Tao Hong (actress, born 1972)

Tao Hong (born January 15, 1972) is a Chinese actress and former synchronised swimmer. A National Games of China champion, Tao was part of the Chinese national team at several synchronised swimming competitions from 1987 to 1991, including the 1991 World Aquatics Championships.

Tao Hong
Born (1972-01-15) January 15, 1972 (age 48)
Alma materCentral Academy of Drama
Xu Zheng (m. 2002)
AwardsDamascus International Film Festival
Best Actress
1997 Colors of the Blind
Deauville Asian Film Festival
Best Actress
2000 Colors of the Blind
Beijing College Student Film Festival
Best Actress
1999 A Beautiful New World
2015 Forgetting to Know You
Chunyan Awards
Best Supporting Actress
2013 Yang Shanzhou
China Movie Channel Media Awards
Best Actress
2014 Forgetting to Know YouHuabiao AwardsOutstanding Actress
1998 Colors of the Blind

Golden Rooster AwardsBest Actress
1998 Colors of the Blind

Hundred Flowers AwardsBest Supporting Actress
2000 Agreed Not to Separate

As an actress, Tao has received wide acclaim for films like Colors of the Blind (1997) and Forgetting to Know You (2013), though she is better known for hit TV dramas like Sunny Piggy (2000), Nothing in the Mirror (2002), Chuncao (2007) and The Red (2014). Internationally, Tao is probably best known for her small role in the Academy Award-winning film The Red Violin (1998).

Athletic careerEdit

Tao Hong
Personal information
National team  China
Height164 cm (5 ft 5 in)
Weight50 kg (110 lb)
StrokesSynchronized swimming
ClubBeijing Synchronized Swimming Team (1984–1994)

Tao Hong began practicing with the Beijing Synchronized Swimming Team in 1983 when she was 11. In 1984, she officially made the team.[1] She made the national team for the first time in 1987.

At the 1991 World Aquatics Championships, China finished 6th, which would remain China's best finish at the event until 2007.[2] Although a member of the national team, Tao missed both the 1988 and the 1992 Olympics, since she was slightly weaker than her teammates Tan Min, Guan Zewen, and Wang Xiaojie at solo and duet competitions, and team competition did not become an Olympic event until 1996 after she retired to pursue acting.

Notable National CompetitionsEdit

Event Competition Result Rank Partner/Teammates
1989 National Synchronized Swimming Championships duet routine 3rd Ren Na
1991 National Synchronized Swimming Championships team routine 3rd
1992 National Synchronized Swimming Championships team routine 1st Ren Na, Zhao Bin, Kong Rui, Gao Ya, Yan Xiaohui, Wu Mei, Li Fei
1993 7th National Games of China team routine 180.35 1st

International CompetitionsEdit

Event Competition Result Rank Partner/Teammates
1987 8th Pan Pacific Synchronized Swimming Championships team routine 163.71 5th
1988 French Open for Synchronized Swimming duet routine 171.47 5th Ren Na
team routine 169.19 4th
1990 4th American Cup for Synchronized Swimming[3] duet routine 167.885 3rd Tan Min
team routine 167.415 3rd
1991 6th World Aquatics Championships team routine 179.835 6th Tan Min, Guan Zewen, Wang Xiaojie, Luo Xi, Long Yan, Jiang Jie, Li Jia, Fu Yan[4]
1991 5th FINA Synchronized Swimming World Cup team routine 91.78 5th

Acting careerEdit

In August 1993, Jiang Wen, who had been preparing for his directorial debut In the Heat of the Sun, went to the Beijing Synchronized Swimming Team looking for a good swimmer for his female lead. Even though Tao did not remotely fit the physical description of the role, Jiang liked her smile so much that he invited her to his set for a supporting role.[5] The film was a big hit, and at the suggestion of Jiang, she retired from the Beijing club and applied to 3 professional acting schools: Central Academy of Drama, Beijing Film Academy and Shanghai Theatre Academy, all highly prestigious and selective. She was accepted to all 3 and chose Central Academy of Drama.[6] She was the class president and became the first student in school history (along with classmate Duan Yihong) to receive a perfect grade.[7] In 2015, she participated in the making of a music video of The Hopes of President Xi.[8]



Year English Title Original Title Role Notes
1994 In the Heat of the Sun 阳光灿烂的日子 Yu Beibei
1997 Colors of the Blind 黑眼睛 Ding Lihua
1998 The Red Violin Chen Gang
1999 A Beautiful New World 美丽新世界 Huang Jinfang
Agreed Not to Separate 说好不分手 Lu Xinxin
2000 As Good As Happiness 开心就好 Yu Lan TV film
Happy Times 幸福时光 trailer visitor
Bright Heart 明亮的心 Li Ruyi
2002 Sky Lovers 天上的恋人 Zhu Ling
Top Danger 极度险情 Jing Hui
No Lonely Angels 天使不寂寞 He Jialing
2003 Sky of Love 情牵一线 Su Yaqin
2004 Master of Everything 自娱自乐 Alian
2005 Lilac Blossom 十全十美之丁香花开 Liu Sihua TV film
Mystery 秘密 Xiao Xiao TV film
2006 In the Blue 浅蓝深蓝 Kevin's mother
Aspirin 阿司匹林 herself cameo
2007 3 City Hotshots 第三种温暖 waitress
Unfinished Girl 第三个人 Xiao Feng
2008 Marriage Trap 婚礼2008 Ding Xiaotao
2010 Here Comes Fortune 財神到 Yang Sujuan
My Belle Boss 我的美女老板 coffee shop owner
You Deserve to Be Single 活该你单身 Zhou Mei
2011 People Mountain People Sea 人山人海 Tianxin
Yang Shanzhou 杨善洲 Yang Jinglan
2012 Guns and Roses 黃金大劫案 Fang Die
Lost in Thailand 人再囧途之泰囧 An-an
2013 Forgetting to Know You 忘了去懂你 Chen Xuesong
No Man's Land 无人区 Ms. Xing
2015 Lost in Hong Kong 港囧 award presenter cameo
2016 Mr. Nian 年兽大作战 Granny voice acting
2018 How Long Will I Love U 超时空同居 Shop manageress
2019 My People, My Country 我和我的祖国
Adoring 宠爱


Year English Title Original Title Role Notes
1996 Dragon Pearl 龙珠 Yang Na
The Story of Hong Kong 香港的故事 Zheng Adai (young
Men Actually Work the Hardest 其实男人最辛苦 Didi
1997 Paging Mother 寻呼妈妈 Mu Qing
The Bright Mirror Hangs High 明鏡高懸 Gao Mingjing
1998 Records of Kangxi's Travel Incognito 康熙微服私訪記 Luo Jinhong
Let's Meet in a Bar 相约酒吧 Ye'er
1999 Where Dreams Began 梦开始的地方 Xiaohui
Divorce 离婚 Madame Ma
Beautiful Women 千娇百媚 Yujiao & Yumei
2000 Star Creation 明星制造 Shen Yun
Sunny Piggy 春光燦爛豬八戒 Xiaolongnü
The Love Station 爱情驿站 Liu Qingqing
Unusual Cases 非常案件 Wei Yu
The Chinese Hero 中華英豪 Bizhu
2001 No Longer Able to Give Up 欲罢不能 Teacher Liu
Human Worm 人虫 Tao Hong herself
A Laughing Stock 贻笑大方 Zhuang Wenjing
2002 Nothing in the Mirror 空镜子 Sun Yan
Sky Lovers 天空下的缘分 Xiaotao Segment 5: "Sun Tanning" (日光浴)
2003 The Heaven Sword and Dragon Saber 倚天屠龍記 Ji Xiaofu
Not-So-Distant Neighbors 相邻不远 Su Tingting
Everyone Ready 各就各位 Jia Li
2004 Back of the Sun 太阳背面 Gong Ni
The Woman Behind the Woman 女人背后的女人 Azi
Lotus Flowers From Water 出水芙蓉 Lin Ting
2005 Xianfeng Dynasty: Fantasies Behind A Curtain 咸豐王朝之一簾幽夢 Yehenara Lan'er
Underground Transport Stations 地下交通站 Lin Jing
The Emperor in Han Dynasty 漢武大帝 Liu Ling
No Matter What, Don't Get Emotional 动什么别动感情 He Jiaqi
Emphasis Detect 立案侦查 Ye Qiang & Ye Qin
The Color of Life 生命的颜色 Yan Ni
2006 Stories of a Taxation Bureau 税务所的故事
Sombre Night 夜深沉 Yuerong
Chinese Story 中國故事 Lü Lin
2007 Nanny 保姆 Ma Xiaohui
Chuncao 春草 Chuncao
The Brothers 亲兄热弟 Jin Feng
Special Policewomen 非常女警 Su Wanqing
The Olympic Adventures of Fuwa 福娃奥运漫游记 Beibei voice acting
2008 Century-Old House 百年老宅 Guihua
2010 Nanny and Security 保姆与保安 Chang Zhao
Mother-To-Be Quartet 准妈妈四重奏 Pan Xiaoyan
2011 Forever Loyal 永远的忠诚 Wang Xiaoqin
My Father is a Bench 我的父親是板凳 Tang Xuemei
2012 The Couple Buying a House 买房夫妻 Wen Hongqi
2014 The Red 紅色 Tian Dan
2015 Scholars of Tumultuous Times 亂世書香 Niu Lan

Acting Awards and NominationsEdit

Year # Award Category Work Result
1997 10th Damascus International Film Festival Best Actress Colors of the Blind Won
1998 4th Huabiao Awards Outstanding Actress Co-winner
18th Golden Rooster Awards Best Actress Won
1999 6th Beijing College Student Film Festival Best Actress A Beautiful New World Won
2000 2nd Deauville Asian Film Festival Best Actress Colors of the Blind Won
23rd Hundred Flowers Awards Best Supporting Actress Agreed Not to Separate Won
2003 24th Little Hundred Flowers Awards Best Supporting Actress No Lonely Angels Won
2006 6th China Movie Channel Lily Awards Outstanding Actress Mystery Co-winner
2009 2nd BTV Star Performer Grand Ceremony Favourite Film Actress Marriage Trap Won
2013 17th Chunyan Awards Best Supporting Actress Yang Shanzhou Won
2014 32nd Hundred Flowers Awards Best Supporting Actress Lost in Thailand Nominated
11th China Movie Channel Media Awards Best Actress Forgetting to Know You Won
2015 6th Youth Film Handbook Awards Best Actress Won
22nd Beijing College Student Film Festival Best Actress Co-winner
6th China Film Director's Guild Awards Best Actress Nominated
TV Dramas
2002 22nd Flying Apsaras Awards Outstanding Actress Nothing in the Mirror Co-winner
20th China TV Golden Eagle Awards Favourite Actress Nominated
2006 2nd Chinese TV Drama Award Best Supporting Actress The Emperor in Han Dynasty Won
2009 29th Flying Apsaras Awards Outstanding Actress Chuncao Nominated
2019 26th Huading Awards Best Supporting Actress A Little Reunion Won[9]
4th Golden Bud - The Network Film And Television Festival Best Actress Nominated
Film and TV Role Model 2019 Ranking Best Supporting Actress Won[10]
Jinri Toutiao Awards Ceremony Capable Actress of the Year Won[11]

Personal lifeEdit

Tao Hong married actor Xu Zheng in 2002. They first met and became friends in 1999 while co-starring in the wacky romance TV series Sunny Piggy. They have portrayed a married couple in 2 films, Unfinished Girl (2007) and Xu's directorial debut Lost in Thailand (2012). They have also collaborated in the 2002 TV series Sky Lovers (Segment 5, "Sun Tanning") and 2 films in which they did not appear in the same scene: No Lonely Angels (2002) and No Man's Land (2013). In 2005, they starred in the Chinese adaptation of the Broadway comedy Last of the Red Hot Lovers, with Xu playing the would-be adulterer and Tao playing all 3 seductresses. First staged in Beijing, the play caused a sensation,[12] and the couple subsequently performed the play over 30 times in 10 major cities like Shanghai, Chengdu, Nanjing, Xi'an, Zhengzhou, Shenzhen, and Chongqing, receiving overwhelming support everywhere that they canceled their holiday travel plans for more performances.[13] At each city they performed some jokes in the local dialect.[14]

Their daughter was born on December 30, 2008 in Beijing.[15]


  1. ^ Wang Changjuan. "碧波银浪舞芭蕾--记北京花样游泳队". china.com.cn (in Chinese).
  2. ^ 回首中国花游28年历史 一人曾打破俄罗斯封锁
  3. ^ "U.S. Wins 3 Golds in Swimming". Los Angeles Times. August 6, 1990.
  4. ^ "出征世界锦标赛 我游泳代表团组成" (PDF). Hangzhou Daily (in Chinese). 1990-12-21.
  5. ^ "Story Board: Tao Hong". China Central Television. 2011-04-12.
  6. ^ Zheng Limin (2011-04-26). "Tao Hong in Full Bloom". China Central Television.
  7. ^ 陶虹:我把野心隐藏了
  8. ^ 【HD】陶紅-堂堂正正一輩子(習主席寄語)MV Offiicial Music Video官方完整版 (in Chinese). 16 March 2015. Retrieved 29 December 2019 – via YouTube.
  9. ^ "第26届华鼎奖奖项出炉 陈宝国惠英红获最佳男女主". Sina (in Chinese). December 10, 2019.
  10. ^ "影视榜样·2019年度总评榜暨影视论坛举行". Sohu (in Chinese). January 7, 2020.
  11. ^ "2019今日头条年度盛典荣誉揭晓,头条创作者与明星同台领奖". Caijing (in Chinese). January 9, 2020.
  12. ^ "Xu Zheng: The Most Busy Entertainer". CCTV News. 2007-10-29. Retrieved 2015-04-01.
  13. ^ Ma Yingying (2006-01-11). 话剧《最后一个情圣》春节封箱演出. China Times (in Chinese). Retrieved 2015-04-23.
  14. ^ Wang Fei (2006-01-20). 徐峥陶虹零片酬加演“情圣” 演出门票买一赠一. Beijing Star Daily (in Chinese). Retrieved 2015-04-23.
  15. ^ "First Online Photos of Tao Hong and Xu Zheng's Baby Girl". China Radio International. 2009-01-03. Retrieved 2015-04-01.

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