Top 10 Highest Paid Chinese Actresses

Actresses are an essential key role for success of movies and TV series. These beautiful actresses also get high pay for their performance. Here are top 10 highest paid Chinese actresses.

1. Zhang Ziyi – 120 million Yuan 

Zhang Ziyi

Ziyi Zhang is a famous Chinese film actress.  She achieved fame in the Western World for her leading roles in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000).

2. Maggie Cheung – 110 million Yuan

Maggie Cheung is a famous Hong Kong actress. She has over 70 films since starting her career in 1983. Her famous works include Center Stage, Comrades: Almost a Love Story and In the Mood for Love.  She is the first Asian actress to win a prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

3. Gong Li – 90 million Yuan

Gong Li

Gong Li came into international prominence through movies directed by Zhang Yimou. She was credited to bring Chinese movies to Europe and the United States.

4. Carina Lau – 90 million Yuan

Carina Lau was especially notable in the 1980s for her girl-next-door type roles in films. Lau and Tony Leung Chiu-Wai  got married in 2008.

5. Cecilia Cheung – 75 million Yuan

Cecilia Cheung is the ex-wife of Nicholas Tse. She first became famous through Stephen Chow`s films. Cheung was also involved in the 2008 Edison Chen photo scandal.

6. Zhao Wei – 56 million Yuan

Zhao Wei, also known as Vicki Zhao, rose to fame after portraying Xiaoyanzi in Chinese television series Princess Pearl.

7. Ruby Lin – 45 million Yuan

Ruby Lin is a Taiwanese actress. Lin made her acting debut in a TV commercial in Taiwan and took her breakout role as a leading actress in the television series Princess Pearl.

8.Liu Xiaoqing – 32 million Yuan

Liu Xiaoqing was one of the leading actresses in China in the 1980s. She appeared at 45 on Forbes’ list of the 50 richest Chinese people in 1999.

9.Shu Qi – 29 million Yuan

Shu Qi is a Taiwanese actress.  Shu Qi won her fame in Hong Kong erotic film. Now Shu Qi has made herself into an international star, even if most Americans know her as the co-star of “Transporter“.

10. Zhou Xun – 15 million Yuan

Zhou Xun

Zhou Xun has played leading roles in many TV series and earns lots of money thorugh ads. She also published her own book.

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4 Responses

  1. Shaharuddin bin Abd Manan says:

    i like all actresses style simple nice dress sweet smiling & posing.

  2. Chun-Yin Yu says:

    I see only nine ladies out of ten in this article. In other words, number three top paid Chinese actress is missing. Who is the third highest paid Chinese actress?

    • Peter says:

      Thank you very much! This was a bad mistake, it seems that I did not add the 10th actress. Now it should be a complete list.

      • Chun-Yin Yu says:

        Wow! I’m impressed by your speed and willingness to correct mistakes. Also, I was surprised this pretty Zhejiang woman is the 10th on the list. (Zhou Xun is a native of Quzhou (衢州), Zhejiang, which is most famously known for the Ancestral Temple of the Southern Confucian Clan that was built by one of the descendants of Confucius, AKA Kongzi (孔子).) She started her entertainment career back in 1991, when she was about 17. She initially played minor roles in many movies, such as Temptress Moon (風月), which is currently listed as one of many banned movies in mainland China due to its explicit nature, but it can be easily seen or obtained in many foreign countries, such as US. (I won’t be surprised this movie will be shown again in mainland China after the fall of communism, just like what happened to the previous banned films in Russia, as Russia has previously been a communist country.) Later, she played major roles in movies, like The Banquet (夜宴), and Confucius (孔子) (which is fitting, since she is from a city known for the Confucian temple in the southern China, as mentioned earlier), and she is still active in her entertainment career as of today, plus she expand her income by writing her own source of income as author and model. Boy, or should I say Girl, how proud she is right now!

        Anyway, thanks for the correction. I’ll visit your website again at my convenience.

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