Zhu Zhu was born on 19 July 1984 in Beijing, China. She studied Electronic Information Engineering at the prestigious Beijing Technology and Business University. 

After graduating from university, Zhu Zhu worked as a part-time English teacher at primary school. At the same time she also worked at RUILI and other fashion magazines as a part-time model . She also took on some writing stints at VOGUE and Harper's BAZAAR as freelance writer.

Later on, she would be accepted by Parsons School of Design in New York but she would defer the offer. Upon returning home to Beijing, she joined MTV China.





Zhu Zhu was discovered by talent scouts after winning a local singing contest in Beijing, placing third at the national level.

In 2005, she participated in the MTV VJ contest won first place in the Beijing Division. Thereafter, she joined MTV China and began hosting MTV Teana Village and MTV in Guangdong.




She hosted several more shows on MTV namely: CCTV-MTV Music Festival, MTV Hall of Fame, Star File, and Revelation.

In 2008, she began hosting MTV Burr. That same year, she co-hosted the Olympic Special talkshow and Usain Bolt's press conference in Beijing. 

In August of 2009, she participated on a game show called 《我爱记歌词》wherein the only criteria is to be able to sing the lyrics of the song.




In 2007, she signed with record label MBOX and started her career in music.

One of her first projects was a collaboration with Jeffrey Kung 孔令奇. Together they released a song called Music Gets You Talking 《音乐让我说话》as an ad campaign for NOKIA.

In 2009, she released her self-titled debut album under MBOX. The year after, she won the Most Popular Singer of the Year Award (Mainland) at the CCTV-MTV Music Festival.

She began shooting for the film Great Mr. Zhou in February of 2014. The film, up to this day, is shelved. The Old Cinderella and Last Flight were released the following month. In April, she starred in a short film titled A Bed Affair 2. Two months later, Secret Sharer was released in the UK.

June of 2015, it was announced that she will be part of the film Kung Fu Panda 3 as a voice actor for Snake. Robbery was released in August that same year. Her latest movie to have been released (as of 05 May 2017) is The Apparition which premiered on 22 January 2016. Six days later, Kung Fu Panda 3, in which she voiced over for Snake, was released.

In February 2011, Zhu Zhu starred in the film "What a Woman Wants", starring Andy Lau, which was her big screen debut. In April that same year, she was shooting for the film Robbery. She also signed with CAA that same year. 

The following year in March she started working on the film Secret Sharer. In August, Shanghai calling was released. Weeks later, Cloud Atlas premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. In November, The Man with the Iron Fist premiered in the US.


In December of 2014, Zhu Zhu was catapulted into global stardom with the much coveted role of the Blue Princess, Kokachin, in the hit Netflix series, Marco Polo.

Marco Polo was an American drama web television series inspired by Marco Polo's early years in the court of Kublai Khan, the Khagan of the Mongol Empire and the founder of the Yuan dynasty (1271–1368).

The show premiered on Netflix on December 12, 2014. On January 7, 2015, Marco Polo was renewed by Netflix for a 10-episode second season, which premiered on July 1, 2016.



Dubbed as an It Girl, Zhu Zhu was the first Chinese actress to be a subject of Vanity Fair (2012). She has also been featured on Variety, Teen Vogue, Beijing Evening News, Io Donna, and StreetPeeper.

Her unique style had led to collaborations with many top fashion houses, including Stella McCartney, Gucci, Michael Kors, Calvin Klein, Salvatore Ferragamo, Chanel, and Louis Vuitton.

She has been selected as one of the most beautiful faces by TC Candler, a group of independent critics, five years in a row. She debuted at #22 in 2012. In 2014, as a result of her appearance on several international films, she ascended to #20. In 2016, she bagged the 43rd spot, yet again, making it on the much coveted list.