|Chinese name 闫妮|
Name Yan Ni
|Born March 10, 1971 (age 44)Xi'an, Shaanxi, China (1971-03-10)|
Yan Ni (simplified Chinese: 闫妮; traditional Chinese: 閆妮; pinyin: Yán Ní; born 10 March 1971 in Xi'an, Shaanxi), born Yan Kaiyan (simplified Chinese: 闫凯艳; traditional Chinese: 閆凱艷; pinyin: Yán Kǎi Yàn), is a Chinese film and television actress. She works for the Television Art center of the People's Liberation Army Air Force.
Yan Ni was born in Xi'an, Shaanxi. Yan's parents are ordinary workers, and all her family still live in Xi'an. After high school, she enrolled at a financial college to study accounting. Two years later she succeeded in gaining admission to an art organization of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) in Lanzhou, and then went on to enroll at the PLA's Art School in Beijing.
She started acting in 1992. In 1999 she had her first cinematic role, playing Qiqoqiqo Ma in the film Cog and Hen. She then she has played several other roles in a series of films. She played Tong Xiangyu in My Own Swordsman, an 80 episode TV comedy-drama that tells the story of the happenings in a tavern during the Ming Dynasty. She played an impressive role of a young widow who help other people with her whole heart and finally gained her true love in the end of the story. After that role, she became a celebrity, was named the most beautiful woman by her fans, and won the best actress award at the 2006 Sina-Aokang Internet Awards. After My Own Swordsman, she played secretary Xiang Yunxiu in National Action and played Niu Xianhua in The North Wind.
Yan was awarded a Golden Eagle Award in 2010 for her role in The Wind From North.
She has a husband and daughter.