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Popular Film Actors from China

Updated June 14, 2019 19.4k views1.1k items

List of famous film actors and actresses from China, listed by their popularity with photos when available. China has given birth to some great movie actors and actresses over the years, many of who have gone on to star in comedies, dramas, horror movies and more. These are some of the best Chinese screen actors in the history of the world, so if you're a native of China and an aspiring actor/actress then these are people you should look up to.

List features film actors like Cho-fan Ng, Rebecca Pan.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the best Chinese actors?" and "Which movies stars are from China?"

You can click on the names of these legendary movie stars of China in order to get more information about each one. If you're a film buff use this list of talented Chinese film actors to find some new movies you haven't already seen.
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  • 1
    Jackie Chan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Popular Film Actors from China

    Jackie Chan

    Kung Fu Panda, Rush Hour

    BirthplaceVictoria Peak, Hong Kong

    NationalityHong Kong

    Height5'8"

    ParentsLily Chan, Charles Chan

    ChildrenJaycee Chan, Etta Ng Chok Lam

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  • 2
    Sammo Hung is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Popular Film Actors from China

    Sammo Hung

    Enter the Dragon, Around the World in 80 Days

    BirthplaceChina, Hong Kong, Eurasia, Asia

    NationalityChina

    Height1.7

    ParentsHung Shen

    ChildrenSammy Hung, Jimmy Hung, Timmy Hung, Stephanie Hung

    Sammo Hung (born 7 January 1952), also known as Hung Kam-bo (洪金寶), is a Hong Kong actor,... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    Bai Ling is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Popular Film Actors from China

    Bai Ling

    Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, The Crow

    BirthplaceChengdu, China

    NationalityChina, United States of America

    Height5'2"

    ParentsChen Binbin, Bai Yuxiang

    Bai Ling (Chinese: 白灵, born October 10, 1966) is a Chinese-American actress known for her work... more on Wikipedia

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  • 4
    Jet Li is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Popular Film Actors from China

    Jet Li

    The Expendables, The Expendables 2

    BirthplaceBeijing, China

    NationalitySingapore

    Height5'5"

    ChildrenJada Li, Taimi Li, Jane Li, Si Li

    Li Lianjie (born 26 April 1963), better known by his stage name Jet Li, is a Chinese film... more on Wikipedia

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  • 5
    Chow Yun-Fat is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Popular Film Actors from China

    Chow Yun-Fat

    Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, Crouching Tiger

    BirthplaceHong Kong, Lamma Island

    NationalityChina, Hong Kong

    Height1.83

    Chow Yun-fat SBS (born 18 May 1955), previously known as Donald Chow, is a Hong Kong actor... more on Wikipedia

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  • 6
    Lau Kar Wing is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Popular Film Actors from China

    Lau Kar Wing

    Kickboxer, The 36th Chamber of Shaolin

    BirthplaceChina, Jiangmen, Eurasia, Xinhui District, Guangdong Province

    NationalityChina

    ParentsLau Cham

    Lau Kar Wing (simplified Chinese: 刘家荣; traditional Chinese: 劉家榮; pinyin: Liú Jiārong, Liu... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Donnie Yen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Popular Film Actors from China

    Donnie Yen

    Blade II, Hero

    BirthplaceGuangzhou, China

    NationalityChina, Hong Kong, United States of America

    Height5'8"

    ParentsBow-sim Mark, Klyster Yen

    ChildrenMan-Zeok Yen, James Yen, Jasmine Yen

    Donnie Yen Ji-dan (Chinese: 甄子丹; born 27 July 1963) is a Hong Kong actor, martial artist, film... more on Wikipedia

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  • 8
    Yuen Biao is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Popular Film Actors from China

    Yuen Biao

    Enter the Dragon, Shanghai Noon

    BirthplaceHong Kong, Castle Peak Road

    NationalityChina, Hong Kong

    ParentsHa Kwong-Tai, Ha Sau-Ying

    ChildrenYi-Bui, Ming-Tsak

    Yuen Biao (born 26 July 1957) is a Hong Kong actor and martial artist. He specialises in... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Phillip Ko is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Popular Film Actors from China

    Phillip Ko

    Enter the Dragon, Opium and the Kung-Fu Master

    BirthplaceChina, Hong Kong, Eurasia, Asia

    NationalityChina

    Philip Ko-Fei is a multi-awarded Hong Kong & China film-maker. His most significant... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Simon Yam is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Popular Film Actors from China

    Simon Yam

    Ip Man, Ip Man 2

    BirthplaceHong Kong, China

    NationalityChina, Hong Kong

    Height1.8

    ChildrenElla Yam

    Simon Yam Tat-wah (Chinese: 任達華; born 19 March 1955) is a Hong Kong actor and film producer.... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Eric Tsang is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Popular Film Actors from China

    Eric Tsang

    Infernal Affairs, Infernal Affairs II

    BirthplaceHong Kong, China

    NationalityHong Kong

    Height5'2"

    ParentsTsang Kai-wing

    ChildrenKwok Cheung Tsang, Bowie Tsang, Kwok Yau Tsang, Wing Yee Tsang

    Eric Tsang Chi-wai MH (Chinese: 曾志偉; born 14 April 1953) is a Hong Kong actor, film director,... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Burt Kwouk is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Popular Film Actors from China

    Burt Kwouk

    Goldfinger, Empire of the Sun

    BirthplaceWarrington, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom,England,China

    Height5'5"

    Herbert Tsangtse Kwouk, OBE (; Chinese: 郭弼; 18 July 1930 – 24 May 2016) was an English actor,... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Zhang Ziyi is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Popular Film Actors from China

    Zhang Ziyi

    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

    BirthplaceBeijing, China

    NationalityChina

    Height5'4"

    ParentsLi Zhousheng, Zhang Yuanxiao

    Zhang Ziyi ([ʈʂáŋ tsɨ̀.ǐ]; Chinese: 章子怡; born 9 February 1979) is a Chinese actress and... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Andy Lau is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Popular Film Actors from China

    Andy Lau

    Infernal Affairs, House of Flying Daggers

    BirthplaceHong Kong, Tai Po

    NationalityChina, Hong Kong

    Height1.75

    Andy Lau Tak-wah (traditional Chinese: 劉德華; simplified Chinese: 刘德华, born 27 September 1961),... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Anthony Wong is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Popular Film Actors from China

    Anthony Wong

    Infernal Affairs, Hard Boiled

    BirthplaceHong Kong, China

    NationalityChina, Hong Kong, United Kingdom

    Height5'10"

    ParentsFrederick Perry

    ChildrenHuang Yi Yi

    Anthony Wong Chau-sang (born Anthony William Perry; 2 September 1961), known professionally as... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Ti Lung is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Popular Film Actors from China

    Ti Lung

    The Legend of Drunken Master, A Better Tomorrow

    BirthplaceXinhui District, China

    NationalityChina, Hong Kong

    Height1.82

    ChildrenShaun Tam

    Tommy Tam Fu-Wing (born 19 August 1946), better known by his stage name Ti Lung, is a Hong... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Hu Jun is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Popular Film Actors from China

    Hu Jun

    Red Cliff, Red Cliff II

    BirthplaceChina, Beijing

    NationalityChina

    Hu Jun (born March 18, 1968) is a Chinese actor best known for playing dramatic roles in... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Bruce Lee is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Popular Film Actors from China

    Bruce Lee

    Enter the Dragon, Limitless

    BirthplaceUSA, California, Chinatown, San Francisco

    NationalityHong Kong, United States of America

    Height1.71

    ParentsGrace Ho, Lee Hoi-Chuen

    ChildrenBrandon Lee, Shannon Lee

    Lee Jun-fan (Chinese: 李振藩; November 27, 1940 – July 20, 1973), known professionally as Bruce... more on Wikipedia

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  • 19
    Francis Ng is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Popular Film Actors from China

    Francis Ng

    Exiled, Infernal Affairs II

    BirthplaceHong Kong, China

    NationalityHong Kong

    ChildrenFeynman Ng

    Francis Ng Chun-yu (born 21 December 1961) is a Hong Kong actor and director. He is known for... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Mario Machado is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Popular Film Actors from China

    Mario Machado

    RoboCop, Scarface

    BirthplaceShanghai, China

    NationalityChina, United States of America

    ParentsMaria Teresa de Sousa, Carlos Jacinto de Lourdes Gouveia Furtado Machado

    ChildrenBrian Machado, Michelle Machado, Dennis Machado, Andrea Machado

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  • 21
    Gong Li is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Popular Film Actors from China

    Gong Li

    Memoirs of a Geisha, Miami Vice

    BirthplaceShenyang, China

    NationalityChina, Singapore

    Height1.7

    ChildrenMamoru Yoki Chung Li

    Gong Li (born 31 December 1965) is a Chinese-born Singaporean actress. She achieved... more on Wikipedia

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  • 22
    Joan Chen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Popular Film Actors from China

    Joan Chen

    The Last Emperor, Judge Dredd

    BirthplaceShanghai, China

    NationalityChina, United States of America

    Height5'4"

    ChildrenAngela Frances Hui, Wen Shan Hui

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  • 23
    Maggie Cheung is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Popular Film Actors from China

    Maggie Cheung

    Inglourious Basterds, Hero

    BirthplaceHong Kong, China

    NationalityChina, England

    Height5'6"

    Maggie Cheung Man-yuk (simplified Chinese: 张曼玉; traditional Chinese: 張曼玉; pinyin: Zhāng Mànyù;... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    Alex Fong Chung-Sun is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Popular Film Actors from China

    Alex Fong Chung-Sun

    The Storm Riders, If You Are the One

    BirthplaceMacau, China

    NationalityChina, Hong Kong

    Height5'10"

    ChildrenFu Ka-ching

    Alex Fong Chung-sun (Chinese: 方中信; born 17 March 1963) is a Hong Kong actor. He married... more on Wikipedia
  • 25
    Jenny Tseng is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Popular Film Actors from China

    Jenny Tseng

    Boxer Rebellion, Chinatown Kid

    BirthplaceChina, Macau

    NationalityChina

    ChildrenMelody Tseng

    Jenny Tseng, mostly known in Cantonese speaking regions as Yan Nei, is a Macau-born singer and... more on Wikipedia
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