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This is a Korean name; the family name is Kim.
U-IE at Yeongdeungpo Times Square Hottracks fan event02.jpg
Background information
Birth name Kim Yu-jin
Also known as U-ie
Born (1988-04-09) April 9, 1988 (age 26)
Daegu, South Korea
Origin South Korea
Genres K-pop
Occupation(s) Singer, actress
Labels Good Entertainment, Pledis Entertainment
Associated acts After School, 4Tomorrow
Website Cyworld page
Stage name
Hangul 유이
Revised Romanization Yui
McCune–Reischauer Yui
Birth name
Hangul 김유진
Revised Romanization Gim Yu-jin
McCune–Reischauer Kim Yuchin

Kim Yu-jin (born April 9, 1988), better known by her stage name Uee, sometimes romanized as U-ie, is a South Korean singer and actress, and a member of girl group After School. Uee's first appearance with the group was in 2009, and has since acted in various dramas including Queen Seondeok, You're Beautiful, Ojakgyo Brothers, and Golden Rainbow.


Uee was listed to appear with a girl group called Five Girls ("Oh So Nyuh" in Korean) which included the current Wonder Girls member Yubin, the current Secret member and leader Hyoseong, the former T-ara member and current Spica member Yang Jiwon, and the current solo artist G.NA. However, the group disbanded before their scheduled debut in 2007 due to the financial troubles of their entertainment company (Good Entertainment, which included the group Shinhwa).

However, she reappeared on television as a guest in Introducing A Star's Friend as Wonder Girl's Yubin's friend. Because "Five Girls" was not known to many people, she was simply seen as a very pretty friend of Yubin who resembles Wonder Girls youngest member Sohee.

In April 2009, Uee joined the girl group After School[1] with their single "Diva".[2]

In July, Uee was cast for MBC's historical drama, Queen Seon Duk[3] which was well received[4] and won various awards.[5] In August, Uee appeared in Mighty Mouth's music video for "Love Class" with Hyuna from 4minute,[6] after which she was cast for SBS's You're Beautiful playing Yoo He Yi.[7] Later that month, she joined the group, 4Tomorrow, releasing the song, "Dugeunduguen Tomorrow" (Korean: "두근두근 Tomorrow", "BeatBeat Tomorrow") on October 6, 2009. The project was composed of Uee, Seung Yeon (Kara), Hyuna (4minute) and Gain (Brown Eyed Girls).[8] She later joined the reality show, We Got Married and was paired with Park Jae-jung.[9] In early February, Uee was cast for MBC's "chivalry" drama, Birdie Buddy (Korean: 버디버디).[10][11]

In 2011, she co-hosted the show called Night After Night with Park Myung-soo, Tak Jae-hoon, Kim Je-dong, Daesung from Big Bang and Jung Yong-hwa from C.N.Blue.

In 2013, she is a permanent cast of SBS's variety show Barefooted Friends alongside Eunhyuk, Kang Ho-dong, Kim Bum-soo, Kim Hyun-joong, Yoon Jong-shin,and Yoon Si-yoon.

Uee released her first solo single "Sok Sok Sok" on June 21, 2011.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Her father Kim Sung Kap is the third base coach of the South Korean baseball team, Heroes. Uee is a former swimmer.[13] She attended Sungkyunkwan University majoring in Theatre and Drama.[14][15]


Television drama[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2009 Queen Seondeok young Mishil MBC
You're Beautiful Yoo He-yi SBS
2010 My Girlfriend is a Nine-Tailed Fox Art major in college (cameo, ep 5) MBC
2011 All My Love Kim Yu-jin (cameo, ep 182, 210) MBC
Birdie Buddy Sung Mi-soo tvN
Ojakgyo Family Baek Ja-eun KBS1
2012 Jeon Woo-chi Princess Hong Mu-yeon KBS2
2013 Golden Rainbow Kim Baek Won MBC
2015 A Pushover's Love Do Do Hee tvN



Year Title Peak chart positions Album
2011 "Sok Sok Sok"
(featuring JR of NU'EST)
64 N/A
2013 "Hero"
(featuring Jungah of After School)
Barefoot Friends OST
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.


Year Title Peak chart positions Album
2009 "Tomorrow"
(as a part of 4Tomorrow)
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2009 MBC Entertainment Awards Best Newcomer We Got Married Season 2 Won
2010 46th Baeksang Arts Awards Most Popular Actress (TV) You're Beautiful Nominated
2011 KBS Drama Awards Best New Actress Ojakgyo Family Won
Popularity Award Nominated
Best Couple with Joo Won Nominated
2012 48th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actress (TV) Won
Most Popular Actress (TV) Nominated
KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Mid-length Drama Jeon Woo-chi Nominated
Popularity Award Nominated
Best Couple with Cha Tae-hyun Nominated
2013 49th Baeksang Arts Awards Most Popular Actress (TV) Nominated
MBC Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Special Project Drama Golden Rainbow Won


  1. ^ "Battle of Girl Groups Under Way". The Korea Times. 14 July 2009. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  2. ^ "组合After School新成员Uee公开宣传视频(图)" (in Chinese). Sina. 8 April 2009. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "Uee từng đi sửa mắt?" (in Vietnamese). Xaluan. 6 January 2010. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  4. ^ Hicap, Jonathan M (6 September 2009). "Korean Dramas Continue to Captivate the Philippines". Korea Times. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  5. ^ Hicap, Jonathan M (1 January 2010). "‘Queen Seon Duk’ sweeps 2009 MBC Drama Awards". Manilla Publishing Corporation. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  6. ^ "Thêm một "kiều nữ" xứ Hàn thử tài ca hát" (in Vietnamese). Dan Tri. 4 August 2009. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  7. ^ 박신혜-유이, '미소가 아름다워' (in Korean). Newsen. 24 September 2009. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  8. ^ (Korean) 복받은 이동건, 가인-한승연-유이-현아와 무슨관계? ‘4투모로우 뮤비 출연’ (Lucky Lee Dong-gun, What Connection with Gain-Han Seungyeon-UEE-Hyuna? "4Tomorrow Music Video Participation"). Joins.com/Newsen. October 12, 2009. Retrieved January 16, 2010.
  9. ^ <우리 결혼했어요> 토요일 오후로 프로그램 독립선언! (in Korean). Wednews. 3 August 2009. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  10. ^ Kim, Sook (5 February 2010). 유이 '건강한 미소' 매력 포인트, 버디버디 캐스팅 (in Korean). Betanews. Retrieved 28 February 2010. 
  11. ^ `버디버디` 편견 깨고 성공 샷 날릴까? (in Korean). Daily Economy. 11 February 2010. Retrieved 28 February 2010. 
  12. ^ http://www.allkpop.com/2011/06/uees-solo-debut-track-sok-sok-sok-revealed
  13. ^ "내딸 자랑스럽다"…유이, 시구 후 아버지 반응에 감동 (in Korean). Donga. 22 January 2010. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  14. ^ http://www.allkpop.com/article/2009/07/uee-appearing-in-queen-seon-duk
  15. ^ http://www.allkpop.com/article/2012/10/uee-and-joo-won-cheer-on-college-students-with-care-packages/20121023_ueejoowon_collge7
  16. ^ http://www.mydaily.co.kr/new_yk/html/read.php?newsid=201405071554311110&ext=na
  17. ^ a b "Gaon Chart Search" (in Korean). Gaon Chart. 

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