Zanilia Zhao Wiki, Age, Biography, Height, Boyfriend, Family, Images, And More

Zanilia Zhao Wiki, Age, Biography, Height, Boyfriend, Family, Images, And More

Zhao Liying (born 16 October 1987) is a Chinese actress and singer better known as Zanilia Zhao. She is most well-known for her roles in the television series Legend of Lu Zhen (2013), Boss & Me (2014), The Journey of Flower (2015), The Mystic Nine (2016), Noble Aspirations (2016), Princess Agents (2017), The Story of Minglan (2018), and Legend of Fei (2018). (2020).

Zhao was born on October 16, 1987, in Langfang, Hebei. She completed her secondary professional training at the Langfang School of Electronic Information Engineering. She has stated about this time period:

I was born in a village, but it was the experience of rural life that gave me a strong will and a tenacious personality. These experiences have shaped me into the person I am today. So, I believe that a hero is defined by his strong heart, persistent pursuit of dreams, perseverance and steadfastness in the profession in which you are engaged, as well as calmness and stability when confronted with vanity.


2006-2012: The Beginning

Zhao Liying was the grand prize winner of the Yahoo Search Star Game in 2006. She was then signed as a new talent by Huayi Brothers. Zhao made her acting debut in Zheng Xiaolong's 2007 family drama Golden Marriage.

Zhao made her historical drama debut in The Firmament of the Pleiades in 2009. The series aired on the Japanese channel NHK and received critical acclaim. At the Chinese Creative Short Video Awards, Zhao was named Most Popular Actress.

After starring in The Dream of Red Mansions (2010), based on Cao Xueqin's novel of the same name, she first gained recognition from mainland audiences in 2010. Zhao's popularity skyrocketed in 2011 after she landed the role of Princess Qing'er in New My Fair Princess.

Rising Popularity and Breakthrough in 2013-2015

Zhao appeared in the historical drama Legend of Lu Zhen in 2013, playing an ordinary girl who rose through the ranks to become China's first female prime minister. The drama was a smash hit both at home and in South Korea and Japan, propelling Zhao's profile in the region. At local award ceremonies, Zhao received several newcomer and popularity awards. The same year, Zhao appeared in the historical romance film Palace: Lock Sinensis, the fourth and final installment of Yu Zheng's Gong series. In the film, Zhao plays a scheming and evil princess, the polar opposite of her usual sweet and nice image.

Zhao appeared in the 2014 romantic comedy drama Boss & Me, which was based on Gu Man's popular novel Shan Shan Comes to Eat. The series topped ratings in its time slot in China and was also well-liked abroad. Zhao's popularity grew even more in 2014, when she appeared in several high-rated dramas, including The Legend of Chasing Fish and Wife's Secret. Zhao's rising popularity as a result of her numerous successful acting projects earned her the title of "Golden Eagle Goddess" at the 10th China Golden Eagle TV Art Festival, where she performed as the opening act.

Zhao appeared in the xianxia romance drama The Journey of Flower in 2015. In China, the drama was a huge success, with a peak rating of 3.89 and becoming the first Chinese drama to surpass 20 billion online views. Zhao's career skyrocketed as a result of the drama's success. Zhao received a slew of awards for her performance in The Journey of Flower, including Best Actress at the 28th China TV Golden Eagle Awards. Zhao was also nominated for Best Actress in a Television Series at the Magnolia Awards. The same year, she appeared in Best Get Going, a modern workplace drama, and Legend of Zu Mountain, a wuxia drama.

From 2016 to the present, mainstream recognition

Zhao starred as a sassy and haughty heiress in the 2016 action adventure drama The Mystic Nine. The series was a commercial success, with over ten billion views total. Zhao was named Best Actress at China's 3rd Hengdian Film and TV Festival for her performance. She was then cast as one of the two female leads, Bi Yao, in Noble Aspirations, a film based on Xiao Ding's popular novel Zhu Xian. The drama has received over 23 billion online views, the most for a Chinese drama at the time. Rookie Agent Rouge, Zhao's first war drama, was released the same year. According to VLinkage, Zhao's combined drama views have surpassed 110 billion as of December 2016, making him the Chinese actor with the most views at the time.

Zhao co-starred with Deng Chao and Eddie Peng in the Han Han-directed film Duckweed in 2017. The unexpected success was both commercial and critical. At the Beijing College Student Film Festival, she received her first film award, Favorite Actress. She then co-starred with Aaron Kwok in the revolutionary drama film Eternal Wave, about Communist Party (CPC) undercover agents operating in Shanghai in the 1930s against the Japanese. Zhao returned to television with the historical action drama Princess Agents, in which she played a slave girl who rose to become a powerful female general. Princess Agents was a commercial success both in the United States and abroad, and it held the record for the most watched Chinese television series at the time. Zhao was named to Forbes China's 30 Under 30 Asia 2017 list, which includes 30 influential people under the age of 30 who have made a significant impact in their fields.

Zhao appeared as the Women Country's Ruler in the fantasy adventure film The Monkey King 3 in 2018. Zhao then appeared in Daylight Entertainment's historical drama The Story of Minglan. In its final episodes, the drama received critical acclaim and topped television ratings by more than 2%. Zhao was nominated for a second time for Best Actress in a Television Series at the Magnolia Awards.

Zhao was cast as the female lead in the wuxia drama Legend of Fei, based on the novel You Fei by Priest, in 2019.

Other pursuits

Zhao was named Hebei's tourism ambassador in 2016. Zhao was appointed Vice President of Yi Xia Technology the following year.
In May 2017, Zhao unveiled her wax figure at Madame Tussauds Beijing. Zhao was appointed as a Dior brand ambassador in China the same year.

Zhao announced her partnership with Hesong Media in March 2019.

Private life

On Sina Weibo on October 16, 2018, Zhao announced her marriage to actor Feng Shaofeng. Zhao gave birth to a son on March 8, 2019.

Feng and Zhao announced their divorce on Sina Weibo on April 23, 2021, ending their two-year marriage. They have joint custody of their son.



YearEnglish titleChinese titleRole
2007Mudan Pavilion镖行天下之牡丹阁Xiao Hong
2008Ten Warriors in Mashi Mountain马石山十勇士Ying Zi
Love Killed Nine River Hall爱杀九河堂You Lan
2013Palace: Lock Sinensis宫锁沉香Liu Li
2015Crazy New Year’s Eve一路惊喜Li Nana
2016Royal Treasure极限挑战之皇家宝藏Princess Baihua
The Rise of a Tomboy女汉子完美恋人He Xiuwu
Days of Our Own我们的十年Zhang Jingyi
2017Duckweed乘风破浪Niu Aihua
Eternal Wave密战He Lanfang
2018The Monkey King 3西遊記之女兒國Ruler of Women's Country

Television series

YearEnglish titleChinese titleRoleNetwork
2006Century Endless Love世纪不了情Lin ShanshanCCTV
2007King of Nanyue Kingdom南越王Empress
Golden Marriage金婚Tong DuoduoCCTV
2008Spring Goes, Spring Comes春去春又回Ren Jie'erShandong TV
2009Love Tribulations锁清秋Wen YanShanghai Channel
The Firmament of The Pleiades苍穹之昴Ling'erBeijing TV
A Husband and Wife夫妻一场YingziShanghai Channel
2010Qiao Luo Gang锣鼓巷Li Qiuping (young)Nanning Channel
The Girl in Blue佳期如梦An AnHunan TV
The Dream of Red Mansions新红楼梦Xing XiuyanQTV
The Amateur Imperial Bodyguard大内低手Chen Xin'erNanning Channel
2011Goddess of Mercy新玉观音A JingBeijing Channel
New My Fair Princess新还珠格格Princess Qing'erHunan TV
Xia Yan's Autumn夏妍的秋天Tang XiaoranCCTV
2012Best Quality Men and Women极品男女日记Chu Yang
Palace II宫锁珠帘Tunggiya BaiheHunan TV
Cuo Dian Yuan Yang错点鸳鸯Su Huan'er / Yang YiliuJiangsu TV
2013Legend of Lu Zhen陆贞传奇Lu ZhenHunan TV
The Legend of Chasing Fish追鱼传奇Hong Ling
Ex我的极品是前任Liu LiSohu TV
2014Wife's Secret妻子的秘密Jiang BaiheHunan TV
Boss & Me杉杉来了Xue ShanshanJiangsu TV
The Romance of the Condor Heroes神雕侠侣Mu NianciHunan TV
2015The Journey of Flower花千骨Hua Qiangu
Best Get Going加油吧实习生Song NuanJiangsu TV
Love Yunge from the Desert大汉情缘之云中歌Bai HeHunan TV
Legend of Zu Mountain蜀山战纪之剑侠传奇Yu WuxiniQiyi
The Journey of Flower花千骨2015Hua Qiangu
2016Lucky Tianbao吉祥天宝Yang RuonanTencent
The Mystic Nine老九门Yin XinyueDragon TV
Noble Aspirations青云志Bi YaoHunan TV
Rookie Agent Rouge胭脂Lan YanzhiDragon TV, Zhejiang TV
Happy Mitan欢喜密探Bao Bei'erYouku
Noble Aspirations 2青云志2Bi YaoTencent
2017Princess Agents特工皇妃楚乔传Chu QiaoHunan TV
2018Our Glamorous Time你和我的倾城时光Lin QianDragon TV, Zhejiang TV
The Story of Minglan知否?知否?应是绿肥红瘦Sheng MinglanHunan TV
2020Legend of Fei有翡Zhou Fei
2021Who Is Murderer谁是凶手Shen YuiQiyi
2022The Story of Xing Fu幸福到万家Xing FuCCTV
Wild Bloom野蛮生长Xu BanxiaiQiyi

Short film

YearEnglish titleChinese title
2006Gui Zu Pian跪族篇
2017Who Love You The Most谁最爱你
Love of Jasmine茉莉之恋
Wang You Jiu Guan: Xiang Si Men忘忧酒馆-相思门
Wang You Jiu Guan: Wang You Zhen忘忧酒馆-忘忧镇
2018The Real Illusion幻狸录
Bobo Snap
Wang You Jiu Guan III忘忧酒馆3

Variety show

YearEnglish titleChinese titleRoleNetwork
2015Up Idol偶像来了Cast memberHunan TV
201772 Floors of Mystery七十二层奇楼
2020Chinese Restaurant 4中餐厅4

Music video appearances

YearSong titleSinger
2016To Love You ( 終生角色)Kenny Kwan



YearEnglish titleChinese titleAlbumNotes/Ref.
2013"Mood"心情Legend of Lu Zhen OSTwith Chen Xiao
2015"Not to Mention"不可说The Journey of Flower OSTwith Wallace Huo
"You're an Idol"你是偶像Up Idol theme songwith various artists
"Ten Years"十年Days of Our Own OSTRendition of Eason Chan's song
"Destruction in Chaos"乱世俱灭Legend of Zu Mountain OSTwith Xu Zhian
"I Have Never Existed"我从来不存在with Julia Yue
2016"Yearning"心念Rookie Agent Rouge OST
2017"Gaze"Princess Agents OSTwith Zhang Bichen
"Miss You"想你
with Kris Wu
2018"Don't You Know"知否知否The Story of Minglan OSTwith Feng Shaofeng

Awards and nominations

Major awards
YearAwardCategoryNominated workResult
201410th China Golden Eagle TV Art FestivalGolden Eagle GoddessWon
13th Huading AwardsBest New ActressLegend of Lu ZhenNominated
20156th Macau International Television FestivalBest ActressThe Journey of FlowerWon
201619th Huading AwardsBest Actress (Contemporary Drama)Best Get GoingNominated
Best Actress (Ancient Drama)The Journey of FlowerNominated
22nd Shanghai Television FestivalBest ActressNominated
28th China TV Golden Eagle AwardBest ActressWon
11th China Golden Eagle TV Art FestivalMost Popular ActressNominated
3rd Asia Rainbow TV AwardsBest Actress (Ancient Drama)Nominated
3rd Hengdian Film and TV Festival of ChinaBest ActressThe Mystic NineWon
201722nd Huading AwardsBest ActressNominated
24th Beijing College Student Film FestivalFavorite ActressDuckweedWon
8th Macau International Television FestivalBest ActressPrincess AgentsNominated
20189th China Film Director's Guild AwardsBest ActressDuckweedNominated
201925th Shanghai Television FestivalBest ActressThe Story of MinglanNominated
26th Huading AwardsBest Actress (Historical drama)Nominated
Golden Bud - The Fourth Network Film And Television FestivalBest ActressNominated
202030th China TV Golden Eagle AwardBest ActressNominated
Audience's Choice for ActressWon
2006Search Star GameWon
2009Chinese Creative Short Video AwardsMost Popular ActressWon
2013Youku Young Choice AwardsMost Popular Actress (Mainland China)Legend of Lu ZhenWon
4th LeTV Film & TV AwardsMost Popular Actress (TV)Won
4th China TV Drama AwardsBest New ActressWon
20143rd iQiyi All-Star CarnivalMost Popular ActressBoss & MeWon
6th China TV Drama AwardsMost Popular Actress (Mainland China)Won
2015Weibo Awards CeremonyWeibo GoddessWon
4th iQiyi All-Star CarnivalMost Popular ActressWon
Powerstar Award CeremonyMost Popular ActressWon
2nd The Actors of China Award CeremonyBest Actress (Emerald)The Journey of FlowerNominated
7th China TV Drama AwardsSpecial Contribution AwardWon
Actress with the Most Ratings AppealWon
2016Weibo Awards CeremonyMost Popular ActressWon
Weibo QueenWon
Tencent Star AppMost Popular ActressWon
Chengdu Economic Daily Readers' Reputation RankingTelevision Actress of the YearWon
Chinese Campus Art Glory FestivalMost Popular ActressWon
5th iQiyi All-Star CarnivalArtist of the YearThe Mystic NineWon
Baidu Moments Press ConferenceMost Commercially Valuable Female ArtistWon
10th Tencent Video Star AwardsMost Popular TV ActressNoble AspirationsWon
20172nd China Quality Television Drama CeremonyMost Talented ActressRookie Agent RougeWon
2nd Weibo Movie Awards CeremonyMost Anticipated Film PairingThe Monkey King 3Won
6th iQiyi All-Star CarnivalGoddess AwardWon
11th Tencent Video Star AwardsTelevision Actress of the YearPrincess AgentsWon
24th Cosmo Beauty CeremonyBeautiful Idol of the YearWon
20187th iQiyi All-Star CarnivalGoddess AwardWon
20196th The Actors of China Award CeremonyBest Actress (Emerald Category)The Story of MinglanNominated
Tencent Video All Star AwardsMost Commercially Valuable ArtistWon
VIP StarWon
2020Weibo Awards CeremonyInfluential Actor of the YearWon
China Literature Awards CeremonyActress of the YearWon

Forbes China Celebrity 100


Zhao Liying – Biography, Facts & Life Story

Body Measurements34-26-35 Inches
Height5 feet 5 inches (1.65 m)
Weight50 kg (110 lbs)
Waist26 inches
Hair ColorDark Brown
Eye ColorBlack
NicknameZanilia Zhao
Age35 years old (in 2023)
Date of BirthOctober 16, 1987
Full NameZhao Liying
ProfessionActress, Singer
BirthplaceLangfang, China
Zodiac SignLibra

Zhao Liying Education

Qualification: Langfang School of Electronic Information Engineering

Zhao Liying Career

Profession: Actress, Singer

Known For: Legend of Fei

Net Worth: $30 Million Approx

Family & Relatives

Brother: Zhao Jianfei

Marital Status: Single

Zhao Liying Favorites

Hobbies: Painting, Dancing

Favorite Destination: Germany

Favorite Food: Meat

Favorite Color: Purple

Favorite Pets: Cat

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