Born in 1981, Fan rose to fame in 1998 with the mega-hit TV series My Fair Princess. In 2003, she starred in Cell Phone, which became the highest-grossing Chinese film of the year and received critical acclaim at the Hundred Flowers Awards. Since then, she has starred in many films, most notably The Matrimony (2007), Lost in Beijing (2007), Buddha Mountain (2011), Stretch by Charles de Meaux (2011) and Double Xposure (2012), where she received awards from the Golden Horse Film Festival and Awards, Tokyo International Film Festival and Huading Awards. In 2014 she participated in the Hollywood blockbuster X-Men: Days of Future Past, produced and starred in an 82-episode TV series The Empress of China. In 2016 she starred in I Am not Madame Bovary and received the San Sebastian Film Festival Best Actress Award as well as the 11th Asian Film Best Actress Award. Fan is selected for the 2017 TIME 100.