Sun Li (actress)

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Sun Li
Born (1983-09-26) 26 September 1983 (age 37)
Shanghai, China
Alma materShanghai Oriental Culture College
OccupationActress, singer
Years active2001present
AgentHairun Media
Height1.64 m (5 ft 5 in)
(m. 2010)
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese 孫儷
Simplified Chinese 孙俪

Sun Li (Chinese :孙俪, born 26 September 1983), also known as Susan Sun, [note 1] is a Chinese actress. In 2018, she became the youngest Chinese actress to win the "Grand Slam", after winning the three biggest television awards, the Flying Apsaras Awards, Golden Eagle Awards and the Magnolia Awards. [1]



Sun first entered show business by participating in 2001's Star Search , held by Singapore's MediaCorp. [2] She reached the finals and earned the praise of judge Andy Lau. Following the competition, Sun joined Hairun Media as their first flagship artist.

In 2003, author and TV producer Hai Yan selected her for the female lead in the television series Goddess of Mercy. [3] Sun received overwhelmingly positive feedback from audiences for her portrayal of An Xin, and rose to fame in China as one of the most promising young actresses.[ citation needed ]

In 2006, Sun won the Best Newcomer award at the 28th Hundred Flowers Awards for her performance in Huo Yuanjia co-starring Jet Li. [4] [5] She then starred alongside Huang Xiaoming in Shanghai Bund (2007), a mainland remake of the 1980 television series The Bund . [6]

Sun starred in Gordon Chan's horror-adventure film Painted Skin (2008), and was nominated for the Best Supporting Actress award for her performance as a young and inexperienced demon hunter at numerous award ceremonies. [7] The same year, she starred in Gao Xixi's military-romance drama Tian Mi Mi. The series was chosen by the Chinese Radio & Television Association as one of the Top Ten television series of the year.

Sun then starred in Iron Road (2009), the second joint venture created under Canada/China co-production treaty established in the 1960s. [8] She plays a poor Chinese girl in search of her father who works at a railroad in North America, and challenged speaking in English for the film. For her performance, Sun was crowned Best Actress at the 2nd Roma FictionFest and the 25th Gemini Awards. [9] [10] The same year, Sun played the title character in the television series, Auntie Duohe, based on the novel of the same name by acclaimed writer Geling Yan. [11]

Sun gained widespread recognition by playing Zhen Huan in the critically acclaimed historical drama, Empresses in the Palace . She was nominated for an International Emmy Award in the Best Actress category for her role. [12] Praised for being one of the best historical dramas in China, the series garnered high ratings throughout its run and also sparked trends in dialogue quotes and plastic surgery. [13] The same year, she reunited with Painted Skin director Gordan Chan in Mural (also known as Painted Skin 2). [14] She also starred in martial arts film The Lost Bladesman alongside Donnie Yen and Jiang Wen . [15]

For her role as an independent mother in Hot Mom! (2013), [16] Sun won the Best Actress award at the 20th Shanghai Television Festival. [17] She also won the Most Popular Actress award at the 10th China Golden Eagle TV Arts Festival. [18]

In 2015, Sun played Queen Dowager Xuan, the first stateswoman in China, in historical drama The Legend of Mi Yue . [2] [19] The series was a commercial success, and recorded the highest ratings of the year. [20] Sun won her second Best Actress trophy at the 22nd Shanghai Television Festival. [21] The same year, Sun challenged her first comedy role in Devil and Angel , directed by her husband Deng Chao. [22]

In 2017, Sun played the lead character in the period drama Nothing Gold Can Stay, based on a real-life story of Zhou Ying, a budding businesswoman who takes on the responsibilities from her dead husband and starts rebuilding their business empire from scratch. [23] [24] For her performance in the role, Sun was awarded the Outstanding Actress award at the Flying Apsaras Awards. [25]

In 2018, Sun starred in Zhang Yimou's historical film, Shadow as the female lead. She was nominated in the Best Actress category at the Golden Rooster Awards for her performance. [26]

In 2019, Sun was cast in the drama I Will Find You a Better Home as a star property agent, and was nominated for the Best Actress award at the Shanghai Television Festival. [27]

Personal life

Sun and actor Deng Chao registered their marriage in 2010 and held an official wedding ceremony in 2011 when she was five months pregnant. They have two children, a son named Deng Han Zhi (born in November 2011) and a daughter named Deng Han Yi (born in May 2014). [28]

She has a half sister, Sun Yan, who is also an actress. Her sister is 19 years younger than Sun Li. [29]



2006 Fearless Yue Ci (Moon)
2008 Painted Skin Xia Bing
2009 Iron Road Little Tiger
Kung Fu Cyborg Zhou Shumei [30]
2010 Just Another Pandora's Box Rose [31]
2011 The Lost Bladesman Qilan
Mural Shao Yao
2014 Just Another Margin Jin Ling [32]
The Breakup Guru Herself Cameo [33]
2015 Devil and Angel Zha Xiaodao
2018 Shadow Xiao'ai

Television series

2001 Romance in the Rain Dancer
2003Goddess of MercyAn Xin
Yi Shuang Xiu Hua XieLin Ying [34]
2004A Ray of SunshineYi Aiyuan/Yi Chuanxia [35]
Hong Fen Shi JiaYao Zhi [36]
Crimson RomanceZhou Xiaobai [37]
2005Feng Yu Xi GuanXie Tianhui [38]
Days and a BureauZhu Wanqiu [39]
Happiness as FlowersDu Juan [40]
Emerald on the Roof Mo Jiaqi [41]
2007 Shanghai Bund Feng Chengcheng
Yi Shi Qing YuanJi Wen [42]
2008Tian Mi MiYe Qing [43]
2009Auntie DuoheDuo He
2011 The Legend of Zhen Huan Zhen Huan
2013Hot Mom!Xia Bing
2015 The Legend of Mi Yue Mi Yue
2017 Nothing Gold Can Stay Zhou Ying
2020 I Will Find You a Better Home Fang Sijin
2021The Ideal CitySu Xiao [44]



YearEnglish titleChinese titleLanguageNotes
2006Love is like the Air爱如空气 Mandarin [45]
2008A Little Dream小小的梦想
2010Beautiful Signal美俪暗号


YearEnglish titleChinese titleAlbumNotes
2003"Happier Than Me"比我幸福Goddess of Mercy OST
2006"Even If There is No Tomorrow"就算没有明天 Shanghai Bund OSTwith Huang Xiaoming
2007"The Moon Represents My Heart"月亮代表我的心Tian Mi Mi OSTwith Deng Chao
2009"Memory"记忆 Kungfu Cyborg OSTwith Alex Fong
2010"Slowly Be Happy"慢慢快乐N/Awith Mo Yan Lin
2011"Mural"画壁 Mural OSTwith Deng Chao
2013"A Stable Happiness"稳稳的幸福Hot Mom OSTwith Zhang Yi
"How Can You Bear to Hurt Me"你怎么舍得伤害我N/ACharity song; with Gigi Leung & Valen Hsu
2017"Can't Forget"忘不掉 Nothing Gold Can Stay OST

Awards and nominations

YearAwardCategoryNominated workResultRef.
200424th Flying Apsaras Awards Outstanding Actress Goddess of MercyNominated
22nd China TV Golden Eagle Award Audience's Choice for Actress Won [46]
Most Popular ActressWon
200514th Chunyan Awards Best ActressWon
200628th Hundred Flowers Awards Best Newcomer Fearless Won [5]
20072nd Hong Kong Film Directors' Guild AwardsBest NewcomerWon [47]
26th Hong Kong Film Awards Best New Performer Nominated
13th Shanghai Television Festival Best Actress Shanghai Bund Nominated
26th Flying Apsaras Awards Outstanding Actress Nominated
20082nd Roma FictionFestBest Actress Iron Road Won [9]
24th China TV Golden Eagle Award Audience's Choice for Actress Yi Shi Qing YuanNominated
200927th Flying Apsaras Awards 60th Anniversary Outstanding Contribution AwardN/AWon
28th Hong Kong Film Awards Best Supporting Actress Painted Skin Nominated
2nd Iron Elephant Film AwardsBest Supporting ActressNominated
27th Golden Rooster Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated
2010 30th Hundred Flowers Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated
25th Gemini Awards Best ActressIron RoadWon [10]
2011 3rd Macau International Movie Festival Best Actress The Lost Bladesman Nominated
201218th Shanghai Television Festival Best Actress Empresses in the Palace Nominated
3rd Macau International Television Festival Best ActressWon [48]
4th China TV Drama Awards Best ActressWon [49]
2013 41st International Emmy Awards Best ActressNominated [12]
20142nd Asia Rainbow TV Awards Best ActressWon [50]
20th Shanghai Television Festival Best Actress Hot Mom!Won [17]
13th Huading Awards Best ActressNominated
27th China TV Golden Eagle Award Audience's Choice for Actress Won [18]
10th China Golden Eagle TV Arts FestivalMost Popular ActressWon
201622nd Shanghai Television Festival Best Actress The Legend of Mi Yue Won [21]
3rd Asia Rainbow TV Awards Best Actress (Ancient Drama)Nominated
201831st Flying Apsaras Awards Outstanding Actress Nothing Gold Can Stay Won [25]
24th Shanghai Television Festival Best Actress Nominated [51]
29th China TV Golden Eagle Award Best Actress Nominated [52]
55th Golden Horse Film Festival and Awards Best Leading Actress Shadow Nominated [53]
202026th Shanghai Television Festival Best Actress I Will Find You a Better Home Nominated [54]
30th China TV Golden Eagle Award Best Actress Nominated [55]
Audience's Choice for ActressNominated
7th The Actors of China Award CeremonyBest Actress (Sapphire)N/APending [56]

Forbes China Celebrity 100

201322nd [57]
201430th [58]
20156th [59]
201713th [60]
201922nd [61]
202025th [62]


  1. There was earlier misreporting in US of her name as Betty, corrected by several news agencies in China, such as, HaiBao & Baidu

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