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Kim Hee-sun is a well-known South Korean actress

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BirthdayJune 11, 1977
NationalitySouth Korean
FamousSouth Korean Actress, South Korean Women, Film & Theater Personalities, Actresses
SpousesPark Ju-young (m. 2007)
Childrens Park Yeon-ah
Birth PlaceSeoul, South Korea
Height167cm
GenderFemale
Sun SignGemini
Born inSeoul, South Korea
Famous asSouth Korean Actress

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Who is Kim Hee-sun?

Kim Hee-sun is a well-known South Korean actress who shot to fame during the mid-to-late 1990s playing lead roles in an array of hit Korean dramas. These included ‘Men of the Bath House’, ‘Mister Q’ and ‘Wedding Dress’ among others. This ravishing diva stepped into the showbiz with modelling in teen magazines after winning Fair Face Beauty Contest in 1992 while she was in middle school. She made her acting debut the following year with TV series ‘Dinosaur Teacher’. This was followed by other notable series that brought her several awards and accolades. She won the Grand Prize (Daesang) award at the SBS Drama Awards in 1998 for her performance in ‘Mister Q’ which made her youngest recipient of the prestigious award at that time. Her TV series performances along with films like ‘Bichunmoo’ gradually made her a Korean Wave star in mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and across Southeast Asia. She took hiatus from acting for a few years following her marriage and motherhood. Thereafter, she returned to the acting scene and featured in several notable TV series apart from films and variety shows. Some other noteworthy works of Kim include films like ‘Wanee & Junah’ and ‘The Myth’; and TV series like ‘Faith’, ‘Wonderful Days’ and ‘Angry Mom’.

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Childhood & Early Life

Kim Hee-sun was born on June 11, 1976, in Seoul, South Korea, in the family of Park Bok-soon and Kim Hong-geun. She is also known as Kim Hee-seon.

In 1992, while attending middle school, Kim took part and won the Fair Face Beauty Contest. This paved the way to modelling that saw her feature in several teen magazines.

As a high school sophomore, she featured in a commercial for Lotte Samkang's crab chips in 1993. This exposure then helped her make debut as an actress that year with the SBS aired TV series ‘Dinosaur Teacher’. She also appeared as the host of the music show ‘Live TV Music 20’ that year along with Bae Chul-su.

Kim later attended Chung-Ang University and majored in Drama.

Career

Following ‘Dinosaur Teacher’, Kim continued to feature in other TV series and eventually bolstered her career garnering immense popularity during the mid-to-late 1990s by starring in leading roles in back-to-back Korean dramas. These included ‘Men of the Bath House’ (1995), ‘Wedding Dress’ (1997), ‘Propose’ (1997), ‘Mister Q’ (1998), ‘Forever Yours’ (1998), ‘Sunflower’ (1998) and ‘Tomato’ (1999).

Her brilliant portrayal in these series earned her several awards. Her portrayal of Han Hye-won in the hit TV series ‘Mister Q’ earned her the prestigious Grand Prize (Daesang) award at the SBS Drama Awards in 1998. She became the youngest recipient to bag the award.

The commercially successful 2000 South Korean martial arts film ‘Bichunmoo’ featured her in the lead role of Sullie. It was the most expensive Korean film at that time. Shot in China, the film faced criticism for featuring Kim.

Nevertheless ‘Bichunmoo’ fetched her both national and international exposure apart from earning her Popular Star Award at the 21st Blue Dragon Film Awards in 2000. Her successful TV career added with the success of this film helped her attain the spot as one of the Korean Wave stars in mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and all through Southeast Asia.

Moving on, she played the role of successful animator Wa-ni in the 2001 film ‘Wanee & Junah’. Although the film flopped at box office, Kim’s performance was praised by critics and she won Popular Star Award at the 22nd Blue Dragon Film Awards in 2001 and Most Popular Actress (Film) award at the 38th Baeksang Arts Awards in 2002.

Her next few projects, however, failed to boost her career as the film ‘A Man Who Went to Mars’ (2003) failed to make an impact at box office and television series ‘My Fair Lady’ (2003) and ‘Sad Love Story’ (2005) also garnered low ratings.

She then got the opportunity to work with world famous Hong Kong martial artist, actor and filmmaker, Jackie Chan, in the Hong Kong martial arts-fantasy-adventure film ‘The Myth’. She learned to speak Mandarin for the film that released on May 11, 2005 and became a commercial success grossing $120 million worldwide.

Her career in South Korea continued to face a downturn with her next TV series ‘Smile Again’ (2006) tried hard to garner impressive rating during its run.

Following her marriage in 2007, Kim took a few years break from acting to concentrate on her married life and subsequent motherhood. During such time she featured in magazines. She also came up with a book titled ‘Kim Hee-sun's Happy Mom Project’ in 2009 that was related to childcare and ways of shedding weight post-pregnancy.

After featuring in the minor role of Pang Fei in the 2011 released Chinese epic film ‘The Warring States’, she made her official comeback to the acting scene with South Korean fantasy, historical fusion, romance, medical drama ‘Faith’. The series aired on SBS from August 13, 2012, to October 30, 2012.

In ‘Faith’, Kim essayed the role of Yoo Eun-soo, a modern-day plastic surgeon who is abducted and time-travelled 700 years back to the Goryeo period. The role fetched her couple of awards including Top Excellence Award, Actress at the 20th Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards in 2012.

In 2013, she appeared as the host of the SBS aired South Korean talk show ‘Hwasin – Controller of the Heart’. In the ensuing years she featured as guest in many other variety shows.

The weekend family melodrama ‘Wonderful Days’ (2014) earned her Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Serial Drama at the 3rd APAN Star Awards in 2014 for her performance as Cha Hae-won.

She then played the titular character of Jo Kang-ja in the South Korean family drama teen series ‘Angry Mom’ that aired on MBC from March 18, 2015 to May 7, 2015. Her remarkable performance in it not only earned her kudos from critics but also Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries at the 4th APAN Star Awards and Top 10 Stars awards at MBC Drama Awards in 2015.

Other notable TV series of Kim includes Chinese fantasy television drama ‘Ice Fantasy’ (2016) and South Korean drama mystery thriller ‘Woman of Dignity’ (2017) that is counted among the highest rated Korean dramas in the history of cable television.

Since May 22, 2017, she along with Kang Ho-dong and Jung Yong-hwa, appears as cast members of the South Korean reality show ‘Island Trio’ that airs on O'live and tvN every Monday at 9.30pm KST.

Personal Life & Legacy

On October 19, 2007, she married businessman Park Ju-young at the Seoul Sheraton Grande Walkerhill Hotel. The couple welcomed their daughter Park Yeon-ah on January 21, 2009.

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Kim Hee-sun awards

YearNameAward

Other

2000 · Tomato - Baeksang Arts Award for Most Popular Female in Television
2001; 2000 - Blue Dragon Film Award Popular Star Award - Female
2013 · Faith - DramaFever Awards for Best Couple
2002 · Wanee & Junah - Baeksang Arts Award for Most Popular Actress in Film
1996 · Men of the Bath House - Baeksang Arts Award for Best New Actress in TV

Kim Hee-sun biography timelines

  • // 11th Jun 1976
    Kim Hee-sun was born on June 11, 1976, in Seoul, South Korea, in the family of Park Bok-soon and Kim Hong-geun. She is also known as Kim Hee-seon.
  • // 1992
    In 1992, while attending middle school, Kim took part and won the Fair Face Beauty Contest. This paved the way to modelling that saw her feature in several teen magazines.
  • // 1993
    As a high school sophomore, she featured in a commercial for Lotte Samkang's crab chips in 1993. This exposure then helped her make debut as an actress that year with the SBS aired TV series ‘Dinosaur Teacher’. She also appeared as the host of the music show ‘Live TV Music 20’ that year along with Bae Chul-su.
  • // 1998
    Her brilliant portrayal in these series earned her several awards. Her portrayal of Han Hye-won in the hit TV series ‘Mister Q’ earned her the prestigious Grand Prize (Daesang) award at the SBS Drama Awards in 1998. She became the youngest recipient to bag the award.
  • // 2000
    The commercially successful 2000 South Korean martial arts film ‘Bichunmoo’ featured her in the lead role of Sullie. It was the most expensive Korean film at that time. Shot in China, the film faced criticism for featuring Kim.
  • // 2000
    Nevertheless ‘Bichunmoo’ fetched her both national and international exposure apart from earning her Popular Star Award at the 21st Blue Dragon Film Awards in 2000. Her successful TV career added with the success of this film helped her attain the spot as one of the Korean Wave stars in mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and all through Southeast Asia.
  • // 11th May 2005
    She then got the opportunity to work with world famous Hong Kong martial artist, actor and filmmaker, Jackie Chan, in the Hong Kong martial arts-fantasy-adventure film ‘The Myth’. She learned to speak Mandarin for the film that released on May 11, 2005 and became a commercial success grossing $120 million worldwide.
  • // 2006
    Her career in South Korea continued to face a downturn with her next TV series ‘Smile Again’ (2006) tried hard to garner impressive rating during its run.
  • // 2007 To 2009
    Following her marriage in 2007, Kim took a few years break from acting to concentrate on her married life and subsequent motherhood. During such time she featured in magazines. She also came up with a book titled ‘Kim Hee-sun's Happy Mom Project’ in 2009 that was related to childcare and ways of shedding weight post-pregnancy.
  • // 19th Oct 2007 To 21st Jan 2009
    On October 19, 2007, she married businessman Park Ju-young at the Seoul Sheraton Grande Walkerhill Hotel. The couple welcomed their daughter Park Yeon-ah on January 21, 2009.
  • // 2012
    In ‘Faith’, Kim essayed the role of Yoo Eun-soo, a modern-day plastic surgeon who is abducted and time-travelled 700 years back to the Goryeo period. The role fetched her couple of awards including Top Excellence Award, Actress at the 20th Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards in 2012.
  • // 2013
    In 2013, she appeared as the host of the SBS aired South Korean talk show ‘Hwasin – Controller of the Heart’. In the ensuing years she featured as guest in many other variety shows.
  • // 2014
    The weekend family melodrama ‘Wonderful Days’ (2014) earned her Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Serial Drama at the 3rd APAN Star Awards in 2014 for her performance as Cha Hae-won.
  • // 2016 To 2017
    Other notable TV series of Kim includes Chinese fantasy television drama ‘Ice Fantasy’ (2016) and South Korean drama mystery thriller ‘Woman of Dignity’ (2017) that is counted among the highest rated Korean dramas in the history of cable television.
  • // 22nd May 2017
    Since May 22, 2017, she along with Kang Ho-dong and Jung Yong-hwa, appears as cast members of the South Korean reality show ‘Island Trio’ that airs on O'live and tvN every Monday at 9.30pm KST.

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    Kim Hee-sun was born in Seoul, South Korea

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    Kim Hee-sun's spouses is Park Ju-young (m. 2007)

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    Kim Hee-sun's childrens is Park Yeon-ah

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    Kim Hee-sun's height is 167

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    Kim Hee-sun is Gemini

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