Welcome to Liu Haoran International, an English fansite for young Chinese actor Liu Haoran! As one of the prominent and fastest rising young actors in China today, this blog and Twitter account (@liuhaoran_intl) is dedicated to chronicling his growth as an actor and star via translations, updates, and more!

Haoran, as he likes to be called, was open casted by actor turned director Chen Sicheng in 2013 for the anthology film Beijing Love Story, and has since had a number of notable works and memorable roles.

He is best known for the Detective Chinatown film franchise, as well as Nirvana In Fire 2‘s Xiao Pingjing, Legend of the Demon Cat‘s Bai Long, With You‘s Yu Huai, Novoland: Eagle Flag‘s Asule/Lv Guichen, and more!

On this page, you will find a table of his works, accomplishments, magazine covers, endorsements list, and more to come! (If you have any suggestions on what to add, or if I missed something, drop me a CC!)

You can also read up more on Haoran here! And a megapost on his story here.


Artist Name: Liu Haoran 刘昊然

Real Name: Liu Yuan 刘源

Birthday: October 10, 1997 (Age 22)

Height: 185cm

Hometown: Pingdingshan, Henan Province, China

Management Company: As One Production

Debut Date: February 14, 2014 (but took a year off afterwards to focus on school/prepare for college entrance exams)

Schools: Central Academy of Drama, acting major (graduated); Beijing Dance Academy (middle school/high school, performance major)


Project NameTypeFilming AgeRoleProject NotesActor Notes (Awards – not counting popularity awards)
Beijing Love Story (2014)Film15Song Ge (lead)Anthology film; 405 Million RMB (box office)21st Beijing College Student Film Festival – Best New Actor Nomination
Detective Chinatown (2015)Film17Qin Feng (lead)824 Million RMB (box office) – top 10 for 2015 films20th Huading Awards – Best New Actor Win;
Shanghai Film Critic Awards – Best New Actor Nomination;
19th Shanghai Intl Film Festival – Best New Actor Nomination
With You (2016)Webdrama (TV broadcast in 2018)18Yu Huai (lead)8.9 Douban Rating; picked up for two primetime runs two years after webdrama broadcast
The Founding of An Army (2017)Film18Su Yu (supporting)Govt commissioned commemoration film; won Outstanding Picture at the 34th Hundred Flower Awards
Legend of the Demon Cat (2017)Film18/19Bai Long (supporting)Directed by Chen Kaige
Nirvana In Fire 2 (2017)Drama19Xiao Pingjing (lead)Daylight Entertainment production; 8.5 Douban Rating; nominated for Best Drama at the 24th Magnolia Awards
Detective Chinatown 2 (2018)Film19/20Qin Feng (lead)3.396 Billion RMB (box office); 2nd highest grossing Chinese film of 2018; top 10 highest grossing film in China of all time; nominated for Best Picture at the 34th Hundred Flowers Awards34th Hundred Flowers Awards – Best Actor Nomination (youngest nominee in the history of the category)
Great Expectations: Twin Dragons (2018)Mini webdrama19Huo Zhenxiao (lead)Mini webdrama spinoff for Great Expectations
TwinsFilm18Li Ping (lead)Was heavily delayed/revised due to the Hallyu Ban (Korean director/production team)
Novoland: Eagle Flag (2019)Drama20Asule/Lv Guichen (lead)Broke the ratings record for Zhejiang TV’s 10pm slot; also holds highest single episode ratings for a ZJTV 10pm drama; broke the record for TV ratings of a drama that aired online first, then TV
My People My Country (2019)Film21Wo Dele (lead)Anthology film; govt commissioned commemoration film (Chen Kaige’s part); 2.91 billion RMB (box office); top 10 highest grossing film in China of all time
Detective Chinatown 3 (2021)Film21/22Qin Feng (lead)Premiere postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak in early 2020
My People, My Homeland (2020)Film22Xiao Qin (lead)Chen Sicheng’s part of the anthology film; premieres Oct 1, 2020 (National Day); executive producer Zhang Yimou
Coffee or Tea? (2020)Film22Wei Jinbei (lead)Directed by Derek Hui; executive producer Peter Chan; Oct 1, 2020 (National Day) premiere
Flowers Bloom In the Ashes (Youth) (2020)Film21TBA (lead)Chen Kaige film; completed filming in July 2019 but not officially announced yet
Moses On the Plains (2021)Film22Zhuang Shu (lead)Filming originally slated to begin late January 2020 but was delayed due to COVID-19 outbreak ; Filming wrapped May 2020
1921 (2021)Film22Liu Renjing (supporting)Commemoration film; 2021 premiere

Other notable appearances:

Variety shows (fixed cast) – It Takes A Real Man (2015), Give Me Five (2017, also credited as a creative producer as he was the one who proposed the idea to Zhejiang TV execs)

Host – The 5th China Film Director’s Guild Awards, The 2016 TMALL Double 11 Concert


*Most important issues for magazines (by month): inaugural issues, anniversary issues, September/October issues, March/April issues, first issue of the year

*Haoran already has 8 of the Big 10 magazine covers, including two complete rounds on the Men’s 2+3

Magazine NameCoverMonth/YearInterview TransNotes
Cosmopolitan China (2x)undefinedOctober 2019
October 2018
Women’s Big 5; both October issues
Marie Claire ChinaJune 20192019Women’s Big 5
Harper’s Bazaar ChinaOctober 2017N/AWomen’s Big 5; October cover; with Chun Xia, photographed by Chen Man; 150th anniversary cover
Esquire China (3x)
February 2020
June 2019
December 2016
Men’s 2+3; Dec 2016 was the 20th anniversary issue, annual group cover (New Artist of the Year)
GQ China (2x)

August 2020
November 2018
2018 – P1, P2
Men’s 2+3
ELLE MEN China (2x)undefined

July 2019
December 2017
2019Men’s 2+3; 3 covers for 2019 issues – first time ELLE MEN has given 3 regular (not Mook) covers for the same artist
Harper’s Bazaar Men China (3x)undefined
March 2019
March 2018
December 2015
Men’s 2+3; December 2015 cover (with Chen Sicheng and Wang Baoqiang) was first fashion magazine cover;
3 covers for March 2019, which was also the season opener issue;
March 2018 cover shoot by Chen Man
L’Officiel Hommes China (2x)

January 2020
April 2018
2020Men’s 2+3; 2020 cover was the first issue of the year
L’Officiel ChinaNovember 20182018Second tier women’s magazine (after Big 5)
T ChinaSeptember 20192019Photographed by the acclaimed Yoshihiko Ueda (first magazine shoot for a Chinese artist)
VogueMe (2x)undefined
April 2019
April 2018
Both were anniversary (2nd and 3rd) covers
Men’s Uno China (2x)undefined
August 2018
January 2018
Aug 2018
Jan 2018 – P1, P2
Also covered Men’s Uno Young in Aug 2018
LEON China (3x)undefined
March 2019
March 2018
September 2017
2019Appeared on LEON Young! as well for March 2019; 2019 issues were season openers
Grazia China (2x)undefined
January 2, 2019
July 12, 2017
20192017 cover photographed by Chen Man; 2019 cover was the first issue of the year
OK! China (3x)
March 1, 2020
October 8, 2018
September 20, 2017
2018 issue was for his birthday; 2020 was season opener
August 2017
February 2019
2019Cover star of inaugural (first) issue for both

Other magazine covers: Madame Figaro Hommes, Nylon China, SoFigaro, YOHO!, Ceci China, Modern Weekly


  • Tod’s – Brand ambassador
  • Piaget – Brand ambassador in the China region
  • Vivo – S7 Spokesperson
  • Jo Malone – Fragrances spokesperson in China
  • Tom Ford Cosmetics – Brand ambassador
  • Kiehl’s – Brand spokesperson
  • Puma – Brand spokesperson
  • Zhihu – Brand spokesperson
  • Häagen-Dazs – Brand spokesperson
  • Tang Daren – Brand spokesperson
  • Pretz – Brand spokesperson
  • Momchilovtsi – Brand spokesperson
  • Didi Bike – Brand spokesperson
  • Zhijian the mobile game– Spokesperson
  • Intel Core – Ambassador
  • Louis Vuitton – Brand friend (not an official title, but has had a very close relationship with the brand in China since late 2017)

Special endorsements of note:

  • In January 2019, Haoran was one of four international stars (alongside Sophie Turner, Justin Theroux, and model Liya Kebede) to star in Louis Vuitton’s global ad campaign for both the new Louis Vuitton Tambour Horizon Watch and Louis Vuitton Horizon Earphones.
  • In September 2019, Haoran became the face of Tod’s new No_Code Shoeker 03 ad campaign in China. In November 2019, Tod’s launched the limited edition Tod’s x Liu Haoran No_Code Shoeker 03. Haoran also fronted the S/S 2020 ad campaign in China.
  • In October 2019, Haoran was one of the stars chosen (alongside Steven Spielberg, Zhang Yimou, and Li Bingbing) to front the new Universal Studios’ Beijing Resort reveal campaign
  • Announced as the image ambassador for the 2020 Hundred Flowers Awards, one of China’s most prestigious film awards

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