TV Series Featuring Fan Bingbing as Empress Wu Zetian to Air Soon

December 19, 2014
Editor: Yang Yang
Fan Bingbing plays the role of Empress Wu Zetian, from her youth all the way through to her later years. [Xinhua]

A press conference for soon-to-be-aired Chinese TV series The Empress of China was held in Beijing on December 18, 2014. Fan Bingbing plays the role of Empress Wu Zetian, from her youth all the way through to her later years.

Other actors and actresses starring in the TV series include Zhang Fengyi, Aarif Lee, Janine Chang, Wu Xiubo, Kathy Chow, Li Chen, Zhang Ting, Li Liren, Viann Zhang, Li Jie and Wang Huichun.

The TV series will air on December 19, 2014, broadcast nationwide on Hunan Satellite TV.

Empress Wu Zetian was a Chinese sovereign who ruled officially from 690 to 705, under what she proclaimed to be the "Zhou Dynasty." She was the only woman to rule China in her own right.

Fan Bingbing, born in 1981, is a Chinese actress, singer and producer. She has received awards from the Tokyo International Film Festival, Beijing College Student Film Festival, Golden Horse Film Festival and Hundred Flowers Awards, among others. She was ranked first on the "50 Most Beautiful People in China" list in 2010 by the Beijing News newspaper. In light of her appearances on the red carpet, movie premieres, and fashion shows, the media describes her as a fashion icon.

Fan rose to stardom in 1999 for her supporting role as Jin Suo in the first two seasons of the Chinese television series Princess Pearl, which was adapted from the novels of Taiwanese writer Chiung Yao. Before Princess Pearl, she had played only minor roles in other projects for the two-or-so years preceding her big-break part.

(Source: ent.163.com/Translated and edited by Women of China)

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