Kim Seol-hyun

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Kim Seol-hyun
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Kim in 2018
Kim Seol-hyun

(1995-01-03) 3 January 1995 (age 25)
Bucheon, South Korea
EducationGyeonggi Arts High School
  • Singer
  • actress
Musical career
  • Vocals
  • piano
Years active2012–present
Associated actsAOA
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGim Seol-hyeon
McCune–ReischauerKim Sŏlhyŏn

Kim Seol-hyun (Korean김설현; born 3 January 1995), better known by the mononym Seolhyun, is a South Korean singer and actress. She is a member of the South Korean girl group AOA and has starred in television dramas Ugly Alert (2013) and My Country: The New Age (2019) and movie Memoir of a Murderer (2017).

Early life and education[edit]

Seolhyun was born on 3 January 1995 in Bucheon, South Korea.[1] She has an older sister named Joo-hyun, who is a fashion editor for Cosmopolitan.[2][3][4] She attended Kachiul Elementary School, Sungkok Middle School and Gyeonggi Arts High School.[5]


2012–2014: AOA and acting debut[edit]

In 2010, Seolhyun won the 8th Smart Model Contest (스마트 모델 선발 대회), a competition in which ordinary students wear uniforms. At the event, several talent agencies were present, and Seolhyun was scouted by her current management, FNC Entertainment.[6] She has also appeared in the music video for boy band F.T. Island's song "Severely" from the EP Grown-Up.[7]

On 30 July 2012, Seolhyun made her debut as a member of AOA on Mnet's M Countdown with the song "Elvis" from their debut single album, Angels' Story.[8] Soon afterwards, she made her acting debut in the television drama My Daughter Seo-young, playing the role of Lee Jung-shin's girlfriend.[9]

In 2013, she was cast in the daily drama Ugly Alert. She played the youngest daughter of the family, a bright girl who dreams of becoming an actress. Seolhyun stated, "I'm nervous about doing a new project, and I'm also burdened. But I want to work hard again by thinking of it as another learning experience. I also want to touch the hearts of people".[10]

2015–present: Solo activities and rising popularity[edit]

Seolhyun first attracted attention with her appearance on the KBS variety show, Brave Family (2015), where she charmed viewers with boyish and unaffected demeanor.[11][12] Later that year, she gained fame through a commercial for SK Telecom which led to increased advertising offers for the star.[12]

With actor Park Bo-gum, both were voted by marketing executives as Top Celebrity Endorsers of 2017

The same year, Seolhyun starred in KBS's vampire romance Orange Marmalade.[13] Although it racked a mere two percent viewer ratings, the show brought her praise for her acting.[12] She also featured in the action noir film Gangnam Blues,[14] and won a "popular star" award at the 36th Blue Dragon Film Awards.[15] Seolhyun, along with Gangnam co-star Lee Min-ho were selected as promotional ambassadors for "Visit Korea Year".[16]

In January 2016, Seolhyun was named “Model of the Year” at the 2015 TVCF Awards; having modeled for noteworthy brands across industries such as fashion, food and beverage, cosmetics and e-commerce.[17][18][19][20][21][22] She placed second in a study conducted by Korea Broadcast Advertising Corporation (Kobaco) to select the top spokesmodel by consumers.[23] In March 2016, Seolhyun was selected as an official ambassador to Korea national elections in 2016.[24]

In May 2017, Seolhyun was cast in historical film The Great Battle, directed by Kim Kwang-sik.[25] Principal photography starts in August and the film premiered in 2018.[26] She then starred in the thriller Memoir of a Murderer, playing the role of a murderer's daughter.[27][28][29]

In 2019, Seolhyun was cast as female lead in JTBC's historical drama My Country. This marks her first small-screen role in four years.[30][31]



Year Title Role
2015 Gangnam Blues Kang Seon-hye
2017 Memoir of a Murderer Kim Eun-hee
2018 The Great Battle Baek-ha

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2012 My Daughter Seo-young Seo Eun-soo KBS2
2013 Ugly Alert Gong Na-ri SBS
2015 Orange Marmalade Baek Ma-ri KBS2
2016 Click Your Heart Cameo[32] Naver TV Cast
2019 My Country: The New Age Han Hee-jae JTBC

Television show[edit]

In April 2016
Year Title Role Network Notes
2015 Brave Family Main cast KBS
2016 Law of the Jungle SBS Law of the Jungle in Tonga; Episodes 208–211[33]
2018 Not the Same Person You Used to Know Lead Mnet Episode pilot[34]


Year Title Network Notes
2015 KBS Entertainment Awards KBS2 With Shin Dong-yup and Sung Si-kyung[35]
2016 KBS Song Festival With Park Bo-gum[36]
2017 One K Concert In Manila N/A With Choi Min-ho[37]
2018 KBS Entertainment Awards KBS2 With Shin Hyun-joon and Yoon Shi-yoon[38]
2019 SBS Gayo Daejeon SBS With Jun Hyun-moo[39]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2015 51st Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actress (Film) Gangnam Blues Nominated
52nd Grand Bell Awards Best New Actress Nominated
36th Blue Dragon Film Awards Nominated
Popular Star Award Won [40]
8th Korea Drama Awards Best New Actress Orange Marmalade Nominated
4th APAN Star Awards Nominated
29th KBS Drama Awards Nominated
Popularity Award, Actress Won [41]
Best Couple Award with Yeo Jin-goo Nominated
14th KBS Entertainment Awards Best Newcomer Award Brave Family Won [42]
2016 InStyle Star Icon Best Body – Female Celebrity N/A Nominated
13th Seoul TV CF Awards Model of the Year Won [43]
5th Marie Claire Film Festival Rookie Award Gangnam Blues Won [44]
11th Max Movie Awards Rising Star Award Won [45]
10th Asian Film Awards Best Newcomer Nominated
8th Style Icon Asia Awesome Syndrome N/A Won [46]
Korean Advertisers Association Best Model Won [47]
10th SBS Entertainment Awards Best Entertainer Award Law of the Jungle Won [48]
2nd Fashionista Awards Best Fashionista – Red Carpet Category N/A Nominated [49]
2017 6th KOPA & Nikon Press Photo Awards Most Photogenic Star Of The Year Won [50]
1st The Seoul Awards Best New Actress (Film) Memoir of a Murderer Nominated
3rd Fashionista Awards Best Fashionista – Red Carpet Category N/A Nominated [51]
2018 55th Grand Bell Awards Woori Bank Star Award Won [52]
3rd Asia Artist Awards New Wave Award Won [53]

See also[edit]


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