Zhu Yawen
朱亚文
Born (1984-04-21) April 21, 1984 (age 37)
Jiangsu, China
NationalityChinese
Alma materBeijing Film Academy
OccupationActor
Years active2002–present
AgentEasy Entertainment
Height1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Spouse(s)
Shen Jiani
(m. 2016)
Children2
Chinese name
Simplified Chinese朱亚文
Traditional Chinese朱亞文

Zhu Yawen (Chinese: 朱亚文, born April 1984) is a Chinese actor. He appeared in the films The Witness and The Founding of an Army; and the television series Red Sorghum and Empress of the Ming. In 2018, he took part in variety show The Sound and became champion. In 2019, he joined the variety show Keep Running as a cast member.

Zhu ranked 80th on Forbes China Celebrity 100 list in 2019.[1]

Early life

Born on 21 April 1984, Zhu attended Beijing Film Academy.

Personal life

Zhu married Shen Jiani in 2016. They have two children together.

Career

Zhu rose to fame for his role in the 2006 war drama Pathfinding to the Northeast.[2] The drama was critically acclaimed, and received the Golden Eagle Award for Best Television Series (China) and the Flying Apsaras Award for Outstanding Television Series.

This was followed with a leading role in another war drama The Ultimate Master of War in 2009, which established his popularity in China.[3] The same year, he starred in the military drama Great Northern Wilderness, which received the Flying Apsaras Awards for Outstanding Television Series.[4]

In 2010, Zhu starred in the romance drama Army Stories in Highland and received acclaim for his performance.[5]

In 2011, Zhu was awarded the Asian New Talent award at the Shanghai International Film Festival.[6]

In 2012, Zhu was nominated at the International Emmy Award for his performance in the aviation war drama Flying Eagle.[citation needed]

In 2014, Zhu starred alongside Zhou Xun in the television adaptation of Red Sorghum by Mo Yan. However, his portrayal of the male lead Yu Zhan'ao, was criticized as stiff and unnatural.[citation needed] The same year, he featured in the biographical film The Golden Era directed by Ann Hui, playing the role of Duanmu Hongliang.[citation needed]

In 2015, Zhu starred alongside Ma Yili in Swan Dive for Love, a modern drama which narrates the story of a white-collar couple striving to make themselves richer amid a series of challenges.[7] Zhu won the Best Actor award in the contemporary drama category for his performance.[8] The same year, he played the antagonist in crime thriller The Witness.[9]

In 2019, Zhu starred in the historical drama Empress of the Ming, portraying Zhu Zhanji.[10]

Filmography

Film

Year English title Chinese title Role Notes
2007 A Revolutionist and His Mother 星星之火 Wang Jinmei
2011 You Are My Brother 你是我兄弟 Zheng Shiyi [11]
2012 Mystery 浮城謎事 Qin Feng [12]
2014 The Golden Era 黃金時代 Duanmu Hongliang
2015 Bride Wars 新娘大作战 Luo Dan [13]
2015 The Witness 我是证人 Tang Zheng
2016 When Larry Met Mary 陆垚知马俐 Zhao Ben [14]
2017 The Founding of an Army 建军大业 Zhou Enlai [15]
2018 The Poet 诗人 Li Wu [16]
2019 Welcome to Bear Town 欢迎来到熊仁镇 He Bi [17]
The Captain 中国机长 [18]
2021 Cliff Walkers 悬崖之上 Chu Liang

Television series

Year English title Chinese title Role Notes
2004 Winter Passing 走过冬季 Ling Lingling
2005 阳光雨季 Yue Chaofei
2006 Step Brothers 非亲兄弟 Chen Tianyu [19]
2007 雪琉璃 Li Ke [20]
2008 Pathfinding to the Northeast 闯关东 Zhu Chuanwu
2008 豪门金枝 Zhong Lin
2009 Army Stories in Highland 高地 Wang Qi
2009 Great Northern Wilderness 情系北大荒 Chi Pao
2009 Memories of The Golden Flame 烽火影人 Ouyang Pusheng [21]
2009 The Ultimate Master of War 兵圣 Sun Wu
2010 市委书记日记 Han Xia
2010 Red Sorghum 高粱红了 Lin Yusheng [22]
2010 Love in the Vast Land 爱在苍茫大地 Wen Mingyuan [23]
2011 Flying Eagle 远去的飞鹰 Gao Zhihang
2012 My Natasha 我的娜塔莎 Chong Tiande [24]
2012 Nos Annees Francaises 我们的法兰西岁月 Zhou Enlai [25]
2013 The Blood Brothers 铁血兄弟 Jiang Liu [26]
2013 The Story of Zheng Yang Gate 正阳门下 Han Chunming [27]
2014 地火 Li Zhongming [28]
2014 Red Sorghum 红高粱 Yu Zhanao
2015 Say No For Youth 天生要完美 Yun Tianyao [29]
2015 Swan Dive for Love 北上广不相信眼泪 Zhao Xiaoliang
2016 Two Families 姐妹兄弟 Song Jianguo [30]
2016 Happy Mitan 欢喜密探 Cameo
2016 City Still Believe in Love 北上广依然相信爱情 Wang Mao [31]
2017 Across The Ocean To See You 漂洋过海来看你 Zheng Chu [32]
2018 Partners 合伙人 Gu Dongqing [33]
2019 Empress of the Ming 大明风华 Zhu Zhanji
2020 Kidnapping Game 绑架游戏 Yu Hai [34]
Together 在一起 Dr. Li Jian Hui [35]
TBA The Lion's Secret 赖猫的狮子倒影 Liu Qing [36]
The Investigator 商业调查师 Xia Dong [37]
A Love Never Lost 人生若如初见 Yu Tian Bai [38]

Variety show

Year English title Chinese title Role Notes
2015 Real Hero 真心英雄 Cast member
2019 Keep Running 奔跑吧 Cast member [39]

Discography

Singles

Year English title Chinese title Album Notes
2015 "Today You Will Marry Me" 今天你要嫁给我 Bride Wars OST with Angelababy, Chen Xiao and Ni Ni[40]
2019 N/A "造亿万吨光芒" Keep Running theme song With Li Chen, Angelababy, Zheng Kai, Wang Yanlin, Lucas Wong and Song Yuqi

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2011 14th Shanghai International Film Festival Asian New Talent Award N/A Won [6]
2012 40th International Emmy Award Best Performance by an Actor Flying Eagle Nominated [citation needed]
2014 21st Shanghai Television Festival Best Actor Red Sorghum Nominated
2016 3rd Asia Rainbow TV Awards Best Actor (Modern Drama) Won [41]
19th Huading Awards Best Actor (Contemporary Drama) Swan Dive for Love Won [8]
2017 31st Golden Rooster Awards Best Supporting Actor When Larry Met Mary Nominated
2018 34th Hundred Flowers Awards Best Actor The Founding of an Army Nominated [42]
2019 17th Golden Phoenix Awards Society Award Won [43]
6th The Actors of China Award Ceremony Best Actor (Emerald Category) Partners Nominated [44]
2020 7th The Actors of China Award Ceremony Best Actor (Sapphire) N/A Pending [45]

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