Nie Yuan

Nie Yuan (born 17 March 1978) is a Chinese actor best known for his numerous television performances, some of his more notable roles include: Hu Fei in Fox Volant of the Snowy Mountain (2006); Li Ke in Carol of Zhenguan (2007); Zhao Yun in Three Kingdoms (2010), Tang Sanzang in Journey to the West (2011) and Qianlong Emperor in Story of Yanxi Palace (2018).

Nie Yuan
Born (1978-03-17) 17 March 1978 (age 42)
Alma materShanghai Theatre Academy
Years active1997–present
AgentHuanyu Film
Spouse(s)Yang Guang

(m. 2008; div. 2012)

Qin Ziyue (m. 2014)
Children1 daughter (b. 2014)
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese聶遠
Simplified Chinese聂远
Musical career

Early lifeEdit

Nie was born in Zhenyuan County, Guizhou. His parents named his elder brother and him "Zhen" and "Yuan" respectively to remind them not to forget their hometown (Zhenyuan). When Nie recalled his adolescent days, he saw himself as a "youth-at-risk" then – he secretly joined the Guiyang Dance Class without informing his parents; when he was around 15 and 16 years old, he smoked, got into fights, and ran away from home. His worried parents sent him to enlist in the People's Liberation Army. Nie later enrolled in the Shanghai Theatre Academy after completing his service in the army. However, he behaved insolently in the academy and was almost expelled for poor conduct, but a teacher appealed for him to stay. After this incident, he became more mature and changed his rebellious ways.


Nie first started acting when he was still in the Shanghai Theatre Academy. He was a "highly productive" actor, as he described in his own words, "In times when I was playing with my life, I could finish filming one episode in two days. I tried completing filming a 140 episodes television drama and one movie in a year. This can be taken as a record."

In 2000, after graduating from the academy, Nie and his first girlfriend, actress Huang Yi, collaborated in the television drama Wrong Carriage, Right Groom. Nie did not receive much acclaim for his performance while in contrast, Huang Yi was very successful. In 2001, Nie worked on Tianxia Liangcang with director Wu Ziniu, and was noted for his outstanding performance.[1] Following that, Nie acted in the period dramas Love Legend of the Tang Dynasty,[2][deprecated source] Eternity: A Chinese Ghost Story,[3] Heroes of Sui and Tang Dynasties,[4] Hanxue Baoma,[5] Jingcheng Sishao,[6] Han Women,[7] and Carol of Zhenguan,[8] and experienced a surge in popularity for his portrayal of good-looking young men dressed in ancient Chinese costumes.[9]

In 2004, Nie was named by the Chinese media as one of the "Mainland's New Four Young Actors", along with Huang Xiaoming, Tong Dawei and Yin Xiaotian. That year, producer Zhang Jizhong was searching for someone to portray the lead character Yang Guo in his wuxia television series The Return of the Condor Heroes. Nie was a popular choice for "Yang Guo" and he participated in the audition as well, but eventually lost the role to Huang Xiaoming, who was not as popular as him then. Huang Xiaoming's performance in The Return of the Condor Heroes propelled him to fame, while in contrast, Nie did not advance much in his career. It was said that Nie and Huang developed a rivalry over the incident, but in a 2010 interview, Nie admitted that he did feel depressed when he lost the opportunity to act as Yang Guo, but also stated that his feud with Huang Xiaoming is not true.[10]

In 2006, Nie starred in the wuxia drama Fox Volant of the Snowy Mountain.[11]

From 2008 onwards, Nie's career took an upturn when he starred in the television series Three Kingdoms (2010) as military general Zhao Yun and Journey to the West (2011) as Tang Sanzang, adaptations of two of the Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese literature.[12][13] He then acted in the films The Flowers of War as a soldier, The Last Supper as military general Xiang Zhuang, Avalokitesvara as Tang Emperor Li Yi, and Brotherhood of Blades as an eunuch.[14][15][16][17]

Nie gained renewed recognition with his portrayal of Qianlong Emperor in the hit palace dramas Story of Yanxi Palace.

He later starred as Lu Buwei in the historical drama The Legend of Haolan.[18][19]

Personal lifeEdit

When he was in his third year at Shanghai Theatre Academy, Nie met actress Huang Yi and started a relationship with her. They also acted together as a couple in the television drama Wrong Carriage, Right Groom. They broke up later as they pursued their respective careers.[20]

Around 2003, Nie started a new relationship, this time with Liu Yun (劉芸), whom he first met when they were working together in the television series Hanxue Baoma. They were later paired up again in Dahan Jinguo (2004). Nie and Liu separated in 2006, and they did not want to mention anything about their relationship again.[21]

On September 28, 2008, Nie married actress Yang Guang (陽光). Their wedding was held in Beijing and more than 300 guests were invited.[22] They divorced in 2012.[23]

In early 2014, Nie married actress Qin Ziyue (秦子越), who had a minor role in Journey to the West (2011). Their daughter was born on May 8th of that year.[24]



Year English title Chinese title Role Notes
2000 滕王阁传奇 Wang Bo Television film
2000 刀锋 Fang Xiao Television film
2002 Ghosts 凶宅幽灵 Jiang Hongbin [25]
2004 Love Message 简讯一月追 Tan Qiang Cameo
2005 The Road 芳香之旅 Liu Fendou [26]
2005 Abao's Story 阿宝的故事 Luo Wei [27]
2006 Hidden Tiger 卧虎 Policeman [28]
2006 Eastern Legend 东方海盗传奇 Young Tang Lang Cameo
2007 大爱无垠 Zhu Yibing
2007 Wonder Women 女人本色 Cheng Bicong [29]
2008 Fit Lover 爱情左灯右行 Wu Dawei [30]
2011 The Lost Bladesman 关云长 Han Fu [31]
2011 The Founding of a Party 建党伟业 Chen Qimei [32]
2012 The Flowers of War 金陵十三叉 Chinese soldier
2012 The Last Supper 王的盛宴 Xiang Zhuang
2013 Avalokitesvara 不肯去观音 Li Yi
2013 Return the Money 啊朋友还钱 Lu Dajun [33]
2013 Target Locked 目标战 Lin Haonan [34]
2014 Brotherhood of Blades 绣春刀 Zhao Jingzhong
2017 The Warriors 勇士 Yang Chengbin [35]
2017 96 Hours 生死96小时 Zhao Yong
2018 The Blizzard 道高一丈 Song Chao [36]
2018 Phantom from the Deep 古墓兽影 Wu Kui [37]
2018 Endless Loop 黑暗迷宫 [38]
2018 Chinese Peacekeeping Forces 中国蓝盔 Chen Guoqiang [39]
2019 For Love with You 一切如你 [40]
2019 Spy Wolf Chameleon 碟狼之变色龙 [41]
2019 Mao Zedong 1949 决胜时刻 Luo Ruiqing [42]
2019 Towards The River Glorious 打过长江去 [43]

Television seriesEdit

Year English title Chinese title Role Notes
1998 百年浮沉 Pei Yexiang
1999 嫂娘 Yunlin
1999 Smart Kid 机灵小不懂 Zhengde Emperor
1999 Love Letter 情书 Lü Bin Cameo
2000 Wrong Carriage, Right Groom 上错花轿嫁对郎 Qi Tianlei
2000 夏日恋语录 Dali Cameo
2000 夺命网路 Xu Bo Cameo; alternative title Ai Buxuyao Chengnuo (愛,不需要承諾)
2001 天下粮仓 Qianlong Emperor
2001 如影随形 Zuo Xiaobing Cameo
2001 Love Legend of the Tang Dynasty 大唐情史 Bianji
2001 非常情网 Tian Jiang
2001 Lü Bu and Diaochan 吕布与貂蝉 Cao Cao Alternative title Diewu Tianya (蝶舞天涯)
2002 Four Marshals 四大名捕斗将军 Wuqing
2002 The Eight Hilarious Gods 笑八仙 Da'erguai
2002 军港之夜 Xiao Ming [44]
2003 Eternity: A Chinese Ghost Story 倩女幽魂 Qiye
2003 Heroes of Sui and Tang Dynasties 隋唐英雄传 Luo Cheng
2003 High Flying Songs of Tang Dynasty 大唐歌飞 An Qingxu
2003 龙凤奇缘 Fu Jun
2003 Life Concern 人命关天 Chen Tianhua [45]
2003 青天衙门 Lin Youqing Cameo
2004 汗血宝马 Zhao Xizhu
2004 京城四少 Tiedan
2004 Han Women 大汉巾帼 Fu Shen
2004 凌云壮志包青天 Wang Chao Cameo
2004 谁主中原 Chongzhen Emperor
2004 The 100th Bride 第100个新娘 Xiaogang [46]
2004 Carol of Zhenguan 贞观长歌 Li Ke
2005 Eonian Hero 逐日英雄 Ouyang Hanqiang [47]
2005 殷商传奇 Zu Mawang Cameo[48]
2005 Leave like the Wind 像风一样离去 Fan Yifeng [49]
2006 Fox Volant of the Snowy Mountain 雪山飞狐 Hu Fei
2006 Red Streamer 红幡 Zhang Ziqing [50]
2006 Met As Strangers, Once Acquainted 相逢何必曾相识 Zhou Xinyan Cameo
2006 Ming Dynasty 大明天下 Mu Yunzhou Cameo[51]
2006 Drifting Life 人间浮沉 Wu Shu
2006 Project A A计划 young Tang Lang Cameo
2006 男人的天堂 Zhong Shan
2007 戴着面具跳舞 Suona [52]
2007 Flags of Our Fathers 父辈的旗帜 Zhong Hao [53]
2007 天下兄弟 Liu Dong [54]
2009 Shooting from Behind 枪声背后 Ye Zhenglong [55]
2010 Three Kingdoms 三国 Zhao Yun
2010 Hi Neighbourhood 嗨!芳邻 Gardener [56]
2011 Journey to the West 西游记 Tang Sanzang
2012 Sheath Knife 刀出鞘 Liu Yunxiang [57]
2014 Deng Xiaoping at History's Crossroads 历史转折中的邓小平 Cameo
2014 花红花火 Chen Sanpao [58]
2015 Flying Swords of Dragon Gate 龙门飞甲 Zhao Huai'an [59]
2015 The Legend of Xiaozhuang 大玉儿传奇 Hong Taiji [60]
2016 Will of Steel 心如铁 Long Ma [61]
2017 东方有大海 Deng Shichang [62]
2018 Hidden Dragon 潜·龙 Yang Youxin [63]
2018 Story of Yanxi Palace 延禧攻略 Qianlong Emperor
2019 The Legend of Haolan 皓镧传 Lü Buwei [64]
2019 The Plough Department of Song Dynasty 大宋北斗司 Cameo
2019 Can't Hide The Sun 掩不住的阳光 [65]
2019 The Listener 心灵法医 Ming Chuan [66]
2020 Knock on the Happiness Door 幸福还会来敲门 Huang Zili [67]
2020 The Heritage 传家


English title Chinese title Notes
"Love You Til the End" 愛你愛到底 Theme song of Red Streamer; performed together with Hu Ke
Legend 傳說 Ending theme song of Fox Volant of the Snowy Mountain
"Whose Bride Are You" 你是誰的新娘 Opening theme song of Leave like the Wind


Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2009 12th Golden Phoenix Awards Society Award N/A Won
2018 5th The Actors of China Award Ceremony Best Actor (Web series) Story of Yanxi Palace Won [68]


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  2. ^ 演员聂远沈傲君共谱大唐情史陈莎莎到场助阵. Epoch Times (in Chinese). October 29, 2002.
  3. ^ 聂远加盟《倩女幽魂》 诠释另类武侠情缘(附图). Sina (in Chinese). January 8, 2003.
  4. ^ 聂远黄海冰激情打造 《隋唐英雄传》将现荧屏. Netease (in Chinese). October 8, 2004.
  5. ^ 聂远拍完《汗血宝马》受刺激:我养宠物就养马. Sina (in Chinese). February 24, 2005.
  6. ^ 《京城四少》聂远:拜师刘晓庆 大赞演技出众. Sohu (in Chinese). July 13, 2005.
  7. ^ 《大汉巾帼》杀青在即 聂远不谈杨过(组图). Sina (in Chinese). July 27, 2004.
  8. ^ 《贞观长歌》谢幕 聂远版"李恪"受追捧(组图). Sina (in Chinese). May 18, 2007.
  9. ^ 票选新"四大小生"终极阵容 聂远:古装第一小生. Sina (in Chinese). August 26, 2011.
  10. ^ 聂远:我的生命充满"阳光" (in Chinese)
  11. ^ 当红小生聂远为《雪山飞狐》苦练"胡家刀法". Tencent (in Chinese). January 7, 2008.
  12. ^ 新《三国》赵云受宠 聂远被封最酷"赵子龙". Sina (in Chinese). June 12, 2010.
  13. ^ 张纪中版《西游记》片花曝光 聂远饰演唐僧(图). Sina (in Chinese). November 1, 2010.
  14. ^ 古装第一小生 聂远进组《金陵十三钗》演军人(组图). Netease (in Chinese). March 11, 2011.
  15. ^ 《王的盛宴》上映引热议 聂远演技受好评. Sina (in Chinese). December 4, 2012.
  16. ^ 《不肯去观音》聂远称角色带来正能量. Sina (in Chinese). July 8, 2013.
  17. ^ 《绣春刀》将映 聂远出演悲剧太监赵靖忠. Sina (in Chinese). July 23, 2014.
  18. ^ 《延禧攻略》聂远领衔清宫男团蓄势待发. Xinhua News Agency (in Chinese). July 13, 2018.
  19. ^ 《延禧攻略》乾隆毒舌又傲娇? 聂远:跟着感觉演. Sina (in Chinese). August 13, 2018.
  20. ^ 聂远与黄奕曾经甜蜜蜜 曝光新女友否认旧情复燃 (in Chinese)
  21. ^ 刘芸:与聂远的爱情玫瑰凋零在冬季 Archived 2012-03-23 at the Wayback Machine (in Chinese)
  22. ^ 聂远杨光北京大婚 Archived 2011-09-30 at the Wayback Machine (in Chinese)
  23. ^ 聂远被曝与妻子阳光已离婚 婚姻仅维持三年半(图). Sina (in Chinese). April 16, 2012.
  24. ^ 聂远老婆秦子越顺产诞千金 重6斤1两小名天天. Sohu (in Chinese). May 8, 2014.
  25. ^ 评《凶宅幽灵》:仅有一张面具是不够的(图). Sina (in Chinese). July 1, 2002.
  26. ^ 《芳香之旅》中张静初聂远情侣戏拍三个通宵. Sina (in Chinese). January 31, 2006.
  27. ^ 刘涛刘亦菲聂远贺岁剧《阿宝的故事》给狗捧场. Sina (in Chinese). February 7, 2006.
  28. ^ 聂远:从"飞狐"到《卧虎》. Sina (in Chinese). August 10, 2006.
  29. ^ 《女人本色》男人不靠谱 聂远梁咏琪成情人(图). Sina (in Chinese). June 18, 2007.
  30. ^ 《爱情左灯右行》拍摄正酣 聂远上演英雄救美. Sina (in Chinese). September 17, 2008.
  31. ^ 《关云长》"五关六将"曝光 聂远与甄子丹反目. Sina (in Chinese). March 7, 2011.
  32. ^ 《建党伟业》张震聂远造型首度曝光(组图). Sina (in Chinese). September 28, 2010.
  33. ^ 《啊朋友还钱》曝海报特辑 聂远秀刀疤为逃债(图). Netease (in Chinese). November 22, 2013.
  34. ^ 《目标战》中聂远颠覆性出演特战队队长. Sina (in Chinese). September 13, 2013.
  35. ^ 《勇士》定档10.14 李东学聂远于小伟领衔硬汉团. Sohu (in Chinese). September 21, 2016.
  36. ^ 《道高一丈》定档9.7 延禧乾隆帝聂远搏命博心. ifeng (in Chinese). August 13, 2018.
  37. ^ 聂远主演《古墓兽影》定档913 变身功夫男神爆裂上映. People Daily (in Chinese). September 5, 2018.
  38. ^ 《黑暗迷宫》曝"迷雾重重"终极预告 聂远迷宫窥探人心竟遭"暗算" 11.1内地上映. Mtime (in Chinese). October 26, 2018.
  39. ^ 《中国蓝盔》曝剧情预告 徐洪浩聂远上演生死瞬间. China Radio International (in Chinese). October 23, 2018.
  40. ^ 敬老主题电影《一切如你》定档2月9日. Mtime (in Chinese). December 6, 2018.
  41. ^ 公安缉毒题材院线电影《碟狼之变色龙》明年与观众见面. ifeng (in Chinese). November 24, 2018.
  42. ^ "聂远新片《决胜时刻》今日上映 致敬时代英雄". ifeng (in Chinese). September 20, 2019.
  43. ^ "《打过长江去》曝终极海报 致敬战争中的平凡英雄". Sina (in Chinese). October 21, 2019.
  44. ^ 聂远走进《军港之夜》 演绎全新海军生活(附图). Sina (in Chinese). May 8, 2003.
  45. ^ 《人命关天》山东首播 聂远化身白衣卫士(图). Sohu (in Chinese). May 29, 2006.
  46. ^ 聂远上海拍《第100个新娘》和美女演激情戏(图). Sina (in Chinese). April 10, 2004.
  47. ^ 《逐日英雄》恢宏大气 主演聂远谈感受(组图). Sina (in Chinese). December 14, 2005.
  48. ^ 聂远电视《殷商传奇》中狠狠"邪一把"(组图). Sina (in Chinese). November 16, 2005.
  49. ^ 《像风一样离去》国产版《爱的阶梯》(图). Sohu (in Chinese). March 13, 2007.
  50. ^ 《红幡》热播 聂远"毁容"要做实力派(组图). Sina (in Chinese). February 7, 2007.
  51. ^ 聂远吴子牛师徒情深 《大明天下》四度携手(图). Tencent (in Chinese). June 20, 2006.
  52. ^ 《戴着面具跳舞》热播 聂远饰演整容医生惹争议. Sina (in Chinese). August 31, 2009.
  53. ^ 《父辈的旗帜》央视热播 聂远:像父辈一样奉献. Sina (in Chinese). April 25, 2008.
  54. ^ 《天下兄弟》热播 聂远比较"窝囊"(图). Sina (in Chinese). February 25, 2009.
  55. ^ 年度悬疑大戏开播 张译聂远揭《枪声背后》真相. Sina (in Chinese). April 26, 2010.
  56. ^ 轻喜剧《芳邻》杀青 聂远颠覆形象搞怪(图). Sina (in Chinese). July 21, 2008.
  57. ^ 《刀出鞘》12月杀青 大陶红聂远演"姐弟恋". Sina (in Chinese). November 11, 2011.
  58. ^ 张嘉译刘涛聂远《花红花火》未播先火. Sina (in Chinese). October 21, 2014.
  59. ^ 聂远领衔剧版《龙门飞甲》造型首曝光(图). Sina (in Chinese). October 28, 2013.
  60. ^ 聂远加盟《大玉儿传奇》现不一样的皇太极. Sina (in Chinese). July 29, 2014.
  61. ^ 《心如铁》将播 聂远舒畅打造民国"无间道". Netease (in Chinese). November 25, 2016.
  62. ^ "《东方有大海》将播 印小天双剧霸屏男主气场UP". Netease (in Chinese). July 3, 2017.
  63. ^ 聂远出演浙菜大师 《黑网下星光》热拍. China Daily (in Chinese). January 11, 2016.
  64. ^ 《皓镧传》首曝演员阵容 王志飞宁静等实力派加盟. Netease (in Chinese). April 9, 2018.
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