Feng Wei (冯威)
October 7, 1978
|Other names||William Feng|
|Alma mater||Shanghai Theatre Academy|
(m. 2018; div. 2021)
Feng Shaofeng (Chinese: 冯绍峰, born October 7, 1978), also known as William Feng, is a Chinese actor. Feng rose to fame with the hit time travel series Palace (2011). He was ranked number 33rd on 2012's Forbes China Celebrity 100 list. He won the Hundred Flowers Award for Best Actor for his role in the film Wolf Totem (2015). Feng is also known for his roles as Yuchi Zhenjin in Tsui Hark's Detective Dee series and Tang Sanzang in Cheang Pou-soi's The Monkey King films.
Feng ranked 33rd on Forbes China Celebrity 100 list in 2013, 98th in 2015, 89th in 2017, and 88th in 2019.
Feng was born in Shanghai as the only child. His father is a civil servant. Strongly influenced by his artistic mother, Feng began taking violin lessons and participating in various extracurricular activities when he was a child. Upon graduating from high school, he applied to the Shanghai Theater Academy and was accepted with scholarship.
Feng made his acting debut in 1998, and has appeared in several television series, including Boy & Girl, Wind and Cloud 2, Assassinator Jing Ke, Sigh of His Highness, and The Conquest.
Feng gained more attention after starring in a grand production drama by Hong Kong's TVB and mainland China's CCTV, The Drive of Life. He then starred in the period drama Yun Niang alongside Ady An and Leanne Liu, which placed number one in ratings upon its premiere on SMG. Feng reunited with Ady An in Four Women Conflicts, and his performance in the series won him the Audience's Most Favorite Actor award at Fujian TV Station's "I Love My Drama" award ceremony. In 2010, he played the role of Liu Zhang in Beauty's Rival in Palace.
Feng rose to mainstream popularity after starring in Palace (2011), one of the most popular Chinese dramas of the year. The same year, he starred in Daniel Lee's historical film White Vengeance where plays Xiang Yu, the powerful warlord. Feng's outstanding performance in the film led to him winning two awards - "Most Commercially Valuable Newcomer" and "Outstanding Performance" at the 2011 Harbin Film Festival.
Feng then starred in Painted Skin: The Resurrection (2012), a sequel to Gordon Chan's 2008 box office hit Painted Skin. He next starred alongside Fan Bingbing in Double Xposure, a romantic thriller directed by Li Yu.
In 2013, Feng starred as the titular prince in the historical drama Prince of Lan Ling. The series earned high ratings in Taiwan, breaking the record set by Three Kingdoms, and earned increased recognition for Feng in the region. The same year, he starred in the action film Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon directed by Tsui Hark. Feng was voted the Most Popular Actor award at the 2014 Beijing Student Film Festival.
In 2014, Feng starred alongside Tang Wei in The Golden Era directed by Ann Hui, which closed at the Venice International Film Festival. His portrayal of Xiao Jun, a left-wing author who is strong and not afraid to express his feelings, earned the praises of the director. Feng had requested not to be paid to support Ann, whom he has admired and wanted to work with her for many years. The same year, he starred in the road-trip comedy The Continent, directed by Han Han.
In 2015, Feng starred in the Chinese-French co-production Wolf Totem, adapted from Jiang Rong’s 2004 best-selling novel by the same name. He plays a Chinese student who is sent to Inner Mongolia to teach shepherds and instead learns about the wolf population. Feng and co-star Shawn Dou bonded with the wolves by cleaning their cages and feeding them; and trained in horse-riding for their roles. The film earned Feng his first Best Actor trophy at the 33rd Hundred Flowers Awards. The same year, he was cast in the film adaptation of the best-selling novel, The Three-Body Problem.
Feng then played Xuanzang in The Monkey King 2, which was released in February 2016. The same year, he starred alongside Victoria Song in fantasy drama Ice Fantasy, adapted from Guo Jingming's novel of the same name as well as the Chinese remake of My Best Friend's Wedding.
Feng returned to television with another fantasy drama The Starry Night, The Starry Sea (2017) alongside Bea Hayden. The same year, he starred alongside Liu Yifei in the fantasy comedy film Hanson and the Beast. He was also cast as the male lead in historical drama The Story of Minglan.
In 2018, Feng reprised his roles as Tang Sanzang and Yuchi in the films The Monkey King 3 and Detective Dee: The Four Heavenly Kings respectively. The same year, he was cast in the wuxia film Song of the Assassins. He is set to return to the small screen with historical drama, The Imperial Age, portraying Yongle Emperor.
On October 16, 2018, Feng announced his marriage to actress Zhao Liying. On March 8, 2019, he announced on Sina Weibo that his wife Zhao Liying had given birth to a boy.
On April 23, 2021 Feng and Zhao announced their divorce.
|Year||English title||Chinese title||Role||Notes|
|2004||Brush Up My Sisters||百分百刑警||Dan|
|2006||Dragon Gate Station||龙门驿站之嚎月||Hou Feng|
|2011||White Vengeance||鸿门宴||Xiang Yu|
|2012||Painted Skin: The Resurrection||画皮2||Pang Lang|
|Double Xposure||二次曝光||Liu Dong|
|Threads of Time||柳如是||Chen Zilong|||
|Tai Chi 0||太极之零開始||Chen Zaiyang|
|Tai Chi Hero||太极２ 英雄崛起||Chen Zaiyang|||
|2013||Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon||狄仁傑之神都龍王||Yuchi Zhenjin|
|Love Will Tear Us Apart||我想和你好好的||Jiang Liangliang|||
|2014||Snow Blossom||大寒桃花开||Da Han||filmed in 2004|
|The Continent||后会无期||Han Dong|
|The Golden Era||黄金时代||Xiao Jun|
|2015||Wolf Totem||狼图腾||Chen Zhen|
|Dragon Blade||天将雄师||Huo Qubing||Special appearance|
|2016||The Monkey King 2||西游记之三打白骨精||Tang Sanzang|
|The Bodyguard||特工爺爺||Doctor Hu||Cameo|
|My Best Friend's Wedding||我最好朋友的婚礼||Li Ran|
|2017||Hanson and the Beast||二代妖精||Yuan Shuai (Hanson)|
|Six Years, Six Days||六年，六天|||
|2018||The Monkey King 3||西遊記之女兒國||Tang Sanzang|
|Detective Dee: The Four Heavenly Kings||狄仁杰之四大天王||Yuchi Zhenjin|
|TBA||The Three-Body Problem||三体||Wang Lin|
|Song of the Assassins||刺局||Qi Junyuan|
|Year||English title||Chinese title||Role||Notes|
|Actually Don't Want to Go||其实不想走||Shen Jiaju|
|Father Goes Forward||老爸向前冲||Chen Mingyuan|
|Love Password||爱情密码||Hao Lei|
|Boy & Girl||男才女貌||Yin Shan|
|2003||Wind and Cloud 2||风云2||Huaikong|
|2004||First Lover||初恋情人||Fang Zhenwen|
|Assassinator Jing Ke||荆轲传奇||Crown Prince Dan of Yan|
|The Legend of Hero||中华英雄||Li Qianjun|
|First Kind of Crisis||第一种危机||Tong Gang|
|2005||Sigh of His Highness||一生为奴||Ronglu|
|2006||The Conquest||争霸传奇||Crown Prince You|||
|Deep Night||夜深沉||Song Xinsheng|||
|2007||The Drive of Life||岁月风云||Wah Chun-man|||
|Special Policewoman||非常女警||Han Yue|||
|2008||Yun Niang||芸娘||Lu Haozhong|||
|Women's Flowers||女人花||Wu Yusheng|||
|One Thousand Teardrops||一千滴眼泪||Meng Shaobai|||
|Rose Martial World||玫瑰江湖||Cen Yetong|||
|2009||Traveling to Tiger Mountain||再向虎山行||Rong Kuan|||
|Four Women Conflict||锁清秋||Shen Chaozong|||
|The Diamond Family||钻石豪门||Shi Junchao|||
|A Husband and Wife||夫妻一场||Qiu Li|||
|2010||Ghost Catcher - Legend of Beauty||天师钟馗之美丽传说之美丽之罪||Huang Bingcheng|||
|Beauty's Rival in Palace||美人心计||Liu Zhang|||
|The Girl in Blue||佳期如梦||Meng Heping|||
|Horizon True Heart||天涯赤子心||Zheng Shixian|||
|2011||My Daughter||夏家三千金||Zheng Yunhai|
|Journey to the West||西游记||Erlang Shen|||
|The Emperor's Harem||后宫||Yang Yong|||
|Symphony of Fate||命运交响曲||Liu Chenxi|||
|2012||Legend of the Military Seal||虎符传奇||Lord Xinling|||
|Beijing Love Story||小城大爱||Ouyang Yifei|||
|2013||Prince of Lan Ling||兰陵王||Gao Changgong (Prince of Lanling)||also producer|
|2016||Ice Fantasy||幻城||Ka Suo||also producer|
|2017||The Starry Night, The Starry Sea||那片星空那片海||Wu Julan|
|Ice Fantasy Destiny||幻城凡世||Feng Suo|||
|The Starry Night, The Starry Sea II||那片星空那片海2||Wu Julan|||
|2018||The Story of Minglan||知否？知否？应是绿肥红瘦||Gu Tingye|
|2020||Great Age||大时代||Kuang Mingchou|||
|Year||English title||Chinese title||Album||Notes|
|2002||"Moon Flower"||月亮花||The Love Story in the Fantasyland OST|
|2011||"My Only Lover"||唯一的恋人||N/A|
|2012||"Song of Chu"||楚歌||White Vengeance OST||with Liu Yifei|
|"A Hundred Years of Revolution"||百年轮回||N/A||Theme song for Fantasy Zhu Xian 2|
|2011||24th Harbin Film Festival||Most Commercially Valuable Newcomer||White Vengeance||Won|
|2012||12th Chinese Film Media Awards||Most Anticipated Actor||White Vengeance||Nominated|
|2013||13th Chinese Film Media Awards||Double Xposure||Nominated|
|10th Huading Awards||Best Actor||Prince of Lan Ling||Nominated|
|2014||12th Huading Awards||Best Actor (Mainland China)||Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon||Nominated|
|21st Beijing Student Film Festival||Most Popular Actor||Won|
|14th Chinese Film Media Awards||Most Anticipated Actor||Nominated|
|2015||22nd Beijing Student Film Festival||Best Actor||The Golden Era||Nominated|
|33rd Hundred Flowers Awards||Wolf Totem||Won|
|2019||26th Huading Awards||Best Actor (Historical drama)||The Story of Minglan||Nominated|
|Golden Bud - The Fourth Network Film And Television Festival||Best Actor||The Story of Minglan, Great Age||Nominated|