Crystal Liu Yifei BiographyLiu Yifei (刘亦菲) (born 25 August 1987, Chinese Year of the Rabbit), birth name An Feng (安风), legal name Liu Ximeizi (刘茜美子), is a Chinese actress, model and singer. She holds United States citizenship.
Liu was born in Tongji Hospital in Hubei and her birth name was "An Feng". She is an only child. Her father is An Shaokang (安少康), a 1st Secretary in the Chinese Embassy in France and a French language university professor, while her mother is Liu Xiaoli (刘晓莉), a dancer and a stage performer. Her parents divorced when she was 10 years old and she was raised solely by her mother. That same year, she adopted her mother's family name and changed her legal name to "Liu Ximeizi" and began modeling [other sources say Crystal began modeling at age 8], along with training in singing, dancing and playing the piano. Her godfather is Chen Jinfei (陈金飞), the Chairman of Beijing Tongchan Investment Group (北京通产投资集团).
When she was 11 years old, Liu and her mother moved to New York City, where she attended Louis Pasteur Middle School 67. She returned to China in 2002 to pursue an acting career and adopted the stage name "Liu Yifei" (刘亦菲). Several weeks later, Liu was accepted into the Performance Institute of Beijing Film Academy at the age of 15, and graduated in 2006.
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Crystal Liu Yifei (刘亦菲)Birthdate: August 25th, 1987
Birthplace: Wuhan, Hubei, China
Height: 5' 7"
Mother: Liu Xiaoli
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Acting careerImmediately after her admittance into the Beijing Film Academy, Liu received offers to star in various television series. Her debut appearance on television was in The Story of a Noble Family. Shortly after, she was chosen to play Wang Yuyan in Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils, an adaptation of Louis Cha's novel of the same title. Initially, Liu Tao was selected for the role of Wang Yuyan but it went to Liu Yifei eventually and Liu Tao was cast as A'zhu instead.
In 2005, Liu starred as Zhao Ling'er in Chinese Paladin, an adaptation of the action RPG The Legend of Sword and Fairy. The following year, she starred in The Return of the Condor Heroes, a television series adapted from Louis Cha's novel of the same title. After intense speculation on who would play Xiaolongnü, the role was finally offered to her. She was backed by Cha, who felt that she had all the necessary qualities to portray the young and innocent female protagonist. Although the television series she acted in were well-received, most of the films she starred in did poorly in terms of box office earnings.
In 2008, she co-starred with Jet Li and Jackie Chan in The Forbidden Kingdom, in which she played Golden Sparrow, an orphan seeking revenge against her parents' killer. In 2010, she starred in Love in Disguise with Leehom Wang.
Liu appeared in Jimmy Lin's music video of the song "I Am Still Waiting For You" (我还在等你) from his 2006 album Can't Stop Me (挡不住我). She previously co-starred with him in Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils and The Love Winner. Liu also attended one of Lin's concerts as a guest, and in turn, he appeared at her birthday party in 2005.
In conjunction with her acting career, Liu obtained a recording contract with Sony Music Entertainment Japan in August 2005. She has started studying singing and dancing in Japan since then. She released her first single Mayonaka no Doa with Sony Music on July 19, 2006. Mayonaka no Doa appeared on television as one of the ending themes to Demashita! Powerpuff Girls Z.
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- Crystal as Bai Xiuzhu in The Story of a Noble Family (金粉世家) (2002).
- Crystal as Wang Yuyan in Demi Gods & Semi Devils (天龙八部) (2003).
- Crystal as Jin Qiaoli in The Love Winner aka I Love How You Love Me (恋爱大赢家 or 喜欢你喜欢我) (2004).
- Crystal as Zhao Ling'er in Chinese Paladin (仙剑奇侠传) (2005).
- Crystal as Xiaolongnü in The Return of the Condor Heroes (神雕侠侣) (2006).
- Crystal singing and dancing her song Palpitations (心悸) (2006).
- Crystal as Golden Sparrow playing her pipa in The Forbidden Kingdom (功夫之王) (2008).
- Crystal at the premiere of The Forbidden Kingdom (2008).
- Wallpaper title consisting of Crystal's 2006 CD cover, with her signature added at upper left.
- Crystal making a TV show appearance in 2009.
- Crystal in an Aershan water ad which was the cover of International Advertising magazine, April, 2010.
- Crystal promoting A Chinese Ghost Story (倩女幽魂), in which she played Nie Xiaoqian (2011).
- Crystal on the cover of Cosmopolitan (October, 2012).
- Crystal at a Madame Figaro "Top Life" event (October 24, 2012).
- Crystal promoting The Four II (2013).
- Crystal as "Emotionless" (Shong Yayu) in The Four II (四大名捕2) (2013).
- Crystal while attending the Shanghai Int'l Film Festival, where she promoted Outcast & For Love or Money (2014).
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