Zhao Wei (born 12 March 1976), also known as Vicki Zhao, is a Chinese actress, film director, producer and pop singer. She is considered one of the most popular actresses in China and Chinese-speaking regions.
While studying at the Beijing Film Academy, Zhao rose to national and regional prominence overnight for her role as Xiao Yanzi (“Little Swallow”) in the hit TV series My Fair Princess (1998–1999), for which she also won Golden Eagle Award for Best Actress. My Fair Princess enjoyed unprecedented success in East and Southeast countries, and Zhao is regarded by many as Mainland China’s first “national idol” since the economic reform began in 1978.
Born and brought up in Wuhu, Anhui, Zhao is the second child to Zhao Jiahai (赵家海), an engineer, and Wei Qiying (魏启颖), a primary school teacher.
Chinese actor Huang Xiaoming publicly acknowledged that he had crush over Zhao Wei when he and she both attended the Beijing Film Academy. Zhao rejected his courtship because she felt he was not mature enough. The two remain as close friends and has collaborated in the movie Hollywood Adventures, a joint Hollywood-Chinese production.
After two known relationships, Zhao Wei married Chinese businessman Huang Youlong in 2008 in Singapore. The couple’s daughter, was born in April 2010.
Zhao is a well-known wine lover and has a passion for winemaking. On 21 December 2011, French newspaper Sud-Ouest reported that Zhao had bought Chateau Monlot at 4 million euro. Then Zhao bought St-Emilion Grand Cru.
Alongside her acting career, Zhao has become actively involved in commercial work. In 2001, she was selected as one of “China’s Top Ten Most Popular Commercial Models”, the culmination of her work for Red Earth and Amoisonic Mobile Phone. The same year, Zhao was ranked second on “China’s Top 10 Artists for Advertisements” list. South Korean television network KBS ranked Zhao number one in China and Japan and number two in South Korea, crowning her “Commercial Queen in 3 countries.”
On several occasions, Zhao has also been praised by the media for her sense of style. At the Lycra Channel Young Awards (now known as the China Fashion Awards), Zhao was chosen as the “Most Stylish Actress” in mainland China.The same year, MTV China also selected Zhao as the “Most Stylish Asian Actress.” Zhao also garnered another fashion award at the 2004 Pierre Cardin Awards. Zhao was awarded the “Most Stylish Female Artist” and “Most Stylish Actor” at the China Fashion Award (CFA) in 2005. In 2007, Zhao won her the third “Most Stylish Actor” in China Fashion Awards. The same year, she won “Most Stylish Female Artist” at the MTV China Style Gala.
As of 18 April 2011, Zhao is climbing up the ranks of the most followed microbloggers worldwide. Her fan count has exceeded six million, bringing her ever closer to American celebrities Ellen DeGeneres, Ashton Kutcher and Katy Perry, all of whom also recently surpassed the six million fan mark.
Wei and her husband purchased Alibaba Pictures in 2014, leading to tens of millions of dollars in gains over the next two years. Near the end of 2016, her Longwei Culture & Media purchased control of Zhejiang People Culture, is a Chinese animation studio and mobile gaming company listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange, for CN¥3 billion.