pilot 中国机长 [30]

Television series[edit]

Year English title Chinese title Role Notes
2001 青春不解风情 Bai Ling [31]
2001 爱情滋味 Zhao Chen [32]
2002 吕布与貂蝉 Dong Yuan [33]
2002 The Ripple 旋涡 Xiang Duo [34]
2002 Love & Sword 有情鸳鸯无情剑 Yuan Juan [35]
2003 生命因你而美丽 Xia Lan
2004 天剑群侠 Xian Zi Lu Mu
2004 The Edge of Love 爱在边缘 Jiang Xinyue [36]
2005 Perfect 完美 Bai Xuan [37]
2005 The Proud Twins 小鱼儿与花无缺 Su Ying [38]
2006 Perfect Summer 完美夏天 Xin Yu [39]
2006 Romance in the White House 白屋之恋 Yang Lan [40]
2007 烈爱 Ying Ai
2007 Flower 花之恋 Wang Jialin [41]
2008 Indanthrene 阴丹士林 Lin Ruijia [42]
2014 Walking on the Blade 锋刃 Mo Yanping [43]
2017 The First Half of My Life 我的前半生 Tang Jing
2017 Blue Sea Ambition 碧海雄心 Lin Yue [44]
2018 Entering a New Era 风再起时 He Xiaoying [45]
2019 Joy of Life 庆余年 Cameo

Theater[edit]

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

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

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
2008 Short Stay Okinawa Short Stay 冲绳
2009 Short Stay Beijing Short Stay 北京

Awards and nominations[edit]

Television, Film and Theater[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
1999 19th Golden Rooster Awards Best Actress Once Upon a Time in Shanghai Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Rhapsody of Spring Won [46]
2001 21st Golden Rooster Awards Best Actress A Love of Blueness Nominated
8th Beijing College Student Film Festival Won [2]
2002 2nd Chinese Film Media Awards Nominated
22nd Golden Rooster Award Best Supporting Actress Pretty Big Feet Won [47]
2003 26th Hundred Flowers Award Won [48]
9th Huabiao Awards Outstanding Actress Nominated
9th Golden Phoenix Awards Society Award Won [49]
2009 46th Golden Horse Awards Best Actress Like a Dream Nominated
2010 7th China Golden Lion Award for Drama Performance Award Jane Eyre Won [50]
2011 1st International Theatre Academy Award Best Performer Won [51]
2013 26th Plum Blossom Performance Award Won [52]
2014 32nd Hundred Flowers Award Best Supporting Actress The White Storm Nominated
2017 8th China Film Director's Guild Awards Best Actress The Wasted Times Nominated
8th Macau International Television Festival Best Supporting Actress The First Half of My Life Nominated [53]
2018 24th Shanghai Television Festival Best Actress Nominated [54]
29th China TV Golden Eagle Award Best Actress Nominated [55]

Music[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2007 14th Beijing Pop Music Awards Golden Hit of 2006 "The Lonely Flower" Won
China Collegiate Music Festival Most Popular Female Singer (Mainland) N/A Won [56]
14th ERC Chinese Top Ten Awards Best Music Video Unknown Won [57]
13th China Music Awards Best Music Video (Mainland) "An Lian" Won [58]
2008 8th Top Chinese Music Awards Newcomer of the Year "The Lonely Flower" Won [59]
8th Chinese Music Media Awards Best Newcomer (Mandarin) Won [60]
2009 16th Beijing Pop Music Awards Golden Hit of 2008 "Mu Jin Hua" Won [61]
9th Top Chinese Music Awards Best EP Short Stay Beijing / Short Stay Okinawa Won [62]
2010 10th Top Chinese Music Awards Top 10 Golden Hits "The Lonely Flower" Won [63]

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