Kim Young-ok (actress)

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Kim Young-ok
Kim in July 2019
Born (1937-12-05) December 5, 1937 (age 85)
  • Actress
  • Voice actress
  • Entertainer
Years active1959–present
Kim Young-gil
(m. 1960)
Awards Bogwan Order of Cultural Merit (2018)
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]


In 1959, Kim joined the Chuncheon Broadcasting Station as an announcer through open recruitment. In 1960, She re-entered the CBS Christian Broadcasting Company as a voice actor for the 6th term. A year later, in 1961, she officially debuted as a voice actor for the 1st round of MBC Cultural Broadcasting, and in 1969 appeared in MBC TV drama for the first time.

Kim Young-ok is one of Korea's representative actors who have been active without a hiatus since her debut. Currently, she is the oldest active actress in Korea.[5]



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 [6]
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
2022 Take Care of Mom Lead Role [7]
TBA Picnic Geum-soon [8]

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1978 주인
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
Flowering Nest
1990 That Woman
My Mother
1991 Yesterday's Green Grass
1993 옛날 나 어릴 적에
Wild Chrysanthemum
To Live
3rd Republic Baek Nam-ui, Park Chung-hee's mother
Sergeant Oh
MBC Best Theater
"순달씨와 병구씨와 옥주양"
Ms. Yeo
1994 MBC Best Theater "길거리표 부처님" Abandoned grandmother
The Woman in the Matchbox
1995 The Road Mrs. Song
또 하나의 시작
1996 Wealthy Yu-chun
The Most Beautiful Goodbye in the World Sang Joo-daek
Until We Can Love
The Scent of Winter
1997 Golden Feather
The Reason I Live Kim Sook-hee
Beautiful Crime
Bridal Room
1998 A Bird's Gift Maternal grandmother
Love Is All I Know
아빠를 찾아주세요
너와 나의 노래
2000 Wang Rung's Land Oh Ran
Ajumma Sam-sook's maternal grandmother
2001 Wonderful Days Grandmother
Morning Without Parting Kim Kyung-hee
2002 Successful Story of a Bright Girl Cha Yang-soon's grandmother
Since We Met Kang Min-seok's grandmother
Solitude Kim Il-soon
The Maengs' Golden Era Han Eul-soon
2003 Yellow Handkerchief Grandmother Son
Bodyguard 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 Hospice patient Cameo
Old Miss Diary Young-ok
Land Gan-nan's grandmother
2005 Take My Hand
Bizarre Bunch Seo Mal-ja
Let's Marry Jung Jae-won's grandmother
2006 Special of My Life Jung Hyung-seok's mother
Snow Flower Lee Kang-ae's mother
Miracle Jang Young-chul's mother
2007 Dal-ja's Spring Lee Kkeut-soon
Crazy in Love Han Bok-ja
Coffee Prince Choi Han-kyul's grandmother
Fly High Jo Ok-young
Likeable or Not Mrs. Choi
New Heart
2008 Aster Ulgeum woman
Chil-woo the Mighty Woman from Mungdung
Family's Honor Yoon Sam-wol
2009 Glory of Youth Bae Yong-jin's mother
Boys Over Flowers Head maid
Partner Go Myung-ja Cameo (Episode 9)
Children of Heaven
Jolly Widows Park Jung-nyeo
Assorted Gems Kyul Myung-ja
2010 Master of Study Lee Boon-yi
The Slave Hunters Hwang Chul-woong's mother
Gloria Oh Soon-nyeo
All My Love Kim Young-ok
2011 Paradise Ranch
My Bittersweet Life Choi Jung-ok
Bravo, My Love! Nam Da-reum's grandmother Cameo
Protect the Boss Mrs. Song
Just Like Today Oh Gap-boon
Brain Sa Bong-ja Cameo
Saving Mrs. Go Bong-shil Kim Geum-shil
2012 The Strongest K-Pop Survival Kwon Ji-woo's grandmother
Love, My Love Lee Geum-nyeo
Standby Young-ok, Park Joon-geum's
Lovers of Haeundae Shim Mal-nyun
My Lover, Madame Butterfly Yoo Geum-dan
Here Comes Mr. Oh Chun Geum-soon
2013 Ruby Ring Jo Il-soon
Drama Special "Yeon-woo's Summer" Lee Yeon-woo's grandmother
2014 The Full Sun Hong Soon-ok
Make Your Wish Chairman Choi
Marriage, Not Dating Noh Geum-soon
Rosy Lovers Jo Bang-shil
Birth of a Beauty Lee Kang-joon's grandmother
2015 Drama Special "Snowy Road" older Choi Jong-boon
The Return of Hwang Geum-bok Wang Yeo-sa
Reply 1988 Duk Seon's grandmother
All About My Mom Song Ki-nam
2016 Dear My Friends Oh Ssang-boon
Blow Breeze Dal-rae
Shopaholic Louis Choi Il-soon
Listen to Love Cameo
Sweet Stranger and Me Grandma Oh Rye Cameo (Episode 7)
2017 All Kinds of Daughters-In-Law Kang Hae-Soon
Manhole (voice only)
Live Up to Your Name, Dr. Heo Kkot-boon
The Most Beautiful Goodbye Grandma
2018 Welcome to Waikiki Jang-gun's grandma Cameo (Episode 4)
The Great Seducer Grandma
The Rich Son[9] Park Sun-ok
Ms. Hammurabi O-reum's grandma
Witch's Love[10] Maeng Ye-soon
My Mother's Third Marriage Bang Cho-rong
My Strange Hero Lee Sun-hye
2019 Dazzling Lee Joon-ha's grandmother
Her Private Life Deok-Mi's grandmother
The Golden Garden Kang Nam-doo
Love with Flaws Chairwoman Han
2020 The King: Eternal Monarch Noh Ok-nam
2021 Mouse Grandmother who lives alone with Oh Bong-i [11]
Jirisan Lee Moon-ok
Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha Kim Gam-ri [12]
2021–2022 Young Lady and Gentleman Jin Dal-rae [13]
2022 Bravo, My Life Seo Dong-hee's grandmother Cameo [14]
Tomorrow Lee Jeong-moon Cameo (Episode 13) [15]
The Law Cafe Wol-seon Cameo [16]
2022–2023 Vengeance of the Bride Park Yong-ja [17]
2023 King the Land Cha Soon-hee

Web series[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2019–2021 Love Alarm Jo-jo's grandmother Season 1–2
2021 Squid Game Seong Gi-hun's mother
2022 Pachinko older Bokhee [18]
TBA Men and Men [19]

Television show[edit]

Year Title Role Ref.
2013 Mamado ("Mama, Too") Cast member [20]
2016 Tribe of Hip Hop Participant [21]
2022 Attack on Grandma Host [22]
Hot Singers Cast Member [23]
Prefabricated Family Host [24]

Voice acting[edit]

Year Title Role
1975 Mazinger Z Soe-dol ("Juzo Kabuto")
1976 Robot Taekwon V Kim Hoon
1977 Paul's Miraculous Adventure Paul
1987 Esteban, a Boy from the Sun 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 [25]
2009 MBC Drama Awards Golden Acting Award, Actress in a Serial Drama Assorted Gems Won [26]
2011 SBS Drama Awards Achievement Award Protect the Boss Won [27]
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 Won [28]
2016 Scene Stealer Festival Lifetime Achievement Award Kim Young-ok Won [29]

State honors[edit]

Name of country, award ceremony, year given, and name of honor
Country Award Ceremony Year Honor Ref.
South Korea 9th Korean Popular Culture and Arts Awards[a] 2018 Bogwan Order of Cultural Merit (3rd Class) [33]


  1. ^ Honors are given at the Korean Popular Culture and Arts Awards, arranged by the Korea Creative Content Agency and hosted by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.[30][31] They are awarded to those who have contributed to the arts and South Korea's pop culture.[32]


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  8. ^ Kim Ji-hye (April 18, 2023). "나문희X김영옥X박근형, '소풍'으로 뭉쳤다…실버 파워 기대" [Na Moon-hee X Kim Young-ok X Park Geun-hyung, united in 'Picnic'... expect silver power] (in Korean). SBS Entertainment News. Retrieved April 19, 2023 – via Naver.
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  13. ^ Kim Myung-mi (May 24, 2021). "신사와 아가씨' 김영옥 차화연→이종원 이일화, 베테랑 배우 총출동" ['Gentleman and Lady' Kim Young-ok, Cha Hwa-yeon → Lee Jong-won, Lee Il-hwa, veteran actors all over]. Newsen (in Korean). naver. Retrieved May 30, 2021.
  14. ^ Park Ah-reum (April 1, 2022). "으라차차 내 인생' 선우재덕 박해미부터 김영옥까지 환상 조연 라인업" [Eurachacha My Life' Fantastic supporting lineup from Seonwoo Jae-deok Park Hae-mi to Kim Young-ok] (in Korean). Newsen. Retrieved April 1, 2022 – via Naver.
  15. ^ Ahn Eun-jae (May 13, 2022). "내일' 김영옥·김용림 특별 출연…위안부 피해자 에피소드 이끈다" [Tomorrow' Kim Young-ok and Kim Yong-rim make special appearances... Leading the episode of comfort women victims] (in Korean). News1. Retrieved May 13, 2022 – via Naver.
  16. ^ Son, Bong-seok (September 27, 2022). "'법대로 사랑하라' 김영옥-이미숙, 관록의 라인업 출격" [Love according to the law’ Kim Young-ok and Lee Mi-sook, the lineup of Gwan-rok scrambled] (in Korean). Sports Kyunghyang. Retrieved September 27, 2022 – via Naver.
  17. ^ Park Soo-in (September 15, 2022). "김영옥 지수원 최수린 '태풍의 신부' 합류, 명품 라인업 완성" [Kim Young-ok, Ji Soo-won, Choi Soo-rin join ‘The Bride of the Typhoon’, complete the luxury lineup] (in Korean). Newsen. Retrieved September 15, 2022 – via Naver.
  18. ^ Kang Shin-woo (April 21, 2022). "무서버도 같이 무서버하입시더" '파친코' 속 명대사·명장면 Best 3" [Best 3 famous lines and scenes in 'Pachinko] (in Korean). Seoul Economic Daily. Retrieved April 21, 2022 – via Naver.
  19. ^ Son Jin-ah (February 12, 2023). "김혜은, '김영옥 사망설' 가짜 뉴스에 오열 "얼마나 울었는지" [Kim Hye-eun, "How much I cried" at the fake news of 'Kim Young-ok's death] (in Korean). MK Sports. Retrieved February 13, 2023 – via Naver.
  20. ^ Lee, Sun-min (30 August 2014). "Veteran actresses to share life experiences on new show". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-11-03.
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  22. ^ 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.
  23. ^ Park Soo-in (February 8, 2022). "김영옥→나문희, 시니어 합창단 도전기 '뜨거운 씽어즈' 출격" [Kim Young-ok → Na Moon-hee, senior choir challenger ‘Hot Singers’ scramble] (in Korean). Newsen. Retrieved February 8, 2022 – via Naver.
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