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Kim Yoo-jung (김유정; 金裕貞; born September 22, 1999) is a South Korean actress. After her acting debut in 2003, she became one of the best known child actresses in Korea and since then, has transitioned into teen roles by starring in television series Dong Yi (2010), Moon Embracing the Sun (2012), May Queen (2012) and Angry Mom (2015). She hosted music show Inkigayo from November 2014 to April 2016 and took on her first leading role in KBS2's historical drama Love in the Moonlight (2016).

Considered "Nation's Little Sister" when she was a child actress, Kim has since been dubbed "Sageuk Fairy" after starring in several acclaimed historical period dramas in her career. In 2017, she ranked 8th on Forbes Korea Power Celebrity list, the youngest to be included in the Top 10 at 17 years old.

Early life and education

Kim was born in Seoul, South Korea on September 22, 1999 as the youngest of three siblings. Her older sister, Yeon-jung (born 1996) debuted as an actress in 2017.

Kim attended Goyang High School of Arts and graduated in January 2018. Kim deferred taking the national College Scholastic Ability Test in 2017, and instead decided to focus on her acting career.

Career

2003–2011: Beginnings as a child actress

After Kim's acting debut when she was 4, she quickly became one of the most in-demand child actresses in Korea. By the time she was a fifth grader, Kim had already appeared in 13 TV dramas and 15 movies.

In 2008, she received her first acting award as "Best Child Actress" for action-adventure series Iljimae. This was followed by acclaimed performances in Dong Yi (2010) and Flames of Desire (2010). Grudge: The Revolt of Gumiho (2010) marked Kim's first major role that wasn't the childhood counterpart of the female protagonist.

2012–2014: Rising popularity

She rose to popularity in 2012 when she starred in the fantasy-period drama Moon Embracing the Sun, which reunited Kim with Grudge: The Revolt of Gumiho costar Lee Min Ho and Iljimae costar Yeo Jin Goo. Moon surpassed 40% ratings and gained "national drama" status. She followed this with a well-received turn in May Queen (2012) and a supporting role in the 2013 film Commitment, and family drama Golden Rainbow (2013).

In 2014, Kim's performance as a teenage bully in Thread of Lies drew critical acclaim. She next played a traditional funeral singer (or "gok-bi") in the single-episode Drama City anthology, and was cast in the horror mystery Room 731, an English-language graduate thesis film by USC filmmaker Young-min Kim. This was followed by a starring role in the period drama Secret Door. Kim also began hosting music show Inkigayo in November 2014 and left the show in April 2016.

2015–present: Transition to lead roles

In 2015 she starred in the television series Angry Mom which tackled bullying and school violence. The same year, she reprised her role as a cat-turned-woman in Love Cells, a two-season web series adapted from the webtoon of the same title and played a murderer's daughter in the thriller film Circle of Atonement.

In August 2016, Kim starred in her first adult leading role, alongside Park Bo Gum, in the youth historical drama Love in the Moonlight. A domestic and international hit, Moonlight achieved peak audience rating of 23.3% and its popularity was referred to as "Moonlight Syndrome". Kim won "Excellence Award, Actress in a Mid-length Drama" for portraying Moonlight's cross-dressing heroine at the 30th KBS Drama Awards.

In 2017, she starred with Cha Tae Hyun in the romantic-comedy film Because I Love You. Kim also had her first overseas fan meeting tour with Taipei, Taiwan as the first stop, at ATT Show Box on February 4, 2017.

In 2018, Kim starred in the romantic-comedy drama Clean with Passion for Now, based on the webtoon of the same name.

In 2019, Kim was cast in the mystery thriller film The Night of the 8th Day.

In 2020, Kim was cast in the romantic comedy drama Convenience Store Saet Byul alongside Ji Chang Wook, based on the webtoon of the same name.

Personal life

In February 2018, it was revealed that Kim was diagnosed with dysfunctions of the thyroid gland and would take a break from acting.

Filmography

Main Article: Kim Yoo Jung (Filmography)

Discography

Year Song Title Notes
2005 "The Most Beautiful Christmas In My Life" with Lee Byung-joon
2014 "I Love So Much" Love Cells OST
"We're Happy" Digital single

Ambassadorship

Year Title Notes
2004 Korea Association of Children's adoptive parents Ambassador
2010 Cheong Wa Dae Children's newspaper Ambassador
Food and Drug Administration (KFDA) Child Ambassador
2012 Korean Youth Ambassador with Lee Min Ho
Gyeonggi Anti-Child Abuse Ambassador
2013 The 58th Memorial Day Big Tree National Love badge South Korean President Park Geun Hye award
2014 Seoul Tourism Ambassador with Jang Hyuk
9th Conference of the Korean Volunteer Ambassador
2015 6th Korea Sharing Festival with Oh Ji Ho

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2006 43rd Grand Bell Awards Best New Actress All for Love Nominated
2008 16th SBS Drama Awards Best Young Actress Iljimae
Painter of the Wind
Won
2010 29th MBC Drama Awards Dong Yi
Flames of Desire
Won
24th KBS Drama Awards Grudge: The Revolt of Gumiho Won
2012 48th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actress (TV) Moon Embracing the Sun Nominated
6th Mnet 20's Choice Awards 20's Upcoming 20's Nominated
4th Pierson Movie Festival Best Child Actress Won
5th Korea Drama Awards Best Young Actress Nominated
1st K-Drama Star Awards Won
31st MBC Drama Awards Moon Embracing the Sun
May Queen
Won
Popularity Award Moon Embracing the Sun Nominated
Best Couple Award (with Yeo Jin Goo) Nominated
5th Herald Donga TV Lifestyle Awards Style Icon Rookie N/A Won
2014 22nd SBS Drama Awards New Star Award Secret Door Won
6th Pierson Movie Festival Trend Choice Best Actress N/A Won
28th KBS Drama Awards Popular Actress in a One-Act/Special Drama Drama City: The Crying Women Nominated
35th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best New Actress Thread of Lies Nominated
2015 34th MBC Drama Awards Top 10 Stars Award Angry Mom Won
2016 8th Style Icon Asia Awesome Teen Award N/A Won
5th APAN Star Awards Best New Actress Love in the Moonlight Won
Asia Artist Awards Most Popular Actress Nominated
Best Icon Award, Drama Won
Yahoo! Asia Buzz Awards Top Buzz Star: Female N/A Won
2nd Fashionista Awards Best Fashionista – Beauty Category N/A Nominated
30th KBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress Love in the Moonlight Nominated
Excellence Award, Actress in a Mid-length Drama Won
Netizen Award, Actress Nominated
Best Couple (with Park Bo Gum) Won
2017 53rd Baeksang Arts Awards Most Popular Actress, Television Won
3rd Fashionista Awards Best Fashionista – Red Carpet Category N/A Nominated

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Trivia

  • Height: 160 cm (5'3")
  • Weight:
  • Zodiac sign: Virgo
  • Blood Type: 0
  • Personality:
  • Nicknames: Nation's Little Sister, Sageuk Fairy
  • Education:
    • Goyang High School of Arts
  • Her family consists of her parents, her older sister, Kim Yeon Jung, and her older brother.

  • She debuted in 2003 at the age of 4.

  • I like Kim Young Ho. I like someone who seems strong and tough on the outside but is warm on the inside.

    —Kim Yoo Jung about her ideal type

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