Zhou Xun is one of the most critically and commercially successful Chinese actresses best known for films like ‘Perhaps Love’ and ‘Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress’. She has ruled the film and TV industry in China for over two decades. She ventured into showbiz in the early 1990s with films and then forayed into TV. The first TV series that garnered her recognition was ‘Palace of Desire’ while her breakthrough film was ‘Suzhou River’. The latter brought her widespread fame and won her Best Actress award at the 15th Festival du Film de Paris. Considered as one of the Four Dan Actresses in China, Zhou’s rich body of work includes several successful national and international films as well as TV series. These include films like ‘Suzhou River’, ‘Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress’, ‘Painted Skin’ and ‘Painted Skin: The Resurrection’ and notable TV series like ‘The Legend of the Condor Heroes’ and ‘Red Sorghum’ among others. She also dedicates herself in social service which has earned her several recognitions including being named as the first United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Goodwill Ambassador for China in 2008.