Li Bingbing (Chinese: 李冰冰, born 27 February 1973) is a Chinese actress and singer. She rose to fame with her role in Seventeen Years (1999) and since then received critical acclaim for her roles in A World Without Thieves (2004), Waiting Alone (2005), The Knot (2006), The Forbidden Kingdom (2008), The Message (2009), Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame (2010) and Zhong Kui: Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal (2015).

Li has also starred in Hollywood blockbusters Resident Evil: Retribution (2012) and Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014).

 

 

Education and career

Li was born in Wuchang, Heilongjiang, China. She had no intention of becoming an actress initially and she enrolled specifically in a high school for prospective school teachers. However, upon graduation, she discovered her interest in acting and was eventually persuaded by a friend to join the Shanghai Theatre Academy in 1993.

Li rose to fame after starring in Zhang Yuan's Seventeen Years (1999), which won her the Best Actress Award in the 1999 Singapore Film Festival.[19] In 2001, Li starred in the television series Young Justice Bao, which propelled her to become one of the most famous actresses in China.

Li was subsequently labelled as an "action actress" as she starred in a number of wuxia television series, such as Taiji Prodigy and Eight Heroes.

Li achieved breakthrough with her performance in Feng Xiaogang's A World Without Thieves.[20] She then starred in Dayyan Eng's romantic comedy film Waiting Alone, for which she received her first Best Actress nomination at the Golden Rooster Awards.[21]

In 2006, Li starred in romance film The Knot, directed by Yin Li. The film was China's entry for the Best Foreign Film award at the 2008 Academy Awards. Li won Best Actress awards at the 2007 Huabiao Awards and at the 2008 Hundred Flowers Awards.[22][23] In 2008, she co-starred with Jet Li and Jackie Chan in the 2008 blockbuster The Forbidden Kingdom as the White-Haired Witch. The film was her first appearance in an international film, and gave her a solid international following.[24]

In 2009, Li won Best Actress at the 46th Golden Horse Film Awards for her performance in The Message, about Japanese invaders in China who try to ferret out a spy among their Chinese collaborators.[25]

Li then starred in Tsui Hark's 2010 action-mystery film Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame. She played Shangguan Jing'er, a fictional character based off Shangguan Wan'er, a prestigious politician during the Tang Dynasty.[26] She established her studio in the same year, co-starring and co-producing the film 1911 with Jackie Chan, which was released in September 2011 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Xinhai Revolution.[27]

Career in Hollywood

Li's first-time in an English-language film is Wayne Wang's Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, adapted from Lisa See's 2005 novel of the same title.[19] The film premiered at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.[19] Li started to gain recognition in Hollywood after starring in Resident Evil: Retribution, playing Ada Wong.[19] The same year, she was cast in action fantasy film 400 Boys, directed by British director Alastair Paton.[19]

In 2013, Li attended the 4th Annual US-China Film Summit and received the East-West Talent Award.[19][19] Hollywood magazine Variety also named her Asian Star of the Year.[19] The following year, Li featured in Transformers: Age of Extinction, the fourth installment of the film franchise.[19] This helped solidify her success overseas.[19]

In 2015, she was cast in 3D science fiction thriller Nest (also known as Guardians of the Tomb), the most expensive Chinese-Australian co-production to date.[19] The same year, it was announced that Li would play China's first female superhero in upcoming film Realm, written by Stan Lee.[20]

In 2016, Li joined the cast of Meg, an American shark film based on Steve Alten’s 1997 novel.[20]

Ambassador roles

Social activities

Li has established L.O.V.E, a charitable organization dedicated to the promotion of a positive, environmentally responsible lifestyle. She is also one of the founders of the two-year One Million-Tree Forest project, launched in efforts to change the climate environment and help local residents of Gansu Province, Southwest China, to increase their incomes.[20] Her commitment to green and charitable causes has earned her the recognition as “the most influential global ambassador” from World Wildlife Fund.[20]

Personal life

Li did not appear at the premiere of Resident Evil: Retribution, raising speculation from reporters that her absence was a demonstration against the escalating dispute between China and Japan over the Diaoyu Islands. Li's agent Ji Xiang explained that Li had been informed of the premiere two months before but she was too busy in Beijing to attend at that time. However, Ji did not deny that politics were involved, saying: "We are in line with our government – the Diaoyu Islands belong to China. Bingbing will be attending movie premieres held in other places across the world and she skipped the Tokyo leg only."[20]

On July 24, 2013, it was reported that Li has a godfather named Wang Lin,[14] a qigong practitioner who claims to be able to conjure up snakes from thin air, cure disease, and retrieve an incinerated banknote intact from an orange.[20] The Beijing News reported that Li Xue, Li's agent, responded that Li went to visit Wang Lin to ask him to cure her mother of her disease. As for the effectiveness of the cure, the agent refused to disclose any more information.[14]

She is also one of the members of China Zhi Gong Party.[21]

Character evaluation

Li Bingbing, with a straightforward personality, has always given people a sense of independence, individuality, low profile and strong sense of loyalty. Li bingbing, with diligence, steadfastness and discipline, delivers positive energy with practical action.

On the show, she is a flexible, her range is wide, with a large "symbol" actress, can handle a variety of subjects, the role of deductive astute, good acting award earned her many times a authority. At the same time, li bingbing and fashion closely fit together, her supermodel hard image performance is respected by the fashion magazines. Its unique temperament, also let her be favored by high-end brand. In addition to her acting career, li bingbing has been active in many environmental charity activities, and has been actively involved in various environmental charity activities. She has been responsible for giving back to the society.

Li Bingbing looks tough, but her heart is very soft and small. She is a very hard-working actress and very talented. Li Bingbing is a rare and flexible actress with great changes and potential. Besides, she has acted in many action movies before, which is a real chivalrous woman. 
Li Bingbing is one of the best in the future, and her role reflects her mature personal style, which contains an intoxicating charm. Li Bingbing wrote a smile with a face, a face of ease, a clean, a whole body of sweet, she is not dazzling, but not traditional. In her she revealed a kind of homely, affinity, as well as simple, warm temperament. After the intercourse, li Bingbing made me feel her meekness and honesty, steady and calm temperament, and her kindness and the unintentional feeling of melancholy.

Filmography

Film

YearEnglish TitleChinese TitleRoleNotes
1994Spirit of Cops警魂Shen Fang 
Qiaoqian Zhixi乔迁之喜Juan Juan 
1999Lüse Rouqing绿色柔情Lin Qiaoqiao 
Seventeen Years过年回家Chen Jie 
2003Love for All Seasons百年好合Li Mochou 
Cat and Mouse老鼠爱上猫Ding Yuehua 
Purple Butterfly紫蝴蝶Tang Yiling 
2004Silver Hawk飞鹰Jane 
A World Without Thieves天下无贼Xiaoye 
2005Waiting Alone独自等待Liu Rong 
Fight for Love情陷擂台Ma Lili 
Wait 'Til You're Older童梦奇缘Kwong's motherGuest appearance
Dragon Squad猛龙Yu Ching 
2006The Knot云水谣Wang Jindi 
2008Linger蝴蝶飛Fu Enjia 
The Forbidden Kingdom功夫之王Ni Chang / White haired witch 
2009The Message风声Li Ningyu 
2010Triple Tap槍王之王Zhao Anna 
Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame狄仁杰之通天帝国Shangguan Jing'er 
2011Snow Flower and the Secret Fan雪花與秘扇Nina/Lily 
1911辛亥革命Xu Zonghan 
2012I Do[21]我愿意Tang Weiwei 
Resident Evil: Retribution生化危机5Ada Wong 
400 Boys  Not released
2014Transformers: Age of Extinction变形金刚4Su Yueming 
2015Zhong Kui: Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal钟馗伏魔:雪妖魔灵Xue'er 
2018Guardians of the Tomb谜巢  
Meg巨齿鲨Suyin 

Television series

YearEnglish TitleChinese TitleRoleNotes
1994Yilu Denghou一路等候Du Yuling 
1995No Regrets无悔追踪Feng Kangmei 
1996Zhanguo Chuanqi战国传奇Hongnu 
1997Shang Yang Chuanqi商鞅传奇Du Wa 
Fengsheng Shuiqi风生水起Gu Ting 
1998Qinmi Airen亲密爱人Bai Tong 
Palace of Desire大明宫词Princess Anle 
Da Fating大法庭Xia Liyan 
The Female Official女巡撫之闖天關Sun XiaohongGuest appearance
2000The Nation Under The Foot一腳定江山Fan Yue'e 
Qingchun Chudong青春出动Guan Ping 
Yiben Wuhui義本無悔Qin Xue 
Smart Kid機靈小不懂Ying Ziyan 
Young Justice Bao少年包青天Ling Chuchu 
2001Ye Yatou野ㄚ頭Ye Yatou 
Zheshan Tanhua折扇探花Sixth Princess 
Taiji Prodigy少年張三丰Qin Sirong 
Sky Lovers天空下的緣分Tang Wei 
2002The Blue Lotus花样的年华Ye Zi 
2003Romancing Hong Kong动感豪情Gao Shuang 
2004City of Sky天空之城Xiao Ruoning / Yu Bohan 
The Sea's Promise海的誓言Bai Ying 
Changjian Xiangsi長劍相思Fengyi 
Strange Tales of Liao Zhai聊齋之小翠Yu Xiaocui 
2005Eight Heroes八大豪俠Feng Laiyi 
Huiniang Wanxin徽娘宛心Ye Wanxin 
2006Zaisheng Yuan再生緣之孟麗君傳Meng Lijun 

Awards and nominations

YearAwardCategoryNominated workResult
2000Singapore International Film FestivalBest Actress
Seventeen Years
Won
200512th Beijing Student Film FestivalMost Popular Actress
Waiting Alone
Won
25th Golden Rooster AwardsBest ActressNominated
200628th Hundred Flowers AwardsBest Supporting Actress
A World Without Thieves
Nominated
200714th Beijing Student Film FestivalBest Actress
The Knot
Nominated
11th Golden Phoenix AwardsSpecial Jury AwardWon
12th Huabiao Film AwardsBest ActressWon
26th Golden Rooster AwardsNominated
44th Golden Horse AwardsNominated
20089th Changchun Film FestivalNominated
29th Hundred Flowers AwardsWon
200946th Golden Horse Awards
The Message
Won
20104th Asian Film AwardsNominated
3rd Iron Film AwardsNominated
10th Chinese Film Media AwardsNominated
Best Rising ActressWon
17th Beijing Student Film FestivalBest ActressNominated
2011CineAsia 2011[21]Female Star of the Year Won
201231st Hundred Flowers AwardsBest Actress
1911
Nominated
20139th Huading Awards
I Do
Nominated
20153rd China International Film Festival London[21]
Zhong Kui: Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal
Won
The Most Influential Star OverseasN/AWon