Cha Hwa-yeon

Cha Hwa-yeon (born Cha Hak-kyung; February 12, 1961) is a South Korean actress.

Cha Hwa-yeon
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Cha Hak-kyung

(1961-02-12) February 12, 1961 (age 59)
Years active1978-present
AgentImagine Asia
Korean name
Revised RomanizationCha Hwa-yeon
McCune–ReischauerCh'a Hwa-yǒn
Birth name
Revised RomanizationCha Hak-gyeong
McCune–ReischauerCh'a Hak-kyŏng


Cha made her acting debut in 1978, and became best known as the heroine Kim Mi-ja in the 1987 television drama Love and Ambition, a character who became an icon for modern Korean women in that era.[1] But she retired a year later, after getting married in 1988.[2] Cha returned to acting twenty years later in 2008 with Aeja's Older Sister, Minja.[3]

In March 2018, Cha signed with new management agency Imagine Asia.[4]


Television seriesEdit

Year Title Role Network
1978 Woman's Face TBC
1979 날 저무는 하늘에
이조여인 오백년사 - 원앙별곡
1980 Pilnyeo
Ahrong-yi Darong-yi
Daldongne (Moon Village)
1981 Pursuit KBS2
TV Literature "The Road to Sampo" KBS1
Now Is the Time to Love KBS2
1982 TV Literature "Ma" KBS1
Wind Flower KBS2
Diary of a Mom KBS1
Long Live Ttok-soon
1983 Thaw KBS2
Geum-nam's House
1984 봉선화
1985 Lights and Shadows
Sun Rising Over the Hill
1986 Her Portrait Hee-jae
1987 Love and Ambition Kim Mi-ja MBC
2008 Aeja's Older Sister, Minja Joo Min-ja SBS
2009 City Hall Jo Yong-hee
Temptation of an Angel Jo Kyung-hee
2010 Jejungwon Im Jo-si, Hwang Jung's mother
I Am Legend Mrs. Hong
Sunday Drama Theater "Lunch Box" Park Sook-ja MBC
2011 My Princess Fashion designer (cameo)
The Thorn Birds[5] Yoon Myung-ja/Lee Ae-rin KBS2
Protect the Boss[6] Shin Sook-hee SBS
A Thousand Kisses Yoo Ji-sun MBC
Pianissimo TrendE
You're Here, You're Here, You're Really Here Jeon Mi-ok MBN
2012 Man from the Equator Ma Hee-jung KBS2
The Wedding Scheme So Doo-ryun tvN
A Gentleman's Dignity Seo Yi-soo's mother
(cameo, episodes 16 and 19)
Five Fingers Na Gye-hwa
Missing You Kang Hyun-joo MBC
2013 A Hundred Year Legacy Baek Seol-joo
Queen of Ambition[7] Baek Ji-mi SBS
Flower of Revenge Min Hwa-young jTBC
Give Love Away Hong Soon-ae MBC
The King's Daughter, Soo Baek-hyang Do-rim
2014 Big Man Choi Yoon-jung KBS2
Make Your Wish Shin Hye-ran MBC
It's Okay, That's Love[8] Ok-ja SBS
My Secret Hotel (cameo) tvN
Family Secret Jin Joo-ran
2015 My Mom Yoon Jung-ae MBC
2017 Hospital Ship Oh Hye-jung, Eun-Jae's mother (Ep. 1-2)
2018 Secret Mother[9] Park Sun-ja SBS
My Only One[10] Oh Eun-young KBS2
Encounter[11] Kim Hwa-jin tvN
2019 The Golden Garden Jin Nam-hee MBC
2020 Once Again Jang Ok-boon KBS2


Year Title Role
1981 Thoughts on Capitalism
1982 Choi In-ho's Evening Color
1983 The Sparrow and the Scarecrow Ok-boon
1985 Cicada Singing in the City
1987 A Long Journey, A Long Tunnel (cameo)
2009 White Night[12] Seo Hae-yeong
2011 Sunday Punch Soon-young
2012 Never Ending Story Oh Song-kyung's mother (cameo)

Variety showEdit

Year Title Network Notes
1981 Show Show Show TBC Host

Musical theatreEdit

Year Title Role
2010-2011 Really Really Like You Shin Jang-mi

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
1978 Miss Lotte Pageant Winner N/A Won
1987 23rd Baeksang Arts Awards Most Popular Actress (TV) Love and Ambition Won
MBC Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress Won
2009 SBS Drama Awards[13] Best Supporting Actress in a Special Planning Drama Temptation of an Angel Won
2011 MBC Drama Awards[14] Golden Acting Award, Actress in a Serial Drama A Thousand Kisses Won
SBS Drama Awards Special Acting Award, Actress in a Drama Special Protect the Boss Nominated
2012 KBS Drama Awards Best Supporting Actress Man from the Equator Nominated
SBS Drama Awards Special Acting Award, Actress in a Weekend/Daily Drama Five Fingers Nominated
2013 MBC Drama Awards[15] Golden Acting Award, Actress Give Love Away Won
2014 SBS Drama Awards Special Award, Actress in a Miniseries It's Okay, That's Love Nominated
2015 MBC Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Serial Drama My Mom Won
2018 KBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress[16] My Only One Won
Excellence Award, Actor in a Serial Drama Nominated


  1. ^ "I'm Not Your Mother 5: 여배우 차화연과의 인터뷰" [I'm Not Your Mother 5: Interview with Actress Cha Hwa-yeon]. GQ Korea (in Korean). May 2011. Retrieved 2014-11-20.
  2. ^ Wee, Geun-woo (28 September 2010). "INTERVIEW: Actress Lee Min-jung - Part 2". 10Asia. Retrieved 2014-11-20.
  3. ^ Lee, In-kyung; Lee, Young-mok (8 October 2008). "인터뷰 ①: 차화연 "HD 카메라 앞에서 성형 유혹도 느꼈다"". Ilgan Sports (in Korean). Retrieved 2014-11-20.
  4. ^ Park, Seok-soo (6 March 2018). "[공식입장] "차화연, 이매진아시아 전속계약..유동근·전인화 한식구"". OSEN (in Korean). Retrieved 2018-03-06.
  5. ^ Kwon, Mee-yoo (27 February 2011). "Love, lies & family secrets". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2014-11-20.
  6. ^ Kim, Ji-yeon (1 October 2011). "Protect the Boss Proves It's Not Just About the Ratings". enewsWorld. Archived from the original on 6 November 2014. Retrieved 2014-11-20.
  7. ^ Nam, Woo-jeong (7 December 2012). "Queen of Ambition The first script reading held successfully". StarN News. Retrieved 2014-11-20.
  8. ^ Kim, Hye-in (12 August 2014). "Cho In Sung getting great reactions from many Korean mothers". StarN News. Retrieved 2014-11-20.
  9. ^ "차화연 SBS '시크릿 마더' 출연 확정, 송윤아 시어머니 役". Hankook Ilbo (in Korean). April 24, 2018.
  10. ^ ""Only on My Side" Park Sang-won, Cha Hwa-yeon, Im Ye-jin, and Jin Kyung Join the Team". Hancinema. August 12, 2018.
  11. ^ "'남자친구' 송혜교-박보검, '달달X유쾌' 대본리딩". WowTV (in Korean). October 5, 2018.
  12. ^ Lee, Hyo-won (12 September 2009). "Love Lurks in Shadows in White Night". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2014-11-20.
  13. ^ "Jang Seo-hee wins grand prize at SBS Drama Awards". 10Asia. 4 January 2010. Retrieved 2014-11-20.
  14. ^ "The Greatest Love snags 7 honors at 2011 MBC Drama Awards". 10Asia. 2 January 2012. Retrieved 2011-11-20.
  15. ^ "Winners of the 2013 MBC Drama Awards". Soompi. 30 December 2013. Retrieved 2014-11-20.
  16. ^ Woo, Bin (January 1, 2019). [2018 KBS 연기대상] 유동근 대상 "장미희 덕분인데 내가 왜..대하드라마 부활 기원" [[2018 KBS Drama Awards] Donggeun Lee Grand Prize "Why am I ... thanks to Jang Mi-hee.]. Ten Asia (in Korean). Archived from the original on January 1, 2019. Retrieved January 1, 2019 – via Naver.

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