Ko So-young

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Ko So-young
Ko So-young, 2012 (cropped).jpg
Born (1972-10-06) October 6, 1972 (age 45)
Seoul, South Korea
Other names Go So-young
Education Chung-Ang University – Department Theater and Film
Korea University – Department of Computer Science
Occupation Actress
Years active 1990-2007
Agent King Entertainment (2016-present)
Spouse(s) Jang Dong-gun (m. 2010)
Children 2
Korean name
Revised Romanization Go So-yeong
McCune–Reischauer Ko So-yŏng

Ko So-young (born October 6, 1972) is a South Korean actress and model.[1]

Early life[edit]

Ko was born in Seoul, South Korea. She attended an all-female high school before gaining early admission to Chung-Ang University, where she studied computer science.


Ko debuted in the TV drama Love Tomorrow in 1993 and quickly established herself as a representative star of her generation. She made her film debut opposite Jung Woo-sung in The Fox with Nine Tails in 1994, which ranked as the first Korean film ever to use computer-generated images. However, it failed to make an impression on audiences or critics.[citation needed] Ko first achieved wide recognition through her role in Beat (again with Jung Woo-sung), a film that caught the imagination of many South Korean high school students.[2] Since then she has acted in a series of successful melodramas, portraying a young model in If the Sun Rises in the West, a Jeju Island tour guide in Love Wind Love Song, and a Korean American adoptee in Love.

In 2001, Ko teamed up with actor Lee Sung-jae in A Day, about a married couple who have trouble conceiving a child. Her acting in the film was much praised and garnered the Best Actress prize from the local Grand Bell Awards ceremony.[3] Then, after two years off, Ko returned in 2003 opposite Han Suk-kyu in the spy thriller Double Agent; however, the film failed to live up to the expectations of most viewers and critics. She then shot two films in 2006: the horror film APT by director Ahn Byeong-ki, and the romantic comedy Project Makeover by debut director Jeon Young-gap. After two commercial flops in 2007 with Project Makeover and the SBS drama Blue Fish, Ko went into a hiatus.

A decade after her last appearance, Ko will be making a comeback with the KBS drama Ms. Perfect.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Ko married actor Jang Dong-gun in a star-studded wedding ceremony held at Seoul's Shilla Hotel on May 2, 2010, while five months pregnant. The couple's first child, a son Jang Min-joon, was born on October 4, 2010.[5][6][7][8][9] Their second child, a daughter, was born on February 25, 2014.[10][11]



Year Title Role
Friend, My Friend Seol In-hwa
The Fox with Nine Tails Harah
Beat Ro-mi
First Kiss Joo-hee (cameo)
If the Sun Rises in the West Nam Hyun-joo / Yoo Ha-rin
Love Wind Love Song Young-seo
Love Jenny
Joint Security Area Woman in Nam Sung-sik's wallet photo (cameo)
A Day Jin-won
Double Agent Yoon Soo-mi
APT Oh Se-jin
Project Makeover Na Jung-joo

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network
Tomorrow Love Yoo Hyun-kyung
Mother's Sea Kim Kyung-seo
My Son's Woman Choi Soo-jung
Sook-hee Kim Sook-hee
Star Jang Hye-mi
Beginning of Happiness Shin Na-ra
Women Min Ji-soo
The Barefoot Youth Ki Hye-joon
Memories Kim Joo-hee
Blue Fish Jung Eun-soo
Ms. Perfect Shim Jae-bok


  1. ^ go soyoung Archived 2007-07-13 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Han, Sang-hee (July 8, 2008). "Movie-Based Dramas to Fill TV Screens". Korea Times. Archived from the original on November 12, 2012. Retrieved August 7, 2009. 
  3. ^ http://www.cinemasie.com/en/fiche/oeuvre/day/
  4. ^ http://www.dramabeans.com/2016/11/go-so-young-jo-yeo-jung-courted-for-new-kbs-drama-perfect-wife/
  5. ^ "Jang Dong-Gun And Ko So-Young Lavish Wedding!" Archived 2010-11-28 at the Wayback Machine.. PopSeoul. May 2, 2010. Retrieved January 8, 2011.
  6. ^ "Korean stars Jang Dong Gun, Ko So Young get hitched". Channel NewsAsia. May 3, 2010. Archived from the original on July 24, 2012. Retrieved January 8, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Jang Dong-gun, Ko So-young in Star-Studded Wedding". The Chosun Ilbo. May 3, 2010. Archived from the original on March 7, 2014. Retrieved August 11, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Jang Dong Gun-Ko So Young Couple Expecting Second Baby in Spring". Archived from the original on March 4, 2014. Retrieved November 8, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Jang Dong-gun and Ko So-young expecting another child". Korea JoongAng Daily. November 8, 2013. Archived from the original on February 28, 2014. 
  10. ^ Park Jin-hai. "Jang couple get newborn daughter". The Korea Times Daily. Archived from the original on February 28, 2014. Retrieved February 25, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Ko, Jang celebrate 2nd child". Korea JoongAng Daily. February 26, 2014. Archived from the original on March 1, 2014. Retrieved February 26, 2014. 

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