Ko So-young

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Ko.
Ko So-young
Born (1972-10-06) October 6, 1972 (age 43)
Seoul, South Korea
Other names Go So-young
Occupation Actress
Years active 1992–2007
Agent King Entertainment
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Spouse(s) Jang Dong-gun (m. 2010)
Children 2
Korean name
Revised Romanization Go So-yeong
McCune–Reischauer Ko Soyŏng

Ko So-young (born October 6, 1972) is a South Korean actress and model. She graduated from Chung-Ang University with a major in drama and cinema.[1]


So-young 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.

So-young 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, So-young 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.

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.[4][5][6] and expected second child[7][8] Their second child, a daughter, was born on February 25, 2014.[9][10]


Year Film Role
1994 The Fox with Nine Tails Harah
1997 Beat Romi
1998 First Kiss Joo-hee (cameo)
If the Sun Rises in the West Hyun-ju
1999 Love Wind Love Song Young-seo
Love Jenny
2001 A Day Jin-won
2003 Double Agent Yun Su-mi
2006 APT Oh Se-jin
2007 Project Makeover Na Jung-ju

Year Television Role
1992-1994 Tomorrow Love (KBS2) Yoo Hyun-kyung
1993 Mother's Sea (MBC) Kim Kyung-seo
1994-1995 My Son's Woman (MBC) Choi Soo-jung
1995 Sookhee (MBC)
1995 Ko So-young's Dating FM (MBC Radio)
1996 Star (MBC) Jang Hye-mi
1997 Women (SBS)
1997 Barefoot Days (KBS2) Ki Hae-jun
1998 Memories (MBC) Joo-hee
2007 Blue Fish (SBS) Jung Eun-soo


  1. ^ go soyoung
  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. ^ "Jang Dong-Gun And Ko So-Young Lavish Wedding!". PopSeoul. May 2, 2010. Retrieved January 8, 2011.
  5. ^ "Korean stars Jang Dong Gun, Ko So Young get hitched". Channel NewsAsia. May 3, 2010. Retrieved January 8, 2011. [dead link]
  6. ^ "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. 
  7. ^ "Jang Dong Gun-Ko So Young Couple Expecting Second Baby in Spring". Archived from the original on March 4, 2014. Retrieved November 8, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Jang Dong-gun and Ko So-young expecting another child". Korea JoongAng Daily. November 8, 2013. Archived from the original on March 7, 2014. 
  9. ^ Park Jin-hai. "Jang couple get newborn daughter". The Korea Times Daily. Archived from the original on August 8, 2014. Retrieved February 25, 2014. 
  10. ^ "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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