Zhou Dongyu

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Zhou Dongyu
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Born (1992-01-31) 31 January 1992 (age 27)
Alma materBeijing Film Academy
Years active2010–present
AgentZhou Dongyu Studio
Chinese name

Zhou Dongyu (Chinese: 周冬雨; pinyin: Zhōu Dōngyǔ, born 31 January 1992) is a Chinese actress, who gained recognition after appearing in Zhang Yimou's film Under the Hawthorn Tree (Yimou girl). She was also chosen by Southern Metropolis Daily as one of the "Four Dan actresses of the post-90s Generation", along with Zheng Shuang, Guan Xiaotong and Yang Zi.[1] In 2016, she won the Golden Horse Award for Best Leading Actress with her performance in Soul Mate[2]

Early life[edit]

Zhou Dongyu was born in Shijiazhuang on 31 January 1992, and graduated from the Beijing Film Academy in 2015.[3][4]. In 2019, she revealed on Go Fridge that Papi Jiang, who has a Master's Degree from the same academy, was her supervisor for the final Bachelor's dissertation.


2010–2015: Rising recognition[edit]

In 2010, Zhou was picked by Zhang Yimou to star in his film Under the Hawthorn Tree, despite having no acting experience prior to taking on the role.[5] She rose to fame for her appearance in the film and won several awards, including the Best Actress at the 56th Valladolid International Film Spain Festival, Outstanding New Actress at the 14th Huabiao Award and Best New Performer at the 20th Shanghai Film Critics Awards.[6][7][8]

In 2011, she starred in Barbara Wong's romance film The Allure of Tears; and also featured in war film The Road Of Exploring, playing Yang Kaihui, the wife of political leader Mao Zedong.[9][10]

In 2013, she starred in historical romance film The Palace, the fourth installment of the Gong series by Yu Zheng.[11] Variety praised her performance saying, "Zhou holds the screen very well, turning an initially daft personality into an angsty but stoical heroine".[12]

In 2014, she starred alongside Lin Gengxin in youth romance film My Old Classmate.[13] The film topped China's box office and Zhou was praised for her "acting breakthrough".[14][15] The same year, she featured in comedy Breakup Buddies. Opposite to her usual pure and fresh image, Zhou challenged the role of a "Smart"[16] in the film.[17] Breakup Buddies became one of the highest-grossing films of all time in China.[18]

In 2015, she starred opposite Ethan Juan in suspense film The Unbearable Lightness of Inspector Fan and youth drama The Ark of Mr. Chow alongside Sun Honglei.[19][20][21]

2016–present: Critical acclaim[edit]

Zhou achieved breakthrough with her performance in the film Soul Mate, based on the novel of the same name by Anni Baobei.[22] Zhou received the Best Actress award at the 53rd Golden Horse Awards together with her Soul Mate co-star Sandra Ma,[23] and also won Best Actress at the 28th Hong Kong Film Critics Society Award.[24] The same year, she won the Best Actress award at the 8th Macau International Movie Festival for her performance in the South Korean-Chinese romance film Never Said Goodbye.[25] Zhou also starred in her first television series, spy war drama Sparrow. The series was commercially successful, and became the highest rated war drama to date with a peak rating of 2.46 and 11 billion online views. Zhou was praised by both the audience and director for successfully tackling a challenging role.[26][27][28]

In 2017, Zhou starred alongside Takeshi Kaneshiro in romantic comedy This Is Not What I Expected.[29] The film grossed over 100 million yuan and received an 8.9 out of 10 score on Maoyan. Along with the success of Soul Mate, Zhou was coined the representative of Chinese chick flicks.[30] The same year, she starred in the coming-of-age romance drama Shall I Compare You to a Spring Day alongside Zhang Yishan;[31] and featured in science fiction wuxia film The Thousand Faces of Dunjia directed by Tsui Hark.[32]

In 2018, Zhou starred in Rene Liu's romance film Us and Them alongside Jing Boran.[33]

In 2019, Zhou starred in the youth film Better Days helmed by Soul Mate director Derek Tsang.[34] The same year, she featured in the drama film On The Balcony which she serves as one of the co-producers.[35]



Year English title Chinese title Role Notes
2010 Under the Hawthorn Tree 山楂树之恋 Jing Qiu
2011 The Road of Exploring 湘江北去 Yang Kaihui Cameo
The Allure of Tears 倾城之泪 Geilimei
2013 The Palace 宫锁沉香 Chen Xiang
2014 My Old Classmate 同桌的妳 Zhou Xiaozhi
Breakup Buddies 心花路放 Zhou Lijuan
2015 The Unbearable Lightness of Inspector Fan 暴走神探 Hui Lan
The Ark of Mr. Chow 少年班 Zhou Lan
2016 Everybody's Fine 一切都好 Girl stopping the bus Guest appearance[36]
The New Year's Eve of Old Lee 过年好 Doa Yazi Special appearance[37]
Run for Love 奔爱 Bai Qiezi [38]
Lost in White 冰河追凶 Zhou Xinyi [39]
Never Said Goodbye 謊言西西里 Gu Xiaoyou [40]
Soul Mate 七月与安生 Li Ansheng
2017 A Nail Clipper Romance 指甲刀人魔 Emily [41]
This Is Not What I Expected 喜欢你 Gu Shengnan
The Founding of an Army 建军大业 Fan Guixia Cameo[42]
City of Rock 缝纫机乐队 Lili Special appearance[43]
The Thousand Faces of Dunjia 奇门遁甲 Xiao Yuan
2018 Us and Them 后来的我们 Xiao Xiao
Animal World 动物世界 Liu Qing Special appearance[44]
Goddesses in the Flames of War 那些女人 Xiao Yu Cameo[45]
Kung Fu Monster 武林怪兽 Xiong Jiaojiao Special appearance[46]
2019 On The Balcony 阳台上 Lu Shanshan Special appearance
Better Days 少年的你 Chen Nian
A Fangirl's Romance 迷妹罗曼史 Gao Bei (1990) Special appearance[47]

Television series[edit]

Year English title Chinese title Role Notes
2016 Sparrow 麻雀 Xu Bicheng
2017 Love & Life & Lie 遇见爱情的利先生 Liu Xintong [48]
Mo Du Feng Yun 魔都风云 Xiao Yao [49]
Shall I Compare You to a Spring Day 春风十里,不如你 Xiao Hong Co-producer
2019 Behind The Scenes 幕后之王 Bu Xiaogu [50]
2020 New World 新世界 Special appearance[51]

Variety show[edit]

Year English title Chinese title Role Notes
2016 We Are In Love 我们相爱吧 Cast member with Shawn Yue[52]
2017 Chinese Restaurant 中餐厅 [53]
2018 I Actor 演员的品格 Mentor [54]



Year English title Chinese title Album Notes
2016 "Little Windchime" 小风铃 Mr. Nian OST
"Imperfect Girl" 不完美女孩 N/A for We Are In Love
2017 "If I Love You" 如果我爱你 Shall I Compare You to a Spring Day OST with Zhang Yishan

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Awards Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2011 23rd Harbin Ice and Snow Film Festival Most Commercially Valuable Newcomer Under the Hawthorn Tree Won [55]
5th Asian Film Awards Best Newcomer Nominated [56]
20th Shanghai Film Critics Awards Best Newcomer Won [8]
14th Huabiao Awards Outstanding New Actress Won [7]
56th Valladolid International Film Festival Best Actress Won [6]
2015 6th China Film Director's Guild Awards My Old Classmate Nominated [57]
15th Chinese Film Media Awards Most Anticipated Actress Won [58]
2016 8th Macau International Movie Festival Best Actress Never Say Goodbye Won [25]
53rd Golden Horse Awards Best Actress (with Ma Sichun) Soul Mate Won [23]
2017 23rd Hong Kong Film Critics Society Award Best Actress Won [24]
1st Malaysia International Film Festival Nominated [59]
24th Beijing College Student Film Festival Nominated
8th China Film Director's Guild Awards Nominated [60]
2nd Brics Film Festival Won [61]
17th Chinese Film Media Awards Won [62]
2nd Golden Screen Awards Won [63]
36th Hong Kong Film Awards Best Actress Nominated [64]
31st Golden Rooster Awards Best Actress Nominated
22nd Huading Awards Best Actress (Revolutionary-Era Drama) Sparrow Nominated [65]
8th Macau International Television Festival Best Actress Shall I Compare You to a Spring Day Nominated [66]
14th Guangzhou Student Film Festival Most Popular Actress This Is Not What I Expected Won [67]
2018 12th Asian Film Awards Best Actress Nominated [68]
9th China Film Director's Guild Awards Best Actress Won [69]
34th Hundred Flowers Awards Best Actress Soul Mate Nominated [70]
18th Chinese Film Media Awards Most Popular Actress Us and Them Won [71]


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  11. ^ 周冬雨出席"宫锁沉香"发布会 演绎清宫灰姑娘. Mtime (in Chinese). June 17, 2013.
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  14. ^ "Chinese love story tops weekly box office". Sina English. April 29, 2014.
  15. ^ 《同桌的妳》首周末票房破亿 周冬雨被赞突破大. Xinhua News Agency (in Chinese). April 28, 2014.
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  20. ^ 《少年班》首映发布会 周冬雨遭调侃不拉窗帘. Tencent (in Chinese). June 17, 2015.
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  31. ^ 冯唐《春风十里不如你》改编新剧 周冬雨张一山出演. ifeng (in Chinese). September 6, 2016.
  32. ^ "Tsui Hark's new film to be screened in December". China Daily. October 13, 2017.
  33. ^ "'Us and Them' brings young love, dreams to the movies". China Daily. April 25, 2018.
  34. ^ "七月与安生"团队集结打造《少年的你》周冬雨&易烊千玺主演 曾国祥执导明年上映. Mtime (in Chinese). July 23, 2018.
  35. ^ 周冬雨合作张猛新片《阳台上》定档6.1. Mtime (in Chinese). April 17, 2018.
  36. ^ 《一切都好》发群星版剧照 张猛请来"半个电影圈". Sohu (in Chinese). December 14, 2015.
  37. ^ 周冬雨:妹妹教我配音 佟丽娅的胸让我心跳. Sina (in Chinese). February 3, 2016.
  38. ^ "Actresses in Sleepwear Promote 'Run for Love'". China Radio International. November 16, 2015.
  39. ^ 《冰河追凶》曝周冬雨剧照 "冬叔"演技再突破. Netease (in Chinese). April 20, 2016.
  40. ^ 《谎言西西里》8月9日上映 李准基周冬雨戳谎鉴爱. People's Daily (in Chinese). July 11, 2016.
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  42. ^ "Stars dazzle the upcoming 'The Founding of an Army'". China Daily. July 25, 2017.
  43. ^ 《缝纫机乐队》周冬雨惊喜表演被赞新突破. Sina (in Chinese). September 29, 2017.
  44. ^ 李易峰《动物世界》定档6.29曝预告携手迈克尔道格拉斯&周冬雨开启2018暑期档. Mtime (in Chinese). January 29, 2018.
  45. ^ 周冬雨演民国革命女性你见过吗?. Mtime (in Chinese). August 6, 2018.
  46. ^ 周冬雨古天乐加盟刘伟强魔幻电影《武林怪兽》. Sina (in Chinese). April 5, 2017.
  47. ^ 周冬雨新片"迷妹罗曼史"定档5.11闫妮&盛一伦搭档主演 背景为90年代深圳. Mtime (in Chinese). February 27, 2018.
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  50. ^ 周冬雨罗晋搭档《幕后之王》 黄宗泽一人分饰两角. Sina (in Chinese). December 18, 2017.
  51. ^ 孙红雷回归荧屏大剧《新世界》曝预告 周冬雨周一围尹昉万茜宋丹丹等名角云集. Mtime (in Chinese). March 11, 2019.
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  59. ^ 奧斯卡級作品角逐 《金環獎》 2月28日開跑. Guang Ming Daily (Malaysia) (in Chinese). February 9, 2017.
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  66. ^ 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.
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  70. ^ 第34届大众电影百花奖提名名单公布. Netease (in Chinese). November 7, 2018.
  71. ^ 周冬雨三登华语电影传媒大奖 获最受欢迎演员奖项. China Radio International (in Chinese). December 10, 2018.

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