Zhao Shu-zhen

Zhao Shu-zhen
Born 1934 (age 85–86)
Occupation Actress

Zhao Shu-zhen (Chinese: 赵淑珍; born c. 1934)[1] is a Chinese film, stage and television actress, best known internationally for her portrayal of the grandmother Nai Nai in The Farewell.[2]


Zhao has appeared in over 100 plays for the Harbin Grand Theatre.[3]

Zhao's role as Nai Nai in The Farewell has received critical acclaim and numerous awards.[4][5] For the role, she won Best Supporting Actress from the San Diego Film Critics Society Awards 2019, the Houston Film Critics Society Awards 2019, and the 2019 Chicago Indie Critics Awards[6] and a 2020 Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female.[7]



Year Title Role Notes
2019 The Farewell Nai Nai (奶奶)


Year Title Role Notes
2018–2019 The Story of Ming Lan Wang Lao Tai Tai


  1. ^ Reuters (2020-02-09). "Adam Sandler Laughs Off Oscar Snub as He Wins Indie Acting Prize". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-02-23.
  2. ^ Mandalit del Barco (2019-11-24). "Chinese Star Zhao Shuzhen Gains Hollywood Attention". NPR. Retrieved 2020-01-05.
  3. ^ Lindsey Bahr (2019-11-22). "Already a star in China, US fame comes to 'Farewell' actress". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2020-01-13.
  4. ^ Jenelle Riley (2019-07-10). "Meet Zhao Shuzhen, the Breakout Star of 'The Farewell'". Variety. Retrieved 2020-01-05.
  5. ^ Ryan Lattanzio (2019-12-02). "'The Farewell' Breakout Zhao Shuzhen Helped Keep the Film's Secret From Lulu Wang's Grandmother". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2020-01-05.
  6. ^ "Chicago Indie Critics Awards: 2019 Winners". Solzy at the Movies. 2020-01-04. Retrieved 2020-01-05.
  7. ^ Evan Real (2020-02-08). "Spirit Awards: Zhao Shuzhen Wins Best Supporting Actress, Skips Show Due to Coronavirus". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2020-02-08.

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