Liu Yifei Wiki, Age, Biography, Height, Boyfriend, Family, Images, And More

Liu Yifei Wiki, Age, Biography, Height, Boyfriend, Family, Images, And More

Crystal Liu (born An Feng on August 25, 1987) is a Chinese-American actress, singer, and model better known by her stage name Liu Yifei (Chinese: ; pinyin: Li Yfi). She has appeared on Forbes' China Celebrity 100 list several times and was named one of China's New Four Dan actresses in 2009. In China, she is widely known as "Fairy Sister."

Liu rose to international prominence in 2020 as the titular character in the Disney live-action film Mulan. She was nominated for a Critics' Choice Super Award, a Kids' Choice Award, and a Saturn Award for her performance.

Liu was born as An Feng () in Tongji Hospital in Wuhan, Hubei. She is the only child in the family. Her father, An Shaokang (), is a 1st Secretary in the Chinese Embassy in France and a French language university professor from Beijing, and her mother, Liu Xiaoli (), is a Hubei dancer and stage performer. When she was ten years old, her parents divorced, and she was raised solely by her mother. The following year, she took her mother's surname and changed her name to "Liu Ximeizi" (). Chen Jinfei (), Chairman of Beijing Tongchan Investment Group, is her godfather.

Liu and her mother immigrated to the United States when she was ten years old. She grew up in Queens, New York, and attended Louis Pasteur Middle School 67. She returned to China in 2002 to pursue an acting career, adopting the stage name "Liu Yifei" (). Several weeks after returning to China, Liu was accepted into the Beijing Film Academy's Performance Institute at the age of 15 and graduated in 2006.


2003–2006: Increasing popularity

Liu received offers to star in various television series almost immediately after being accepted into the Beijing Film Academy. In 2003, she made her first television appearance in the period romance drama The Story of a Noble Family (), based on Zhang Henshui's novel of the same name. The series received the highest ratings on CCTV as well as positive audience feedback. The following year, Zhang Jizhong cast her as Wang Yuyan in Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils, an adaptation of Louis Cha's wuxia novel of the same name. The series was broadcast in Taiwan and received a rating of 5.69, making it Taiwan's highest-rated Chinese drama. The media and fans dubbed Liu "Fairy Sister" for her portrayal of the lovely Wang Yuyan.

Liu appeared in Chinese Paladin, a fantasy action drama based on the role-playing game The Legend of Sword and Fairy, in 2005. The drama became a cult classic and cemented her popularity in China.

After the drama aired, Liu received critical acclaim for her performance and quickly rose in popularity. She was named the "Golden Eagle Goddess" at the 6th China Golden Eagle TV Art Festival the same year.

Transition to film from 2008 to 2013.

Liu moved to the big screen after achieving success on television. She joined the William Morris Agency (WMA) in 2007 and was soon cast in her first Hollywood production, The Forbidden Kingdom. She portrayed Golden Sparrow, an orphan out for vengeance on her parents' murderer. Following that, she appeared in the romantic comedy Love in Disguise (2010) alongside Taiwanese-American singer and actor Wang Leehom.

In 2011, she starred in A Chinese Ghost Story, a fantasy supernatural film based on Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio. She was cast as Wu Qing (Emotionless) in Gordon Chan's wuxia film The Four, which was based on Woon Swee Oan's novel series The Four Great Constables. She later played the same character in two more films in the series.

Liu won the Best Actress award at the fifth Macau International Film Festival for her roles in the historical film The Assassins as Lingju and Diaochan (2012).

2014–present: International collaborations and a return to television

For Love or Money, based on Hong Kong novelist Amy Cheung's 2006 novel of the same name, Liu collaborated with Korean actor-singer Rain in 2014. Though it did well at the box office, the film was panned for its plot and production.

Liu appeared in the film The Third Way of Love (2015). Her performance in the film earned her the title of Most Anticipated Actress at the 16th Chinese Film Media Awards. The same year, she was appointed as the first Chinese ambassador of Dior Prestige and Tissot's global ambassador.

I created a Xixi [Liu Yifei] film festival for myself after witnessing her works' shock moments in her performance. That convinced me that she would be ideal for the lead role in "The Chinese Widow." When you have two actors like Xixi and Emile, you know they are smart, clever, and talented...

—Bille August, Academy Award-winning director

In 2016, Liu starred in the Chinese-French co-production Night Peacock, directed by Dai Sijie. She later appeared in the teen romance film So Young 2: Never Gone.
In 2017, Liu appeared in the romantic fantasy film Once Upon a Time, directed by Anthony LaMolinara and starring Zhao Xiaoding. She also appeared in Bille August's historical drama The Chinese Widow. The film was the opening film at the Shanghai International Film Festival, and Liu was nominated for Best Actress. Liu reunited with White Vengeance co-star Feng Shaofeng in the fantasy comedy film Hanson and the Beast the following year.

Liu was cast as Mulan in the live-action adaptation of the 1998 Disney animated film Mulan, which was released to mixed reviews in 2020.

Liu was cast in the upcoming fantasy mystery television series The Love of Hypnosis in December 2017. This is her first television appearance in 12 years.


In August 2019, Liu reshared an image posted by the Chinese newspaper People's Daily, an official newspaper of the Chinese Communist Party's Central Committee. The image included a quote from Fu Guohao, a Chinese reporter who worked for People's Daily-owned tabloid Global Times and was later assaulted by protesters after stating during the 2019-20 Hong Kong protests: "I am in favor of Hong Kong police. You can now defeat me. It's a disgrace for Hong Kong." This sparked international outrage, with Liu accused of condoning police brutality. Following this, the hashtag #BoycottMulan began trending in support of a film boycott. In response to the backlash, Liu did not attend the 2019 D23 Expo, which provided fans with an exclusive first look at Mulan. In February 2020, when asked about the controversy, Liu stated, "I think it's just a very sensitive situation."

During an interview with Variety magazine at Mulan's March 10, 2020 premiere, Liu described herself as "Asian" rather than "Chinese," which enraged some Chinese social media netizens, who threatened to boycott the film and accused her of forgetting her roots, as well as questioning why a non-Chinese national was playing the "legendary Chinese icon."

Liu severed ties with clothing brand Adidas in March 2021 over its support for the Better Cotton Initiative, a group funded by the US government through USAID, after the trade body pulled out of Xinjiang, China, citing concerns about forced labor involving Uighur Muslims. The move was echoed by a number of Chinese celebrities as part of the Chinese government's larger campaign to pressure Western brands and consumers to continue purchasing cotton produced in the region.

A career in music

In 2005, Liu signed with Sony Music Entertainment Japan. On July 19, 2006, she released her first Japanese single, "Mayonaka no Door," with Sony Music. Her debut album, Liu Yifei, was released the following month in various parts of Asia, including mainland China, Hong Kong, and Southeast Asia, and featured a diverse musical repertoire that included rap and soft rock. Liu also released a Japanese album that year, with the single "Mayonaka no Door" being chosen as the ending theme for the anime series Demashita! TV Tokyo's Powerpuff Girls Z.

She sang the Mandarin and English versions of "Reflection" for the live-action Mulan in 2020.



YearEnglish titleRole
2004Love of MayZhao Xuan
The Love WinnerJin Qiaoli
2006Abao's StoryXixi
2008The Forbidden KingdomGolden Sparrow
2010Love in DisguiseSong Xiaoqing
2011A Chinese Fairy TaleNie Xiaoqian
White VengeanceConsort Yu
2012The FourWu Qing
The AssassinsLingju / Diaochan
2013The Four IIWu Qing
2014The Four IIIWu Qing
For Love or MoneyXing Lu
2015OutcastZhao Lian
The Third Way of LoveZou Yu
2016Night PeacockElsa
So Young 2: Never GoneSu Yunjin
2017Once Upon a TimeBai Qian / Si Yin / Su Su
The Chinese WidowYing
Hanson and the BeastBai Xianchu
2020MulanHua Mulan

Television series

YearEnglish titleChinese titleRoleNotes
2003The Story of a Noble Family金粉世家Bai Xiuzhu
Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils天龙八部Wang Yuyan
2005Chinese Paladin仙剑奇侠传Zhao Ling'er
Doukou Nianhua豆蔻年华Teacher Xiao ZhaoCameo
2006The Return of the Condor Heroes神鵰俠侶Xiaolongnü
2022A Dream of Splendor梦华录Zhao Paner
2023Meet Yourself去有风的地方Xu Hongdou
TBAThe Love of Hypnosis南煙齋筆錄Lu ManshengPost-Production



Album informationTrack listNotes
TitleLiu Yifei
Sony BMG Music Entertainment (Hong Kong) Limited
Release date: August 31, 2006
  1. 泡芙女孩
  2. 就要我滋味
  3. 心悸
  4. 幸运草
  5. 放飞美丽
  6. 世界的秘密
  7. 一克拉的眼泪
  8. 做你的秒钟
  9. 毛毛雨
  10. 爱的延长赛
Chinese album
TitleAll My Words
Sony Music Entertainment Japan
Release date: September 6, 2006
  1. 真夜中のドア
  2. 恋する週末
  4. 愛のミナモト
  5. どこまでも ひろがる空に向かって
  6. テノヒラノカナタ
  7. My sunshiny day
  8. 世界の秘密
  10. 月の夜
  11. スピード
  12. Pieces of my words ~言の花~
Japanese album


Album informationTrack listNotes
TitleMayonaka no Door
Sony Music Entertainment Japan
Release date: July 19, 2006
  1. 真夜中のドア
  2. brightly
  3. 真夜中のドア (Instrumental)
  4. brightly (Instrumental)
Japanese album


YearEnglish titleChinese titleAlbumNotes
2006I Want My Taste我要我的滋味theme song for Yili milk
2011Lan Ruo's Lyrics兰若词theme song for video game A Chinese Ghost Story Online
Song of Chu楚歌White Vengeance OSTwith Feng Shaofeng
2012Dreams Won't Die梦不死The Four OSTwith Deng ChaoRonald Cheng & Collin Chou
Waiting For Snow等雪来The Assassins OSTwith Chow Yun-fat
2013Letting Go放下The Four II OST
2016Still Here还在这里So Young 2: Never Gone OSTwith Reno Wang
2017Three Lifetimes, Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms三生三世十里桃花Once Upon a Time OSTwith Yang Yang
2020Reflection自己Mulan (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)Liu Yifei also sung this song in English

Awards and nominations

Competitive feature film festivals main competition unit

YearAwardCategoryNominated workResult
201640th Montreal World Film FestivalBest ActressNight PeacockNominated
201720th Shanghai International Film FestivalBest ActressThe Chinese WidowNominated

Other film awards

YearAwardCategoryNominated workResult
20135th Macau International Movie FestivalBest ActressThe AssassinsWon
201616th Chinese Film Media AwardsMost Anticipated ActressThe Third Way of LoveWon
13th Guangzhou College Student Film FestivalMost Popular ActressNight PeacockNever GoneWon
20179th Macau International Movie FestivalBest ActressOnce Upon a TimeNominated
20211st Critics' Choice Super AwardsBest Actress in an Action MovieMulanNominated
34th Nickelodeon Kids' Choice AwardsFavorite Movie ActressNominated
46th Saturn AwardsBest ActressNominated

Forbes China Celebrity 100


Liu Yifei – Biography, Facts & Life Story

Body Measurements32-23-33 Inches
Height5 Feet 7 Inches (1.70 m)
Weight48 kg (105 lbs)
Waist23 Inches
Hair ColorBlack
Eye ColorBlack
Shoe Size7.5 (US)
Dress Size4 (US)
NicknameLiu Ximeizi (刘茜美子), Crystal Liu
Age35 years old (in 2023)
Date of BirthAugust 25, 1987
Full NameYifei Liu
ProfessionActress, Singer, Model, Dancer
NationalityAmerican, Chinese
BirthplaceWuhan, China
Zodiac SignVirgo

Yifei Liu Education

School: Louis Pasteur Middle School

Yifei Liu Career

Profession: Actress, Singer, Model, Dancer


Film: The Third Way of Love (2015)

Net Worth: USD $10 Million Approx

Family & Relatives

Father: An Shaokang

Mother: Liu Xiaoli

Sister: Crystal Liu Yifei

Marital Status: In a relationship

Currently dating:


Yifei Liu Favorites

Hobbies: Not Known

Favorite Food: Chinese Food

Favorite Color: Blue

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