Kim So-hyun

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Kim So-hyun
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So-hyun in 2017
Born (1999-06-04) June 4, 1999 (age 19)
NationalitySouth Korean
EducationHanyang University
Years active2006–present
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGim So-hyeon
McCune–ReischauerKim Sohyŏn

Kim So-hyun (Hangul김소현; Hanja金所炫; born June 4, 1999) is a South Korean actress[1] who began her career as a child actress in 2006 and initially gained public attention for playing a villainous young queen-to-be in Moon Embracing the Sun (2012) and a girl who falls into tragedy in Missing You (2013). She was then affectionately labeled as "Nation's Little Sister".[2] She took on her first leading role in teen drama Who Are You: School 2015 (2015) and since then, has starred in horror comedy Hey Ghost, Let's Fight (2016), historical melodrama The Emperor: Owner of the Mask (2017) and romantic comedy Radio Romance (2018).

Personal life[edit]

Kim was born in Australia.[1] She moved to South Korea in 2003 when she was four years old, and graduated from Yongin Munjung Middle School in 2015.[3][4] She was homeschooled for her secondary education,[5] and enroll at Hanyang University's Department of Theater, through rolling admission, in 2018.[6]

In January 2018, the Pyeongchang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games (POCOG) chose Kim and Yoo Seung-min as the National Representative of Honorary Smile to represent Korea's smile and kindness.[7]


2006–2011: Beginnings as a child actress[edit]

Kim debuted as a child actress under Sidus HQ, playing a supporting role in the 2006 Drama City special titled Ten Minute Minor. She continued to portray the child counterparts of the female protagonists in television series as well as in films, and build her credits.[8]

2012–2014: Rising popularity[edit]

Kim So-hyun in 2014

She gained public attention in 2012 when she featured in the fantasy-period drama Moon Embracing the Sun as the younger version of the second female lead.[9][10] This was followed by well-received supporting turns in fantasy-comedy Rooftop Prince and melodrama Missing You,[11][12] for which she received her first acting award as "Best Child Actress" at the 1st K-Drama Star Awards.[13]

In 2013, Kim became a co-host of MBC's music program Music Core along with Minho of SHINee and Noh Hong-chul.[14]

2015–present: Transition to lead roles[edit]

In 2015, Kim starred in KBS's school series Who Are You: School 2015, playing dual roles as twins Lee Eun-bi and Go Eun-byul.[15] She was awarded "Star of the Year" at the 8th Korea Drama Awards for her performance.[16]

In 2016, Kim starred in romance film Pure Love,[17] mystery-school web drama Nightmare Teacher[18] and three-episode drama special Page Turner.[19] She then starred in the horror comedy Hey Ghost, Let's Fight,[20] and had a recurring guest role in the hit fantasy drama Guardian: The Lonely and Great God.[21]

Kim then starred in the historical drama The Emperor: Owner of the Mask which premiered in May 10, 2017.[22][23] In August 2017, she ended her contract with her agency Sidus HQ, after seven years in the company.[24] In December, Kim launched her own one-person agency, E&T Story Entertainment, in partnership with LOEN Entertainment. The agency is currently led by Park Chan-woo, Kim's manager in her SidusHQ days.[25]

In 2018, Kim starred in romance drama Radio Romance, which began airing on January 29.[26]

In 2019, Kim is set to star in Netflix's original production Love Alarm, based on the webtoon of the same name;[27] and Mung Bean Chronicles, a KBS romantic comedy drama set in the Joseon dynasty.[28]


On April 5, 2019, Kim So-hyun donated ₩10million to help support the victims of Sokcho Fire.[29]



Soundtrack appearances[edit]

Year Song title Drama/film Ref.
2007 "You Better Not Cry" (sung by 4Angel)
2011 "Family Picture" Sin of a Family
"Daddy and Me" Spy Papa [30]
2013 "First Love" The Suspicious Housekeeper
2014 "Reset" Reset [31]
2016 "Water is Wide"' Pure Love
"Violet Fragrance" [32]
"Dream" Hey Ghost, Let's Fight [33]
2017 "Can't You Hear My Heart" The Emperor: Owner of the Mask [34]

Fan meeting[edit]

Year Date City Country/Region Title Venue Ref.
2016 April 9 Taipei  Taiwan Lovely Day Ming Chuan University [35]
2017 June 3 Seoul  Korea Sangmyung Art Centre [36]
November 11 Taipei  Taiwan Sweet Dream Syntrend Creative Park 5/F Clapper Studio [37]
2018 July 1 Tokyo  Japan Kim So Hyun 1st Premium Fanmeeting 2018 Shinagawa Intercity Hall [38]
2019 June 1 Seoul  Korea Sso.Affirmation.Happiness: Kim So Hyun's Little & Indeed Happiness MUV hall [39]
June 29 Tokyo  Japan 1st Anniversary Fanmeeting TIAT Sky Hall

Awards and nominations[edit]

Kim at KBS Drawa Awards 2016
Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2012 1st K-Drama Star Awards Best Young Actress Missing You,
Ma Boy
Won [13]
5th Korea Drama Awards Moon Embracing the Sun Nominated
31st MBC Drama Awards Popularity Award Nominated
Best Young Actress Moon Embracing the Sun,
Missing You
Won [40]
2013 13th Korea Youth Film Festival Won [41]
13th MBC Entertainment Awards Best Female Newcomer in a Variety Show Show! Music Core Won [42]
21st SBS Drama Awards New Star Award The Suspicious Housekeeper Won [43]
6th Herald-Donga TV Lifestyle Awards Style Icon Rookie Award N/A Nominated
2014 28th KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a One-Act/Special/Short Drama We All Cry Differently Won [44]
14th MBC Entertainment Awards Most Popular Award in a Variety Show Show! Music Core Won [45]
2015 30th Korea Best Dresser Swan Awards Rising Star Award N/A Won [46]
8th Korea Drama Awards Star of the Year Who Are You: School 2015 Won [16]
29th KBS Drama Awards Best New Actress Won [47]
Netizen Award, Actress Won
Best Couple with Yook Sungjae Won
2016 Multimedia & Film Technology Awards Shining Actress Award N/A Won
KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award for Special Drama Page Turner Nominated
2017 Korea Hallyu Awards Popular Culture Awards The Emperor: Owner of the Mask Won [48]
44th MBC Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Nominated
Popularity Award, Actress Won [49]
2018 K-Food Content Indonesia Popularity Award (Actress) N/A Won [50]
Instagram Awards in Korea Emerging Celebrity Won [51]
18th MBC Entertainment Awards Excellence Award, Music/Talk Category (Female) Under Nineteen Won [52]


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