Dishonored Chinese star Fan Bingbing fined nearly £ 100m for avoiding taxes, gears up for return after two-year hiatus
- Fan, 38, is set to return to the spotlight after his explosive scandal in 2018
- She was caught evading tax by Chinese officials
- Chinese actress set to star in vintage £ 60m drama
- Historic costume show to be broadcast on Chinese video site, source says
Chinese actress Fan Bingbing, who was involved in a tax evasion scandal of nearly £ 100 million two years ago, is set to return to the spotlight in a successful drama broadcast online.
‘The Legend of Ba Qing’, or ‘Win the World’, was due to debut in 2018, but has since been suspended after Fan, its lead actress, was found guilty of tax fraud and fined 800 million yuan (91 million pounds sterling). in 2018.
The sumptuous series of historic costumes is expected to be published soon on the Chinese video-sharing platform Youku, owned by the e-commerce giant Alibaba, Chinese media reported. The confirmed broadcast date remains unknown.
Disgraced actress Fan Bingbing (photo), 38, starred in “ The Legend of Ba Qing ”, or known as “ Win the World ”, a costume drama historical budget of 60 million pounds which takes place in the old Qin dynasty -206BC). The image on the left is a poster from the drama series
Nicknamed “ the screen empress of China, ” Fan has been ignored by the public since 2018 when the Chinese government ordered him to pay nearly 100 million pounds sterling (883 million yuan) in arrears. taxes and fines in October 2018. Fan is represented in an X-Men film in 2014: Days Of Future Past
Nicknamed “ the screen empress of China ”, Fan is best known in the West for her role in the 2014 blockbuster “ X-Men: Days of Future Past ”.
The dishonored 38-year-old superstar plays a leading role in “ Win the World, ” a historic, $ 60 million, costume drama set in the Old Qin Dynasty (221BC-206BC). It is apparently one of the most expensive series that China has produced by far.
The drama is based on the story of a historical figure, Ba Qing, played by Fan, a widow and a prominent Chinese entrepreneur woman. She helped Qin Shi Huang, the founder of the Qin dynasty and the first emperor who unified China, to finance the construction of the Great Wall.
But the hit drama was dropped when it was released two years ago after Fan and another prominent actor were both struck by scandals and public criticism.
Fan, also a model and producer, has been a household name ubiquitous in China for more than 20 years. She disappeared from the public eye in 2018 after allegations emerged that she had evaded taxes on a lucrative film shoot. She was once the highest paid actress in China
One of the biggest Chinese superstars Fan Bingbing (pictured right), who was involved in a tax evasion scandal of nearly £ 100 million two years ago, is expected to return to the spotlight in a successful drama broadcast online. The photo is a promotional poster for the show
In October 2018, the Chinese government fined Fan nearly £ 100 million (883 million yuan) after being found guilty of avoiding taxes.
Authorities added that the star could avoid prison terms if she paid on time, but not the actual amount of taxes the actress had dodged.
Gao Yunxiang, who plays Emperor Qin in the series, also faced violent reactions after being arrested in Sydney on charges of sexual assault in 2018.
In March, Australian courts acquitted Gao of five counts of sexual assault and two counts of indecent assault.
The blockbuster drama has been implicated in more controversy after its lead actor, Gao Yunxiang, another Chinese celebrity who also received public reactions after his arrest in Sydney on charges of sexual assault. Photo shows Gao’s arrival in court last year
Since the tax evasion scandal, Fan has kept a low profile under the public radar. Last year, she made headlines in the Chinese media when she separated from Li Chen, her almost two-year-old actor fiance.
The news of Fan’s return came after Tuesday the release of an internal document from the show’s production company, discussing repayment terms with two Chinese TV stations that planned to broadcast the show initially.
According to the source who released the document, the drama of the period will likely be broadcast on Youku, a popular video-sharing platform owned by Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba. But there is no confirmed date for the series to air.
Who is Fan Bingbing?
She was China’s richest celebrity and one of the highest paid actresses in the world
Fan Bingbing is one of the most famous actresses in China, who was fined nearly £ 100 million (883 million yuan) for avoiding taxes.
She mysteriously disappeared from public view in July 2018, after allegations appeared, she had evaded taxes on a lucrative film shoot – accusations denied by her studio.
The 38-year-old superstar has appeared in numerous romantic comedies and costumed dramas.
She has a brother 19 years younger than him who is also an actor.
Fan, also a model and producer, has been a ubiquitous name in China for more than 20 years and tasted Hollywood success with a role in the 2014 blockbuster “ X-Men: Days of Future Past ”.
She was the richest celebrity in China and one of the highest paid actresses in the world. His earnings were on par – if not more – with Hollywood celebrities, such as Emma Stone, Jennifer Aniston and Jennifer Lawrence.
In 2017, she dominated Forbes magazine’s highest-paid list of Chinese celebrities with an income of 300 million yuan (£ 33 million), according to Forbes China.
But a September 2018 survey found that Chinese people thought the once popular actress had the weakest sense of social responsibility among her peers due to her scandal.