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Fan Bingbing (范冰冰) is a Chinese actress, television producer, and pop singer. She was born in Qingdao and studied at Shanghai Xie Jin Film and Television Art College and Shanghai Theater Academy. Fan rose to fame in East Asia in 1998–1999 with the mega-hit TV series My Fair Princess. In 2003, she starred in Cell Phone, which became the highest-grossing Chinese film of the year, and received critical acclaim at the Hundred Flowers Award. Since then, she has received awards from the Golden Horse Film Festival, Eurasia International Film Festival, Tokyo International Film Festival, Beijing College Student Film Festival and Huading Awards for films like The Matrimony (2007), Lost in Beijing (2007), Buddha Mountain (2011) and Double Xposure (2012).
In 2008, Fan started an arts school in Huairou, Beijing, and served as its principal, but the school was eventually run by her parents. She also became the leader of the acting team of West Movie Group's arts center. That year, her studio made its first television production, Rouge Snow (2008), adapted from the novel of the same name. After a six-year television hiatus, Fan appeared in The Empress of China. The Empress of China is the most expensive television series ever with a budget of over $49.53 billion USD. In 2015, Fan starred in Ever Since We Love and won Best Actress at the inaugural Berlin Chinese Film Festival for her role. Fan has also participated in many foreign-language films, such as the French film Stretch (2011), the Korean film My Way (2011) and the Hollywood blockbuster X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014).
Fan topped the Forbes China Celebrity 100 list in 2013, 2014 and 2015, after ranking in the top 10 every year since 2006. She is one of the highest-paid actresses in the world and has also been called a fashion icon due to frequent appearances on the red carpet, movie premieres, and fashion shows. Additionally, in 2017, Fan was named one of Time's 100 Most Influential People and served on the jury at the Cannes Film Festival.