Zhou Xun (born October 18, 1974) is a Chinese actress and singer. She gained international fame for her earlier roles in Suzhou River (2000) and Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress (2002).
Zhou has won Best Actress honors from Asian Film Awards, Beijing College Student Film Festival, Chinese Director’s Association Awards, Chinese Film Media Awards, Golden Bauhinia Awards, Golden Horse Awards, Golden Rooster Awards, Hong Kong Film Awards, Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards, Hundred Flowers Awards and Shanghai Film Critics Awards; as well as the French award-giving body Festival du Film de Paris. She is regarded as one of the Four Dan Actresses of China.
Zhou Xun was named the first United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Goodwill Ambassador for China in 2008 with a special focus of promoting environmental sustainability. Zhou jointly runs a campaign ‘Our Part’, which promotes ‘tips for green living’.
In 2010, she became the Laureate of United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)’s Champions of the Earth (Inspiration & Action). She was the first entertainer in the world to receive this honour. She was also the Green Ambassador for the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai.
In 2011, Zhou has been honored as one of the 2011 Young Global Leaders by the World Economic Forum.