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Sulli in 2014
Choi Jin-ri[1]

(1994-03-29) March 29, 1994 (age 24)
Busan, South Korea
Years active2005–present
AgentSM Entertainment
Musical career
Years active2009–2015
Associated acts
Korean name
Revised RomanizationChoe Jin-ri
McCune–ReischauerCh'oe Chin-ri
Stage name
Revised RomanizationSeol-ri

Choi Jin-ri (born March 29, 1994), better known by her stage name Sulli, is a South Korean singer, actress and model. She is a former member of South Korean girl group f(x). On August 7, 2015 (a year into her hiatus), it was announced that Sulli had officially withdrawn from the group to pursue her acting career and SM Entertainment would continue to manage Sulli in her acting endeavors.[2][3]

Early life[edit]

Sulli was born on March 29, 1994,[4] in Busan, South Korea.[5][6] Her birth name is Choi Jin-ri; her given name means "the truth" in Korean. She is the third of four children and the only daughter, having two older brothers and a younger brother. Her mother enrolled her in acting school at a young age.[7]

Sulli first came to Seoul in 2004 while in the fourth grade. In 2005, she began her acting career, playing the young Princess Seonhwa of Silla in the SBS drama Ballad of Seodong.[8]

She later attended an S.M. Entertainment audition, during which she sang the S.E.S. song titled Chingu ("Friend"). After the audition she was officially cast as an S.M. trainee and during the same year, moved into a dormitory with Taeyeon and Tiffany of Girls' Generation. She continued to stay there up until the debut of Girls' Generation, in 2007.[9]


Sulli attended Jungbu Elementary School (중부초등학교) in Busan, Seoul Cheongdam Elementary School[10] and then attended Chungdam Middle School (청담중학교). She graduated from the School of Performing Arts Seoul.



f(x) (2009–2015)[edit]

f(x) performing at the Microsoft Windows 7 Blogger 777 party.

When Sulli was in fourth grade, she was accepted into S.M. Entertainment through the S.M. audition casting system, from there she became a trainee under the label.[11] On September 5, 2009, she debuted as a member of the group f(x), with the single "La Cha Ta".

In the midst of Red Light promotions, Sulli abruptly went on hiatus from the Korean entertainment industry due to being mentally and physically exhausted from the continuous, malicious comments and false rumors that had been spread about her.[12] Her hiatus was officially announced on July 24, 2014.[13] In August 2015 (a year into her hiatus), it was announced that Sulli has officially withdrawn from the group.[14]


Sulli began acting professionally at the age of 11, when she was selected to play young Princess Seonhwa of Silla in the SBS television drama Ballad of Seodong. She continued to take on minor roles in television dramas and movies such as Vacation (2006), Punch Lady (2007), The Flower Girl is Here (2007) and BABO (2008).[15]

In August 2012, Sulli starred as the lead role in To the Beautiful You, based on the famous Japanese shojo manga series Hanazakari no Kimitachie.[16] The drama series started broadcasting on August 15, 2012 on SBS. Sulli plays Gu Jae-hee, who disguises as a boy in order to attend the same school as her crush. In order to prepare for her role, Sulli who was known for her long hair cut 60 cm of it.[17] She later won the New Star Award at the SBS Drama Awards for her performance in the drama.

In August 2014, she appeared in period adventure film The Pirates alongside Son Ye-jin and Kim Nam-gil.[15] She played a supporting character named Heuk-myo, a young girl who became a pirate after being saved by the female captain. Later, she played the leading role in comedy film Fashion King, based on the webtoon series of the same name, alongside Joo Won and Kim Sung-oh.

In 2017, Sulli was taking lead role in the movie Real with Kim Soo-hyun.[18]


Title Year Peak positions Sales Album
"Dayfly" (하루살이)
Dean (feat. Sulli & Rad Museum)
2018 37 N/A Non-album single



Year Title Role Other notes
2007 Punch Lady Gwak Chun-sim
2008 BABO Young Ji-ho
2010 A Turtle's Tale: Sammy's Adventures Shelly Korean dub with Daesung
2012 I AM. Lead Role Documentary of SM Town Live '10 World Tour at Madison Square Garden
SM Town Live in Tokyo Special Edition in 3D Lead Role Documentary of SM Town Live World Tour III at Tokyo
2014 The Pirates Heuk-myo
Fashion King Kwak Eun-jin
2017 Real Song Yoo-hwa

Television dramas[edit]

Year Title Role Network Other notes
2005 Drama City-도깨비가 있다 KBS
Ballad of Seodong Young Princess Seonhwa of Silla SBS
Love Needs a Miracle Na Sun-ju MBC Cameo
2006 Vacation Jin-joo SBS
2010 Oh! My Lady Runway model Cameo
2012 To the Beautiful You Goo Jae-hee Korean version of Hana Kimi

Variety show[edit]

Year Title Network Role Ref.
2010–11 Inkigayo SBS Host
2011 Welcome to the Show Sulli Fictional version of herself
2018 Jin Ri's Shop Naver TV Lead Role [20]


Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2012 SBS Drama Awards New Star Award To the Beautiful You Won [21]
Best Couple Award (with Choi Min-ho) Won


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  2. ^ 기사입력2015.08.07 오후 2:16. "SM "설리, f(x) 탈퇴 결정..연기 활동에 집중할 것"[공식입장] :: 네이버 TV연예" (in Korean). Archived from the original on August 8, 2015. Retrieved March 31, 2016.
  3. ^ "설리, 에프엑스 탈퇴…"연기 활동 집중' : 네이트 뉴스" (in Korean). Retrieved March 31, 2016.
  4. ^ Mark Russell (April 29, 2014). K-Pop Now!: The Korean Music Revolution. Tuttle Publishing. p. 93. ISBN 978-1-4629-1411-1.
  5. ^ Behind the glamour: S.M. stars retrace their beginnings (May 1, 2012). Retrieved on January 28, 2015.
  6. ^ "f(x)설리, 에프터스쿨 리지와 '절친인증샷' 공개" (in Korean). 마이데일리. September 24, 2010. Retrieved May 16, 2015.
  7. ^ "MY NAME... f(x) - Part 2". (in Korean). November 25, 2009. Retrieved February 13, 2017.
  8. ^ f(x)'s Sulli snapped a photo with Director Lee Byung Hoon Originally from (November 15, 2011). Archived on June 5, 2014. Retrieved on June 12, 2014.
  9. ^ f(x)’s Sulli tears up while talking about SNSD’s Taeyeon, Tiffany Allkpop (June 28, 2011). Retrieved on May 21, 2014
  10. ^ "중부초등학교". Retrieved March 31, 2016.
  11. ^ "f(x)'s Sulli tears up while talking about SNSD's Taeyeon, Tiffany". June 28, 2011. Retrieved March 31, 2016.
  12. ^ "f(x)'s Sulli takes a break from showbiz". ChannelNews Asia. Retrieved August 17, 2014.
  13. ^ Jones, Julie (2014-07-25). "HOME Celebs View Archives Rumors Force Sulli To Take A Break From Performing". Kdramastars. Kdramastars. Retrieved February 3, 2015.
  14. ^ "Sulli no longer f(x) member". The Korea Times. August 9, 2015. Retrieved August 13, 2015.
  15. ^ a b f(x) Singer Sulli Becomes A Pirate (August 13, 2013). Retrieved on June 1, 2014
  16. ^ "f(x) Sulli Expresses Anxiety and Anticipation for Her Upcoming Drama "To the Beautiful You" - Soompi".
  17. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on December 22, 2016. Retrieved August 18, 2016.
  18. ^ "Sulli to star in movie with Kim Soo-hyun".
  19. ^ "dayfly".
  20. ^ "Sulli to return in new reality show". Kpop Herald. 18 April 2018.
  21. ^ "[SBS연기대상]뉴스타상, 아이돌스타만 4명 수상". JoongAng Ilbo (in Korean). Retrieved December 23, 2013.

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