Sun Li nominated for International Emmy

Chinese actress Sun Li was recently nominated for an International Emmy in the Best Actress category for her role in the Chinese TV drama The Back Palace: Legend Of Zhen Huan.

The 76-episode series, adapted from the novel of the same name by Liu Lianzi, centres on the stories of Emperor Yongzheng's concubines in the Imperial Palace during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). The protagonist Zhen Huan (played by Sun) is selected to join the emperor's harem at the tender age of 17.

She gets caught in a fierce battle for the emperor's love between the empress and other concubines. She quickly learns how to survive in the palace, even if she has to do so through unscrupulous means.

Legend Of Zhen Huan has been a hit in China since it first aired in 2011.

Aside from the storyline, many fans of the series were drawn to it because of its rich usage of Chinese poetry, beautiful costumes and the depiction of court etiquette and traditional Chinese medicine. The refined and traditional dialogue spoken in the series has also become a favourite topic among fans.

Sun, 31, first came under the spotlight through her work in the 2003 TV series Jade Goddess Of Mercy.

Although she was seen as a young and promising actress in China, her popularity skyrocketed when Legend Of Zhen Huan made its television debut.

This is Sun's first International Emmy nomination.

The International Emmy, cousin to the primetime United States Emmy Awards, is more than four decades old and focuses on rewarding outstanding international television programmes.

Nominations from 19 countries will be competing for the award this year. The winners will be announced on Nov 25 in New York.