Yang Yang (simplified Chinese: 杨洋; traditional Chinese: 楊洋, born 9 September 1991) is a Chinese actor. He made his acting debut in the Chinese television drama The Dream of Red Mansions (2010). Since then, he has received recognition for his roles in television dramas The Lost Tomb (2015), The Whirlwind Girl (2015), Love O2O (2016), Martial Universe (2018), The King's Avatar (2019) and films The Left Ear (2015), I Belonged to You (2016), Once Upon a Time (2017).
He was ranked 5th on the 2017 Forbes China Celebrity 100 list, 27th in 2019 and 44th in 2020.
At the young age of 11, Yang was enrolled in the Department of Dance in People's Liberation Army Arts College in China. He also has studied at the Central Academy of Drama for a period of time.
In December 2007, he was chosen to play the lead role Jia Baoyu by director Li Shaohong in The Dream of Red Mansions. One of the most expensive Chinese TV series produced at RMB118 million (US$17.55 million), the 50-episode drama premiered on July 6, 2010.
In 2011, Yang featured in The Founding of a Party, a patriotic tribute detailing the process of establishing the Communist Party of China. He continued to build up his filmography, featuring in war dramas The War Doesn't Believe in Tears (2012) and Ultimate Conquest (2013), and romance series Flowers of Pinellia Ternata (2013).
On April 29, 2014, Yang ended his contract of 7 years with his company Rosat Entertainment.
In 2015, Yang started to gain recognition for his performance in The Left Ear, a coming-of-age film which is also the directorial debut of Alec Su. The film was a box-office hit, and Yang received positive for his performance as Xu Yi. He then participated in travel-reality show Divas Hit the Road, which was a huge topic online when it aired and helped Yang top the "2015 Chinese Reality Show Star Ranking". He next starred in action-adventure web-drama The Lost Tomb based on the novel of the same name. The Lost Tomb was the most watched web drama of the year, and Yang gained acclaim from novel fans and audience for his portrayal of Zhang Qiling. Yang then played the male lead in youth sports drama The Whirlwind Girl, which gained one of the highest viewership ratings of the year. He also released his first single, "Tender Love". At the end of the year, Yang won several awards including the Most Popular TV Actor of the Year at iQiyi All-Star Carnival Night 2016; and the Most Anticipated Actor and Most Influential Actor awards at the China TV Drama Awards.
In 2016, Yang appeared in CCTV New Year's Gala for the first time, where his song item "Father and Son" alongside Tong Tiexin was voted the most popular program. He starred in youth romance drama Love O2O, based on Gu Man's novel of the same name. The drama was an international hit, and is the most viewed modern drama in China. Following the airing of Love O2O, Yang experienced a huge surge in popularity and successfully broke into the mainstream. To thank his fans, Yang released the song "Love is Crazy", a jazz/rock single. He next starred in romance film I Belonged to You, which was a huge success and broke the box-office sales record for mainland-produced romance films. He was named as one of the Top 10 Chinese celebrities with most commercial value by CBN Weekly.
In 2017, Yang starred alongside Liu Yifei in romantic fantasy film Once Upon a Time.
In 2018, Yang starred in the fantasy action drama Martial Universe. Forbes China listed Yang under their 30 Under 30 Asia 2017 list which consisted of 30 influential people under 30 years old who have had a substantial effect in their fields.
In 2019, Yang played the leading role Ye Xiu in the eSports drama The King's Avatar.
In 2020, Yang starred in action movie Vanguard alongside Jackie Chan. The same year he is set to star in the military drama Glory of the Special Forces directed by Xu Jizhou. In 2020, Yang was casted in You Are My Glory alongside Dilraba Dilmurat.
In January 2016, Yang became the first artist to be featured on the China Post postage stamp.
On February 19, 2017, Yang had his wax figure of himself displayed at Madam Tussauds Shanghai. His second wax figure was displayed at Madame Tussauds Beijing on July 19, 2017.
In December 2020, British luxury goods brand Dunhill recently announced Yang as its newest Global Brand Ambassador.
|Year||English title||Chinese title||Role||Notes/Ref.|
|2011||The Founding of a Party||建党伟业||Yang Kaizhi|||
|2012||Joyful Reunion||饮食男女2012||Shizhe (young)|||
|2015||The Unbearable Lightness of Inspector Fan||暴走神探||Zhanshi Wu|||
|The Left Ear||左耳||Xu Yi|||
|2016||I Belonged to You||从你的全世界路过||Mao Shiba|||
|2017||Once Upon a Time||三生三世十里桃花||Ye Hua|||
|2020||Vanguard||急先锋||Lei Zhen Yu|||
|Year||English title||Chinese title||Role||Network||Notes/Ref.|
|2010||The Dream of Red Mansions||红楼梦||Jia Baoyu||QTV|||
|2011||Melody of Youth||青春旋律||Ning Hao||CCTV|||
|2012||The War Doesn't Believe in Tears||战争不相信眼泪||Du Changyou||STV|||
|Refresh 3+7||刷新3+7||He Tianze||Dragon TV|||
|2013||Legend of Goddess Luo||新洛神||Cao Zhi||Jiangsu TV|||
|Ultimate Conquest||武间道||Bai Niansheng||Sichuan TV|||
|Flowers of Pinellia Ternata||花开半夏||Lu Yuan||Hunan TV|||
|2015||The Four||少年四大名捕||Wu Qing||Hunan TV|||
|The Lost Tomb||盗墓笔记||Zhang Qiling||iQiyi|||
|The Whirlwind Girl||旋风少女||Ruo Bai||Hunan TV|||
|2016||Love O2O||微微一笑很倾城||Xiao Nai||Dragon TV, Jiangsu TV|||
|My Adorable Husband||我的蠢萌老公||Yang Kang||iQiyi|||
|2018||The Chronicles of Town Called Jian||茧镇奇缘||Huang Moru||Mango TV|||
|Martial Universe||武动乾坤||Lin Dong||Dragon TV|||
|2019||The King's Avatar||全职高手||Ye Xiu / Ye Qiu||Tencent|||
|2020||Together||在一起||Zhu Bin||Dragon TV|||
|2021||You Are My Glory||你是我的荣耀||Yu Tu||Dragon TV, Tencent|||
|2022||Who Gets The World||且试天下||Lan Feng Xi / Hei Feng Xi|
|TBA||China Special Forces||特战荣耀||Yan Poyue|||
|Year||English title||Chinese title||Notes/Ref.|
|2016||Searching for the Legend of Nian||寻年传说|
|Be and Cherry Eating Show||百草味演吃会|||
|My VR Boyfriend||我的VR男友|||
|I Am Your Yang Yang Phone||我是你的咩咩phone|||
|The Smile of Yi Q||衣q博士的微微一笑|||
|2017||Travel Through an Alluring Smile||穿越笑倾城|||
|2017||The Magical Journey of Liliput||小人国奇幻之旅|||
|Love of Jasmine||茉莉之恋|||
|Love Toward and Death and Reborn||爱向死而生|||
|Protect and Never Let Go||守护不放|
|2018||Music For Jasmine True Love Confession||音为茉莉 真情告白|||
|1970, I Am The Main Character||70年，我是主角|||
|Year||English title||Chinese title||Role||Network||Notes/Ref.|
|2013||Star Soldier||防务精英之星兵报到||Cast member||Beijing TV|||
|2015||Divas Hit the Road Season 2||花儿与少年||Hunan TV|||
|Year||English title||Chinese title||Singer||Notes/Ref.|
|2010||"Granting Me a Red Mansions Dream"||许我一个红楼梦||Lin Shen|
|2017||"For My 17-year-old Self"||给17岁的自己||Secret Fruit cast|||
|Year||English title||Chinese title||Role||Notes/Ref.|
|2009||The Dream of Red Mansions||红楼梦||Jia Baoyu|
|Year||English title||Chinese title||Album||Notes/Ref.|
|2011||"Dandelion"||蒲公英||Melody of Youth OST||with Zhou Mi, Ma Su, Jiang Mengjie & Su Qing|
|2015||"Fly with a Carefree Heart"||放心去飞||The Left Ear OST||with Oho Ou & Hu Xia|
|"Divas Hit the Road"||花儿与少年||Divas Hit the Road OST|
|2016||"Summer's Smooth Hair Dance"||夏日顺发舞||Promotional song for the shampoo brand Rejoice|
|"One Smile is very Beautiful"||微微一笑很倾城||Love O2O OST|
|"Love Is Crazy"||爱是一个疯字|||
|"Sunshine in the Eyes"||瞳孔里的太阳||Promotional single for the 2016 World AIDS Day|
|"Father and Son"||父子||with Tong Tiexin|
|2017||“Three Lifetimes, Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms"||三生三世十里桃花||Once Upon a Time OST||with Liu Yifei|
|"Just Like IDOL"||就象是IDOL|||
|"Power of Love"||爱的力量||Charity song for Sunshine Special Fund|
|2018||"My Spring Gala My Year"||我的春晚我的年||Performance for CCTV New Year's Gala|
|2009||4th BQ Celebrity Score Awards||Newcomer Award||N/A||Won|
|2010||The Mango TV Fan Festival||Best Couple||The Dream of Red Mansions||Won|||
|2011||China Power Awards||Most Beautiful New Star||N/A||Won|||
|Sohu Entertainment Award||New Face||Won|||
|2015||Baidu Tieba Fans' Carnival||Best Trending Energy||Won|||
|Bazaar Men of the Year Awards||Most Attractive Star of the Year||Won|||
|Chinese Campus Art Glory Festival||Most Popular Actor||The Four||Won|||
|4th iQiyi All-Star Carnival||Popular TV Actor Award||The Lost Tomb||Won|||
|8th China TV Drama Awards||Most Talked About Actor||N/A||Won|||
|Most Influential Actor in the Media||Won|
|2016||L'Officiel Night||Most Popular Actor||Won|||
|Baidu Moments Press Conference||Most Commercially Valuable Male Artist||Won|||
|13th Esquire Man At His Best Awards||Most Commercially Valuable Artist||Won|||
|Sohu Fashion Awards||Most Popular Male Celebrity||Won|||
|Youku Young Choice Awards||Artist of the Year||Won|||
|2016 UC Headlines Figure||Won|
|2017||2nd China Television Drama Quality Ceremony||Most Popular Quality Actor||Love O2O||Won|||
|Chinese Communist Youth League (CCYL)||May 4 Medal||N/A||Won|||
|14th Esquire Man At His Best Awards||Man of the Year||Won|||
|Artist of the Year||Won|
|11th Tencent Video Star Awards||VIP Star of the Year||Won|||
|2018||12th Tencent Video Star Awards||Won|||
|Youku Choice Awards||Most Valuable Star||Won|||
|China Youth Day Gala||Outstanding Young Actor||Won|||
|Chinese Communist Youth League (CCYL)||Outstanding Youth||Won|||
|15th Esquire Man At His Best Awards||Outstanding Mainland Artist||Won|||
|2019||China Entertainment Industry Summit
(Golden Pufferfish Awards)
|Most Commercially Valuable Artist||N/A||Won|||
|Golden Bud - The Fourth Network Film And Television Festival||Best Actor||The King's Avatar||Nominated|||
|China Newsweek||Person of the Year||N/A||Won|||
|Tencent Video All Star Awards||VIP Star||N/A||Won|||
|TV Actor of the Year||The King's Avatar||Won|
|2020||7th The Actors of China Award Ceremony||Best Actor (Web series)||N/A||Nominated|||
|Tencent Video All Star Awards||VIP Star||N/A||Won|
Yang Yang transformed from a dancer to an actor with The Dream of Red Mansions. His handsome appearance is clear and gentle, and his appearance is both ancient and modern. He has both a style that can adapt to modern fashion and a classic and elegant temperament (Sina review)
Yang Yang, who graduated from military art and has enlisted in the army, has a good body, plus his appearance, he can control all types of clothing freely, and his unique dressing style also shows his youthful vitality. Whether it’s ancient or modern costumes, whether it’s standard costumes or free wear, or even the blindfolded bangs with a slightly killing matt style in The Lost Tomb, Yang Yang relies on his long legs and good looks to be able to control freely (Xinhua Net Review).
From Jia Baoyu in his debut The Dream of Red Mansions, to Xu Yi in The Left Ear, the little master Zhang Qiling in The Lost Tomb, and the senior brother Ruo Bai in The Whirlwind Girl, each role has its own characteristics. Each is different. Yang Yang has honed his acting skills in performances time after time. He can already instill youthfulness, mystery, and seriousness into the characters in different performances. The special effects in Once Upon a Time are shaped as the preparation for the filming of the film also shows the diligent efforts of the model workers (Netease entertainment review).
As an actor, Yang Yang is deeply concerned and loved by both inside and outside the industry, and his love for his work and dedication is well recognized. He interprets every role with heart, does his job well, and interprets a good socialist youth with his true self. His seriousness and hard work have been recognized both inside and outside the industry. Yang Yang has always been keen on public welfare undertakings from the outstanding young performers of "The Flowers of May" to the "National Upgrading of Good Youths", using his influence to lead fans to take charge of public welfare, enthusiastically donating money to convey love, and influencing his surroundings through practical actions. Fans and the public at all times convey positive energy for the good and youth (Sina review).