Zhou Dongyu Wiki, Age, Biography, Height, Boyfriend, Family, Images, And More

Zhou Dongyu Wiki, Age, Biography, Height, Boyfriend, Family, Images, And More

Zhou Dongyu (Chinese: ) is a Chinese actress best known for her role in Zhang Yimou's film Under the Hawthorn Tree. She was also named one of the "Four Dan actresses of the Post-90s Generation" by Southern Metropolis Daily, alongside Zheng Shuang, Guan Xiaotong, and Yang Zi. With her performance in Soul Mate, she won the Golden Horse Award for Best Leading Actress in 2016. With her performance in Better Days, she won the Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actress and the Golden Rooster Award for Best Actress in 2020.

In 2017, Zhou was ranked 71st on Forbes China Celebrity 100, 7th in 2019, and 3rd in 2020.

Childhood and education

Zhou was born into an ordinary working family in Shijiazhuang, Hebei. Her father died in a car accident when she was in third grade, and her mother later remarried. She began gymnastics as a child and joined the Shijiazhuang gymnastics team when she was 12 years old. She attended Shijiazhuang No. 27 Middle School Class 9 in 2004 and Shijiazhuang No. 12 Middle School Class 7 in 2007.

2010-2015: Increasing recognition

Despite having no acting experience prior to taking on the role, Zhang Yimou chose Zhou to star in his film Under the Hawthorn Tree in 2010. She rose to prominence as a result of her role in the film, and she received several awards, including Best Actress at the 56th Valladolid International Film Spain Festival, Outstanding New Actress at the 14th Huabiao Award, and Best New Performer at the 20th Shanghai Film Critics Awards.

In 2011, she appeared in Barbara Wong's romance film The Allure of Tears, as Yang Kaihui, the wife of political leader Mao Zedong, and in the war film The Road Of Exploring, as Yang Kaihui.

In 2013, she starred in the historical romance film The Palace, the fourth installment of Yu Zheng's Gong series. "Zhou holds the screen very well, turning an initially daft personality into an angsty but stoical heroine," Variety said of her performance.

She co-starred in the 2014 youth romance film My Old Classmate with Lin Gengxin. The film was a box office success in China, and Zhou was praised for her "acting breakthrough." She appeared in the comedy Breakup Buddies the same year. Zhou, in contrast to her usual pure and fresh image, challenged the role of a "Smart" in the film. In China, Breakup Buddies became one of the highest-grossing films of all time.

In 2015, she co-starred in the suspense film The Unbearable Lightness of Inspector Fan with Ethan Juan and the youth drama The Ark of Mr. Chow with Sun Honglei.

2016–present: acclaim from the critics

In June 2017, Zhou Dongyu (right) was named "Queen of Weibo Movie Night."

Zhou made a breakthrough with her performance in Soul Mate, a film based on Anni Baobei's novel of the same name. Zhou and her Soul Mate co-star Sandra Ma won Best Actress at the 53rd Golden Horse Awards, and she also won Best Actress at the 28th Hong Kong Film Critics Society Award. She won Best Actress at the 8th Macau International Film Festival the same year for her performance in the South Korean-Chinese romance film Never Said Goodbye. Zhou also appeared in her first television series, Sparrow, a spy war drama. With a peak rating of 2.46 and 11 billion online views, the series was commercially successful and became the highest rated war drama to date. Both the audience and the director praised Zhou for successfully tackling a difficult role.

In 2017, Zhou co-starred in the romantic comedy This Is Not What I Expected with Takeshi Kaneshiro. The film made more than 100 million yuan and received an 8.9 out of 10 rating on Maoyan. Zhou was dubbed the "representative of Chinese chick flicks" following the success of Soul Mate. The same year, she co-starred with Zhang Yishan in the coming-of-age romance drama Shall I Compare You to a Spring Day, and she appeared in Tsui Hark's science fiction wuxia film The Thousand Faces of Dunjia.

Zhou co-starred in Rene Liu's romance film Us and Them with Jing Boran in 2018. It was a huge success in China, grossing $191 million in its first two weekends.

Zhou appeared in the 2019 youth film Better Days, directed by Soul Mate's Derek Tsang and dealing with school bullying. The film was a box office success and received positive reviews. Zhou's performance earned her the Best Actress award at the 39th Hong Kong Film Awards. The same year, she appeared in the drama film On The Balcony, which she also co-produced. In 2019, Zhou was ranked seventh on Forbes China Celebrity 100, the highest for female celebrities.

Zhou appeared in the series Ancient Love Poetry alongside Xu Kai in 2021.

Zhou Dongyu was born in the Hebei province of Shijiazhuang.

Zhou received his diploma from the Beijing Film Academy.

She apologized in Mandarin for not speaking English at the 2010 Hawaii International Film Festival (unlike her co-star Shawn Dou who interpreted for her). She was able to speak in fluent English at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, however.

Political opinions

Zhou's contract with Burberry as a brand ambassador was terminated in March 2021 after the company announced that it would no longer purchase cotton from the Chinese autonomous region of Xinjiang due to concerns about forced labor of Uyghurs. Other Chinese celebrities imitated her actions.



YearEnglish titleChinese titleRoleNotes
2010Under the Hawthorn Tree山楂树之恋Jing Qiu
2011The Road of Exploring湘江北去Yang KaihuiGuest appearance
The Allure of Tears倾城之泪Geilimei
2013The Palace宫锁沉香Chen Xiang
2014My Old Classmate同桌的妳Zhou Xiaozhi
Breakup Buddies心花路放Zhou Lijuan
2015The Unbearable Lightness of Inspector Fan暴走神探Hui Lan
The Ark of Mr. Chow少年班Zhou Lan
2016Everybody's Fine一切都好Girl stopping the busCameo
The New Year's Eve of Old Lee过年好Doa YaziCameo
Run for Love奔爱Bai QieziSegment: "Stolen Heart"
Lost in White冰河追凶Zhou Xinyi
Never Said Goodbye謊言西西里Gu Xiaoyou
Soul Mate七月与安生Li Ansheng
2017A Nail Clipper Romance指甲刀人魔Emily
This Is Not What I Expected喜欢你Gu Shengnan
The Founding of an Army建军大业Fan GuixiaCameo
City of Rock缝纫机乐队LiliGuest appearance
The Thousand Faces of Dunjia奇门遁甲Xiao Yuan
2018Us and Them后来的我们Xiao Xiao
Animal World动物世界Liu QingSpecial appearance
Goddesses in the Flames of War那些女人Xiao YuGuest appearance
Kung Fu Monster武林怪兽Xiong JiaojiaoSpecial appearance
2019On The Balcony阳台上Lu ShanshanSpecial appearance; also producer
My People, My Country我和我的祖国NurseSegment: "Passing by"
Better Days少年的你Chen Nian
Youthful China in the Headlines头条里的青春中国ReporterShort film
2021A Fangirl's Romance迷妹罗曼史Gao BeiGuest appearance
The Year of the Everlasting Storm永恒风暴之年Segment: "The Break Away"
Embrace Again穿过寒冬拥抱你Xia XiaoSpecial appearance
2023Born to Fly长空之王Shen TianranSpecial appearance
TBAUnder the Light坚如磐石Li Huilin
TBAMoses on the Plains平原上的摩西Li Fei

Television series

YearEnglish titleChinese titleRoleNotes
2016Sparrow麻雀Xu Bicheng
2017Love & Life & Lie遇见爱情的利先生Liu Xintong
Mo Du Feng Yun魔都风云Xiao Yao
Shall I Compare You to a Spring Day春风十里,不如你Xiao HongAlso co-producer
2019Behind The Scenes幕后之王Bu Xiaogu
2020New World新世界Jia XiaoduoCameo
2021Ancient Love Poetry千古玦尘Shang Gu / Hou Chi

Variety show

YearEnglish titleChinese titleRole
2016We Are In Love我们相爱吧Cast member
2017Chinese Restaurant中餐厅
2018I Actor演员的品格Mentor
2019The Protectors小小的追球Cast member



YearEnglish titleChinese titleAlbumNotes
2016"Little Windchime"小风铃Mr. Nian OST
"Imperfect Girl"不完美女孩
Promotional song for We Are In Love
2017"If I Love You"如果我爱你Shall I Compare You to a Spring Day OSTwith Zhang Yishan
2018"Strong Country Generation I Am Here"强国一代有我在
Promotional song for CCYL
2019"China Happy Events"中国喜事
Performance for CCTV Spring Gala with Phoenix LegendWallace ChungDilraba Dilmurat, & Lay Zhang
"My Motherland and I"我和我的祖国
For People's Republic of China's 70th anniversary
Wei DaxunMa TianyuGuan XiaotongXu Weizhou & Ju Jingyi
"My Motherland and I"我和我的祖国My People My Country OSTwith Chen FeiyuLiu HaoranOu Hao & Zhu Yilong
"Starry Sea"星辰大海
For China Movie Channel Young Actors Project
with 31 other actors
2020"Hello 2020"你好2020
Performance for CCTV Spring Gala
Li XianLi QinMa Sichun & Zhu Yilong

Awards and nominations

YearAwardsCategoryNominated workResult
201123rd Harbin Ice and Snow Film FestivalMost Commercially Valuable NewcomerUnder the Hawthorn TreeWon
5th Asian Film AwardsBest NewcomerNominated
20th Shanghai Film Critics AwardsBest NewcomerWon
14th Huabiao AwardsOutstanding New ActressWon
56th Valladolid International Film FestivalBest ActressWon
20156th China Film Director's Guild AwardsMy Old ClassmateNominated
15th Chinese Film Media AwardsMost Anticipated ActressWon
20168th Macau International Movie FestivalBest ActressNever Say GoodbyeWon
53rd Golden Horse AwardsBest Actress (with Ma Sichun)Soul MateWon
201723rd Hong Kong Film Critics Society AwardBest ActressWon
1st Malaysia International Film FestivalNominated
24th Beijing College Student Film FestivalNominated
8th China Film Director's Guild AwardsNominated
2nd Brics Film FestivalWon
17th Chinese Film Media AwardsWon
2nd Golden Screen AwardsWon
36th Hong Kong Film AwardsBest ActressNominated
31st Golden Rooster AwardsBest ActressNominated
22nd Huading AwardsBest Actress (Revolutionary-Era Drama)SparrowNominated
8th Macau International Television FestivalBest ActressShall I Compare You to a Spring DayNominated
14th Guangzhou Student Film FestivalMost Popular ActressThis Is Not What I ExpectedWon
201812th Asian Film AwardsBest ActressNominated
9th China Film Director's Guild AwardsBest ActressWon
34th Hundred Flowers AwardsBest ActressSoul MateNominated
18th Chinese Film Media AwardsMost Popular ActressUs and ThemWon
12th Tencent Video Star AwardsMost Popular Film ActressWon
201910th China Film Director's Guild AwardsBest ActressNominated
32nd Golden Rooster AwardsBest ActressNominated
6th The Actors of China Award CeremonyBest Actress (Emerald Category)Behind The ScenesNominated
Golden Bud - The Fourth Network Film And Television FestivalBest ActressNominated
Cosmo Glam NightPerson of The Year (Dream)Won
4th Macao Film Festival AwardsBest ActressBetter DaysWon
Tencent Entertainment White PaperFilm Actress of the YearWon
Jinri Toutiao Awards CeremonyBrand Value Star of the YearWon
2020Weibo Awards CeremonyInfluential Actor of the YearWon
26th Hong Kong Film Critics Society AwardsBest ActressBetter DaysNominated
31st Hong Kong Film Directors' Guild AwardsWon
39th Hong Kong Film AwardsBest ActressWon
11th China Film Director's Guild AwardsActress of the YearWon
27th Huading AwardsBest ActressNominated
35th Hundred Flowers AwardsWon
14th Asian Film AwardsWon
33rd Golden Rooster AwardsBest ActressWon

Forbes China Celebrity 100


Zhou Dongyu – Biography, Facts & Life Story

Body Measurements32-24-34 inches
Height5 feet 3 inches (1.6 m)
Weight46 kg (102 lbs)
Waist24 inches
Hair ColorBlack
Eye ColorBlack
Shoe Size7 (US)
Dress Size4 (US)
Age31 years old (in 2023)
Date of BirthJanuary 31, 1992
Full NameZhou Dongyu
BirthplaceShijiazhuang, China
Zodiac SignAquarius

Zhou Dongyu Education

Qualification: Beijing Film Academy

Zhou Dongyu Career

Profession: Actress

Known For: Better Days (film)

Net Worth: $1.4 Million Approx

Zhou Dongyu Favorites

Hobbies: Dancing, Photoshoot, Painting

Favorite Destination: Germany

Favorite Food: Chicken

Favorite Color: Red, Pink

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