Kim Nam-joo (singer)

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Kim Nam-joo
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Kim in January 2019
Kim Nam-joo

(1995-04-15) April 15, 1995 (age 23)
Seoul, South Korea
EducationSungkyunkwan University
  • Singer
  • actress
Musical career
Years active2011–present
LabelsPlan A Entertainment
Associated actsApink
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGim Nam-ju
McCune–ReischauerKim Namchu

Kim Nam-joo (born April 15, 1995), better known by the mononym Namjoo, is a South Korean singer and actress. She is best known as a member of the South Korean girl group Apink.



Before debuting with Apink, she starred in a 2007 TV commercial at age 13.[1]

2011: Apink[edit]

Kim performing in October 2013

Kim joined Cube Entertainment through the 2010 Cube Party auditions and was one of the last Apink members to be introduced before the group's debut. Kim debuted with Apink on Mnet's M! Countdown performing their songs "I Don't Know" (몰라요; Mollayo) and "Wishlist" which were included on their debut EP Seven Springs of Apink on April 21, 2011.[2] She is also one of the two members of Apink's sub-unit PINK BnN along with Yoon Bo-mi.[3]

2015–present: Investigator Alice, Bad Boy Detectives and variety shows[edit]

In September 2015, she was cast in Naver TVCast's 8-episode web drama Investigator Alice,[4] which was released in October 2015,[5] where she portrayed detective Chun Yeon-joo. She reprised her role in its second season, in 2016.

In March 2015, Kim joined MBC's Tutoring Across Generations in place of Lee Tae-im,[6] but the show got cancelled on April 2 after episode 21 due to falling ratings.[7] Kim with fellow member Yoon Bo-mi appeared on Sugar Man as PINK BnN on October 20, 2015. In 2016, Kim and Apink co-member Yoon Bo-mi became the new MCs of Shikshin Road 2.[8] In the December 27 broadcast of King of Mask Singer, it was revealed that Kim was behind the mask "Good Daughter Shim Cheong".[9][10]

Between 2017 and 2018, Kim played the role of detective Oh Jin-Kyung in Naver TV's Bad Boy Detectives, once again collaborating with the team behind 'Investigator Alice.

In October 2017, Kim was cast in the lead role of Juliet Capulet in Sungkyunkwan University's production of Romeo and Juliet.[11]

Other works[edit]

Kim alongside groupmate Jung Eun-ji and Jang Hyun-seung, former member of Beast, released the single "A Year Ago" from the project A Cube For Season #White on January 3, 2013 to commemorate the success of their respective groups.[12]

In 2014, she performed "Seoul Lonely" with the hip-hop trio Phantom on several music programs.[13]

On June 2, 2015, she released a duet with BtoB's Yook Sung-jae entitled "Photograph", as part of Cube Entertainment's project single album A Cube For Season #Blue Season 2.[14]

On February 14, 2019, Kim launcher her own fashion line, Sugar Please.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Kim attended Seoul Performing Arts High School along with fellow Apink members Son Na-eun, Oh Ha-young, and former member Hong Yoo-kyung. She graduated in February 2014.[16] In 2015, Kim was accepted to Sungkyunkwan University's Department of Performance Arts.[17]


Songs written[edit]

Year Song Album Notes
2016 "Lost Pieces" Dear Co-written with Bomi
2018 "Forever Star" One & Six


Apink BnN[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Sales Album

Hot 100

"My Darling" 2014 22 17 Pink Luv


Year Title Album Notes
2013 "A Year Ago" Acube For Season #White with Eunji and Jang Hyun-seung
2015 "Photograph" Acube For Season #Blue with Yook Sung-jae
"The Magic" Tom Little and The Magic Mirror OST solo
2016 "Our Night Is More Beautiful Than Your Day" Summer11 Project with various artists
"Sweet Now" Dalda with Damiano
2017 "I Pray 4 You" School 2017 OST with Bomi
"Shake" Deep OST with Defconn


Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network Notes
2015–2016 Investigator Alice Chun Yeon-joo Naver TVCast Lead role; 2 seasons
2017–2018 Bad Boys Detective Oh Jin Kyung Naver TV Lead role; 2 seasons

Musical theatre[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2017 Romeo and Juliet Juliet Capulet Lead role


  1. ^ Kim JiYeon (June 2, 2012). "A Pink's Kim Nam Joo was a Commercial Star as a Young Child". enewsWorld. Mwave. Retrieved July 23, 2016.
  2. ^ "A Pink releases debut EP, "Seven Springs of Apink"". Allkpop. April 18, 2011. Retrieved July 21, 2016.
  3. ^ starsung (June 26, 2014). "A Pink unveil the members of their new sub-unit 'PINK BnN' set for launch tomorrow". Newsen. allkpop. Retrieved July 23, 2016.
  4. ^ [단독] 에이핑크 남주, 웹드라마 ‘수사관 엘리스’ 출연…첫 촬영 시작 (in Korean). September 26, 2015. Archived from the original on April 5, 2016. Retrieved July 23, 2016.
  5. ^ "First Poster For APink Namjoo's Web Drama 'Detective Alice' Revealed". October 15, 2015. Retrieved July 23, 2016.
  6. ^ "A Pink′s Nam Joo Joins ′Tutoring Across Generations′ in Place of Lee Tae Im". Mwave. March 9, 2013. Retrieved July 21, 2016.
  7. ^ MBC 측 "'띠과외' 폐지…예원·이태임 때문 아냐" (in Korean). Nate. April 2, 2015. Retrieved July 21, 2016.
  8. ^ "[Photo] Apink′s Yoon Bo Mi and Kim Nam Joo are Pumped for ′Shik Shin Road′". Mwave. March 9, 2016. Retrieved July 23, 2016.
  9. ^ Song, Michael (December 27, 2015). "Good Daughter Singer Simcheong Identity Revealed on King of Masked Singer". Retrieved June 13, 2017.
  10. ^ Kim, Dong-Joo. "Shim Chung on 'King of Mask Singer' found out to be Apink's Nam Joo". StarN News. Retrieved July 23, 2016.
  11. ^ 에이핑크 김남주, 연극 무대 도전···‘로미오와 줄리엣’ 캐스팅 (in Korean). Naver. October 30, 2017. Retrieved December 3, 2017.
  12. ^ "A Cube For season # White". Mwave. Mnet Media.
  13. ^ Kim Chan Mi (June 2, 2014). "Phantom Makes A Pink's Kim Nam Joo Cry with Hidden Camera". Newsen. Mwave. Retrieved July 23, 2016.
  14. ^ "[Video] A Pink's Nam Joo and BTOB's Yook Sung Jae Get Together for a 'Photograph' in New Song". Mwave. June 2, 2015. Retrieved July 22, 2016.
  15. ^ "커뮤니티 화제인 에이핑크 김남주 쇼핑몰 사진". wikitree. February 14, 2019. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  16. ^ "A-Pink's Kim Nam Joo, 'I Just Graduated!". BNTNewsUK. February 13, 2014. Retrieved July 21, 2016.
  17. ^ Jeon Ah Ram (February 2, 2015). "A Pink′s Kim Nam Joo Accepted into Sungkyunkwan University". Newsen. Mwave. Retrieved July 23, 2016.
  18. ^ "Gaon Digital Chart". Gaon Chart (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association. Archived from the original on 2015-01-12. Retrieved July 23, 2016.
  19. ^ "Billboard K-Pop Hot 100". Billboard Korea. Retrieved July 23, 2016.
  20. ^ "2014 Week 27 Top 100 Gaon Chart". Archived from the original on 2014-10-06.
  21. ^ "2014 Week 28 Top 100 Gaon Chart". Archived from the original on 2014-10-06.

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