Xia Yu (born October 28, 1976) is a Chinese actor. Xia Yu was born on October 28, 1976 in Qingdao, Shandong Province. He was initially discovered by Jiang Wen during his semi-autobiographical film In the Heat of the Sun (1994). Jiang Wen is a famous actor, director and screenwriter in China. Xia was chosen partly because of facial resemblance to a young Jiang. He acted the leading role in this movie and he achieved international fame by winning many awards for his first film, including Best Actor from the Venice Film Festival (the youngest actor to won that award in the history of the festival), Singapore International Film Festival and Golden House Award in 1995. Xia wanted to study drama after his first film, he was accepted into the Central Academy of Drama, the most prestigious acting school in Beijing. After completing his studies there, Xia remained an active force in Chinese cinema as well as television, appearing in many films and television series. The second movie of Xia was “Shadow Magic” and this movie proof the strength of Xia and nominated the Best Actor of Tokyo International Film Festival after he graduated from college. In 2003 depended on the movie “The Law of Romance” Xia won the Best Actor from Golden Rooster Award and in 2005 depended on the movie “Waiting Alone” he earned the Best Actor in 12th Student Film Festival Awards. He also appeared in the Hong Kong action film Meng Long (Dragon Squad, 2005). Xia also appeared in two Hollywood movies “The Panda Adventure” and “The Painted Veil”. The title of those five Best Actor at international film festivals, Xia Yu has been named one of the top four hottest young actors in China.