Kim Hee-ae

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Kim.
Kim Hee-ae
Kim Hee-ae.jpg
Kim Hee-ae as an LG DIOS Art Flower model (2009)
Born (1967-04-23) April 23, 1967 (age 47)
Jeju City, Jeju Province, South Korea
Education Chung-Ang University
B.A. in Theater and Film
M.A. in Communication and Journalism
Occupation Actress
Years active 1983–present
Spouse(s) Lee Chan-jin (m. 1996)
Korean name
Hangul 김희애
Hanja 金喜愛
Revised Romanization Gim Hui-ae
McCune–Reischauer Kim Hŭi-ae

Kim Hee-ae (born April 23, 1967) is a South Korean actress. She is best known for her leading roles in Korean dramas such as Sons and Daughters (1992), Perfect Love (2003), My Husband's Woman (2007), A Wife's Credentials (2012), and Secret Love Affair (2014).

Early life[edit]

Kim Hee-ae was born in 1967 in Jeju City, and her family later moved to Seoul.

Kim was a freshman at Hyehwa Girls' High School when she was discovered by the younger brother of one of her teachers; he had been visiting the school by chance and worked for an advertising agency. This led to her first modeling job in a commercial for a school uniform brand in 1978.


In 1983, Kim made her acting debut in the film The First Day of the Twentieth Year. While studying at Chung-Ang University as a Theater and Film major, she appeared in her first television drama on KBS in 1986. Over the next decade, she would go on to have a successful career on Korean television, alongside fellow top actresses Chae Shi-ra and Ha Hee-ra. Among her most significant dramas during this period were Beyond the Mountains (1991) and Sons and Daughters (1992), for which she won the highest award at the MBC Drama Awards and the Baeksang Arts Awards, called the Daesang ("Grand Prize").

She again drew praise in 2003 for two consecutive hit dramas. In Wife, her husband vanishes and reappears years later as an amnesiac with another family, while in Perfect Love (written by Kim Soo-hyun), her role as the perfect wife and mother who gets diagnosed with a terminal illness earned her another Daesang from the Baeksang Arts Awards.[1][2] She worked again with Kim a year later in Precious Family (also known as Letters to My Parents), playing a woman who marries into a rich family who treats her badly after she gives birth to a baby with autism.[3]

Her third collaboration with Kim Soo-hyun was 2007's My Husband's Woman, but unlike her previous saintly characters, this time she was cast against type as a sexy, worldly woman having an affair with her best friend's husband.[4][5] The adultery drama was a hit with a peak viewership rating of 38.7%, and Kim yet again won the Daesang at the Korea Drama Awards and the SBS Drama Awards.[6]

Afterwards Kim went on a brief hiatus, during which she continued to appear in commercials and magazines, gaining a reputation as a style icon for Korean middle-aged women (called "ajumma") by inspiring them to wear younger and edgier clothes.[7] Kim returned to acting four years later with Midas, in the role of a wealthy chaebol heiress who fosters greed and ambition in a young lawyer.[8] She then won Best Actress at the Baeksang Arts Awards for her portrayal of a housewife obsessed with her children's education who finds herself falling for the professor next door in A Wife's Credentials, one of the inaugural dramas in 2012 of new cable channel jTBC.[9][10]

2013 marked Kim's first regular appearance in a reality show with Sisters Over Flowers, in which she, Yoon Yeo-jeong, Kim Ja-ok, Lee Mi-yeon and Lee Seung-gi go on a backpacking trip around Croatia and Turkey.[11][12][13]

In 2014, Kim returned to the big screen after a 21-year absence in Elegant Lies, a film adaptation of Kim Ryeo-ryeong's novel about teen bullying which leads to a young girl's suicide.[14] Kim said she accepted the project because the script was "faultless" and she felt empathy for the characters,[15][16] and one review described her performance as "excellent as the grieving mother [...] understated but somehow believable, touching and honest."[17]

Shortly after, Kim reunited with the writer and director of A Wife's Credentials in Secret Love Affair, about an art foundation director who embarks on a passionate affair with a poor but talented pianist 20 years her junior.[18][19]

She next plays the muse of real-life folk music group Twin Folio in upcoming film C'est Si Bon, named after a music lounge located in Myeong-dong which was famous in the 1970s and 1980s for its live performances.[20]

Personal life[edit]

Kim married Lee Chan-jin, CEO of the web portal DreamWiz, in 1996.[5] They have two sons.



Year English title Korean title Role Network
1986 A Woman's Heart 여심 Song Da-young KBS2
1987 원다풍 KBS
Mother 어머니 KBS2
Terms of Endearment 애정의 조건 Kim Won-mi KBS2
1988 Forget Tomorrow 내일 잊으리 Seo In-ae MBC
1989 Congratulations 당신의 축배 Jeon Yeo-ok MBC
1990 What Do Women Want 여자는 무엇으로 사는가 Cha Young-gun MBC
Winter Wanderer 겨울 나그네 Da-hye KBS
500 Years of Joseon: Daewongun 조선왕조 오백년: 대원군 Empress Myeongseong MBC
I'm Still Loving You 사랑해 당신을 Wan-joo MBC
1991 The Beginning of the End 이별의 시작 Jung Hye-jung MBC
Beyond the Mountains 산너머 저쪽 Kang Myung-ae MBC
1992 Namok 나목 Kyung-ah MBC
The Kingdom of Anger 분노의 왕국 Min Jae-kyung MBC
Sons and Daughters 아들과 딸 Lee Hoo-nam MBC
1993 The Stormy Season 폭풍의 계절 Lee Hong-joo MBC
1994 Kareisky 까레이스키 Sung Nam-young MBC
1995 Love and Marriage 사랑과 결혼 Yoon Soo-bin MBC
Love Formula 연애의 기초 Choi Jeong-hee MBC
1999 You're One-of-a-Kind 하나뿐인 당신 Jang Seo-young MBC
2003 Wife 아내 Kim Na-young KBS2
Perfect Love 전한 사랑 Ha Young-ae SBS
2004 Precious Family 부모님 전상서 Ahn Sung-sil KBS2
2006 Snow Flower 눈꽃 Lee Kang-ae SBS
2007 My Husband's Woman 내 남자의 여 Lee Hwa-young SBS
2011 Midas 마이더스 Yoo In-hye SBS
2012 A Wife's Credentials 아내의 자격 Yoon Seo-rae jTBC
2013 Sisters Over Flowers 꽃보다 누나 Herself tvN
2014 Secret Love Affair 밀회 Oh Hye-won jTBC


Year English title Korean title Role
1983 The First Day of the Twentieth Year 스무해 첫째 날
1985 Reminiscent Flame 불의 회상
My Love Jjang-gu 내 사랑 짱구 Mi-hye
1987 The Hero Comes Back 영웅 돌아오다
1993 The 101st Proposition 101번째 프로포즈 Jung-won
2014 Elegant Lies 우아한 거짓말 Yoo Hyun-sook
2015 C'est Si Bon 쎄시봉 Min Ja-young

Radio program[edit]

Year English title Korean title Station
1986 Popular Music FM with Kim Hee-ae 김희애의 FM인기가요 KBS Happy FM

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
1986 KBS Drama Awards Best New Actress A Woman's Heart Won
1987 Our Star Awards Best New Actress Won
23rd Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actress (TV) Won
1990 MBC Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress Forget Tomorrow Won
1991 MBC Drama Awards Grand Prize (Daesang) Beyond the Mountains Won
1993 29th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actress (TV) Sons and Daughters Won
Grand Prize (Daesang) for TV Won
MBC Drama Awards Grand Prize (Daesang) Won
TV Journal Star of the Year Won
1994 30th Baeksang Arts Awards Most Popular Actress (TV) Won
6th Korea Broadcasting Producer Awards Won
1996 8th Korea Broadcasting Producer Awards Won
2003 39th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actress (TV) Wife Won
SBS Drama Awards SBSi Award Won
Top 10 Stars Won
2004 40th Baeksang Arts Awards Grand Prize (Daesang) Perfect Love Won
16th Korea Broadcasting Producer Awards Won
2007 1st Korea Drama Awards Grand Prize (Daesang) My Husband's Woman Won
SBS Drama Awards Top 10 Stars Won
Top Excellence Award, Actress Nominated
Grand Prize (Daesang) Won
2008 1st Style Icon Awards Style Icon, TV actress category Won
44th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actress (TV) Nominated
2011 SBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Special Planning Drama Midas Nominated
2013 49th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actress (TV) A Wife's Credentials Won
2014 50th Baeksang Arts Awards Fashionista Award N/A Won
Best Actress Elegant Lies Nominated
9th Seoul International Drama Awards Best Actress Secret Love Affair Won
7th Korea Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress Nominated
7th Style Icon Awards Top 10 Style Icons N/A Won
3rd APAN Star Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Secret Love Affair Won
35th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Actress Elegant Lies Nominated


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  18. ^ Lee, Jeong-bong (17 March 2014). "The cougar and the pianist". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-06-22. 
  19. ^ Kim, Hee-eun (19 March 2014). "Koreans quickly falling in love with Secret Love Affair". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-06-22. 
  20. ^ Jin, Eun-soo (11 March 2014). "1970s folk film announces cast". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-06-22. 

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