10 Popular Male Chinese Actors
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1. XIAO Zhan (actor)
Xiao Zhan (Sean Xiao), has been in the top three on the “Star Power List” for a long time. His name is often featured on Weibo’s trending topics charts and can also be seen on billboards throughout Chinatowns. Xiao’s appearance in the 2019 TCCAsia Most Handsome Faces of Asia list ranked first has drawn many passionate fans from all over the globe.
Like Wang Yibo and many other boy bands, Xiao got his start in boy band life, in this case, the Chinese group X Nine. He was the lead role in “Super Star Academy”, an online fantasy drama. His role as a co-star alongside Wang Yibo on “The Untamed” made him more well-known, which led to a rise in Xiao’s international recognition. Xiao’s April 2020 song “Spot Light”, which was single, had a sales volume exceeding 25.48m and set a Guinness World Record as the digital album that sold the most within 24 hours.
2. WANG Yibo (actor/ singer/ dancer)
In 2020, Wang Yibo was a popular actor in China. The Chinese government recently appointed him as the ambassador for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, Paralympics, and Paralympics. Wang, like many of the other actors on this list, has excellent singing and dancing abilities.
He made his debut in entertainment in 2014, as a member of the South Korean-Chinese boy group Uniq. Moreover, Wang was a TV host for “Day Day Up” since 2016, before his role in the historical xianxia drama “The Untamed”. And, Wang also took part in “Produce 101”, as a mentor for dance, and “Street Dance of China 3,” as a team captain. His dance style made a lasting impression on audiences. At the Weibo Awards Ceremony, Wang was named “Hot Figure” twice consecutively and won the “Douyin God”, and “All-Around Artist” awards at Douyin Night 2021.
3. ZHU Yilong (actor)
Zhu Yilong’s romance-drama “Love For Three Lifetimes”, which was set in the Republican period (1912-1949), first attracted mainstream attention. He was the head of a wealthy family, and he also sang “Heng Xing”, the series theme song. He won the Asian Influence Awards Oriental Ceremony’s “Most Anticipated Actor Award.”
Zhu was a star in the fantasy web drama, “Guardian”, and played three characters with very distinct personalities: a professor who is soft-spoken, a boss who only shows up at night, and an antagonist who is intimidating. And Zhu was awarded the Weibo Movie Awards Ceremony’s popular actor award for his role in the series. Also, Zhu was the lead role in “Reunion: The Sound of Providence”, a web series about tomb raiders. The series’ premiere has topped the charts at iQiyi.
4. REN Jialun (actor)
A singer who can’t play tennis isn’t a good actor. Although it’s a joke that sums up Ren Jialun’s experience, it’s also true. Ren Jialun was born in 1989. He used to be a professional tennis player and trained with Olympic athletes. However, he retired from the sport after suffering injuries.
After participating in Hunan TV’s singing contest “Super Boy”, Ren switched to acting in 2016. He was featured in the xianxia series (Qing Yun Zhi) with Li Yifeng as the lead role. Ren gained fame with “The Glory of Tang Dynasty”, a 2017 historical drama series in which he was the passionate King of Quang Binh. Over the years, he starred in many costume dramas, including “The Destiny of White Snake”, a Chinese legend adaptation. His most recent work is “The Blue Whisper”, a costume fantasy drama that stars Dilraba.
5. DENG Lun (actor)
Deng Lun (Allen Deng), a graduate of Shanghai Theatre Academy’s Shanghai Theatre Academy, gained fame for his role as Heavenly Realm’s eldest Prince, Xu Feng, in the fantasy romance drama “Ashes of Love” (2018). The show’s ratings rose to the top and it became the most-watched show during the peak summer viewing season of 2018.
Deng Lun was starring in the show for the third time with Yang Zi, an award-winning actress. They also appeared in “Ashes of Love” (2013), which was based on Qiong Yao, a popular romance novel. They were also the lead roles in “Ode to Joy 2”, a 2016 urban romance series. Deng Lun filmed his film in fantasy “The Yin-Yang Master”, (Qing Ya Ji), and was released during the Lunar New Year holiday. Netflix acquired it from Huayi Brothers Media.
6. LI Xian (actor)
Li Xian is one of China’s most popular actors. He graduated from Beijing Film Academy and was given his first lead role in iQiyi’s suspense series, “Tientsin Mystic”, (2017). The show received strong ratings and received strong reviews. Li was awarded the Netease Awards 2017 “Most Popular Actor” award for this show.
Li rose to the top of the Chinese actor A-list in 2019 thanks to his role as a star in the esports romantic comedy series, “Go-Go Squid!” Li won the Weibo Awards Breakthrough Actor of Year in 2020 and made his debut at the CCTV Spring Festival Gala. Li’s popularity has led to a number of endorsements and appearances in commercials, as well as on the covers of Chinese GQ magazine and Vogue magazine.
7. LI Yifeng (actor/ singer)
Li Yifeng, who was the lead in “Animal World”, a film based on a Japanese manga, attracted a lot of attention. Michael Douglas starred as the manipulator behind closed doors. It received positive reviews from critics and was a hit at the box office within the first week. Li made his feature film debut in Guan Hu’s 2016 drama “Mr. Six” (Lao Paor).
This is China’s highest film honors. Li’s popularity boom saw him rank ninth on the Forbes China Celebrity List in 2015, and eleventh in 2017. He is currently a star in the hit 2020 historical TV series Fearless Whispers and in the workplace drama Wait in Beijing. In which he plays a Chinese-American orphan living in Brooklyn.
8. ZHANG Xincheng (actor/ model)
Zhang Xincheng (Steven Zhang), a graduate of the Central Academy of Drama is also fluent in English. In 2020, he has dubbed the English trailer for “Skate Into Love”, a sports romance that starred Zhang Xincheng (Steven Zhang). He played a collegiate ice hockey star who appears cold but is actually very sweet and childish.
Based on netizen votes, Zhang became one of the top three “school-hunk” characters on Weibo. Zhang was born in 1995 and made his acting debut on the TV drama “Shuttle Love Millennium.” He then appeared in many campus romance dramas, including “My Huckleberry Friends (2018) and “Young Blood” (2019).
9. LUO Yunxi (actor/ singer/ dancer)
Luo Yunxi (Lei Luo), graduated from Shanghai Theater Academy with an emphasis in ballet. He then became a dance instructor, and singer in JBOY3 (disbanded 2012). He was nominated for several awards and received many nominations. This experience helped him transition into acting. Luo was best known for his role in the romantic drama “My Sunshine” in 2015.
His breakthrough came in 2015 with “Ashes of Love,” a fantasy romance drama in which he played Runyu, the villain who had suffered a traumatizing childhood and whom the audience could not love. Luo continued his career with “And the Winner Is Love,” a wuxia romance drama, and “Love Is Sweet,” a modern office romance drama. His popularity was evident at 2020 iQiyi Scream Night.
10. CHENG Yi (singer/actor)
Cheng Yi was a 2012 graduate of the Central Academy of Drama in China. He made his film acting debut in “Haunting love” and four years later, he became more well-known for his role as a senior apprentice in the Chinese xianxia TV series “Noble Aspirations (Qing Yun Zhi)”. His most recent work was “Love and Redemption,” a hit xianxia series that aired in August 2020. Cheng was required to wear a mask covering half his face in order to portray his emotions.