From Ac­tress to Am­bas­sador

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42-year-old Zhou Xun was born in Quzhou, Zhe­jiang prov­ince and grad­u­ated from the Zhe­jiang Arts In­sti­tute. She made her screen de­but in the 1991 film Strange Tales Amongst Old and Des­o­late Tombs while still a teenager. How­ever it was not un­til 2000 when Zhou Xun starred in Lou Ye’s neo-noir love story Suzhou River that she gained in­ter­na­tional recog­ni­tion, win­ning Best Ac­tress at the 15th Fes­ti­val du Film de Paris. She was des­ig­nated one of the "Four Dan Ac­tresses" along­side Zhang Ziyi, Zhao Wei and Xu Jin­glei. The "Four Dan" is a Chi­nese term that refers to the bank­able star qual­ity of the ac­tresses – all are fa­mous and charis­matic enough to guar­an­tee box-of­fice success.

From 2006 to 2009 Zhou Xun was the only ac­tor to re­ceive the full suite of Asian film hon­ours, scor­ing best ac­tress at the Golden Horse Awards, Hong Kong Film Awards, Hun­dred Flow­ers Awards and Asian Film Awards.

In 2008 Zhou Xun was named as the united Na­tions De­vel­op­ment Pro­gramme Good­will Am­bas­sador for China. In 2010 Zhou Xun was the lau­re­ate of the united Na­tions En­vi­ron­ment Pro­gramme’s Cham­pi­ons of the Earth award in recog­ni­tion of her con­tri­bu­tions to pro­mot­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion and sus­tain­able liv­ing. She was the first en­ter­tainer in the world to re­ceive this hon­our and only the sec­ond Chi­nese prize-win­ner.

Since 2010 Zhou Xun started work­ing with a num­ber of in­ter­na­tional brands and la­bels, in­clud­ing as an am­bas­sador for GAP, Shi­seido, Chanel, In­finiti cars, H&M and IWC watches.

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