Liu Yifei Born in Wuhan, Hubei province of China 1987 August 25th, Liu Yifei has shown great artistic talent since young. She began modeling at the age of 8 and was trained in singing, dancing and the piano. Moving to the United States at 10 with her mother, Liu lived there for four years. She returned to China in June 2002 to pursue a modeling and acting career.
In September 2002, she was accepted into the Performance Institute of Beijing Film Academy at the tender age of 15. Immediately following her admittance into Beijing Film Academy, Liu received numerous offers to star in various television drama serials. Her first television role was in The Story of a Noble Family. Shortly after, she was chosen to portray the role of Wang Yuyan in Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils, a drama based on the same-titled novel by the acclaimed martial arts writer, Jinyong. With this role, Liu's fame rose to unprecedented levels and her popularity with the Chinese audience also increased accordingly.
In October 2003, Liu marked her first appearance on the big screen collaboration with May Day, the well-known Taiwanese rock band in the movie Love Of May. Her fame and popularity went up another notch through her starring role in the 2004 drama series adaptation of the video game, The Legend of Sword and Fairy. Upon her graduation from the Beijing Film Academy in July 2006, Liu starred in another television production based on another book by Jinyong, The Return of the Condor Heroes. This TV series was very well received in mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Japan and helped Liu establish her reputation and popularity overseas.
Liu made her first foray into her music career in August 2005 when she secured a recording contract with Sony Music Entertainment Japan. After taking up singing and dancing lessons for a year, her album Liu Yifei was released regionally in mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and throughout South-East Asia in August 2006, featuring a diverse music repertoire including rap and soft rock. In the same year, Liu also released her Japanese album in which the single, The Gate of Late Night, was chosen to be the theme for an animation series by Tokyo TV.