Kang So-ra

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Kang So-ra
Kang So-ra at the 'Secret Zoo' Press Conference 03.png
Kang in 2019
Born (1990-02-18) February 18, 1990 (age 31)
Gangdong, Seoul, South Korea
EducationDongguk University - Theater and Film
Years active2009–present
AgentPlum Entertainment
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGang So-ra
McCune–ReischauerKang Sora
Websiteat Plum Entertainment

Kang So-ra (Korean강소라, born February 18, 1990) is a South Korean actress.[1]


Kang made her acting debut in the 2009 thriller movie 4th Period Mystery, but rose to fame when she starred in the 2011 blockbuster Sunny, a coming-of-age film about a group of high school girls growing up in the 1980s.[2] This was followed by leading roles in television dramas, such as teen musical Dream High 2 (2012),[3][4][5] and family drama Ugly Alert (2013).[6] Kang also appeared on the third season of We Got Married, a reality show which pairs up celebrities into fake "married" couples; her partner was Leeteuk from the K-pop group Super Junior.[7][8]

Kang gained increased recognition after starring in two hit series in 2014; medical drama Doctor Stranger (2014)[9][10] and workplace dramedy Misaeng: Incomplete Life (2014);[11] Doctor Stranger was a success in China with 400 million views and Misaeng: Incomplete Life was dubbed a "cultural phenomenon" in South Korea.[12][13] This was followed by lead roles in romantic comedy Warm and Cozy (2015) together with Yoo Yeon-seok,[14][15] legal drama My Lawyer, Mr. Jo (2016),[16] and romantic comedy Revolutionary Love (2017) alongside Choi Si-won from the k-pop group Super Junior.[17]

In 2019, Kang returned to the big screen in the cycling film Uhm Bok-dong.[18][19]

In 2020, Kang starred in the comedy film Secret Zoo, based on the webtoon of the same name. She plays a veterinarian who pretends to be a lion.[20] The same year, she was cast in the romance melodrama film Rain And Your Story.[21]

Personal life[edit]

Kang married her non-celebrity boyfriend in August 2020, in a private ceremony.[22] On November 19, 2020, it was announced that Kang is pregnant their first child, due in April 2021.[23][24]



Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2009 4th Period Mystery Lee Da-jeong [25]
Kwang-tae's Basic Story Ji-hyo (short film)
2011 Sunny teenage Ha Chun-hwa [2]
2012 Brave Mérida (voice, Korean dubbing) [26]
2013 My Paparotti Sook-hee [27]
Cheer Up, Mr. Lee Herself (cameo) [28]
2019 Uhm Bok-dong Kim Hyung-shin [18]
2020 Secret Zoo So Won [20]
2021 Endless Rain Soo-jin (cameo) [29]

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network Ref.
2010 Rude Miss Young-ae season 7 Kang So-ra tvN
Dr. Champ Kwon Yoo-ri SBS [30]
Rude Miss Young-ae season 8 Kang So-ra tvN
2011 My Bittersweet Life Hong Yoon-mi KBS1 [31]
2012 Dream High 2 Shin Hae-sung KBS2 [4]
2013 Ugly Alert Na Do-hee SBS [6]
Rude Miss Young-ae season 12 Kang So-ra (cameo) tvN [32]
2014 Doctor Stranger Oh Soo-hyun SBS [10]
Misaeng: Incomplete Life Ahn Young-yi tvN [11]
2015 Warm and Cozy Lee Jung-joo MBC [14]
2016 My Lawyer, Mr. Jo Lee Eun-jo KBS2 [16]
2017 Revolutionary Love Baek Joon tvN [17]
2018 The Beauty Inside Host (cameo) JTBC [33]

Variety show[edit]

Year Title Network Notes Ref.
2011–2012 We Got Married Season 3 MBC Cast member, paired with Leeteuk [7]
2013 My Soul's Table Cast member [34]


Year Title Network Ref.
2011 MBC Music Festival MBC [35]
2012 MBC Entertainment Awards [36]
2017 31st Golden Disc Awards JTBC [37]
2018 32nd Golden Disc Awards [38]
2019 33rd Golden Disc Awards [39]

Music video appearances[edit]

Year Song Title Artist Notes
2009 "This Good Day" Halla Man [40]
"Gloria" PK Heman Kang is also featured on
the album cover[41]
"Merely" JK Kim Dong-wook
"Happy Me" Hong Kyung-min [42]
2011 "Hello" Huh Gak [43]
"I Told You I Wanna Die" includes narration by Kang
2017 "Curtain" Suho ft. Song Young-joo [44]


Year Song Title Artist Notes
2011 "Round and Round" Nam Bo-ra, Kim Bo-mi,
Park Jin-joo, Kang So-ra,
Min Hyo-rin, Kim Min-yeong
from Sunny OST
2012 "B Class Life" Jeong Jinwoon, Kang So-ra,
Jr., Kim Ji-soo
from Dream High 2 OST

Ambassadorial roles[edit]

Year Title Campaign Organizer Ref.
2015-present Alcon Brand Ambassador Alcon [45]
2016 Dongguk Ambassador Dongguk University [46]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2011 5th Mnet 20's Choice Awards Hot Movie Star Sunny Won [47]
20th Buil Film Awards Best New Actress Won [48]
48th Grand Bell Awards Best New Actress Nominated
32nd Blue Dragon Film Awards Best New Actress Nominated
2012 48th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actress (Film) Nominated
Most Popular Actress (Film) Won [49]
Best New Actress (TV) Dream High 2 Nominated
12th MBC Entertainment Awards Popularity Award (Variety Show) We Got Married (Season 3) Won [50]
2013 21st SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Weekend/Daily Drama Ugly Alert Nominated
New Star Award Won [51]
2014 9th Asia Model Festival Awards Popular Star Award Herself Won [52]
Miss Supertalent Season 4 Asia New Star Won
7th Korea Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress Doctor Stranger Won [53]
3rd APAN Star Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Nominated
22nd SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Drama Special Nominated
7th Herald Donga Lifestyle Awards Best Style of the Year Herself Won [54]
2015 Korea Advertisers Association Awards Best Model Award Won [55]
4th APAN Star Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Misaeng: Incomplete Life & Warm and Cozy Nominated
34th MBC Drama Awards Warm and Cozy Won [56]
2016 30th KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Mid-length Drama My Lawyer, Mr. Jo Nominated


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