Yang Ying (杨颖,born 28 February 1989), better known by her stage name Angelababy, is a Chinese-born Hong Kong model, actress, and singer. She is one of the New Four Dan Actresses in mainland China.

Yang was born in Shanghai, to a father from Hong Kong, who is of half Chinese and half German descent, and a Shanghainese mother from Shanghai. Her birth name is Yang Ying (Cantonese: Yeung Wing). Her father runs a fashion business in Shanghai.

Yang moved to Hong Kong when she was thirteen, and graduated from Notre Dame College. Although her English name is Angela, she was sometimes called “Baby” during her primary and secondary school years. When she started modelling, she combined these two names to Angelababy.

In June 2012, Angelababy signed on with Huayi Brothers and set up her own personal studio. She began to shift her career into mainland China.

In 2013, Angelababy was chosen as the one of the four Fadan actresses along with Liu Shishi, Yang Mi and Ni Ni.

The same year, she starred in Crimes of Passion, playing a policewoman, which garnered her a nomination as Best Actress at the China International Film Festival for her performance. She then played a supporting role as a beautiful courtesan in Tsui Hark’s crime action film Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon. The film was a box office hit and Angelababy won the Most Popular Actress award at the 21st Beijing College Student Film Festival.

Angelababy was listed as one of Forbes’ inaugural 30 under 30 Asian Celebrities under the film, music, television and sport category for the year 2016.

Angelababy had been dating Chinese actor Huang Xiaoming, who is 11 years her senior, for six years, but their relationship was not revealed to the public until February 2014. On 27 May 2015, they obtained their marriage certificate in Qingdao, China and their wedding banquet took place in Shanghai on 8 October 2015.The wedding banquet was reported to be one of the most lavish in China’s history with a reported estimate of US$31 million. In the same month, Angelababy sued a Ruili clinic for US$80,000 for referring to her as a recipient of plastic surgery. An examination she underwent at a Beijing hospital concluded that her face showed no signs of prior surgical work.


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