Kim Ha-neul

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Kim Ha-neul
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Born (1978-02-21) 21 February 1978 (age 42)
EducationSeoul Institute of the Arts - Film
Years active1996–present
Choi Jin-hyuk
m. 2016)
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGim Ha-neul
McCune–ReischauerKim Hanŭl

Kim Ha-neul (Korean김하늘; born February 21, 1978) is a South Korean actress. After starting her career as a model, she rose to fame by starring in romantic-comedy films My Tutor Friend (2003) and Too Beautiful to Lie (2004) and the action-comedy film My Girlfriend Is an Agent (2009). In 2011, Kim won Best Actress at the 48th Grand Bell Awards and the 32nd Blue Dragon Film Awards for her performance in the serial killer thriller Blind. Her television work includes romance series Romance (2002) and A Gentleman's Dignity (2012), On Air (2008) and the melodrama On the Way to the Airport (2016).

Early and personal life[edit]

Kim Ha-neul was born on 21 February 1978 in Seoul, South Korea. Her given name "Ha-neul" means “sky” in Korean. Her immediate family consists of her parents and one younger brother. She attended the Seoul Institute of the Arts.

Kim married a businessman, on March 19, 2016.[2][3] On October 9, 2017, Kim announced that she is expecting her first child.[4] On May 27 2018, she gave birth to a daughter.[5]

She is a Roman Catholic.[6]


1996–2000: Early career[edit]

Kim Ha-neul started her career by modeling for clothing brand Storm in 1996. She then made her acting debut in the 1998 film Bye June alongside Yoo Ji-tae. In 1999, she starred a medical drama film Doctor K, which earned her first acting award nomination. In the same year, she made appearances in television dramas Happy Together and Into the Sunlight, and featured in the music video for "To Heaven" by Jo Sung-mo. Later, she reunited with Yoo Ji-tae in 2000's sci-fi romance Ditto, and rose to fame as an actress.[7]

2001–2007: Rise to popularity[edit]

Kim's breakout role was in romance melodrama series Piano, in which she played a pure, fragile young woman. The series was the second most successful drama of 2001, achieving a peak rating of 40.2%. She then starred in 2002 hit Romance alongside Kim Jae-won, which led her to stardom and won her Top Excellence Award in acting.[8] In 2003, she raised her profile through the huge box-office hit My Tutor Friend, where she acted as a college girl tasked with helping a delinquent student her own age graduate from high school alongside her opposite Kwon Sang-woo.[9] In 2004, she starred in Too Beautiful to Lie, as an ex-convict who pretends to be the fiancée of a man being pressured to marry by his nosy, close-knit family.[10] Due to the success of her films, Kim was dubbed "the queen of romantic comedies" by the Korean press.[11]

In 2004, she starred in mountain-climbing drama Ice Rain, horror film Dead Friend[12] and the melodrama Stained Glass. Kim then returned to the familiar romance genre with 2006 romantic comedy Almost Love, in the role of an aspiring actress with stage fright, which also reunited her with My Tutor Friend co-star Kwon Sang-woo.[13] This was followed by Lovers of Six Years, about a longtime couple facing relationship problems.[14]

2008–2012: Revived career[edit]

In 2008, Kim starred in On Air, a Kim Eun-sook penned drama which gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look at a television drama production. Kim plays a top actress with an arrogant personality in the series.[15][16] The drama raised Kim's popularity and earned her acting recognition at the Korea Drama Awards.[17][18] The following year, Kim starred in spy romantic comedy My Girlfriend Is an Agent.[19] The film was a box-office success, and earned positive reviews for its quality and performance.[20]

Kim Ha-neul in 2009
Kim Ha-neul in October 2011

In 2010, Kim played a medical student torn between two soldiers in Korean War drama Road No. 1.[21][22][23] Despite strong hype and a ₩13 million budget, the series received low ratings.[7][24][25]

Kim Ha-neul in 2011

She bounced back in 2011 with serial killer thriller Blind, where she challenged herself by portraying a visually impaired former detective who becomes witness to a murder.[26] Her performance won her Best Actress honors at the Grand Bell Awards and Blue Dragon Film Awards.[27][28][29][30] This was followed by another rom-com You're My Pet, adapted from the Japanese josei manga Kimi wa Petto.[31][32]

In 2012, Kim returned to the small screen as a high school ethics teacher who falls for a playboy architect (played by Jang Dong-gun) in the hit drama A Gentleman's Dignity.[33] Made by the same team behind On Air (writer Kim Eun-sook and director Shin Woo-chul), the series revolved around the love lives of four male friends in their forties.[34][35][36][37]

2015–present: Return to the screen[edit]

In 2015, Kim was cast in her first Chinese film, romantic comedy Making Family opposite Aarif Rahman.[38][39]

In 2016, Kim starred in crowdfunded indie feature Don't Forget Me opposite Jung Woo-sung.[40] In September, she made her small-screen comeback in four years, starring in romance melodrama On the Way to the Airport opposite Lee Sang-yoon.[41][42]

Kim Ha-neul in 2017

In 2017, she starred in Misbehavior, playing an unloved teacher at a boys' high school.[43][44] Kim then featured in fantasy blockbuster With God.[45]

In 2019, Kim returned to the small screen in JTBC melodrama The Wind Blows.[46]

In 2020, Kim is set to star in the romance drama 18 Again.[47]



Year Title Role
1998 Bye June Yoo Chae-young
1999 Doctor K Oh Sae-yeon
2000 Ditto Yoon So-eun
2003 My Tutor Friend Choi Su-wan
2004 Ice Rain Kim Kyung-min
Too Beautiful to Lie Joo Young-ju
Dead Friend Min Ji-won
2006 Almost Love Jin Dal-rae
2008 Lovers of Six Years Lee Da-jin
2009 My Girlfriend Is an Agent Ahn Soo-ji
2011 Blind Min Soo-ah
You're My Pet Ji Eun-yi
2016 Don't Forget Me Jin-young
Making Family Go Mi-yeon
2017 Misbehavior Park Hyo-joo
Savage Dog Steiner's Wife
Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds God of Betrayal Hell

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network
1999 Happy Together Jin Soo-ha SBS
Into the Sunlight Kang Soo-bin MBC
2000 Secret Lee Hee-jung MBC
2001 Piano Lee Soo-ah SBS
2002 Romance Kim Chae-won MBC
2004 Stained Glass Shin Ji-soo SBS
2006 90 Days, Time to Love Go Mi-yeon MBC
2008 On Air Oh Seung-ah SBS
2009 Paradise (telecinema) Mi-kyung SBS / TV Asahi
2010 Road No. 1 Kim Soo-yeon MBC
2012 A Gentleman's Dignity Seo Yi-soo SBS
2016 On the Way to the Airport Choi Soo-ah KBS2
2019 The Wind Blows Lee Soo-jin JTBC
2020 18 Again Jung Da-jung JTBC

Music video appearances[edit]

Year Song Title Artist
1998 "To Heaven" Jo Sung-mo
2002 "Last Promise" Position
2009 "I Was Happy" Jo Sung-mo[48]


Year Song Title Artist Notes
2008 "Sky Love" Kim Ha-neul from On Air OST
2011 "Stars in the Night Sky" Yang Jung-seung (Kiroy Y)
feat. Kim Ha-neul
"Bbuing Bbuing -
You're My Pet Song"[49]
Jang Keun-suk
and Kim Ha-neul
from You're My Pet OST
"I Only Look at You" Jang Keun-suk
and Kim Ha-neul
"Good" Kim Ha-neul

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
1999 20th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Supporting Actress Doctor K Nominated
2000 21st Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Actress Ditto Nominated
2001 9th Chunsa Film Art Awards Best New Actress Nominated
SBS Drama Awards Popularity Award Piano Won
2002 MBC Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress Romance Won
2003 39th Baeksang Arts Awards Most Popular Actress My Tutor Friend Won
24th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Actress Nominated
2004 40th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actress (Film) Too Beautiful to Lie Won
41st Grand Bell Awards Best Actress Nominated
25th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Actress Nominated
2008 Korea Fashion & Design Awards Best Dressed N/A Won
29th Blue Dragon Film Awards[50] Popular Star Award Lovers of Six Years Won
2nd Korea Drama Awards[18] Top Excellence Award, Actress On Air Won
SBS Drama Awards Won
Top 10 Stars Won
2009 30th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Actress My Girlfriend Is an Agent Nominated
2011 20th Buil Film Awards Best Actress Blind Nominated
48th Grand Bell Awards[28][29] Won
32nd Blue Dragon Film Awards[30] Best Actress Won
2012 1st K-Drama Star Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress A Gentleman's Dignity Nominated
SBS Drama Awards[51] Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Weekend Drama Won
Top 10 Stars Won
Popularity Award Won
2016 KBS Drama Awards[52] Top Excellence Award, Actress On the Way to the Airport Won
Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Nominated
Best Couple Award with Lee Sang-yoon Won
2017 53rd Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actress (TV) Nominated
InStyle Fashion Award N/A Won
22nd Chunsa Film Art Awards Best Actress Misbehavior Nominated
26th Buil Film Awards Nominated
2019 12th Korea Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress The Wind Blows Nominated


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