Hu Ge (胡歌) was born in Shanghai in 1982. He received his first training in performing arts in Little Stars Performing Arts School run by Shanghai Media Group (SMG). Hu Ge attended Shanghai Xiang Yang Elementary School (1989–94) and Shanghai No.2 High School (1994-2001), both known for their educational rigor.

In addition to excellent academic work, Hu Ge’s talents in a variety of extracurricular endeavors were also recognized. At age 14, Hu Ge started to host a popular TV show Sunshine Youth on Shanghai TV Education Channel[1] for three years. Meanwhile, he was also selected to host a program in East Radio Shanghai. Hu Ge began his acting career by appearing in TV commercials, which helped him gain financial independence before graduating from high school.

In 2001, Hu Ge was admitted to two prestigious art institutes in China: The Central Academy of Drama and Shanghai Theatre Academy. Hu Ge decided to attend the latter, particularly attracted by its strong major in acting.

His most renowned character is Mei Changsu in the 2015 television drama Nirvana in Fire, for which he received the Best Actor Award at the 22nd Magnolia Awards. Hu Ge is currently managed by Hu Ge Studio, contracted under Tangren Media.

Hu Ge was involved in a car accident on 29 August 2006 while travelling from Hengdian to Shanghai on the highway. He survived with severe injuries while his assistant died. Hu had to undergo surgery and the entire healing process took approximately one year. The filming of The Legend of the Condor Heroes, which he was working on then, was temporarily halted due to his injury, in addition to being unable to complete promoting his finished project The Young Warriors, with his fellow cast members. Hu Ge expresses how he felt of the incident through the performance of his single “Dare to Love” (去爱吧), and filmed a music video with his co-star from the two series and friend Cecilia Liu.

Soon after the accident, he also published a book Scavenger of Happiness (幸福的拾荒者), filled with his thoughts on the accident and post events, interesting childhood events, well wishes from good friends and previously unexposed pictures. This book documented in detail the process of how Hu Ge changed from a young idol with a smooth career path into an increasingly mature actor who could truthfully face life’s problems as a scavenger of happiness.

In October 2016, Hu snagged a double victory by claiming both the Viewers’ Choice award and the Most Popular Actor award at the 28th China TV Golden Eagle Award for Nirvana in Fire.

Early 2017, Hu announced that he will be departing temporarily from the film industry for the next two years, to seek further education.

Edited from Wikipedia

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