|Chinese name 宋佳 (simplified)|
|Years active 2004-present|
Name Song Jia
|Born November 13, 1980 (age 35) Harbin, Heilongjiang, China (1980-11-13)|
Song Jia (宋佳; born 13 November 1980 in Harbin, Heilongjiang), also known as Xiao Song Jia (小宋佳; literally: "young Song Jia", to distinguish her from another older actress also called Song Jia), is a Chinese actress and singer.
Song Jia studied at the secondary school affiliated with the Shenyang Conservatory of Music (SYCM), and at Shanghai Theatre Academy where she majored in acting.
For her performance in Curiosity Kills the Cat (2007) as a manicure girl with a clear-cut stand on what to love and what to hate, Song was nominated for a Golden Rooster Award for Best Supporting Actress. In The Brink (2012), Song played the lead female character Gu Qiuyan. Within the limited story structure, Song revealed a multifaceted character and a complex psychological world, and received both the Magnoli and Golden Eagle Awards for Best Actress.
In Falling Flowers (2013), Song depicted the legendary life of renowned Chinese writer Xiao Hong, and won the Golden Rooster Award for Best Actress, the Chinese American Film Festival Gold Angel Award for Best Actress and other awards. This film also won the Golden Goblet Award for Best Cinematography at the Shanghai International Film Festival.
Song has been known for her diverse roles as well as her precise and genuine portrayal of every character, winning her acclaim as a versatile actress. She played the role of Zheng Yunan in the television series Memoirs of China (2008) and a native Tibetan girl in the film Once Upon a Time in Tibet (2010). In both roles, she was able to speak a new language with a natural confidence and fluency: English and Tibetan. These two vastly different yet equally challenging characters are a typical example of her diverse acting style.
For the martial arts film The Final Master (2015), Song won Best Actress awards from the inaugural Gold Aries Award by the Macau International Film Festival and the Huading Awards for her performance as a sharp-tongued waitress in a fancy Western-themed restaurant, shamed in the community because she gave birth to a son who was not fully Chinese.
In 2017, Song served as the jury for the Shanghai Television Festival.
Song Jia was appointed the UNEP 10YFP and SWITCH-Asia Ambassador, joining in international efforts to achieve Sustainable Consumption and Production in China.