Kim So-yeon

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Kim.
Kim So-yeon
Kim So-yeon at the press conference of SBS Prosecutor Princess.jpg
Born (1980-11-02) November 2, 1980 (age 34)
Seoul, South Korea
Occupation Actress
Years active 1994–present
Agent Namoo Actors
Korean name
Hangul 김소연
Hanja 金素妍
Revised Romanization Gim So-yeon
McCune–Reischauer Kim So-yŏn

Kim So-yeon (Hangul: 김소연; born November 2, 1980 in Seoul) is a South Korean actress best known for her starring role in the television series All About Eve and Iris.


So-yeon has been represented by Namoo Actors agency since 2006 and renewed her contract with them in 2012.[1][2]

In 1994, So-yeon got her start in the industry after she paid a visit to a broadcaster while still in the second year of her middle school education.[3]

In 2005, she was a part of the cast for Hong Kong director Tsui Hark's wuxia film Seven Swords as a Korean slave girl to the antagonist.[4] After Seven Swords, So-yeon took a three year break to ponder her future career direction before she decided to remain in the entertainment industry. Her next project was the drama Gourmet in 2008.[5]

In 2009 she was one of the main actresses in the hit drama Iris where she played the role of North Korean agent, Kim Seon-hwa.[3] The year after in 2010, she played the leading role in the romantic drama Prosecutor Princess alongside Yoo Gun and Iljimae star Park Si-hoo.[6]

So-yeon made a return to South Korean film in 2012's Gabi after her last appearance in 2005's Seven Swords. She picked up the role after it was vacated by actress Lee Da-hae. Although she did not understand or speak Russian, she had to memorize the Russian lines which drew praise as she was able to mimic the pronunciation well.[7][8][9] That same year, she appeared in the The Great Seer as main character, Hae-In.[10]

In 2013, she starred in MBC television series Two Weeks opposite Lee Jun-ki and also made a special appearance in the Iris spin-off Athena: Goddess of War, reprising her role as Kim Seon-hwa.[11][12][13]

In January 2014, she starred in the lead role as fashion merchandiser, Shin Joo-yeon in I Need Romance 3.[14][15]


Television series[edit]

Year Title Role
1994 Dinosaur Teacher (SBS)
1996 City men and women (SBS)
Yes Sir (KBS2)
1997 Yesterday (MBC)
1998 Soonpoong Clinic (SBS)
I love you, I love you (SBS)
1999 We saw a small bird that got lost (KBS)
2000 Mom and Sister (MBC) Noh Seung-ri
All About Eve (MBC) Huh Young-mi
2001 Sunpung obstetrics and gynecology (SBS)
2002 The Shining Sunlight (MBC)
Trio (MBC) Choi Sa-yeong
2003 Just Like a Beautiful Flying Butterfly
2004 Sunlight Pours Down (SBS)
New Human Market (SBS)
2005 Autumn Shower (MBC) Lee Kyu Eun
2007 Da Qing Hui Shang
2008 Gourmet (SBS) Yoon Joo Hee
2009 Iris (KBS2) Kim Seon-hwa
2010 Prosecutor Princess (SBS) Ma Hye-ri
Dr. Champ (SBS) Kim Yeon-Woo
Athena: Goddess of War (SBS) Kim Seon-hwa
2012 The Great Seer (SBS) Hae-in
2013 IRIS 2 (KBS2) Kim Seon-hwa (Cameo) (ep 20)
Two Weeks (TV series) (MBC) Park Jae-Kyung
2014 I Need Romance 3 (tvN) Shin Joo-Yeon
2015 Falling for Innocence (JTBC) Kim Soon-Jung


Year Title Role
1996 Boss
1997 Change Ko Eun-Bi
2005 Seven Swords Green Pearl
2010 Iris the Movie Kim Seon-hwa
2012 Gabi Tanya

Music Video[edit]


- Coréana OVLEAU CF

- Woongjin Cosmetic CF

- Johnnie Walker - 2012 The New Breed of Whisky CF


External links[edit]


  1. ^ Lee, Hae-ri (2010-04-01). "수목퀸은 나"…문근영-김소연 집안싸움 ["Tree Queens"...Moon Geun-young and Kim So-yeon have a family quarrel] (in Korean). Dong-ah Ilbo. Retrieved 2014-11-10. 
  2. ^ Choi, Bo-ran (2012-04-03). 김소연, 윤제문·지성 이어 나무엑터스 재계약 [Kim So-yeon, Yoon Je-moon and Ji-Sung renew their contracts with Namoo Actors] (in Korean). Starnews. Retrieved 2014-11-10. 
  3. ^ a b "Kim So-yeon Spreads Her Acting Wings in TV Drama 'Iris'". Chosun Ilbo. 2009-11-28. Retrieved 2014-11-07. 
  4. ^ Elley, Derek (2005-08-31). "Review: ‘Seven Swords’". Retrieved 2014-11-07. 
  5. ^ "From being a teen star to real actress, Kim So yeon talks about her passion". Yahoo Phillipines. 2013-07-23. Retrieved 2014-11-07. 
  6. ^ "[ChanMi's drama news] "Prosecutor Princess" starring Kim So-yeon". Hancinema. 2010-03-04. Retrieved 2014-11-10. 
  7. ^ "Lee Da-hae steps down from "Gabi"... not Joo Jin-mo". 2011-03-03. Retrieved 2014-11-07. 
  8. ^ "Kim So-yeon comes back to movie screens with "Gabi"". 2011-03-21. Retrieved 2014-11-07. 
  9. ^ "Kim So-yeon: 'I Seem to have Begun Acting 18 Years Since Debut'". Hancinema. 2012-03-08. Retrieved 2014-11-10. 
  10. ^ "Ji Sang (Ji Sung) and Hae In (Kim So Yeon) look into each other eyes with a loving gaze". 2012-12-05. Retrieved 2014-11-10. 
  11. ^ 김소연 ‘투윅스’ 출연 확정, 소현경 작가와 다시 손잡았다. TV Daily (in Korean). 2013-05-15. Archived from the original on 2013-08-21. 
  12. ^ 김소연, '투윅스' 출연..소현경 작가와 '한 번 더' [Kim So-yeon appears in Two Weeks...writer Son Hyeong-gyeong once more] (in Korean). 2013-05-15. Retrieved 2014-11-10. 
  13. ^ "[Spoiler] Kim So-yeon "Athena" forceful first appearance 'extreme cameo'". Hancinema. 2011-02-08. Retrieved 2014-11-10. 
  14. ^ Lee, Cory (2013-11-19). "Kim So-yeon to Take Lead Role on "In Need of Romance 3″". tenasia. Archived from the original on 2014-01-09. 
  15. ^ "Kim So-yeon joins ‘I Need Romance’". Korea Joongang Daily. 2013-11-19. Retrieved 2014-11-10.