Zhang Ziyi is an actress of Chinese origin. Zhang is supposedly among the four “Dan Actresses” of China. Her role in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) earned her critical acclaim and the Independent Spirit Awards for 'Best Supporting Female'.
Zhang Ziyi was born on 9 February 1979 in Beijing, China. Her father, Zhang Yuanxiao is an accountant and economist and her mother, Li Zhoushen is a kindergarten teacher. She has an older brother, Zhang Zinan. Zhang studied dance from the age of eight and enrolled in the Beijing Dance Academy. She did not complete her training. Zhang bagged the national youth dance championship when she was just 15 years old. She featured in television advertisements in Hong Kong. Zhang joined China's renowned Central Academy of Drama at the age of 17.