Han Ji-min

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Han Ji-min
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Han Ji-min in May 2019
Born (1982-11-05) November 5, 1982 (age 38)
Seoul, South Korea
EducationSeoul Women's University - Social Welfare
Years active1999–present
AgentBH Entertainment
Korean name
Revised RomanizationHan Ji-min
McCune–ReischauerHan Chimin

Han Ji-min (born November 5, 1982) is a South Korean actress. After minor roles in All In and Dae Jang Geum, Han had her breakout role in revenge series Resurrection in 2005. This was followed by leading roles in period dramas Capital Scandal and Yi San, contemporary dramas Cain and Abel and Padam Padam, romantic dramas Rooftop Prince, Familiar Wife, and The Light in Your Eyes, as well as drama film Miss Baek.


2003–2010: Beginnings and breakthrough[edit]

Han Ji-min started her career in show business while still a high school student. She did various commercial films (CF) and music videos before gaining wider attention in 2003, when she appeared in hit Korean television dramas All In and Dae Jang Geum.[1] Han said she hadn't dreamed of becoming a serious actress, but changed her mind after starring in All In, where she played the teenage counterpart of the drama's main character, played by popular actress Song Hye-kyo.

Han achieved breakthrough with her performance in the critically acclaimed mania drama Resurrection in 2005.[2][3] She then challenged herself by playing a cute yet ambitious tomboy who dreams of becoming a pilot in her first movie Blue Swallow.[4]

A car accident on the set of Wolf seriously injured Han and her co-star Eric Mun,[5][6] causing the drama to be delayed repeatedly[7] until the decision was finally made to discontinue it with only three episodes aired. After a long recovery for Mun, the two actors reunited instead in the drama Super Rookie Ranger (also known as Invincible Parachute Agent or Korea Secret Agency).[8]

Han continued to act in TV dramas, with memorable turns as a straitlaced resistance fighter in Capital Scandal and a royal concubine in the historical drama Yi San.[9] Known for her sweet, innocent and fragile image and her depictions of good girls,[10] Han surprised audiences with her performance as a sexy femme fatale in Detective K: Secret of the Virtuous Widow.[11]

2011–2017: Diverse genres[edit]

Han played a cynical veterinarian in Padam Padam, written by famous drama writer Noh Hee-kyung, which aired on newly launched cable channel jTBC.[12][13] She then starred in Rooftop Prince, about a Joseon-era prince who time-travels to the 21st century where he meets his dead beloved's doppelgänger.[14][15] The popularity of Rooftop Prince garnered Han several awards,[16][17] and increased her international profile, notably in Japan.[18][19]

In October 2013, Han left her talent agency S.M. Entertainment's SM C&C and joined Lee Byung-hun's BH Entertainment.[20]

In 2014, she starred in the opposites-attract romantic comedy film The Plan Man, about a methodical, mysophobic librarian who falls for a spontaneous, adventurous musician.[21][22] Following that, she played the dowager Queen Jeongsun in period film The Fatal Encounter, who is the fierce political rival of her step-grandson King Jeongjo.[23] Han next reunited with The Fatal Encounter co-star Hyun Bin in the 2015 suspense series Hyde, Jekyll, Me, in the role of a circus master who falls for a theme park owner with split personality disorder.[24]

In 2016, Han starred in action thriller The Age of Shadows, based on the 1920s about anti-Japanese independence workers' plots and betrayals.[25] In 2017, Han was cast in romantic short film titled Two Rays of Light alongside Park Hyung-sik.[26]

2018–present: Critical acclaim[edit]

In 2018, Han starred in the film Miss Baek, playing the titular protagonist; an ex-convict who is emotionally closed up due to the social stigma.[27] Han's performance in the film won her the Best Actress award at the prestigious Blue Dragon Film Awards and Baeksang Arts Awards as well as other major award ceremonies.[28][29] The same year, she returned to the small screen with romance fantasy drama Familiar Wife, taking on the role of an ordinary wife with anger management issues.[30]

In 2019, Han starred in two television series; fantasy melodrama Dazzling[31] and romance melodrama One Spring Night.[32][33]

In 2020, Han is set to star in the drama Here written by Noh Hee-kyung, revolving around NGO volunteers.[34]

Personal life[edit]

Activism and donations[edit]

A Social Welfare major from Seoul Women's University, Han is widely known for actively participating in volunteer work and fund drives, mostly through the relief organization Join Together Society. In 2009, she published her own book titled We’re Already Friends: Han Ji-min's Philippines Donation Book, which includes stories and drawings of her time spent in a deep mountain village in the Philippines helping at a village school.[35] She then donated all the royalties to help in funding the education of children in North Korea and developing countries in Asia.[36]

In 2012, she was designated as goodwill ambassador of the United Nations Environment Programme.[37]



Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2005 The Act 1, Chapter 2 Man (voice) Animated short film [38]
Blue Swallow Lee Jung-Hee
2007 The Cut Seon-Hwa [39]
2011 Detective K: Secret of the Virtuous Widow Han Kaek-Ju [40]
2012 Ending Note Narrator, barrier-free version [41]
2014 The Plan Man Yoo So-Jung [42]
The Fatal Encounter Queen Jeongsun [43]
2015 Salut d'Amour Kim Min-Jung [44]
2016 The Age of Shadows Yeon Gye-Soon [45]
2017 Relumino:Two Rays of Light Soo-young Short film [46]
2018 Keys to the Heart Han Ga-Yool [47]
Herstory Teacher Cameo [48]
Miss Baek Baek Sang-Ah [49]
Sovereign Default Cameo [50]
2020 Josée Josée [51]
TBA Happy New Year [52]

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network Ref.
2003 All In young Min Soo-Yeon SBS
Good Person Oh Soon-Jung MBC [53]
Dae Jang Geum Shin-Bi
2004 Déjà vu (Drama City episode) Soo-Yeon KBS2
2005 Memory (Drama City episode) Soo-Kyung
Resurrection Seo Eun-Ha
2006 Wolf Han Ji-Soo MBC
Great Inheritance Yoo Mi-Rae KBS2 [54]
Super Rookie Ranger Gong Joo-Yeon SBS [55]
2007 Capital Scandal Na Yeo-Kyung KBS2 [56]
Yi San Seong Song-Yeon / Royal Noble Consort Ui MBC [57]
2009 Cain and Abel Oh Young-Ji SBS [58]
2011 Padam Padam Jung Ji-Na jTBC [59][60]
2012 Rooftop Prince Park Ha/Hong Bu-Yong SBS [61]
2015 Hyde Jekyll, Me Jang Ha-Na [62]
2016 Dramaworld Herself (cameo) Netflix [63]
Don't Dare to Dream Dr. Han Ji-Min (cameo ep. 11) SBS [64]
2018 Familiar Wife Seo Woo-Jin tvN [65]
2019 Dazzling Kim Hye-Ja jTBC [31]
One Spring Night Lee Jung-In MBC [32]
TBA Here TBA [66]


Year Title Network Notes Ref.
2006–2008 Entertainment Weekly KBS2 [67]
2018 23rd Busan International Film Festival with Kim Nam-gil [68]


Year Title Publisher
2009 We're Already Friends: Han Ji-min's Philippines Donation Book Book Log Company

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2004 KBS Drama Awards Best Actress in a One-Act/Drama Special Déjà vu Won [69]
2005 KBS Drama Awards Best New Actress Resurrection Won [70]
Best Couple Award with Uhm Tae-woong Won
2006 43rd Grand Bell Awards Best New Actress Blue Swallow Nominated
2007 28th Blue Dragon Film Awards The Cut Nominated
MBC Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress Yi San Won [71]
KBS Drama Awards Capital Scandal Won [71]
Best Couple Award with Kang Ji-hwan Won
Netizen Award, Actress Won
2008 44th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actress Nominated
2009 Ministry of Health and Welfare Minister's Commendation N/A Won [72]
2011 6th Asia Model Festival Awards BBF Popular Star Award N/A Won [73]
2012 46th Taxpayer's Day Presidential Commendation as Exemplary Taxpayer N/A Won [74]
1st K-Drama Star Awards Excellence Award, Actress Padam Padam Won [75]
6th Mnet 20's Choice Awards 20's Female Drama Star Rooftop Prince Won [16]
7th Seoul International Drama Awards Outstanding Korean Actress Won [17]
5th Korea Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress Won [76]
SBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Drama Special Won [77]
Top 10 Stars Won
Best Couple Award with Park Yuchun Won
2014 3rd KOPA & NIKON Press Photo Awards Most Photogenic Actress N/A Won [78]
2015 SBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Drama Special Hyde, Jekyll, Me Nominated
35th Golden Cinema Festival Best Supporting Actress Salut d'Amour Won [79]
2016 53rd Grand Bell Awards The Age of Shadows Nominated
2017 37th Golden Cinema Festival Won [80]
53rd Baeksang Arts Awards Nominated
Ministry of Health and Welfare Happiness Sharing Award N/A Won [81]
2018 6th Marie Claire Asia Star Awards Marie Claire Award Miss Baek Won [82]
3rd London East Asia Film Festival Best Actress Won [83][84]
38th Korean Association of Film Critics Awards Won [85]
39th Blue Dragon Film Awards Won [28]
5th Korean Film Producers Association Awards Won [86]
19th Women in Film Korea Festival Won [87]
Cine 21 Awards Won [88]
2019 10th KOFRA Film Awards Won [89]
19th Director's Cut Awards Won [90]
24th Chunsa Film Art Awards Nominated [91]
28th Buil Film Awards Nominated [92]
21st Asian Film Critics Association Awards Nominated
Faro Island Film Festival Nominated
13th Asian Film Awards Best Actress Nominated [93]
55th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actress Won [29]
10th Korean Popular Culture & Arts Awards Prime Minister’s Commendation N/A Won [94]
38th MBC Drama Awards Grand Prize (Daesang) One Spring Night Nominated [95][96]
Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Wednesday-Thursday Miniseries Won
2020 56th Grand Bell Awards Best Actress Miss Baek Nominated


Name of publisher, year listed, name of listicle, and placement
Publisher Year Listicle Placement Ref.
Forbes 2019 Korea Power Celebrity 8th [97]


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