Im Soo-hyang

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Im Soo-hyang
Lim Soo-hyang at Oct 2018.png
Born (1990-04-19) April 19, 1990 (age 30)
Busan, South Korea
Other namesLim Su-hyang
EducationChung-Ang University – Theater and Film[1]
Years active2009–present
AgentFN Entertainment[a]
Korean name
Revised RomanizationIm Su-hyang
McCune–ReischauerIm Suhyang

Im Soo-hyang (Korean임수향; born April 19, 1990) is a South Korean actress.[3] She rose to fame playing leading roles in the television series New Tales of Gisaeng (2011) and Inspiring Generation (2014). Im was cast in a Chinese film in 2014, and played the title character in the prison romance Eun-ha in 2016 and the female lead in the campus romance My ID is Gangnam Beauty in 2018.


2011–2017: New Tales of Gisaeng and diverse roles[edit]

After making a bit-part appearance in the 2009 film 4th Period Mystery while she was still a student at Chung-Ang University, Im landed her breakthrough role when she was cast as Dan Sa-ran, a prideful, lower-middle class dancer, in the 2011 popular television series New Tales of Gisaeng. Cast alongside Sung Hoon and Han Hye-rin, the series explored the premise that the gisaeng, the Korean equivalent of a geisha or courtesan, still existed in modern-day Korea.[4] Im was nominated for several newcomer awards for her performance and won the SBS Drama Award for Best New Star and the Korea Drama Award for Best New Actress.[5] That same year, she had a prominent supporting role in Paradise Ranch and made a cameo appearance in Salamander Guru and The Shadows.[6]

To develop her range, Im increased her profile with starring roles as diverse as a feisty chairman's daughter in I Do, I Do (2012), a cool assassin in Iris II: New Generation (2013), the calculating stepdaughter of a high official in Inspiring Generation (2014), a college dropout in Five Enough (2015) and the female antagonist in Blow Breeze (2015).[7][8] In 2016, Im played the title character in the prison romance film Eunha.[9]

In 2017, Im was cast in the leading role of a widowed policewoman in Lovers in Bloom, for which she received a KBS Drama Award for Best Actress in a Daily Drama.[10] Also that year, she made a cameo appearance as a serial killer who pretends to be a victim in tvN's crime procedural drama Criminal Minds, based on the American series of the same name.[11]

2018–present: My ID is Gangnam Beauty and rising popularity[edit]

In 2018, Im experienced a rise in popularity when she starred opposite Cha Eun-woo of Astro fame in the JTBC romantic comedy series Gangnam Beauty. One of the highest rated Korean dramas in cable television history, it garnered praise for its portrayal of issues afflicting South Korean society, particularly on its superficial beauty standards and discrimination on the basis of physical appearance. For her performance as Kang Mi-rae, a college student who went under cosmetic surgery to evade derision from her peers, Im won the Top Excellence Award for Actress in a Drama at the 26th Korea Culture and Entertainment Awards.[12][13]

In 2019, Im starred in the mystery drama Graceful Family as a bold, charismatic chaebol heiress. The series premiered with high viewership ratings for MBN network and attracted the media attention in Korea and internationally.[14][15]



Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2009 4th Period Mystery Number one fan Im Soo-hyang (bit part)
2013 Iris 2: The Movie Kim Yeon-hwa
2014 Love of the Sea (海洋之戀) Chinese film [16]
2016 Eun-ha Eun-ha [9]

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network Ref.
2011 New Tales of Gisaeng Dan Sa-ran SBS [4]
Paradise Ranch Lee Da-eun [6]
2012 Salamander Guru and The Shadows Im Soo-min
(cameo, episode 8)
I Do, I Do Yeom Na-ri/Jang Na-ri MBC [18]
2013 Iris II: New Generation Kim Yeon-hwa KBS2 [7]
2014 Inspiring Generation Teguchi Gaya [8]
2015 Great Stories: "The Golden Days of Young-ja" Oh Young-ja TV Chosun/tvN [19]
2016 Five Enough Jang Jin-joo KBS2 [20]
Blow Breeze Park Shin-ae/Kang Mi-jung MBC [21]
2017 Lovers in Bloom Moo Goong-hwa KBS1 [10]
Criminal Minds Song Yoo-kyung tvN [11]
2018 My ID is Gangnam Beauty Kang Mi-rae JTBC [22]
Top Star U-back Herself (cameo, episode 3) tvN [23]
2019 Graceful Family Mo Seok-hee MBN/DramaX [15]
2020 When I Was The Prettiest Oh Ye-ji MBC

Variety show[edit]

Year Title Network Role Notes
2015–2016 Shaolin Clenched Fists SBS Cast [24]
2017 Beauty Bible 2017 KBS Host [25]
2018 Romance Package SBS [26]
2018–2019 Village Survival, the Eight Cast [27]
2019 The Quack Philosophers TVN [28]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2011 4th Korea Drama Awards Best New Actress New Tales of Gisaeng Won [29]
SBS Drama Awards: New Star Award Won [30]
2012 48th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actress (TV) Nominated
MBC Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries I Do, I Do Nominated
2014 KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Mid-length Drama Inspiring Generation Nominated
Netizen Award, Actress Nominated
Best Couple Award with Kim Hyun-joong Nominated
2016 MBC Drama Awards Golden Acting Award, Actress in a Serial Drama Blow Breeze Nominated
KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Serial Drama Five Enough Nominated
2017 KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Daily Drama Lovers in Bloom Won [31]
2018 26th Korea Culture and Entertainment Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Drama Gangnam Beauty Won [32]
2019 14th Annual Soompi Awards Best Couple with Cha Eun-woo Nominated [33]


  1. ^ formerly Hanyang E&M[2]


  1. ^ "Im Soo-hyang "I am from the same year as Shin Se-kyung and Kim Soo-hyun but we are so busy"". Hancinema. July 24, 2011.
  2. ^ "임수향, 현 소속사 한양E&M과 재계약 체결(공식입장) (Lim Soo-hyang re-signs with Hanyang E&M (official position)". Maeil Business Newspaper. March 29, 2017.
  3. ^ "임수향 :: 네이버 인물검색". Naver. Retrieved February 12, 2018.
  4. ^ a b "<임수향 "'신기생뎐' 처음부터 다시 하고파">". Yonhap News Agency (in Korean). June 15, 2011.
  5. ^ "ONE Exclusive Interview – Lim Su Hyang". ONE TV ASIA. March 28, 2013.
  6. ^ a b "임수향·주상욱, '파라다이스목장' 지각 편성 '수혜'". edaily (in Korean). January 20, 2011.
  7. ^ a b "Female warrior Im Soo-hyang's mission". Hancinema. The Donga Ilbo. November 15, 2012.
  8. ^ a b Lee, Sun-min (August 8, 2013). "Iris 2 star takes lead role in new drama". Korea JoongAng Daily.
  9. ^ a b Kim, June (April 28, 2015). "EUN-HA Casts LEE Jung-jin and LIM Su-hyang". Korean Biz Zone.
  10. ^ a b "EXCLUSIVE: The casts of 'Lovers in Bloom' will make us bloom in summer!". KBS World. May 29, 2017.
  11. ^ a b "'크리미널마인드' 임수향, 피해자 목숨 담보로 NCI와 살벌한 대치". TenAsia (in Korean). August 15, 2017.
  12. ^ ""My ID is Gangnam Beauty" Im Soo-hyang Enjoys Taking on New Role". Hancinema. Dailian. July 26, 2018.
  13. ^ "Lim Soo-hyang has a new voice after 'Gangnam Beauty' role: Starring in the hit drama was a chance for the actor to show off her personality". Korea JoongAng Daily. September 29, 2018.
  14. ^ ""Graceful Family" Cast Explains Why They Joined the Drama". Hancinema. August 26, 2019.
  15. ^ a b "MBN's weekly drama "Graceful Family" gains huge popularity overseas". Pulse by Maeil Business News Korea. September 2, 2019.
  16. ^ "韩星林秀香担纲中国影片《海洋之恋》女主角". Yonhap News Agency (in Chinese). July 22, 2014.
  17. ^ "임수향, '도롱뇽 도사'서 커트 머리 '미소년' 변신". SBS News. March 5, 2012.
  18. ^ "임수향 '아이두 아이두' 합류…김선아와 연기대결". JoongAng Ilbo (in Korean). March 15, 2012.
  19. ^ "임수향, tvN 단막극 '영자의 전성시대' 주인공". Yonhap News Agency (in Korean). January 21, 2015.
  20. ^ "임수향, KBS2 새 주말극 '아이가 다섯' 출연". Yonhap News Agency (in Korean). December 16, 2015.
  21. ^ "[POP이슈]'불어라 미풍아' 오지은→임수향, 주연 교체 위기 극복할까". Herald Corporation (in Korean). October 4, 2016.
  22. ^ "'Gangnam Beauty' searches for true meaning of beauty". The Korea Times. July 27, 2017.
  23. ^ "'톱스타 유백이' 임수향, 특급 카메오 등장…코믹 연기 폭발". Star News (in Korean). November 29, 2018.
  24. ^ "After School′s Uee, Kara′s Goo Hara and miss A′s Fei are Ready to Kick Butt in ′Fists of Shaolin Temple′ Poster". Mwave. October 6, 2015.
  25. ^ "임수향, KBS드라마 채널 '뷰티 바이블 2017' 진행". Yonhap News Agency (in Korean). April 7, 2017.
  26. ^ "전현무X임수향 로맨스패키지, 정규 첫방…파일럿과 다른 점은?". SBS News (in Korean). May 2, 2018.
  27. ^ "유재석X제니X김상호X손담비, SBS 예능 '아름다운 가을마을, 미추리' 합류[공식입장]". Osen (in Korean). 1 October 2018.
  28. ^ "'개똥이네 철학관' 션X스윙스X최현석, 첫회 출연 "16일 첫방송"(공식)". Newsen. 4 July 2019.
  29. ^ "Hyeon Bin, Ha Ji-won, "Secret Garden" take Korea Drama Awards Grand Prize". Hancinema. October 2, 2011.
  30. ^ "Han Suk-kyu reclaims glory at SBS Drama Awards". 10Asia. January 1, 2012.
  31. ^ "KBS Drama Awards 2017: Kim Young Chul, Chun Ho Jin share grand prize; complete winners list". International Business Times. January 1, 2018.
  32. ^ "대한민국문화연예대상 울트라브이 권한진대표 조현재.임수향 최우수상 시상자로 무대에 올라". KNS. November 29, 2018.
  33. ^ "14th Annual Soompi Awards". Soompi. Retrieved 2019-08-25.

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