Birthday: 25th August 1987
Father's Name: An Shaokang
Mother's Name: Liu Xiaoli
Born In: Wuhan, Hubei, China
Liu Yifei is a famous Chinese-American actress who was born in Wuhan, Hubei province of China 1987 August 25th, and her modeling career commenced at the age of eight when she got her training in singing, piano, and dancing. Moving to the United States at the age of just ten years with her mother, Liu stayed there for four years. She moved back to China in June of 2002 to pursue a modeling and acting career there.
She is popularly known as "Fairy Sister" in the entertainment and movie industry. She also received the title of one of the New Four Dan Actresses of China in 2009. She is also going to play the lead as Mulan in Disney's live-action adaptation of Mulan.
Early Life and Career:
She was born in Tongji Hospital in Wuhan, Hubei and her birth name was "An Feng". She is the only child of her parents. Her father worked as Shaokang, which is a Chinese word that translates to the first superintendent in the Chinese Embassy in France and also a decent French-language university professor. On the other hand, her mother, Liu Xiaoli, is a dancer and an on-stage performer.
Her parents were divorced and separated when she was just at the age of ten years. After which her mother solely raised her. This was also the year when she adopted her mother's family name and turned her name to "Liu Ximeizi" and commenced her modeling career, along with her training in singing, dancing as well as playing the piano. Her godfather Chen Jinfei is the Chairman of Beijing Tongchan Investment Group.
Just after the divorce of the parents at the age of ten years, Liu and her mother shifted to New York City, where she started attending Louis Pasteur Middle School 67. She stayed in Queens before returning to China in the year 2002 to proceed with an acting career and altered her name to "Liu Yifei." While staying in the United States, she also gained her United States citizenship. Several weeks later, after coming back to China, Liu got her acceptance into the Performance Institute of Beijing Film Academy at the age of just fifteen years, after which she graduated in the year 2006.
2003–2006: Actual Career begins
Once after she was admitted to the Beijing Film Academy, Liu started getting offers to star in various TV series. She debuted her TV appearance in the period romance drama The Story of a Noble Family (2003), which was a story based on Zhang Henshui's novel with the same name. The series was the one to achieve excellent ratings on CCTV and fabulous reviews from the audience and spectators. In the same year, she was selected by the same director, Zhang Jizhong, to act as Wang Yuyan in Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils, which was an adaptation of Louis Cha's wuxia novel with the same name. The series was also broadcasted in Taiwan and acquired a rating of 5.69, which also led it to become the highest-rated Chinese drama in Taiwan. Liu's role as the pretty and young Wang Yuyan got her another new nickname of "Fairy Sister" by the media and fans.
In the year2005, Liu featured in Chinese Paladin. It was a fantasy action drama that was brought from the role-playing game "The Legend of Sword and Fairy." This show gained a cult following and raised her popularity even more than ever before in China.
In the year 2006, Liu was also selected to represent Xiaolongnü in the show "The Return of the Condor Heroes," which was compiled on Louis Cha's wuxia novel of the same title. Her casting was supported by Cha himself, who had the feeling about Liu that she had all the essential qualities to represent the young and innocent female protagonist. After the drama was first aired, Liu earned recognition and lots of praise for her performance and quickly experienced a surge in her popularity. Within the same year, she was selected as the "Golden Eagle Goddess" at China's 6th Golden Eagle TV Art Festival.
2008–2013: A shift to the movies
After reowning tons of television success, Liu then attempted going for the big screen. In the year 2007, she entered William Morris Agency (WMA) and where she got to cast in her first Hollywood movie, The Forbidden Kingdom. She played as the Golden Sparrow, who was an orphan looking for her parent's murderer to bring them to justice. After that, she also featured in a romantic-comedy Love in Disguise, which was launched in the year 2010.
In the year 2011, she also worked in a fantasy supernatural film, A Chinese Ghost Story, brought from Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio as well as White Vengeance, a historical epic directed on the well-known stories of Liu Bang and Xiang Yu of the Qin Dynasty. In the same next year, she played her cast as Wu Qing (who was supposed to be emotionless) in Gordon Chan's wuxia movie The Four, brought from Woon Oan's novel sequence The Four Great Constables. She finally reprised her role in two different installments of the entire film series.
Liu received her first prominent acting award in her 11-year career, that was "The Best Actress award" at the 5th Macau International Movie Festival, for her role as Lingju and Diaochan in the traditional film "The Assassins" which featured in the year 2012.
2014–present: More international opportunities and return to the TV
In the year 2014, Liu joined and worked together with a Korean actor-singer Rain for the fantasy, romance, and drama-based film "For Love or Money," which was subjected from Hong Kong novelist Amy Cheung's 2006 novel with the same title. Overall it performed decently at the box office. Still, the film was criticized for its theme, overall story, and production. She then featured in the Chinese-American action film Outcast (2014) that was directed by Nick Powell, Nicolas Cage, and Hayden Christensen.