Liu Yifei (born 25 August 1987 in Wuhan), birth name An Feng (安风), legal name Liu Ximeizi (刘茜美子), also known as Crystal Liu, is a popular Chinese actress, model and singer. Said to be one of the most beautiful Chinese actresses, Liu is widely known as “Fairy Sister” in the entertainment industry for her sweet and delicate image. In 2009, she was named as one of the New Four Dan Actresses in China.
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 modelling, 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.
Immediately after her admittance into the Beijing Film Academy, Liu Yifei received offers to star in various television series. Her first television appearance was in The Story of a Noble Family, based on Zhang Henshui‘s novel of the same name. The series was broadcast on prime-time slots in 2003, and became the highest-rated show in CCTV.
After achieving success in television, Liu then ventured onto the big screen. In 2008, she starred in her first Hollywood production The Forbidden Kingdom, in which she played Golden Sparrow, an orphan seeking revenge against her parents’ killer.
In June 2015, to prepare for her role as a foreign student in the Chinese-French production Night Peacock, Liu started to learn the French language. The art film premiered at the Busan International Film Festival and was nominated in the Asian Film category. It was also nominated at the Montreal World Film Festival, where the film won the first prize at the Special Chinese Film Festival.