28-year-old Wang Baoqiang is a well-known Chinese actor who was recently elected member of the 11th Hebei Provincial Committee of Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC).
Wang was born on May 29, 1984, in Dahuita Village, Nanhe County, Xingtai City of Hebei Province. He is the youngest of three children. His parents are ordinary farmers. Wang started practicing martial arts at the age of six and became a student of the Shaolin Temple in Henan Province at the age of eight. Later on, he went to Beijing to act as an extra in several martial arts movies.
For his leading role in the 2003 production "Blind Shaft," Wang won Best Actor at the Fifth Deauville Film Festival in France, Best Actor at the 44th Taiwan Golden Horse Film Festival, and Best Actor at the Second Bangkok International Film Festival.
In 2004, Wang was invited by famous director Feng Xiaogang to star in "A World Without Thieves" which won him much praise from critics. In 2006, he starred in the TV series "Soldiers Sortie," in which he successively portrayed a soldier named Xu Sanduo. His natural and lovable performance deeply impressed audiences and won him great fame.
For his 2011 role in "Hello, Mr. Tree," Wang won the award for Best Actor at the Ninth Vladivostok International Film Festival in Russia, the award for Best Actor at the Fifth Asia Pacific Screen Awards, the award for Best Actor at the New York Chinese Film Festival, the award for Best Actor of the 2011-2012 Chinese Youth Film Handbook, and the award for Best Actor at the Italy Asian Film Festival. Wang's 2012 film "Lost in Thailand" was a smash hit at the box-office, taking in 1.1 billion yuan (US$176.8 million). The comedy has unexpectedly become the highest-grossing Chinese film to date.
Wang is called a "grassroots star" by audiences. His remarkable diligence and painstaking efforts have laid the solid foundation for his success. "My success depends not only on good luck, but also on hard work," he said.