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Betty Zhou
Jiangsu, China,October 31, 1981
Occupation Actress, Host, Producer
Years active 2007–present

Betty Zhou is a Chinese actress, singer, producer, sports commentator and television host. She hosts her show Talking to Hollywood with Betty Zhou on CCTV.

She is active in China & Singapore. In 2013, she became the first bilingual anchor from China to cover the NBA finals.

Early life

Betty Zhou was born in the Jiangsu Province of China. When she was younger, Zhou had dreamt of becoming a journalist, even a war correspondent who could venture into conflict zones. She later decided that she would become an actress and went on to study performing arts at Shanghai Normal University's Xie Jin Film & Television Art College.


Betty Zhou was educated in Mainland China for acting, but began her acting career in Singapore, where she learnt to speak English fluently whilst preparing for the TV series Adventure Girls and Kung Fu Killer. Zhou's foray into the entertainment industry started even before she graduated from college in 2007. An overseas production company had talent-spotted Zhou and subsequently signed her on to star in Adventure Girls. As the title suggests, the travel program featured Zhou and another co-host in search of adventure in countries such as Thailand, Malaysia and the Philippines, taking part in outdoor activities such as bungee jumping, diving and rock climbing. Zhou later got to know some industry people from Singapore and was offered an acting career there. She decided to relocate to Singapore for a few years to hone her craft, and the move paid off as she managed to gain a considerable amount of exposure there, featuring in numerous magazines and television shows. During her time there, Zhou had the honor of becoming the only actress from China to star in a leading role in an English language production.

A few years later, Zhou got to meet renowned Chinese R&B singer David Tao, who offered her a job back in China. Following this, Zhou was presented with the opportunity to front NBA coverage in her basketball-crazy country, and despite knowing nothing about the sport, she gamely took up the challenge, putting due diligence into researching the sport in order to become a credible host. She also taught herself Cantonese for her appearances in Hong Kong.

In 2013 she started hosting basketball coverage in China on Chinese Central Television, including the weekly program Sensual NBA. Although she did not follow basketball before she began hosting basketball shows, reviews for her understanding of basketball terminology were generally positive. She was the first Chinese bilingual presenter to attend and cover the NBA Finals in 2013.

Talking to Hollywood with Betty Zhou

In May 2015 she started hosting Talking to Hollywood with Betty Zhou, a Chinese Central Television program broadcast on Baidu's iQIYI platform. It was co-created by Rob Moore and produced with the support of Paramount Pictures, Walt Disney Studios, Universal Studios, and Sony Pictures Entertainment. As the host of Talking to Hollywood with Betty Zhou, she has rubbed shoulders with the likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tom Cruise, Adam Sandler and Zoe Saldana. Created by a host of big names such as Paramount Pictures, Universal Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Walt Disney Studios, the show gives Chinese audiences an exclusive and intimate look into the world's largest entertainment industry.



Year Title Role
2008 Kung Fu Killer Siren Crane
2010 China Doll Waitress
2011 Pay Day Long Le
2012 The Man With the Iron Fists Jack Knife's Widow
2017 xXx: The Return of Xander Cage Club Announcer

Primary Works

TV Series

Year Title TV Station Director
2011 “Payday” – Actress Singapore, Channel 5 Daisy lrani
2010 “Point of Entry” Singapore, Channel 5
2010 “Wrongful Love”
Zhejiang Satellite TV
2010 “Want to Love Again”
Zhejiang Satellite TV
2009 “Mr. & Mrs. Kok”
Singapore, Channel 8
2008 “Housewives’ Holiday”
Singapore, Channel 8
2007 “Adventure Girls”
《丽险记》- Actress
Singapore, Channel 5
Malaysia TV Channel

Live Interviews

Time Station Location Language
2014 “Fairchild TV” Canada Mandarin and Cantonese
2014 “Fairchild Radio AM1470” Canada Cantonese
2014 “CNR Radio FM101.8” China Mandarin
2013 “Phoenix URadio” Hong Kong Mandarin
2013 “D100 Radio” Hong Kong Cantonese
2011 “FM987 Radio” Singapore English

Event Hosting

Year Title Channel Partner Host
2014 “NBA Match Arena”
(Weekly Broadcast)
Chongqing Satellite TV   
2014 “NFL Super Bowl”
Chongqing Satellite TV
2013 to now “Very NBA”
Sina Net
2013 “Fun in the East”
2013 “Jeanswest Entertainment Live”
Education Channel, Shanghai Satellite TV
2013 “Million Idol Singer” (Grand Final)
Shandong Satellite TV

Hosting Experiences

Year Title Location Participating Guest
2016 "xXx: The Return of Xander Cage" Toronto Vin Diesel, Donnie Yen, Kris Wu, Nina Dobrev
2016 "Zoolander No. 2" New York Alexander Wand, Marc Jacobs
2016 "Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows" New York Stephen Amell
2015 "Star Trek Beyond" Los Angeles Justin Lin
2015 "Jack Reacher: Never Go Back" New Orleans Tom Cruise, Colbie Smulders
2015 "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" Los Angeles JJ Abrams
2015 "007: Spectre" Beijing Daniel Craig
2015 "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay" China Premiere Beijing Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutchinson, Liam Hemsworth
2015 "Terminator Genysis" Shanghai Arnold Schwarzenegger, Alan Taylor, Jane Zhang
2015 "Mission Impossible 5: Rogue Nation" China Premiere, Press Conference, Fan Meeting Shanghai Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Christopher McQuarrie
2015 "Mission Impossible 5: Rogue Nation" Global Premiere Vienna Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Christopher McQuarrie
2015 "Official Opening of Adidas Flagship Store" Shanghai Zhai Xiaochuan
2015 "NBA Official Forum" Shanghai James Harden
2015 "San Diego Comic-Con International" San Diego San Diego  
2015 Brand endorsement conference for Rain Shanghai Rain
2015 "Jurassic World" Beijing Chris Pratt
2015 "Pixels" Los Angeles, Las Vegas Adam Sandler, Chris Columbus  
2015 "Ant Man" Las Vegas Paul Rudd  
2015 Star Trek Beyond Vancouver Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg  
2015 "Mind Team" Promo Event San Francisco Peter Dougard  
2015 "Ninja Turtles II: Out of the Shadows" Promo Event Los Angeles Megan Fox  
2015 "The Walk" Promo Event Los Angeles Joseph Gordon-Levitt 
2015 NBA 2K Online Press Conference Guangzhou LeBron James  
2014 Aug Mobil
40th anniversary
2014 Aug "Budweiser STORM EDM Festival"
Press conference host
Beijing, Guangzhou   
2014 Jul CQTV & CSPN
Interview with Reggie Jackson
Shanghai Reggie Jackson   
2014 Jul Adidas
Jeremy Lin China Tour
Shanghai Jeremy Lin 林书豪
2014 Jun "Transformers 4"
Hong Kong Movie Premiere
Interview with Producer and China Movie Premiere
Hong Kong, Beijing Michael Bay, Nicola Peltz, Li Bingbing, Han Geng 
2014 May - Aug "Redbull Freestyle Football Cup" Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou Leo 吴磊 
2014 Apr "CBA & Mobil Super"
Meeting with Wang Zhizhi
Kunming Wang Zhizhi 王治郅  
2013 Nov 《Hermes/ 爱马仕丝巾乐园活动》 Beijing, Shanghai
2013 Oct GETV《乐享东方》 Beijing Huang Hai Bo 黄海波
2013 Oct NBA China Games《王牌球迷》 Beijing, Shanghai Dell Curry, Tyrone Curtis Bogues, A.C. Green Jr.
2013 Oct 《NBA巨星-德里克 罗斯中国行》 Hang Zhou Derrick Rose
2013 Sep 《NBA巨星-凯文加内特中国行》
(SINA interview)
Beijing Kevin Garnett
2013 Sep 《NBA巨星-阿尔德里奇中国行》 Beijing Bolin Chen 陈柏霖, LaMarcus Aldridge
2013 Aug 《NBA巨星-霍华德中国行》 Chengdu Dwight Howard
2013 Aug 《NBA巨星-科比中国行》 Shanghai Kobe Bryant
2013 Aug 《NBA巨星-詹姆斯中国行》
(Tencent interview)
Guangzhou LeBron Raymone James
2013 Jul 《NBA巨星-卢比奥、霍勒迪、沃尔、利拉德、康利中国行》 Beijing, Shanghai, Xi'an, Guangzhou Ricky Rubio, Jrue Holiday, John Wall, Damian Lillard, Mike Conley
2013 Jun NBA The Finals
(Exclusive coverage throughout the NBA Finals last season NBA2013-2014 official mission)
San Antonio, Miami Adam Silver, LeBron Raymone James, Dwyane Tyrone Wade, Chris Bosh, Tony Parker, Tracy McGrady, Shane Battier, etc.
2013 NBA Superstar - Derrick Rose in China Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou Derrick Rose


Year Title Country Remarks
2014 “MiLK New Trends”
Hong Kong and China Main Cover, Interview
2014 “SO COOL” Hong Kong and China Main Cover, Interview
2014 “Dime Basketball World”
USA and China Main Cover, Interview
2013 “Basketball Pioneers”
China Interview
2013 “Covergirl”
China Interview
2013 “Metrostyle”
China Main Cover, Interview
2013 “I Money” Hong Kong Interview
2013 “Power Wave”
China Main Cover, Interview
2013 “For Him Magazine”
China Interview
2013 “San Antonio Newsflash” USA Cover Story
2013 “New York Times” (Sports Section) USA Report
2013 “Prestige” Hong Kong Report
2013 “Straits Times” Singapore Interview
2013 “Today” Singapore Interview
2013 “8 Days Magazine” Singapore Interview
2012 “Taste”
China Interview
2012 “Metrostyle”
China Main Cover, Featured Author
2012 “Belong Magazine”
China Main Cover, Interview
2010 “For Him Magazine” Singapore Interview
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