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Shin Min-a
Shin Min-a LG 옵티머스 3D & LG 시네마 3D TV CF 촬영 사진.jpg
Shin Min-a in 2012
Yang Min-a[1]

(1984-04-05) 5 April 1984 (age 35)
EducationDongguk University
(Performing Arts)[2]
OccupationModel, actress
Years active2001–present
AgentO& Entertainment
Korean name
Revised RomanizationSin Min-a
McCune–ReischauerSin Mina
Birth name
Revised RomanizationYang Min-a
McCune–ReischauerYang Min'a

Shin Min-a (born Yang Min-a on 5 April 1984) is a South Korean model and actress. She is best known for starring in television dramas A Love to Kill (2005), My Girlfriend Is a Nine-Tailed Fox (2010), Arang and the Magistrate (2012), Oh My Venus (2015), and Tomorrow, With You (2017).



Shin began her career as a model for teen magazine KiKi in 1998. Since then, she became one of the most in-demand and highest paid commercial endorsers in South Korea. Notable among her forays into branded entertainment is the 2008 multi-episode Summer Days opposite Hyun Bin and Ryoo Seung-bum for LG Xnote featuring music by You Hee-yeol,[4] as well as Friends & Love, a movie-style extended advertisement for Giordano in 2011 costarring Jung Woo-sung and So Ji-sub.[5]

In 2009, Shin went to Milan, Italy to shoot a photo spread for Elle Korea with Calvin Klein model Jamie Dornan.[6] In 2011, she was chosen as the first Asian model for the DIY Project ad campaign of American clothing brand Rag & bone,[7][8] then was subsequently featured in The New York Times's T Magazine.[9][10]


Shin appeared in several music videos for K-pop boyband g.o.d, until her acting debut in 2001 with a supporting role in popular melodrama, Beautiful Days.[11] The newcomer quickly rose to stardom, through the high school martial arts comedy film Volcano High with Jang Hyuk,[12][13] and the college romance movie Madeleine with Jo In-sung.[14]

She then took on a supporting role in Kim Jee-woon's noir film A Bittersweet Life, reuniting her with previous co-star Lee Byung-hun.[15] She then portrayed a deaf character in Sad Movie.[16] This was followed by leading roles in the melodrama A Love to Kill with Rain,[17] romantic comedy series The Beast and the Beauty with Ryoo Seung-bum,[18] and psychological thriller The Devil with Uhm Tae-woong and Ju Ji-hoon.[19] In the 2007 film My Mighty Princess, Shin simultaneously played two characters.[20]

As Shin entered her mid-twenties, she began showcasing more maturity in her choice of roles. In Go Go 70s, Shin played a sexy counterculture singer[21][22] and won numerous accolades for her portrayal. She then acted as an unfaithful wife in The Naked Kitchen,[23] and a cynical young woman in search of her father in Sisters on the Road, a critically acclaimed indie film which also stars fellow actress and close friend Gong Hyo-jin.[24] But Shin became best known for her portrayals of supernatural horror icons revamped into endearingly innocent yet spunky heroines in the rom-com My Girlfriend Is a Nine-Tailed Fox (2010),[25] and the historical drama Arang and the Magistrate (2012).[26][27][28]

After appearing in The X, a 2013 spy thriller short film directed by Kim Jee-woon,[29] Shin returned to the big screen in 2014 in Gyeongju, an introspective arthouse romance opposite Park Hae-il.[30] This was followed by romantic comedy My Love, My Bride, in which she and Jo Jung-suk played a newly married couple; it was a remake of the same-titled 1990 hit which starred Choi Jin-sil and Park Joong-hoon.[31][32][33]

In 2015, Shin and So Ji-sub were cast in the romantic comedy series Oh My Venus.[34] For her character, an overweight lawyer, Shin underwent a three-hour makeup/prosthetic session every shoot.[35]

In 2016, Shin is cast opposite Lee Je-hoon in fantasy melodrama, Tomorrow, With You, portraying a 30-year-old amateur photographer who finds out that her better half can time travel. The drama was fully pre-produced and premiered in February 2017.[36][37]

In 2018, Shin was cast in the mystery film Diva, playing a diver who lost her memory after an accident.[38][39]

In 2019, Shin was cast in the political drama Chief of Staff opposite Lee Jung-jae; as a lawyer turned politician.[40][41] and Noh Hee-kyung's project Here which she will reunited with Lee Byung-hun [42]


After her travels were documented on the cable channel O'live in 2008,[43] Shin published a book titled Shin Min-a's French Diary in 2009.[44]

She has also contributed her vocals to several singles and soundtracks.[45][46]

Personal life[edit]

Since May 2015, Shin is in a relationship with model-actor Kim Woo-bin.[47][48]



Year Title Role
2001 Volcano High Yoo Chae-yi
2003 Madeleine Hee-jin
2005 A Bittersweet Life Hee-soo
Sad Movie Ahn Su-eun
The Beast and the Beauty Jang Hae-ju
2007 My Mighty Princess Kang So-hwi/Ok-soon
2008 Go Go 70s Mimi
2009 The Naked Kitchen Ahn Mo-rae
Sisters on the Road Park Myung-eun
A Million Jo Yoo-jin
2013 The X Mia
2014 Gyeongju Gong Yoon-hee
My Love, My Bride Mi-young
2016 A Quiet Dream[49] Min-ah (cameo)
2019 Diva Lee Young

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2001 Beautiful Days Lee Min-ji SBS
2003 Punch[50] Jang Yoo-bin
2005 A Love to Kill Cha Eun-seok KBS2
2007 The Devil Seo Hae-in
2010 My Girlfriend Is a Nine-Tailed Fox Gu Mi-ho SBS
2012 Arang and the Magistrate Arang/Lee Seo-rim MBC
2015–2016 Oh My Venus Kang Joo-eun KBS2
2017 Tomorrow, With You Song Ma-rin tvN
2019 Chief of Staff Kang Sun-young JTBC

Music video appearances[edit]

Year Song title Artist
1999 "A Request" Lee Seung-hwan
"Eyes Want to Travel" Leon Lai
"Love and Remembrance" g.o.d
2000 "Since You Left Me" g.o.d
"Do You Know?" Jo Sung-mo
2001 "With Coffee" Brown Eyes
"I Love You" Cha Tae-hyun
"Sad Love" g.o.d
"A Fool" g.o.d
"You Just Don't Know" g.o.d
2008 "Summer Day" You Hee-yeol feat. Shin Jae-pyung of Peppertones
"My Happy Day" You Hee-yeol feat. Shin Min-a
2009 "Miracle Blue" Loveholics feat. Shin Min-a


Year Song title From Album
2003 "Oppa, I Love You" Punch OST
"Pray for Yoo-bin"
2008 "My Happy Day" You Hee-yeol - Summer Days
"Night Train" Go Go 70s OST
2009 "A Year Later" The Naked Kitchen OST
"Miracle Blue" Loveholics - In the Air
2010 "Sha la la" My Girlfriend Is a Nine-Tailed Fox OST
"I Can Give You All"
2012 "Black Moon" Arang and the Magistrate OST

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2003 SBS Drama Awards New Star Award Punch Won [51]
2005 KBS Drama Awards A Love to Kill Nominated
2006 Dior Timeless Beauty Award Recipient N/A Won [52]
2007 KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries The Devil Nominated
2008 4th University Film Festival of Korea Best Supporting Actress Go Go 70s Won [53]
6th Korean Film Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated
2009 6th Max Movie Awards Best Actress Won [54]
17th Chunsa Film Art Awards Best Actress Won [55]
2nd Style Icon Awards Female Fashionista N/A Won [56]
3rd Mnet 20's Choice Awards Hot Fashionista N/A Won [57]
2010 Korean Advertisers Association Awards Good Model Award N/A Won [58]
3rd Style Icon Awards Style Icon Actress, TV category My Girlfriend Is a Nine-Tailed Fox Won [59]
2010 SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Drama Special Won [60]
Top 10 Stars Won
Best Couple with Lee Seung-gi Won
7th TVCF Awards Best CF Model N/A Won [61]
2011 1st Cosmo Beauty Awards Beauty Icon of the Year N/A Won [62]
45th Taxpayers' Day Presidential Commendation N/A Won [63]
2012 MBC Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Arang and the Magistrate Nominated
Best Couple with Lee Joon-gi Won [64]
2015 2nd Wildflower Film Awards Best Actress Gyeongju Nominated
Special Jury Prize Won [65]
51st Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actress Nominated
InStyle Fashionista Award N/A Won [66]
29th KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Oh My Venus Won [67]
Best Couple with So Ji-sub Won [68]
2016 11th Seoul International Drama Awards Outstanding Korean Actress Won [69]


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