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Vicky Zhao

Zhao Wei, also known as Vicki Zhao, is a Chinese actress, pop singer, and film director. She is considered one of the "Four Dan Actresses" in China, with her over 60 million followers on Sina Weibo attesting to her popularity.

While studying at Beijing Film Academy, she became an Asian superstar overnight in 1998-1999 for starring as Xiaoyanzi ("Little Swallow") in the TV series "My Fair Princess," for which she also won a Golden Eagle Award. As the drama enjoyed unprecedented popularity domestically, Ms. Zhao is regarded by many as Mainland China's first "national idol" since the economic reform began in 1978. In 1999, she also began a singing career with her debut album Swallow.

She has starred in many box-office smash-hits over the years, including "Shaolin Soccer" (2001), "Red Cliff" (2008-2009), "Painted Skin" (2008) and "Painted Skin: The Resurrection" (2012). She has received awards from the Shanghai International Film Festival, Huabiao Awards, Changchun Film Festival, Hundred Flowers Awards and Shanghai Film Critics Awards for films like "A Time to Love" (2005) and "Mulan: Rise of a Warrior" (2009). While focusing her career on films, she also starred in highly-popular TV series such as "Romance in the Rain" (2001) and "Moment in Peking" (2005).

In 2013, Ms. Zhao's directorial debut "So Young" broke the grossing record for a female Chinese director in just a week, eventually becoming one of the highest-grossing films ever in China. In 2014, she returned to acting after a 2-year absence.

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