Gregor's Top 30 Actors/Actresses from Korea

by Movie-Mate | created - 19 May 2017 | updated - 08 Jun 2020 | Public

1. Choi Min-sik

Actor | Oldeuboi

Choi Min-shik first made a name for himself in theater before breaking into the film world with a role in Park Chong-won's acclaimed film 'Our Twisted Hero' (1992). In the mid-nineties he continued to act in theater productions as well as in several TV dramas, including Moon Over Seoul with Han ...

2. Lee Byung-hun

Actor | Dalkomhan insaeng

Byung-hun Lee was born in 1970 in Seoul, South Korea, and grew up in a wealthy family, thanks to his father, who was a successful businessman. He never dreamed of pursuing acting until a friend of his mother's suggested it. He auditioned for the KBS television network in 1991 and was accepted. His ...

3. Kang-ho Song

Actor | Gwoemul

Song Kang-ho never professionally trained as an actor, beginning his career in social theater groups after graduating from Kimhae High School. Later, he joined Kee Kuk-seo's influential theater company with its emphasis on instinctive acting and improvisation, which proved to be Song's training ...

4. Yunjin Kim

Actress | Lost

Yunjin Kim (born November 7, 1973), also known as Kim Yun-Jin is a South Korean-American film and theater actress. She is best known for her role as Sun on the American television series Lost, and as the North Korean spy Bang-Hee in the South Korean film Shiri. She also starred as Dr. Karen Kim in ...

5. Jun Ji-Hyun

Actress | Yeopgijeogin geunyeo

Jeon Ji-hyun (born 30 October 1981) is a South Korean actress and model famous for her role in My Sassy Girl. Jeon was born in Seoul, and studied in the Department of Theater and Film at Dongguk University. She began her career as a model in 1997, and after appearing in a number of TV sitcoms, her ...

My Sassy Girl Blood The Last Vampire Assassination

6. Jung Woo-sung

Actor | Joheunnom nabbeunnom isanghannom

Born as the youngest of three in Seoul, South Korea. He made his debut with a TV commercial in 1994 and applied for an open audition for a leading role in The Fox with Nine Tails (1994) opposite 'So-Young Ko'. This role launched his career as one of the most promising actors in Korea. He dropped ...

7. Jang Dong-Gun

Actor | Taegukgi hwinalrimyeo

South Korean actor Jang Dong-Gun starred in two record-breaking box office hits; one of which was 'Friend,' the highest grossing Korean film at the time. He gained widespread critical acclaim for his portrayal of a troubled high school student who chooses the life of organized crime, paving the way...

The Warriors Way

8. Sung-Ki Ahn

Actor | Ra-dee-o-seu-ta

Made his film debut at the age of 5 in 1957 and has been one of the most popular actors in Korea ever since. Graduated from Korea University of Foreign Studies majoring in Vietnamese. Won the best actor award in Asia-Pacific film festival in 1993 for his role in the film 'White Badge' (based on the...


9. Lee Yeong-ae

Actress | Chinjeolhan geumjassi

Lee Yeong-ae was born on January 31, 1971 in Seoul, South Korea as Lee Young-Ae. She is an actress, known for Lady Vengeance (2005), Joint Security Area (2000) and Bring Me Home (2019). She has been married to Jeong Ho-young since August 24, 2009. They have two children.

JSA Sympathy For Lady Vengeance

10. Kim Ok-bin

Actress | Bakjwi

Kim Ok-bin was born on December 29, 1986 in Chollanam-do, South Korea. She is an actress, known for Thirst (2009), The Villainess (2017) and Yoo-Na's Street (2014).

Thirst The Villainess

11. Jung-jae Lee

Actor | Gwansang

Apart from being a top star in film and TV, Jung-Jae Lee also works as a highly successful fashion model. One year after his debut on television in 1993, Lee was cast in his first film, a feature by Bae Chang-ho. His breakthrough came in late 1998 in the award-winning film An Affair by E-J Yong. ...

New World The Housemaid Assassination

12. Won Bin

Actor | Ajeossi

Won Bin, born November 10, 1977 in Jeongseon County, Gangwon Province, South Korea, is a popular actor. He is the youngest of five siblings (two older brothers and two older sisters). While growing up in Jeongseon County, Won Bin initially planned to become a car mechanic, but in 1996 entered an ...

The Man From Nowhere

13. Bae Doona

Actress | Cloud Atlas

Doona Bae was born in Seoul, South Korea. Her mother, Hwa-Young Kim, is a stage actress. Bae started out as a model. She soon moved to T.V. and movies, and it proved the right move. Her first movie was The Ring Virus (1999). Barking Dogs Never Bite (2000) (aka "Barking Dogs Never Bite") and Take ...

The Host Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance Cloud Atlas

14. Shin Min-a

Actress | Dalkomhan insaeng

Shin Min-A, born April 5th, 1984 with birth name Yang Min-A, is a popular South Korean actress & model. Her family consists of a father, mother, older sister & brother. In middle school, Min-A took a picture with her friends on a school picnic and sent the photo to teen magazine KiKi. From that ...

A Bittersweet Life

15. Song Ji-Hyo

Actress | Sinsegye

Song Ji-Hyo is a South Korean TVand film actress. She is well known for her portrayal of ballerina Min Hyo-Rin in Princess Hours, Lady Ye So-ya in MBC Jumong and as the Queen in A Frozen Flower.

She was co-MC with Heechul of Super Junior on SBS's weekly live music show Inkigayo, from November 11, ...

Blood And Flowers New World

16. Ryoo Seung-bum

Actor | Boo-dang-geo-rae

Ryoo Seung-bum made a name for himself as an actor after debuting in the film DIE BAD (2000). The critically-acclaimed cult classic hit became a gritty debut that earned Ryoo the Best New Actor award at the 38th Grand Bell Awards. Known for his manic energy, casual demeanor and subtle ability to ...

Arahan New World No Mercy

17. Shin Ha-kyun

Actor | Jigureul jikyeora!

Shin Ha-kyun was born on May 30, 1974 in Seoul, South Korea. He is an actor and manager, known for Save the Green Planet! (2003), Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002) and Thirst (2009).

Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance Thirst Save The Green Planet

18. Ha Jung-woo

Actor | Ah-ga-ssi

Jung-woo Ha is a South Korean actor, film director, screenwriter and film producer. His breakthrough to stardom came with the role in Na Hong-jin's serial killer film The Chaser (2008).

Born as Kim Sung-hoon, Ha Jung-woo came from an acting family. His father Kim Yong-gun is a well-known veteran ...

The Handmaiden The Chaser The Yellow Sea

19. Ju Jin-Mo

Actor | Ssang-hwa-jeom

Jin-mo Ju first became interested in acting when he watched Richard Gere in "Officer and a Gentleman" at the age of ten. After graduating from Koyang High School, Ju entered the Incheon National University as a physical education major. Ju then entered South Korea's mandatory military service. ...

Musa Blood And Flowers

20. In-Sung Jo

Actor | That Winter, the Wind Blows

Jo In-Sung was born in July 28, 1981 in Seoul. He made his debut as a model. However, he started to have an acting career in 2000, however he received the public attention through the TV drama Piano alongside actor Go-Soo. He then starred in the 2003 romance movie The Classic. By 2004, he joined ...

Blood And Flowers A Dirty Carnival

21. Hyeon-jun Shin

Actor | Killerdeului suda

Shin Hyun-june (b. March 24, 1968) was an athletics major at Yonsei University before starting a career in modeling and acting in 1989. His film debut came in veteran director Im Kwon-taek's stylish Son of a General series, set under the Japanese occupation in the 1920s. For the first half of the ...


22. Sang-Woo Kwon

Actor | Seulpeumboda deo seulpeun iyagi

Sang-Woo Kwon was born on August 5, 1976 in Daejeon, South Korea as Sang-Woo Kwone. He is an actor, known for More Than Blue (2009), Queen of Ambition (2013) and Love So Divine (2004). He has been married to Son Tae-Yeong since September 28, 2008. They have two children.

Once Upon a Time In High-School

23. Son Ye-jin

Actress | Nae meorisokui jiwoogae

As of her debut in South Korean films, Ye-jin Son became one of the stars of Chungmoore, the Korean Hollywood, notably appearing in the beautiful "Drunk on Women and Poetry" by the master Kwan-taek Im. In "April Snow", directed by Jin-ho Hur (2005), she questioned her pure innocent girl image, ...

White Night The Art of Seduction

24. So-yi Yoon

Actress | Hieoro

So-yi Yoon was born on January 5, 1985 in South Korea. She is an actress, known for Hero (2009), Arahan (2004) and Shadowless Sword (2005).


25. Ko Asung

Actress | Snowpiercer

Ko Asung was born on August 10, 1992 in Seoul, South Korea. She is an actress, known for Snowpiercer (2013), The Host (2006) and Heard It Through the Grapevine (2015).

The Host Snowpiercer

26. Yeo-jeong Cho

Actress | Gisaengchung

Yeo-jeong Cho was born on February 10, 1981 in South Korea. She is an actress, known for Parasite (2019), The Servant (2010) and Obsessed (2014).

The Concubine Parasite The Servant

27. Yoo Ji-Tae

Actor | Oldeuboi

Yoo Ji-Tae was born on April 13, 1976 in Seoul, South Korea. He is an actor and director, known for Oldboy (2003), Ditto (2000) and Mai Ratima (2012).

Oldboy Into The Mirror Natural City

28. Lee Jung-Jin

Actor | Pieta

Lee Jung-Jin was born on May 25, 1978 in Seoul, Korea. He is known for his work on Pieta (2012), Hundred Year Inheritance (2013) and Link (2011).

Once Upon a Time In High-School Pieta

29. Doo-hong Jung

Stunts | Beterang

Doo-hong Jung was born on December 14, 1966 in South Korea. He is known for his work on Veteran (2015), G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013) and RED 2 (2013).

Arahan City Of Violence

30. Jung-min Hwang

Actor | Gokseong

Hwang Jung-Min is one of the highest-grossing movie stars in South Korea, starring in many iconic box office hits such as ODE TO MY FATHER (2014), VETERAN (2015), THE WAILING (2016) to name a few, and is the third actor in Korea to become a member of the "100 million Viewer Club" in Korea, along ...

31. Claudia Kim

Actress | Avengers: Age of Ultron

Claudia Kim was born on January 25, 1985 in South Korea as Kim Soo-hyun. She is an actress, known for Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Equals (2015) and The Dark Tower (2017). She has been married to Matthew Shampine since December 14, 2019. They have one child.

32. Uhm Junghwa

Actress | Be-seu-teu-sel-leo

Uhm Junghwa was born on August 17, 1969 in South Korea. She is an actress, known for Bestseller (2010), Montage (2013) and Princess Aurora (2005).

Princess Aurora

33. Yeong-hie Seo

Actress | Chugyeokja

Yeong-hie Seo was born on June 13, 1980 in Seoul, South Korea. She is an actress and writer, known for The Chaser (2008), Kim Bok-nam salinsageonui jeonmal (2010) and My Lovely Week (2005).

Bedevilled The Chaser

34. Kim Tae-ri

Actress | Ah-ga-ssi

Tae-ri Kim is a South Korean actress. Kim started her career appearing in theater productions and modelling in TV adverts. She made her feature film debut in Park Chan-wook's film The Handmaiden (2016) where she was chosen from among 1,500 candidates who auditioned for the role. Park's first ...

The Handmaiden

35. Kim Min-hee

Actress | Ah-ga-ssi

Kim Min-hee was born on March 1, 1982 in South Korea. She is an actress and production manager, known for The Handmaiden (2016), On the Beach at Night Alone (2017) and The Day After (2017).

The Handmaiden

36. Woo Seo

Actress | Hanyo

Woo Seo was born on July 7, 1985 in South Korea as Mun Ju Kim. She is an actress, known for The Housemaid (2010), Crush and Blush (2008) and Paju (2009).

The Housemaid

37. Lim Soo-jung

Actress | Janghwa, Hongryeon

Lim Soo-jung was born on July 11, 1980 in South Korea. She is an actress, known for A Tale of Two Sisters (2003), I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK (2006) and All About My Wife (2012).

A Tale Of Two Sisters I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK

38. Ha Ji-Won

Actress | Hyeongsa

South Korean fresh face Ha Ji-won is a very talented actress. She first came to theater in 2000 and won an award for best new actress. Her big break was "Sex is zero" and "True or Dare". In 2003, she was cast as Chae-oak in the famous Korean TV drama "Damo" and was stated as South Korean's most ...

Sex Is Zero

39. Lee Bo-young

Actress | Neoui Moksoriga Deulryeo

Lee Bo-young was born on January 12, 1979 in South Korea. She is an actress, known for I Hear Your Voice (2013), A Dirty Carnival (2006) and Once Upon a Time in Corea (2008). She has been married to Seong Ji since September 27, 2013. They have two children.

A Dirty Carnival

40. Hye-jin Han

Actress | Yongseoneun eupda

Hye-jin Han was born on October 27, 1981 in South Korea. She is an actress, known for No Mercy (2010), The Book of the Three Hans (2006) and Man in Love (2014). She has been married to Sung-Yueng Ki since July 1, 2013.

No Mercy

41. Woo-hee Chun

Actress | Han Gong-ju

Woo-hee Chun was born on April 20, 1987 in Icheon, Gyeonggi, South Korea. She is known for her work on Han Gong-ju (2013), The Wailing (2016) and Sseo-ni (2011).

The Wailing

42. Ga-in Han

Actress | Nabbeun Namja

Ga-in Han was born on February 2, 1982 in South Korea as Han Ka-Yan. She is an actress, known for Bad Boy (2010), Haereul poomeun dal (2012) and Architecture 101 (2012). She has been married to Jeong-hun Yeon since April 26, 2005.

Once Upon A Time In High-School

43. Na-ra Lee

Actress | Moebiuseu

Na-ra Lee was born on August 22, 1980. She is an actress, known for Moebius (2013), Forgotten (2017) and Bang Ja Chronicles (2011).


44. Kim Hee-seon

Actress | San wa

Kim Hee-seon was born on February 25, 1977 in Seoul, South Korea. She is an actress, known for The Myth (2005), The Lady in Dignity (2017) and Wonderful Days (2014). She has been married to Ju-Young Park since October 21, 2007. They have one child.


45. Si-yeon Park

Actress | Sa-rang

Si-yeon Park was born on March 29, 1979 in South Korea. She is an actress, known for A Love (2007), Last Knights (2015) and Dachimawa Lee (2008). She has been married to Park Sang-hun since November 19, 2011. They have one child.

The Scent

46. Ji-Yeon Lim

Actress | In-gan-jung-dok

Ji-Yeon Lim was born on June 23, 1990 in Seoul, South Korea. She is an actress, known for Obsessed (2014), High Society (2015) and Luck-Key (2016).

The Treacherous

47. Do-won Kwak

Actor | Gokseong

Kwak Do-won is a Korean musical actor who also played roles on the small and big screen. He played many notable roles in various production such as: "The Yellow Sea", "Nameless Gangster: Rules of the Time", "The Attorney", "The Wailing", and many more. Since his appearance in "Nameless Gangster: ...

The Wailing

48. Sae-ron Kim

Actress | Ajeossi

Sae-ron Kim is an actress, known for The Man from Nowhere (2010), A Girl at My Door (2014) and A Brand New Life (2009).

The Man from Nowhere

49. Han Hyo-joo

Actress | Dong Yi

Han Hyo-Joo (born February 22, 1987 Cheongju, North Chungcheong Province) is a South Korean film and television actress. She is best known for her leading roles in television drama series: Spring Waltz (2006) (2006); Shining Inheritance (2009) (2009); Dong Yi (2010)(2010) and W (2016) (2016) as ...


50. Kim Yoon-seok

Actor | Chugyeokja

Kim Yoon-seok was born on January 21, 1968 in Danyang County, North Chungcheong Province, South Korea. He is an actor, known for The Chaser (2008), Another Child (2019) and 1987: When the Day Comes (2017). He has been married to Joo-ran Bang since 2002. They have two children.


51. Hyeon-jin Park

Director | 6 nyeon-jjae yeonae-jung

Hyeon-jin Park is a director and actress, known for Lovers of 6 Years (2008), Like for Likes (2016) and Natalie (2010).


52. Jong-seo Jun

Actress | Beoning

Jeon Jong-Seo was born in Seoul, the only child in the family. Jeon attended a middle school in Canada and then graduated from Seoul Arts High School. After high school, she attended Sejong University majoring in film. In 2018 she took a break from university to pursue her acting career more freely.


53. Moon So-ri

Actress | Ah-ga-ssi

Moon So-ri was born on July 2, 1974 in Busan, Korea. She is an actress and director, known for The Handmaiden (2016), Oasis (2002) and The Running Actress (2017). She has been married to Joon-Hwan Jang since December 24, 2006. They have one child.

The Handmaiden

54. Woo-sik Choi

Actor | Gisaengchung

Woo-sik Choi was born on March 26, 1990 in South Korea. He is an actor, known for Parasite (2019), Okja (2017) and Set Me Free (2014).

Parasite The Witch

55. Kim Byeong-Ok

Actor | Oldeuboi

Kim Byeong-Ok was born on October 11, 1960 in South Korea. He is an actor, known for Oldboy (2003), Lady Vengeance (2005) and New World (2013).

56. Kim Da-Mi

Actress | Manyeo

Kim Da-mi (born April 9, 1995) is a South Korean actress. She is best known for playing the titular role in action-mystery film The Witch: Part 1. The Subversion (2018). She is also known for her role in the television series Itaewon Class (2020).

In 2018, Kim Da-mi played the role of a high school ...

The Witch

57. Kim Hye-su

Actress | Eolguleobtneun minyeo

Kim Hye-su was born on September 5, 1970 in Busan, South Korea. She is an actress and manager, known for The Hypnotized (2004), Tazza: The High Rollers (2006) and The Red Shoes (2005).


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