Liu Yi Fei was borned in Beijing on 25 August 1987, but spent her childhood mostly in Wuhan. Her father was a university professor while her mother a famous dancer and stage performer.
Liu Yi Fei was already modelling since 8-year-old, Liu Yi Fei photos are still found on some streets in Wuhan where she spent her childhood. Yi Fei was said to be a very potential artist since she was a kid, Liu Yi Fei showed talents in singing, dancing and playing piano.
After the divorsion of her birth parents, Liu Yi Fei left China to USA with her mother at age of 10. Yi Fei only came back to China in 2002, where she was accepted into the prestigious Beijing Film Academy at the tender age of 15.
Just a while after Yi Fei got into Beijing Film Academy in 2002, she already received chances to star in a TV dramas. Her first TV drama was “Jin Fen Shi Jia” (金粉世家) or in English titled “Story of a Noble Family.”
Liu Yi Fei then got her leading role as ‘Wang YuYan’ in CCTV’s “Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils” (天?八部), a WuXia drama based on the legendary Jin Yong same titled novel.
Crsytal’s age was a concern for most people as they were worried if she could performed to the standard at the age of 15.. but Yi Fei proved to everyone that her maturity is beyond her age and her performance at the series was up to the par.
Liu Yi Fei starred in her first movie “Love of May” (五月之?) in 2003, but it was her acting in another popular TV drama, “Chinese Paladin” in 2004 that made Yi Fei a superstar in China.
Chinese Paladin or “The Legend of Fairy Sword” was adapted from a popular RPG game and both the TV drama and game were superhit in China. Yi Fei played the leading role ‘Ling Er’ and Ling-Er was used as her nickname by Chinese fans as well.
In 2005/2006, Yi Fei made her fame as international star as ‘Xiao Long Nu’ in CCTV’s TV drama series, Return of Condor Heroes, another WuXia novel adopted production. ROCH is a popular hit across Asia, from China to Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan and South East Asia. Liu Yi Fei is becoming a household name and one of the most popular young actress.
Liu Yi Fei is becoming a singer too, she signed a record contract with Sony Music in August 2005 and has been learning singing and dancing in Japan and China since then. Yi Fei is releasing her first Japanese single “Mayonaka no Door” in July 2006.