Kim Tae-hee

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Kim Tae-hee
LG 옵티머스 3D & LG 시네마 3D TV CF 촬영 사진 (cropped).jpg
Kim Tae-hee as LG Optimus 3D & LG Cinema 3D model, in September 2011
Born (1980-03-29) March 29, 1980 (age 34)
Busan,[1] South Korea
Nationality South Korean
Education Ulsan Girls High School
Alma mater Seoul National University (B.A. Fashion Design)
Occupation Actress, Model
Years active 2001 – present
Agent South Korea Namoo Actors
Japan Sweet Power
Height 1.62 m (5 ft 4 in)[2]
Relatives Lee Wan (brother)
Korean name
Hangul 김태희
Hanja 金泰希
Revised Romanization Gim Tae-hui
McCune–Reischauer Kim T'ae-hŭi

Kim Tae-hee (Korean: 김태희, born 29 March 1980) is a South Korean actress and model. She is best known for her roles in Korean dramas such as Iris, Love Story in Harvard, My Princess, Stairway to Heaven, and Jang Ok-jung, Living by Love.

Early life[edit]

Kim Tae-hee was born on 29 March 1980 in Busan, South Korea. She is the second of three children. Kim has an older sister and a younger brother, Lee Wan, who is also an actor and appeared in her television series Stairway to Heaven.

Kim moved to Ulsan as a child. She had an average of ‘100′ for all subjects throughout her three years in middle school.[3] She enrolled at Ulsan Girls High School, and later moved to Seoul to attend college.


Kim began her career as a model and in television commercials, and she made her film debut in Last Present.[4] She rose to stardom via her portrayal of the evil stepsister in the popular SBS TV series Stairway to Heaven.[5][6] Her other TV projects include the supernatural KBS series Forbidden Love and the SBS campus romance Love Story in Harvard. Both series were successful, and for her performance in Forbidden Love she was honoured with the Best Female Newcomer award.

Kim then turned to film, starring in The Restless and the romantic comedy Venus and Mars.

In 2009 she returned to the small screen in the action thriller Iris with Lee Byung-hun. It was one of the most expensive dramas ever produced and was a critical and commercial success with an average rating of 30%.[7] It was the top rated program every week after its debut. She also played a horse jockey who dreams of winning the Grand Prix championship in the film Grand Prix.

After the success of Iris, she played the lead in the romantic comedy My Princess alongside Song Seung-heon. My Princess began airing on 5 January 2011. Her character was Lee Seol, an ordinary college student who discovers that she is a princess. In late 2011 she starred in her first Japanese drama Boku to Star no 99 Nichi as Han Yuna, a big South Korean star. One day she meets an ordinary, and pretty boring, 30-year-old man who somehow makes her fall head over heels in love with him.

In 2013, Kim starred in her first historical drama Jang Ok-jung, Living by Love as the infamous royal concubine Jang Hui-bin.[8][9][10]

Personal life[edit]

In 2005, she graduated from the prestigious Seoul National University with a degree in Fashion Design and was the president of the SNU Women’s Ski Club.[4][11][12]

On 2 January 2013 her agency confirmed her relationship with singer Rain stating “It is true that they have met, but at the present time they are slowly beginning to know more about each other with good and positive feelings,” and “It has been about a month since their first meeting.”[13][14]


Kim is one of the most popular and in-demand product endorsers in Korea.[15][16] She has been a spokesperson for popular brands including Cyon, Paris Baguette, LG, iriver, Hera, Ohui, Vivian, Daewoo Matiz, Klasse, Samsung, Beans Avenue, Olympus, My House/Root, Crencia, KT Smard Card, Calli, ZEC, BC Card, Maxwell House, S-Oil, Corn Silk Tae, Toyota and Prugio.



Year Title Role Network
2002 Let's Go SBS
2003 Screen Kim So-hyun SBS
A Problem At My Younger Brother's House Park Su-jin SBS
Stairway to Heaven Han Yoo-ri SBS
2004 Forbidden Love Yoon Shi-yeon KBS
Love Story in Harvard Lee Soo-in SBS
2009 Iris Choi Seung-hee KBS2
2011 My Princess Lee Seol MBC
Boku to Star no 99 Nichi Han Yuna Fuji TV
2013 Jang Ok-jung, Living by Love Jang Hui-bin SBS


Year Title Role
2001 Last Present Young Jung-yeon
2002 New Citizen (short film)
2006 The Restless So-hwa/Yon-hwa
2007 Venus and Mars Yoon Jin-ah
2010 Grand Prix Seo Ju-hee
Iris: The Movie Choi Seung-hee

Music Video[edit]

Year Song Artist
"Project" Joy
2002 "Letter" G.o.d
2003 "Only" The Jun
2004 "Don't Go Away" Park Yong Ha

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref
2003 SBS Drama Awards Best New Actress Stairway to Heaven Won [12]
2004 KBS Drama Awards Best New Actress Forbidden Love Won [12][17]
SBS Drama Awards Top 10 Stars Love Story in Harvard Won [12]
Popularity Award Won [12]
2005 Baeksang Arts Awards Popularity Award, Actress in TV Won [12]
2007 Popularity Award, Actress in Film The Restless Won
Grand Bell Awards Overseas Popularity Award, Actress Won [12]
Blue Dragon Film Awards Popularity Award Won [12]
2009 KBS Drama Awards Best Couple with Lee Byung-hun Iris Won [12][18][19]
Excellence Award, Actress in a Mid-length Drama Won [12][19]
2010 Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actress, in TV Nominated
2013 SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Drama Special Jang Ok-jung, Living by Love Nominated


  1. ^ (꿈은 이루어진다)온몸에 2도화상 서정은양 김태희씨와 촬영 , Donga Ilbo, Retrieved 23 Nov. 2011.(Korean)
  2. ^ Kim lies about her height?. Hankyung, Retrieved 10 Jan. 2012.(Korean)
  3. ^
  4. ^ a b Robert Michael Poole (2010-09-07). "Kim Tae-Hee: South Korea's 'most beautiful woman' on shyness, beauty and guns". CNNGo. Retrieved 2012-03-12. 
  5. ^ "(인터뷰) '구미호외전' 주연 김태희" (in Korean). The Chosun Ilbo / Yonhap. 2004-07-02. 
  6. ^ "김태희 데뷔시절, 이효리와 주먹 대결연기 풋풋해..." (in Korean). Newsen. 2007-11-15. 
  7. ^ "Lee Byung-hun in Expensive Spy Drama Series IRIS". Beyond Hollywood. 
  8. ^ Ho, Stewart (8 October 2012). "Kim Tae Hee Cast in Her First Historic Drama, ‘Jang Ok Jung’ as Joseon Dynasty’s Infamous Lady Jang Hee Bin". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 2013-01-23. 
  9. ^ Sunwoo, Carla (9 October 2012). "Kim Tae-hee to take on first period drama". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2013-01-23. 
  10. ^ Lee, Hye-ji (10 October 2012). "Kim Tae-hee to Turn Femme Fatale in New TV Series". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-01-23. 
  11. ^ LEE, Bo Young. "Celebrities Who Went to SNU". Seoul National University News. Retrieved 4 December 2012. 
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Profile". Kim Tae-hee Official Website. Retrieved 4 December 2012. 
  13. ^ "Kim Tae-hee Admits to Dating Rain". The Chosun Ilbo. 2 January 2013. Retrieved 2 January 2013. 
  14. ^ "Top actress Kim Tae-hee admits romantic relationship with Rain". Yonhap News. 2013-01-01. Retrieved 2 January 2013. 
  15. ^ "Kim Yu-na, Cha Tae-hyun Named Top Celebrities for Advertisers". The Chosun Ilbo. Oct 14, 2009. Retrieved 4 December 2012. 
  16. ^ "When Stars Bank on Advertising Only". The Chosun Ilbo. 5 September 2009. Retrieved 4 December 2012. 
  17. ^ "Winners at the 2004 KBS Drama Awards". Korea Tourism Organization. Retrieved 16 June 2012. 
  18. ^ Han, Sang-hee. "2009 Drama Awards Wrap Up With No Surprises". The Korea Times. Retrieved 4 December 2012. 
  19. ^ a b "이병헌, 'KBS 연기대상' 3관왕 차지하며 저력 과시!". Arts News. Retrieved 4 December 2012. 

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