Mark Chao

Mark Chao

Background information
Chinese name 趙又廷
Chinese name 趙又廷 (traditional)
Chinese name 赵又廷 (simplified)
Pinyin Zhao Yòutíng (Mandarin)
Origin Taiwan
Born (1984-09-25) September 25, 1984
Taipei, Taiwan
Other name(s) MaBo
Occupation Singer, Actor, Model
Genre(s) Mandopop
Years active 2009present
Spouse(s) Gao Yuanyuan (m. 2014)
Parents Allen Chao
Ancestry Xingtang, Hebei, China

Mark Chao (Chinese: 趙又廷; Wade–Giles: Chao Yu-t'ing; born 25 September 1984) is a Taiwanese-Canadian actor, singer and model.[1] He is the son of Allen Chao. Mark graduated from the University of Victoria, Canada; with a double degree in sociology and economics. He started his career in the entertainment industry in Taiwan after he graduated. Mark is currently signed to Prajna Works (普拉嘉國際意像).


In 2009, he starred as the main character Wu Ying Xiong in the television series Black & White, which established his fame and won Best Actor at the 44th Golden Bell Awards.

In 2010, he starred as Zhou Yi Wen in his first movie, Monga. The film became the highest grossing locally produced movie at Taiwan's box office in 2010. Mark won Best New Actor at the 5th Asian Film Awards.

In 2012, he participated in several successful movies. Love, which co-starred Mark with Zhao Wei and Shu Qi, became the highest grossing Chinese film in North America. First Time, which starred Mark together with Angelababy, topped the box office charts for two weeks consecutively. In Black & White Episode I: The Dawn of Assault, he reprised his role as Wu Ying Xiong. Mark also starred in Chen Kaige's social drama Caught in the Web.

In 2013, he participated in two hugely successful films. In April, he starred in So Young, the directorial debut of Zhao Wei and in September, he starred in Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon as the main character Di Renjie.

In 2014, Mark once again reprised his role as Wu Ying Xiong in Black & White: The Dawn of Justice, the sequel to the 2012 movie.

In May 2015, Mark was cast in Matthias Hoene's The Warriors Gate. In September, he starred in 3D action-adventure film Chronicles of the Ghostly Tribe, based on the 2006 best-selling novel Ghost Blows Out the Light.

In January 2016, he was cast in Three Lives Three Worlds, Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms alongside Yang Mi. This is Mark's first television series in mainland China.

Personal life

In April 9, 2012, he was spotted on a date by paparazzi in Nanjing with Gao Yuanyuan[2] who has also participated in the movie Caught in the Web. He revealed his relationship with Gao Yuanyuan on April 17.[3] In June 5, 2014, Mark Chao and Gao Yuanyuan finished their marriage registration in Beijing.


Television series

Year Title Chinese Title Role Network Notes
2009 Black & White 痞子英雄 Wu Ying Xiong (吳英雄) PTS, TVBS-G 44th Golden Bell Awards: Best Actor
2016 Shen Ye Shi Tang 深夜食堂 Shi Ke (食客) Guest role
2017 Three Lives Three Worlds, Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms 三生三世十里桃花 Ye Hua (夜华)


Year English Title Chinese Title Role Remarks
2010 Monga[4][5] 艋舺 Zhou Yi Wen / Mosquito (周以文 / 蚊子)

5th Asian Film Awards: Best New Actor

2012 Love Mark (馬克)
2012 First Time 第一次 Gong Ning / Lu Xia (宮寧 / 呂夏)
2012 Black & White Episode I: The Dawn of Assault 痞子英雄首部曲:全面開戰 Wu Ying-xiong (吳英雄)
2012 Caught in the Web 搜索 Yang Shou-cheng (楊守誠)
2013 So Young 致我們終將逝去的青春(致青春) Cheng Xiao-zheng (陳孝正)
2013 Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon 狄仁傑之神都龍王 Judge Dee (狄仁傑)
2014 Black & White: The Dawn of Justice 痞子英雄之黎明升起 Wu Yingxiong (吴英雄)
2015 Chronicles of the Ghostly Tribe 九层妖塔 Hu Bayi (胡八一)
2016 The Warriors Gate 勇士之門
2017 Till the End of World 南极绝恋 Wu Fuchun (吴富春)


Theme songs



  1. Loh Chuan Junn (9 April 2010). "Mark Chao: A magnet for trouble?". Xin MSN Entertainment. Retrieved 21 May 2012.
  2. udn News
  3. Zcom News
  4. Derek Elley. Monga review at the Variety website. 13 February 2010. Retrieved 15 February 2010.
  5. James Topley. Monga 艋舺 review at the China Post website. 5 February 2010. Retrieved 15 February 2010.
  6. Sina video
  7. QQ News
  8. Mtime
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