Xu Jing Lei Biography
Xu Jinglei (born April 16, 1974 in Beijing, China) is an actress and director most famous in Mainland China. Xu graduated from the Beijing Film Academy's prestigious Performance Institute in 1997. Along with Zhao Wei, Zhou Xun, and Zhang Ziyi, the mainland Chinese media considers her a member of the Four Young Dan actresses (Chinese: 四小花旦).
Although not well known outside of China, her domestic importance cannot be underestimated: in mid 2006, her Chinese language blog had the most incoming links of any blog in any language on the Internet, according to Technorati.
Xu Jinglei was raised up in a rather traditional Beijing family, she showed her artistic talent since young and at the age of 19 she was enrolled into the prestigious Beijing Film Academy.
She was given chance to act in a few TV series and movies even before she graduated from academy in 1997. Xu JingLei’s acting career didn’t boomed after her graduation, but she was given some chances to star in numerous TV dramas and movies, lots of the time not the leading role.
Xu breakthrough came in 2002 when she wrote and directed the movie “My Father and I” which won her multiple awards. Suddenly people see her not just as an actress, but a brilliant multi-talented young lady.
Xu become a superstar since then, but instead of rushing gold in her acting career, she went back to Beijing Film Academy as a guest lecturer. JingLei directed her 2nd movie in 2004 and acted in a few movies here and there.
There’s not much female movie makers in the East, perhaps not much in Hollywood as well. The rarity of successful female directors made Xu JingLei a precious gem in the Chinese movie industry.
Xu Jinglei turned a blogger in 2005 and very soon accumulated over 10 million viewers and she is currently the top celebrity blogger in China. It’s estimated that her blog visits exceeded 50 million in mid 2006.
She also started to expand her talents into singing, releasing her 1st album in late 2006.