Yoo In-na

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Yoo In-na
At the Pifan opening ceremony on July 17, 2014.
Born (1982-06-05) June 5, 1982 (age 36)
Seongnam, Gyeonggi, South Korea
Occupation Actress, DJ
Years active 2009–present
Agent YG Entertainment
Korean name
Hangul 유인나
Revised Romanization Yu In-na
McCune–Reischauer Yu In-na

Yoo In-na (born June 5, 1982) is a South Korean actress and DJ. After supporting roles in High Kick! Through the Roof (2009-2010) and Secret Garden (2010), she rose to fame as the lead actress in Queen and I (2012), which led to a supporting role in My Love from the Star (2013-2014). She is also the DJ of Let's Crank Up the Volume. Most recently, she starred in Guardian: The Lonely and Great God (2016-2017), one of the highest rated cable television series in South Korea.


At the age of 16, Yoo In-na joined an entertainment agency as an apprentice singer in 1998, and had nearly become part of a girl group. But after 11 years and five different agencies, she could not be prominent.[1] Yoo said she had difficulty memorizing the dance choreography required of K-pop singers, and after practicing for eight hours a day, six days a week, she had resigned from becoming an idol.[2]

In 2006, Yoo joined YG Entertainment as an aspiring actress. She said, "If singing wasn't meant to be, I decided to give acting a go because it seemed fun. I never gave up. A lot of my friends did, though, even though they were prettier and more capable than me."[2] She first came to note in 2009 with the sitcom High Kick Through the Roof on MBC.[3] Several supporting roles followed, notably in the 2010 drama Secret Garden,[4] which she received a Best New Actress award at the Baeksang Arts Awards, and as the second female lead in Hong sisters' romantic comedy The Greatest Love.[5]

She was an MC for TV Entertainment Tonight from March 3, 2011 to June 4, 2012,[6] for which she won Best Variety Entertainer at the SBS Entertainment Awards.[7] She is currently a DJ for KBS Cool FM's Let's Crank Up the Volume, which is the highest-rated radio program in its timeslot across both AM and FM bandwidths.[2][8]

Yoo's vocals were featured in Humming Urban Stereo's 2011 digital single "You, That Day" (넌 그날).[9] She also sang for the soundtrack of her 2011 film My Black Mini Dress alongside her castmates Yoon Eun-hye, Park Han-byul, and Cha Ye-ryun.[10][11]

In 2012, Yoo starred in her first leading role in the tvN series Queen and I.[12][13][14][15]

She next starred in the family drama You're the Best, Lee Soon-shin,[16] and as the female antagonist in the fantasy romance drama My Love from the Star.[17][18] Due to the popularity of My Love from the Star in China, Yoo was cast in the leading role opposite Godfrey Gao in the 2014 Chinese romantic comedy film Wedding Bible (its director Heo In-moo previously directed Yoo in My Black Mini Dress).[19][20]

On March 5, 2014, Yoo became the new host of Get It Beauty.[21][22] Later that year, she starred in the mystery-romantic comedy series My Secret Hotel.[23]

In 2016, she starred in the romantic comedy series One More Happy Ending,[24] followed by the fantasy drama Guardian: The Lonely and Great God.[25]

In 2018, Yoo was cast in the romance comedy drama Touch Your Heart alongside Guardian co-star Lee Dong-wook.[26]

Personal life[edit]

At a June 7, 2012 fan meeting to mark the end of Queen and I, Ji Hyun-woo made a surprise public declaration that he was in love with co-star Yoo.[27][28] The declaration had made significant press coverage in the following days,[29][30][31][32] during which their agencies, and Ji and Yoo had remained quiet on the issue,[33][34] except for a message to his fans that Ji posted on Twitter on June 11.[35][36] Speculation about their relationship status ended on June 17, when gossip website Sportsseoul.com photographed the couple together on a midnight date at a park in Bundang, Gyeonggi, where Yoo lives.[37][38] On June 18, Yoo confirmed on her radio show that they were officially dating.[39][40][41] On May 14, 2014, their respective agencies confirmed in a press release that the couple had ended their relationship.[42][43][44]



Year Title Role
2010 The Fair Love Jin-jee
2011 My Black Mini Dress Min-hee
2012 Love Fiction Soo-jung / Kyung-sook

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2009-2010 High Kick! Through the Roof Yoo In-na MBC
2010 Secret Garden Min Ah-young SBS
2011 The Greatest Love Kang Se-ri MBC
Birdie Buddy Lee Gong-sook tvN
2012 Queen and I Choi Hee-jin
2013 You Are the Best! Lee Yoo-shin KBS2
2013–2014 Potato Star 2013QR3 Jogging woman (Cameo, ep.4) tvN
My Love from the Star Yoo Se-mi SBS
2014 My Secret Hotel Nam Sang-hyo tvN
2015 The Secret Message Amy Naver
2016 One More Happy Ending Go Dong-mi MBC
2016–2017 Guardian: The Lonely and Great God Kim Sun (Sunny) tvN
2019 Touch Your Heart Oh Jin-shim

Entertainment show[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2010-2011 Heroes Cast SBS
2011-2012 TV Entertainment Tonight MC
2011-2016 Yoo In-Na's Let's Crank Up the Volume DJ KBS Cool FM
2013 Little Big Hero[45] Documentary narrator tvN
2014 Get It Beauty MC OnStyle
2015 Fashion King Korea (Season 3) MC SBS
2018 Cafe Amor[46] Cast member tvN

Music video appearances[edit]

Year Song Title Artist
2010 "Tell Me Goodbye" Big Bang
"In My Head" Brian Joo
2011 "You, That Day" Humming Urban Stereo


Year Song Title Artist From Album
2011 "You, That Day" Humming Urban Stereo feat. Yoo In-Na That Day
"My Black Mini Dress" Yoon Eun-hye, Park Han-byul,
Cha Ye-ryun and Yoo In-na
My Black Mini Dress OST

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2011 1st Olleh-Lotte Smartphone Film Festival[47] Special award (with Narsha) Uninvited Guest Won
47th Baeksang Arts Awards[48] Best New Actress in TV Secret Garden Won
4th Korea Drama Awards Best Supporting Actress Secret Garden, The Greatest Love Nominated
5th SBS Entertainment Awards Best Entertainer in a Variety Show TV Entertainment Tonight Won
30th MBC Drama Awards[49] Best New Actress in a Miniseries The Greatest Love Nominated
2012 1st APAN Star Awards[50] Rising Star Award Queen and I Won
2013 27th KBS Drama Awards Best Supporting Actress You're the Best, Lee Soon-shin Nominated
8th Asia Model Festival Awards[51] BBF Pop Star Award N/A Won
2014 7th Style Icon Awards Top 10 Style Icons Nominated
13th KBS Entertainment Awards Best Radio DJ Let's Crank Up the Volume Won
2017 5th Annual DramaFever Awards[52] Best Supporting Actress Guardian: The Lonely and Great God Won
10th Korea Drama Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated
3rd Fashionista Awards[53] Best Fashionista – TV & Film Division Nominated


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  4. ^ "Yoo In-na joins 'Secret Garden', this will be her first acting with Ha Ji-won". Hancinema. 1 October 2010.
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  10. ^ Lee, Hyo-won (1 March 2011). "It actresses portray growing pains in chick flick". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-03-07.
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  25. ^ "'Goblin' will star Yoo and Yook". Korea JoongAng Daily. 31 August 2016.
  26. ^ "'Goblin' stars to reunite in drama". Korea JoongAng Daily. 20 October 2018.
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  48. ^ "Hyun Bin, Lee Byung-hun win top prizes at Paeksang". 10Asia. 27 May 2011.
  49. ^ ""The Greatest Love" snags 7 honors at 2011 MBC Drama Awards". 10Asia. 2 January 2012.
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  52. ^ "'Guardian' sweeps DramaFever Awards". The Korea Times. 8 April 2017.
  53. ^ ""올해는 누구?" 2017 패셔니스타 어워즈, 더욱 뜨겁게 돌아온다". Sports Chosun (in Korean). 13 October 2017.

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