Fan Bingbing

We wrote our first article about Fan Bingbing in June 2009 (“You may not have heard of her yet, although that could soon change. Meet Fan Bingbing, China’s most prolific actress”). We have chronicled her career ever since. Till mid-2018 those stories were mostly of her heady ascent and Fan's attempts to spread her fame from China to Hollywood. However, this summer she got into the headlines for the wrong reasons when an entertainment industry blogger accused her of evading tax. For just over three months she disappeared and in early October it emerged she had been detained by the authorities as part of a tax probe. She has since issued a public apology and agreed to pay fines totalling Rmb884 million ($129 million).

Fan has appeared in close to 80 of our articles over nearly a decade. These can be viewed from this dedicated page.