Zhao Wei (born 1976) a.k.a. Vicki Zhao is a Chinese actress, director and pop singer.
She discovered acting by accident in 1993, when her hometown was chosen as the location of the shooting of Hua Hun
, a film starring Gong Li
, and she got to play as an extra. In 1995 she starred in a Live-Action Television
series, Yu Tian You Gu Shi
, and in the feature film Penitentiary Angel
. Her more notable roles since then include Xiao Yan Zi in Princess Returning Pearl
(her Star-Making Role
), Sue in So Close
, Ah Mui in Shaolin Soccer
, Yao Mulan in Moment in Peking
, Sun Shangxiang in Red Cliff
, and the title character in a 2009 Live-Action Adaptation
In 2006, she started her Masters degree in Directing at the Beijing Film Academy. In 2013, she released her first feature film as a director, called So Young
, which was also her graduation project. The film was released in theatre to commercial success, breaking many box-office records, and she becomes the first female director whose debut feature makes over 100 million RMB at the box office.
She lives with her husband, a businessman, and their daughter, born in 2010.