Zhang Ziyi

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Name: Zhang Ziyi 

Country: China

Date of birth: 09-02-1979

Education: –

Occupation: Actress   

Main Achievements: Zhang Ziyi has accumulated massive fame and recognition for her diverse acting skills and exceptional beauty. Her role in ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’ (Wo hu cang long), a martial arts drama, pushed her up the ladder of success. She appeared in the Top 5 members of the China Celebrity 100 list of Forbes in the six successive years from 2004 to 2010. At the 11th Shanghai International Film Festival, she also received the award of the ‘Outstanding Contribution to Chinese Cinema’ in 2008. She was also granted the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France. 

Something interesting about Zhang Ziyi: she was a member of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival of 2006. Zhang is counted among the most well-known Asian actresses in the West. 


Zhang Ziyi was born in the capital of China, Beijing. In 2015, she got married to Wang Feng, a rock musician, and has a daughter named Wang Xingxing. Zhang’s father served as an economist, and her mother taught kindergarten students. She is younger than her brother, who is very close to her. Initially, Zhang’s parents chose dancing for her considering her weak and fragile stature. Worried about her health, they wanted Zhang to build some muscles. She stepped into the world of dancing at the early age of 8. Three years later, she became a part of the Beijing Dance Academy. However, Zhang was disapproved of the mean and downplaying attitude of her fellow students and finally dropped out of her dance school. At the age of 15, she became the winner of the National Youth Dance Championship, followed by her appearance on Television. 

Two years later, the now talented actress got admitted to the renowned Central Academy of Drama in the populous city of Beijing. She was expected to excel in the career of dancing by the people around her; however, she turned the course of her future into the field of acting. Through consistent training and hard work, she acquired her first role in a TV series named ‘Touching Starlight’ in 1996. Later, she appeared in the audition for a shampoo ad that was to be shot by Zhang Yimou, a renowned director of China. Although Zhang could not earn the role, Yimou spotted her extraordinary talent and cast her in his 1999’s romantic drama, ‘The Road Home’. Her remarkable acting and charismatic personality earned her a role in the American flick ‘Rush Hour 2’ in the year 2001. In the same year, she made an appearance in ‘Musa’ and ‘The Legends of Zu.’ Her performance in the film, ‘Hero,’ earned her tremendous fame and she got nominated for the Golden Globe Awards as well as the Oscar. After performing several other movies in the following years, she performed the role of Princess Tanuki in the movie ‘Princess Raccoon’, directed by Seijun Suzuki, which was premiered at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival. She also demonstrated her dancing finesse by performing the part of Sayuri in the film ‘Memoirs of a Geisha’. 

Zhang’s graceful personality and incredible skills earned her fame from all over the world. She also did the voice over for the character of Karai in ‘TMNT,’ an American animated film. She appeared in several other movies like Forever Enthralled, Sophie’s Revenge, Love for Life, Dangerous Liaisons, etc. The list of roles played by Zhang extends to a vast number. She also produced the film ‘Oh My God’ in 2015 and had a cameo in it. Some of her majorly recognized works include her appearance in ‘The Grandmaster,’ which was directed by Wong Kar-wai. Critiques deemed her performance in the film as the most powerful role played by Zhang. She also received many ‘Best Actress’ awards in recognition of her work.