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This is a Korean name; the family name is Choi.
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Sulli in 2015
Born Choi Jin-ri[1]
(1994-03-29) March 29, 1994 (age 21)
Busan, South Korea
Education Seoul Performing Arts High School
Years active 2005–present
Agent S.M. Entertainment
Musical career
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2009–2014
Associated acts
Hangul 설리
Revised Romanization Seol-ri
McCune–Reischauer Sŏl-ri
Birth name
Hangul 최진리
Revised Romanization Choe Jin-ri
McCune–Reischauer Ch'oe Chin-ri

Choi Jin-ri[1] (born March 29, 1994), better known by her stage name Sulli, is a South Korean actress. She is a former member of the South Korean girl group f(x). On August 7, it was announced that Sulli had officially withdrawn, on good terms, from the group to focus on an acting career, and that the group will continue to promote as four members with SM managing Sulli's acting endeavors.[2][3]

Early life[edit]

Sulli, "sul" meaning snow and "li" meaning pear flower, was born on March 29, 1994[4] in the city of Yangsan, South Gyeongsang Province, Republic of Korea, but spent her childhood in Busan.[5] Her birth name is Choi Jin-ri; her given name means "the truth" in Korean. She is the only daughter of her family, having two older brothers and a younger brother. Her mother enrolled her in acting school at a young age.

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[6] and, some time later, had a cameo appearance in another SBS drama, Love Needs a Miracle.[7]

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 SM 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.[8]


Sulli attended Jungbu Elementary School (중부초등학교)[9] and then attended Chungdam Middle School (청담중학교). She graduated from the School of Performing Arts Seoul.

Music career[edit]

f(x) (2009–2015)[edit]

Main article: f(x) (band)
Sulli at KCON 2013

When Sulli was in fourth grade, she was accepted into S.M. Entertainment through an SM audition casting system, from there she became an SM trainee.[10] On September 5, 2009 she debuted as a member of the group f(x), with their 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.[11] Her hiatus was officially announced on July 24, 2014.[12] In August 2015, (a year into her hiatus) it was announced that Sulli has officially withdrawn from the group.[13]

Acting career[edit]

Sulli began acting professionally at the age of 11, when she was back selected to play young Princess Seonhwa of Silla in the SBS television drama, Ballad of Seodong. A few months later, she made a cameo appearance in Love Needs a Miracle, another SBS television drama. In 2006, she had a small supporting role in the theatrical drama Vacation. Sulli later landed a minor role in Punch Lady (2007), The Flower Girl is Here (2007) and BABO (2008).[7]

In August 2012, Sulli starred as the lead role in the drama To the Beautiful You. The drama, a remake version of the Japanese manga and drama Hana-Kimi, was directed by Director Jeon Ki-sang.[14]

In August 2014, she appeared in the movie The Pirates alongside Son Ye-jin and Kim Nam-gil.[7] She played a supporting character named Heuk-myo. The drama had a production budget of ₩10 billion and was directed by Director Lee Seok-hoon. The movie has been sold to 15 countries. In November 2014, she played the lead role in the movie Fashion King, alongside Joo Won and Kim Sung-oh. It was based a popular webtoon.

In 2016, Sulli was cast in a movie titled "Real" alongside actor Kim Soo-hyun. It is also her first acting after leaving f(x).

Image and artistry[edit]

Sulli is widely known in Korea as "Giant Baby" because of her baby face and being the tallest member in f(x). She is the member that debuted first as a child actress in the drama Ballad of Seodong as young Princess Seonhwa of Silla. The singer IU wrote the song, "Peach", with her in mind.

Personal life[edit]

On July 25, 2014, SM Entertainment announced Sulli would be taking a temporary hiatus from the Korean entertainment industry due to being mentally and physically exhausted by her chaotic career.[11] In August 2015, it was announced that Sulli has officially withdrawn from f(x) to focus just on her acting career.[13] It was confirmed on August 19, 2014, by both Amoeba Culture and SM Entertainment, that Sulli and Dynamic Duo's Choiza had been in a relationship since September 2013.[15][16]


Main article: f(x) discography

Music video appearances[edit]

Year Song title Artist Role
2012 Mr. Simple (3D LG Ver.) Super Junior Herself with Victoria



Year Title Role Other notes
2007 Punch Lady[17] Gwak Chun-sim
2008 BABO young Ji-ho
2010 A Turtle's Tale: Sammy's Adventures[18] Shelly Korean dub

with Daesung

2012 I AM. Herself Documentary of SM Town Live '10 World Tour at Madison Square Garden
SM Town Live in Tokyo Special Edition in 3D Herself Documentary of SM Town Live World Tour III at Tokyo
2014 The Pirates Heuk-myo Supporting role
2014 Fashion King Kwak Eun-jin Lead role
2016 Real Song Yu Hwa Female lead role

Television dramas[edit]

Year Title Role Network Other notes
2005 Ballad of Seodong Young Princess Seonhwa of Silla SBS
2005 Love Needs a Miracle Na Sun-ju MBC Cameo appearance
2006 Vacation Jin-joo SBS Supporting role
2010 Oh! My Lady Runway model Cameo appearance
2011 Welcome to the Show Sulli (fictional version of herself) Lead role
2012 To the Beautiful You Goo Jae-hee Lead role, Korean version of Hana Kimi

Variety shows[edit]

Year Title Network Role
2010–2011 Inkigayo SBS Host
2011 Strong Heart (Episode 143) Guest
Running Man (Episode 55)
2012 Running Man (Episode 75)
2013 Running Man (Episode 129, 152, 153, 154)


Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2005 Prettiest Child Contest Big Ribbon Child Award N/A Won
2012 SBS Drama Awards New Star Award To the Beautiful You Won


  1. ^ a b "SM Town Live '10 World Tour in Shanghai "Artistes Confirmation"(Choi Jin Ri)" (in Chinese).中國票務在綫). Retrieved 2015-01-08. 
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  4. ^ Mark Russell (29 April 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)'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.
  7. ^ a b c f(x) Singer Sulli Becomes A Pirate (August 13, 2013). Retrieved on June 1, 2014
  8. ^ f(x)’s Sulli tears up while talking about SNSD’s Taeyeon, Tiffany Allkpop (June 28, 2011). Retrieved on May 21, 2014
  9. ^ 중부초등학교
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  11. ^ a b "f(x)’s Sulli takes a break from showbiz". ChannelNews Asia. Retrieved 17 August 2014. 
  12. ^ Jones, Julie. "HOME Celebs View Archives Rumors Force Sulli To Take A Break From Performing". Kdramastars. Kdramastars. Retrieved February 3, 2015. 
  13. ^ a b "Sulli no longer f(x) member". The Korea Times. August 9, 2015. Retrieved August 13, 2015. 
  14. ^ "f(x) Sulli Expresses Anxiety and Anticipation for Her Upcoming Drama "To the Beautiful You"". Soompi. June 29, 2012. Retrieved June 29, 2012. 
  15. ^ "최자-설리 양측 "호감 갖고 의지하는 사이" 첫 공식 인정". Naver News. OSEN. Retrieved 19 August 2014. 
  16. ^ SM Confirms Choiza and Sulli′s Relationship (August 19, 2014). Retrieved August 20, 2014.
  17. ^ "Rebellious Sulli takes netizens by surprise". Allkpop. 28 December 2009. Retrieved 2014-06-27. 
  18. ^ "Big Bang's Daesung and f(x)'s Sulli to dub for 3-D animation film". Allkpop. 11 November 2010. Retrieved 2014-06-27. 

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