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Taiwanese-Canadian actor Mark Chao had his first big break in 2009 in the Taiwanese crime drama Black & White, earning Best Actor at the Golden Bell Awards for his standout turn as a tough-as-nails cop Wu Yingxiong. After that, he transitioned to big-screen stardom in the box-office smash gangster flick Monga (2010), only to follow up with leading man roles in romances like Love (2012) with Shu Qi, First Time with Angelababy, and So Young (2013). He met his wife, Gao Yuanyuan, on the set of Caught in the Web, a role that would win him Best Actor in the Hong Kong and Taiwan categories at the Huabiao Awards.
Chao reprised his role as Wu Yingxiong in both a Black & White prequel and sequel; in between those films, he starred in yet another prequel as yet another detective --this time, as renowned chancellor Tang Dynasty Di Renjie in the historical epic Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon, previously portrayed by Andy Lau.
He then starred as tomb raider Hu Bayi in Chronicles of the Ghostly Tribe, adapted from the series of novels Ghost Blows Out The Light. In 2016, he made his English-language debut in the Chinese-French co-production The Warriors Gate.
In 2017, he returned to television to give a multi-layered performance as the protagonist in the wuxia fantasy-romance Eternal Love (AKA Three Lives Three Worlds, Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms) opposite Yang Mi.