Liu Yifei


Chinese actress Liu Yifei in The Forbidden Kingdom 2008

Liu Yifei Actress Information

A Chinese actress, model and singer who has appeared in a number of hit TV series and movies and is one of China’s more promising young actresses.

English name – Crystal Liu
Chinese name – 刘亦菲
Pinyin – Liu Yifei
Legal name – Liu Ximeizi

Date of birth – 25 August 1987
Place of Birth- Wuhan, China
Height – 1.70

Liu Yifei is the only child born to father An Shaokang who was a secretary to the Chinese embassy in France and a university professor and mother Liu Xiaoli who was a dancer and stage performer. Her parents divorced when she was 7, leaving her in her mothers care. She moved to the US when she was 10 with her mother, obtained American citizen ship and returned to China in 2002 to pursue a career in acting and modelling.

Chinese actress Liu Yifei in The Four 2012  Chinese movie

Acting Career
Liu’s career in entertainment began at the age of 7 when she took up modelling and started training in singing, dancing and playing the piano. Soon after returning to China from the US, Liu Yifei was accepted into the Performance Institute of Beijing Film Academy at the age of 15 and graduated in 2006.

She started to receive offers to perform in a number of Chinese TV series soon after her admittance into the institute and had her first role in 2002 in the TV series “The Story of a Noble Family”. The second role in the 2003 TV series “Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils” launched her to fame and she became very popular with Chinese audiences. Her first big screen role in the 2003 movie “Love of May” with May Day, a well known Taiwanese rock band further increased her popularity and established her career as a prominent actress.

Liy Yifei as since starred in a number of hit Chinese TV series such as the 2005 “The Legend of the Sword and Fairy” and 2006 “The Return of the Condor Heroes”. Her movie successes include the US 2008 movie “The Forbidden Kingdom” with Jackie Chan and Jet Li and the 2012 Chinese movie “The Four” with Hong Kong screen legend Anthony Wong.

Though not as prominent as her TV and movie successes, Liy Yifei is also a popular singer in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Japan. She began singing in 2005 after receiving a contract with Sony and has released albums in Japan and in China and Hong Kong.

Chinese actress Liu Yifei and Louis Koo in A Chinese Ghost Story 2011

Chinese Movie and Film Titles
Outcast (2014

Chinese Paladin

The Four 3 (2014)
Shong Yayu (Emotionless)

The Four 2 (2013)
Shong Yayu (Emotionless)

The Assassins (2012)
Gong Ling Ju

The Four (2012)
Shong Yayu (Emotionless)

White Vengeance (2011)
Yu Ji

A Chinese Ghost Story (2011)
Nie Xiaoqian

Love in Disguise (2010)
Song Xiao-Qing

Ah Bao’s Story (2006)

The Love Winner (2004)
Jin Qiaoli

Love of May (2004)
Zhao Xuan

International Movie and Film Titles

The Forbidden Kingdom (2008)
Golden Sparrow / Chinatown Girl

Chinese actress Liu Yi Fei in The Assassins 2012

TV Series
Return of the Condor Heroes (2006)
Xiao Longnu

Young Age (2005)

Chinese Paladin (2005)
Zhao Ling’er

Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils (2003)
Wang Yuyan

Story of  a Noble Family (2002)
Bai Xiuzhu

Awards for Film and TV
2006 QQ Entertainment Awards
Winner – Favorite Female Idol – Liu Yifei
Winner – Most Charming Artist (Mainland)  – Liu Yifei

Supporting websites for Liu Yifei
IMDb Actor Database for Liy Yifei
Liy Yifei’s Facebook page