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Li Bingbing

Li Bingbing
Li Bingbing at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival
Chinese name 李冰冰
Pinyin Lǐ Bīngbīng (Mandarin)
Jyutping Lei5 Bing1-bing1 (Cantonese)
Ancestry Jinzhong, Shanxi, China
Born (1976-02-27) 27 February 1976
Wuchang, Heilongjiang, China
Occupation Actress, singer
Years active 1994–present

Li Bingbing (born 27 February 1976) is a Chinese actress and singer.


  • Life and career 1
  • Personal life 2
  • Filmography 3
    • Film 3.1
    • Television 3.2
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Life and career

Li was born in Wuchang, Heilongjiang, China. She had no intention of becoming an actress initially and she enrolled specifically in a high school for prospective school teachers. However, upon graduation, she discovered her interest in acting and was eventually persuaded by a friend to join the Shanghai Theatre Academy in 1993.[1]

Her film debut was Zhang Yuan's Seventeen Years (1999), which won her the "Best Actress" Award in the 1999 Singapore Film Festival. In 2001, Li starred in the television series Young Justice Bao, which propelled her to become one of the most famous actresses in China. That year she was awarded the title of one of the "Top Ten Best TV actors/actresses in China". From then on, Li was approbated as an "action actress"[2] as she starred in a number of wuxia television series, such as Taiji Prodigy and Eight Heroes.

In 2005, Li starred in director Dayyan Eng's romantic comedy Waiting Alone, which received three Chinese Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and Li's first Best Actress nomination at the Golden Rooster Awards. That same year, Li won the title of "The Most Popular Actress" at the 12th Beijing College Film Festival. She went on to star in Feng Xiaogang's A World Without Thieves, which earned her a nomination for "Best Supporting Actress" Award at the 2006 Hundred Flowers Awards.[3]

Li won the "Best Actress" Awards at the 2007 Huabiao Awards and at the 2008 Hundred Flowers Awards for her performance in The Knot; the film was also China's entry for the Best Foreign Film award at the 2008 Academy Awards. She also co-starred with Jet Li and Jackie Chan in the 2008 film The Forbidden Kingdom as the White-Haired Witch. In November 2009, Li won the Best Leading Actress Award at the 46th Golden Horse Film Awards for her role in the espionage spy thriller The Message.

Li's most recent notable role is Shangguan Jing'er in Tsui Hark's 2010 film Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame; her character in this movie is loosely based on Shangguan Wan'er, a poet, writer and politician of the Tang Dynasty. Her first-time leading role in an English-language film is Wayne Wang's Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (2011), a film adaptation from Lisa See's 2005 novel of the same title. She also co-starred and co-produced with Jackie Chan in 1911, which was released in September 2011 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Xinhai Revolution.[4] She plays video game character Ada Wong dubbed by Sally Cahill, an action femme fatale in Resident Evil: Retribution (2012), starring alongside Milla Jovovich, Sienna Guillory and Shawn Roberts and directed by Paul W.S Anderson. Li appeared alongside Mark Wahlberg in Transformers: Age of Extinction, directed by Michael Bay, and will be reprising her role as Ada in the upcoming Resident Evil: The Final Chapter.[5][6]

Li Bingbing did not appear at the premiere of Resident Evil: Retribution , raising speculation from reporters that her absence was a demonstration against the escalating dispute between China and Japan over the Diaoyu Islands. Li's agent Ji Xiang explained that Li had been informed of the premiere two months before but she was too busy in Beijing to attend at that time. However, Ji did not deny that politics were involved, saying: "We are in line with our government – the Diaoyu Islands belong to China. Bingbing will be attending movie premieres held in other places across the world and she skipped the Tokyo leg only."[7]

Li is a UNEP Goodwill Ambassador,[8] WWF Earth Hour Global Ambassador,[9] and Ambassador of Korean Culture in China.[10] Currently, she is repped by United Talent Agency as is her younger sister Li Xue (Chinese: 李雪).[11][12][13]

Personal life

On July 24, 2013, it was reported that Li has a godfather named Wang Lin,[14] a qigong practitioner who claims to be able to conjure up snakes from thin air, cure disease, and retrieve an incinerated banknote intact from an orange.[15] Wang Lin published his photo album Chinese by Hong Kong Ocean International Publishing.

The Beijing News reported that Li Xue, Li's agent, responded that Li went to visit Wang Lin to ask him to cure her mother of her disease. As for the effectiveness of the cure, the agent refused to disclose any more information.[14]



Year Title Role Notes
1994 Spirit of Cops
Shen Fang
1994 Qiaoqian Zhixi
1994 Red Rose, White Rose
White Rose's friend guest star
1995 Junsao
Nurse guest star
1998 Seventeen Years
Chen Jie
1999 Lüse Rouqing
Lin Qiaoqiao
2002 Purple Butterfly
Tang Yiling
2003 Cat and Mouse
Ding Yuehua
2003 Love for All Seasons
Li Mochou
2003 Silver Hawk
2004 Waiting Alone
Liu Rong
2004 A World Without Thieves
2004 Fight for Love
Ma Lili
2005 Wait 'Til You're Older
Kwong's mother guest star
2005 Dragon Squad
Yu Ching
2005 The Knot
Wang Jindi
2006 Linger
Fu Enjia
2008 The Forbidden Kingdom
Ni Chang / White haired witch
2009 The Message
Li Ningyu
2010 The Legend of Silk Boy
2010 Triple Tap
2010 Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame
Shangguan Jing'er
2011 Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
2011 1911
Xu Zonghan
2012 I Do
Tang Weiwei
2012 Resident Evil: Retribution
Ada Wong
2014 Transformers: Age of Extinction[5] Su Yueming
2015 Zhong Kui: Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal[16]
TBA 400 Boys Lead Filming


Year Title Role Notes
1994 Yilu Denghou
Du Yuling
1995 No Regrets
Feng Kangmei
1996 Zhanguo Chuanqi
1997 Shang Yang Chuanqi
Du Wa
1997 Fengsheng Shuiqi
Gu Ting
1998 Da Fating
Xia Liyan
1998 The Female Official
Sun Xiaohong
1998 Qinmi Airen
Bai Tong
1998 Palace of Desire
Princess Anle
2000 Qingchun Chudong
Guan Ping
2000 Young Justice Bao
Ling Chuchu
2000 Smart Kid
Ying Ziyan
2000 The Nation Under The Foot
Fan Yue'e
2000 Yiben Wuhui
Qin Xue
2001 Taiji Prodigy
Qin Sirong
2001 Sky Lovers
Tang Wei
2001 Ye Yatou
Ye Yatou
2001 Zheshan Tanhua
Sixth Princess
2002 The Blue Lotus
2003 Romancing Hong Kong
Gao Shuang
2003 Xianggang Ziyou Xing
Tour guide
2004 Changjian Xiangsi
2004 City of Sky
Xiao Ruoning / Yu Bohan
2004 The Sea's Promise
Bai Ying
2004 Strange Tales of Liao Zhai
Yu Xiaocui
2005 Eight Heroes
Feng Laiyi
2005 Huiniang Wanxin
Ye Wanxin
2006 Zaisheng Yuan
Meng Lijun


  1. ^ Jackie Chan's Official Website. Interview with Li Bingbing. Retrieved 2010-09-24.
  2. ^ The Forbidden Kingdom Production Notes Retrieved 2010-09-24.
  3. ^ The Internet Movie Database. Awards for Bingbing Li. Retrieved 2010-09-24.
  4. ^ Asian Movie Pulse. Jackie Chan to Direct The 1911 Revolution. Retrieved 2010-09-24.
  5. ^ a b China's Li Bingbing Boards 'Transformers 4'
  6. ^ """Bingbing Li Returns For "Resident Evil Rising. Tracking-Board. April 21, 2014. Retrieved 2014-04-21. 
  7. ^ "". 2012-09-04. Retrieved 2012-10-03. 
  8. ^ UNEP News Centre. Li Bingbing – National Ambassador (China). Retrieved 2010-09-24.
  9. ^ UNEP News Centre. Li Bingbing – UNEP Ambassador in China. Retrieved 2010-09-24.
  10. ^ CriEnglish. Li Bingbing: Ambassador of Korean Culture. Retrieved 2010-12-04.
  11. ^ "Li Bingbing joins Hollywood's UTA". November 22, 2012. Retrieved November 22, 2012. 
  12. ^ "李冰冰妹妹李雪 身份揭秘". July 25, 2012. Retrieved July 25, 2012. 
  13. ^ "影后李冰冰:妹妹李雪是我的主心骨". January 21, 2009. Retrieved January 21, 2009. 
  14. ^ a b "Qigong 'Master' Wang Lin's Deeds with Famous Icons Disclosed". 24 July 2013. Retrieved 24 July 2013. 
  15. ^ "Chinese Qigong master Wang Lin threatens reporter who says he does not have supernatural powers". 24 July 2013. Retrieved 24 July 2013. 
  16. ^ "3-D fantasy Zhong Kui starts China shoot". Retrieved 2014-02-15. 

External links

Awards and achievements
Golden Horse Award
Preceded by
Prudence Liew
for True Women For Sale
Best Actress
for The Message
Succeeded by
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