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Kim Ha-neul
Kim Ha-neul at the press conference of My Girlfriend Is an Agent, in March 2009
Born (1978-02-21) 21 February 1978
Seoul, South Korea
Education Seoul Institute of the Arts - Film
Occupation Actress
Years active 1996–present
Agent S.M. C&C
Korean name
Hangul 김하늘
Hanja None (see Ha-neul for explanation)
Revised Romanization Gim Ha-neul
McCune–Reischauer Kim Hanŭl

Kim Ha-neul (born February 21, 1978) is a South Korean actress. She made her acting debut in 1998 with Bye June, and is best known for her starring roles in the romantic comedies My Tutor Friend (2003), Too Beautiful to Lie (2004) and My Girlfriend Is an Agent (2009). Kim received acting awards for the serial killer thriller Blind (2011).


Kim Ha-neul studied film at Seoul Institute of the Arts, and began modeling for clothing brand Storm in 1996. She made her acting debut in the 1998 film Bye June alongside Yoo Ji-tae. Kim and Yoo would later rise to fame when they starred opposite each other again in sci-fi romance Ditto (2000), about a female coed from the 1970s who communicates with a man in the 21st century through a walkie-talkie.[1] She also starred in television series such as Happy Together (1999), Secret (2000), Piano (2001) and Romance (2002).

In My Tutor Friend (2003), she played a college girl tasked with helping a delinquent student her own age graduate from high school, while in Too Beautiful to Lie (2004) she played an ex-convict who pretends to be the fiancee of a man being pressured to marry by his nosy, close-knit family. Both became box-office hits, and Kim was dubbed "the queen of romantic comedies" in the Korean press.

However, her succeeding projects would be less commercially successful: mountain-climbing drama Ice Rain and horror film Dead Friend (both in 2004),[2] and TV melodramas Stained Glass (2004) and 90 Days, Time to Love (2006). So Kim returned to the familiar romance genre with Almost Love (2006), in the role of an aspiring actress with stage fright, which also reunited her with My Tutor Friend costar Kwon Sang-woo.[3] This was followed by Lovers of Six Years (2008), about a longtime couple facing relationship problems.[4]

Kim's next hit was On Air (2008), a behind-the-scenes look at a TV drama production, in which she played an arrogant top actress.[5][6] Her streak continued with spy romantic comedy My Girlfriend Is an Agent, which became the fourth top-grossing Korean film of 2009.

In 2010, Kim played a medical student torn between two soldiers in Korean War drama Road No. 1.[7][8][9] Despite strong hype and a ₩13 million budget, the series received low ratings.[10][1][11]

She bounced back in 2011 with serial killer thriller Blind, where she challenged herself by portraying a visually impaired former detective who becomes witness to a murder. Her performance won her Best Actress honors at the Grand Bell Awards and Blue Dragon Film Awards.[12][13][14][15] This was followed by another rom-com You're My Pet, adapted from the Japanese josei manga Kimi wa Petto.[16][17]

In 2012, Kim returned to the small screen as a high school ethics teacher who falls for a playboy architect (played by Jang Dong-gun) in A Gentleman's Dignity.[18] Made by the same team behind On Air (writer Kim Eun-sook and director Shin Woo-chul), the series revolved around the love lives of four male friends in their forties.[19][20][21][22]

She next stars in upcoming Jung Woo-sung,[23] and her first Chinese film, romantic comedy Making Family opposite Aarif Rahman.[24]



Year Title Role
1998 Bye June Yoo Chae-young
1999 Doctor K Oh Sae-yeon
2000 Ditto Yoon So-eun
2003 My Tutor Friend Choi Su-wan
2004 Ice Rain Kim Kyung-min
Too Beautiful to Lie Joo Young-ju
Dead Friend Min Ji-won
2006 Almost Love Jin Dal-rae
2008 Lovers of Six Years Lee Da-jin
2009 My Girlfriend Is an Agent Ahn Soo-ji
2011 Blind Min Soo-ah
You're My Pet Ji Eun-yi
2014 Don't Forget Me Jin-young
2015 Making Family Go Mi-yeon

Television drama

Year Title Role Network
1999 Happy Together Jin Soo-ha SBS
Into the Sunlight Kang Soo-bin MBC
2000 Secret Lee Hee-jung MBC
2001 Piano Lee Soo-ah SBS
2002 Romance Kim Chae-won MBC
2004 Stained Glass Shin Ji-soo SBS
2006 90 Days, Time to Love Go Mi-yeon MBC
2008 On Air Oh Seung-ah SBS
2009 Paradise (telecinema) Mi-kyung SBS/TV Asahi
2010 Road No. 1 Kim Soo-yeon MBC
2012 A Gentleman's Dignity Seo Yi-soo SBS

Music video

Year Song Title Artist
1998 "To Heaven" Jo Sungmo
2002 "Last Promise" Position
2009 "I Was Happy" Jo Sungmo


Year Song Title Artist Notes
2008 "Sky Love" Kim Ha-neul from On Air OST
2011 "Stars in the Night Sky" Yang Jung-seung (Kiroy Y)
feat. Kim Ha-neul
"Bbuing Bbuing -
You're My Pet Song"[25]
Jang Keun-suk
and Kim Ha-neul
from You're My Pet OST
"I Only Look at You" Jang Keun-suk
and Kim Ha-neul
"Good" Kim Ha-neul


Year Product
1996 Storm
1997 Sock Stop
1998 Maxwell House Coffee
1999 Rosehill Cosmetics
Plant Nara Soap
2000 Overclass ID Cosmetics
Borneo International Furniture
Lotte Eve Gum
2001 Lotte Chilsung Let's Be
Hanbul Cosmetics 바탕
2002 Coca-Cola Korea 하늘연차
2002-2004 Old & New
2003 Blu Pepe
Megaworld Shopping Mall
2004 Hanil U&I Apartments
Dong-A Pharma 가그린 Mouth Rinse
LG Uplus 002 Telecom
2006 LG Curair Shampoo
2008-2010 Clio Cosmetics
2009 Shinhan Card
Good Downloader Campaign
2011 Hite-Jinro Max Beer
Treefull City Apartments
2012-2013 Coreana Lavida Cosmetics

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2001 SBS Drama Awards Popularity Award Piano Won
2002 MBC Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress Romance Won
2003 39th Baeksang Arts Awards Most Popular Actress My Tutor Friend Won
2004 40th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actress Too Beautiful to Lie Won
25th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Actress Nominated
2008 Korea Fashion & Design Awards Best Dressed N/A Won
29th Blue Dragon Film Awards Popular Star Award Lovers of Six Years Won
2nd Korea Drama Awards[26] Best Actress On Air Won
SBS Drama Awards Top 10 Stars Won
Top Excellence Award, Actress Won
2009 30th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Actress My Girlfriend Is an Agent Nominated
2011 48th Grand Bell Awards[13][14] Best Actress Blind Won
32nd Blue Dragon Film Awards[15] Best Actress Won
2012 1st K-Drama Star Awards Excellence Award, Actress A Gentleman's Dignity Nominated
SBS Drama Awards Top 10 Stars Won
Popularity Award Won
Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Weekend Drama Won


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  2. ^ "Kim Ha-neul, Song Yoon-ah Compete to be This Summer's Horror Queen".  
  3. ^ "청춘만화 (Almost Love) Press Screening Report".  
  4. ^ Lee, Hyo-won (15 January 2008). "Actors Kim, Yoon Gossip About Love".  
  5. ^ Oh, Jean (26 February 2008). "New SBS drama set to be a smash".  
  6. ^ Kwon, Mee-yoo (27 February 2008). "On Air Looks Into Making of Dramas".  
  7. ^ Wee, Geun-woo (13 May 2010). """Kim Ha-neul says "first time receiving such a moving script. TenAsia. Retrieved 2014-03-07. 
  8. ^ So Ji-sub and Kim Ha-neul"Road No. 1". MBC Global Media. 10 June 2010. Retrieved 2012-11-11. 
  9. ^ Han, Sang-hee (21 June 2010). to feature war, love, comradeship"Road No. 1".  
  10. ^ Kim, Jessica (21 June 2010). once-in-a-decade drama"Road No. 1"Kim Ha-neul says . TenAsia. Retrieved 2014-03-07. 
  11. ^ Wee, Geun-woo (6 August 2010). "INTERVIEW: Actress Kim Ha-neul - Part 2". TenAsia. Retrieved 2014-03-07. 
  12. ^ Sunwoo, Carla (12 September 2012). "Kim Ha-neul reveals a close call".  
  13. ^ a b Lee, Claire (18 October 2011). "Kim Ha-neul, Park Hae-il get top honors at Daejong Film Awards".  
  14. ^ a b "48th Daejong Film Awards Highlight Year's Best".  
  15. ^ a b Lee, Claire (27 November 2011). best picture at Blue Dragon Awards"The Unjust".  
  16. ^ Lee, In-kyung (3 November 2011). """Kim Ha Neul says, "I won't work with Jang Keun Suk again.. enewsWorld. Retrieved 2014-03-07. 
  17. ^ Lee, Nancy (13 December 2011). "11 of '11: Hottest Heroine - Kim Ha Neul". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2014-03-07. 
  18. ^ Suk, Monica (10 April 2010). "Kim Ha-neul unveils snippet of upcoming drama with Jang Dong-gun". TenAsia. Retrieved 2014-03-07. 
  19. ^ Oh, Jean (24 May 2012). "Jang Dong-gun gets first 'proper' kiss scene".  
  20. ^ Kim, Ji-yeon (24 June 2012). "Kim Ha Neul Effect"Kim Ha Neul Doesn't Believe in the . enewsWorld. Retrieved 2014-03-07. 
  21. ^ Kim, Ji-yeon (15 August 2012). "Interview: Kim Ha Neul Dreams of a Big Proposal". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2014-03-07. 
  22. ^ Kim, Ji-yeon (19 August 2012). "A Gentleman's Dignity"Interview: Kim Ha Neul Says She's Matured Yet Again through . enewsWorld. Retrieved 2014-03-07. 
  23. ^ Conran, Pierce (7 March 2014). "KIM Ha-neul Joins JUNG Woo-sung on DON'T FORGET ME". Korean Film Council. Retrieved 2014-03-07. 
  24. ^ Jeong, Jee-won (6 November 2014). "Making Family"Kim Ha Neul Cast as Lead in Korean-Chinese Film . enewsWorld. Retrieved 2014-11-06. 
  25. ^ Kim, Erika (20 October 2011). "You're My Pet"Kim Ha Neul and Jang Keun Suk Turn On the Cute for . enewsWorld. Retrieved 2014-03-07. 
  26. ^ Chung, Ah-young (2 November 2008). "Actor Kim Wins Top Prize at Korea Drama Festival Awards".  

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