Huang Xiaoming

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Huang Xiaoming
Chinese name 黃曉明 (traditional)
Chinese name 黄晓明 (simplified)
Pinyin Huáng Xiǎomíng (Mandarin)
Born (1977-11-13) November 13, 1977 (age 44)
Qingdao, Shandong
Other name(s)
  • Xiaoming Huang
  • "Jiaozhu" (教主; "cult leader")
Occupation Actor, singer, model
Genre(s) Mandopop
Years active 1998–present
Spouse(s) Angelababy (2015–present)
Official website

Huang Xiaoming (born 13 November 1977) is a Chinese actor, singer, and model. His best known roles in television are Yang Guo in The Return of the Condor Heroes (2006) and Xu Wenqiang in Shanghai Bund (2007). Huang graduated from the Performance Institute of the Beijing Film Academy in 2000, alongside other well-known actors such as Zhao Wei and Chen Kun. He first rose to prominence in 2001 for playing Emperor Wu of Han in the television series Da Han Tian Zi. The series reached number one in the ratings when it aired in Taiwan, and his later dramas all achieved high ratings in mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau. In 2007, Huang signed a contract with Huayi Brothers and began focusing on his film career, appearing in movies like The Sniper, The Message, and Ip Man 2. In 2010 he starred in the Taiwanese drama Summer's Desire, alongside Peter Ho and Barbie Hsu. He returned to television in 2013, portraying the national hero Yue Fei in The Patriot Yue Fei.

Early life

Huang was born in Qingdao, Shandong and is an only child. His father was an engineer while his mother was an accountant. At age nine, he was selected by a film studio to play the child protagonist in a movie.[1] Throughout his school career, Huang planned to become a scientist,[2] but his language teacher encouraged him to apply to the Beijing Film Academy, which rarely came to Qingdao to recruit students. A week before his entrance examination, his foot was run over and crushed by a jeep; luckily, the injury was not serious because he was wearing army boots. While studying at the Beijing Film Academy, Huang recalls the person who had the greatest influence on him, a teacher named Cui Xinqin. Huang was also a close friend with Zhao Wei, and with Chen Kun, three were known as the "Three Musketeers".


Acting work

Unlike his classmates, Huang struggled to find work as the date of his graduation drew nearer. On the eve of his graduation, he received an offer to act in the TV series A Netizen's Diary (网虫日记). During filming, however, he was involved in a head-on collision with a truck and lost consciousness for more than half an hour. He had to get a total of six stitches on his chin and ear.

While filming Long Piao (龙票), Huang was involved in another car accident, which took place on the way from Yinchuan to Inner Mongolia. His head was scratched and his vertebrae shifted, and he was informed by a doctor that he had to wear a plaster cast for his head and neck for four months, otherwise the healing of his bones would be affected. But Huang refused to rest for fear of delaying filming and causing losses for the crew, so he appeared on set wearing a neck brace.

After his fellow Musketeers shot to fame, Huang did not think he would become famous as well, since one of the academy's teachers had said that it was difficult enough for one or two students from each graduating class to make it big. Fame found him in 2001, however, when he was chosen to replace Lu Yi for the leading role in Da Han Tian Zi. Because the TV series was such a big production, and Huang was virtually unknown, many people had misgivings but the foresight and boldness of the investors is now admirable. Huang starred in the series' three installments, from 2001 to 2005, and he went from a newbie to a front-line actor.

In 2004, Huang was chosen to play Yang Guo, the leading role in The Return of the Condor Heroes, a television series adapted from Jin Yong's novel of the same title, and a sequel to The Legend of the Condor Heroes (2003).[3] Director Zhang Jizhong selected him over actors Nie Yuan and Huang Jue to play the highly fought-over role. The role of Xiaolongnü, Yang Guo's love interest, was rumored to go to Zhou Xun,[4] but ended up going to Liu Yifei, who is ten years Huang's junior. Yang Guo is arguably Huang's most recognizable role to date.

Huang's most controversial and difficult, but most critically acclaimed, role was in Shanghai Bund, a remake of the 1980 Hong Kong television series The Bund, which starred Chow Yun-fat. Because Chow was his idol, he felt nervous, excited, and pressured about portraying the same role his idol had. In order to play Xu Wenqiang, he had to learn to smoke, and went through several packs a day. He also sang the ending theme for the drama, a duet with his costar Sun Li. The song was included in his first studio album, It's Ming, which was released in December of the same year.[5]

On April 9, 2007, Huang signed with Huayi Brothers Media, an entertainment and record label. In October of that year, Huang purchased the company's shares. After acting in several films produced by Huayi, including 2009 espionage thriller The Message, he left the company in 2010. It has been said that he will switch to Asia Media Films Hong Kong, although this has yet to be confirmed.[6][7]

In 2009, Huang was chosen to replace Dylan Kuo in the 2010 Taiwanese idol drama Summer's Desire, an adaptation of a trilogy by Ming Xiaoxi. Although originally slated to play Ou Chen, Huang asked if he could play Luo Xi instead. The drama also starred Peter Ho, who was the producer as well, and Barbie Hsu, with whom Huang had always wanted to work. He later admitted that he lowered his acting fee in order to participate in this series.

In 2010 Huang joined the cast of Chen Kaige's film Sacrifice, which was a big box office hit.

Male Celebrity with the Highest Commercial Value

As the male celebrity with the highest commercial value, Huang is the spokesman of a number of world-class brands. He has been the global image spokesman of the international brand Tissot until now, taking part in advertising campaigns for Tissot around the world. In addition, he was the spokesman of Gucci Olympic Red Series (Limited Version) in APAC, the first spokesman of Mercedes-Benz and the spokesman of Pepsi-Cola, Remy Martin, ZWILLING and other big logos in China.

Huang has worldwide influence and is almost known by all Chinese around the world. Invited by British Tourist Authority, Huang has travelled to work for 10 days in London in 2011, and became the first Chinese celebrity to held signing in the department store with the longest history—Harrods in Britain. In addition, he cleans sweep all A-list men’s magazines in China, and is the hottest cover celebrity of the magazines of Southeast Asia and Hong Kong. October 2011 issue of Men’s Uno of Malaysia version was sold out, thus he was awarded the “Actor with Highest Commercial Spokesman Value”.

Huang has been listed among “Forbes China Celebrity” for consecutive 12 years, ranked first in Chinese young male celebrities of Forbes China Celebrity for consecutive 9 years, and first in Chinese male celebrities for consecutive 4 years. Besides, He was the cover figure of Forbes China Celebrity in 2013.

Top Chinese Celebrity Philanthropist

Huang started to help the underprivileged children in 2004 and decided to take charity as his career since then. He was the first celebrity to donate to 2008 major snowstorm (CNY 200,000). He was the first celebrity to take part in the rescue work of 2008 Sichuan Earthquake, donating millions yuan for relief goods and post-disaster reconstruction, and establishing the “emergency engineering room” in 17 schools. He donated TWD 1,000,000 to Typhoon Morakot Disaster of Taiwan, becoming the first Chinese celebrity in donation again. Together with his wife Angelababy, he donated CNY 2,000,000 to 2015 Tianjin Explosion and sent the air pumps and other relief goods to the fire fighters in the first time. He took the lead to donate CNY 200,000 to Wang Feng, whose 98% skin was severely burnt in rescuing two students and one teacher in nursery in fire for three times, and helped Wang to successfully receive the first skin grafting operation.

The media hailed him as the “First Beauty in China” in 2007, appreciating his physical and mental beauty. Appointed as Compassion Ambassador of China Giant Panda Protection in 2008, Huang adopted Giant Panda Pingping and An’an all his life. In addition, he was honored as Ten Outstanding Young Persons in Shandong Province, and he established “Tomorrow Foundation” in the same year. He did excellent job in charity.

Huang was appointed as various international charity ambassadors including Compassion Ambassador of Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF, Compassion Ambassador of China Giant Panda Protection, Promotion Ambassador of China Expo Volunteers and Image Ambassador of China Children and Teenagers’ Fund. Over the past 12 years, he has donated lots of money and goods, established charitable fund, taken care of children and senior citizens, helped social vulnerable groups, and adopted giant pandas and homeless dogs. What’s more, he associated his wedding with charity by taking the assistance to 527 children as the wedding gift for his wife. He never forgot to share and gave even in his happiest time. Huang ranked the first in “China Charity Celebrity List” in 2015, and was honored as the “Most Influential Charity Celebrity” of China Philanthropy List in 2016. He was awarded “Top Chinese Celebrity Philanthropist” by the authoritative magazine China Philanthropy and the authoritative newspaper Philanthropy Times in Chinese charity industry, and became the first cover celebrity of China Philanthropy.

Huang has donated money and goods of more than CNY 32,000,000 and called upon to raise donation of more than CNY 90,000,000 by Apr. 2016.

A Successful Entrepreneur

Huang Xiaoming bought 1.8 million shares of initial offerings when Huayi Brothers Media Corporation went public in 2009 and later bought another 1.8 million shares. In 2010 he raised about 60 million CNY to initiate French wine auction business in Chinese mainland; and later invested and founded Golden King Golf Club in Beijing.

In 2010 Huang Xiaoming founded his own agency company to fund movies and television serials, wine, golf courses, etc.; in 2013 he invested in great works including movies like An Inaccurate Memoir, American Dreams in China, Crimes of Passion, Women Who Flirt and television serials like The Patriot Yue Fei, which helped Huang Xiaoming top the list of China’s highest paid stars that year with an annual income of 392 million CNY.

In May 2014, Huang Xiaoming officially introduced a world-famous milkshake brand known as Millions of Milkshakes into China, guests of its opening ceremony including Hollywood superstars Monica, Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton and NBA player Ron Artest, etc. The Millions of Milkshakes store in Wanda Plaza (Wujiaochang), Shanghai is the first of its kind in Greater China and the third one worldwide following the Hollywood flagship store and Dubai store; in 2016 Huang Xiaoming opened a hot pot restaurant of his private brand name in Bali and planned to set up branches in America, Europe, etc.; he also funded Star VC in partnership with Ren Quan and Li Bingbing.

In 2015 he founded Ming Capital to go for business in technology, hospitals, fitness and other fields, proved to be quite profitable. In June 2015 he established Shanghai Chunyamingfang, which become the general agent in China for Bodegas LAN from Rioja, Spain; in March 2016 he founded Dongyang Yixing Media Co., Ltd and declared a 1-billion-yuan film shooting and production program, presenting VR high concept movie Dark Fantasy in May 2016 and promoting China’s VR videos in content mining, IP incubation, technical support, funding, etc.; the company also signed a strategic partnership agreement with Croton Media to launch in-depth cooperation on development and production of quality film and television IP.

Personal life

Huang Jingqing, father of Huang Xiaoming, is an engineer of Qingdao Electricity Authority and Zhang Suxia, his mother, is working with a local enterprise in Qingdao. Huang Xiaoming has a number of cousins and is the eldest son and grandson of the extended family.

In 2009 Huang Xiaoming got to know and fell in love with Angelababy. On Feb. 28th, 2014, Huang announced his relationship with Angelababy. In the afternoon, May 27, 2015, Huang and Angelababy registered to get married in Qingdao Civil Affairs Authority; on Oct. 8th the same year, Huang Xiaoming and Angelababy had the ah grand wedding in Shanghai Exhibition Centre.

Huang is a friend of Zhao Wei, and he had told media that while studying at the Beijing Film Academy, he had a big crush on her, and they remained close friends. Huang has said "even though she rejected me, I was still willing to take notes for her and accompany her to the bathroom." They have stayed best friends since then, however never dating. In 2013, showing up on crutches to help promote Zhao's directorial debut So Young to Zhao's surprise, Huang said: "Friendship is not meant to be taken out and showed off... It's been 16 years, and as long as Vicki needs it, I will definitely support and help her. It will always be like this. Huang has once described his friendship with Zhao Wei as a fourth type of love – everyone needs a soul mate and he’s so lucky to have met his in Zhao Wei."[8][9]

Social Evaluation

Huang Xiaoming is one of the icons among senior young actors in Chinese mainland. Huang Xiaoming has been playing perfectly well in every aspect of acting, from characters in ancient costumes in TV serials Da Han Tian Zi and My Fair Princess III to the bumpkin Cheng Dongqing in films like American Dreams in China, successfully creating one character after another. He’s known for his profound, natural and explosive action by well merging every look and expression with the story and never getting distracted at any moment.

Thanks to his handsome looking, hard-lined silhouette and firm looks, Huang Xiaoming has become one of the rare flower boy actors, enjoying great popularity among female fans, sometimes too popular for his good looking that his acting has been ignored by audience. From Da Han Tian Zi to the new version of Shanghai Bund, from The Return of the Condor Heroes to Summer’s Desire, no repeated character has he played yet still he has been trapped in the common shackle of actors too handsome. However every time he faced up to doubts with hard work and come to take off the halo since he chose to act in The Message, in which he successfully played an insidious and sober character called Takeda with restricted performance. While in American Dreams in China, he played Cheng Dongqing and displayed to audience his great growth in performance.

Huang is a professional actor and has always been challenging and triumphing, ever refining his works and practicing skills including English for acting. Dedicated as he is, he takes every line and every shot seriously. Hard working as he is, he’s known in the industry as a workaholic.

Huang is known for his honesty, kindness and social responsibility he’s taken. He keeps giving back to society in low-profile and earnestly practice charity endeavors; not only has he contributed to a lot down-to-earth philanthropic undertakings but also urged his family and friends to put more into charity to shine up and bring positive force to many people. As for career, he’s never afraid of challenges or failures and always keen to try new things; as for daily life, he’s always positive and open-minded, never fussing over insignificant details and getting along with people like a real gentleman. In every way he would be regarded as the role model and assume moral leadership for youth today.



Year Title Role Notes
1999 Marry Me
Li Jun
2000 Bright Heart
Ma Lu
2005 Legend of the Dragon
Qi Feng
2005 The Banquet
Yin Sun
2006 The Story of Ah Bao
guest appearance
2007 The Sniper
Ling Jing
2008 Fit Lover
guest appearance
2009 The Message
Takeda Beijing College Student Film Festival Students' Choice Award for Favorite Actor
Nominated —Asian Film Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated —Golden Rooster Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Hundred Flowers Award for Best Actor
2009 Searching for Dust
guest appearance
2009 The Founding of a Republic
guest appearance
2010 Ip Man 2
Huang Liang
2010 Flirting Scholar 2
Tang Bohu
2010 Sacrifice
Han Jue Nominated —Asian Film Award for Best Supporting Actor
2010 Adventure of the King
Tang Bohu
2012 The Guillotines
2012 Love in the Buff
guest appearance
2012 The Last Tycoon
Cheng Daqi (young)
2012 Inaccurate Memoir
Fang Youwang also producer;
China Image Film Festival Best Actor
2013 American Dreams in China
Cheng Dongqing Changchun Film Festival Best Actor
Golden Rooster Award for Best Actor
Huabiao Award for Outstanding Actor
Hundred Flowers Award for Best Actor
2013 Badges of Fury
man in black cameo
2013 Crimes of Passion
Xue Yu
2013 Saving Mother Robot
2013 Amazing
computer engineer
2014 Breaking the Waves
guest appearance
2014 The White Haired Witch of Lunar Kingdom
Zhuo Yihang
2014 Women Who Flirt
2014 The Crossing
Lei Yifang
2015 Bringing Joy Home 2015
2015 Insanity
2015 You Are My Sunshine
2015 Hollywood Adventures
2016 Xuanzang
2016 Mission Milano
TBA Wu Wen Xi Dong


Year Title Role Notes
1998 Love is Not a Game Xiao Zhuoyi
1999 Bodidharma Pang Xin guest appearance
1999 Evidence Chen Guodong
2000 A Netizen's Diary Yu Baimei
2000 Little Sister Hua Ni Ren Zhiyang
2000 Storm of the Dragon Di Guangyuan
2001 Da Han Tian Zi 1 Emperor Wu of Han
2001 Invincible Magistrate
2001 Chang Ying Zai Shou
2002 My Fair Princess III Xiao Jian
2002 Merry Wanderer Tang Bohu Tang Bohu
2003 Heroic Legend Ancient prince
2003 Da Han Tian Zi 2 Emperor Wu of Han
2003 Womanly Skill and Manly Look Wang Jun
2004 Long Piao Qi Zijun
2005 Da Han Tian Zi 3 Emperor Wu of Han
2006 The Return of the Condor Heroes Yang Guo
2007 Shanghai Bund Xu Wenqiang Nominated - Shanghai Television Festival Magnolia Award for Best Actor
2008 A Sunny Day Singer subway series
2008 Royal Tramp Wei Xiaobao
2009 Dark Fragrance Cheng Yuan, Cheng Da also producer
2010 Summer's Desire Luo Xi Lead Role
2013 The Patriot Yue Fei Yue Fei
2015 Cruel Romance
Zuo Zhen

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Year Album details Tracklist
2007 It's Ming
  1. An Lian (暗恋) - Crush/Unrequited Love
  2. My Girl
  3. Shen Me Dou Ke Yi (什么都可以) - Anything is Possible
  4. Feng De Hai Zi (风的孩子) - Child of the Wind
  5. Mei You Ni Wo Ai Shei (没有你我爱谁) - Without You, Whom Should I Love
  6. Tian Xie Qing Ren (天蝎情人) - Scorpion Lover
  7. Niang Jiu (酿酒) - Brewing
  8. Yin Wei You Ni (因为有你) - Because of You
  9. An Jing De Xiang Ni (安静的想你) - Quietly Thinking of You
  10. I'm Coming
  11. Jiu Suan Mei You Ming Tian (就算没有明天) - Even Without Tomorrow
2010 Moopa
  1. MOOPA (Move Party)
  2. Feng Sheng (风声) - The Message
  3. Tuan Tuan Yuan Yuan (团团圆圆) - Reunion
  4. Wo De Kuai Le Bu Shou Fei (我的快乐不收费) - My Happiness is Free of Charge
  5. Ni Shuo De Dui (你说的对) - You are Right
  6. Hao Ren Ka (好人卡) - Nice Guy Card
  7. Ni Zai Wo Xin Shang (你在我心上) - You're on My Heart
  8. Shou Bu Liao (受不了) - Unbearable
  9. Hei Mao Yu Niu Niao (黑猫与牛奶) - Black Cat and Milk
  10. MOOPA (Remix)


Year Single
2008 One World One Dream
Released April 2008
Hao Ren Ka (好人卡)
Released September 2008
Ni Zai Wo Xin Shang (你在我心上)
Released November 2008
2009 Ni Shi Tian Shi (你是天使)
  • Ending theme to TV series Dark Fragrance
Feng Sheng (風聲)
Released September 2009
  • One of the theme songs for The Message
2010 Better City Better Life
Released January 2010

Important Awards

Film and Television Awards

Year Events Awards
2009 12th Film Performance Art Academy Awards or Golden Phoenix Awards Society Award Winner
2010 10th Chinese Film Media Awards Most Popular Actor
2010 17th Beijing College Student Film Festival Favorite Actor
2011 11th Chinese Film Media Awards Outstanding Actor
2012 4th China Image Film Festival Best Actor
2013 29th Golden Rooster Awards Best Actor
2013 15th China Huabiao Film Awards Outstanding Actor
2014 12th Changchun Film Festival Best Actor
2014 32nd People's Hundred Flower Award Best Actor
2014 10th Chinese American Film Festival Best Actor of the Year


Year Awards
2006 One of the Ten Philanthropist Superstar by BAZAAR
2008 Image Ambassador of China Children and Teenagers' Fund
2008 Love Ambassador of China Research and Conservation Center for the Giant Panda
2009 Love Ambassador for giant pandas in Chengdu
2009 Love Ambassador for giant pandas in Ya’an
2009 Love Ambassador of Hongkong Committee for UNICEF
2009 Action Ambassador of Star Commonwealth
2009 Volunteer Promotion Ambassador of EXPO 2010
2012 Star Citizen awarded by Southern Metropolis Entertainment Weekly
2014 Love Ambassador for accompanying empty nesters
2015 “Silver Angel” Love Ambassador of China Social Assistance Foundation
2015 Top Celebrity Philanthropist awarded by China Philanthropist
2016 Most Influential Philanthropist on China’s Philanthropist List


Year Awards
2007 Rank First on China’s Most Beautiful 50 List of the Year 2007
2012 One of the Ten Esquires of the Year in the 8th Esquire Festival
2012 Most Valuable Actor in Commercial Endorsement, 5th ROI Festival
2014 Outstanding Youth of the Year 2014 of Shandong, China
2015 National Award for Young and Mid-aged Artists on Excellence in both Artistic Career and Moral Integrity
2015 May 1 Labor Award granted by China Film Co. Ltd.


Year Awards
2007 Idol singer of Chinese Mainland, Metro Radio Mandarin Hits Music Awards Presentation of Year 2007
2007 Favorite New Singer of the Year in University Music Festival of Year 2007
2008 All Rounded Artist of The Year 2008, Nin Jiom Beijing Pop Music Festival
2009 All Rounded Artist of The Year, Global Chinese Music Awards of the Year 2009


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