Fan Bingbing started her career as an actress by interpreting Jin Suo‘s secondary role in Chinese television series Huan zhu ge ge, adapting a series of novels by Taiwanese writer Chiung Yao. In 2000 she was written by Huayi Brothers Media for a six-year contract, during which she performed in some television series. In the same period she participated in several films such as Wuxia Ngo ga yau yat chek hiu dung see (2002) and The Twins Effect 2 (2004), the dramatic comedy by Feng Xiaogang Shou ji (2003), Qing dian da sheng (2005), Battle of Wits (2006), Xin zhong you gui (2007) and Dou fo sin (2007).
The Chinese market is becoming more and more important for Hollywood, as 17 percent of the major US blockbuster revenue now comes from China. However, the local government allows the introduction of only a limited selection of films coming from abroad, 34 in a year. In order to enter the Chinese market, Hollywood movies must also comply with certain rules: for example, they do not go against the government’s interests and contain some elements of Chinese culture and tradition. Fan Bingbing is one of these: she has appeared in many American blockbusters.
In 2009 she plays in the movie Bodyguards and Assassins, for which she received a nomination as the best actress in a supporting role in the Hong Kong Film Awards. In 2010 she received the Best Actress Award at the Tokyo International Film Festival for her performance in the movie by Li Yu Buddha Mountain. In 2013 she is chosen to play Blink in X-Men: Days of Future Past by Bryan Singer. She also plays in some exclusive, film-casting scenes in the chinese version of the Iron Man 3 movie. Scenes do not appear in the Western versions of the film, but only in Chinese, where Fan Bingbing is also credited in queue titles.
In 2005 she released her first album Just Begun.
Fan Bingbing is the founder of the Hearth Ali project, aimed at helping children suffering from congenital heart defects in Ngari Prefecture, Tibet.
Fan Bingbing was born in Tsingtao, but soon moved to Yantai. She graduated from Shanghai Xie Jin Film and Television Art College, then graduated from Shanghai Theater Academy.
In 2010, she was ranked first in the Beijing News magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People in China“, while in 2012 Forbes ranked third in the Forbes China Celebrity List, list of which reaches the first position in 2013.