Zhou Dongyu is a Chinese actress, who gained recognition after appearing in Zhang Yimou’s film Under the Hawthorn Tree. She was also chosen by Southern Metropolis Daily as one of the Four Dan actresses of the post-90s Generation along with Zheng Shuang, Guan Xiaotong and Yang Zi.

In 2016, she won the Golden Horse Award for Best Leading Actress with her performance in Soul Mate. Zhou ranked 71st on Forbes China Celebrity 100 list in 2017 and 7th in 2019. In 2020, she won the Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actress with her performance in Better Days.

Birth Name

Zhou Dongyu







Personal Life

Birthday / Date of Birth

Zhou Dongyu was born on the 31st of January 1992, in Shijiazhuang, Hebei, China.


She’s currently 28 years old.

Sun Sign



Asian (Chinese)




Zhou graduated from the Beijing Film Academy in China.

Family Details

  • Father – Unknown
  • Mother – Unknown
  • Siblings – Unknown

Marital Status


Boyfriend / Spouse

Zhou Dongyu has dated –


Zhou has largely opted to keep her personal life away from the public spotlight, which makes it difficult for us to say anything about her love life and dating history.

Physical Statistics

  • In feet – 5 feet 3 inches
  • In centimeters – 162 cm
  • In meters – 1.62 m


  • In Kilograms – 46 kg
  • In Pounds – 102 lbs

Body Measurements

  • Measurements – 32-24-34
  • Bust – 32 inches
  • Waist – 24 inches
  • Hip – 35 inches
  • Bra Size – 32A

Body Build


Eye Color


Hair Color


Shoe Size

She wears a size 7 (US) shoe.

Dress Size

Her dress size is 4 (US).



Professional Statistics

Famous For

Zhou is popular for her roles in The Palace (2013), Soul Mate (2016) & The Thousand Faces of Dunjia (2017). Zhou ranked 71st on Forbes China Celebrity 100 list in 2017 and 7th in 2019. In 2020, she won the Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actress with her performance in Better Days.

Film Debut

In 2010, Zhou was picked by Zhang Yimou to star in his film Under the Hawthorn Tree despite having no acting experience prior to taking on the role. She won several awards including the Best Actress at the 56th Valladolid International Film Spain Festival, Outstanding New Actress at the 14th Huabiao Award and Best New Performer at the 20th Shanghai Film Critics Awards.

Television Debut

In 2016, Zhou starred in her first television series, spy war drama Sparrow. The series was commercially successful and became the highest rated war drama to date with a peak rating of 2.46 and 11 billion online views.

Awards & Nominations

Year Awards Category Nominated Work Result
2011 23rd Harbin Ice and Snow Film Festival Most Commercially Valuable Newcomer Under the Hawthorn Tree Won
5th Asian Film Awards Best Newcomer Nominated
20th Shanghai Film Critics Awards Best Newcomer Won
14th Huabiao Awards Outstanding New Actress Won
56th Valladolid International Film Festival Best Actress Won
2015 6th China Film Director’s Guild Awards My Old Classmate Nominated
15th Chinese Film Media Awards Most Anticipated Actress Won
2016 8th Macau International Movie Festival Best Actress Never Say Goodbye Won
53rd Golden Horse Awards Best Actress (with Ma Sichun) Soul Mate Won
2017 23rd Hong Kong Film Critics Society Award Best Actress Won
1st Malaysia International Film Festival Nominated
24th Beijing College Student Film Festival Nominated
8th China Film Director’s Guild Awards Nominated
2nd Brics Film Festival Won
17th Chinese Film Media Awards Won
2nd Golden Screen Awards Won
36th Hong Kong Film Awards Best Actress Nominated
31st Golden Rooster Awards Best Actress Nominated
22nd Huading Awards Best Actress (Revolutionary-Era Drama) Sparrow Nominated
8th Macau International Television Festival Best Actress Shall I Compare You to a Spring Day Nominated
14th Guangzhou Student Film Festival Most Popular Actress This Is Not What I Expected Won
2018 12th Asian Film Awards Best Actress Nominated
9th China Film Director’s Guild Awards Best Actress Won
34th Hundred Flowers Awards Best Actress Soul Mate Nominated
18th Chinese Film Media Awards Most Popular Actress Us and Them Won
12th Tencent Video Star Awards Most Popular Film Actress Won
2019 10th China Film Director’s Guild Awards Best Actress Nominated
32nd Golden Rooster Awards Best Actress Nominated
6th The Actors of China Award Ceremony Best Actress (Emerald Category) Behind The Scenes Nominated
Golden Bud – The Fourth Network Film And Television Festival Best Actress Nominated
Cosmo Glam Night Person of The Year (Dream) N/A Won
4th Macao Film Festival Awards Best Actress Better Days Won
Tencent Entertainment White Paper Film Actress of the Year Won
Jinri Toutiao Awards Ceremony Brand Value Star of the Year N/A Won
2020 Weibo Awards Ceremony Influential Actor of the Year N/A Won
26th Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards Best Actress Better Days Nominated
31st Hong Kong Film Directors’ Guild Awards Won
39th Hong Kong Film Awards Best Actress Won

Zhou Dongyu Favorites

Her favorite things are unknown.

Zhou Dongyu Net worth

Zhou Dongyu has an estimated net worth of $1.5 million dollars as of 2020.

Social Media Profiles

Some Lesser Known Facts About Zhou Dongyu

  • Zhou ranked seventh on Forbes China Celebrity 100 list, the highest for female celebrities.
  • In 2011, Zhou starred in Barbara Wong’s romance film The Allure of Tears and also featured in war film The Road Of Exploring playing Yang Kaihui, the wife of political leader Mao Zedong.
  • In 2013, she starred in historical romance film The Palace the fourth installment of the Gong series by Yu Zheng.
  • In 2014, Zhou starred alongside Lin Gengxin in youth romance film My Old Classmate.
  • In 2015, she starred opposite Ethan Juan in suspense film The Unbearable Lightness of Inspector Fan and youth drama The Ark of Mr. Chow alongside Sun Honglei.
  • In 2017, Zhou starred alongside Takeshi Kaneshiro in romantic comedy This Is Not What I Expected.The film grossed over 100 million yuan and received an 8.9 out of 10 score on Maoyan.
  • In 2018, Zhou starred in Rene Liu’s romance film Us and Them alongside Jing Boran.
  • In 2019, Zhou starred in the youth film Better Days helmed by Soul Mate director Derek Tsang, that tackles school bullying. The film topped box office and received positive reviews.


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