When it comes to iconic actors born in China, the list is quite lengthy. The talent and hard work in these actors' work speak for themselves. The public has loved them over the years and still showers them with endless love. These Chinese celebrities over the years, have built a solid foundation for themselves in the Chinese entertainment industry and is known by the audience as an icon. The works are done by them over the years, their contribution to the entertainment industry makes them legendary. Fans have been seeing them on their screens for a long time now, and these iconic Chinese artists continue showing their skills and gathering love from the public.
1. Jackie Chan
The first and foremost actor we want to mention in this list is the icon, Jackie Chan. Everybody knows about the legendary icon that is Jackie Chan. He continues showing his unparalleled talent in the show business. Jackie Chan is loved not by only the Chinese but all over the world due to his numerous contribution to both Chinese industry and western industry.
2. Tony Leung Chiu-Wai
Next up is the very famous and legendary actor-singer Tony Leung Chiu-wai. Tony Leung Chiu-wai was regarded as one of Asia's Greatest Actors of All Time by CNN. He is loved for all the unconventional roles he has played in his career as an actor. The actor has been active in the entertainment industry since 1982. We hope he continues entertaining us as long as wants to.
3. Andy Lau
Andy Lau has starred in more than 160 films as an actor. He is also a successful singer. Andy Lau was born in 1961. He has been active in the entertainment industry since 1981. He is an icon and still works in the entertainment industry as an actor. Most of his films are a box office success even in this decade of new talent.
4. Chow Yun-Fat
Chow Yun-fat is one of the most iconic actors in the Chinese entertainment industry. The 66-year old, Hong Kong actor has been active in the entertainment industry since 1973. He is still actively working in films and dramas. Mainland China has banned him from working due to his support in the 2019-20 Hong Kong Protest.
5. Jet Li
Jet Li was born in 1963. His birth name is Li Lianjie. The actor has been active in the entertainment industry since 1982 and is still very much active. In his initial acting days, He gained recognition from mainland China, and then from Hong Kong. Jet Li is counted as one of the prominent martial artists and actors.
6. Donnie Yen
Donnie Yen is a well-known actor in the Chinese entertainment industry. He has made a name for himself in not only the Chinese entertainment industry but also in Hollywood. He has starred in multiple Hollywood films. Besides acting, he is also a martial artist and world wushu tournament champion. Donnie Yen is active in the industry. His recent release was in 2021, which was an action film called Raging Fire.
7. Stephen Chow
Before people knew him by his stage name Stephen Chow, he was called Stephen Chiau Sing-chi. Stephen Chow is a living legend, he is a known actor and a very famous filmmaker. Stephen Chow has acted in some of the most memorable films.
8. Zhang Ziyi
One of the four Dan actresses of China, Zhang Ziyi is still active as an actor in the entertainment industry. Zhang Ziyi has been active in the industry since 1996. She rose to prominence for her role in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon which was released in 2000.
9. Jiang Wen
Jiang Wen is known by the Chinese audience for his contribution in the field of entertainment as an actor and he is known as well by the international audience as he has worked in Hollywood films. He is also a screenwriter and director. He was last seen in the international film Rogue One in 2016 as an actor. He is active in the industry.
10. Gong Li
Gong Li is a Chinese actress. The actress starred in three of the four Chinese films nominated for Academy Awards. Gong Li is one of the most successful Chinese actresses. She has been active in the industry since 1987. She is still active as an actor and works in films.