Kim Gyu-ri (actress born August 1979)

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Kim Gyu-ri
Kim Kyu-Ri (Kim Min-Sun).jpg
Born Kim Min-sun
(1979-08-16) August 16, 1979 (age 38)
South Korea
Education Dongduk Women's University - Broadcasting and Entertainment
Occupation Actress
Years active 1998–present
Agent MBK Entertainment
Yesung HSM Entertainment
Korean name
Revised Romanization Gim Gyu-ri
McCune–Reischauer Kim Kyu-ri
Birth name
Revised Romanization Gim Min-seon
McCune–Reischauer Kim Min-sŏn

Kim Gyu-ri (Hangul김규리; born 16 August 1979), previously known as Kim Min-sun (Hangul김민선), is a South Korean actress best known for the film Portrait of a Beauty.[1][2]


She was involved in a controversy in 2008 when she made a statement against eating beef imported from the United States; this led to a lawsuit by a beef importer in Seoul but the courts ruled in her favor in 2010.[3] She also spoke out in behalf of entertainers' invasion of privacy regarding the explosive "Entertainment X-file" issue in 2005.[4] In 2009 she officially changed her name from Kim Min-sun to Kim Gyu-ri.[5] She dated Kim Joo-hyuk, her co-star in period drama God of War, from 2012 to 2013.[6][7][8]



Year Title Role Notes
1999 Memento Mori Min-ah
2000 Summer Story Han Yeo-reum
Bloody Beach Do-yeon
2002 A.F.R.I.K.A. Kim So-hyun
2009 Lost Memories Kindergarten teacher
My Beautiful Days Hyun-ji
2004 Low Life Park Hye-ok
2007 For Eternal Hearts Pippi
Rainbow Eyes Park Eun-ju
2008 Antique Jin-hyeok's girlfriend (cameo)
Portrait of a Beauty[2] Shin Yun-bok
2009 Five Senses of Eros[9] Kim Mi-jin segment: "The 33rd Man"
Where is Jung Seung-pil? Yoo Mi-seon
2010 Looking for My Wife Yoo Young-shim
Ha Ha Ha Noh Jeong-hwa
2011 Shotgun Love Shin So-yeon
Poongsan In-ok
2012 Doomsday Book Bodhisattva Hye-joo segment: "The Heavenly Creature"
2013 My Dear Girl, Jin-young Kim Jin-young
2014 Another Promise Yoo Nan-joo
Revivre Choo Eun-joo
2015 Five Senses of Love

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network
1999 School Park Na-ri KBS2
2000 Medical Center Jo Soo-ahn SBS
2001 Morning Without Parting Han Jung-seo SBS
Like Father Unlike Son Lee Su-jin KBS2
2002 Glass Slippers Woo Seung-hee SBS
I Love You Hyun-jung Lee Hyun-jung MBC
2003 Fairy and Swindler Song Kyung-sook SBS
2004 Ode to the Han River Yoon Na-young MBC
2005 Loveholic Lee Yeol-joo KBS2
Young-jae's Golden Days Joo Young-jae MBC
2010 MBC Best Theater "We Teach Love" Lee Jin-yi MBC
Drama Special "Just Say It!"[10] Choi Young-hee KBS2
2012 God of War Choi Song-yi MBC
2013 Scandal: A Shocking and Wrongful Incident Jang Joo-ha MBC
2014 Cunning Single Lady Gook Yeo-jin MBC
The King's Face Gwi-in Kim KBS2
2016–2017 Our Gap-soon Heo Da-hae SBS

Variety show[edit]

Year Title Network Notes
2011 Dancing with the Stars MBC Contestant (Season 1)
Host (Seasons 2–3)
2014 Law of the Jungle in Solomon Islands SBS Cast member

Music video[edit]

Year Song Title Artist
2002 "Elevator" Park Jin-young
2004 "Love Is More Beautiful When You Can't Have It" Tony An
"Sunflower" Park Sang-min
2009 "Love... That Guy" Bobby Kim
2011 "It Hurts" Yangpa


Year Title Notes ISBN
2009 Sunny Side Story photo-essays ISBN 978-89-960484-4-2
2012 내 앞에 봄이 와 있다 ISBN 978-89-59137060

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2000 36th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actress Memento Mori Won
20th Korean Association of Film Critics Awards Best New Actress Won
2001 KBS Drama Awards Best New Actress Like Father, Unlike Son Won
2002 MBC Drama Awards Best New Actress I Love You, Hyun-jung Won
SBS Drama Awards Best Supporting Actress Glass Slippers Won
2004 MBC Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress Ode to the Han River Won
2009 45th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actress Portrait of a Beauty Nominated
46th Grand Bell Awards Best Actress Nominated
2011 Dancing with the Stars Season 1: Second Place N/A Won
2012 MBC Entertainment Awards Popularity Award, MC category Dancing with the Stars Won
MBC Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Serial Drama God of War Nominated
2013 MBC Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Special Project Drama Scandal: A Shocking and Wrongful Incident Nominated


  1. ^ "Kim Min-sun Unveils Hidden Sex Appeal through Legendary Artist". The Chosun Ilbo. 1 November 2008. Retrieved 2010-12-26. While the life of Shin Yoon-bok, one of the most acclaimed artists from the Chosun Dynasty, is in the spotlight thanks to popular soap opera Painter of the Wind, starring Korea's sweetheart Moon Geun-young, a film that deals with Shin's life is also coming out. 
  2. ^ a b Chung Ah-young (9 October 2008). "Mysterious Artist Resurfaces on Modern Culture Scene". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2010-12-26. The upcoming movie Portrait of a Beauty is also spotlighting the painter's life, starring actress Kim Min-sun. The movie is drawing anticipation from the public, as its poster has become one of the hottest teaser promotions. 
  3. ^ Park Si-soo (9 February 2010). "Anti-US Beef Actress Prevails in Court". The Korea Times. Archived from the original on 23 July 2010. Retrieved 2010-12-26. Actress Kim Min-sun won a legal battle Tuesday, started by an American beef importer for an article she wrote two years ago on her private blog that allegedly exaggerated the risk of mad cow disease associated with U.S. beef. 
  4. ^ "Top Entertainers Speak Out". The Chosun Ilbo. 21 January 2005. Retrieved 2010-12-26. Actress Kim Min-sun speaks out on behalf of entertainers named in the explosive 'entertainment X-file' at a press conference Friday. 
  5. ^ "Actress Kim Min-sun Changes Name to Gyu-ri". The Korea Times. 26 November 2009. Archived from the original on 30 September 2012. Retrieved 2010-12-26. Actress Kim Min-sun, 30, who was sued over comments she made regarding U.S. beef imports, has changed her first name to Gyu-ri and will act under the new name, her agency said Thursday. "She recently changed her name to Kim Gyu-ri and received a new residential identification card under the new name," her agency TN Entertainment said. She has completed all legal procedures to make the change, it said. 
  6. ^ Carla Sunwoo (5 September 2012). "Kim Ju-hyeok and Kim Gyu-ri dating". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2012-09-05. 
  7. ^ Lucia Hong (4 September 2012). "MBC's Moosin Kim Ju-hyeok admits dating Kim Gyu-ri". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-09-05. 
  8. ^ Oh Mi-jung (15 July 2013). "Kim Ju Hyuk and Kim Gyuri Break Up a Year After Going Public". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2013-08-07. 
  9. ^ "All That Star: Kim Min-sun". Arirang News. Retrieved 2012-08-14. 
  10. ^ Wee Geun-woo (12 November 2010). "INTERVIEW: Actress Kim Gyu-ri". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-03-29. Kim: I think I like short dramas because it allows me to make a lot of attempts and come across various stories. It's also good for warming up as an actor. An entire narrative is inside a single short book so you can learn how a story should flow by working on a lot of single-episode dramas. That's why I want to tell new actors to try acting in as many one-act dramas as possible. 

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