Kim Ha-neul

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Kim Ha-neul
Kim Ha-neul at the press conference of My Girlfriend Is an Agent, in March 2009.jpg
Kim Ha-neul at the press conference of My Girlfriend Is an Agent, in March 2009
Born (1978-02-21) 21 February 1978 (age 38)
Seoul, South Korea
Education Seoul Institute of the Arts - Film
Occupation Actress
Years active 1996–present
Agent S.M. Culture & Contents
Religion Roman Catholic[1]
Korean name
Hangul 하늘
Hanja 하늘
Revised Romanization Gim Haneul
McCune–Reischauer Kim Hanŭl

Kim Ha-neul (Hangul김하늘; born February 21, 1978) is a South Korean actress. After starting her career as a model, she rose to fame by starring in romantic comedies My Tutor Friend and Too Beautiful to Lie, the action comedy My Girlfriend Is an Agent and the romance series A Gentleman's Dignity. Kim has also received acting awards at the 48th Grand Bell Awards and the 32nd Blue Dragon Film Awards, which are the two most popular film awards in Korea, for her critically acclaimed performance in the serial killer thriller Blind.

Early 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.[2] Kim attended Seoul Institute of the Arts.[3]


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 sci-fi romance Ditto, and rose to fame as an actress.[4]

2001 - 2007: Rise to popularity and decline[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 won her Top Excellence Award in acting. 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. In 2004, she appeared in Too Beautiful to Lie, as an ex-convict who pretends to be the fiancee of a man being pressured to marry by his nosy, close-knit family. Due to the success of her films, Kim was dubbed "the queen of romantic comedies" by the Korean press.[5]

During the next couple years, her succeeding projects would be less commercially successful. In 2004, she starred in mountain-climbing drama Ice Rain, horror film Dead Friend.[6] 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.[7] This was followed by Lovers of Six Years, about a longtime couple facing relationship problems.[8]

2008 - 2012: Revived career[edit]

Kim Ha-neul in October 2011

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.[9][10] The drama received high ratings during its airing and earned her numerous awards. The following year, Kim starred in spy romantic comedy My Girlfriend Is an Agent. The film was a box-office success, becoming the fourth top-grossing Korean film of 2009. In 2010, Kim played a medical student torn between two soldiers in Korean War drama Road No. 1.[11][12][13] Despite strong hype and a ₩13 million budget, the series received low ratings.[4][14][15]

Kim 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. Her performance won her Best Actress honors at the Grand Bell Awards and Blue Dragon Film Awards.[16][17][18][19] This was followed by another rom-com You're My Pet, adapted from the Japanese josei manga Kimi wa Petto.[20][21]

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.[22] 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.[23][24][25][26]

2015 - present[edit]

In 2015, Kim is cast in her first Chinese film, romantic comedy Making Family opposite Aarif Rahman.[27][28] She has also confirmed for the film Female Teacher, playing an unloved teacher at a boys' high school.[29][30]

In 2016, Kim starred in crowdfunded indie feature Don't Forget Me opposite Jung Woo-sung.[31] 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.

Kim will be appearing in upcoming blockbuster With God, which stars veteran actors Ha Jung-woo, Lee Jung-jae and Cha Tae-hyun. The two-part fantasy saga is based on a webtoon of the same name, and is about reapers and gods who rule over the afterlife and the ordinary humans who get judged by them when they die.

Personal life[edit]

Kim married her fiance, a businessman, on March 19, 2016.[32][33][34]



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
Female Teacher Hyo-joo
2017 With God God of Betrayal Hell

Television drama[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

Variety show[edit]

Year Title Network Notes
2011 2 Days & 1 Night KBS2 Guest, episodes 193-195
2015 Three Meals a Day - Season 2 tvN Guest, episodes 8-9

Music video[edit]

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


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"[35]
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


Year Product
1996 Storm
1997 Sock Stop
1998 Maxwell House Coffee
1999 Rosehill Cosmetics
Plant Nara Soap
2000 Overclass ID Cosmetics
Borneo International Furniture
Lotte Eve Gum
2001 Lotte Chilsung Let's Be
Hanbul Cosmetics 바탕
2002 Coca-Cola Korea 하늘연차
2002–2004 Old & New
2003 Blu Pepe
Megaworld Shopping Mall
2004 Hanil U&I Apartments
Dong-A Pharma 가그린 Mouth Rinse
LG Uplus 002 Telecom
2006 LG Curair Shampoo
2008–2010 Clio Cosmetics
2009 Shinhan Card
Good Downloader Campaign
2011 Hite-Jinro Max Beer
Treefull City Apartments
2012–2013 Coreana Lavida Cosmetics

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 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 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 Popular Star Award Lovers of Six Years Won
2nd Korea Drama Awards[36] Top Excellence Award, Actress On Air Won
SBS Drama Awards Top 10 Stars Won
Top Excellence Award, Actress Won
2009 30th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Actress My Girlfriend Is an Agent Nominated
2011 48th Grand Bell Awards[17][18] Best Actress Blind Won
32nd Blue Dragon Film Awards[19] Best Actress Won
2012 1st K-Drama Star Awards Excellence Award, Actress A Gentleman's Dignity Nominated
SBS Drama Awards Top 10 Stars Won
Popularity Award Won
Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Weekend Drama Won


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