The Most Famous

ACTORS from Taiwan

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This page contains a list of the greatest Taiwanese Actors. The pantheon dataset contains 10,030 Actors, 20 of which were born in Taiwan. This makes Taiwan the birth place of the 32nd most number of Actors behind Hungary and Israel.

Top 10

The following people are considered by Pantheon to be the top 10 most legendary Taiwanese Actors of all time. This list of famous Taiwanese Actors is sorted by HPI (Historical Popularity Index), a metric that aggregates information on a biography’s online popularity. Visit the rankings page to view the entire list of Taiwanese Actors.

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1. Brigitte Lin (1954 - )

With an HPI of 63.11, Brigitte Lin is the most famous Taiwanese Actor.  Her biography has been translated into 18 different languages on wikipedia.

Brigitte Lin Ching-hsia (Chinese: 林青霞; pinyin: Lín Qīngxiá; born 3 November 1954) is a Taiwanese actress. She is regarded as an icon of Chinese language cinema for her extensive and varied roles in both Taiwanese and Hong Kong films.

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2. Shu Qi (1976 - )

With an HPI of 62.93, Shu Qi is the 2nd most famous Taiwanese Actor.  Her biography has been translated into 38 different languages.

Lin Li-hui (Chinese: 林立慧, born 16 April 1977), better known by her stage name Shu Qi (Chinese: 舒淇), is a Taiwanese–Hong Kong actress and model. As of 2014, she was among the highest paid actresses in Taiwan.Shu ranked 18th on Forbes China Celebrity 100 list in 2013, 23rd in 2014, 32nd in 2015, 48th in 2017, and 90th in 2019.

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3. Sylvia Chang (1953 - )

With an HPI of 59.24, Sylvia Chang is the 3rd most famous Taiwanese Actor.  Her biography has been translated into 19 different languages.

Sylvia Chang Ai-chia (Chinese: 張艾嘉; pinyin: Zhāng Àijiā; born 21 July 1953) is a Taiwanese actress, writer, singer, producer and director. In 1992, she was a member of the jury at the 42nd Berlin International Film Festival. In 2018, she was one of the jury members of the main competition section at the 75th Venice International Film Festival.

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4. Ruby Lin (1976 - )

With an HPI of 57.41, Ruby Lin is the 4th most famous Taiwanese Actor.  Her biography has been translated into 33 different languages.

Ruby Lin Xinru (Chinese: 林心如; pinyin: Lín Xīnrú; born January 27, 1976) is a Taiwanese actress, television and film producer, and pop singer. American entertainment critic Derek Elley named Lin as "Taiwan's TV Drama Queen".3 years after Lin made her acting debut in a TV commercial, she rose to national and regional prominence overnight for her role as Xia Ziwei in the TV series My Fair Princess (1998-1999). My Fair Princess was highly popular in East and Southeast countries; launching Lin as a household name in Asia. She followed the success with other hit series including The Duke of Mount Deer (2000), Romance in the Rain (2001), Boy & Girl (2003), Affair of Half a Lifetime (2004), Beauty's Rival in Palace (2010), The Glamorous Imperial Concubine (2011) and The Way We Were (2014). While focusing mostly on TV series, her works also include film such as The House That Never Dies (2014), The Devotion of Suspect X (2017) and Miss Andy (2020). In 1999, she also began a singing career with her debut album Heartbeat released in Hong Kong first amongst Asian countries, and has since released 5 albums. Since Lin started her own studio in 2009, she has been producing TV dramas and TV films starring herself, both in mainland China and Taiwan. Her production debut The Glamorous Imperial Concubine (2011) won her Best Producer at the 2012 TV Drama Awards Made in China, and her first Taiwanese drama production The Way We Were (2014) won three out of seven nominations, including Best Television Series at the 50th Golden Bell Awards. According to Apple Daily, Lin was the third highest-earning Taiwanese drama actress in 2011, and the top-earning in 2012 and 2013. Lin ranked 30th on Forbes China Celebrity 100 list in 2013, 36th in 2014, 82nd in 2015, and 68th in 2017.

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5. Vivian Hsu (1975 - )

With an HPI of 57.03, Vivian Hsu is the 5th most famous Taiwanese Actor.  Her biography has been translated into 22 different languages.

Vivian Hsu (Atayal: Bidai Syulan; Chinese: 徐若瑄; born March 19, 1975) is a Taiwanese singer and actress. Hsu rose to prominence in Japan, where she made her first appearance in 1995 and has become a highly recognized celebrity with her countless appearances in media during the late 1990s.She was also the main vocalist for Black Biscuits, a Japanese dance band which released four singles, "Stamina", "Timing", "Relax", "Bye-Bye", and one album, Life. All of these four singles reached the top 5 spots of the Oricon singles chart, and Life reached No. 6 in the album chart.

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6. Collin Chou (1967 - )

With an HPI of 55.29, Collin Chou is the 6th most famous Taiwanese Actor.  His biography has been translated into 17 different languages.

Collin Chou (born 11 August 1967), sometimes credited as Ngai Sing, is a Taiwanese actor and martial artist.

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7. Jerry Yan (1977 - )

With an HPI of 54.63, Jerry Yan is the 7th most famous Taiwanese Actor.  His biography has been translated into 17 different languages.

Jerry Yan (Chinese: 言承旭; pinyin: Yán Chéngxù), born Liao Yangzhen (Chinese: 廖洋震; pinyin: Liào Yángzhèn), is a Taiwanese actor, model and singer. He is well known for his lead role as Dao Ming Si in the Taiwanese dramas Meteor Garden and Meteor Garden II, an adaptation of a Japanese shōjō manga. He is also a former member of the boy band group F4.

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8. Aaron Yan (1985 - )

With an HPI of 54.25, Aaron Yan is the 8th most famous Taiwanese Actor.  His biography has been translated into 19 different languages.

Aaron Yan (traditional Chinese: 炎亞綸; simplified Chinese: 炎亚纶, born Wu Keng-lin on 20 November 1985) is a Taiwanese actor and singer. He was also one of the members of Taiwanese boy band Fahrenheit.

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9. Barbie Hsu (1976 - )

With an HPI of 53.74, Barbie Hsu is the 9th most famous Taiwanese Actor.  Her biography has been translated into 18 different languages.

Barbie Hsu (Chinese: 徐熙媛; pinyin: Xú Xīyuán; born 6 October 1976) is a Taiwanese actress, singer, and television host.

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10. Vic Chou (1981 - )

With an HPI of 53.56, Vic Chou is the 10th most famous Taiwanese Actor.  His biography has been translated into 20 different languages.

Vic Chou (Chinese: 周渝民; pinyin: Zhōu Yúmín) is a Taiwanese actor and singer. He is a member of the Taiwanese boy band F4.

Pantheon has 20 people classified as actors born between 1953 and 1985. Of these 20, 20 (100.00%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living actors include Brigitte Lin, Shu Qi, and Sylvia Chang. As of October 2020, 1 new actors have been added to Pantheon including Rene Liu.

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Newly Added Actors (2020)

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