| ||Zhang is a Chinese actress, born in 1979, in Beijing, China. She rose to prominence as one of the most accomplished actresses in Chinese and international cinema. Zhang Ziyi's career started in 1999 with her debut film "The Road Home" (我的父亲母亲), directed by Zhang Yimou (张艺谋), which earned her critical acclaim and a Best Actress award at the 18th Hundred Flowers Awards.
Her breakthrough came with her role in Ang Lee's (李安) martial arts epic "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" (卧虎藏龙) in 2000, where she portrayed the rebellious young warrior Jen Yu (玉儿). The film garnered international recognition, and Zhang Ziyi's performance was widely praised. She went on to star in critically acclaimed films such as "Hero" (英雄) (2002), "House of Flying Daggers" (十面埋伏) (2004), and "2046" (2046) (2004), showcasing her exceptional acting skills and ability to portray complex characters.
Zhang Ziyi's success extended beyond China, as she became a sought-after actress in international productions. She received global recognition for her role as Sayuri (小百合) in "Memoirs of a Geisha" (艺伎回忆录) (2005), which earned her a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress. She has also been nominated for the Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or and has received multiple awards from various film festivals and industry organizations.
Apart from her acting career, Zhang Ziyi is known for her philanthropic efforts. She has been involved in charitable causes, including environmental conservation and children's welfare, and has served as an ambassador for organizations like WWF.
Zhang Ziyi comes from a family with a background in economics. Her father, Zhang Yuanxiao (章远孝), is an economist, and her mother, Li Zhousheng (李卓深), is a kindergarten teacher. Zhang Ziyi has been private about her personal life and keeps her family life out of the public eye.