Huang Xiaoming (黄晓明) (born 13 November 1977) is a Chinese actor, singer, and model. He first rose to fame when playing Emperor Wu of Han in Da Han Tian Zi in 2001 but became especially known for this performances in TV series such as in the role of 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.
In 2007, Huang signed a three-year 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. After leaving Huayi Brothers Huang founded his own company which is headed by CEO Huang Bin. The company is financing many projects while also focussing on other performing arts related services such as management and marketing.
Recent movies for Huang Xiaoming include The Last Tycoon (alongside Chow Yun-Fat), The Guillotines and An Inaccurate Memoir for which he won the Wan Xiang Award for Most Outstanding Actor in a Leading Role. 2013 sees many new projects released like the Box Office Number 1 movie American Dreams in China (May 2013), a movie with Zhang Ziyi (release date October 2013), a 3D action film "White Haired Witch" (release December 2013) and the TV Series "The Patriot Yue Fei" (starting on Chinese TV 4th July 2013).
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. Throughout his school career, Huang planned to become a scientist, 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 recall the person who had the greatest influence on him was a teacher named Cui Xinqin. Huang was also good friendship with Zhao Wei, and the three were known as the "Three Musketeers".
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). 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, but ended up going to Liu Yifei, who is ten years Huang's junior.
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 (2007).
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. He left the company in 2010 and has founded his own Huang Xiaoming Production Studio since. His production studio is headed by his manager: Huang Bin
(read his biography here: Huang Bin (Manager and MD of Huang Xiaoming Production Studio)
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. In 2011 Huang Xiaoming established his production studio: the film An Inaccurate Memoir <匹夫> was the studio’s first project (released in 2012).
In 2012, Huang filmed the 60-part series The Patriot Yue Fei which he also produced. TV Broadcasting is starting in March 2013.
In November 2012, Huang Xiaoming had a 3-meter fall after a wire accident on the set of White Haired Witch. Suffering a fracture in two toes and his left foot, Xiaoming had to sit in a wheelchair for weeks and only had his final operation in April 2013. The filming of White Haired Witch only finished in Spring 2013 after 5 grueling months of filming. A press conference was held on April 2nd, 2013 Fan Bingbing and Huang Xiaoming spoke about their filming experience in White Haired Witch.
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. 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. 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. In 2009, he was appointed as a UNICEF Ambassador and participated in a charity run that year. In 2010, Huang was awarded as one of the international well-known philanthropists.
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