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Zhao Wei

Chinese actress, singer and film director
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Zhao.

Zhao Wei (born 12 March 1976), also known as Vicky Zhao or Vicki Zhao, is a Chinese actress, film director, producer and pop singer. She is considered one of the most popular actresses in China and Chinese-speaking regions, and one of the highest paid actresses.[1][2]

Zhao Wei
(aka Vicki Zhao)
Zhao Wei at Huabiao Award red carpet in 2007
Background information
Chinese name (traditional)
Chinese name (simplified)
PinyinZhào Wēi (Mandarin)
JyutpingZiu6 Mei4 (Cantonese)
Born (1976-03-12) 12 March 1976 (age 43)
Wuhu, An Hui, China
Nationality People's Republic of China
OccupationActress, director, producer, singer
Years active1994–present
Spouse(s)Huang Youlong (2008–)
AncestryWuhu, An Hui, China

Over her 20 years acting career, Zhao has starred in many box-office smash-hits, including Shaolin Soccer (2001), Red Cliff (2008-2009), Painted Skin (2008), Painted Skin: The Resurrection (2012), Dearest (2014) and Lost in Hong Kong (2015). She has received numerous awards from the Shanghai International Film Festival, Huabiao Awards, Changchun Film Festival, Hundred Flowers Awards and Shanghai Film Critics Awards for films like A Time to Love (2005) and Mulan (2009). In 2014, after almost 2-year break from acting, she returned to the silver screen in Peter Chan's movie Dearest, and won the Hong Kong Film Critics Society Award and Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actress.

Her directorial debut So Young (2013) broke the box office record for movies directed by female Chinese directors in just a week. The movie also earned her multiple awards in mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, including Golden Rooster Award for Best Directorial Debut, Hundred Flowers Award for Best Director and Hong Kong Film Award for Best Film from Mainland and Taiwan.

Zhao was named as member of the main Jury at the 73rd Venice Film Festival.

Zhao Wei became a Goodwill Ambassador of the United Nations Development Programme on 20 November 2016.[3]


  1. "Beyond Cute". Time. March 29, 2004.
  2. "Leaked list reveals China's top earning actresses". China Daily. November 18, 2014.
  3. "联合国开发计划署任命赵薇成为亲善大使". People's Daily (in Chinese). November 21, 2016.