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Huang Xiaoming

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
Qingdao, Shandong
Other name(s) "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 1
  • Career 2
    • Acting work 2.1
    • Non-acting work 2.2
  • Personal life 3
  • Filmography 4
    • Film 4.1
    • Television 4.2
  • Discography 5
    • Albums 5.1
    • Singles 5.2
  • References 6
  • External links 7

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 ran 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 good friends with Zhao Wei, and the 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.

Non-acting work

In 2007, Huang signed a deal with Italian luxury brand Gucci to promote their 2008 limited edition sports line, becoming the first Asian celebrity featured in a Gucci advertisement.[8] A production team flew from Italy to Hong Kong to shoot the print ads. In the same year, he also signed as a spokesperson for Mercedes-Benz. In 2008-2010, he was featured in advertisements for Pepsi, Toshiba, Diadora, and Tissot.

Huang is also known for participating in charity work and environmental friendliness events. On 7 July 2007, he performed at the Live Earth concert in Shanghai. [1] He is also an ambassador to China's Panda Protection Research Center. In October 2008, he adopted twin pandas named Ping Ping and An An, the first panda cubs born after the 2008 Sichuan earthquake.[9] In 2009, he was appointed as a UNICEF Ambassador and participated in a charity run that year.[10] In 2010, Huang was awarded as one of the international well-known philanthropists.[11]

Personal life

Huang Xiaoming had told media that while studying at the Beijing Film Academy, he had a big crush on classmate Zhao Wei (Vicki Zhao). They remain close friends. 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."[12]

Huang began dating Hong Kong actress Angelababy in 2010. They were married in October 2015.[13]



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 Insanity
2015 You Are My Sunshine
2015 Hollywood Adventures
TBA Wu Wen Xi Dong
TBA Monk Xuanzang


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


  1. ^ 九岁的时候,我被在艺术团跳舞的姑姑送去参选儿童电影 (in 中文). SOHU Corporation. 
  2. ^ 黄晓明:我始终有梦想 它指引我方向 (in 中文). SINA Corporation. February 5, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Huang Xiaoming selected to play the Warrior Hero Yang Guo". China Internet Information Center. October 20, 2004. Retrieved 2006-07-13. 
  4. ^ "張紀中:周迅極可能演小龍女 黃曉明聶遠有机會". Epoch Times. August 10, 2004. 
  5. ^ "It's Ming debuts". China.Org.Cn. December 13, 2007. 
  6. ^ Huang Xiaoming maybe join Media Asia Films July 13, 2010. Retrieved July 13, 2010.
  7. ^ 黄晓明离开华谊 被曝将签约香港寰亚 (in 中文). SINA Corporation. 
  8. ^ "Huang Xiaoming, the first asian face of Gucci". China.Org.Cn. February 1, 2008. 
  9. ^ "Huang Xiaoming calls on panda protection". China.Org.Cn. October 9, 2008. 
  10. ^ "3 Chinese stars appointed as UNICEF ambassadors". China.Org.Cn. August 6, 2009. 
  11. ^ "黄晓明获颁"国际慈善名人" 出席联合国儿基会活动". June 21, 2010. 
  12. ^ Vicki Zhao names the men most important to her
  13. ^ [2]
  14. ^ "Huang Xiaoming". Retrieved March 4, 2010. 
  15. ^ "Huang Xiaoming". Retrieved March 4, 2010. 

External links

  • Xiaoming Huang at the Internet Movie Database
  • Official Website
  • StarEastAsia
  • Hong Kong Cinemagic
  • Extensive and informative Website on Huang Xiaoming
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