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List Of Korean Popular Actresses In K-Dramas and South Korean Movies 2023

As the South Korean movie industry is becoming a global phenomenon, there is a lot of interest in Korean actors and actresses.

This list of Korean popular actresses can help you know more about your favorite.

Korean actresses are not just famous for their amazing acting skills. Some of them are also directors, producers, and singers.

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There has been a lot of interest worldwide in Korean popular actresses thanks to the availability of K-dramas on Netflix and Korean movies like Parasite winning the Oscars.  

Lots of boys and girls “stan” these actresses and want to know more about them. 

If you’re one of these fans, you can read my list of Korean popular actresses to know everything about your fave!

List Of Korean Popular Actresses 2021

Here is a list of Korean popular actresses who also happen to be among the most talented celebrities in South Korea. Check it out! 

Joon Ji Hyun

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Age: 39 years

Birthday: October 30, 1981 

Popular Movies/Dramas: 


  • Grand Bell Awards for Best Actress
  • Daesang for Television at the Baeksang Art Awards

Park Shin Hye

List of korean popular female actresses 2021

Age: 31 years old

Birthday:  February 18, 1990

Popular Movies/Dramas:

  • Call
  • #Alive
  • Miracle in Cell No. 7
  • My Annoying Brother


  • Best Newcomer in a Variety Show at the MBC Entertainment Awards.
  • “Most Popular Actress” Film Category, Baeksang Arts Awards

Song Hye Kyo

Korean popular female actresses

Age: 39 Years

Birthday: November 22, 1981

Popular Movies/Dramas:

  • Fetish
  • My Brilliant Life
  • The Grandmaster
  • My Girl and I


  • Daesang, 2nd APAN Star Awards
  • President’s Award, 7th Korean Popular Culture & Arts Awards

Ha Ji Won

most popular korean actress 2021

Age:  43 years

Birthday: 28 June 1978

Popular Movies/Dramas:

  • Secret Garden
  • Empress Ki
  • Sex is Zero
  • Hospital Ship


  • Blue Dragon Film Award Popular Star Award – Female
  • Baeksang Arts Award for Best Actress – Television 2004

Shin Min Ah

most popular korean K-drama actress 2021

Age: 37 years

Birthday: April 5, 1984 

Popular Movies/Dramas:

  • A Bittersweet Life
  • My Love
  • My Bride
  • Oh My Venus
  • Tomorrow
  • The Naked Kitchen


  • New Star Award – SBS Drama Awards
  • Forbes Korea Power Celebrity 
  • Outstanding Korean Actress – 11th Seoul International Drama Awards, 2016

Ku Hye Sun

most popular korean movie actress 2021

Age:  36 years

Birthday: November 9, 1984

Popular Movies/Dramas:

  • Daughter
  • Peach Tree
  • Boys Over Flowers
  • Mystery Pink
  • Blood


  • Minister Commendation at the 14th Annual Republic of Korea Design Award 
  • Korea Fulfillment Award
  • Ministry Award for “sharing happiness” 
  • Best Young Director – 6th Seoul Senior Film Festival 

Bae Suzy

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Age:  26 years

Birthday: October 10, 1994

Popular Movies/Dramas:

  • Architecture 101
  • Ashfall
  • Wonderland
  • The Sound of a Flower
  • Uncontrollably Fond
  • Big
  • Dream High


  • Best New Actress award at the 48th Baeksang Arts Awards
  • Outstanding Actress – Seoul International Drama Awards

Gong Hyo Jin

korean actresses in their 20s

Age: 41 years

Birthday:  April 4, 1980 

Popular Movies/Dramas:

  • Crazy Romance
  • Door Lock
  • Hit-And-Run Squad
  • My Son


  • Best New Actor, TV category – Baeksang Arts Awards
  • Rising Star Award, New York Asian Film Festival

Yoon Eun Hye

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Age: 36 years

Birthday: October 3, 1984

Popular Movies/Dramas:

  • After Love
  • Little Black Dress
  • Missing You
  • Coffee Prince
  • My Fair Lady


  • Best Actress award, 2006 Grimae Awards
  • Best Actress, 44th Baeksang Arts Awards

Lee Young Ae

korean actresses in their 50s

Age: 50 Years

Birthday: January 31, 1971

Popular Movies/Dramas:

  • Dae Jang Geum

Saimdang, Memoir of Colors

  • Lady Vengeance
  • Bring Me Home
  • Last Present


  • Best New Actress, SBS Drama Awards
  • Best Actress, 25th Chunsa Film Art Awards
  • 10th Anniversary Hallyu Achievement Award, 10th Seoul International Drama Awards

Choi Ji Woo

korean actresses in their 40s

Age: 46 years

Birthday: June 11, 1975 

Popular Movies/Dramas:

  • Actresses
  • Like for Likes
  • Everybody Has a Little Secret
  • Crash Landing On You


  • Baeksang Arts Award for Most Popular Female in Television
  • Asia Star Awards, 7th Asia Model Festival Awards
  • Inducted into the Star Hall of Fame, 4th Seoul International Drama Awards

Son Ye Jin

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Age: 39 years

Birthday: January 11, 1982

Popular Movies/Dramas:

  • Crash Landing on You
  • Something in the Rain
  • The Negotiation
  • The Classic
  • Personal Taste


  •  Grand Bell Award for Best Actress
  • Best Actress, 25th Buil Film Awards
  • Best Actress, 17th Busan Film Critics Awards 

Kim Go Eun

korean actresses in their 30s

Age: 30 years

Birthday: July 2, 1991

Popular Movies/Dramas:

  • Guardian: The Lonely and Great God

The King: Eternal Monarch

  • Eungyo
  • A Muse
  • Cheese In The Trap


  • Grand Bell Award for Best New Actress
  • Chanel ambassador for South Korea, 2014
  • Best New Actress, 32nd Korean Association of Film Critics Awards

Park Bo Young

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Age: 31 years

Birthday: February 12, 1990

Popular Movies/Dramas:

  • Strong Girl Bong‑soon
  • Doom at Your Service
  • Oh My Ghost
  • Abyss
  • A Werewolf Boy


  • Blue Dragon Film Award Popular Star Award – Female
  • Best Young Actress, 14th SBS Drama Awards
  • 23rd KCA Consumer Day Awards, Best Actress
  • Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Commendation, 8th Korean Popular Culture and Arts Awards

Park Min Young

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Age: 35 Years

Birthday: March 4, 1986

Popular Movies/Dramas:

  • The Cat
  • Anyang
  • Paradise City
  • Healer
  • City Hunter
  • Her Private Hunter
  • What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim


  • Female Character of the Year,  tVN Joy Festival
  • Fashion Artist Award, Top Chinese Music Awards
  • Best Actress of the Year, Soompi Awards

Yo-won Lee

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Age: April 9, 1980

Birthday: 41 years

Popular Movies/Dramas:

  • Perfect Number
  • May 18
  • Fists of Legend
  • My Little Brother
  • Queen Seondeok 
  • Different Dreams


  • Best New Actress, 38th Baeksang Arts Awards
  • Top 10 Stars, SBS Drama Awards
  • Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Drama Special, SBS Drama Awards
  • Top Excellence Award, Actress, MBC Drama Awards

Hye-jin Han

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Age: October 27, 1981

Birthday: 39 years

Popular Movies/Dramas:

  • Be Strong, Geum-soon!
  • Jumong
  • Jejungwon
  •  Healing Camp, Aren’t You Happy


  • 2012 SBS Entertainment Awards: Excellence Award in a Talk Show
  • 2011 KBS Drama Awards: Popularity Award
  • 2006 MBC Drama Awards: Top Excellence Award, Actress

So-Young Ko

So Young Ko

Age: October 6, 1972

Birthday: 48 years

Popular Movies/Dramas:

  • Ms. Perfect
  • Love Wind Love Song
  • Beat
  • Perfect Wife
  •  If the Sun Rises in the West


  • Best Actress prize, Grand Bell Awards ceremony

Kim Tae-hee

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Age: 41 years

Birthday: March 29, 1980

Popular Movies/Dramas:

  • Hi Bye, Mama!
  • Yong‑pal
  • Iris
  • Stairway to Heaven


  • Most Popular Actress, TV category Baeksang Arts Awards
  • Top Excellence Acting Award, Korea Drama Awards

Yu-ri Sung

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Age:  40 years

Birthday: March 3, 1981 

Popular Movies/Dramas:

  • Runway Cop
  • A Boy’s Sister
  • Summer Snow
  • Maybe


  • New Star Award, SBS Drama Awards 2002
  • Most Popular Actress (TV), 44th Baeksang Arts Awards
  • Producer’s Award, SBS Entertainment Awards

Yeon-su Oh

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Age: 48 Years

Birthday: 27 October 1971

Popular Movies/Dramas:

  • Bitter Sweet Life
  • Bad Guy
  • Jumong
  • IRIS 2: The Movie


  • 1990 MBC Drama Awards: Best New Actress
  • 2006 MBC Drama Awards: Special Award, Actress in a Large-scale Historical Drama
  • 2006 MBC Drama Awards: Special Award, Actress in a Large-scale Historical Drama
  • 2010 3rd Style Icon Awards: Fashionista

Chang-suk Kim

Age: 72 Years

Birthday: 15 January 1949

Popular Movies/Dramas:

  • Daughters-In-Law
  • Testimony
  • You
  • Begin Again
  • Mother’s Garden


  • Grand Bell Special Acting Award
  • Baeksang Arts Award for Most Popular Female in Television
  • Blue Dragon Film Award Popular Star Award – Female

Yeon-hee Lee

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Age: 33 years

Birthday: 9 January 1988

Popular Movies/Dramas:

  • The Game: Towards Zero
  • Splendid Politics
  • The Package
  • Reunited Worlds
  • A Millionaire’s First Love 


  • Grand Prize, 2nd SM Best Youth Contest
  • Fashionista Award, 7th Asia Model Festival Awards
  • Popularity Award, Korean Film Actors’ Guild Awards

Moon Chae-Won

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Age: 34 years

Birthday: 13 November 1986 

Popular Movies/Dramas:

  • Flower of Evil
  • The Innocent Man
  • Criminal Minds
  • Good Doctor
  • It’s Okay, Daddy’s Girl


  • Best New Actress, 32nd Blue Dragon Film Awards
  • Top Excellence Award, KBS Drama Awards
  • Producers Choice Award, 19th Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival

Eun-ha Shim

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Age: 48 Years

Birthday: 23 September 1972 

Popular Movies/Dramas:

  • Christmas in August
  • Trap of Youth
  • The Last Match
  • Art Museum by the Zoo


  • Best New Actress,  30th Baeksang Arts Awards 1994
  • Best Actress, 18th Korean Association of Film Critics Awards
  • Popularity Award, 37th Grand Bell Awards
  • Popularity Award, 38th Grand Bell Awards

Kim Yoo Jung

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Age: 22 Years

Birthday: 22 September 1999

Popular Movies/Dramas:

  • Love In The Moonlight
  • The Moon Embracing The Sun
  • Red Sky
  • Backstreet Rookie
  • Because I Love You
  • Cirlce of Atonement


  • Best Young ActressAPAN Star Awards, 2012
  • Top Buzz Star: Female – Yahoo! Asia Buzz Awards, 2016
  • Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Fantasy/Romance Drama – SBS Drama Awards, 2020

Shi-ra Chae

popular korean actress

Age: 53 Years

Birthday: 25 June 1968

Popular Movies/Dramas:

  • The Moon of Seoul
  • Eyes of Dawn
  • Goodbye To Goodbye
  • Breathing Underwater
  • Empress Chun Chu


  • Best New Actress,  26th Baeksang Arts Awards 1990
  • Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Weekend Drama – MBC Drama Awards, 2018
  • Grand Prize (Daesang) KBS Drama Awards 1999
  • PD AwardSBS Awards 2021

FAQs about the List of Korean Popular Actresses

Who is the highest paid Korean actress?

Here is the list of the top Korean actresses and how much they’ve been paid for their roles recently.
Lee Young-ae – $52 million
Song Hye-kyo – $37 million
Go Hyun-jung – $34 million
IU – $31 million
Bae Suzy – $30 million
Jun Ji-hyun – $28 million
Choi Ji-woo – $27.5 million
Kim Tae-hee – $25 million
Clearly, the Korean actress Lee Young-ae has been the highest paid actress in the South Korean film industry in recent years. 
Young-ae has been in the movie industry for a long time and has appeared in both critically-acclaimed films and blockbusters.
Some of her popular works include the historical drama Dae Jang Geum, the thriller Lady Vengeance, among others. 

Who is the most beautiful Korean actress?

According to a popular poll, the following women have been voted the most beautiful actresses in South Korea.
Han Hyo Joo
Song Hye-kyo
Lee Ji-eun
Bae Suzy
Jun Ji-hyun
Park Shin Hye
Lee Sung Kyung
Park Bo Young

Which Korean actresses have appeared in Hollywood movies?

Korean ActressHollywood Movie
Bae DoonaSense8, Jupiter Ascending, Cloud Atlas
Claudia KimAvengers: Age of Ultron, Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald
Jun Ji HyunBlood: The Last Vampire
Lee Chae RinMile 22
Jeon Jong SeoMona Lisa and the Blood Moon

I think it’s fantastic that Korean popular culture like movies, dramas, and music is finally being recognized and loved all over the world! 

It’s also great that these Korean celebrities are being lauded for not just their beauty or fashion but also their talent. 

So I hope this list of Korean popular actresses helps bring the world of K-drama and movie stars a bit closer to you!

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