Kim Yoo-jung

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Kim Yoo-jung
Kim Yoo-jung Hong Kong MAMA red carpet, 2 December 2016.jpg
In Hong-Kong, December 2016
Born (1999-09-22) September 22, 1999 (age 19)
Seoul, South Korea
Other namesKim Yu-jeong
EducationGoyang High School of Arts
Years active2003–present
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGim Yu-jeong
McCune–ReischauerKim Yujŏng

Kim Yoo-jung (Korean김유정; Hanja金裕貞; born September 22, 1999) is a South Korean actress. After her acting debut in 2003, she became one of the best known child actresses in Korea and since then, has transitioned into teen roles by starring in television series Dong Yi (2010), Moon Embracing the Sun (2012), May Queen (2012) and Angry Mom (2015). She hosted music show Inkigayo from November 2014 to April 2016 and took on her first leading role in KBS2's historical drama Love in the Moonlight (2016).

Considered "Korea's Little Sister" when she was a child actress, Kim has since been dubbed "Sageuk Fairy" after starring in several acclaimed historical period dramas in her career.[1][2] In 2017, she ranked 8th on Forbes Korea Power Celebrity list, the youngest to be included in the Top 10 at 17 years old.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Kim was born in Seoul, South Korea on September 22, 1999[4] as the youngest of three siblings.[5] Her older sister, Yeon-jung (born 1996) debuted as an actress in 2017.[6]

Kim attended Goyang High School of Arts and graduated in January 2018.[7] Kim deferred taking the national College Scholastic Ability Test in 2017, and instead decided to focus on her acting career.[8][9]


2003–2011: Beginnings as a child actress[edit]

After Kim's acting debut when she was 4, she quickly became one of the most in-demand child actresses in Korea.[10] By the time she was a fifth grader, Kim had already appeared in 13 TV dramas and 15 movies.

In July 2010

In 2008, she received her first acting award as "Best Child Actress" for action-adventure series Iljimae. This was followed by acclaimed performances in Dong Yi (2010) and Flames of Desire (2010).[11] Grudge: The Revolt of Gumiho (2010) marked Kim's first major role that wasn't the childhood counterpart of the female protagonist.[12][13][14]

2012–2014: Rising popularity[edit]

She rose to popularity in 2012 when she starred in the fantasy-period drama Moon Embracing the Sun, which reunited Kim with Grudge: The Revolt of Gumiho costar Lee Min-ho and Iljimae costar Yeo Jin-goo.[15][16] Moon surpassed 40% ratings and gained "national drama" status. She followed this with a well-received turn in May Queen (2012)[15] and a supporting role in the 2013 film Commitment,[17] and family drama Golden Rainbow (2013).[18]

At a fan-signing event for Love in the Moonlight, October 2016

In 2014, Kim's performance as a teenage bully in Thread of Lies drew critical acclaim.[19] She next played a traditional funeral singer (or "gok-bi") in the single-episode Drama Special anthology,[20] and was cast in the horror mystery Room 731, an English-language graduate thesis film by USC filmmaker Young-min Kim.[21] This was followed by a starring role in the period drama Secret Door.[22] Kim also began hosting music show Inkigayo in November 2014 and left the show in April 2016.[23]

2015–present: Transition to lead roles[edit]

In 2015 she starred in the television series Angry Mom which tackled bullying and school violence.[24] The same year, she reprised her role as a cat-turned-woman in Love Cells, a two-season web series adapted from the webtoon of the same title and played a murderer's daughter in the thriller film Circle of Atonement.[25][26]

In August 2016, Kim starred in her first adult leading role, alongside Park Bo-gum, in the youth historical drama Love in the Moonlight.[27] A domestic and international hit, Moonlight achieved peak audience rating of 23.3% and its popularity was referred to as "Moonlight Syndrome".[28][29][30] Kim won "Excellence Award, Actress in a Mid-length Drama" for portraying Moonlight's cross-dressing heroine at the 30th KBS Drama Awards.[31][32]

In 2017, she starred with Cha Tae-hyun in the romantic-comedy film Because I Love You.[33] Kim also had her first overseas fan meeting tour with Taipei, Taiwan as the first stop, at ATT Show Box on February 4, 2017.[34]

In 2018, Kim starred in the romantic-comedy drama Clean with Passion for Now.[35]

In 2019, Kim was cast in the mystery thriller film The Night of the 8th Day.[36]

Personal life[edit]

In February 2018, it was revealed that Kim was diagnosed with dysfunctions of the thyroid gland and would take a break from acting.[37]



Year Song Title Notes Ref.
2005 "The Most Beautiful Christmas In My Life" with Lee Byung-joon
2014 "I Love So Much" Love Cells OST [38]
"We're Happy" Digital single [39]


In November 2016
Year Title Notes Ref.
2004 Korea Association of Children's adoptive parents Ambassador [40]
2010 Cheong Wa Dae Children's newspaper Ambassador [41]
Food and Drug Administration (KFDA) Child Ambassador [42]
2012 Korean Youth Ambassador with Lee Min-ho [43]
Gyeonggi Anti-Child Abuse Ambassador [44]
2013 The 58th Memorial Day Big Tree National Love badge South Korean President Park Geun-hye award [45]
2014 Seoul Tourism Ambassador with Jang Hyuk [46]
9th Conference of the Korean Volunteer Ambassador [47]
2015 6th Korea Sharing Festival with Oh Ji-ho [48]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2006 43rd Grand Bell Awards Best New Actress All for Love Nominated
2008 16th SBS Drama Awards Best Young Actress Iljimae,
Painter of the Wind
Won [49]
2010 29th MBC Drama Awards Dong Yi,
Flames of Desire
Won [50]
24th KBS Drama Awards Grudge: The Revolt of Gumiho Won [51]
2012 48th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actress (TV) Moon Embracing the Sun Nominated
6th Mnet 20's Choice Awards 20's Upcoming 20's Nominated
4th Pierson Movie Festival Best Child Actress Won [52]
5th Korea Drama Awards Best Young Actress Nominated
1st K-Drama Star Awards Won [53]
31st MBC Drama Awards Moon Embracing the Sun,
May Queen
Won [54]
Popularity Award Moon Embracing the Sun Nominated
Best Couple Award (with Yeo Jin-goo) Nominated
5th Herald Donga TV Lifestyle Awards Style Icon Rookie N/A Won [55]
2014 22nd SBS Drama Awards New Star Award Secret Door Won [56]
6th Pierson Movie Festival Trend Choice Best Actress N/A Won [57]
28th KBS Drama Awards Popular Actress in a One-Act/Special Drama Drama Special: The Crying Women Nominated
35th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best New Actress Thread of Lies Nominated
2015 34th MBC Drama Awards Top 10 Stars Award Angry Mom Won [58]
2016 8th Style Icon Asia Awesome Teen Award N/A Won [59]
5th APAN Star Awards Best New Actress Love in the Moonlight Won [60]
Asia Artist Awards Most Popular Actress Nominated [61]
Best Icon Award, Drama Won [62]
Yahoo! Asia Buzz Awards Top Buzz Star: Female N/A Won [63]
2nd Fashionista Awards Best Fashionista – Beauty Category N/A Nominated [64]
30th KBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress Love in the Moonlight Nominated [65]
Excellence Award, Actress in a Mid-length Drama Won
Netizen Award, Actress Nominated
Best Couple (with Park Bo-gum) Won
2017 53rd Baeksang Arts Awards Most Popular Actress, Television Won [66]
3rd Fashionista Awards Best Fashionista – Red Carpet Category N/A Nominated [67]


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