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Profile of C-Drama Star, Dilraba Dimurat: Background, List of Drama, Awards


Dilraba Dilmurat is one of the prettiest faces in an Asian drama. Her stunning beauty always mesmerizes drama fans. She is Chinese but seems does not look like one. She is of Uyghur ethnicity which gives her a Central Asian physical feature. 

She hails from Urumqi, Xinjiang province in the Northern part of China. Uyghur ethnic is one of the cultural minorities recognized by the Chinese government.


Dilraba is known as Dilireba Dilimurati in Mandarin. Her name means "lovely beauty" or "beauty of my heart" in the Uyghur language, which is similar to Turkish. 


Profile

Dilraba is one of the most popular actresses in China today. She was born on June 3, 1992, in Urumqi (formerly known as Dihua), the capital of Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in the far northwest region of the People's Republic of China.


There's no public information available about her family and siblings but it is believed her parents still live in Urumqi. She quickly rose to popularity after she did a supporting role in the popular wuxia drama, Swords of Legends, in 2014.

When Dilraba was still young, her father worked as a soloist in the Xinjiang Song and Dance Troupe. Her father's occupation influenced her to become a singer and dancer. She studied dance and ballet at Xinjiang Art Institute where she was a classmate of actress, Gulinazha or Gulnazar.

In her youth, she joined the Xinjiang Dance Troupe and participated in the first Ethnic Minority Contest in Jilian province in 2009 where they won third prize.

She studied Performing Arts at the Shanghai Theatre Academy and graduated in 2014 with fellow C-drama stars, Merxat Yalkun and Yuan Bingyan. She made her acting debut on television taking the lead role in 2013 historical series, "Anarhan". 

In 2014, she signed a talent contract with Jaywalk Studio, which is co-owned by actress, Yang Mi. It was also the same year that her popularity began to rise. She started gathering loyal fans both from mainland China and international scene.


She made her big screen acting debut in the film, "Fall in Love Like a Star" in 2015. However, her concentration is more on doing drama series for web and television rather than movies.

Forbes China Celebrity 100 ranked her as the 11th most influential figure in 2020 and 2021 in China. Currently, she is considered a powerhouse name in the Chinese entertainment industry with numerous brand endorsements and mega hit series.

Dilraba as Li Changge in The Long Ballad

WORKS: Since 2013, she starred in more than a dozen films. Either second lead or main lead. Some of her most notable series are the following:

  • Anarhan (2013)
  • Swords of Legends (2014)
  • V Love (2014)
  • The Backlight of Love (2015) Read our review HERE
  • Diamond Lover (2015)
  • Hot Girl (2016)
  • Sound of Desert (2016)
  • Eternal Love (2017)
  • Pretty Li Huizhen (2017)
  • The King's Woman (2017)
  • The Flame's Daughter (2018) Read related review HERE
  • Sweet Dreams (2018)
  • Eternal Love of Dream (2020)
  • Love Designer (2020)
  • The Long Ballad (2021) Read our review HERE
  • You Are My Glory (2021)
  • The Blue Whisper (2022)
  • Legend of Anle (2022)
  • Prosecution Elite (TBA)

ACTING AWARDS

Below is the list of Dilraba's formal acting accolades from the award-giving bodies voted by juries. 

Excluding the awards and citations given by organizations and ranking ceremonies based on traffic data, fans' votes, and popularity awards.

2021 Best Young Actress - The Long Ballad - Chinese American Film and TV Festival (California, USA)
2020 Rising Star - Eternal Love of Dream - Busan International Film Festival (South Korea)
2019 Best New Comer Actress - Namiya (movie) - 17th Golden Phoenix Awards
2018 Best Web Drama Actress - The Flame's Daughter - Shanghai International Film and Television Festival Internet Summit
2018 Golden Eagle Goddess - 12th China Golden Eagle TV Art Festival (50% jury/50% fan votes)
2018 Most Popular Actress and Audience's Choice for Actress -  29th China TV Golden Eagle Award
2015 Best New Actress - Diamond Lover - 7th China TV Awards
2015 Best New Comer Actress - Mr. Pride vs. Mr. Prejudice (movie) - 1st China Britain Festival

Uyghur Ethnicity

Uyghurs in China are believed to have originated from Central and East Asia. They are considered natives of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in Northwest China.


Uyghurs are officially recognized as one of China's ethnic minorities and titular people (single dominant ethnic group) of Xinjiang province. 

Significant numbers of Uyghurs can be found today in Turkey, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Kyrgyzstan. 

The Uyghurs in Xinjiang mostly speak in their Uighur tongue, which is in Old Turkic language. They also speak other languages like English and Russian.

Favorite Food

Based on her numerous interviews, her favorite food/dishes are the following: Yogurt candies, Strawberry shortcake, Dumplings, Bread, Lamb mutton (which is a traditional Uyghur recipe)

Her Current Home?

According to her interview in 2019, she currently does not have a permanent home due to work. You see, Chinese drama stars are always everywhere shooting, doing brand promotion, and attending brand and runway events. So C-drama stars are practically everywhere in the country. And rare stayed home.

Mostly, filming locations of costume drama in China are in Hengdian World Studio or Xiangshan film studio in Zhejiang province, while modern series are often filmed in Shanghai, Hangzhou or Shenzhen. 

Brand events and filming locations are also held in different parts of the country and usually, it is long distance, so it is difficult to get a permanent home if you're still single.

She is still thinking where to settle down or acquire a home. She is considering Shanghai since most of the brand events are happening there. However, she remains undecided. When she has no work schedule, she is either in Beijing or Shanghai.



UPCOMING PROJECTS

She is currently doing Prosecution's Elite, a legal drama. 

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Photo credit: All images uploaded here are taken from Dilraba studio in weibo

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