Tao Hong (actress, born 1972)

Not to be confused with Tao Hong (actress, born 1969).
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Tao.
Tao Hong
Chinese name
Pinyin Táo Hóng (Mandarin)
Born (1972-01-15) January 15, 1972
Wuxi, Jiangsu, China
Spouse(s) Xu Zheng (m. 2002)
Children 1
Alma mater Central Academy of Drama

Tao Hong (born January 15, 1972) is a Chinese actress and former synchronised swimmer. A National Games of China champion, Tao was part of the Chinese national team at several synchronised swimming competitions from 1987 to 1991, including the 1991 World Aquatics Championships.

As an actress, Tao has received wide acclaim for films like Colors of the Blind (1997) and Forgetting to Know You (2013), though she is better known for hit TV dramas like Sunny Piggy (2000), Nothing in the Mirror (2002), Chuncao (2007) and The Red (2014). Internationally, Tao is probably best known for her small role in the Academy Award-winning film The Red Violin (1998).

Athletic career

Tao Hong
Personal information
National team China China
Height 164 cm (5 ft 5 in)
Weight 50 kg (110 lb)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Synchronized swimming
Club Beijing Synchronized Swimming Team (1984–1994)

Tao Hong began practicing with the Beijing Synchronized Swimming Team in 1983 when she was 11. In 1984, she officially made the team.[1] She made the national team for the first time in 1987.

At the 1991 World Aquatics Championships, China finished 6th, which would remain China's best finish at the event until 2007.[2] Although a member of the national team, Tao missed both the 1988 and the 1992 Olympics, since she was slightly weaker than her teammates Tan Min, Guan Zewen, and Wang Xiaojie at solo and duet competitions, and team competition did not become an Olympic event until 1996 after she retired to pursue acting.

Notable National Competitions

1989 National Synchronized Swimming Championshipsduet routine3rdRen Na
1991 National Synchronized Swimming Championshipsteam routine3rd
1992 National Synchronized Swimming Championshipsteam routine1stRen Na, Zhao Bin, Kong Rui, Gao Ya, Yan Xiaohui, Wu Mei, Li Fei
1993 7th National Games of Chinateam routine180.351st

International Competitions

1987 8th Pan Pacific Synchronized Swimming Championshipsteam routine163.715th
1988 French Open for Synchronized Swimmingduet routine171.475thRen Na
team routine169.194th
1990 4th American Cup for Synchronized Swimming[3]duet routine167.8853rdTan Min
team routine167.4153rd
1991 6th World Aquatics Championshipsteam routine179.8356thTan Min, Guan Zewen, Wang Xiaojie, Luo Xi, Long Yan, Jiang Jie, Li Jia, Fu Yan[4]
1991 5th FINA Synchronized Swimming World Cupteam routine91.785th

Acting career

In August 1993, Jiang Wen, who had been preparing for his directorial debut In the Heat of the Sun, went to the Beijing Synchronized Swimming Team looking for a good swimmer for his female lead. Even though Tao did not remotely fit the physical description of the role, Jiang liked her smile so much that he invited her to his set for a supporting role.[5] The film was a big hit, and at the suggestion of Jiang, she retired from the Beijing club and applied to 3 professional acting schools: Central Academy of Drama, Beijing Film Academy and Shanghai Theatre Academy, all highly prestigious and selective. She was accepted to all 3 and chose Central Academy of Drama.[6] She was the class president and became the first student in school history (along with classmate Duan Yihong) to receive a perfect grade.[7]



Year Title Role Notes
1994In the Heat of the Sun (阳光灿烂的日子)Yu Beibei
1997Colors of the Blind (黑眼睛)Ding Lihua
1998The Red ViolinChen Gang
1999A Beautiful New World (美丽新世界)Huang Jinfang
Agreed Not to Separate (说好不分手)Lu Xinxin
2000As Good As Happiness (开心就好)Yu LanTV film
Happy Times (幸福时光)trailer visitor
Bright Heart (明亮的心)Li Ruyi
2002Sky Lovers (天上的恋人)Zhu Ling
Top Danger (极度险情)Jing Hui
No Lonely Angels (天使不寂寞)He Jialing
2003Sky of Love (情牵一线)Su Yaqin
2004Master of Everything (自娱自乐)Alian
2005Lilac Blossom (十全十美之丁香花开)Liu SihuaTV film
3 City Hotshots (第三种温暖)waitresscameo
Mystery (秘密)Xiao XiaoTV film
2006Aspirin (阿司匹林)cameo
In the Blue (浅蓝深蓝)Kevin's mother
2007Unfinished Girl (第三个人)Xiao Feng
2008Marriage Trap (婚礼2008)Ding Xiaotao
2010Here Comes Fortune (財神到)Yang Sujuan
My Belle Boss (我的美女老板)coffee shop ownercameo
You Deserve to Be Single (活该你单身)Zhou Mei
2011People Mountain People Sea (人山人海)Tian Xin
Yang Shanzhou (杨善洲)Yang Jinglan
2012Guns and Roses (黃金大劫案)Fang Die
Lost in Thailand (人再囧途之泰囧)Xu Lang's wife
2013Forgetting to Know You (忘了去懂你)Chen Xuesong
No Man's Land (无人区)ballet instructor
2015Lost in Hong Kong (港囧)award presentercameo
2016Mr. Nian (年兽大作战)voice acting


Year Title Role Notes
1996Dragon Pearl (龙珠)Yang Na
The Story of Hong Kong (香港的故事)Zheng Adai (young)
Men Actually Work the Hardest (其实男人最辛苦)Didi
1997Paging Mother (寻呼妈妈)Mu Qing
The Bright Mirror Hangs High (明鏡高懸)Gao Mingjing
1998Records of Kangxi's Travel Incognito (康熙微服私訪記)Luo Jinhong
Let's Meet in a Bar (相约酒吧)Ye'er
1999Where Dreams Began (梦开始的地方)Xiaohui
Divorce (离婚)Madame Ma
Beautiful Women (千娇百媚)Yujiao & Yumei
2000Star Creation (明星制造)Shen Yun
Sunny Piggy (春光燦爛豬八戒)Xiaolongnü
The Love Station (爱情驿站)Liu Qingqing
Unusual Cases (非常案件)Wei Yu
The Chinese Hero (中華英豪)Bizhu
2001No Longer Able to Give Up (欲罢不能)Teacher Liu
Human Worm (人虫)Tao Hongherself
A Laughing Stock (贻笑大方)Zhuang Wenjing
2002Nothing in the Mirror (空镜子)Sun Yan
Sky Lovers (天空下的缘分)XiaotaoSegment 5: "Sun Tanning" (日光浴)
2003The Heaven Sword and Dragon Saber (倚天屠龍記)Ji Xiaofu
Not-So-Distant Neighbors (相邻不远)Su Tingting
Everyone Ready (各就各位)Jia Li
2004Back of the Sun (太阳背面)Gong Ni
The Woman Behind the Woman (女人背后的女人)Azi
Lotus Flowers From Water (出水芙蓉)Lin Ting
2005Xianfeng Dynasty: Fantasies Behind A Curtain (咸豐王朝之一簾幽夢)Yehenara Lan'er
Underground Transport Stations (地下交通站)Lin Jing
The Emperor in Han Dynasty (漢武大帝)Liu Ling
No Matter What, Don't Get Emotional (动什么别动感情)He Jiaqi
Emphasis Detect (立案侦查)Ye Qiang & Ye Qin
The Color of Life (生命的颜色)Yan Ni
2006Stories of a Taxation Bureau (税务所的故事)cameo
Sombre Night (夜深沉)Yuerong
Chinese Story (中國故事)Lü Lin
2007Nanny (保姆)Ma Xiaohui
Chuncao (春草)Chuncao
The Brothers (亲兄热弟)Jin Feng
Special Policewomen (非常女警)Su Wanqing
The Olympic Adventures of Fuwa (福娃奥运漫游记)Beibeivoice acting
2008Century-Old House (百年老宅)Guihua
2010Nanny and Security (保姆与保安)Chang Zhao
Mother-To-Be Quartet (准妈妈四重奏)Pan Xiaoyan
2011Forever Loyal (永远的忠诚)Wang Xiaoqin
My Father is a Bench (我的父親是板凳)Tang Xuemei
2012The Couple Buying a House (买房夫妻)Wen Hongqi
2014The Red (紅色)Tian Dan
2015Scholars of Tumultuous Times (亂世書香)Niu Lan

Acting Awards and Nominations

Year # Award Category Work Result
1997 10th Damascus International Film Festival Best Actress Colors of the Blind Won
1998 4th Huabiao Awards Outstanding Actress Co-winner
18th Golden Rooster Awards Best Actress Won
1999 6th Beijing College Student Film Festival Best Actress A Beautiful New World Won
2000 2nd Deauville Asian Film Festival Best Actress Colors of the Blind Won
23rd Hundred Flowers Awards Best Supporting Actress Agreed Not to Separate Won
2003 24th Little Hundred Flowers Awards Best Supporting Actress No Lonely Angels Won
2006 6th China Movie Channel Lily Awards Outstanding Actress Mystery Co-winner
2009 2nd BTV Star Performer Grand Ceremony Favourite Film Actress Marriage Trap Won
2013 17th Chunyan Awards Best Supporting Actress Yang Shanzhou Won
2014 32nd Hundred Flowers Awards Best Supporting Actress Lost in Thailand Nominated
11th China Movie Channel Media Awards Best Actress Forgetting to Know You Won
2015 6th Youth Film Handbook Awards Best Actress Won
22nd Beijing College Student Film Festival Best Actress Co-winner
6th China Film Director's Guild Awards Best Actress Nominated
TV Dramas
2002 22nd Flying Apsaras Awards Outstanding Actress Nothing in the Mirror Co-winner
20th China TV Golden Eagle Awards Favourite Actress Nominated
2006 2nd Chinese TV Drama Award Best Supporting Actress The Emperor in Han Dynasty Won
2009 29th Flying Apsaras Awards Outstanding Actress Chuncao Nominated

Personal life

Tao Hong married actor Xu Zheng in 2002. They first met and became friends in 1999 while co-starring in the wacky romance TV series Sunny Piggy. They have portrayed a married couple in 2 films, Unfinished Girl (2007) and Xu's directorial debut Lost in Thailand (2012). They have also collaborated in the 2002 TV series Sky Lovers (Segment 5, "Sun Tanning") and 2 films in which they did not appear in the same scene: No Lonely Angels (2002) and No Man's Land (2013). In 2005, they starred in the Chinese adaptation of the Broadway comedy Last of the Red Hot Lovers, with Xu playing the would-be adulterer and Tao playing all 3 seductresses. First staged in Beijing, the play caused a sensation,[8] and the couple subsequently performed the play over 30 times in 10 major cities like Shanghai, Chengdu, Nanjing, Xi'an, Zhengzhou, Shenzhen, and Chongqing, receiving overwhelming support everywhere that they canceled their holiday travel plans for more performances.[9] At each city they performed some jokes in the local dialect.[10]

Their daughter was born on December 30, 2008 in Beijing.[11]


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