Kyeon Mi-ri

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Kyeon.
Kyeon Mi-ri
Kyeon Mi-Ri.jpg
Born (1964-12-25) December 25, 1964 (age 52)
Seoul, South Korea
Alma mater Sejong University - Dance[1]
Occupation Actress, singer
Years active 1984-present
Spouse(s) Im Young-gyu (1987-93; divorced)
Lee Hong-heon (m. 1998)
Family Lee Yu-bi (daughter)
Lee Da-in (daughter)
Lee Ki-Baek (son)
Korean name
Hangul 견미리
Hanja 甄美里
Revised Romanization Gyeon Mi-ri
McCune–Reischauer Kyŏn Miri

Kyeon Mi-ri (born December 25, 1964) is a South Korean actress and singer. She is best known for her role as the antagonist Lady Choi in the hit period drama Dae Jang Geum.


Kyeon Mi-ri graduated from Seoul Traditional Arts High School in 1983, then studied Dance at Sejong University. She made her acting debut in 1984, and has since become active in television dramas, most notably as the arrogant and ambitious Lady Choi in the 2003 period drama Dae Jang Geum (or Jewel in the Palace), which was a hit not only in Korea but throughout Asia.[2]

In 2009, she ventured into the music industry and released her first album titled Happy Women, consisting of mainly trot songs.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Kyeon married actor Im Young-gyu in 1987, and they divorced in 1993.[4]

Kyeon remarried in 1998, to businessman Lee Hong-heon.[5] They have one son, Lee Ki-baek. Lee Hong-heon legally adopted Kyeon's two daughters from her first marriage, and they took on his surname; Lee Yu-bi and Lee Da-in are both actresses.[6][7] Kyeon is also a part of the Hwanggan Kyeon clan, which makes her a descendant of Gyeon Hwon, who was the first king of the Hubaekje kingdom, during the Later Three Kingdoms of Korea.

In 2009, Kyeon was investigated for stock manipulation, with her husband Lee suspected of insider trading. She had bought 55,000 shares worth ₩900 million of the bioengineering startup FCBTwelve, then raked in up to ₩4.59 billion, making her the fourth biggest stock holder among entertainment celebrities at the time.[8] Kyeon denied any wrongdoing, saying she was simply an investor.[9][10]



Year Title Role Network
1985 500 Years of Joseon - Pungran Jeong Nan-jeong's maid MBC
1986 꾸러기 female college student MBC
1988 500 Years of Joseon - Queen Inhyeon Choi Suk-bin MBC
Famine in the City Soon-jung MBC
1989 천명 KBS2
거인 Seo Geum-ji MBC
1991 무동이네 집 Kang Ha-na MBC
1993 한강 뻐꾸기 SBS
MBC Best Theater "순달씨와 병구씨와 옥주양" Ok-joo MBC
1994 Han Myung-hoe Kim Jongseo's concubine KBS2
1995 땅울림 KBS2
Korea Gate Lee Soon-ja SBS
Jang Hee-bin Queen Myeongseong SBS
West Palace KBS2
LA Arirang Kyeon Mi-ri SBS
1996 귀여운 여자 Han Jung-ja KBS2
원지동 블루스 KBS2
1997 Mr. Right KBS2
1998 Six Children Mimi's mother MBC
2000 Legends of Love SBS
All About Eve Yoon Hyung-chul's stepmother MBC
Aspen Tree younger daughter-in-law SBS
Ajumma (Housewife's Rebellion) Choi Yoo-mi MBC
2001 Tender Hearts Choi Young-joo KBS1
Well Known Woman Han Young-sun SBS
2002 Who's My Love Park Kyung-joo KBS2
To Be With You Soon-shim KBS2
Daemang (The Great Ambition) Lady Yoo SBS
2003 Dae Jang Geum Lady Choi MBC
A Million Roses Hyun-kyu's maternal aunt KBS1
2004 Dal-rae's House Kyeon Mi-ri KBS2
2005 Love and Sympathy Yoon Ji-sook SBS
Goodbye to Sadness Han Sung-mi KBS2
Sisters of the Sea Lee Geum-bok MBC
2006 As the River Flows Seo Ok-ran KBS1
Jumong Queen Wonhu MBC
Kkam-geon's Mom Lee Do-soon SBS
2007 Golden Bride Yang Ok-kyung SBS
Yi San Lady Hyegyeong MBC
2010 Three Sisters Jang Ji-ae SBS
2011 Dear My Sister Yoon Jung-ae KBS2
Just Like Today Lee Jae-kyung MBC
2012 Rooftop Prince Lady Jung

(Buyong and Hwayong's mother)

Childless Comfort Shin Sae-rom jTBC
2013 Hur Jun, the Original Story Ham Ahn-daek MBC
Wonderful Mama Kim Young-yi SBS
Shining Romance Lee Tae-ri MBC
2014 What's With This Family Heo Yang-geum KBS2
Dodohara Hong Ha-ra's mother (cameo) SBS Plus
2016 Beautiful Gong Shim Yeom Tae-hee

(Seok Joon-soo's mother)



Year Title Role
1988 Dangerous Scent (Married Couple) Ji-sook
1989 I Want to Cry
2009 Running Turtle Detective Jo's wife


Year Title Role
1994 남편을 죽이는 서른가지방법


Album information Track listing
Happy Women[11]


Year Award Category Nominated work
1988 MBC Drama Awards Best New Actress Queen Inhyeon
1998 MBC Entertainment Awards Best Newcomer
2005 SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Serial Drama Love and Sympathy
2007 SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Serial Drama Golden Bride
2008 42nd Tax Payer's Day Commendation (given by the Ministry of Strategy and Finance) N/A


  1. ^ 견미리 탤런트, 가수. Naver Profiles (in Korean). Retrieved 6 August 2011. 
  2. ^ "Daejanggeum fever in China spawns events covering tourism, Korean cuisine". The Korea Times via Hancinema. 30 September 2005. Retrieved 3 July 2013. 
  3. ^ 견미리, 성공적인 데뷔 무대 꾸려! [Kyeon Mi-ri, Earning a Successful Debut!]. Kyunghyang Sports (in Korean). 16 August 2009. Retrieved 31 December 2010. 
  4. ^ 임영규, 견미리와 이혼→사업실패→알코올 치매→폭행사건 악순화…눈물의 심경고백 [Im Yeong-gyu, Kyeon Mi-ri's ex → Divorce → Business Failure → Confesses in Tears about his Alcoholic Stupor]. Newsen (in Korean). 6 July 2010. Retrieved 31 January 2011. 
  5. ^ 두살연하 총각사업가와 4월 결혼발표 견미리 "아이들이 예뻐서 저랑 결혼한대요" [Bachelor Businessman who is Two Years Younger than Kyeon Mi-ri Announces April Wedding "He's marrying my pretty kids and me"]. The Dong-a Ilbo (in Korean). 11 April 1998. Retrieved 31 January 2011. 
  6. ^ "Mom's Shoes May Not Be Too Big to Fill for Actress Lee Yu-bi". The Chosun Ilbo. 16 November 2012. Retrieved 16 April 2013. 
  7. ^ Lee, Hye-ji (2 August 2013). "Lee Yubi's Sister Signs with KEYEAST". 10Asia. Retrieved 3 August 2013. 
  8. ^ "Yang Soo-kyung, Kyun Mi-ri Boost Stock Wealth". The Chosun Ilbo. 8 September 2009. Retrieved 3 July 2013. 
  9. ^ Kwon, Mee-yoo (30 October 2009). "Entertainers Investigated Over Stock Price Manipulation". The Korea Times. Retrieved 3 July 2013. 
  10. ^ "Lee Soo-man Tops Entertainment Rich List". The Chosun Ilbo. 23 March 2010. Retrieved 3 July 2013. 
  11. ^ 견미리 1집 - 행복한 여자. ManiaDB (in Korean). Retrieved 3 July 2013. 

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