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Best Korean Female Actors | 10 Most Popular Stars In 2021

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Korean actresses are just so enticing! The Korean film fraternity has managed to showcase some extremely talented Korean female actors who have a strong work profile which has enticed audience around the world

Whether it is the raw talent or the exotic beauty, there are some female actors who have managed to etch in our minds. 

We have gathered some information and trivia about some of the best Korean female actors that you must know about. 

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Top Korean Female Actors In 2021

Han Hyo Joo

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Han Hyo Joo started her career with the sitcom Nonstop 5. In 2003, she won a beauty pageant conducted by food corporation Binggrae. 

This helped her gain attention and opportunities which later made her one of the most popular actresses in korean television.

Her notable performances include her role in Director Lee Yoon Ki’s independent film, “Ad-Lib night”. 

The story follows the life of a young woman who has an eerie overnight encounter with strangers which leads her to discover herself.

She became a household name after her role opposite Lee Seung-gi in Brilliant Legacy which stayed in the number one spot in the viewership rating chart for twenty consecutive weeks. 

In 2019, she bagged a Hollywood project as the main character in “Treadstone”, a television series where she is paired opposite Matt Damon.

She has won numerous awards including the Best New Actress award at the Korean Association of Film Critics awards and the Singapore International Film Festival. 

Song Hye Kyo

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Song Hye kyo is one of the most popular Korean actresses. 

She rose to fame after her excellent performances in television drama series like Autumn in my heart (2000), All in (2003), Full House (2004), That Winter, The Wind Blows (2013), Descendants of the Sun (2014) and Encounter (2018).

She has also done noted roles in films like Hwang Jin Yi (2007), The Grandmaster (2013), My Brilliant Life (2014) and The Queens (2015). 

She established herself as a top Hallyu star with her excellent performances in television shows that have gained International recognition.

She was in the news for her relationship and marriage to Song Joong Ki, her co-star from the hit Television series “Descendants of the sun”. 

She later went on to get a divorce, two years later, which gained her a lot of media attention.


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IU is the stage name of Lee Ji-eun who is an accomplished singer, songwriter and actress. 

She was born in  Songjeong-dong, Seoul, South Korea and started attending acting classes at a very young age.

She started her singing career at the age of fifteen with a mini album, Lost and Found. Her most popular song was “Good day” which catapulted her career and she was at the top of South Korea’s Gaon Digital Chart for five consecutive weeks. 

The song also became a part of the “100 Greatest Korean Pop songs of the 2010’s” by Billboards in 2019.

She has also been a part of television shows and radio hostings. Her most popular roles include You’re the Best, Lee Soon-shin, Pretty Man, The Producers, Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo, My Mister, Persona and Hotel del Luna. 

She won the “Best New Actress” award at the 2014 KBS Drama Awards and has been nominated over 200 times for her singing and acting career.

Bae Suzy

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She was born in Buk district, Gwangju. She was an online shopping model and attended the School of performing arts, Seol before she got into acting and singing. 

Bae Suzy started her acting career with the television series “Dream High (2011)”. 

She has a notable music career and she was a member of the Chinese-Korean girl group “Miss A”. They released the single “Bad girl Good girl” under JYP Entertainment and AQ Entertainment in 2010. 

The group later disbanded, according to an announcement made by JYP Entertainment on 27th December 2017.

Some of her notable work includes the tv reality show Invincible youth and the television drama Big and Gu Family book. 

She has won numerous awards like  the Best Newcomer award in the Variety category at the KBS Entertainment Awards for her performance in Invincible Youth 2. 

Kim So Hyun

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She is affectionately known as “Nation’s little sister” after her wonderful performances in television series that was widely accepted by the audience. 

So Hyun was born in Australia but later moved to South Korea in 2003 at the age of four. 

She attended the Yongin Munjung Middle School in 2015 and was homeschooled for the rest of her secondary education. She is currently pursuing theatre at Hanyang University. 

After this rise in fame, she was also appointed as the National Representative of Honorary Smile to represent Korea’s smile and kindness at the Pyeongchang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games 2018.

Some of her most popular works are television series like Love Alarm 2, River where the moon rises, The tale of Nokdu, Radio romance, While you were sleeping, Goblin, Reset, Who are you: School 2015, Nightmare teacher, Loving you a thousand times etc. 

Jun Ji Hyun

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She is also known as Gianna Jun and is an actress signed under Cultural Depot. Her acting career took off with the 1999 movie “White Valentine”. 

Her popularity soared after she starred in a Samsung commercial for the My Jet printer. She became a favourite among teens and young adults with her excellent performance in it.

Ji Hyum’s most popular role to date is her role in the film “My Sassy girl”. The film was one of the highest grossing Korean comedies of all time. 

She appears in other famous roles in the movies “My love from another star” and “The Legend of the blue sea”.

After being discovered on the streets by a magazine editor at the age of 16, she started a modelling job for Ecole magazine. 

She is one of the most successful celebrities in South Korea with a number of brand endorsements and advertisements to her name.

Hi Jyun got married to Choi Jun Hyuk in 2012. Her husband is the grandson of hanbok designer Lee Young Hee and son of fashion designer Lee Jung Woo.

Park Shin Hye

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Park Shin Hye grew up in the Songpa District in Seoul, South Korea.Her career began with an appearance in the music video “Flower” by singer Lee Heung Han. 

She attended the Youngpa Girls’ High School and later went to Chung-Ang university where she studied for eight years and graduated in theatre studies.

One of her most popular roles is in the romantic comedy music drama “You’re Beautiful” in which she starred as a cross-dressing heroine. 

The series gained huge popularity in Japan and she became a household name there.

She also won accolades for the comedy film Cyrano Agency which was about a dating agency that helps its customers win the hearts of people they are interested in.  

Lee Sung Kyun

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Lee Sung kyun won the Local Supermodel Contest in 2008 after which she started her stint as her model. Her noted work includes Record of youth, Once Again, Dr. Romantic, About Time, While you were sleeping, Doctors, Cheese in the trap, Flower of the Queen etc.

She is also a singer and a model. She was awarded the “Best new actress award” at the MBC drama awards for her role in “Flower in the Queen”.

Park Bo Young

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Park Bo Young started her career with the movie “Equal” which was created by her video production team when she was in middle school.

Her other well-known roles include the hit films Scandal Makers (2008), A Werewolf Boy (2012) and On Your Wedding Day (2018), and television series like Oh My Ghost (2015), Strong Girl Bong-soon (2017) and Abyss (2019).

She was caught in a legal dispute with her management agency because of which she had to take a break from acting for a few years. 

But she reestablished herself with a perfect comeback.

She starred in the hit film “A werewolf boy” opposite actor Song Joong ki which was a massive success.

She has won numerous awards including the “Best New Actress” and “the popularity” award at the “45th Baeksang Arts Awards” and the “Best actress” award at the Seoul Awards.

Kim Yoo Jung

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Kim Yoo Jung was known as “Korea’s little sister” while she was a child actress. She was born in Seoul and attended the Goyang High school of Arts. 

Yoo Jung was known as one of the most popular child actresses during her stint as an actress at the age of four.

Some of her best-known roles include Dong Yi, Moon Embracing the Sun, and May Queen. Her older sister is also an actress. 

She has also starred in a lot of acclaimed historical period dramas which gained her the name “Sageuk fairy”.

In February 2018, she announced that she would take a break from acting after suffering from thyroid issues. 

Another claim to fame is that she became a part of the Forbes Korea Power Celebrity list in 2017. At 17, she is the youngest to be included in the list.

These Korean female actors have managed to win the hearts and minds of views all across the  world and not just in South Korea.

Despite Korean culture’s emphasis on beauty, we can confidently say that these actresses are so successful because of their immense talent. 

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