Kim Young-ok (actress)

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Kim Young-ok
김영옥 배우.jpg
Kim in October 2018
Born (1937-12-05) December 5, 1937 (age 84)
OccupationActress, voice actress
Years active1959–present
Kim Young-gil
(m. 1960)
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGim Yeong-ok
McCune–ReischauerKim Yŏng-ok

Kim Young-ok (Korean김영옥; born December 5, 1937)[1] is a South Korean actress who debuted in 1957.[2] She is known as South Korea's "National Grandma" for her many portrayals of grandmothers in film and television.[3][4]



Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1957 Farewell Sorrow!
1958 Open the Door to a Pure Heart
1959 Bear
Even the Clouds Are Drifting
1961 A Shoeshine Boy
1963 The Mistress
1966 Have Cake and Eat It, Too
1967 Flame in the Valley
1968 A Young Bride
A Young Zelkova
1970 Mi-ae
1980 Man-suk, Run!
1986 No Woman Is Afraid of the Night Housekeeper
1987 The Chef of 8 Provinces Mokpo chef
1988 Puppy Love
1990 Watercolor Painting in a Rainy Day Nanny
The Lovers of Woomook-baemi Il-do's mother
1999 White Valentine Flower shop lady
2003 Spring Breeze Seon-guk's mother
A Man Who Has Been Revealed Middle-aged woman
2004 Springtime Jae-il's grandmother
2006 Old Miss Diary: The Movie Young-ok [5]
2007 Big Bang Yang Chul-gon's mother
Soo Police officer Seo's grandmother Cameo
2008 Public Enemy Returns Kang Chul-joong's mother
Our School's E.T. Chun Sung-geun's mother
2010 Le Grand Chef 2: Kimchi Battle Yeo-sang's mother
2011 Sunny Im Na-mi's grandmother
2012 Spring, Snow Mother
2013 Fists of Legend Mother-in-law
2015 Casa Amor: Exclusive for Ladies Chairwoman Yeon
Granny's Got Talent Grandmother shaman Cameo
Makgeolli Girls
Bean Sprouts Gong Na-mul's mother Cameo
2017 Snowy Road Choi Jong-boon (adult)
2021 Romance Without Love Ja-young's grandmother

Television series[edit]

Year Title Network Role Notes Ref.
1978 주인 MBC
I Sell Happiness
1981 Se-ah
1985 The Seaside Village
1986 Love and Ambition Hae-young's aunt
1988 Forget Tomorrow
Teacher, Our Teacher
The Last Idol
1989 Wang Rung's Kin KBS2
Flowering Nest
완장 MBC
1990 That Woman
My Mother
1991 Yesterday's Green Grass KBS2
1993 옛날 나 어릴 적에 KBS1
Wild Chrysanthemum KBS2
To Live SBS
3rd Republic MBC Baek Nam-ui, Park Chung-hee's mother
Sergeant Oh SBS
MBC Best Theater
"순달씨와 병구씨와 옥주양"
MBC Ms. Yeo
1994 MBC Best Theater "길거리표 부처님" Abandoned grandmother
The Woman in the Matchbox SBS
1995 The Road KBS2 Mrs. Song
또 하나의 시작
1996 Wealthy Yu-chun SBS
The Most Beautiful Goodbye in the World MBC Sang Joo-daek
Until We Can Love KBS1
The Scent of Winter KBS2
1997 Golden Feather MBC
The Reason I Live Kim Sook-hee
Beautiful Crime SBS
Bridal Room KBS2
1998 A Bird's Gift MBC Maternal grandmother
Love Is All I Know
아빠를 찾아주세요 KBS2
너와 나의 노래
2000 Wang Rung's Land SBS Oh Ran
Ajumma MBC Sam-sook's maternal grandmother
2001 Wonderful Days SBS Grandmother
Morning Without Parting Kim Kyung-hee
2002 Successful Story of a Bright Girl Cha Yang-soon's grandmother
Since We Met MBC Kang Min-seok's grandmother
Solitude KBS2 Kim Il-soon
The Maengs' Golden Era MBC Han Eul-soon
2003 Yellow Handkerchief KBS1 Grandmother Son
Bodyguard KBS2 Na-young's maternal grandmother
Pearl Necklace Kim Ki-nam's grandmother
2004 More Beautiful Than a Flower Woo-sik's grandmother
Tropical Nights in December MBC Hospice patient Cameo
Old Miss Diary KBS2 Young-ok
Land SBS Gan-nan's grandmother
2005 Take My Hand KBS2
Bizarre Bunch KBS1 Seo Mal-ja
Let's Marry MBC Jung Jae-won's grandmother
2006 Special of My Life Jung Hyung-seok's mother
Snow Flower SBS Lee Kang-ae's mother
Miracle MBC Jang Young-chul's mother
2007 Dal-ja's Spring KBS2 Lee Kkeut-soon
Crazy in Love SBS Han Bok-ja
Coffee Prince MBC Choi Han-kyul's grandmother
Fly High SBS Jo Ok-young
Likeable or Not KBS1 Mrs. Choi
New Heart MBC
2008 Aster Ulgeum woman
Chil-woo the Mighty KBS2 Woman from Mungdung
Family's Honor SBS Yoon Sam-wol
2009 Glory of Youth KBS1 Bae Yong-jin's mother
Boys Over Flowers KBS2 Head maid
Partner Go Myung-ja Cameo (Episode 9)
Children of Heaven SBS
Jolly Widows KBS1 Park Jung-nyeo
Assorted Gems MBC Kyul Myung-ja
2010 Master of Study KBS2 Lee Boon-yi
The Slave Hunters Hwang Chul-woong's mother
Gloria MBC Oh Soon-nyeo
All My Love Kim Young-ok
2011 Paradise Ranch SBS
My Bittersweet Life KBS1 Choi Jung-ok
Bravo, My Love! MBC Nam Da-reum's grandmother Cameo
Protect the Boss SBS Mrs. Song
Just Like Today MBC Oh Gap-boon
Brain KBS2 Sa Bong-ja Cameo
Saving Mrs. Go Bong-shil TV Chosun Kim Geum-shil
2012 The Strongest K-Pop Survival Channel A Kwon Ji-woo's grandmother
Love, My Love KBS2 Lee Geum-nyeo
Standby MBC Young-ok, Park Joon-geum's
Lovers of Haeundae KBS2 Shim Mal-nyun
My Lover, Madame Butterfly SBS Yoo Geum-dan
Here Comes Mr. Oh MBC Chun Geum-soon
2013 Ruby Ring KBS2 Jo Il-soon
Drama Special "Yeon-woo's Summer" Lee Yeon-woo's grandmother
2014 The Full Sun Hong Soon-ok
Make Your Wish MBC Chairman Choi
Marriage, Not Dating tvN Noh Geum-soon
Rosy Lovers MBC Jo Bang-shil
Birth of a Beauty SBS Lee Kang-joon's grandmother
2015 Drama Special "Snowy Road" KBS1 older Choi Jong-boon
The Return of Hwang Geum-bok SBS Wang Yeo-sa
All About My Mom KBS2 Song Ki-nam
2016 Dear My Friends tvN Oh Ssang-boon
Blow Breeze MBC Dal-rae
Shopaholic Louis Choi Il-soon
Listen to Love JTBC Cameo
Sweet Stranger and Me KBS2 Grandma Oh Rye Cameo (Episode 7)
2017 All Kinds of Daughters-In-Law MBC Kang Hae-Soon
Manhole KBS2 (voice only)
Live Up to Your Name, Dr. Heo tvN Kkot-boon
The Most Beautiful Goodbye Grandma
2018 Welcome to Waikiki JTBC Jang-gun's grandma Cameo (Episode 4)
The Great Seducer MBC Grandma
The Rich Son[6] Park Sun-ok
Ms. Hammurabi JTBC O-reum's grandma
Witch's Love[7] MBN Maeng Ye-soon
My Mother's Third Marriage KBS2 Bang Cho-rong
My Strange Hero SBS Lee Sun-hye
2019 Dazzling JTBC Lee Joon-ha's grandmother
Her Private Life tvN Deok-Mi's grandmother
The Golden Garden MBC Kang Nam-doo
Love Alarm Netflix Jo-jo's grandmother
Love with Flaws MBC Chairwoman Han
2020 The King: Eternal Monarch SBS Noh Ok-nam
2021 Mouse tvN Grandmother who lives alone with Oh Bong-i [8]
Young Lady and Gentleman KBS2 Jin Dal-rae [9]
Jirisan tvN Lee Moon-ok
Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha Kim Gam-ri [10]
Squid Game Netflix Seong Gi-hun's mother

Variety show[edit]

Year Title Network Notes
2013 Mamado ("Mama, Too")[11] KBS2 Cast member
2016 Tribe of Hip Hop[12] JTBC Participant
2022 Attack on Grandma Channel S Host[13]

Voice acting[edit]

Year Title Network Role
1975 Mazinger Z MBC Soe-dol ("Juzo Kabuto")
1976 Robot Taekwon V Film Kim Hoon
1977 Paul's Miraculous Adventure TBC Paul
1987 Esteban, a Boy from the Sun MBC Esteban

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
1979 15th Baeksang Arts Awards Grand Prize (Daesang) for Television I Sell Happiness Won
1992 28th Baeksang Arts Awards Most Popular Actress (TV) Yesterday's Green Grass Won
1993 KBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress Wild Chrysanthemum, Love and Farewell Won
2005 KBS Entertainment Awards Achievement Award Old Miss Diary Won
2007 44th Grand Bell Awards Best Supporting Actress Old Miss Diary: The Movie Nominated [14]
2009 MBC Drama Awards Golden Acting Award, Actress in a Serial Drama Assorted Gems Won [15]
2011 SBS Drama Awards Achievement Award Protect the Boss Won [16]
2015 KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a One-Act/Special/Short Drama Snowy Road Won
2018 11th Korea Drama Awards Lifetime Achievement Award N/A Won [17]
2018 9th Korean Popular Culture and Arts Awards Bogwan Order of Cultural Merit (3rd Class) N/A Won[18]


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  13. ^ Jang Woo-young (December 21, 2021). "[단독] 김영옥x박정수, '진격의 할매' 호흡…K-할매 출격" [[Exclusive] Kim Young-ok x Park Jung-soo, 'Attack on Grandma' breathing... K-Grandma Sortie] (in Korean). OSEN. Retrieved December 21, 2021 – via Naver.
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