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

YearAwardsCategoryNominated WorkResult
201123rd Harbin Ice and Snow Film FestivalMost Commercially Valuable NewcomerUnder the Hawthorn TreeWon
5th Asian Film AwardsBest NewcomerNominated
20th Shanghai Film Critics AwardsBest NewcomerWon
14th Huabiao AwardsOutstanding New ActressWon
56th Valladolid International Film FestivalBest ActressWon
20156th China Film Director’s Guild AwardsMy Old ClassmateNominated
15th Chinese Film Media AwardsMost Anticipated ActressWon
20168th Macau International Movie FestivalBest ActressNever Say GoodbyeWon
53rd Golden Horse AwardsBest Actress (with Ma Sichun)Soul MateWon
201723rd Hong Kong Film Critics Society AwardBest ActressWon
1st Malaysia International Film FestivalNominated
24th Beijing College Student Film FestivalNominated
8th China Film Director’s Guild AwardsNominated
2nd Brics Film FestivalWon
17th Chinese Film Media AwardsWon
2nd Golden Screen AwardsWon
36th Hong Kong Film AwardsBest ActressNominated
31st Golden Rooster AwardsBest ActressNominated
22nd Huading AwardsBest Actress (Revolutionary-Era Drama)SparrowNominated
8th Macau International Television FestivalBest ActressShall I Compare You to a Spring DayNominated
14th Guangzhou Student Film FestivalMost Popular ActressThis Is Not What I ExpectedWon
201812th Asian Film AwardsBest ActressNominated
9th China Film Director’s Guild AwardsBest ActressWon
34th Hundred Flowers AwardsBest ActressSoul MateNominated
18th Chinese Film Media AwardsMost Popular ActressUs and ThemWon
12th Tencent Video Star AwardsMost Popular Film ActressWon
201910th China Film Director’s Guild AwardsBest ActressNominated
32nd Golden Rooster AwardsBest ActressNominated
6th The Actors of China Award CeremonyBest Actress (Emerald Category)Behind The ScenesNominated
Golden Bud – The Fourth Network Film And Television FestivalBest ActressNominated
Cosmo Glam NightPerson of The Year (Dream)N/AWon
4th Macao Film Festival AwardsBest ActressBetter DaysWon
Tencent Entertainment White PaperFilm Actress of the YearWon
Jinri Toutiao Awards CeremonyBrand Value Star of the YearN/AWon
2020Weibo Awards CeremonyInfluential Actor of the YearN/AWon
26th Hong Kong Film Critics Society AwardsBest ActressBetter DaysNominated
31st Hong Kong Film Directors’ Guild AwardsWon
39th Hong Kong Film AwardsBest ActressWon

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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