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Kim Hye-soo
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Born (1970-09-05) September 5, 1970 (age 48)
Busan, South Korea
Alma mater Dongguk University
Occupation Actress
Years active 1986–present
Agent Hodu Entertainment[1]
Korean name
Revised Romanization Gim Hye-su
McCune–Reischauer Kim Hyesu

Kim Hye-soo (Hangul김혜수; born September 5, 1970) is a South Korean actress. She is best known for her roles in the films Tazza: The High Rollers (2006), The Thieves (2012), Coin Locker Girl (2015), and Familyhood (2016), as well as the television series Signal (2016).


Kim Hye-soo debuted in the 1986 film Ggambo when she was a first year high school student.[2] Over two decades she amassed a sizeable filmography of leading and supporting roles, notably in the TV dramas Did We Really Love? with Bae Yong-joon and Revenge and Passion with Ahn Jae-wook, as well as the films First Love (1993) and Tie a Yellow Ribbon (1998).

In the 2000s, Kim started to appear more on the silver screen, appearing in movies such as Kick the Moon, YMCA Baseball Team and Three.[3]

But it was when she reinvented her image as a glamorous and confident femme fatale in films Hypnotized (2004),[4] The Red Shoes (2005)[5][6] and Tazza: The High Rollers (2006) that she gained acting recognition and entered the Korean film industry A-list.[3][7] Various film roles followed, such as a housewife who secretly dates a college student in A Good Day to Have an Affair;[8] an unaffected aunt in Shim’s Family;[9] a prostitute in Eleventh Mom[10] and a bar singer in Modern Boy (2008).[11] She considers her collaboration with Han Suk-kyu in 2010's Villain and Widow as one of the highlights of her acting career.[12][13]

In 2009, Kim returned to television with Style, which is set in the fashion industry.[14][15][16][17] She followed that with the mystery melodrama Home Sweet Home in 2010.[18][19][20]

A frequent host of film awards ceremonies and TV variety shows, Kim was signed on as the host of MBC current affairs show W.[21] The production team said that in a bid to make changes in the program as it marked its fifth anniversary, they found that Kim was interested in environmental and other global issues and an avid watcher of documentaries about them.[22] W with Kim Hye-soo premiered in July 2010, but was cancelled in October 2010, with Kim criticizing the network's decision.[20]

She reunited with Tazza director Choi Dong-hoon in The Thieves. Set among the casinos of Macau, the star-studded heist film became the all-time second highest grosser in Korean cinema history.[23][24][25] This was followed with a supporting role in Han Jae-rim's historical film The Face Reader.[26]

In 2013, she headlined the romantic comedy The Queen of Office (also known as Goddess of the Workplace), an adaptation of 2007 Japanese drama Haken no Hinkaku ("Pride of the Temp").[27][28]

Kim next starred in Coin Locker Girl (also known as Chinatown) in 2015, a rare female-driven noir film. She said she didn't mind looking unattractive for her role as a ruthless crime boss, with makeup artists adding age spots to her face, gray to her hair, and flab to her stomach and hips with prostheses. Kim said it was "mentally agonizing" deciding whether to accept the role, but once she did, she felt "a surge of excitement" every time she stepped onto the set, and considered the film "a new challenge that makes my heart race and scares me at the same time."[29][30][31]

Kim made her drama comeback in 2016 with tvN's Signal,[32] which was critically and commercially successful. She won Best Actress at the 52nd Paeksang Arts Awards and the tvN10 Awards for her performance.[33]

Kim then returned to the big screen, starring in the family drama Familyhood[34] followed by noir film A Special Lady.[35]

Kim has signed up to be the lead actress for IMF crisis drama, National Bankruptcy Day,[36] and science fiction film Return.[37]

Personal life[edit]

Kim is known for her ability to speak in five languages: Korean, English, Spanish, Japanese and Chinese.[38]

Kim is also a budding artist, having displayed her pop art at the Seoul Open Art Fair.[39][40] One of her collage paintings was sold for ₩5 million, and Kim donated the money to charity.[41]

Kim and character actor Yoo Hae-jin first met in 2001 after shooting the film Kick the Moon and became close in 2006 after appearing together in Tazza: The High Rollers. Rumors of the two dating surfaced starting 2008 although both continuously denied any romantic involvement until early 2010 when paparazzi photographs of the two were released,[42][43] and the couple officially confirmed their relationship.[44][45][46][47][48] Kim and Yoo broke up in 2011.[49][50][51]

Kim has a Theater and Film degree from Dongguk University and a master's degree in journalism and mass communications from Sungkyunkwan University; she also taught performing arts at Sungkyunkwan University as an adjunct professor in 2001. In 2013 Kim admitted to having plagiarized her master′s thesis "A Study on Actor Communication," with parts copied verbatim from at least four different books. She apologised for her actions, and said she was willing to forfeit her master's degree.[52][53][54]



Year Title Role
1986 Ggambo
My Daughter Saved from the Mire, Part II
1988 Grown-ups Just Don't Understand
That Last Winter Young-ae
1990 Oseam
1991 Lost Love
1993 First Love Park Young-shin
1994 I Wish for What is Forbidden
Life and Death of the Hollywood Kid
Blue Seagull
1995 Dr. Bong
The Eternal Empire
Bitter and Sweet
1997 Change Ko Eun-bi
Mister Condom
1998 Too Tired to Die Anouk
Tie a Yellow Ribbon
1999 Doctor K Dr. Pyo Ji-soo
2001 Kick the Moon Min Ju-ran
2002 Three (segment "Memories") Wife
YMCA Baseball Team Min Jong-rim
2004 Hypnotized Ji-su
2005 The Red Shoes Sun-jae
2006 Tazza: The High Rollers Madam Jeong
2007 A Good Day to Have an Affair Dew
Shim's Family (Skeletons in the Closet) Mi-kyung
Eleventh Mom Woman
2008 Modern Boy Jo Nan-sil
Forgiveness Documentary narrator
2010 Villain and Widow Hyun-joo
2012 The Thieves Pepsee
2013 The Face Reader Yeon-hong
2015 Coin Locker Girl Ma Woo-hee ("Mother")
2016 Familyhood Joo-yeon
2017 A Special Lady Na Hyun-jung
2018 Sovereign Default Han Shi-hyeon
2019 Return

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network
1988 Sun Shim-yi Sun Shim-yi KBS
1989 Senoya KBS
1990 Fun World Seo Byung-sook MBC
1991 Rosy Life Chae Jeong-seo MBC
1993 Pilot Lee Ji-won MBC
1994 Song of a Blind Bird Seok Kyung MBC
Tokkaebiga Ganda SBS
1994-98 Partner Hae-soon MBC
1995 Love Pro, Marriage Amateur Seo Ye-hee MBC
The Basics of Romance Il-young MBC
1996 Oxtail Soup SBS
Scent of Apple Blossoms Seo Kyung-joo MBC
1997 Revenge and Passion Jung Mi-kyung MBC
1999 Did We Really Love? Lee Shin-young MBC
Kuk-hee Min Kuk-hee MBC
2000 Golden Era Kim/Choi Hee-kyung MBC
2002 Jang Hee-bin[55] Hui-bin Jang KBS2
2005 Han River Ballad Yoon Ga-young MBC
2009 Style Park Ki-ja SBS
2010 Home Sweet Home Kim Jin-seo MBC
2011 Flower Boy Ramen Shop tarot fortuneteller (cameo, episode 1)[56] tvN
2013 The Queen of Office Miss Kim / Kim Jeom-seon KBS2
2016 Signal Cha Soo-hyun tvN
2017 Dr. Romantic Lee Young-jo (cameo, episodes 20 & 21 (prequel)) [57] SBS


Year Song title Notes
2008 "Why Don't You Do Right?" Track from Modern Boy OST
"Blues of Colors"
"개여울" (Japanese Ver.)
2013 "Love is" Track from The Queen of Office OST

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
1987 23rd Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actress (Film) Ggambo Won
1988 KBS Drama Awards Best New Actress Sun Shim-yi Won
1991 27th Baeksang Arts Awards Most Popular Actress (TV) Fun World Won
1993 31st Grand Bell Awards Best Actress First Love Nominated
14th Blue Dragon Film Awards Won
1995 31st Baeksang Arts Awards Most Popular Actress (Film) The Eternal Empire Won
16th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Actress Dr. Bong Won
MBC Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress Love and Marriage Won
1996 32nd Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actress (TV) Oxtail Soup Won
34th Grand Bell Awards Best Actress Dr. Bong Nominated
MBC Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress Partner Nominated
Grand Prize (Daesang) Won
1999 12th Grimae Awards Best Actress Kuk-hee Won
MBC Drama Awards Best Actress Won
Top Excellence Award, Actress Won
2003 KBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress Jang Hee-bin Nominated
Grand Prize (Daesang) Won
2004 12th Chunsa Film Art Awards[58] Best Actress Hypnotized Won
25th Blue Dragon Film Awards Nominated
3rd Korean Film Awards Nominated
MBC Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress Han River Ballad Won
2005 41st Baeksang Arts Awards[59] Best Actress (Film) Hypnotized Won
42nd Grand Bell Awards[60] Best Actress Won
4th Korean Film Awards The Red Shoes Nominated
Dong-A TV Fashion Beauty Awards Fashion Icon Award N/A Won
2006 2nd University Film Festival of Korea Best Actress of the Year Tazza: The High Rollers Won
Pyeongtaek Film Festival New Currents Best Actress Won
14th Chunsa Film Art Awards Popularity Award Won
Best Actress Won
43rd Grand Bell Awards The Red Shoes Nominated
27th Blue Dragon Film Awards[61] Tazza: The High Rollers Won
Popular Star Award Won
23rd Korea Best Dresser Swan Awards Best Dressed, Movie Actress category N/A Won
2007 4th Max Movie Awards Best Actress Tazza: The High Rollers Nominated
1st Asian Film Awards Best Actress Nominated
43rd Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actress (Film) Nominated
Newport Beach Film Festival[62] Jury Award Best Actress Won
Korea Movie Star Awards Best Actress Won
44th Grand Bell Awards Nominated
8th Korea Visual Arts Festival Photogenic Award Won
6th Korean Film Awards Best Actress Nominated
2008 2nd Asian Film Awards Best Supporting Actress Skeletons in the Closet Nominated
2009 2nd Style Icon Awards[63] Best TV Actress Style Won
Icon of the Year N/A Won
SBS Drama Awards[64] Top 10 Stars Style Won
Top Excellence Award, Actress Nominated
2011 48th Grand Bell Awards Best Actress Villain and Widow Nominated
32nd Blue Dragon Film Awards[65] Nominated
Popular Star Award Won
2012 20th Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress in Film The Thieves Won
2013 7th Asian Film Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated
8th Mnet 20's Choice Awards 20's Drama Star - Female The Queen of Office Nominated
34th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Supporting Actress The Face Reader Nominated
6th Korea Drama Awards Grand Prize (Daesang) The Queen of Office Nominated
2nd APAN Star Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress Nominated
21st Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards Grand Prize (Daesang) in Drama Won
KBS Drama Awards[66] Best Couple Award with Oh Ji-ho Won
Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Nominated
Top Excellence Award, Actress Nominated
Grand Prize (Daesang) Won
2014 9th Max Movie Awards Best Supporting Actress The Face Reader Nominated
Best Actress Nominated
50th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actress (TV) The Queen of Office Nominated
2015 10th APN[67] Awards[68][69] Recipient Coin Locker Girl Won
35th Golden Cinema Festival[70] Best Actress Won
24th Buil Film Awards Nominated
35th Korean Association of Film Critics Awards[71] Won
52nd Grand Bell Awards Nominated
36th Blue Dragon Film Awards Nominated
2nd Korean Film Producers Association Awards[72] Won
2016 11th Max Movie Awards Nominated
10th Asian Film Awards Best Actress Nominated
21st Chunsa Film Art Awards[73] Best Actress Won
52nd Baeksang Arts Awards[74] Best Actress (Film) Nominated
Best Actress (TV) Signal Won
5th APAN Star Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Nominated
25th Buil Film Awards Best Actress Familyhood Nominated
tvN10 Awards[75] Signal Won
1st Asia Artist Awards Grand Prize (Daesang) Nominated
37th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Actress Familyhood Nominated
2017 53rd Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actress (Film) Nominated
2018 52nd Taxpayers' Day[76] Presidential Commendation N/A Won


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  76. ^ "Kim Hye-soo, Ha Jung-woo Honored as Faithful Taxpayers". The Chosun Ilbo. 6 March 2018.

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