Li Xian (actor)

Li Xian (Chinese: 李现; born 19 October 1991)[1] is a Mainland China actor. He made his feature film debut in 2011, and is best known for his roles in the drama Go Go Squid!.[2]

Li Xian
PronunciationLǐ Xiàn
Born (1991-10-19) October 19, 1991 (age 28)
Alma materBeijing Film Academy
Years active2011–present
AgentEasy Entertainment
Chinese name
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese李現

Early lifeEdit

Li Xian was born as Li Han (Chinese: 李現) on 19 October 1991 in Xianning City, and grew up in Jingzhou City, Hubei Province.[3] He studied at Jingzhou Middle School one of the best school in the City. In 2009 he thought to studying STEM subjects in college, but after failing the annual college entrance examination, he took the test again and enter the 2010 Department of Beijing Film Academy Performance Department.[4] For the convenience of entry, Li changed his name "Chinese: " into Xian "Chinese: " which is mean "present".[1] And he was also the first college student to be admitted to the academy in Jingzhou, Hubei Province.


2011–2018: Acting debut and Rising popularityEdit

In 2011, Li made his debut in the director Wang Jing's film, "A Thousand Arrows Through Heart" iIn which he played Li Baoli's son Xiaobao, a boy who is full of resentment towards his mother and has a restrained voice because of his father's early death. He got his first role in Feng Shui when he was a sophomore at the academy. He got the role due to his age and the fact that the director, who was affiliated with the academy, was looking for someone from Hubei province, where Li was from.[5] In 2013, he starred in the romance teen flick Singing When We Are Young, produced by Andy Lau.[6]

In 2014, Li made his small-screen debut in the omnibus web dramaCity Of Fantasy.[7] In 2015, he co-starred with Chen Xiao, Du Tianhao and Liu Ruilin in the coming-of-age brotherhood web series Who Sleeps My Bro.[8][9] The series was later adapted into a film starring the original cast. In the same year he participated in the Shanghai International Film Festival Red Carpet.[10] In the same year Li co-starred alongside Zhang Ruoyun and Jiao Junyan in the crime medical web drama Medical Examiner Dr. Qin as the criminal police captain Lin Tao,[11] which was acclaimed for both its storyline and performance.[12][13][14]

In 2016, he co-starred with Angelababy, Jing Bairan, and Bai Yu in the romantic movie "Love O2O", and played the roommate of the leading actor Xiao Nai, Yu Banshan in the film. In December, he starred in the music video of Zhang Jiao's " I'm Jiang Xiaobai 2016 " and also starred in the second edition MV of Luhan’s Medal .

In 2017, his web drama Tientsin Mystic which was broadcast internationally on Netflix[15] made him received a lot of praise for his acting, and also accumulated his first fans for him. The job offer he received was one year in a row, and in order to enter the role attentively, he refused other jobs during the filming.[16] and [17][18] In 2018, Li starred in the romance drama Only Side by Side with You as a special forces agent.[19] In the same year his film Science and Sensibility released.

2019–present: BreakthroughEdit

In 2019, Li starred in the romance comedy drama Go Go Squid! as a brooding esports champion, marked a breakthrough for him.[20] Listed as Baidu’s Top 10 the most-searched celebrities of 2019,[21] Gained 20 million followers on Weibo, as well as endorsements and awards[22][23] He also participated in the soundtrack title Give To The Future (Gei Wei Lai) charted on Billboard China Social Chart as well as Billboard China Top 100[24] for 10 weeks and peak at 7.[25] Li made a cameo appeareance as airport Controller in the chinese film The Captain. The same year, he starred in the iQIYI's costume-drama Sword Dynasty as Ding Ning, produced by Feng Xiaogang. He sing the soundtrack of Red Fox Scholar, titled Glorious Future (Qian Cheng Si jin) with Chen Linong and peak at 8 on Billboard China Social Chart[26]

In 2020, Li appeared in CCTV New Year's Gala for the first time, performing the song item "Hello 2020"[27] with Zhu Yilong, Li Qin, Ma Sichun & Zhou Dongyu[28][29] He starred in the film The Enigma of Arrival, which premiered at the Busan International Film Festival. In March Li participated in a song to encourage citizens of Wuhan in their fight against COVID-19[30]

Public imageEdit


Li Xian’s popularity may fluctuate with time, but the values, beliefs, and aspirations he stands for — an entrepreneurial spirit, consideration for independent women, patriotism, fitness, authenticity, and discipline — will be around for a long time.

Dao Nguyen of Jing Daily in 2019[31]

Li Xian was favored by the director for his handsome appearance and skillful acting skills. He has left everyone with the impression of sunshine, handsomeness and versatile healing department warm men (China Entertainment Network Review) . Li belongs to the kind of simmering actor. From the forest team in Forensic Qin Ming to the Guo team in River God, Li Xian is just right on the tough and handsome role. Each of Li Xian's works has a good response. The characters he plays each time are also very characteristic and individual, and he also sees his unique vision. The "sculpture-like" figure, the hormonal breath, also reflects his self-discipline and strict requirements on himself (reviewed by Xinhua News, New Express, and Peninsula Metropolis Daily). Li's eyes can speak, and his eyes can pass on the character's soul. His performance is delicate and layered. He can capture people's hearts by his face value, but he is a “naughter” with strong acting skills. In the face of different situations, his performance instantly switches like a chameleon. In front of the camera, it is either public or casual or erupts, showing natural aura (Review of The Peninsula Metropolis).

Li cite actor He Zhengyu, Oguri Shun, Ryan Gosling as his favorit actor and want to created characters and repertoires that really have a positive effect on a type of film, film industry, audience and society.

Li has been labeled as "July Boyfriend" or "Present boyfriend"[1] after his role as Han Sahangyan in Go Go Squid [32]


Li likes to share about sports, book lists, music and movies on his Weibo. In 2019, during the broadcast of his drama Go Go Squid, Li Xian's Baidu Index, WeChat Index and Weibo all rank first in terms of follower growth.[33] His followers on Weibo grew quickly from 5 million to 20 million.[34]


Li appointed as ambassador China Youth Development Foundation[35] In 2019 Li become the first brand ambassador of Atlantis Sanya,[36][37] he also endorsed Honor,[38] Estée Lauder,[39] Midea,, Lay's, Levi's, Yili, two beverage company, and an ice cream brand.[citation needed]



Short filmEdit

Year English title Chinese title Role Notes/Ref.
2013 12 Years 12年 Lin Xiaofeng [40]
Confess 表白
2016 The Gift 星际礼物 Wang Qi [41]
2018 Explore Melbourne with Li Xian 墨尔本 我本特立独行 [42]

Music videoEdit

Year English title Chinese title Singer Notes/Ref.
2013 "Singing When We Are Young" 初恋未满 Zhang Hanyun & Cao Xuanbin
2015 "I Am Jiang Xiaobai" 我是江小白 Zhang Qi [43]
"Medals" 勋章 Lu Han [44]


Year English title Chinese title Album Notes/Ref.
2019 "Give to the Future" 给未来 Go Go Squid! OST [45]
"A Glorious Future" 前程似锦 Chi Hu Shu Sheng OST with Chen Linong[46]
2020 "Hello 2020" 你好2020 Performance for CCTV Spring Gala
with Zhu Yilong, Li Qin, Ma Sichun & Zhou Dongyu[47]
"Wuhan, How Are You" 武汉,你好吗 corona virus Wuhan support song[48]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Go Go Squid! earned him popularity awards from Weibo, Tencent, iQIYI, GQ, Esquire. Beijing News named him as person of the year, while People's Daily China honored him as influencial actor of the year,[49] he also listed in Forbes China 30 Under 30.


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  2. ^ Yau, Elaine (August 4, 2019). "Who is Li Xian, rising star of China TV hit Go Go Squid?". South China Morning Post. Archived from the original on August 5, 2019. Retrieved 1 April 2020.
  3. ^ "Li Xian Profile". Sina (in Chinese).
  4. ^ "Jingzhou chubby turned into a half-cooked male god" 图文:荆州小胖变身半熟男神. ifeng (in Chinese). Chutian Metropolis Daily. April 2, 2016.
  5. ^ 《万箭穿心》"小宝" 春节回荆州拜年. JZ News (in Chinese). February 22, 2013.
  6. ^ 专访《初恋未满》导演李娟、演员李现 (in Chinese). Radio Beijing Corporation. July 31, 2013.
  7. ^ 李现《奇妙世纪》献荧幕初吻 演技大受好评. Netease (in Chinese). October 29, 2014.
  8. ^ 《睡在我上铺的兄弟》李现出道5年帅气走红. China Daily (in Chinese). March 28, 2016.
  9. ^ 《睡在我上铺的兄弟》正能量青春剧一样是. ifeng (in Chinese). February 1, 2016.
  10. ^ 《睡在我上铺的兄弟》定档4月1日 热血青春燃值爆表. ifeng (in Chinese). December 16, 2015.
  11. ^ 《法医秦明》获赞下饭剧 李现"三副脸孔"反差萌_网易娱乐. Netease (in Chinese). October 18, 2016.
  12. ^ 演员新势力丨李现:刚拍《法医秦明》,还挺"倒胃口"的. Beijing News (in Chinese). November 25, 2016.
  13. ^ "Behind the success of 'Medical Examiner Dr. Qin'". China Daily. December 14, 2016.
  14. ^ "Sohu TV drama 'Medical Examiner Dr. Qin' receives more than 1.2 billion views". Global Times. December 11, 2016.
  15. ^ 《河神》定档719 "顽痞河神"李现赤身秀水性. (in Chinese). July 6, 2017.
  16. ^ "Dramatic improvement". China Daily. April 18, 2018.
  17. ^ 专访|李现:不是我多帅,是郭得友很帅. The Paper (in Chinese). August 17, 2017.
  18. ^ 《河神》李现:演好每个角色 体会不一样的人生. People's Daily (in Chinese). September 13, 2017.
  19. ^ 《南方有乔木》曝阵容 陈伟霆李现上演制服诱惑. Sina (in Chinese). April 7, 2017.
  20. ^ Canaves, Sky (15 October 2019). "CBI Case Study: Male Celebrities Give Beauty Marketing a Makeover". China Film Insider. Retrieved 1 April 2020. Li Xian’s performance as a brooding esports champion on “Go Go Squid!” marked a breakthrough for the actor.
  21. ^ Inc, Baidu (December 18, 2019). "Baidu Reveals Hottest Topics of 2019 in Annual Buzz List". Retrieved 4 April 2020.
  22. ^ 《蜜汁炖鱿鱼》杨紫李现萌妹遇男神一见钟情. Netease (in Chinese). February 14, 2018.
  23. ^ 《亲爱的,热爱的》定档0709 杨紫李现开启热血甜爱. Global Times (in Chinese). July 5, 2019.
  24. ^ China, Billboard. "Billboard China Top 100 - The Week of August 9, 2019". (in Chinese). Billboard. Archived from the original on August 9, 2019. Retrieved 4 April 2020.
  25. ^ Billboard. "Billboard China Social Chart - The week of October 5, 2019". Billboard. Retrieved April 4, 2020. |archive-url= is malformed: save command (help)
  26. ^ Billboard. "Billboard China Social Chart The week of September 21, 2019". Billboard. Archived from the original on April 4, 2020. Retrieved April 4, 2020.
  27. ^ CGTN (January 23, 2020). "2020 Spring Festival Gala unveils programs". CGTN. Retrieved 1 April 2020. As for the singing and dancing programs, a number of the most popular actors and singers have been invited to the gala, such as Li Xian,...
  28. ^ "鲜肉鲜花齐同框 朱一龙李现表白2020". Sina (in Chinese). January 24, 2020.
  29. ^ "李现称首次参加春晚很惊讶:没经历过 还蛮紧张的". Sina (in Chinese). January 22, 2019.
  30. ^ Laura-Achim, Adina (March 18, 2020). "Should Chinese Idols And KOLs Try To Help Fight COVID-19?". Jing Daily. Retrieved 1 April 2020. Gem (宝石) recently launched a new song to encourage citizens of Wuhan in their fight against COVID-19, and idols Li Xian
  31. ^ Nguyen, Dao (October 22, 2019). "China's Changing Masculinity Propels a Brand New Idol". Jing Daily. Retrieved 1 April 2020.
  32. ^ (September 14, 2019). "Actor Li Xian poses for fashion magazine -". Archived from the original on October 12, 2019. Retrieved 2 April 2020.
  33. ^ Syntesis, Strait Network (July 17, 2019). "What is Li Xian 's boyfriend in July, and why is Li Xian 's boyfriend in July?" 李现 七月男友什么梗,李现为什么是七月男友?. (in Chinese). Retrieved April 5, 2020.
  34. ^ Transcribers, Motley Fool (November 14, 2019). "Weibo Corporation (WB) Q3 2019 Earnings Call Transcript". The Motley Fool. Archived from the original on November 15, 2019. Retrieved 2 April 2020. This quarter a TV series called Go Go Squid! became very popular on Weibo as well as its leading actor Li Xian whose fan base grew quickly from 5 million to 20 million.
  35. ^ TV, London (31 January 2020). "Chinese Actor Li Xian and His Fans Playing an Unexpected Role against the Coronavirus". London TV. Retrieved 2 April 2020.
  36. ^ Sanya, Atlantis (September 16, 2019). "Official Announcement! "July Boyfriend" Li Xian Officially Appointed As Brand Ambassador For Atlantis Sanya". Retrieved 1 April 2020. Atlantis Sanya officially announced actor Li Xian as the resort’s first Brand Ambassador.
  37. ^ "Atlantis Sanya Invited Li Xian to be its Brand Ambassador". October 24, 2020. Retrieved 1 April 2020.
  38. ^ Yordari (March 31, 2020). "Honor 30 and 30 Pro arriving on April 15". Retrieved 1 April 2020.
  39. ^ Lavin, Frank (December 12, 2019). "How Does 12.12 Fit Into Your China Strategy?". Forbes. Retrieved 1 April 2020. Estee Lauder, as an example, produced an ad campaign using celebrities Li Xian and Yang Mi to promote its Aqua Brilliance line.
  40. ^ 《12年》微电影 一如初见相伴永远 (in Chinese). July 22, 2013.
  41. ^ 李现科幻微电影发布 演绎星际穿越之爱. Yule (in Chinese). March 12, 2016.
  42. ^ 维多利亚州旅游局发布中国区品牌:墨尔本,我本特立独行. Sina (in Chinese). March 13, 2019.
  43. ^ 李现程砚秋陈诺走红 《我是江小白2016》引关注. Netease (in Chinese). March 28, 2016.
  44. ^ 鹿晗《勋章》MV里居然有李现!. Sina (in Chinese). July 19, 2019.
  45. ^ 李现为新剧首度开唱 《给未来》宣扬青春态度. Netease (in Chinese). July 12, 2019.
  46. ^ 《春江花月夜》发布杀青曲MV 陈立农李现献唱. Netease (in Chinese). August 30, 2019.
  47. ^ "鲜肉鲜花齐同框 朱一龙李现表白2020". Sina (in Chinese). January 24, 2020.
  48. ^ Qian, Gao (February 7, 2020). "Hubei people write, Hubei people sing" (in Chinese). Beijing Evening News. p. 13. Archived from the original on March 21, 2020. Retrieved 1 April 2020. Wuhan, how are you" written by Wang Pingjiu and composed by Chang Shilei, sung by Zhu Yilong, Li Xian....
  49. ^ Ru, Wang (January 15, 2020). "Top art, cultural workers honored at ceremony". China Daily. Archived from the original on January 15, 2020. Retrieved 2 April 2020. ...actors Tang Guoqing, Li Xuejian and Li Xian were listed as "influential actors"

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