Angela Yeung Wing better known by her stage name Angelababy, is a Hong Kong actress, businesswoman, investor, model, and singer. In 2013, she was chosen by Southern Metropolis Daily as one of the New Four Dan Actresses. In 2016, she won the Hundred Flowers Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the blockbuster film Mojin: The Lost Legend. She is a cast member of variety show Keep Running.
Nick Name: Angelababy, Yang Ying, Wing Yeung
Years active: 2003–present
Born: 28 February 1989, 34 years old and 9 months, Shanghai, China
Sun Sign: Pisces
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Dark Brown
Height: 5 ft 2 in / 159 cm
Measurement: 32-23-34 in – 81-58-86 cm
Bra size: 32B US – 70B EU
Genre: Soundtrack, J-Pop
Angelababy attended the Notre Dame College in Hong Kong. She later studied at the Canossian Sacred Heart Business College.
Mother – Rowena Tung
Siblings – Keven Yang Fan (Younger Brother)
Spouse: Huang Xiaoming (m. 2015; div. 2022)
She has Han and German ancestry on her father side and is of Shanghainese descent on her mother side.
Her stage name came from the combination of her English name Angela and her nickname Baby. In 2013, she was chosen by Southern Metropolis Daily as one of the New Four Dan Actresses. In 2016, she won the Hundred Flowers Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the blockbuster film Mojin: The Lost Legend.
Angelababy was born to a Shanghainese mother and a father from Hong Kong, who is of half German and half Chinese descent. Her birth name is Yang Ying (Cantonese: Yeung Wing). Her father runs a fashion business in Shanghai. She gained an interest in fashion as a child under her father’s influence. She said in an interview, “Even though he [her father] sells more mature clothes, I loved going to his store and trying on new outfits and mixing and matching them. It was fun. I think that’s how I developed a passion for fashion”.
Yang moved to Hong Kong when she was thirteen, and signed a modelling contract with Style International Management at the age of 14. Although her English name is Angela, she was sometimes called “Baby” during her primary and secondary school years. She combined these two names to form her stage name, Angelababy.
Angelababy debuted as an actress in the movie Trivial Matters in 2007, where she had a 5-minute cameo appearance in the film. She then starred in numerous films as supporting roles, as well as appearing in music videos. Angelababy had her first leading role in the 2011 film Love You You alongside Eddie Peng. She sang a duet with JJ Lin entitled “Bottom of the Heart” as part of the movie’s soundtrack.
In 2012, Angelababy starred alongside Mark Chao in romance film First Time, a remake of the 2003 Korean film …ing. Her performance in First Time won her the Most Anticipated Actress award at the 13th Chinese Film Media Awards. She then starred in both instalments of wuxia film Tai Chi, portraying a martial artist.
2013–2014: Rising popularity
In 2013, Angelababy starred in Tsui Hark‘s crime action film Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon, playing a beautiful courtesan. She won the Most Popular Actress award at the 21st Beijing College Student Film Festival for the film.
In 2014, Angelababy joined the cast of Keep Running, a spin-off from the South Korean variety program Running Man. The series was a major hit in China, and propelled Angelababy into a household name. The same year, she starred alongside fellow Keep Running member Michael Chen in romance film Love on the Cloud, which was a moderate success at the box office. Angelababy was crowned “Weibo Goddess” and “Weibo Queen” for the year 2014.
2015–present: International appearance and TV roles
Angelababy made her Hollywood film debut in Hitman: Agent 47 with a minor role. She then starred in Mojin: The Lost Legend, based on the popular tomb raiding novel series Ghost Blows Out the Light. The film became the highest-grossing Chinese-language IMAX film in China, with US$27.1 million (before being surpassed by The Mermaid). Angelababy won the Best Supporting Actress award at the 33rd Hundred Flowers Awards for her role, but was criticised for her mediocre acting and lackluster performance. The same year, she starred in her first television series, historical drama Love Yunge from the Desert based on Tong Hua‘s novel Song in the Clouds.
In 2016, Angelababy played a major supporting role in the Hollywood science fiction film Independence Day: Resurgence. The same year, she was listed as one of Forbes‘ inaugural 30 under 30 Asian Celebrities under the film, music, television and sport category.
In 2017, Angelababy starred alongside Wallace Chung in the historical drama General and I. Although the drama was a commercial success, she received criticism for her acting and for using stunt doubles.
In 2018, she starred in the modern workplace drama Entrepreneurial Age alongside Huang Xuan.
In 2019, Angelababy starred in the modern drama My True Friend as a property agent alongside Deng Lun.
In 2021, Angelababy was cast in the drama Twilight alongside Ren Jialun.
Angelababy had been dating Chinese actor Huang Xiaoming, who is 12 years her senior, for six years, but their relationship was not revealed to the public until February 2014. On 27 May 2015, they obtained their marriage certificate in Qingdao, China and their wedding banquet took place in Shanghai on 8 October 2015. The wedding banquet was reported to be one of the most lavish in China’s history with a reported estimate of US$31 million.
In October 2016, Huang and Angelababy announced her pregnancy. She gave birth to their son on 11 January 2017 at the Hong Kong Adventist Hospital. They named their son “Xiaohaimian”, translated into Chinese means ‘little sponge’.
She has over a hundred million followers on Weibo as of June 2021, making her one of the most widely followed celebrities on the Chinese microblogging platform.
On January 28, 2022, Huang and Angelababy announced their divorce.
Business and philanthropy
Angelababy has invested in several businesses; including a nail parlour, a café (with fellow Hong Kong actor Tony Leung Ka-fai) and a lifestyle store.
In 2015, she set up her own venture capital fund, AB Capital. She then bought shares in Chinese overseas purchasing e-commerce site Ymatou and beverage brand HeyJuice.
In 2016, Angelababy entered the Hurun Philanthropy List, the youngest to be included. She and husband Huang Xiaoming donated US$2.6 million to a charity program initiated by Huang to help university graduates start a business or seek employment.
In 2020, Angelababy and Huang Xiaoming donated CN¥200,000 (27,413USD) to hospital relief efforts related to the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic in Hubei.
In 2021, Angelababy invested in an entertainment company, Cool Style, which was set up by Media Asia and Louis Koo‘s One Cool Group. Cool Style’s business scope includes artist management and related businesses aiming to cultivate new forces with abundant resources and platforms.
In March 2021, Angelababy expressed her support for cotton from Xinjiang, after several companies stopped purchasing the cotton due to concerns about human rights violations.
As a Singer
She released her first Japanese single titled Beauty Survivor in 2010.
Angelababy made her theatrical film debut in a cameo role in Trivial Matters as Taya in 2007.
First TV Show
Her first appearance on the TV show was on the show Food Network Challenge in the “Food Magicians” episode as a food stylist in 2009.
Angelababy Favorite Things
Dish – French spring chicken in red wine sauce
Singer – Jay Chou Chieh-lun
Her stage name Angelababy comes from combining her name “Angela” with her nickname while growing up “Baby”.
She was chosen as one of the New Four Dan Actresses of 2013 by the Southern Metropolis Daily along with Yang Mi, Ni Ni, and Liu Shishi.
She developed an interest in fashion because of her father who was in the fashion business. From a young age, she would parade around in new clothes and enjoyed mixing and matching outfits.
At age 13, she moved to Hong Kong and was signed by the Style International Management after her classmates sent her a snapshot to the agency and she got selected as a model when she was 14 years old.
Coming from a mixed cultural background, she is fluent in Cantonese, Mandarin, English, and Shanghainese.
Her success in 2014 soared higher when she was placed on the 12th spot on the Forbes China Celebrity 100 list having an estimated income of 41 million yuan.
She was voted as the “Weibo Queen” and “Weibo Goddess” for the year 2014.
In 2016, having starred in the Hollywood big-budget film Independence Day: Resurgence, helped her land on the 27th spot on the list of Forbes’ inaugural 30 under 30 Asian celebrities under the film, music, television, and sport category.
She is a savvy businesswoman having invested in several ventures like a nail parlor, a lifestyle store, and a cafe (with fellow Hong Kong actor Tony Leung Ka-fai).
She is the owner of a venture capital fund, AB Capital, which was set up in 2015. She has also bought shares in Chinese overseas with the beverage brand HeyJuice and the e-commerce site Ymatou.
Angelababy and Huang donated US$2.6 million in 2016 to a charity program that helps university graduates with employment or starting their own business.
She was the youngest member to be included in the Hurun Philanthropy List in 2016.
Angelababy is known to have worn braces earlier and her husband even joked that she looked like her ugly photos sans makeup.
Beijing beauty clinic Ruili claimed in 2012 that Angelababy had undergone plastic surgery with her critics citing her earlier pictures as a proof. Her face was scrutinized by professionals who after careful examination certified its authenticity. In 2015, she sued the company for damages worth 500,000 yuan ($79,000) in compensation.
She worked as a backup dancer for Taiwanese musician Jay Chou during his 2007-2008 World Tour.
As a model, she has participated in Japan TCG Fashion Show and has also walked the Tokyo Girls Collection 2010.
Angelababy is the ambassador of China Panda Protection Research Centre and the Child Development Centre of China.