Fan Bingbing was born on 16 September 1981 in Qingdao, Shandong, China to Fan Tao and Zhang Chuanmei. She is of Han Chinese ethnicity. Her family later moved to Yantai city in North-eastern Shandong, where she was brought up.
Although the girl was born in the family of a hereditary military (both the father and grandfather of the future actress served in the navy), her parents supported her passion for art.
The actress’s younger brother, Fan Chengcheng, also took up show business. He managed to finish the talent show Idol Producer in the third place. He is currently a member of the band Nine Percent.