|Pinyin||Zhōu Xùn (Mandarin)|
|Jyutping||Zau1 Seon3 (Cantonese)|
|Vietnamese name||Chu Tấn|
October 18, 1974 |
|Voice type(s)||Lyric Contralto|
|Spouse(s)||Archie Kao (m. 2014)|
|Parents||Zhou Tianning (father)
Chen Yiqin (mother)
Zhou has won Best Actress honors from Asian Film Awards, Beijing College Student Film Festival, Chinese Director's Association Awards, Chinese Film Media Awards, Golden Bauhinia Awards, Golden Horse Awards, Golden Rooster Awards, Hong Kong Film Awards, Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards, Hundred Flowers Awards and Shanghai Film Critics Awards; as well as the French award-giving body Festival du Film de Paris. She is regarded as one of the Four Dan Actresses of China.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Acting career
- 3 Social activities
- 4 Fashion
- 5 Personal life
- 6 Filmography
- 7 Discography
- 8 Accolades
- 9 References
- 10 External links
Zhou was born to a middle-class family in Quzhou, Zhejiang. Her father, Zhou Tianning (周天宁), was a local film projectionist, and her mother, Chen Yiqin (陈以琴), was a salesperson at a department store. She had her schooling in Quzhou No.1 Middle School. After she graduated,Zhou enrolled at the Zhejiang Arts Institute to further her interest in dramatic arts, against the wishes of her parents, who wanted her to graduate from a university. She was handpicked for a role in the film Strange Tales Amongst Old and Desolate Tombs during her teenage years in school.
1995–2004: Beginnings and Breakthrough
Zhou debuted in the comedy movie The Pampered Wife. She next starred in Chen Kaige's films, Temptress Moon and The Emperor and the Assassin. But it was not until in 2000 that Zhou received recognition in China. With her role as young Princess Taiping in historical drama Palace of Desire, Zhou received the Audience's Choice for Actress and Best Supporting Actress awards at the 18th China TV Golden Eagle Award.
Zhou achieved breakthrough on the big screen with Lou Ye's Suzhou River (2000), which received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. She won the Best Actress award at the 15th Festival du Film de Paris. That year, she was named one of the Four Dan Actresses alongside Zhang Ziyi, Zhao Wei and Xu Jinglei. She further achieved international recognition when she starred in the Franco-Chinese romance drama film Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress (2002).
A string of successful projects followed. In her first Hong Kong film Hollywood Hong Kong directed by Fruit Chan, Zhou impressed critics with her performance. Hollywood magazine Variety praise Zhou saying "Zhou is superb, moving with ease between her various personalities and always convincing in each". Her next film, romance-themed A Pinwheel Without Wind won her the Hundred Flowers Awards for Best Actress. Among Zhou's earlier notable works also include television series The Legend of the Condor Heroes and the film Baobei in Love.
2005–2012: Critical acclaim
Zhou impressed critics once again with her performance in Peter Chan's musical film Perhaps Love (2005). The film represented Hong Kong at the 2006 Academy Awards. Zhou received Best Actress awards at the Hong Kong Film Awards, Hong Kong Film Critics Society Award, Golden Bauhinia Awards and Golden Horse Awards.
She next starred in Feng Xiaogang's wuxia film The Banquet, inspired from William Shakespeare's Hamlet. Zhou plays the girlfriend of the crown prince, equivalent to Ophelia. She won the Golden Bauhinia Awards and Hong Kong Film Awards for Best Supporting Actress.
With a string of successful films, Zhou was brought into the spotlight as one of China's top actresses. Her ability to pull off various roles makes her a favorite with Chinese directors and won her the reputation of "Angel in the World" among the audience.
Zhou's next project was Susie Au's film Ming Ming (2007), which was highly praised at the 11th Pusan International Film Festival. Zhou played dual roles - twins with absolutely different characteristics and personalities.
In 2008, Zhou starred in Cao Baoping's romantic thriller The Equation of Love and Death as a taxicab driver on the lookout for her missing boyfriend. Critics again praised Zhou, crediting the film's success to Zhou's performance as Li Mi. Zhou went on to receive Best Actress awards at the Asian Film Awards, Shanghai Film Critics Awards, Golden Rooster Film Festival, and Chinese Film Media Awards.
She then appeared in Gordon Chan's horror-adventure film Painted Skin, a remake of a classic supernatural thriller of the same title. Next came spy thriller The Message, about Japanese invaders in China who try to ferret out a spy among their Chinese collaborators.
In 2009, Zhou was named the Star of the Year at CineAsia exhibition and distribution convention in Hong Kong. Asia-Pacific Producers Network (APN) also honored her as the Asian Star of the Year for her exemplary box office achievements. In an interview with CNN, Zhou was named Asia's 25 greatest actors of all time.
2012–present: Directorial and Hollywood debut, Television comeback
Zhou then reprised her role in Painted Skin: The Resurrection (2012), the sequel to Painted Skin. The film grossed over the 700 million yuan ($109.8 million) landmark, becoming the highest-grossing Chinese-language movie of all time then.
Zhou returned to television after 10 years in Red Sorghum (2014), based on Nobel prize laureate Mo Yan's 1986/1987 novel of the same name. Zhou's performance in the series was highly praised by the author himself for her immaculate grasp of the character's inner turmoil. Zhou won the Best Actress Award at the Shanghai Television Festival and Asian Television Award.
The same year, she received the Chevalier medal in the Order of Arts and Letters by French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius for her contribution in film, public welfare and Sino-French communications in Beijing, China. She was also rated as China's favorite star, ranking first on the 15th Huading Award international celebrity's satisfaction survey.
Zhou Xun was named the first United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Goodwill Ambassador for China in 2008 with a special focus of promoting environmental sustainability. Zhou jointly runs a campaign 'Our Part', which promotes ‘tips for green living’.
In 2010, she became the Laureate of United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)'s Champions of the Earth (Inspiration & Action). She was the first entertainer in the world to receive this honour. She was also the Green Ambassador for the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai.
In 2011, Zhou has been honored as one of the 2011 Young Global Leaders by the World Economic Forum.
Since 2011, Zhou was formally announced as a new ambassador for Chanel. Chanel chief designer Karl Lagerfeld noted Zhou Xun for her strong fashion sense, describing the actress as "a synthesis of young Coco Chanel and Ballet Troupe Zizi Jeanmaire."
Zhou received Hong Kong citizenship under the "Quality Migrant Admission Scheme".
|1991||Old Grave||古墓荒斋||Jiao Na|
|1993||Story of Rouge Chamber||胭楼记||Zheng Yue'e|
|1995||The Pampered Wife||小娇妻||Yangyang|
|Nü'er Hong||女儿红||Hua Dao|
|1996||Temptress Moon||风月||Little dance girl|
|1998||My Rice Noodle Shop||花桥荣记||Xie Yan|
|1999||The Emperor and the Assassin||荊軻刺秦王||Blind girl|
|2000||Suzhou River||苏州河||Mei Mei / Mou Dan|
|If I Lose You||如果没有爱||Xun|
|2001||Beijing Bicycle||十七岁的单车||Hong Qin|
|Hollywood Hong Kong||香港有个好莱坞||Hung Hung/Tong Tong|
|2002||A Pinwheel Without Wind||烟雨红颜||Zhao Ningjing|
|Where Have All the Flowers Gone||那时花开||Huan Zi|
|Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress||巴尔扎克和小裁缝||Little seamstress|
|2004||Baobei in Love||恋爱中的宝贝||Bao Bei|
|2005||A West Lake Moment||鸳鸯蝴蝶||Xiao Yu|
|Beauty Remains||美人依旧||Xiao Fei|
|Stolen Life||生死劫||Yan Ni|
|Perhaps Love||如果·爱||Sun Na|
|2007||Ming Ming||明明||Mingming / Nana|
|2008||The Equation of Love and Death||李米的猜想||Li Mi|
|Painted Skin||画皮||Xiao Wei|
|All About Women||女人不坏||Ou Fanfan|||
|2009||The Message||风声||Gu Xiaomeng|
|True Legend||苏乞儿||Yuan Ying|
|2011||The Founding of a Party||建党伟业||Wang Huiwu|
|The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate||龙门飞甲||Jade|
|2012||The Great Magician||大魔术师||Liu Yin|||
|Painted Skin: The Resurrection||画皮II||Xiao Wei|
|The Silent War||听风者||Zhang Xuening|||
|Cloud Atlas||云图||Talbot/Hotel Manager
|2014||Overheard 3||窃听风云3||Ruan Yuehua|||
|Women Who Flirt||撒娇女人最好命||Zhang Hui|
|Meet Miss Anxiety||我的早更女友||Qi Jia|||
|2017||Remain Silent||保持沉默||Duan Mulan|||
|The Great Escape||明月几时有||Fang Gu|||
|1997||Hong Chu Fang||红处方||Shen Pei|
|1998||Jingtan Fengyun||警坛风云||Lin Peipei|
|1999||Lüyi Hongniang||绿衣红娘||Fan Xiaoxuan|
|Kaixin Jiuhao||开心就好||Tan Gege|
|Palace of Desire||大明宫词||young Princess Taiping|
|April Rhapsody||人间四月天||Lin Huiyin|
|The Taiping Heavenly Kingdom||太平天国||Shi Yiyang|
|Xin Wang||心网||Na Niu|
|Yuanlai Yijiaren||缘来一家人||Tao Tao|
|2001||Love Story in Shanghai||像雾像雨又像风||Du Xinyu|
|2002||Ripening Orange||橘子红了||Xiu He|
|2003||The Legend of the Condor Heroes||射雕英雄传||Huang Rong|
|Business Family||买办之家||Su Boyuan/Xia He|
|2014||Red Sorghum||红高粱||Jiu'er/Cang Jiulian|
|2017||Ruyi's Royal Love in the Palace||如懿传||Ulanara·Ruyi|||
- Song of the Vagrant (with Anthony Wong[disambiguation needed]) - Ming Ming OST (2007)
- 走马看黄花 - True Legend OST (2010)
- A switch to happiness (2014)
- "第一届金鹰节获奖名单暨第18届电视金鹰奖获奖名单". Hunan TV (in Chinese). 2008-07-25.
- "Chinese movie hits Europe". China Daily. 2003-12-31.
- "Zhou Xun: China's queen of quirk". CNN. 2010-01-29.
- "Actress and Environmentalist Zhou Xun". China Radio International. 2008-06-10.
- "Review: ‘Hollywood, Hong Kong’". Variety. 2001-09-04.
- "Galaxy of stars come out for film awards". China Daily. 2002-10-23.
- "'Baober in Love' Draws Raves, Rants and Crowds". China.org.cn. 2004-04-24.
- "HK musical"Perhaps Love" debutes in Beijing". Sina. Xinhua News Agency. 2005-11-30.
- "Zhou Xun Won Best Actress". China Radio International. 2006-04-10.
- "Zhou won the Best Actress award in HK". China Daily. 2006-02-23.
- "11th HK Golden Bauhinia Awards". China.org.cn. 2006-08-14.
- "Zhou Xun Takes Top Honor at Taiwan's Golden Horse Film Awards". China.org.cn. 2006-11-26.
- "Zhou Xun in THE BANQUET". China Radio International. 2006-04-27.
- "Beijing Confidential". China Daily. 2009-09-27.
- "Chinese mainland stars who have won at the HKFA". China Daily. 2014-04-14.
- "Zhou Xun: angel in the world". China Daily. 2010-01-29.
- "Zhou Xun's Latest Film "Ming Ming"". China Radio International. 2007-04-13.
- "Zhou Xun-'The Equation of Love and Death'". China Radio International. 2009-10-13.
- "The Equation of Love and Death". Foreigner.cn.com. 2009-08-31.
- "Zhou Xun Crowned at Asian Film Awards". China Radio International. 2009-03-24.
- "第18届永乐杯上海影评人奖揭晓". Sina (in Chinese). 2009-06-13.
- "Zhou Xun Celebrates 35th Birthday and Best Actress Award". China Radio International. 2009-10-19.
- "华语电影传媒大奖揭晓 范伟周迅称帝封后". Tencent (in Chinese). 2009-06-21.
- "Stills of All-star Movie Painted Skin Made Public". China Radio International. 2008-06-16.
- "New Posters of "The Message" Released". China Radio International. 2009-06-08.
- "Chinese actress Zhou Xun to be honored as 'Star of the year'". The Independent. 2009-11-14.
- "周迅笑傲亚洲影坛 斩获“年度亚洲之星”大奖". 21.cn.com (in Chinese). 2009-06-16.
- "Asia’s 25 greatest actors of all time". CNN. 2010-03-04.
- "'The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate' Starts Filming". China Radio International. 2010-10-11.
- "Confucius, he safe". China Daily. 2009-05-28.
- "Actress Zhou Xun Tries on Directing". China Radio International. 2011-12-27.
- "‘Cloud Atlas’ Raises Zhou Xun’s Profile". The Wall Street Journal. 2011-09-15.
- "Re-imagined fantasy about love". China Daily. 2012-08-03.
- "Ludicrous 'Painted Skin'". The China Post. 2012-07-13.
- "Zhou Xun to lead TV adaptation of 'Red Sorghum'". China Daily. 2013-08-14.
- "Chinese female stars' wage unveiled". Sina. 2015-01-15.
- "21st Shanghai Television Festival". China.org.cn. 2015-06-13.
- "2015 Winners". Asian Television Awards. 2015-12-02.
- "Zhou Xun awarded honour of Chevalier in order of Arts and Letters". Sina. China Daily. 2014-02-24.
- "Zhou Xun rated as China's favorite star". Sina. China Daily. 2014-11-27.
- "Beijing film fest announces A-list jury and events". China.org.cn. 2015-03-20.
- "Zhou Xun, 1st UNDP Goodwill Ambassador". China Daily. undp.org.cn. 2009-08-05.
- "Actress Promotes Environmental Protection". China Radio International. 2005-05-31.
- "Zhou Xun Protects Environment with UNDP". China Radio International. 2008-03-05.
- "Chinese actress wins UN environment award". The Independent. 2010-04-21.
- "Zhou Xun:Expo green queen". China Daily. Shanghai Daily. 2009-05-06.
- "Actress Zhou Xun among Young Global Leaders". China Daily. China Radio International. 2011-03-18.
- "Zhou Xun to become the Chinese ambassador for Chanel". Asia Pacific Arts. 2011-10-18.
- "Zhou Xun Chanel Ambassadress For China". Chanel. 2011-10-18.
- "Zhou Xun and Archie Kao Wed in Surprise Public Ceremony in China". People Magazine. 2014-07-17.
- "Zhou Xun Obtains Hong Kong Citizenship". China Radio International. 2009-02-08.
- ""Not All Women Are Bad", a contemporary comedy". CCTV. 2008-10-11.
- "'The Great Magician'". China Radio International. 2011-12-20.
- "Tony Leung, Zhou Xun Play 'The Silent War'". China Radio International. 2012-07-02.
- "Overheard 3". China Radio International. 2012-06-05.
- "Zhou Xun and Tong Dawei shoot for new movie". Sina. Xinhua News Agency. 2014-09-26.
- "《保持沉默》海报曝光 周迅吴镇宇祖峰三足鼎立". ent.ifeng (in Chinese). 2016-06-24.
- "Ann Hui's new war epic marks HK's return to China". China.org.cn. 2017-02-10.
- "'Ruyi's Royal Love in the Palace' expected to release in 2017". China Daily. 2016-10-12.
- "Top stars lend voices to 'Nature Is Speaking'". China.org.cn. 2015-04-13.
- "Huang Bo and Zhou Xun Join Chinese Version of The Little Prince". China Radio International. 2015-09-11.
- "'Born in China' due for release on Aug 12". China Daily. China Radio International. 2016-07-08.
- "Zhou Xun, Anthony Wong Shoot "Ming Ming" Music Video". China Radio International. 2007-03-28.
- "Actress Zhou Xun croons for 'True Legend'". China.org.cn. China Radio International. 2010-01-26.
- "Zhou Xun releases new song for Christmas". Sina. Xinhua News Agency. 2014-12-05.
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