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 17)
Seoul, South Korea
Nationality South Korean
Other names Kim Yu-jeong
Occupation Actress
Years active 2003–present
Agent SidusHQ
Website KimYooJung
Korean name
Hangul 김유정
Hanja 金裕貞
Revised Romanization Gim Yu-jeong
McCune–Reischauer Kim Yu-jŏng

Kim Yoo-jung (Hangul김유정; 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 Moon Embracing the Sun (2012), May Queen (2012) and Angry Mom (2015).[1] She hosted music show Inkigayo from November 2014 to April 2016 and took on her first adult 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.[2][3] In 2017, she ranked 8th on Forbes Korea Power Celebrity list, the youngest to be included in the Top 10 at 17 years old.[4]


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.[5] By the time she was a fifth grader, Kim had already appeared in 13 TV dramas and 15 movies.

At the 2014 SBS Entertainment Awards

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).[6] Grudge: The Revolt of Gumiho (2010) marked Kim's first major role that wasn't the childhood counterpart of the female protagonist.[7][8][9]

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.[10] Moon surpassed 40% ratings and gained "national drama" status. She followed this with a well-received turn in May Queen (2012) and a supporting role in the 2013 film Commitment,[11] and family drama Golden Rainbow (2013).[1]

In 2014, Kim's performance as a teenage bully in Thread of Lies drew critical acclaim.[12] She next played a traditional funeral singer (or "gok-bi") in the single-episode Drama Special anthology,[13] and was cast in the horror mystery Room 731, an English-language graduate thesis film by USC filmmaker Young-min Kim.[14] This was followed by a starring role in the period drama Secret Door.[15] Kim also began hosting music show Inkigayo in November 2014 and left the show in April 2016.[16]

2015-present: Transition to lead roles[edit]

In November 2016

In 2015 she starred in the television series Angry Mom which tackled bullying and school violence.[17] 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.[18][19]

In August 2016, Kim starred in her first adult leading role, alongside Park Bo-gum, in the youth historical drama Love in the Moonlight.[20] A domestic and international hit, Moonlight achieved peak audience rating of 23.3% and its popularity was referred to as "Moonlight Syndrome".[21][22][23] Kim won "Excellence Award, Actress in a Mid-length Drama" for portraying Moonlight's cross-dressing heroine at the 30th KBS Drama Awards.[24]

In 2017, she starred with Cha Tae-hyun in the romantic-comedy film Because I Love You.[25] Kim also had her first overseas fan meeting tour with Taipei, Taiwan as the first stop, at ATT Show Box on February 4, 2017.[26]



In March 2014
Year Title Role Notes
2004 DMZ young Lee Soo-hyun
2005 Sympathy for Lady Vengeance Yoo Jae-kyung
All for Love Kim Jin-ah
2006 Forbidden Floor Yeo Joo-hee
Lump Sugar young Kim Shi-eun
2007 Hwang Jin Yi young Hwang Jini
Bank Attack Yeon-hee
Rainbow Eyes young Lee Yoon-seo / Lee Hae-seo's daughter
2008 The Chaser Yoo Eun-ji
Unforgettable Jang Young-mi
2009 Haeundae Ji-min
Possessed Ji-eun
Paradise Im Hwa-ran
2012 The Nutcracker in 3D Mary Voice only, Korean dub
2013 Commitment Ri Hye-in
2014 Thread of Lies Hwa-yeon
Room 731 Wei Short film
2015 Circle of Atonement Lee Jung-hyun
2017 Because I Love You Scully

Television series[edit]

At Love in the Moonlight press conference, August 2016
Year Title Role Network
2004 Freezing Point Choi Eun-yi MBC
2006 Thank You Life Yoo Hyun-ji KBS2
MBC Best Theater "A Teddy Bear's Smile" Moon Ah-young MBC
Princess Hours young Shin Chae-kyeong
My Beloved Sister Pink / Choi Ga-eul
2007 Belle Jung Da-jung KBS1
Evasive Inquiry Agency young Yoo Eun-jae KBS2
New Heart Yoon-ah (guest appearance) MBC
2008 Iljimae young Byun Eun-chae SBS
Formidable Rivals Yoo Kkot-nim KBS2
Painter of the Wind young Shin Yun-bok SBS
2009 Cain and Abel young Kim Seo-yeon
Queen Seondeok 10-year-old Princess Cheonmyeong MBC
Tamra, the Island Jang Beo-seol SBS
Temptation of an Angel young Joo Ah-ran
2010 Dong Yi young Dong Yi MBC
Road No. 1 young Kim Soo-yeon
Grudge: The Revolt of Gumiho Yeon-yi KBS2
Flames of Desire young Yoon Na-young / young Baek Soo-bin MBC
Pure Pumpkin Flower young Park Soon-jung SBS
2011 Mom, I'm Sorry Ga-young EBS
Gyebaek Ga-hee MBC
2012 Moon Embracing the Sun young Heo Yeon-woo
May Queen young Chun Hae-joo
2013 Golden Rainbow young Kim Baek-won
2014 Drama Special "The Dirge Singer" Yeon Shim KBS2
Secret Door young Seo Ji-dam (episodes 1-13) SBS
2015 Angry Mom Oh Ah-ran MBC
2016 Love in the Moonlight Hong Ra-on/Hong Sam-nom KBS2

Web series[edit]

Year Title Role Website
2014 Love Cells Ne-bi Naver TV Cast
2015 Love Cells 2

Variety show[edit]

In July 2010
Year Title Network Notes
2010 Taxi TvN Guest
2011 Our Greatest Gift MBC TV documentary; Narrator
26th Children's Green Song Contest KBS1 Narrator
I Would Really Like to Be on Television Channel 1 Children's audition show; Judge
Just Like That Show Tooniverse Children's variety show; Host
2012 New Life for Children MBC Narrator
Environment Special KBS1 Narrator, episode 503
Strong Heart SBS Guest, episode 149 & 150
MYDOL MNET Guest, episode 1
2013 Running Man SBS Guest, episode 170 with T.O.P (singer)
Infinite Challenge MBC Guest, episode 326
2014 Seven Tasters Travel-reality show; Cast member
Radio Star Guest, episodes 380-381
Happy Together Season 3 KBS2 Guest, episode 375
2014–2016 Inkigayo SBS Music show; Host
2016 Love Principal JTBC with Seo Shin Ae
2 Days & 1 Night KBS2 Guest, Ep 618-619-620

Reality show[edit]

Year Title Network Notes
2013 I'm Real Kim Yoo-jung in L.A. QTV Filmed in Los Angeles, USA

Music video appearances[edit]

Year Song Title Artist
2004 "White Christmas" Various Artists
2011 "VVIP" Seungri
2012 "Return" Lee Seung-gi
"Going to You" Take Hyun
2013 "Gone" JIN
"Srrr" SunBee
2015 "7E77 ME B43Y" Lim Seulong


Year Title Role
2008 Chorus of Angels Lee Ha-neul
2017 The Crucible A Girl / Ann Putman


Year Song Title Artist Notes
2013 "White Love" B1A4 feat. Kim Yoo-jung Immortal Song 2
2014 "Talk About Love" Wisdom for Future Foundation campaign[27]
"I Love So Much" Love Cells OST[28]
"We're Happy" Digital single[29]
"Happen Ending" Epik High feat. Kim Yoo-jung SBS Gayo Daejeon[30]
"Mr.Chu" SBS Inkigayo
2015 "Sharing Joint" 6th Korean Sharing Festival


Year Title Country
2004 Charity Fashion Show for Underprivileged Children Seoul
2012 Miss Gee Collection – Fall/Winter
Salon De Chocolat Paris
2013 Seoul


In December 2014
Year Title Notes
2004 Korea Association of Children's adoptive parents Ambassador
2010 Cheong Wa Dae Children's newspaper Ambassador
Food and Drug Administration (KFDA) Child Ambassador
2012 Korean Youth Ambassador with Lee Min-ho
Gyeonggi Anti-Child Abuse Ambassador
2013 The 58th Memorial Day Big Tree National Love badge South Korean President Park Geun-hye award
2014 Help Africa Charity Ambassador
Seoul Tourism Ambassador with Jang Hyuk
9th Conference of the Korean Volunteer Ambassador
2015 6th Korea Sharing Festival with Oh Ji-ho
2016 Global "Hooxi" Campaign

Fan meeting[edit]

Date City Country/Region Title Venue Ref.
February 4, 2017 Taipei
First Memory ATT Show Box [31]
May 20, 2017 Singapore
Shine Auditorium [32]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
43rd Grand Bell Awards
Best New Actress All for Love Nominated
16th SBS Drama Awards
Best Young Actress Iljimae,
Painter of the Wind
29th MBC Drama Awards
Dong Yi,
Flames of Desire
24th KBS Drama Awards
Grudge: The Revolt of Gumiho Won
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
5th Korea Drama Awards
Best Young Actress Nominated
1st K-Drama Star Awards
31st MBC Drama Awards
Moon Embracing the Sun,
May Queen
Popularity Award Moon Embracing the Sun Nominated
Best Couple Award
(with Yeo Jin-goo)
5th Herald Donga TV Lifestyle Awards
Style Icon Rookie N/A Won
22nd SBS Drama Awards
New Star Award Secret Door Won
6th Pierson Movie Festival
Trend Choice Best Actress N/A Won
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
34th MBC Drama Awards
Top 10 Stars Award Angry Mom Won
8th Style Icon Asia
Awesome Teen Award N/A Won
28th Korean PD Awards
Inkigayo MC Award Inkigayo Won
5th APAN Star Awards
Best New Actress Love in the Moonlight Won [33]
Asia Artist Awards
Most Popular Actress Nominated [34]
Best Icon Award, Drama Won [35]
Yahoo! Asia Buzz Awards
Top Buzz Star: Female N/A Won [36]
30th KBS Drama Awards
Top Excellence Award, Actress Love in the Moonlight Nominated [37]
Excellence Award, Actress in a Mid-length Drama Won
Netizen Award, Actress Nominated
Best Couple (with Park Bo-gum) Won
Best Kiss (with Park Bo-gum) Won
53rd Baeksang Arts Awards
Most Popular Actress, Television Won [38]


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