Zhang was among People Magazine's 100 Most Beautiful People of 2006.
Her big screen debut film was The Road Home directed by Zhang Yimou. He also directed her in the House of Flying Daggers.
She was nominated for a 2005 Satellite Award for her performance in Memoirs of a Geisha.
She was nominated for Choice Breakout Performance at the 2001 Teen Choice Awards.
The Toronto Film Critics Association gave her the Best Supporting Performance, Female Award in 2000 for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
At the 2001 Chicago Film Critics Association Awards she was declared Most Promising Actress.
She received Best Young Actress in an International Film for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon at the 2001 Young Artist Awards.
At the 2002 Kids' Choice Awards she was nominated as Favorite Female Action Hero, for Rush Hour 2.
She received Best Supporting Female at the 2001 Independent Spirit Awards.
The role of Jen in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was given to Taiwanese actress Shu Qi. It wasn't until production had started that Shu Qi was replaced with Ziyi Zhang.
Entertainment Weekly Magazine had Ziyi at 38 of the 122 people and things on their 2005 "Must List".
She is 5 feet, 5 inches tall.
She studied dance at China Central Drama College.
People Magazine included her in their 2005 list of the "50 Most Beautiful People.
She does Pantene shampoo commercials in Asia.
She was ranked #15 on Harpers & Queen Magazine's list of the "100 Most Beautiful Women in the World" in their July 2005.
She was listed as #2 of the 100 Sexiest Women by FHM Taiwan in 2001.
Teen People Magazine listed her as one of the 25 Hottest Stars Under 25 in 2001.
Ziyi is a graduate of the Beijing Dance Academy.
FHM UK had her on the list of "Sexiest Girls of 2002".
She was ranked at # 91 in Stuff Magazine's 2002 list of "102 Sexiest Women in the World".
Teen People Magazine listed her as one of the 25 Hottest Stars Under 25 in 2002.
She was listed in Time magazine's World's 100 Most Influential People. They called her "China's Gift to Hollywood".
She joined the Beijing Dance College at 11 & the Beijing Dance Academy at 15.
In August 2004, Forbes magazine's China edition ranked her as the second most popular celebrity after NBA player Yao Ming.
She is the spokesmodel for: Maybelline (cosmetics), Pantene (shampoo), and Coca-Cola Asia. Also, she is the former spokesmodel for Tag Heuer (watches), 2% (Korean mineral water), and Lenovo Computers.
Even though Zhang has been in many kung-fu movies, she is not actually a trained martial artist. She actually uses many dance moves in her fight sequences.
She was named one of the 25 Hottest Stars Under 25 by Teen People Magazine two years in a row (2001 & 2002).
In her first American movie, Rush Hour 2, she didn't speak English so Jackie Chan had to translate. She took lessons in 2004 and had improved by the time she appeared on the 2005 MTV Movie Awards.
She won the 2001 MTV Movie Award for "Best Fight" in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
She won the 2001 Young Artist Award for "Best Young Actress in an International Film" in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
She won the 2001 Independent Spirit Award for "Best Supporting Female" in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
She won the 2001 Hong Kong Film Award for "Best Actress" in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
She won the 2001 CFCA Award for "Most Promising Actress" and was nominated for the same award for "Best Supporting Actress" in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
Zhang Ziyi: In China, we don't consider someone truly beautiful until we have known them for a long time, and we know what's underneath the skin.
Zhang Ziyi: Chinese women are much more modest than American women when it comes to clothes. We tend to show less flesh.