|Born||16 September 1981|
|Political party||Communist Party of China|
|Relatives||Fan Chengcheng (brother)|
|Labels||Fan Bingbing Studio|
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Fan Bingbing (Chinese: 范冰冰, born 16 September 1981) is a Chinese actress, model, television producer, and singer. Since 2013, Fan has been listed as the highest-paid celebrity in the Forbes China Celebrity 100 list for four years in a row after ranking in the top 10 every year since 2006. Fan is one of the highest-paid actresses in the world and has been called a global fashion icon due to her frequent appearances on the red carpet, at movie premieres, and at fashion shows.
Fan rose to fame in East Asia in 1998–1999 with the TV costume drama series My Fair Princess. In 2003, she starred in Cell Phone, which became China's highest-grossing film of the year, and received critical acclaim at the Hundred Flowers Awards. She has starred in many Chinese films, most notably Lost in Beijing (2007), Buddha Mountain (2011), Double Xposure (2012) and I Am Not Madame Bovary (2016), where she received awards from the Golden Horse Film Festival and Awards, the Tokyo International Film Festival, the San Sebastián International Film Festival and Golden Rooster Awards. She has participated in many foreign-language films, such as the French film Stretch (2011), the Korean film My Way (2011), X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014), in which she portrayed Blink, and the Hong Kong-Chinese-American film Skiptrace (2015), for which she won the Golden Screen Award for Best Actress.
Fan was honored at the 2017 Time 100 Gala in Manhattan, recognized on Time Magazine's list of the 100 most influential people of 2017. In 2017, Fan served on the 70th Cannes Film Festival jury and was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. In 2018, Fan was secretly detained by Chinese authorities, disappearing from public view on 1 July 2018 for nearly three months. She subsequently appeared on social media, offering a public apology over tax evasion, for which she was fined more than CN¥883 million (US$127 million).
Fan was born in Laixi, Yantai (Now Qingdao) and was raised in Yantai. She graduated from Shanghai Xie Jin Film and Television Art College and Shanghai Theatre Academy.
Fan debuted in the television series Powerful Woman and played minor roles for two years, before gaining attention in 1999 for her supporting role as Jin Suo in the first two seasons of the Chinese television series My Fair Princess, which were adapted from Taiwanese writer Chiung Yao's story. She had been recommended by Cantonese actress Leanne Liu to join the cast. The comedic period drama enjoyed widespread success in Asia, propelling Fan to become a household name in the region. After that, Fan signed an eight-year contract with Chiung Yao's company, which produced My Fair Princess. However, as the company had yet to establish any branches in mainland China, many mainland Chinese television advertising firms had to make calls to Taiwan for negotiations, resulting in a waste of time and effort. When Fan and her mother wanted to end the contract, Chiung Yao's company asked for CN¥1 million in compensation, but eventually the court ordered Fan to pay CN¥200,000 because the contract was illegal due to her age.
Fan won a Best Actress Award at the 27th Hundred Flowers Awards, and an Outstanding New Actress nomination at the 10th Huabiao Awards. She also appeared in The Lion Roars (2002), The Twins Effect II (2004), A Chinese Tall Story (2005), and A Battle of Wits (2006). She received a Golden Bauhinia Awards nomination for her role in the Chinese-South-Korean-Japanese epic film A Battle of Wits.
In 2006, Forbes China gave its most prized award, the Star of the Year, to Fan for her popularity, high press coverage, and website hits throughout that year.
Fan left Huayi Brothers in February 2007 and started her own studio, Fan Bingbing Studio. She starred in eight films in 2007, winning the Best Supporting Actress Award at the 44th Golden Horse Film Awards for her role in The Matrimony. That year, her studio made its first television production, Rouge Snow (2008), adapted from the novel of the same name. Fan played the starring role in the production, portraying a poor girl who fights for freedom against fate after being sold to a wealthy and influential clan. In the same year, Fan starred in crime drama film Shinjuku Incident and was praised by critics for her performance. Fan featured in historical action film Bodyguards and Assassins, which earned her a Best Supporting Actress nomination at the Hong Kong Film Awards.
In 2010, Fan starred in Chen Kaige’s historical epic, Sacrifice. Fan said that she chose the role as she was moved by Princess Zhuang Ji's great courage and a very fierce maternal love. On 24 October, Buddha Mountain starring Fan premiered at the 23rd Tokyo International Film Festival, and earned her the Best Actress Award. In April 2010, Fan was ranked first on the "50 Most Beautiful People in China" list by the newspaper Beijing News. In 2011, Fan starred in the martial arts film Shaolin alongside Andy Lau and Jackie Chan and The Founding of a Party, which was released to mark the 90th anniversary of the Communist Party of China. In May, she appeared at the 64th Cannes Film Festival to promote My Way together with director Kang Je-gyu and actors Jang Dong-gun and Joe Odagiri. In October, she became a member of the International Competition Jury of 24th Tokyo International Film Festival.
For the first half of 2012, Fan attended many fashion shows in Paris. On 16 May, she attended the opening ceremony of the 65th Cannes Film Festival as the only East Asian global spokesperson on behalf of L'Oréal Paris. Forbes ranked Fan third on the 2012 Forbes China Celebrity 100 List based on her success in that year. In the film Double Xposure, which was released in China on 29 September, she portrays a girl who, after suffering trauma during childhood, experiences visual hallucinations after witnessing her father kill her mother. Most film critics praised to Fan's performance, and she won the Huading Awards for Best Actress. The film was a financial success, with a domestic gross of more than CN¥100 million, which broke the box office record for a domestic art film in China. On 12 December, Fan appeared in Lost in Thailand, in which she did an unpaid cameo so as to "help" her first-time filmmaker friend, Xu Zheng. The film broke the box office record for Chinese films in China to become one of the highest-grossing Chinese films of all time.
In 2013, Fan appeared as Dr. Wu's assistant, Wu Jiaqi, in the mainland Chinese version of Iron Man 3, which was released on 1 May. The same year, she starred alongside Aarif Rahman in the romantic comedy One Night Surprise, which aired on Chinese Valentine's Day. The low-budget film became a commercial success and received positive reviews. On 9 December 2013, the Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group's B2C business Taobao announced that Fan topped the list of the most valuable celebrities for boosting online business and said that Fan influenced approximately US$74 million in sales on its ecommerce website. On 22 December, Fan received the Best Actress Award and the Hottest Figure Award at the Baidu Hot Ceremony.
In 2014, Fan portrayed the mutant Blink (Clarice Ferguson) in the American superhero film X-Men: Days of Future Past. She also announced that she has a four-film contract with 20th Century Fox, yet she has not appeared in another X-Men film since. The film was released globally and resulted in increased international fame and recognition for Fan. On 31 May, Barbie announced the launch of the Fan Bingbing Celebrity Specialty doll in Shanghai. Louis Vuitton also chose Fan as the first Asian actress to be provided with a specially tailored dress for their red carpet. In the series The Empress of China, Fan portrays the titular character Wu Zetian, the only female emperor in Chinese history. The 82-episode TV series was broadcast on Hunan Television from 21 December 2014 to 5 February 2015, and recorded the highest ratings for the year. The same year, she starred in wuxia fantasy film The White Haired Witch of Lunar Kingdom.
In 2015, Fan joined the CCTV variety show as a judge in Amazing Chinese and as a contestant in the reality television show Challenger's Alliance. Fan won the Best Actress award at the 1st Berlin Chinese Film Festival for her role in the film. She was ranked 4th on Forbes World's Highest-Paid Actresses list for 2015. In 2016, Fan featured in the action comedy Skiptrace alongside Jackie Chan and American actor Johnny Knoxville, which won her the Best Supporting Actress award at the 1st Golden Screen Awards. Fan then starred in Guo Jingming's L.O.R.D: Legend of Ravaging Dynasties. The film, which was released on 30 September, is China's first computer-animated motion film. Fan won the Silver Shell for Best Actress at the 64th San Sebastián International Film Festival and Golden Rooster Award for Best Actress for her performance in I Am Not Madame Bovary directed by Feng Xiaogang.
Fan was honored at the 2017 Time 100 Gala in Manhattan, recognized on Time Magazine's list of the one-hundred most influential people of 2017. In April 2017, Fan was announced to serve in the 70th Cannes Film Festival jury. The same year, she starred in Sky Hunter, China's first aerial warfare film. Fan was named global ambassador of several brands such as ReFa Beauty Care Tools, De Beers, King Power and Montblanc. In 2018, Fan was cast in Cao Baoping's crime drama film The Perfect Blue. In the same year, she was cast in the spy-thriller film 355, alongside Jessica Chastain, Penélope Cruz, Lupita Nyong'o, Diane Kruger, Sebastian Stan and Édgar Ramírez; it is scheduled for release in January 2021.
Fan attended the IQIYI Ninth Anniversary Gala in Beijing on 22 April 2019. Just 4 days later, she released her own brand Fan Beauty Secret first moisturizing mask. Fan was in attendance at the Shanghai Beauty Summit on 12 July and the 12th China Cosmetic Summit on 22 July.
On 29 May 2015, it was announced on Li Chen's social media that he and Fan Bingbing were dating. On 16 September 2017, the couple got engaged after he proposed to Fan at her birthday party. The couple announced their separation on 27 June 2019.
Fan has a younger brother named Fan Chengcheng who is one of the members of the boy group Nine Percent and NEXT. She is a member of the Communist Party of China.
On 28 May 2018, TV anchor Cui Yongyuan used social media to leak a redacted contract disclosing Fan being paid CN¥10 million for her four days of work on the upcoming Feng Xiaogang film Cell Phone 2. The following day, Cui published a second redacted contract showing an amount of CN¥50 million for the same job, suggesting that the smaller contract was intended for reporting to tax authorities to avoid being taxed for her full compensation of CN¥60 million.
This disclosure prompted Jiangsu Provincial and Wuxi City tax authorities to investigate a suspected case of tax evasion. Fan's studio issued a statement denying that she had ever signed separate contracts for a single job. They claimed that they would cooperate fully with relevant authorities in the investigation and would address public concerns.
Fan was later presumed missing due to her last public appearance occurring on 1 July 2018 and her lack of activity on social media after 23 July. Rumours has it that Fan was arrested, but there is no official confirmation or statement except that in August Fan's manager Jersey Chong has confirmed via social media that Fan was never arrested. Fan broke the silence on 3 October 2018 by apologizing to the public for tax evasion after the Chinese authorities ordered her and her companies to pay about CN¥883 million (US$127.4 million) in taxes and penalties to avoid criminal prosecution.
"Looking back at how more and more children have been helped, it feels a bit like writing a diary – one page a day does not feel like much but after some time you hold it and, wow, you realise that it is already very thick. I think this is the feeling of achievement."
The first screening was held on 8 August 2010, when Fan and several others from Beijing went to Ngari to screen children with congenital heart disease. They diagnosed 267 children with congenital heart disease. The second screening was In June 2011. A volunteer group, convened by Fan Bingbing Studio and Chen Lizhi, including members from Fan's studio, two doctors from Tsinghua University First Affiliated Hospital Heart Diseases Center and nine other volunteers, carrying portable echocardiography equipment, went to Ngari to diagnose children with congenital heart disease. This time, the group screened 336 children and diagnosed 78 cases of congenital heart disease. The third screening was on 5 April 2012. Fan Bingbing Studio members, Chen Lizhi, two doctors from Tsinghua University First Affiliated Hospital, two doctors of the Shanghai Yodak Cardio-thoracic Hospital and some other volunteers, went to Ngari to screen the children with congenital heart disease. In 12 days, volunteers screened almost 10,000 children and diagnosed more than 160 cases of congenital heart disease.
In 2019, from May 4 to May 9, Fan herself along with the medical team went to Ngari Prefecture for a Screening and Return Visit. The screening was conducted in three counties and six remote townships in Ritu, Geji and Jianze. The journey was 780 kilometers, and the number of screeners was 649 and 10 cases were identified.
Since August 2010, more than 340 children with congenital heart disease have received medical treatment in Beijing and Shanghai.
On 13 May 2010, Fan wore a "Dragon Robe" on the red carpet of the 63rd Cannes Film Festival. The dress, co-designed by Chinese designer Laurence Hsu and Fan herself, features two leaping dragons and crashing waves on the hem, in the bright yellow colour that was exclusively used by emperors in ancient China. The dress was collected by the Victoria & Albert Museum in London on 12 March 2012. Laurence Hsu announced that the dress shown at the museum is a modified version of the original, which was bought by Madame Tussauds.
On 11 May 2011, Fan, wearing a crane dress, appeared on the red carpet at the opening ceremony of the 64th Cannes Film Festival.
On the red carpet of the opening ceremony of the 65th Cannes Film Festival, Fan wore an elegant pale strapless gown designed by her friend Christopher Bu, decorated with bright floral designs and stories about the Four Beauties of ancient China. Inspired by a porcelain vase, the ancient vibe of her dress was complemented by her hairstyle, which made her look like a young maiden in the Tang dynasty.
Due to these appearances in Cannes, Fan has attracted notable media attention. In recent years, Fan received various invitations from fashion brands such as Valentino Garavani, Giorgio Armani, Salvatore Ferragamo Italia S.p.A., Atelier Versace, Christian Dior and Louis Vuitton, to attend fashion shows in Paris, Beijing and Shanghai. On 3 July 2012, she closed the Stéphane Rolland Couture show in Paris, and was featured in the fashion show's finale. On 31 July, she was ranked number nine on Vanity Fair's International Best Dressed list 2012. On 19 September, she was honoured with the Personal Style Award by Elle (USA Edition). On 2 December, she became the new ambassador of Louis Vuitton "Epi Alma" series of handbags. On 5 December, she was awarded "The Most Beautiful Woman of the Year" by the magazine Esquire (China Edition). On 24 December, she was selected by the website Red Carpet Fashion Awards as the Best Dressed International Star 2012.
Fan topped the 2013 Forbes China Celebrity 100 List. She became the first Asian celebrity ambassador for the Champagne House Moët & Chandon, and also the brand ambassador for Chopard. On 18 May, she was honoured as the International Artist of the Year in Cannes by The Hollywood Reporter. Fan joined the opening ceremony of 2013 Cannes Film Festival premiere, wearing a custom Louis Vuitton gown, and that was the first time the French fashion house had created a gown especially for an Asian actress. In December, Fan posed for Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2014 ad campaign.From August 2020, Guerlain announced that Fan as the brand's global spokesperson.  
Fan was ranked on Vanity Fair's International Best Dressed list 2015 and 2016.
Main article: Fan Bingbing filmography
|2000||"Floating in Chaos" (乱世浮萍)||Non-album singles|
|2002||"Happiness for Thousand Years" (幸福千万年)|
|2004||"Flowers Blossom, At Ease" (花开自在)|
|2007||"Beyond Love" (爱超越)|
|"Chasing Love" (追爱)|
|"Rouge Snow" (胭脂雪)|
|2008||"Dare to Fly" (勇敢飞)|||
|2009||"Love Ends, People Part Ways" (爱终人散)|
|"I Thought" (我以为)|
|2013||"One Night Surprise" (一夜惊喜)|
|2002||Hundred Flowers Awards||Fall in Love at First Sight||Best Actress||Nominated|
|2004||Huabiao Awards||Cell Phone||Outstanding New Actress||Nominated|||
|Hundred Flowers Awards||Best Actress||Won|||
|Golden Rooster Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|
|Chinese Film Media Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|
|2007||Golden Bauhinia Awards||A Battle of Wits||Best Actress||Nominated|||
|Golden Horse Awards||The Matrimony||Best Supporting Actress||Won|||
|2010||29th Hong Kong Film Awards||Bodyguards and Assassins||Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|||
|30th Hundred Flowers Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|2011||23rd Tokyo International Film Festival||Buddha Mountain||Best Actress||Won|||
|Beijing College Student Film Festival||Won|||
|2012||China Film Director's Guild Awards||Nominated|
|Huading Awards||Double Xposure||Won|||
|Chinese Film Media Awards||Nominated|
|2013||Beijing College Student Film Festival||Nominated|
|China Film International Festival London||One Night Surprise||Nominated|
|N/A||Most Influential Chinese Actress Overseas||Won|||
|2015||Huading Awards||The White Haired Witch of Lunar Kingdom||Best Actress||Nominated|
|Huading Awards||The Empress of China||Nominated|
|2016||Berlin Chinese Film Festival||Ever Since We Love||Best Actress||Won|||
|Gold Aries Award Macau International Film Festival||Nominated|
|Golden Screen Awards||Skiptrace||Best Supporting Actress||Won|||
|64th San Sebastián International Film Festival||I Am Not Madame Bovary||Silver Shell for Best Actress||Won|||
|53rd Golden Horse Awards||Best Leading Actress||Nominated|||
|2017||31st Golden Rooster Awards||Best Actress||Won|
|11th Asian Film Awards||Won|