Template:Infobox Chinese-language singer and actor Template:Chinese-name Liu Yifei (Template:Zh) (born August 25, 1987), also known as Crystal Liu, is a Chinese actress and singer. Her legal name is Liu Ximeizi (Template:Zh). The "茜" (Xi) is from the German film Sissi (Chinese translation 茜茜公主—hence the pronunciation of xi not qian; her mother calls her Xixi).
Early life and educationEdit
Born in Tongji Hospital in Hubei, she was originally named An Feng (Template:Zh). She is the only child of An Shaokang (安少康), a 1st Secretary in the Chinese Embassy in France and French language university professor, and Liu Xiaoli (刘晓莉), a dancer and a stage performer. Her parents divorced when she was 7 years old and she was raised solely by her mother. That same year, she changed her name to Liu Ximeizi (劉茜美子) and began modelling, along with training in singing, dancing and playing the piano. She is very close to Chen Jinfei (陈金飞), her godfather.
When she was 11 years old, Liu and her mother moved to New York City, where she attended Louis Pasteur Middle School 67. Returning to China in 2002 to pursue an acting career, she began to be known as Liu Yifei (刘亦菲). Several weeks later, Liu was accepted into the Performance Institute of Beijing Film Academy at the age of 15, where she graduated from in 2006.
Immediately following her admittance into Beijing Film Academy, Liu received offers to star in various television drama serials. Her first role on television was in The Story of a Noble Family. Shortly after, she was chosen to play the role of Wang Yuyan in Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils, an adaptation of Louis Cha's Wuxia novel of the same name. Initially, Liu Tao was selected for the role of Wang Yuyan but it went to Liu Yifei eventually and Liu Tao was cast as A'zhu instead.
In 2006, Liu starred in another TV series adaptation of Louis Cha's Wuxia novel The Return of the Condor Heroes. After intense speculation on who would play Xiaolongnü, the role was finally offered to her. She was backed by Cha, who felt that she had all the necessary qualities to play the role of the young and innocent female protagonist. Although the drama serials she has acted in were well-received, the films she starred in did poorly in terms of box office earnings with the exception of The Forbidden Kingdom.
She appeared in Jimmy Lin's music video of the song "I Am Still Waiting For You" (我还在等你) from his 2006 album Can't Stop Me (挡不住我). She has also previously co-starred with him in Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils and The Love Winner.
In conjunction with her acting career, Liu obtained a recording contract with Sony Music Entertainment Japan in August 2005. She has started studying singing and dancing in Japan since then. She released her first single "Mayonaka no Door" with Sony Music on July 19, 2006. Her song "Mayonaka no Doa" as recorded by Sony Music appeared on television as one of the ending themes to "Demashita! Powerpuff Girls Z".
|2002||Love of May||Zhao Xuan|
|The Love Winner||Jin Qiaoli||aka I Love How You Love Me|
|2006||Abao De Gushi|
|2008||The Forbidden Kingdom||Golden Sparrow|
|2010||Love In Disguise||Song Xiaoqing|
|2010||A Chinese Ghost Story||Nie Xiaoqian|
|2002||The Story of a Noble Family||Bai Xiuzhu|
|2003||Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils||Wang Yuyan|
|2004||Chinese Paladin||Zhao Ling'er|
|2006||The Return of the Condor Heroes||Xiaolongnü|
|Album information||Track list||Notes|
|Title: Liu Yifei|
Label: Sony BMG Music Entertainment (Hong Kong) Limited
Release date: 5 September 2006
|Title: All My Words|
Label: Sony Music Entertainment Japan
Release date: 8 September 2006
|Title: Mayonaka no door|
Label: Sony Music Entertainment Japan
Release date: 19 July 2006
- ↑ Template:Zh icon "神仙姐姐" 劉亦菲 Xinhua online. July 29, 2004. Retrieved on August 21, 2006.
- ↑ Template:Zh icon 劉亦菲成長照片曝光 跳新疆舞美若天仙 People's Daily. November 30, 2005. Retrieved on August 21, 2006.
- ↑ Template:Zh icon 揭秘刘亦菲富豪“教父” 中国首富榜排23
- ↑ Template:Zh icon 刘亦菲“富豪继父”真实身份揭秘
- ↑ Template:Zh icon 芳邻刘亦菲. October 22, 2006. Retrieved on June 24, 2008.
- ↑ Template:Zh icon 張紀中定"新俠侶" 金庸贊"小龍女" People's Daily. July 13, 2006. Retrieved on August 21, 2006.
- ↑ Liu Yifei eyes international singing circle Xinhua online. May 28, 2005. Retrieved on July 17, 2006.