Shin Se-kyung

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Shin Se-kyung
"이래서 빠져들어"...신세경, '섹시한 눈빛' -ShinSekyung (디패짤).jpg
Shin in 2018
Born (1990-07-29) July 29, 1990 (age 28)
Seoul, South Korea
NationalitySouth Korea
OccupationActress, singer and model
Years active1998–present
AgentNamoo Actors
Korean name
Revised RomanizationSin Se-gyeong
McCune–ReischauerShin Segyŏng

Shin Se-kyung (born July 29, 1990) is a South Korean actress, singer and model. She started as a child actress and had her breakthrough in 2009 with the sitcom High Kick Through the Roof. Since then she starred in the films Hindsight (2011), R2B: Return to Base (2012) and Tazza: The Hidden Card (2014), as well as the television series Deep Rooted Tree (2011), The Girl Who Sees Smells (2015), Six Flying Dragons (2015-2016), The Bride of Habaek (2017) and Black Knight: The Man Who Guards Me (2017–2018).

Forbes listed her among the 40 most powerful celebrities in Korea; she ranked 26th in 2011 and 14th in 2012.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Shin was born on July 29, 1990, in Yangcheon, a district of Seoul, South Korea. She studied at the Shinmok High School before enrolling at the Chung-Ang University where she majored in Performing Arts.[2]


1998–2009: Beginnings as a child actress[edit]

In 2011

Shin made her entertainment debut at eight years old in 1998 when she was featured on the cover and poster for Seo Taiji's solo album Take Five.[3][4] As a child actress, she also appeared in the children's show Ppo Ppo Ppo ("Kiss Kiss Kiss") and 2005 historical drama Toji ("Land").[5][6]

After a small part in My Little Bride,[7] she subsequently had starring roles in Cinderella,[4][8][9][10] ominibus films Acoustic[11] and Five Senses of Eros,[12] as well as a well-received turn as the younger version of Princess Cheonmyeong in Queen Seondeok.[13]

2009–present: Rising popularity and leading roles[edit]

Shin failed to gain a large following until her breakthrough role as a housemaid on the second season of the popular TV sitcom High Kick! in 2009.[14][15] Building on her sitcom fame, Shin signed on to numerous television commercials and print advertisement and even made her as one of the most sought celebrity endorser.[16] Lead roles in high-profile acting projects followed, among them film noir Hindsight with Song Kang-ho,[17][18][19] the highly rated historical drama Deep Rooted Tree with Jang Hyuk and Han Suk-kyu,[20] and aerial action film R2B: Return to Base with Rain.[21][22]

In March 2015

However, Shin's next project Fashion King (2012) was poorly received by audiences, particularly its controversial ending.[23][24] Shin then released her first digital single, "You Were Sweet," which she recorded to promote a coffee franchise she models for.[25][26][27] A former singer trainee in middle school,[28] Shin has also contributed songs to the soundtrack of Hindsight,[29] the charity album Love Tree Project, and did her own singing in showcase piece Acoustic.[11] In 2012, she recorded a Christmas carol duet with Epitone Project.[30][31][32]

Shin returned to television in the 2013 melodrama When a Man Falls in Love opposite Song Seung-heon, but she received criticism from viewers for her passive character.[33][34][35][36] In 2014, she played a more "bold and confident" role in the gambling film Tazza: The Hidden Card, followed by the fantasy-action series Blade Man.[37][38]

In a break from her usual dramatic roles, Shin played an aspiring comedian in the webtoon adaptation The Girl Who Sees Smells in 2015 as the titular character.[39] Shin then reunited with Fashion King costar Yoo Ah-in in Six Flying Dragons (2015-2016), another period drama from the screenwriters of Deep Rooted Tree.[40]

In 2017, Shin starred in tvN's fantasy-romance drama The Bride of Habaek alongside Nam Joo-hyuk.[41] This is followed shortly by another fantasy-romance drama, Black Knight: The Man Who Guards Me alongside Kim Rae-won.[42][43]

Ambassadorial role[edit]

  • On January 15, 2014, Shin was appointed as the Goodwill ambassador for UNESCO's Korean Committee. The honor serves as recognition for her contributions in promoting Korean Culture and Education and her advocacy for the Korean Language, including her appearance in Deep Rooted Tree. In this capacity, she endorses the vision and the mission of the UNESCO bridge program, both in Korea and outside.[44]
  • Shin was appointed as the Korean hanbok ambassador. She attended the hanbok runway show on October 20, 2017.[45]

Personal life[edit]

On October 20, 2010, Shin and boy band SHINee member Jonghyun were spotted dating by a local news outlet; their agencies confirmed the relationship on October 26.[46][47] After nine months of dating, Shin and Jonghyun broke up in June 2011, citing their busy schedules.[48]



Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2004 My Little Bride Hye-won [7]
2006 Cinderella Hyeon-su [9]
2009 Five Senses of Eros Shin Su-jeong segment "Believe in the Moment" [12]
2010 Acoustic Se-kyung segment "Broccoli" [11]
2011 Hindsight Jo Se-bin [17]
2012 R2B: Return to Base Yoo Se-young [22]
2014 Tazza: The Hidden Card Heo Mi-na [37]
2017 The Preparation Kyeong-ran Special appearance [49]

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network Notes Ref.
2004 The Land teenage Choi Seo-hee SBS [6]
2009 Queen Seondeok teenage Princess Cheonmyeong MBC [13]
High Kick Through the Roof Shin Se-kyung [14][15]
2011 Deep Rooted Tree So-yi/Dam SBS [20]
2012 High Kick: Revenge of the Short Legged Se-kyung
MBC cameo, episode 75 [50]
Fashion King Lee Ga-young SBS [24]
My Husband Got a Family Shin Se-kyung
KBS2 cameo, episode 49 [51]
2013 When a Man Falls in Love Seo Mi-do MBC [35][36]
2014 Blade Man Son Se-dong KBS2 [38]
2015 A Girl Who Sees Smells Oh Cho-rim/Choi Eun-seol SBS [39]
2015–2016 Six Flying Dragons Boon-yi [40]
2017 The Bride of Habaek Yoon So-ah tvN [41]
2017–2018 Black Knight: The Man Who Guards Me Jung Hae-ra KBS2 [42]

Reality show[edit]

Year Title Network Notes Ref.
2010 I'm Real: Shin Se-kyung QTV [52]
2012 Forever 22-year old Cheerleader Sanoam SBS Narration [53]

Music video appearances[edit]

Year Song title Artist Ref.
1999 "MCMXCIX" 1999 Dae Han Min Guk
2010 "Don't Say Anything" BlueBrand
2017 "Take Five" Younha [54]


Year Song title Artist Notes
2010 "The Snow Melts" Shin Se-kyung Track from Love Tree Project Vol. 1
"Confessions of a Dangerous Broccoli" Track from Acoustic OST
2011 "Blue in a Summer Day" Shin Se-kyung feat. MY Q Track from Hindsight OST
2012 "You Were Sweet" Shin Se-kyung feat. Sweden Laundry Digital single
"Sweet Christmas" Shin Se-kyung feat. Epitone Project

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2009 MBC Entertainment Awards Best New Actress High Kick Through the Roof Won [55]
Best Couple Award in a Comedy/Sitcom with Yoon Shi-yoon Won
2010 4th Mnet 20's Choice Awards 20's Most Influential Star N/A Won [56]
46th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actress (TV) High Kick Through the Roof Nominated
2011 15th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival Fantasia Award Won [57]
4th Style Icon Awards New Icon Award N/A Won [58]
48th Grand Bell Awards Best New Actress Hindsight Nominated
32nd Blue Dragon Film Awards Nominated
12th Korea Visual Arts Festival Photogenic Award, TV category Deep Rooted Tree Won [59]
SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Drama Special Won [60]
2012 6th Mnet 20's Choice Awards 20's Female Drama Star Nominated
7th Seoul International Drama Awards Outstanding Korean Actress Nominated
5th Korea Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress Fashion King Nominated
SBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Nominated
2013 MBC Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries When a Man Falls in Love Won [61]
2014 35th Blue Dragon Film Awards Popular Star Award Tazza: The Hidden Card Won [62]
KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Blade Man Nominated
2015 4th APAN Star Awards The Girl Who Sees Smells Nominated
23rd SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Serial Drama Six Flying Dragons Won [63]
Top 10 Stars The Girl Who Sees Smells, Six Flying Dragons Won [64]
Best Couple Award with Yoo Ah-in Six Flying Dragons Won [65]
2016 5th APAN Star Awards Top Excellence in a Serial Drama Nominated
2018 11th Korea Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress Black Knight: The Man Who Guards Me Nominated [66]


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