Kim Ji-won (actress)

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Kim Ji-won
"태양의후예" 드라맥스 ID영상 - 김지원.jpg
Kim in 2016.
Born (1992-10-19) October 19, 1992 (age 27)
EducationDongguk University
Years active2010–present
AgentKing Kong by Starship
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGim Ji-won
McCune–ReischauerKim Chiwŏn

Kim Ji-won (Korean김지원; Hanja金智媛; born October 19, 1992) is a South Korean actress.[1] She gained attention through her roles in television series The Heirs (2013), Descendants of the Sun (2016), Fight for My Way (2017) and Arthdal Chronicles (2019).

Early Life[edit]

Kim Ji won was born on 19th October ,1992 in Seoul and has a elder sister who is 2 years older than her. After graduating from Paekahm High School,she pursued her studies in drama in Dongguk University.[2]


2008–2012: Beginnings[edit]

Kim was trained in singing and acting but chose to pursue the latter.She was a background vocalist for the singer Younha and appeared in her music video "Gossip Boy" in 2008.[3][4] She rose to fame by appearing in commercials, and became known as the "Oran C Girl" and "Lollipop Girl".[5][6]She was also called as Little Kim Taehee due to her resemblance to the actress.[7][8]She made her acting debut in the drama Mrs. Saigon.

Kim first gained attention after starring in the 2011 sitcom High Kick: Revenge of the Short Legged.[9] She was then cast in her first major television role in the musical drama What's Up[10] and made her film debut in the romance omnibus film Romantic Heaven.[11] Kim then starred in the high school drama To the Beautiful You[12][13] and headlined the horror film Horror Stories.[14]Kim appeared in Baek Seung Heon's debut music video "Till the sun rises" alongside JYJ's Jaejoong.[15][16][17]

2013–2016: Rising popularity and breakthrough[edit]

Kim Ji won appeared in the KBS Drama special Waiting for Love alongside BoA, Im Si-wan and Choi Daniel.[18][19]In 2013, Kim co-starred in teen drama The Heirs, wherein she played a chic and haughty heiress.[20][21] The drama's popularity raised Kim's profile and won her the "New Star Award" at the SBS Drama Awards.[22][23] Kim Ji won appeared in the KBS Drama special episode The reason I'm getting married.[24][25]

In 2014, she starred in the crime thriller Gap-dong.[26] In December 2014, Kim signed an exclusive contract with King Kong Entertainment.[27] She then starred alongside So Ji-sub in the web series One Sunny Day in 2015.[28]Kim made a cameo appearance in TVN's Hidden Identity as Kim Bum's girlfriend.[29][30]

In 2016, Kim co-starred in KBS2's pan-Asia hit drama Descendants of the Sun, playing an army surgeon.[31] The drama's success brought Kim further recognition outside Korea.[32][33]She hosted the year end KBS Drama Awards 2016 with Park Bo-gum and Jun Hyun-moo.[34]

2017–present: Leading roles[edit]

In 2017, Kim was cast in her first leading role in KBS2's romance drama, Fight for My Way alongside Park Seo-joon.[35] The series was a success and solidified Kim's status as leading actress.[36][37]

In 2018, she played her first period role in the third installment of the Detective K film series, Detective K: Secret of the Living Dead.[38]Kim along with her Descendants of the Sun co-star Jin Goo made a cameo appearance in Mr.Sunshine.[39]

In 2019, Kim played the role of Tanya, who is the head of Wahan tribe and Song Joong-ki's love interest in the historical fantasy drama Arthdal Chronicles.[40][41] The drama serves as a reunion project for Song and Kim, who both starred in the 2016 hit drama Descendants of the Sun.[42]



Year Song Title Album Notes
2010 "Pick A Star From The Sky" OranC Commercial[43]
2011 "Over The Rainbow" High Kick: Revenge of the Short Legged OST
2012 "Might Gonna" What's Up OST (Japan Edition) with Jo Jung-suk & Yang Jiwon

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2013 21st SBS Drama Awards New Star Award The Heirs Won [23]
2014 2nd Asia Rainbow TV Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated
2016 5th APAN Star Awards Descendants of the Sun Won [44]
Best Couple Award (with Jin Goo) Nominated
1st Asia Artist Awards Best Celebrity Award, Actress Won [45]
30th KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Won [46]
Best New Actress Won
Best Couple (with Jin Goo) Won
Yahoo! Asia Buzz Awards Asia Popular Artist Award N/A Nominated
2017 1st Elle Style Awards (Korea) Young Icon Award Won [47]
31st KBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress Fight for My Way Nominated [48]
Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Won
Netizen Award – Female Won
Best Couple (with Park Seo-joon) Won
2018 KBS WORLD Global Fan Awards Best Couple (with Park Seo-joon) Won [49]
2019 12th Korea Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress Arthdal Chronicles Nominated [50]


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