Beautiful Gong Shim

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Beautiful Gong Shim
Beautiful Gong Shim poster.jpg
Promotional poster
Also known asPretty Ugly, Remember
Beast's Beauty
Dear Fair Lady Kong Shim
Written byLee Hee-myung
Directed byBaek Soo-chan
Nam Tae-jin
StarringNamkoong Min
Bang Minah
On Joo-wan
Seo Hyo-rim
Country of originSouth Korea
Original language(s)Korean
No. of episodes20
Executive producer(s)Park Young-soo
Producer(s)Lee Seong-hoon
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)The Story Works
a SBS company
Original networkSBS
Original releaseMay 14 (2016-05-14) –
July 17, 2016 (2016-07-17)
External links
Beautiful Gong Shim at The Story Works

Beautiful Gong Shim (Korean미녀 공심이; RRMinyeo Gongsimi; MRMinyŏ Kongsimi) is a South Korean television series, starring Namkoong Min, Bang Minah, On Joo-wan and Seo Hyo-rim.[1][2][3][4][5][6] It replaced Mrs. Cop 2 and aired on SBS on Saturdays and Sundays at 22:00 (KST) for 20 episodes from May 14, 2016 to July 17, 2016.


Gong Shim (Bang Minah) always feels over-shadowed by her older sister Gong Mi (Seo Hyo-rim) due to the way the people around her treat the siblings. The beautiful Gong Mi, who works at a top-notch law firm, becomes the breadwinner of the family, while Gong Shim, considered to be ugly and awkward, is jobless. Gong Shim had to use all of her money to rent a room on the roof top of the rented-house her family is living in, as her previous bedroom is being used as Gong Mi's walk-in closet.

Having a plan to gather money for moving to Italy to pursue her dream of becoming an artist, Gong Shim decides to rent her rooftop room for $250 a month. This is when she meets Ahn Dan-tae (Namkoong Min), a lawyer who works voluntarily for those in need, despite his delinquent personality. After much misunderstanding, Dan-tae finally moves into the rooftop room and he becomes friendly with the son of a wealthy family, Joon-soo, through helping him out. Joon-soo's grandmother is grieving over the loss of her real blood-related grandson, Joon-pyo, who was kidnapped as a child.

Dan-tae quickly endears himself to Joon-soo's grandmother, who entrusts him with the task of finding Joon-pyo. In the meantime, Gong Shim is selected to be the personal secretary of Joon-soo's father, because she is considered ugly and his wife thinks it is better to have an unqualified but not pretty secretary. Gong Shim gradually starts settling in at her company, with the help of Joon-soo, for whom she falls. Dan-tae, however, is becoming jealous of her affection towards their mutual friend. It also starts to be clear that Dan-tae might be the long lost Joon-pyo, although he does not remember his painful past of being kidnapped and witnessing his mother's death. Gong Mi becomes her sister's rival when she accidentally meets Joon-soo and decides to get closer to him, because he is rich.


Main cast[edit]

  • Namkoong Min as Ahn Dan-tae / Seok Joon-pyo
    • Jo Yeon-ho as young Dan-tae

A 32-year-old man, Ahn Dan-tae rents the rooftop room from Gong Shim. Despite his delinquent traits, he's actually a lawyer who owns a small independent firm. He works part-time as a designated driver at night for extra income. His will to become a lawyer appeared as a form of guilt, as his mother died during his unfair imprisonment for beating up a bully, who then used his connections to press charges. He shows increasing curiosity towards Gong Shim, and later develops feelings towards her. His past, however, still remains mysterious.

A 24-year-old girl, Gong Shim is always under pressure for "being ugly" her whole life. She tries her best to get a job as she wants to get away from the family that treats her unequally to her sister. Her life starts to spice up as she meets Dan-tae and Joon-soo; getting herself into a love-triangle.

A 28-year-old man, Seok Joon-soo is the temporary heir of Star Group whose father was born to his grandfathers mistress. Despite his good manner and personality, his grandmother still despises him because her beloved daughter died and her grandson was kidnapped at his birthday party when he turned one . His friendship with Dan-tae begins after Dan-tae saves him from a group of thugs and this friendship also leads him to meet Gong Shim.

A 28-year-old girl, Gong Mi is a typical, self-aware beauty and a lawyer at a respected firm. Being used to getting spoiled, she always finds her ways to get what she wants; even if it means sacrificing her own younger sister. She decides to become Joon-soo's wife, and does everything to catch the rich man's attention.

Gong Shim's family[edit]

A 50-year-old woman, she is Gong sisters's mother and a former Miss Gangneung.

A 52-year-old man, he is Gong sisters's father, and he has graduated from Ivy League law school.

Star Distribution Group characters[edit]

A 78-year-old woman, she is Star Distribution Group's chairman, Seok Dae-hwang's mother, Joon-pyo and Joon-soo's grandmother

A 53-year-old woman, she is Seok Joon-soo's mother, Seok Dae-hwang's wife and a former singer.

A 55-year-old man, he is Star Distribution Group's CEO, Joon-soo's father and chairman Seok Joo-cheol's child out of marriage

A 56-year-old man, he is Star Distribution Group's managing director, Yeom Tae-hee's older brother and Seok Joon-soo's outside uncle

People around Ahn Dan-tae[edit]

  • Bang Eun-hee as Cheon Ji-yeon – Dan-tae's aunt
  • Choi Hong-il as Ahn Soo-young – Dan-tae's father

Extended cast[edit]

Cameo appearances[edit]


In the table below, the blue numbers represent the lowest ratings and the red numbers represent the highest ratings.

Episode # Original broadcast date Average audience share
TNmS Ratings[8] AGB Nielsen Ratings[9]
Nationwide Seoul National Capital Area Nationwide Seoul National Capital Area
1 May 14, 2016 7.6% 9.4% 8.9% 10.4%
2 May 15, 2016 7.3% 8.9% 9.6% 10.9%
3 May 21, 2016 8.2% 9.2% 10.7% 12.0%
4 May 22, 2016 9.0% 10.6% 10.4% 12.4%
5 May 28, 2016 10.4% 12.0% 11.1% 12.8%
6 May 29, 2016 10.5% 12.0% 11.2% 12.8%
7 June 4, 2016 9.3% 11.7% 10.9% 13.7%
8 June 5, 2016 12.0% 14.7% 13.6% 15.8%
9 June 11, 2016 9.3% 11.2% 12.1% 13.8%
10 June 12, 2016 9.7% 11.6% 13.2% 14.8%
11 June 18, 2016 11.2% 14.3% 13.1% 15.2%
12 June 19, 2016 10.1% 12.6% 13.1% 14.7%
13 June 25, 2016 9.7% 12.2% 12.3% 14.2%
14 June 26, 2016 10.9% 12.9% 14.2% 17.2%
15 July 2, 2016 11.7% 13.5% 13.5% 14.7%
16 July 3, 2016 11.4% 14.0% 13.0% 14.4%
17 July 9, 2016 11.1% 12.8% 12.9% 14.9%
18 July 10, 2016 11.7% 14.2% 13.1% 15.0%
19 July 16, 2016 11.3% 13.1% 14.8% 16.4%
20 July 17, 2016 12.8% 15.6% 15.1% 16.3%
Average 10.26% 12.33% 12.34% 14.12%

Original soundtrack[edit]

Part 1[edit]

1."Struggling To You (힘들어하는 너에게)"Woo Ye-rin3:44
2."Struggling To You (힘들어하는 너에게)" (Inst.) 3:44
Total length:7:28

Part 2[edit]

1."My First Kiss"Minah (Girl's Day)3:16
2."My First Kiss" (Inst.) 3:16
Total length:6:32

Part 3[edit]

1."My Face Is Burning (화끈화끈해)"Choi Sang Yup3:06
2."My Face Is Burning (화끈화끈해)" (Inst.) 3:06
Total length:6:12

Part 4[edit]

1."Love Cells (연애세포)"Jang Woo-ram [ko]3:14
2."Love Cells (연애세포)" (Inst.) 3:14
Total length:6:28

Part 5[edit]

1."Found (찾았다)"CoffeeBoy2:33
2."Found (찾았다)" (Inst.) 2:33
Total length:5:06

Part 6[edit]

1."You Look Pretty (예뻐보여)"DinDin & Juniel3:19
2."You Look Pretty (예뻐보여)" (Inst.) 3:19
Total length:6:38

Part 7[edit]

1."Waiting For You (기다린다)"Nell3:15
2."Waiting For You (기다린다)" (Inst.) 3:15
Total length:6:30

Part 8[edit]

1."Again (자꾸만)"Wheesung3:46
2."Again (자꾸만)" (Inst.) 3:46
Total length:7:32

Part 9[edit]

1."If It's You (그대라면)"Yeoeun (Melody Day)3:25
2."If It's You (그대라면)" (Inst.) 3:25
Total length:6:50

International broadcast[edit]

In the United States, the drama airs in the Los Angeles DMA free, over-the-air on LA 18 KSCI-TV (channel 18) with English subtitles, Sat-Sun 8:50PM, from May 28 to July 31, 2016.[10]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result
SBS Drama Awards
Grand Prize (Daesang) Namkoong Min Nominated
Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Romantic-Comedy Drama Won
Excellence Award, Actress in a Romantic-Comedy Drama Bang Min-ah Won
Special Award, Actor in a Romantic-Comedy Drama On Joo-wan Won
Special Award, Actress in a Romantic-Comedy Drama Seo Hyo-rim Nominated
Best Couple Award Namkoong Min and Bang Min-ah Nominated
Top 10 Stars Award Namkoong Min Won
New Star Award Bang Min-ah Won
Idol Academy Award – Best Eating Namkoong Min Nominated
2017 53rd Baeksang Arts Awards[11] Best New Actress Bang Min-ah Nominated


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  7. ^ Choi Soo-hyun (July 23, 2016). "Min-ah Ends Starring TV Role on a High". The Chosun Ilbo. Archived from the original on July 23, 2016. Retrieved July 24, 2016.
  8. ^ "TNmS Daily Ratings: this links to current day-select the date from drop down menu". TNmS Ratings (in Korean). Archived from the original on November 28, 2013. Retrieved May 10, 2016.
  9. ^ "AGB Daily Ratings: this links to current day-select the date from drop down menu". AGB Nielsen Media Research (in Korean). Archived from the original on 2017-03-17. Retrieved May 10, 2016.
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