Kim Seol-hyun

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Kim Seol-hyun
Kim waving at the camera
Kim in July 2022
Born (1995-01-03) January 3, 1995 (age 27)
Bucheon, South Korea
  • Singer
  • actress
AgentIeum Hashtag
Musical career
Years active2012–present
Member of
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGim Seol-hyeon
McCune–ReischauerKim Sŏlhyŏn

Kim Seol-hyun (born January 3, 1995), better known by her mononym Seolhyun, is a South Korean singer and actress. She is a former member of the South Korean girl group AOA and she has starred in television dramas Orange Marmalade (2015), My Country: The New Age (2019), Awaken (2020–2021) and film Memoir of a Murderer (2017).

Early life and education[edit]

Seolhyun was born on January 3, 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 July 30, 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: Acting roles 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 started 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]

In 2020, Seolhyun was cast in tvN's romantic mystery drama Awaken, which aired November 30, 2020.[citation needed]

At the end of 2021, Seolhyun hosted the KBS Song Festival along with Cha Eun-woo and Rowoon.[32]

In October 2022, Seolhyun decided not to renew her contract with FNC Entertainment.[33] In November, Seolhyun signed with Ieum Hashtag.[34]

Personal life[edit]


In February 2018, Kim and CNBLUE's Lee Jung-shin traveled to Kalaw, Myanmar to volunteer at the 4th LOVE FNC school for underprivileged children.[35]



Film appearances
Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2015 Gangnam Blues Kang Seon-hye
2017 Memoir of a Murderer Kim Eun-hee
2018 The Great Battle Baek-ha
2020 P1H: The Beginning of a New World Seolhyun Special appearance [36]

Television series[edit]

Television series appearances
Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2012 My Daughter Seo-young Seo Eun-soo
2013 Ugly Alert Gong Na-ri
2015 Orange Marmalade Baek Ma-ri
2016 Click Your Heart The school goddess Cameo [37]
2019 My Country: The New Age Han Hee-jae
2020–2021 Awaken Gong Hye-won [38]
2022 The Killer's Shopping List Do Da-hee [39]
Summer Strike Lee Yeo-reum [40]

Television show[edit]

Television show appearances
Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2015 Brave Family Main cast
2016 Law of the Jungle Episodes 208–211 [41]
2021 Document ON – Forest, Embracing People Narrator [42]


Hosting appearances
Year Title Notes Ref.
2015 KBS Entertainment Awards With Shin Dong-yup and Sung Si-kyung [43]
2016 KBS Song Festival With Park Bo-gum [44]
2017 One K Concert In Manila With Choi Min-ho [45]
2018 2018 KBS Entertainment Awards With Shin Hyun-joon and Yoon Shi-yoon [46]
2019 SBS Gayo Daejeon With Jun Hyun-moo [47]
2021 KBS Song Festival With Cha Eun-woo and Rowoon [48][32]
2022 31st Seoul Music Awards With Kim Sung-joo and Boom [49]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Name of the award ceremony, year presented, category, nominee of the award, and the result of the nomination
Award ceremony Year Category Nominee / Work Result Ref.
APAN Star Awards 2015 Best New Actress Orange Marmalade Nominated
Asia Artist Awards 2018 New Wave Award Kim Seol-hyun Won [50]
Asian Film Awards 2016 Best Newcomer Gangnam Blues Nominated
Baeksang Arts Awards 2015 Best New Actress – Film Nominated
Blue Dragon Film Awards 2015 Popular Star Award Kim Seol-hyun Won [51]
Best New Actress Gangnam Blues Nominated
Fashionista Awards 2016 Best Fashionista – Red Carpet Category Kim Seol-hyun Nominated [52]
2017 Nominated [53]
Grand Bell Awards 2015 Best New Actress Gangnam Blues Nominated
2018 Woori Bank Star Award Kim Seol-hyun Won [54]
InStyle Star Icon 2016 Best Body – Female Celebrity Nominated
KBS Drama Awards 2015 Popularity Award, Actress Orange Marmalade Won [55]
Best New Actress Nominated
Best Couple Award Kim Seol-hyun (with Yeo Jin-goo)
Orange Marmalade
KBS Entertainment Awards 2015 Best Newcomer Award Brave Family Won [56]
KOPA & Nikon Press Photo Awards 2017 Most Photogenic Star of the Year Kim Seol-hyun Won [57]
Korea Drama Awards 2015 Best New Actress Orange Marmalade Nominated
Korean Advertisers Association 2016 Best Model Kim Seol-hyun Won [58]
Marie Claire Film Festival 2016 Rookie Award Gangnam Blues Won [59]
Max Movie Awards Rising Star Award Won [60]
SBS Entertainment Awards 2016 Best Entertainer Award Law of the Jungle Won [61]
Seoul TV CF Awards 2016 Model of the Year Kim Seol-hyun Won [62]
Style Icon Asia 2016 Awesome Syndrome Won [63]
The Seoul Awards 2017 Best New Actress (Film) Memoir of a Murderer Nominated


Name of publisher, year listed, name of listicle, and placement
Publisher Year Listicle Placement Ref.
Forbes 2016 Korea Power Celebrity 33rd [64]
2019 16th [65]

See also[edit]


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