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Godfrey Gao
Portrays Magnus Bane
Godfrey Gao
Biographical Information
Real name: Tsao Chih-Hsiang
Born: September 22, 1984 (age 30)
Birthplace: Taipei, Taiwan
Series Information
Character portrayed: Magnus Bane

Godfrey Gao (Gao Yi Xiang 高以翔) is a Taiwanese-Canadian model and actor. He has appeared in several TV shows, mainly in Taiwan. He plays Magnus Bane in The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, chosen out of seventy Asian men who auditioned for the role.


Godfrey was born to a Peranakan mother, from George Town in Malaysia, and a Taiwanese father. After moving to Vancouver, Canada at the age of nine, he quickly picked up English and engaged himself in different kind of sports. He has also achieved black belt in karate. He was also on the basketball team throughout high school of and was also a member of the school band where he played the saxophone. He later studied at Capilano University in North Vancouver.

Gao has appeared in several TV dramas and films since returning to Taiwan to work as a model in 2004. He is also the first Asian male to model for the fashion brand Louis Vuitton. He is managed by JetStar Entertainment and joined Korean actress Yoo In-na for Wedding Bible.



Title Year Role Notes
All About Women 2008 X
Toy Story 3 2010 Ken Mandarin voice-over for Taiwan release
Say Yes 2013 Xu Zhuo
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones 2013 Magnus Bane American debut film

Television dramas

Title Year Role Notes
Magicians of Love 2006 Fan Xiaoling's boyfriend Guest star
The Kid from Heaven 2006 Luo Yixiang
Chao Ji Pai Tang Super 2006 Big Mac Guest star
Love Queen 2006 Wang Zhixun
Wo Yao Pien Cheng Ying Shih Tzu 2007 Tiger
Bull Fighting 2007 Tank
Momo Love 2009 Chen He
Volleyball Lover 2010 Bai Qianrui
Odd Perfect Match 2010 Ying Kaitai
The Queen of SOP 2012 Gao Ziqi
Hello Gorgeous 2013 Li Zhen
Never Give Up Dodo 2013 Xiu Fei

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