Zhao Shuzhen

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Zhao Shuzhen

Zhao Shuzhen (Chinese: 赵淑珍) is a Chinese film, stage and television actress, best known internationally for her portrayal of the grandmother Nai Nai in The Farewell.[1]


Zhao has appeared in over 100 plays for the Harbin Grand Theatre.[2]

Zhao's role as Nai Nai in The Farewell has received numerous critical acclaim.[3][4] For the role, she won Best Supporting Actress from the San Diego Film Critics Society Awards 2019, the Houston Film Critics Society Awards 2019, and the 2019 Chicago Indie Critics Awards.[5] Zhao is also a 2020 nominee for Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female.[6]



Year Title Role Notes
2019 The Farewell Nai Nai (奶奶)


Year Title Role Notes
2018-2019 The Story of Ming Lan Wang Lao Tai Tai


  1. ^ Mandalit del Barco (2019-11-24). "Chinese Star Zhao Shuzhen Gains Hollywood Attention". NPR. Retrieved 2020-01-05.
  2. ^ Lindsey Bahr (2019-11-22). "Already a star in China, US fame comes to 'Farewell' actress". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2020-01-13.
  3. ^ Jenelle Riley (2019-07-10). "Meet Zhao Shuzhen, the Breakout Star of 'The Farewell'". Variety. Retrieved 2020-01-05.
  4. ^ Ryan Lattanzio (2019-12-02). "'The Farewell' Breakout Zhao Shuzhen Helped Keep the Film's Secret From Lulu Wang's Grandmother". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2020-01-05.
  5. ^ "Chicago Indie Critics Awards: 2019 Winners". Solzy at the Movies. 2020-01-04. Retrieved 2020-01-05.
  6. ^ Jack Smart (2018-12-02). "The 2020 Film Independent Spirit Award Nominees for Your Consideration". Backstage. Retrieved 2020-01-05.

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