Tong Yao (left), dubbed the “little Zhang Ziyi”, in Chinese period drama Like a Flowing River. Her performance won her the best actress award at last week’s 30th China TV Golden Eagle Awards. Tong Yao (left), dubbed the “little Zhang Ziyi”, in Chinese period drama Like a Flowing River. Her performance won her the best actress award at last week’s 30th China TV Golden Eagle Awards.
Tong Yao (left), dubbed the “little Zhang Ziyi”, in Chinese period drama Like a Flowing River. Her performance won her the best actress award at last week’s 30th China TV Golden Eagle Awards.

How Zhang Ziyi lookalike Tong Yao, Chinese actress and star of Nothing But Thirty, overcame controversy to win audiences’ hearts

  • Dubbed the ‘little Zhang Ziyi’, 35-year-old Tong Yao won widespread acclaim for her role in recent TV drama Nothing But Thirty
  • Though her looks gave her a head start in showbiz, her career was sidelined after assault and rape controversies at Beijing’s Central Academy of Drama

Topic |   Fame and celebrity
Tong Yao (left), dubbed the “little Zhang Ziyi”, in Chinese period drama Like a Flowing River. Her performance won her the best actress award at last week’s 30th China TV Golden Eagle Awards. Tong Yao (left), dubbed the “little Zhang Ziyi”, in Chinese period drama Like a Flowing River. Her performance won her the best actress award at last week’s 30th China TV Golden Eagle Awards.
Tong Yao (left), dubbed the “little Zhang Ziyi”, in Chinese period drama Like a Flowing River. Her performance won her the best actress award at last week’s 30th China TV Golden Eagle Awards.
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