Yang Yang (simplified Chinese: 杨洋; traditional Chinese: 楊洋, born 9 September 1991) is a Chinese actor. He made his acting debut in the Chinese television drama The Dream of Red Mansions (2010). Since then, he has received recognition for his roles in television dramas The Lost Tomb (2015), The Whirlwind Girl (2015), Love O2O (2016), Martial Universe (2018), The King's Avatar (2019) and films The Left Ear (2015), I Belonged to You (2016), Once Upon a Time (2017).
He was ranked fifth on the 2017 Forbes China Celebrity 100 list, and 27th in 2019.
At age 11, Yang was enrolled in the Department of Dance in People's Liberation Army Arts College in China. He also has studied at the Central Academy of Drama for a period of time.
In December 2007, he was chosen to play the lead role Jia Baoyu by director Li Shaohong in The Dream of Red Mansions. One of the most expensive Chinese TV series produced at RMB118 million (US$17.55 million), the 50-episode drama premiered on July 6, 2010.
In 2011, Yang featured in The Founding of a Party, a patriotic tribute detailing the process of establishing the Communist Party of China. He continued to build up his filmography, featuring in war dramas The War Doesn't Believe in Tears (2012) and Ultimate Conquest (2013), and romance series Flowers of Pinellia Ternata (2013).
On April 29, 2014, Yang ended his contract of 7 years with his company Rosat Entertainment.
2015–2016: Rising popularity and breakthrough
In 2015, Yang started to gain recognition for his performance in The Left Ear, a coming-of-age film which is also the directorial debut of Alec Su. The film was a box-office hit, and Yang received positive for his performance as Xu Yi. He then participated in travel-reality show Divas Hit the Road, which was a huge topic online when it aired and helped Yang top the "2015 Chinese Reality Show Star Ranking". He next starred in action-adventure web-drama The Lost Tomb based on the novel of the same name. The Lost Tomb was the most watched web drama of the year, and Yang gained acclaim from novel fans and audience for his portrayal of Zhang Qiling. Yang then played the male lead in youth sports drama The Whirlwind Girl, which gained one of the highest viewership ratings of the year. He also released his first single, "Tender Love". At the end of the year, Yang won several awards including the Most Popular TV Actor of the Year at iQiyi All-Star Carnival Night 2016; and the Most Anticipated Actor and Most Influential Actor awards at the China TV Drama Awards.
In 2016, Yang appeared in CCTV New Year's Gala for the first time, where his song item "Father and Son" alongside Tong Tiexin was voted the most popular program. He starred in youth romance drama Love O2O, based on Gu Man's novel of the same name. The drama was an international hit, and is the most viewed modern drama in China. Following the airing of Love O2O, Yang experienced a huge surge in popularity and successfully broke into the mainstream. To thank his fans, Yang released the song "Love is Crazy", a jazz/rock single. He next starred in romance film I Belonged to You, which was a huge success and broke the box-office sales record for mainland-produced romance films. He was named as one of the Top 10 Chinese celebrities with most commercial value by CBN Weekly.
2017–present: Continued success
In 2017, Yang starred alongside Liu Yifei in romantic fantasy film Once Upon a Time.
In 2018, Yang starred in the fantasy action drama Martial Universe. Forbes China listed Yang under their 30 Under 30 Asia 2017 list which consisted of 30 influential people under 30 years old who have had a substantial effect in their fields.
In 2019, Yang played the leading role Ye Xiu in the eSports drama The King's Avatar.
In 2020, Yang starred in disaster film Vanguard alongside Jackie Chan. The same year he is set to star in the military drama Glory of the Special Forces directed by Xu Jizhou.
In January 2016, Yang became the first artist to be featured on the China Post postage stamp.
On February 19, 2017, Yang had his wax figure of himself displayed at Madam Tussauds Shanghai. His second wax figure was displayed at Madame Tussauds Beijing on July 19, 2017.
|Year||English title||Chinese title||Album||Notes/Ref.|
|2011||"Dandelion"||蒲公英||Melody of Youth OST||with Zhou Mi, Ma Su, Jiang Mengjie & Su Qing|
|2015||"Fly with a Carefree Heart"||放心去飞||The Left Ear OST||with Oho Ou & Hu Xia|
|"Divas Hit the Road"||花儿与少年||Divas Hit the Road OST|
|2016||"Summer's Smooth Hair Dance"||夏日顺发舞||Promotional song for the shampoo brand Rejoice|
|"One Smile is very Beautiful"||微微一笑很倾城||Love O2O OST|
|"Love Is Crazy"||爱是一个疯字|
|"Sunshine in the Eyes"||瞳孔里的太阳||Promotional single for the 2016 World AIDS Day|
|"Father and Son"||父子||with Tong Tiexin|
|2017||“Three Lifetimes, Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms"||三生三世十里桃花||Once Upon a Time OST||with Liu Yifei|
|"Just Like IDOL"||就象是IDOL|
|"Power of Love"||爱的力量||Charity song for Sunshine Special Fund|
|2018||"My Spring Gala My Year"||我的春晚我的年||Performance for CCTV New Year's Gala|
Awards and nominations
|2009||4th BQ Celebrity Score Awards||Newcomer Award||N/A||Won|
|2010||The Mango TV Fan Festival||Best Couple||The Dream of Red Mansions||Won|
|2011||China Power Awards||Most Beautiful New Star||N/A||Won|
|Sohu Entertainment Award||New Face||Won|
|2015||Baidu Tieba Fans' Carnival||Best Trending Energy||Won|
|Bazaar Men of the Year Awards||Most Attractive Star of the Year||Won|
|Chinese Campus Art Glory Festival||Most Popular Actor||The Four||Won|
|4th iQiyi All-Star Carnival||Popular TV Actor Award||The Lost Tomb||Won|
|8th China TV Drama Awards||Most Talked About Actor||N/A||Won|
|Most Influential Actor in the Media||Won|
|2016||L'Officiel Night||Most Popular Actor||Won|
|Baidu Moments Press Conference||Most Commercially Valuable Male Artist||Won|
|13th Esquire Man At His Best Awards||Most Commercially Valuable Artist||Won|
|Sohu Fashion Awards||Most Popular Male Celebrity||Won|
|Youku Young Choice Awards||Artist of the Year||Won|
|2016 UC Headlines Figure||Won|
|2017||2nd China Television Drama Quality Ceremony||Most Popular Quality Actor||Love O2O||Won|
|Chinese Communist Youth League (CCYL)||May 4 Medal||N/A||Won|
|14th Esquire Man At His Best Awards||Man of the Year||Won|
|Artist of the Year||Won|
|11th Tencent Video Star Awards||VIP Star of the Year||Won|
|2018||12th Tencent Video Star Awards||Won|
|Youku Choice Awards||Most Valuable Star||Won|
|China Youth Day Gala||Outstanding Young Actor||Won|
|Chinese Communist Youth League (CCYL)||Outstanding Youth||Won|
|15th Esquire Man At His Best Awards||Outstanding Mainland Artist||Won|
|2019||China Entertainment Industry Summit
(Golden Pufferfish Awards)
|Most Commercially Valuable Artist||N/A||Won|
|Golden Bud - The Fourth Network Film And Television Festival||Best Actor||The King's Avatar||Nominated|
|China Newsweek||Person of the Year||N/A||Won|
|Tencent Video All Star Awards||VIP Star||N/A||Won|
|TV Actor of the Year||The King's Avatar||Won|