- Li, Bingbing
February 27, 1973 (age 47)
- Actor, Singer
Li Bingbing (born 27 February 1973) is a Chinese actress and singer. Currently, she is repped by United Talent Agency and her younger sister Li Xue.
Li 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 Drama Institute in 1993.
Her film debut was Zhang Yuan's Seventeen Years (1999), which won her the "Best Actress" Award in the 1999 Singapore Film Festival. In 2001, Li starred in the television series Young Justice Bao, which propelled her to become one of the most famous actresses in China. That year she was awarded the title of one of the "Top Ten Best TV actors/actresses in China". From then on, Li was approbated as an "action actress" as she starred in a number of wuxia television series, such as Taiji Prodigy and Eight Heroes.
Her first-time leading role in an English-language film is Wayne Wang's Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (2011), a film adaptation from Lisa See's 2005 novel of the same title. She also co-starred and co-produced with Jackie Chan in 1911, which was released in September 2011 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Xinhai Revolution. She plays video game character Ada Wong dubbed by Sally Cahill, an action femme fatale in Resident Evil: Retribution (2012), starring alongside Milla Jovovich, Sienna Guillory and Shawn Roberts and directed by Paul W.S Anderson. Li will be appearing alongside Mark Wahlberg in Transformers 4 directed by Michael Bay.
Li is a UNEP Goodwill Ambassador, WWF Earth Hour Global Ambassador, and Ambassador of Korean Culture in China.