(born 13 November 1977) is a mainland Chinese actor, singer, and model. He is often referred to as China's "number one heartthrob" or "number one young male" (中国第一小生). His best-known roles are Yang Guo in The Return of the Condor Heroes
(神雕侠侣) and Xu Wenqiang in Shanghai Bund
Huang graduated from the Performance Institute of the Beijing Film Academy in 2000, alongside well-known actors Zhao Wei and Chen Kun. He first rose to prominence in 2001 by playing the role of the protagonist Emperor Wu of Han in the TV drama trilogy Da Han Tian Zi
(大汉天子). The drama reached number one in the ratings when it aired in Taiwan, and his later dramas all achieved high ratings in mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau.
In 2007, Huang signed with Huayi Brothers (华谊兄弟传媒集团) and began focusing on his movie career, appearing in movies like The Sniper
(神枪手), The Message
(风声), and Ip Man 2
(叶问2). In 2010, he became one of the first mainland actors to star in a Taiwanese TV drama, acting as Luo Xi in Summer's Desire
(泡沫之夏), alongside Peter Ho and Barbie Hsu.
Huang was born in Qingdao, Shandong and is an only child. When he was young, rumors of his good looks and his obedience would cause neighbors and strangers alike to visit their house in order to take a look at him. At age nine, he was selected by a film studio to play the child protagonist in a movie, due to his looks, but because he was too shy, he kept his face covered and refused to act. While growing up, he was extremely shy, obedient, and studious; he does not recall ever going through a rebellious stage, and he is still very close to his parents.
Throughout his school career, Huang planned to become a scientist, but his language teacher encouraged him to apply to the Beijing Film Academy, which rarely came to Qingdao to recruit students. A week before his entrance examination, his foot was run over and crushed by a jeep; luckily, the injury was not serious because he was wearing army boots. His father carried Huang on his back to the examination room.