Huang Xiaoming (黄晓明, born 13 November 1977) is a Chinese actor, singer, and model. He graduated from the Performance Institute of the Beijing Film Academy in 2000. Huang first rose to prominence in 2001 for playing Emperor Wu of Han in the television series The Prince of Han Dynasty. In 2007, Huang signed a contract with Huayi Brothers and began focusing on his film career, appearing in films like The Sniper (2009), The Message(2010), and Sacrifice (2010). He returned to television in 2013, portraying the national hero Yue Fei in The Patriot Yue Fei.

Huang is best known for his roles in television as Yang Guo in The Return of the Condor Heroes (2006), Xu Wenqiang in Shanghai Bund (2007), Luo Xi in Summer’s Desire (2010) and Zuo Zhen in Cruel Romance (2015); as well as his roles in films American Dreams in China (2013) and Xuanzang (2016).

Huang was born in Qingdao, Shandong and is an only child. His father was an engineer while his mother was an accountant. At age nine, he was selected by a film studio to play the child protagonist in a movie. Throughout his school life, Huang planned to become a scientist, but his language teacher encouraged him to apply to the Beijing Film Academy, which infrequently came to Qingdao to recruit students. A week before his entrance examination, his foot was ran over and crushed by a jeep; luckily, the injury was not serious because he was wearing army boots. While studying at the Beijing Film Academy, Huang recalls the person who had the greatest influence on him, a teacher named Cui Xinqin. He was close friends and classmates with Zhao Wei and Chen Kun; the trio was known as the “Three Musketeers”.

In 1984, Huang was initially chosen by a producer to star in a drama as a child actor, but was dropped later because of his shy and introverted personality. In 1996, Huang auditioned for Beijing Film Academy and joined in the same year. He later debuted in the 1998 drama Love is Not a Game.

Huang began to gain attention when he was chosen to replace Lu Yi for the leading role in The Prince of Han Dynasty, which earned high ratings. He later starred in all three installments of the series from 2001 to 2005, and went from an unknown newbie to a front-line actor. He also played Tang Bohu in the drama Merry Wanderer Tang Bohu (2003), for which he won the Outstanding Actor award at the 14th Zhejiang TV Peony Award for his performance; and Xiao Jian in My Fair Princess III (2003).

Huang was chosen to play Yang Guo, the leading role in the 2006 television adaptation of Jin Yong’s The Return of the Condor Heroes. Director Zhang Jizhong selected him over acclaimed actors Nie Yuan and Huang Jue to play the highly fought-over role.

Huang’s most controversial and difficult, but most critically acclaimed role was in Shanghai Bund (2007), a remake of the 1980 Hong Kong television series The Bund, which starred Chow Yun-fat. Because Chow was his idol, he felt nervous, excited, and pressured about portraying the same role his idol had. In order to play Xu Wenqiang, he had to learn to smoke, and went through several packs a day. The series reported high audience ratings was voted as the most popular TV series in a survey on popular web portal For the role, Huang received Best Actor nominations at the 13th Shanghai Television Festival.

After achieving success in television, Huang decided to focus his career on the big screen. He challenged the role of a Japanese spy in espoinage thriller The Message, and won the Students’ Choice Award for Favorite Actor at the Beijing College Student Film Festival. He also starred in the Hong Kong action film The Sniper (2009), martial arts film Ip Man 2 (2010) and the historical epic Sacrifice (2010) directed by Chen Kaige.

Huang made a comeback to television with Taiwanese idol drama Summer’s Desire (2011), based on the novel of the same name by Ming Xiaoxi. Although originally slated to play Ou Chen, Huang asked if he could play Luo Xi instead. Huang later admitted that he lowered his acting fee in order to participate in this series.

Huang then took part in the production of An Inaccurate Memoir (2012), where he also starred as the male lead. His performance as a bandit leader who can’t see further than making money from plunder and kidnapping won him the Best Actor award at the 4th China Image Film Festival. Huang also starred in martial arts epic The Guillotines and played the younger version of Chow Yun-fat’s character in The Last Tycoon.

The same year, Huang was selected as the ambassador of the Changchun Film Festival. He also became the first mainland actor to have his wax figure displayed in Hong Kong’s Madam Tussauds museum.

Huang starred in the film American Dreams in China (2013) by Peter Chan. The success of the film brought a new impetus into Huang’s career, and won him the Best Actor award at the 29th Golden Rooster Awards, 15th Huabiao Awards, 12th Changchun Film Festival and 32nd Hundred Flowers Awards. The same year Huang starred in another television project, playing the titular hero in the historical drama The Patriot Yue Fei.

Huang next starred in John Woo’s The Crossing (2014). Set in 1930s Shanghai, the romantic epic is based on the true story of the Taiping steamer collision and follows six characters and their intertwining love stories; Huang plays a successful general who romances a wealthy debutante (played by Korean actress Song Hye-kyo). Another romance film followed; where Huang starred next to Fan Bingbing in The White Haired Witch of Lunar Kingdom, adapted from Baifa Monü Zhuan.

Huang returned to TV in the period romance drama, Cruel Romance (2015). The series was commercially successful, and recorded high ratings. The same year, Huang starred alongside long-time friend Zhao Wei in the action comedy film Hollywood Adventures.They became the first actors to be honored at Hollywood’s TCL Chinese Theatre.

Huang then played Xuanzang in the historical epic of the same name in 2016, which tells the story of the monk’s pilgrimage journey alone to India seeking Buddhist scriptures during the Tang Dynasty. The film was selected as China’s entry for the Oscars under the Best Foreign Language Film category. Huang won several Best Actor trophies for his performance in the film.

On Feb 28th, 2014, Huang announced his relationship with Angelababy. They registered their marriage with Qingdao Civil Affairs Authority on May 27, 2015 and on October of the same year, they had their wedding at Shanghai Exhibition Centre. On their 1st year anniversary, Huang announced Angelababy’s pregnancy on Weibo. Their son was born on the 17 January 2017 in Hong Kong.

Huang is a friend of Zhao Wei, and he had told the media that while studying at the Beijing Film Academy, he had a big crush on her. They had remained close friends since then. In 2013, Huang showed up on crutches to help promote Zhao’s directorial debut So Young. He described his friendship with Zhao as a fourth type of love – “Everyone needs a soulmate and I am lucky to have met mine in Zhao Wei”.

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Top Actor in Spotlight Over Trading Account Used for Stock Manipulation

Huang Xiaoming, half of China’s top celebrity power couple, has been caught up in a scandal over stock manipulation, the latest star to hit the headlines for the wrong reasons.

Although there is no evidence that Huang was involved in the pump-and-dump scheme revealed by the stock market regulator in July, it has emerged that one of the 16 accounts used to trade and manipulate prices belonged to him. The news has lit up the gossip pages of the internet and once again put the spotlight on the financial activities and wealth of the country’s celebrities.

Heartthrob Huang, 40, who is married to actress and model Angelababy, 29, has not made any public comment on the issue, but his studio put out a statement on Saturday(link in Chinese) denying that Gao Yong, the trader behind the racket, was an acquaintance. It also said that Huang was not involved in any stock manipulation or any investigations related to the case.

Sources close to the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC), who declined to be identified, told Caixin that Huang would not face punishment from the watchdog as he was not directly involved in the scheme.

Huang ranked 16th on the Forbes China Celebrity 100 list in 2017, with earnings estimated at 170 million yuan ($24.7 million), while his wife was in eighth place, with an estimated income of 200 million yuan.

Pump and dump

Huang’s connection to the scandal came to light in July when the CSRC issued astatement (link in Chinese) about the findings of its investigation into stock manipulation of Shenzhen-listed Jinghua Pharmaceutical Group Co. Ltd. from January to June 2015. The watchdog slapped a fine of 1.79 billion yuan on a man named Gao Yong for masterminding the scheme, which involved driving up the price of the stock and then selling it, a process known as “pump and dump.”

The CSRC said Gao, who made a profit of 897 million yuan, conducted the manipulation through 16 stock trading accounts which were not in his name but which he controlled. One of the accounts belonged to an individual surname Huang, the CSRC said.

Caixin has confirmed that the account was held by Huang Xiaoming, and was mainly used by his mother, Zhang Suxia, before she allowed Gao to use it for trading. The statement issued by Huang’s studio did not comment on whether he was the person referred to in the CSRC statement or whether the account was used by his mother.

Although lending stock accounts to other traders contravenes the spirit of the country’s Securities Law, which specifies that any trading should be based on a real-name system, such behavior is common practice in China, said Tang Xin, a professor at Tsinghua University’s law school.

Under current securities regulations, account holders are not liable for the actions of those who use their accounts. A source close to the CSRC told Caixin that Huang and his mother would not be held responsible if they were unaware of the trading being conducted through the account.

Gao Yong had built a name for himself as a veteran stock market investor. He was a trader at a Beijing-based investment consulting firm back in 2010 and gained attention after he won a local stock investment competition sponsored by the Shenzhen Economic Daily, earning an 80.9% return in 55 trading days.

He gave seminars on securities investment at Renmin University in Beijing in 2011 where he met up with Lu Lei, a private equity fund manager who later introduced Huang’s mother to Gao, Caixin’s own investigations show.

Gao and Lu set up a firm called City Moat Investment Development Center Co. Ltd. in September 2012, mainly making investments in the private equity market and the stock market, registration filings show. Lu owned 65% of the company, while Gao, the third-largest shareholder, held 10%.

Stars under spotlight

Interest in the financial dealings and wealth of China’s celebrities has mushroomed over the last few years as their incomes have surged. Actors and actresses have been caught up in stock market scandals and, most recently, in allegations of tax evasion.

Billionaire actress and director Zhao Wei, Huang’s classmate during his days at the School of Performing Arts under the Beijing Film Academy, was banned from the securities market for five years in 2017 for misleading the market and investors over her company’s botched acquisition of animation studio Zhejiang Wanjia.

Actress Fan Bingbing, who has topped the Forbes China Celebrity 100 list for the last four years, was ensnared in a tax evasion scandal earlier this year when popular former TV presenter Cui Yongyuan posted contracts on the Internet allegedly showing she had received a hidden payment of 50 million yuan for starring in a film in addition to her main taxable fee of 10 million yuan. Fan denied the allegations but the tax authorities launched an investigation into celebrities’ use of business contracts to evade taxes.

By Liu Caiping and Leng Cheng

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