Park Min-young

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Park Min-young
Park Min-young at the 2010 KBS Drama Acting Awards 559.jpg
In December 2010
Born (1986-03-04) March 4, 1986 (age 31)
Seoul, South Korea
Other names Rachel Park
Alma mater Dongguk University
Occupation Actress
Years active 2005–present
Agent Culture Depot
Namoo Actors
Korean name
Revised Romanization Bak Min-yeong
McCune–Reischauer Pak Min-yŏng

Park Min-young (Hangul박민영; born March 4, 1986) is a South Korean actress.[1] She rose to fame in the historical coming-of-age drama Sungkyunkwan Scandal (2010) and has since starred in television series City Hunter (2011), Glory Jane (2011), Dr. Jin (2012), Healer (2014-2015), Remember: War of the Son (2015-2016) and Queen for Seven Days (2017).


In February 2013, Park graduated from Dongguk University with a degree in Theatre.[2]


2005–2009: Beginnings[edit]

Park made her entertainment debut in an SK Telecom commercial in 2005. She launched her acting career a year later in the hit sitcom Unstoppable High Kick! (2006). She continued to appear in television dramas, in roles such as the only daughter of a notorious gangster in I Am Sam (2007),[3] and a gumiho (nine-tailed fox in Korean mythology) in an episode of horror-themed drama Hometown of Legends (2008),[4] She played a villainous princess in the period drama Ja Myung Go (2009),[5] and a girl caught between two marathon runners in Running, Gu (2010).

2010–2011: Breakthrough[edit]

Park's breakthrough came with the 2010 drama Sungkyunkwan Scandal, a coming-of-age drama in which her character, an intelligent and resourceful young woman, disguises herself as a boy in order to enter the most prestigious learning institution in Joseon.[6][7][8] This was followed in 2011 by another success with City Hunter, based on the titular Japanese manga. Park starred opposite Lee Min-ho in a story about a vigilante out for revenge and justice, and the secret service agent he falls for.[9][10][11] Park's success on the small screen resulted in increased advertising offers for the actress.[12]

2011–2014: Leading roles[edit]

Later that year, she made her big screen debut in the horror film The Cat, about a woman who becomes consumed by fear after she adopts a cat found at the site of a mysterious death.[13] Park next appeared in the melodrama Glory Jane, in the role of a nurse's aide who becomes involved with a former baseball player (played by Chun Jung-myung).[14]

In June 2011

She starred in another manga screen adaptation in 2012; in Dr. Jin, a neurosurgeon (played by Song Seung-heon) travels back in time to 1860. Park played dual roles as the protagonist's girlfriend in the present-day (a comatose doctor), and her doppelgänger in the Joseon era (a sheltered noblewoman).[15][16]

She next played an idealistic intern in the legal drama A New Leaf (2014), who clashes with her brilliant but cynical lawyer boss until he becomes an amnesiac (played by Kim Myung-min).[17][18] This was followed by a role as a tabloid reporter in Healer, a series written by Song Ji-na that also starred Ji Chang-wook and Yoo Ji-tae.[19][20] Healer was popular in China and resulted in increased recognition for Park.[21]

2015–present: Overseas ventures and continued success[edit]

In 2015, Park was cast in her first Chinese television drama Braveness of the Ming, a period drama based on the novel Silk Night by Yue Guan.[22]

Park next starred as a lawyer in the Korean drama Remember: War of the Son on SBS from late 2015 to early 2016.[23] She was also cast in her second Chinese drama, City of Time alongside Chinese actor Zhang Zhehan.[24]

In 2017, Park starred in KBS2's historical drama, Queen for Seven Days.[25] In December 2017, Park signed with new management agency Namoo Actors.[26][27]



Year Title Role
2011 The Cat So-yeon

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2006–2007 Unstoppable High Kick! Kang Yoo-mi MBC
2007 I Am Sam Yoo Eun-byul KBS2
2008 Hometown of Legends
"Gumiho (Nine-tailed Fox)"
Lee Myung-ok (Gumiho) KBS2
2009 Ja Myung Go Princess Ra-hee SBS
2010 Running, Gu Moon Haeng-joo MBC
Sungkyunkwan Scandal Kim Yoon-hee / Kim Yoon-shik KBS2
2011 City Hunter Kim Na-na SBS
Glory Jane Yoon Jae-in KBS2
2012 Dr. Jin Yoo Mi-na / Hong Young-rae MBC
2014 A New Leaf Lee Ji-yoon MBC
2014–2015 Healer Chae Young-shin / Oh Ji-an KBS2
2015–2016 Remember Lee In-a SBS
2017 Queen for Seven Days Shin Chae-kyung KBS2
TBA Braveness of the Ming Xie Yu Fei LeTV
City of Time Xu Zhen

Reality show[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2018 The Culprit is You Cast member Netflix

Music video appearances[edit]

Year Song Title Artist
2007 "Don't Say Goodbye" Kim Young-jin (I)
2008 "Haru Haru" BIGBANG
2009 "Love Story" Gavy NJ

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2007 MBC Entertainment Awards Best New Actress in a Comedy/Sitcom Unstoppable High Kick! Won
KBS Drama Awards Best New Actress I Am Sam Won
2008 2nd Asia Model Festival Awards Model Award N/A Won
44th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actress (TV) I Am Sam Nominated
KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Special/One Act Drama Hometown of Legends: Gumiho Won
2010 KBS Drama Awards[28] Excellence Award, Actress in a Mid-length Drama Sungkyunkwan Scandal Won
Netizen's Award Won
Best Couple Award with Park Yoochun Won
2011 47th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actress (TV) Nominated
6th Seoul International Drama Awards Outstanding Korean Actress Nominated
4th Korea Drama Awards Best Actress Sungkyunkwan Scandal, City Hunter Nominated
SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Drama Special City Hunter Nominated
Best Couple Award with Lee Min-ho Nominated
Popularity Award Nominated
KBS Drama Awards[29] Top Excellence Actress Glory Jane Nominated
Excellence Award, Actress in a Mid-length Drama Won
2012 12th Top Chinese Music Awards[30] Fashion Artist Award N/A Won
2013 Dongguk University[31] Merit Award N/A Won
2014 MBC Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries A New Leaf Nominated
KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Mid-length Drama Healer Won
Best Couple Award with Ji Chang-wook Won
2015 10th Asia Model Festival Awards[32] Asia Special Award, Actress N/A Won
2016 4th Annual DramaFever Awards Best Couple Award with Ji Chang-wook Healer Won
2016 SBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Genre Drama Remember: War of the Son Nominated
2017 2nd Asia Artist Awards Best Celebrity Award Queen for Seven Days Won
KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Mid-length Drama Nominated


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