(This is a Chinese name; the family name is Zhao.) Zhao Wei (born 12 March 1976), also known as Vicki Zhao, is a Chinese actress, film director, and pop singer. She is considered one of the most popular actresses in China and Chinese-speaking regions. While studying at the Beijing Film Academy, Zhao rose to national and regional prominence overnight for her role as Xiao Yanzi ("Little Swallow") in the hit TV series My Fair Princess (1998–1999), for which she also won Golden Eagle Award for Best Actress. My Fair Princess enjoyed unprecedented success in East and Southeast countries, and Zhao is regarded by many as Mainland China's first "national idol" since the economic reform began in 1978. Over her 20 years acting career, Zhao has starred in many box-office smash-hits, including Shaolin Soccer (2001), Red Cliff (2008-2009), Painted Skin (2008), Painted Skin: The Resurrection (2012), Dearest (2014) and Lost in Hong Kong (2015). She has received numerous awards from the Shanghai International Film Festival, Huabiao Awards, Changchun Film Festival, Hundred Flowers Awards and Shanghai Film Critics Awards for films like A Time to Love (2005) and Mulan (2009). In 2014, after almost 2-year break from acting, she returned to the silver screen in Peter Chan's movie Dearest, and won the Hong Kong Film Critics Society Award and Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actress. While focusing mostly on films, her works also include highly-popular TV series such as Romance in the Rain (2001), Moment in Peking (2005) and Tiger Mom (2015). She also began a singing career with her debut album Swallow (1999), and has since released 7 albums. In 2006, she won the MTV Asia Award for Favorite Artist from Mainland China, for her album Double. Zhao received her Master Degree of Film Directing from Beijing Film Academy in 2012. Her directorial debut So Young (2013) was both a huge box office and critical success. It broke the box office record for movies directed by female Chinese directors in just a week, and eventually became one of the highest-grossing films ever in China. The movie also earned her multiple awards in mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, including Golden Rooster Award for Best Directorial Debut, Hundred Flowers Award for Best Director and Hong Kong Film Award for Best Film from Mainland and Taiwan. In 2016, Zhao was named as member of the main Jury at the 73rd Venice International Film Festival.