Leo Wu Lei (simplified Chinese: 吴磊; traditional Chinese: 吳磊, born December 26, 1999) is a Chinese actor. He is known as the "Nation's Little Brother" in China.[2]

Leo Wu
吴磊
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Born (1999-12-26) December 26, 1999 (age 21)
Shanghai, China
NationalityChinese
Alma materBeijing Film Academy[1]
OccupationActor
Years active2002–present
AgentWu Lei Studio
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese吳磊
Simplified Chinese吴磊
WebsiteLeo Wu's Weibo

Wu ranked 63rd on Forbes China Celebrity 100 list in 2017, 29th in 2019 and 47th in 2020.

CareerEdit

Pre-debut; 2006–2012: BeginningsEdit

In 2002, Wu appeared in the commercial of Chinese dietary supplement brand Huang Jin Da Dang, and featured in more than fifty commercials in the next two years. He made his acting debut in Chinese television drama, The Legend and the Hero (2007) where he portrayed Nezha.[3]

Wu first gained attention for his roles in the children television dramas Home with Aliens (2009)[4] and Naughty boy Xiaotiao Ma (2010),[5] for which he won the Outstanding Child Actor award at the Flying Apsaras Awards.[6] He further raised his profile with his role in wuxia drama Little Heroes (2012).[7]

2014–present: Rising popularity and transition to lead rolesEdit

In 2014, Wu featured in wuxia drama Romance of the Condor Heroes produced by Yu Zheng, and received acclaim for his portrayal of young Yang Guo.[8]

In 2015, Wu starred as Li Xiaoyao in the web drama Pal Inn and endorsed the video of game of the same name. The series gained over 300 million views, and became a popular topic online.[9] This was followed by well-received supporting turns in youth sports drama The Whirlwind Girl and wuxia drama Nirvana in Fire, which led to increased recognition for Wu.[10][11]

In 2017, Wu took on his first small screen leading role in the fantasy web drama, Magic Star.[12] He also co-starred in the British-Chinese action thriller S.M.A.R.T. Chase directed by Charles Martin;[13] as well as Chinese-New Zealand production Into the Rainbow.[14]

In 2018, Wu starred in the fantasy epic Asura.[15][16] Coined as China's most expensive production with a budget of $110 million, the film was a box office bomb and was pulled from cinemas only two days after its premiere.[17] Wu then returned to the small screen in the fantasy adventure series The Tomb of Sea, written by the author of Daomu Biji;[18][19][20] and starred in Battle Through the Heavens, a fantasy action drama based on the popular xianxia novel of the same name.[21][22] The same year, he featured in historical film Shadow by acclaimed director Zhang Yimou.[23][24] Forbes China listed Wu under their 30 Under 30 Asia 2017 list which consisted of 30 influential people under 30 years old who have had a substantial effect in their fields.[25]

In 2019, Wu starred in the romance film Adoring.[26][27] He also starred in fantasy-adventure film Into the Rainbow.[28]

In 2020, Wu was cast in the historical drama The Long Ballad.[29] The same year, he starred in the historical fantasy drama Guardians of the Ancient Oath,[30] and esports drama Cross Fire.[31]

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year English title Chinese title Role Notes/Ref.
2006 Legend of Northern Wei 北魏传奇之宏图恨 Tuo Baxun
2009 Zone of Death 火线追凶之死亡地带 Xiao Hu
Shun Shun and Yang Yang 川川和洋洋 Yang Yang
2010 Heaven Eternal, Earth Everlasting 80'后 young Mingyuan
2017 S.M.A.R.T. Chase 极智追击:龙凤劫 Dingdong Tang [13]
Into the Rainbow 奇迹:追逐彩虹 Xiao Cheng [14]
2018 Asura 阿修罗 Ruyi [15]
Shadow Yang Ping [24]
2019 Zhui Ji 坠机 Ulla Ji Miru/ Vladimir Short film[32]
Adoring 宠爱 Chen Leyun [26]
2021 Trouble in the East China Sea 大闹东海 Ne Zha

Television seriesEdit

Year English title Chinese title Role Network Notes/Ref.
2006 The Young Warriors 少年杨家将 young Yang Yanzhao CTV
Everlasting Regret 长恨歌 Mao Mao Shanghai Channel, Jiangsu Channel
The Senior General Chen Geng 陈赓大将 Zhi Fei CCTV
Five Disciples of Master Huang 黄飞鸿五大弟子 Huang Liwei CTS, Guangzhou TV
Hu Jia Han Yue 胡笳汉月 Tuoba Xun
2007 The Legend and the Hero 封神榜之凤鸣岐山 Nezha Jilin TV
Daughter-in-Law's Tears 媳妇的眼泪 young Minghui Sichuan Channel
The Sword and Chess of Death 魔剑生死棋 Guan Yunbao
Shun Niang 顺娘 Chen Jingshui CTS, Shanghai TV
2008 Pearl Love 新还君明珠 young Majun Hangzhou TV
Fu Gui Zai Tian 富贵在天 Cheng Yan CNTV
Ning Wei Nu Ren 宁为女人 Si Chen
Pretty Pearl 大珍珠 Wen Jing CCTV, CTS
Life and Death 生死谍恋 Xiao Zhi Zhengzhou TV
Mother Married for Me 妈妈为我嫁 young Wai Kaicheng / Hong Jiahui
Chuan Niang Wen Hui 船娘文慧 Jia Yang Shanghai Channel
Xue Zhong Hong 雪中红 young Gu Zhihao / Gu Zhizhong
Spring Goes, Spring Comes 春去春又回 Shandong TV
2009 Justice Bao 新包青天 Crown Prince Renzong
Mysterious House 深宅 Qiao Wei Qinghai TV [33]
Home with Aliens 家有外星人 Tang Buku Guangdong TV [4]
Nan Wei Nu Er Hong 难为女儿红 Ding Zhongxing Jiangsu Channel
Mother and Wife 娘妻 Gao Yaozong Anhui TV [34]
2010 Who Knows the Female of the Women 谁知女人心 Fu Xi'er Jiangsu Channel
Blood War 风雨雕花楼 Gu Daxin Anhui TV
Horizon True Heart 天涯赤子心 Xiao Bao [35]
2011 Love is a Little Blue 爱情有点蓝 Mao Mao Zhejiang TV
Mo's Mischief 淘气包马小跳 Ma Xiaotiao CCTV [5]
Utopia Office 乌托邦办公室 Mu Xingnan Youku
Family Reunion 团圆 young Liu Shiwen TVB
The Emperor's Harem 后宫 young Wangzhi Zhejiang TV
2012 Little Heroes 自古英雄出少年 Zhao Yang (Da Zhangfu) Guangdong TV [7]
Grandma Loves Me Once Again 奶奶再爱我一次 Huang Yingsheng Anhui TV
My Mother is an Angel 我的妈妈是天使 Jiang Xiaoqiang Jiangxi TV
2013 The Victor 怒海情仇 young Chengyi Jiangsu Channel
The Mother's Heart 娘心 young Wang Minghui/Wang Tiancheng Jiangxi TV [36]
Shuo Hao Bu Liu Lei 说好不流泪 Ling Tianyou Liaoning Channel
Red Sedan Chair 红轿子 young Che Wenxuan Huzhou Channel
2014 Stepmother's Spring 后妈的春天 young Tiexiong Guangdong Channel [37]
The Romance of the Condor Heroes 神雕侠侣 young Yang Guo Hunan TV [8]
2015 Pal Inn 仙剑客栈 Li Xiaoyao / Yi Pin Youku [9]
The Whirlwind Girl 旋风少女 Hu Yifeng Hunan TV [10]
Nirvana in Fire 琅琊榜 Fei Liu Beijing TV, Dragon TV [11]
The Legend of Qin 秦时明月 Zi Ying Hunan TV [38]
2016 The Imperial Doctress 女医·明妃传 Dragon TV, Jiangsu TV Zhu Jianshen [39]
Far Away Love 远得要命的爱情 Meng Xiang Dongnan TV, Guangdong TV [40]
The Classic of Mountains And Seas 山海经之赤影传说 Shi Peipei Hunan TV [41]
The Whirlwind Girl 2 旋风少女2 Hu Yifeng [42]
2017 Magic Star 奇星记之鲜衣怒马少年时 Zhan Xiongfei Youku [12]
2018 The Tomb of Sea 沙海 Li Cu Tencent [18]
Battle Through the Heavens 斗破苍穹 Xiao Yan Hunan TV [21]
2020 Guardians of the Ancient Oath 山海经之上古密约 Baili Hongshuo [30]
Shi Cha Hai 什刹海 Xiang Dong CCTV [43]
Cross Fire 穿越火线 Lu Xiaobei Tencent [31]
2021 The Long Ballad 长歌行 Ashina Hato [29]
Our Times 我们的时代 Xiao Chuang

Variety showEdit

Year English title Chinese title Role Notes/Ref.
2015 Smart 7 好好学吧 Cast member [44]
2016 Twenty-Four Hours 二十四小时 [45]
2017 Twenty-Four Hours Season 2 二十四小时第二季 [46]
72 Floors of Mystery 七十二层奇楼 [47]
2018 Who's the Keyman 我是大侦探 [48]
2019 The Inn 亲爱的·客栈 [49]

DiscographyEdit

Year English title Chinese title Album Notes
2017 "When I was Young" 儿时
"The First Lesson" 第一课 First Class of New Semester OST
2019 "We Are All Dream Chasers" 我们都是追梦人 Performance for CCTV New Year's Gala[50]
"Adoring" 宠爱 Adoring OST
2020 "Cross Fire" 穿越火线 Cross Fire OST [51]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2011 28th Flying Apsaras Awards Best Young Actor Naughty boy Xiaotiao Ma Won [6]
2015 7th China TV Drama Awards Most Promising Actor N/A Won [52]
4th iQiyi All-Star Carnival Most Popular Newcomer N/A Won [53]
2016 16th Top Chinese Music Awards Most Popular TV Idol N/A Won [54]
19th Huading Awards Best Newcomer Nirvana in Fire Nominated
10th Tencent Video Star Awards Rising Artist of the Year N/A Won [55]
Youku Young Choice Awards Most Talented Idol N/A Won [56]
2017 Netease Crossover Awards Most Popular Actor N/A Won [57]
L'Officiel Fashion Night Influence Award Hot Era Reader N/A Won [58]
11th Tencent Video Star Awards Doki Influential Artist of the Year N/A Won [59]
2018 Weibo Movie Awards Ceremony Popular Actor Award N/A Won [60]
L'Officiel Night Generation Breakthrough Award N/A Won [61]
25th Cosmo Beauty Ceremony Beautiful Young Idol N/A Won [62]
12th Tencent Video Star Awards Rising TV Actor N/A Won [63]
2019 China Literature Award Ceremony Super IP Actor N/A Won [64]
2018-2019 Golden Data Entertainment Award Web Drama Views Contribution Award (Actor) The Tomb of Sea Won [65]
Next Generation Influencers for Global Philanthropy Young Philanthropy Star N/A Won [66]
Cosmo Glam Night Person of The Year (Dream) N/A Won [67]
26th Huading Awards Top Ten Favorite Actors N/A Won [68]
16th Esquire Man At His Best Awards Quality Artist of the Year N/A Won [69]

Forbes China Celebrity 100Edit

Year Rank Ref.
2017 63rd [70]
2019 29th [71]
2020 47th [72]

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