Chen Xuedong

Chen Xuedong (simplified Chinese: 陈学冬; traditional Chinese: 陳學冬; pinyin: Chén Xuédōng, born 28 June 1990), also known as Cheney Chen, is a Chinese actor and singer. He is best known for his role as Zhou Chongguang in the film series Tiny Times (2013–2015).

Chen Xuedong
Born (1990-06-28) 28 June 1990 (age 31)
Wenzhou, Zhejiang, China
Other namesCheney Chen
Alma materShanghai Conservatory of Music
  • Actor
  • Singer
Years active2013–present
AgentHesong Media[1]
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese
Simplified Chinese
Musical career



Chen was born in Wenzhou, Zhejiang. He worked as a part-time model at the age of 17. He later graduated from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music with a degree in musical drama. Prior to his debut as an actor, Chen trained to be a singer at Cube Entertainment in Korea and was selected to be in the lineup for BTOB.[2] In 2012, he began filming his first acting role in Tiny Times.[3]

2013–2015: Tiny Times and Rising popularityEdit

Chen made his big screen debut in the first installment of Tiny Times, directed by Guo Jingming. The film was a huge commercial success and broke various film records in China.[4] Thereafter, he starred in the subsequent installments of the film series from 2013 to 2015. Tiny Times became a hugely successful movie franchise in China, and propelled Chen into fame.[5][6][7][8][9]

In 2014, Chen also joined Hunan TV's variety show Grade One where he assumed the role of a temporary homeroom teacher.[10] The same year, Chen starred in his first comedy film, Bad Sister where he acted as a barista.[11]

In 2015, Chen was announced to be the Chinese dub for Paddington Bear in the comedy film, Paddington.[12] The same year, he starred in the comedy film Oh My God, produced by Zhang Ziyi.[13]

2016–present: Mainstream successEdit

In 2016, Chen starred in the youth fashion drama Yes! Mr. Fashion. This marks his first small-screen leading role.[14][15] The same year, he starred in spy drama, Decoded where he played the role of an autistic mathematical genius.[16][17] Decoded was a commercial success, and Chen won the Best On-screen Performance award with Ying Er at the China TV Drama Awards.[citation needed]

Chen reunited with Tiny Times director Guo in the fantasy blockbuster L.O.R.D: Legend of Ravaging Dynasties.[18] The same year, he starred in Zhang Yimou's historical film The Great Wall.[19]

In 2017, he made his walkway debut at the Dolce & Gabbana Fall runway for the Milan Fashion Week in January.[20] In June, he starred in the youth melodrama Rush to the Dead Summer.[21] The same year he starred in the caper film The Big Call, the first Chinese movie to focus on telecommunications fraud.[22] Chen ranked 40th on Forbes China Celebrity 100 list in 2017.[23]

In 2018, Chen starred in the wuxia film Kung Fu Monster.[citation needed] The same year, he was cast in the youth musical drama So Young.[24]

Philanthropy and PoliticsEdit

On 29 August 2013, Chen participated a welfare community programme named "Transparent Love".[25] On 27 May 2017, he became a goodwill ambassador for a foundation which helps autistic children in China.[26] On 9 September 2017, Chen attended the 2017 Harpers Bazaar Star Charity Night and donated 10 ambulances, which were worth 700 thousand yuan (RMB).[27]

In March 2021, Chen posted in support of cotton sourced from the Xinjiang region. He supported the manufacture and use of Xinjiang cotton against claims made by numerous human rights groups that forced labor is used in the production of that cotton.[28]



Year English title Chinese title Role Notes
2013 Tiny Times 小时代 Zhou Chongguang
Tiny Times 2 小时代2:青木时代 Zhou Chongguang
2014 Tiny Times 3 小时代3:刺金时代 Zhou Chongguang
Bad Sister 坏姐姐之拆婚联盟 Huang Yifeng
2015 Tiny Times 4 小时代4:灵魂尽头 Zhou Chongguang
Oh My God 从天儿降 Chen Mo
Paddington N/A Paddington Voice-dubbed
2016 Mr. High Heels 高跟鞋先生 Lin Sensen
L.O.R.D: Legend of Ravaging Dynasties 爵迹 Qi Ling
The Great Wall 长城 Imperial Commander
2017 The Big Call 巨额来电 Ding Xiaotian
2018 Kung Fu Monster 武林怪兽 Zhen Jian
TBA L.O.R.D: Legend of Ravaging Dynasties 2 爵迹2:冷血狂宴 Qi Ling [29]

Television seriesEdit

Year English title Chinese title Role Notes
2014 Tiny Times 小时代之折纸时代 Lu Zhiwen
2016 Yes! Mr. Fashion 是!尚先生 Shang Boran
Decoded 解密 Rong Jinzhen
2017 Rush to the Dead Summer 夏至未至 Fu Xiaosi
TBA So Young 小夜曲 Feng Anning
You Can't Catch Me 南十字星浪漫笔记 Hao Weilai [30]
Greenwich Mean Time 格林威治时间 Han Chi [31]

Variety showEdit

Year English title Chinese title Role Notes
2014 Grade One 一年级 Cast member
2016 Challenger Alliance 挑战者联盟 Season 2[32]
2017 Season 3[33]
2018 Crossover Singer 跨界歌王 Contestant Season 3[34]
Baby Let Me Go 放开我北鼻 第三季 Cast member [35]
2019 My Little One 我家那小子 [36]
2020 The Irresistible 元气满满的哥哥 [37]


Year English title Chinese title Album Notes
2013 "Heart Beating" 面面心跳 Tiny Times OST
"Innocent Matters" 萬物無邪
2014 "Don't Say Goodbye" 不再见 Tiny Times 3 OST [38]
"First Grade" 一年級 Grade One OST
2015 "Stitching Together our Youth" 岁月缝花 Tiny Times 4 OST [39]
"We Are All The Same" 我们都一样 [40]
2016 "I Mean" 碎碎戀 Yes! Mr. Fashion OST [41]
"Sand in the Mortal Realm" 人间沙 L.O.R.D: Legend of Ravaging Dynasties OST [42]
2019 "My Motherland and I" 我和我的祖国 Qing Chun Wei Zu Guo Er Chang [43]
"Starry Sea" 星辰大海 For China Movie Channel Young Actors Project
with 31 other actors[44]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Major awards
Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2013 16th Shanghai International Film Festival Best New Actor Tiny Times Nominated [45]
2015 19th China Music Awards Best Breakthrough Singer "Don't Say Goodbye" Won [46]
2008 New Silk Road Model Competition Best Model (Zhejiang Region) N/A Won [47]
Fashion Power Awards Breakthrough New Artist of the Year N/A Won [48]
Sina Celebrity Rank Ceremony Best Popularity Award N/A Won [49]
2013 BQ Celebrity Award New Actor of the Year (Film) N/A Won [50]
4th LeTV Awards Rising Actor (Film) N/A Won [51]
Young Choice Awards Most Popular New Actor N/A Won [52]
2014 BAZAAR Men's Style Most Attractive Celebrity of the Year N/A Won [53]
2014 Youku Night Most Attractive Figure N/A Won [54]
2015 12th Weibo Awards Weibo God N/A Won [55]
BAZAAR Men's Style Most Attractive Celebrity of the Year N/A Won [56]
2016 13th Esquire Man at His Best Awards Most Popular Male Artiste N/A Won [citation needed]
Baidu Fans Appreciation Season Figure of the Year N/A Won [57]
8th China TV Drama Awards Best On-screen Performance Decoded Won [citation needed]
2017 14th Esquire Man at His Best Awards Breakthrough Actor N/A Won [58]
BAZAAR Men of the Year Most Attractive Celebrity of the Year N/A Won [59]
2019 Cosmo Glam Night Person of The Year (Love) N/A Won [60]
Sina Fashion Awards Quality Artist of the Year N/A Won [61]


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