Who are the most famous actresses from Xinjiang? Gulnazar, Dilraba Dilmurat, Jiang Xin and Tong Liya are 4 ethnic minority actresses who found mainstream success in China
Dilireba (Dilraba Dilmurat)
Weibo followers: over 73 million
Birthday: June 3, 1992
Likely the most recognisable Uygur actress today, Dilireba first gained recognition for her role in the action-drama series Swords of Legends in 2014.
Her popularity exploded in 2017 with her lead role in the series Pretty Li Huizhen, which ranked first in its time slot and received over 7 billion online views. She starred in fantasy romance drama Eternal Love the same year, which later became the most watched television series in China.
Weibo followers: over 39 million
Birthday: August 8, 1984
Tong’s first role was in the Hong Kong television series C’est la Vie, Mon Chéri in 2008. She then rose to fame in Chinese 2009 drama The Queens. By the time she scored roles in hit series like Palace and Horizon True Heart (both 2011), her place in mainstream Chinese TV was cemented. Since then, she has appeared in many more feature films and TV series including Beijing Love Story (2012), where she met fellow actor Chen Sicheng. The two started dating, got married in 2014 and welcomed their first son in 2016.
In addition to her acting work, Tong also serves as a brand ambassador for Bulgari, and was named the ceremonial ambassador of Xibe in 2011.
Weibo followers: over 26 million
Birthday: May 8, 1988
After winning the best supporting actress award at the 2012 China TV Drama Awards, she went from strength to strength with more award-winning roles in hit dramas such as Hua Xu Yin: City of Desperate Love (2015) and Ode to Joy (2016), where she played an ambitious gold-digger. Jiang also works with luxury brands such as Givenchy, as well as local Chinese brands.
Weibo followers: over 21 million
Birthday: May 2, 1992
Nazha clinched her first award nomination in 2015, winning the newcomer honour at the 15th Golden Phoenix Awards. In 2017, she starred opposite Lu Han in the fantasy action drama Fighter of the Destiny, which was a commercial success that boasted high ratings. She also received acclaim for her performance as rebellious musician in City of Rock that same year.
She also serves as the face of various luxury brands; she was appointed brand ambassador by Asia-based luxury jeweller Qeelin in 2018, and Italian women’s footwear company Sergio Rossi in 2019.
- Uygur actress Gulinazha, AKA Nazha, starred alongside Jackie Chan and Jing Tian in Police Story 2013, just two years after graduating from Beijing Film Academy
- Dilraba Dilmurat boasts deals with luxury brands like Louis Vuitton, appeared in CCTV’s Spring Festival Gala and has over 70 million followers on social media