Yoon Yeo-jeong

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Yoon.
Yoon Yeo-jeong
Yoon Yeo-Jung.jpg
Born (1947-06-19) June 19, 1947 (age 67)
Seoul, South Korea
Occupation Actress
Years active 1967–present
Korean name
Hangul 윤여정
Revised Romanization Yun Yeo-jeong
McCune–Reischauer Yun Yǒ-chǒng

Yoon Yeo-jeong (born June 19, 1947) is a South Korean actress.


When Yoon was a freshman at Hanyang University majoring in Korean literature, she was chosen as a TV actress in a public audition by TBC. Yoon was cast in the lead role in Mister Bear (Mister Gom) one year after her debut, and gained popularity. The public found her fast way of speaking and atypical appearance refreshing and she frequently took roles in TV dramas depicting a modern woman of the new generation. She then took an unconventional step towards her acting career when she played unimaginable, sensational female characters in grotesque movies such as Woman of Fire and The Insect Woman directed by Kim Ki-young, Korea’s first style-conscious director.[1] Her performance in Woman of Fire garnered her several Best Actress awards. However, Yoon retired from her career after she married singer Jo Young-nam, then immigrated to the United States. In 1985, she came back home to Korea, divorced Jo, and returned to acting. [2][3] Making such a stellar comeback after taking a long break was an unusual feat for a middle-aged actress.

Most actresses her age play cliched motherly characters, but Yoon has a diverse, colorful acting range thanks to her artistic talent and unique characteristics. A Good Lawyer’s Wife marked another big moment in her career. She gained critical acclaim for her nonchalant acting as a mother-in-law who neglected her husband dying of liver cancer and enjoyed extramarital affairs. Her freewheeling and confident persona manifested itself in the semi-documentary style film Actresses which discussed the daily lives of actresses.[4][5][6][7][1] Yoon is an interesting actress who can add a stylish touch to movies and TV dramas even when she plays minor roles, notably her award-winning scene-stealing turn in The Housemaid. In The Taste of Money Yoon reunites with director Im Sang-soo for the fourth time, as the center of the drama that unfolds and touches upon the themes of corruption, greed and sex. She says, "I don’t mind being called an old actress, but I do worry about how to carry on my acting career without looking like an old fool."[8]


*Note: the whole list is referenced.[9]

Year English title Korean title Romanization Role Director
2015 Jang-soo Store 장수상회 Jangsusanghwe Geum-nim Kang Je-gyu
2014 Hill of Freedom 자유의 언덕 Jayuui Eondeok Gu-ok Hong Sang-soo
2013 Boomerang Family 고령화가족 Goryeonghwa Gajok Mom Song Hae-sung
2013 Behind the Camera 뒷담화: 감독이 미쳤어요 Herself E J-yong
2012 In Another Country 다른 나라에서 Dareun Narayeseo Park Sook Hong Sang-soo
2012 The Taste of Money 돈의 맛 Don-eui Mat Baek Geum-ok Im Sang-soo
2011 List (short film) 리스트 Hong Sang-soo
2011 Hindsight 푸른 소금 Pureun Sogeum Madame Kang Lee Hyun-seung
2010 The Housemaid 하녀 Ha-nyeo Byeong-sik Im Sang-soo
2010 Ha Ha Ha 하하하 Ha Ha Ha Moon-kyeong's mother Hong Sang-soo
2009 Actresses 여배우들 Yeobaewoodeul Herself E J-yong
2008 A Tale of Legendary Libido 가루지기 Garujigi Old woman Shin Han-sol
2007 Hwang Jin-yi 황진이 Hwang Jin-yi Old woman Jang Yoon-hyun
2007 The Old Garden 오래된 정원 Orae-doin Jung-won Hyun-woo's mother Im Sang-soo
2006 Maundy Thursday 우리들의 행복한 시간 Woo-ri-deul-ui Haeng-bok-han Si-gan Sister Monica Song Hae-sung
2005 The President's Last Bang 그때 그사람들 Geuttae Geusaramdeul Yoon-hee's mother Im Sang-soo
2004 Springtime 꽃피는 봄이 오면 Ggotpineun bomi omyeon Hyun-woo's mother Ryu Jang-ha
2003 A Good Lawyer’s Wife 바람난 가족 Baram-nan Gajok Hong Byeong-han Im Sang-soo
1990 An Experience to Die For 죽어도 좋은 경험 Jug-eodo Jo-eun gyeongheom Kim Ki-young
1990 Be a Wicked Woman 천사여 악녀가 되라 Cheonsa-yeo agnyeoga doela Kim Ki-young
1990 The Woman Who Walks on the Water 물 위를 걷는 여자 Mul-wileul geodneun yeoja Park Chul-soo
1985 Mother 에미 Eomi Hong Yeo-sa Park Chul-soo
1977 The Day and Night of a Korean-American 코메리칸의 낮과 밤 Komelikan-ui najgwa bam Hong Ui-bong
1973 Love and Hatred 다정다한 Choi Ha-won
1973 Tto Sun Yi, a College Girl
(a.k.a. The College Student)
여대생 또순이 Yeodaesaeng Ttosun-i Jeong In-yeob
1972 The Insect Woman 충녀 Chungnyeo Myeong-ja Kim Ki-young
1971 Woman of Fire 화녀 Hwanyeo Myeong-ja Kim Ki-young

Television series[edit]

Year English title Network Korean title Romanization Role
2014 Wonderful Days KBS2 참 좋은 시절 Cham Joheun Sijeol Jang So-shim
2013 Sisters Over Flowers tvN 꽃보다 누나 Ggotboda Nuna Herself
The Queen's Classroom MBC 여왕의 교실 Yeowangui Kyosil Principal Yong Hyun-ja
2012 The King 2 Hearts MBC 더킹 투하츠 Deokingtuheocheu Queen Mother Bang Young-sun
My Husband Got a Family KBS2 넝쿨째 굴러온 당신 Neongkuljjae Gulleoon Danshin Uhm Chung-ae
2011 Can You Hear My Heart? MBC 내 마음이 들리니 Naemaeumyi Deulrini Hwang Soon-geum
2010 Home Sweet Home MBC 즐거운 나의 집 Jeulgeowoon Naui Jib Sung Eun-sook
Golden Fish MBC 황금물고기 Hwanggeum Mulgoki Jo Yoon-hee
2009 Heading to the Ground MBC 맨땅에 헤딩 Maen Ddange Heding Ae-ja
The Road Home KBS1 집으로 가는 길 Jibeuro Ganeun Gil Bam Soon-jung
2008 Worlds Within KBS2 그들이 사는 세상 Keudeuli Saneun Sesang Oh Min-sook
Chunja's Happy Events MBC 춘자네 경사났네 Chunjane Kyeongsanatnye Yang Boon-hee
2007 The Golden Age of Daughters-in-Law KBS2 며느리 전성시대 Myoneuri Jeonseongshidae Seo Mi-soon
The Person I Love SBS 사랑하는 사람아 Saranghaneun Saramah Yoon Min-ja
2006 What's Up Fox? MBC 여우야 뭐하니 Yeowooya Mwohani Jo Soon-nam
Pure in Heart KBS1 열아홉 순정 Yeol Aheup Sunjeong Yoon Myung-hye
I Really Really Like You MBC 진짜 진짜 좋아해 Jinjja Jinjja Joahae Goo Hyang-sook
2005 A Farewell to Sorrow KBS2 슬픔이여안녕 Seulpeumiyeo Annyeong Lee Young-shim
Becoming a Popular Song KBS2 유행가가 되리 Oh Sook-young
Be Strong, Geum-soon! MBC 굳세어라 금순아 Goot-se-eo-ra Geum-soon-ah Geum-soon's grandmother
Love and Sympathy SBS 사랑공감 Sarang Gongkam Hee-soo's mother
2004 Ireland MBC 아일랜드 Aillaendeu Shi-yeon's mother
War of the Roses MBC 장미의 전쟁 Jangmiui Jeonjaeng Heo Young-shim
2003 One Million Roses MBC 백만송이 장미 Baekmansongi Jangmi Choi Geum-ja
Pearl Necklace KBS2 진주목걸이 Yoon Hae-myung
Rose Fence KBS2 장미울타리 Ms. Han
Dal-joong's Cinderella KBS2 달중씨의 신데렐라 Dal jung ssi ui Cinderella Pal-soon
On the Prairie KBS2 저 푸른 초원위에 Jeo Pureum Jowonwiae Kim Jum-hee
2002 SBS Jung Ms. Uhm
Ruler of Your Own World MBC 네 멋대로 해라 Ne meotdaero haera Jung Yoo-soon
Who's My Love? KBS2 내사랑 누굴까 Nae Sarang Nogulkka? In-ae
2001 This is Love KBS1 사랑은 이런거야 Lee Jung-ja
I Like Dong-suh KBS2 동서는 좋겠네 Choi Jong-sook
Hotelier MBC 호텔리어 Hotelrieo Yun Bong-sook
Stock Flower KBS2 비단향꽃무 Bidanhwang Ggotmo Ahn Jung-hee
Soon Ja SBS 순자 Soon-ja Go Chang-daek
2000 I Want To Keep Seeing You SBS 자꾸만 보고 싶네 Lee Ok-bun
Tough Guy's Love KBS2 꼭지 Kkokji Kim Bok-nyeo
1999 Did We Really Love? MBC 우리가 정말 사랑했을까 Wooriga Jeongmal Saranghaesseulkka Choi Hae-ja
1998 Crush KBS2 짝사랑 Jjak Sarang
Lie KBS2 거짓말 Geo-jit-mal Yoon Young-hee
Love is All I Know MBC 사랑 밖엔 난 몰라
MBC 맏이 Choi Sook-ja
1997 SBS 이웃집 여자
The Reason I Live MBC 내가 사는 이유
1996 MBC 간이역
KBS2 유혹
Open Your Heart MBC 가슴을 열어라 Gaseumeul Yeoleora Choi Soon-joo
1995 Men of the Bath House KBS2 목욕탕집 남자들 Noh Hye-young
SBS 그대 목소리
1994 Farewell SBS 작별
1993 How's Your Husband? SBS 댁의 남편은 어떠십니까? Daekui Nampyeoneun Eoddeoshimnikka
1992 SBS 관촌 수필
MBC 김가이가
SBS 산다는 것은
SBS 댁의 남편은 어떠십니까
SBS 분례기
1991 What is Love MBC 사랑이 뭐길래 Sarangyi Mwogilrae Han Shim-ae
1990 MBC 배반의 장미 Ok-seon
1989 KBS2 사랑의 굴레
Sleepless Tree MBC 잠들지 않는 나무 Jamdeulji Anneun Namu dance school teacher
MBC 철새
1988 MBC 모래성 Kim Jin-ae
MBC 원미동 사람들
1987 Love and Ambition MBC 사랑과 야망 Song Hye-joo
1986 First Love MBC 첫사랑 Cheot Sarang


Year Award Category Nominated work
2012 KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Serial Drama My Husband Got a Family
2011 5th Asian Film Awards Best Supporting Actress The Housemaid
Max Movie Awards Best Supporting Actress The Housemaid
2010 Pusan Film Critics Awards Best Actress The Housemaid, Ha Ha Ha, Actresses
Korean Film Awards Best Supporting Actress The Housemaid
Cinemanila International Film Festival Best Actress The Housemaid
Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Supporting Actress The Housemaid
Grand Bell Awards Best Supporting Actress The Housemaid
Sitges Film Festival Maria Honorifica Award
Buil Film Awards Best Supporting Actress The Housemaid
Chunsa Film Art Awards Best Supporting Actress The Housemaid
2005 KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a One-Act Special/Drama Becoming a Popular Song
2003 Korean Film Awards Best Supporting Actress A Good Lawyer's Wife
Pusan Film Critics Awards Best Supporting Actress A Good Lawyer's Wife
1992 Korean Broadcasting Awards Best Actress
1971 Grand Bell Awards Best New Actress Woman of Fire
Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Actress Woman of Fire
1971 Sitges Film Festival Best Actress Woman of Fire


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