Do Ji-won (Korean: 도지원; born February 14, 1966) is a South Korean actress. She is best known for her roles in Ladies of the Palace (2001), Punch Lady (2007), and Smile Again (2010).

Do Ji-won
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Born (1966-02-14) February 14, 1966 (age 56)
EducationHanyang University - Dance
Years active1989-present
AgentNamoo Actors
Korean name
Revised RomanizationDo Ji-won
McCune–ReischauerTo Chiwŏn


Upon her graduation as a dance major from Hanyang University in 1988, Do Ji-won joined the Korea National Ballet. She was selected as the model for the ballet company's advertisements, which led to her debut in the entertainment industry. She began acting in television dramas such as Seoul Ddukbaegi (1990) and Kareisky (1994). In 2001, she portrayed her most famous role as King Jungjong's 4th consort Park Gyeong Bin in the historical drama Ladies of the Palace, which brought her acting recognition and popularity.

On the big screen, she and Shin Se-kyung played mother and daughter in Cinderella, a 2006 horror film about a serial killer targeting high school girls who've had facial plastic surgery.[1][2] And in the comedy-drama Punch Lady (2007), Do gave a well-reviewed performance in the leading role of a battered housewife who trains hard to master the art of fighting after publicly announcing a duel on the ring with her abusive husband (Son Hyun-joo), who happens to be a mixed martial arts champion.[3][4]

Aside from the occasional leading role in series such as Our Happy Ending (2008), Do has remained active on television mostly in supporting roles, notably as Ahn Nae-sang's estranged wife in Three Brothers (2009), and as Ji Chang-wook's mentally challenged mother in Smile Again (also known as Smile, Dong-hae, 2010).[5]

Personal lifeEdit

In July 1998, Do was kidnapped by a man and a woman who threatened the actress with a knife in the parking lot of a sports center in Seoul. The couple stuffed Do in the trunk of a car and drove around for five hours before releasing her after extorting ₩14 million.[6]


Radio showEdit

  • Do Ji-won's Popular Songs (KBS 2FM, 1992)



  1. ^ "Korean Horror Moves to New Haunted Territory". The Chosun Ilbo. 27 June 2006. Retrieved 2013-07-13.
  2. ^ Park, Soo-mee (24 October 2006). "Horror debut drowns in stale images". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2013-07-13.
  3. ^ Yang, Sung-jn (17 October 2007). "Punch Lady throws high kicks but misses its cinematic target". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2013-07-13.
  4. ^ Lee, Hyo-won (18 October 2007). "Punch Lands All the Wrong Moves". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-07-13.
  5. ^ Kim, Heidi (21 February 2011). "Smile Again takes No.1 on weekly TV chart for 3rd week". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-07-13.
  6. ^ "Attack on TV Star Renews Old Fears". The Chosun Ilbo. 21 February 2008. Retrieved 2013-07-13.
  7. ^ Hong, Lucia (2 January 2012). "Shin Ha-kyun scores top prize at 2011 KBS Drama Awards". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-07-13.

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