Han Ye-seul

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Han.
Han Ye-seul
Han Ye Seul.jpg
Born Kim Ye Seul Yi
(1981-09-18) 18 September 1981 (age 33)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Nationality South Korean
Other names Leslie Kim
Occupation Actress, model, singer
Years active 2001–present
Agent KeyEast
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Partner(s) Teddy Park (2013-present)
Korean name
Hangul 한예슬
Revised Romanization Han Ye-seul
McCune–Reischauer Han Yesŭl
Birth name
Hangul 김예슬이
Hanja None
Revised Romanization Gim Yeseuri
McCune–Reischauer Kim Yesŭri

Han Ye-seul (born 18 September 1981) is a South Korean actress, singer and model.


Han was born as Kim Ye-Seul-Yi, while her English name is Leslie Kim.[1] She was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, before moving to South Korea to pursue acting/modeling. She attended Cerritos High School and graduated from Cerritos College with an AA degree in computer graphics and is fluent in both English and Korean.[2]


Han renounced her U.S. citizenship in 2004 for South Korean citizenship to establish herself there as a Korean actress.[3][4]


Han debuted as a model after winning a super model competition in 2001.[5]

She appeared in a variety of commercials in Korea ranging from health drinks to beauty products to Venus women's apparel to Pizza Hut TV spots, Samsung ads and commercials for Motorola phones. She is also the voice for the character Susan Murphy in the Korean-language version of the DreamWorks Animation film Monsters vs. Aliens (2009). She appeared in Rain's music video for "Love Song".[citation needed]

On September 2014, Han has signed an exclusive contract with her new management agency KeyEast.[6][7]

Personal life[edit]

She was involved in a dispute with Korea Broadcasting System (KBS) for failing to show up to the filming of Myung Wol the Spy on 14 August 2011.[8] Her agency cited conflicts with her PD over her working conditions, although it earlier explained that her absence was the result of poor health.[9][10] It was reported that she had worked several extra hours and had had little sleep for several weeks. She received an injection for fatigue. She unexpectedly left South Korea to return to Los Angeles on that date.[11] At a meeting on the 15th, Kim agreed to return to filming on August 16.

She returned to Korea on the 18th, bringing her mother back with her for support. She was reported to have given a press conference at the airport apologizing on her sudden absence citing difficulties and hardships she had. She remarked that she firmly believes what she did was right despite criticism from the public and other media sources which pointed out her unexpected sudden absence from shooting.[12]


TV Drama[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2003 Breathless SBS
2004 Forbidden Love Chae-yi KBS
2005 That Summer's Typhoon MBC
2006 Couple or Trouble Anna Jo / Na Sang-shil MBC
2008 Tazza Lee Nan-sook / Mi-na SBS
2009 Will It Snow for Christmas? Han ji-wan SBS
2011 Spy Myung-wol Han myung-wol KBS2
2014-2015 Birth of a Beauty Sara/Sa Geum-ran SBS


Year Title
2011 Penny Pinchers
2007 Miss Gold Digger

Music Videos[edit]

Year singer Title Role
2010 Rain Love Song Female Lead

Variety Show[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2014 Running Man Guest Episode 219 SBS


Year Award Category Nominated work
2014 Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Drama Special (Birth of a Beauty)
2014 Drama Awards Top 10 Stars (Birth of a Beauty)
2014 Drama Awards Best Couple Award with Joo Sang-wook (Birth of a Beauty)
2008 Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Special Planning Drama (Tazza)
2008 Drama Awards Top 10 Stars (Tazza)
2008 29th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best New Actress (Miss Gold Digger)
2008 31st Golden Cinematography Awards: Best New Actress (Miss Gold Digger)
2008 45th Grand Bell Awards Best New (Miss Gold Digger)
2008 45th Grand Bell Awards BMW Popularity Award, Actress
2008 44th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actress (Miss Gold Digger)
2007 2nd Asia Model Awards Model Star Award
2007 43rd Baeksang Arts Awards Popularity Award, Actress
2006 Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress (Couple or Trouble)
2006 Drama Awards Popularity Award, Actress (Couple or Trouble)
2006 Drama Awards Best Couple Award with Oh Ji-ho (Couple or Trouble)
2004 MBC Entertainment Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Sitcom/Comedy (Nonstop 4)
2001 Super Model Contest Juliet Award


  1. ^ "Korean Actor(Actress) Han Ye-Seul, Biography and Photos". Korea Tourism Organization. Archived from the original on 2007-10-11. Retrieved 2012-07-07. 
  2. ^ "한예슬 나이관련 발언 와전돼 '오해'". Money Today. 25 November 2009. Retrieved 7 July 2012. 
  3. ^ '왕싸가지' 한예슬, 미국서 더 큰 인기. Sports Seoul (in Korean). 9 November 2006. Retrieved 2012-07-07. 
  4. ^ "한예슬 '미국 국적 포기하겠다'". Korea Daily. 17 March 2004. Retrieved 7 July 2012. 
  5. ^ "Han Ye Seul Wins Over Detractors as Amnesiac Heiress". Chosun Ilbo. 28 October 2006. Retrieved 12 November 2007. 
  6. ^ "'Han Ye Seul joins Key East Entertainment'". Allkpop. September 17, 2014. 
  7. ^ http://www.soompi.com/2014/09/17/actress-han-ye-seul-preparing-for-her-return-currently-in-talks-for-new-sbs-drama/
  8. ^ ‘스파이명월’ 촬영거부 한예슬, 이젠 현명하게 처신할 때. Nate (in Korean). 15 August 2011. Retrieved 15 August 2011. 
  9. ^ "드라마 촬영 거부 한예슬, PD 교체 요구…에릭은 날벼락". Donga News (in Korean). 15 August 2011. Retrieved 15 August 2011. 
  10. ^ 한예슬 촬영거부 왜? "한예슬 몸상태 안좋아" 해명. 뉴스 (in Korean). 14 August 2011. Retrieved 15 August 2011. 
  11. ^ '출국'한예슬, '스파이명월' 여주인공 교체 '누구?'. 저작권자 (in Korean). 16 August 2011. Retrieved 15 August 2011. 
  12. ^ "한예슬 귀국". etoday.co.kr. Retrieved 20 August 2011. 

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