Jang Young-nam

Jang Young-nam (born November 25, 1973) is a South Korean actress. She began her career as an acclaimed actress in theater, then transitioned to supporting roles on television and film, notably in works by director Jang Jin.[2] A member of Jang Jin's Division 장진사단, she regularly appears in his films and theater company productions. She became one of the original cast members of the live sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live Korea when Jang Jin brought the American show to South Korea. In addition, she was a member of the Korean theater troupe Mokhwa Repertory Company.

Jang Young-nam
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Born (1973-11-25) November 25, 1973 (age 47)
EducationSeoul Institute of the Arts - Theater
Years active1995-present
AgentBH Entertainment
(m. 2011)
Korean name
Revised RomanizationJang Yeong-nam
McCune–ReischauerChang Yŏngnam

She is known for her skill in both comedic and dramatic roles and her ability to easily transition between different genres and mediums such as theater, television and films. Some notable supporting film roles include A Werewolf Boy and Hello Ghost. She has also made memorable cameos in dramas, Pinocchio and Moon Embracing the Sun. In 2013, she played her first onscreen leading role in the revenge crime thriller Azooma,[3][4] which won her the Best Actress Award from the Director's Guild at the 17th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF).

Personal lifeEdit

In December 2011, she married a theater and film university professor who is seven years younger.[5] She and her husband have a son born in 2014.



Year Title Role Notes
1997 Push! Push!
2003 Runaway Jung-sook Short film
2004 Someone Special Woman in accident
2005 Murder, Take One Yoo Jin-ju
Love Is a Crazy Thing Eun-joo
2006 Righteous Ties Yang Yeo-il
2007 My Son Corrections officer
Hansel and Gretel Soo-jung ("mother")
2009 My Girlfriend Is an Agent Team leader Hong
Possessed Su-kyeong
Goodbye Mom Editor
Good Morning President President Cha Ji-wook's staff adviser 2
2010 Harmony Section chief Bang
The Quiz Show Scandal Jang Pal-nyeo
Finding Mr. Destiny Gi-joon's older sister Cameo
Hello Ghost Crying ghost
2011 Pained Kye-jung
Hindsight Culinary school instructor
Mr. Idol Lee Mi-ri
2012 The Neighbor Ha Tae-seon
A Werewolf Boy Sun-yi's mother
2013 Azooma Yoon Young-nam
Friend: The Great Legacy Choi Sung-hoon's mother Cameo
2014 You Are My Vampire Nam-geol's mother Cameo
Ode to My Father Deok-soo's mother
2015 The Classified File Eun-joo's aunt
2016 Don't Forget Me Kim Young-hee
Love, Lies San-wol
2017 RV: Resurrected Victims Seo Hee-jung
Confidential Assignment Park So-yeon
The King's Case Note Soo-bin
Snowy Road Jong-boon's mother
2018 What a Man Wants Dam-deok
The Negotiation Manager Han
Miss Baek
2019 Innocent Witness Hyun-jung
2021 Seo Bok Director of the Institute
TBA Wolf Hunting [6]

Television seriesEdit

Year Title Role Network
2003 MBC Best Theater
"Leaving Pippi Longstocking"
2004 Span Drama
"The Last Day of My Life"
2006 Drama City
"The Stars Shine Brightly"
Kim Yeon-yi KBS2
2007 Dal-ja's Spring Uhm Ki-joong's wife
Drama City
"Ssamdalg Misugi"
2008 One Mom and Three Dads Noh Hee-sook, editor at
comics publishing company
Bitter Sweet Life Sung-sook MBC
Women of the Sun Lee Eun-bi, TV writer KBS2
Love Marriage
Chosun Police Season 2 Cho Seol MBC Dramanet
Don't Cry My Love Oh Jung-rim MBC
2009 Hero Jin Do-hee
2010 I Am Legend Oh Seung-hye SBS
Daemul Wang Joong-ki, electoral specialist
2011 I Believe in Love Kim Eui-sook (cameo) KBS2
Vampire Prosecutor Yoon Ji-hee
(guest, episodes 4,8,11)
Glory Jane Yeo Eun-joo KBS2
2012 Moon Embracing the Sun Shaman Ari (cameo, episode 1) MBC
I Love Lee Tae-ri Oh Mi-ja tvN
Dr. Jin Noblewoman Jo
(guest, episodes 7-8)
Horse Doctor Baek Kwang-hyun's mother
(cameo, episode 1)
The Birth of a Family Ma Jin-hee SBS
2013 7th Grade Civil Servant Jang Young-soon MBC
Jang Ok-jung, Living by Love Court lady Cheon SBS
Goddess of Marriage Kwon Eun-hee
2014 Pinocchio Ki Ha-myung's mother
2015 Persevere, Goo Hae-ra Kang-soon Mnet
Miss Mamma Mia Lee Mi-ryun KBS Drama
Hogu's Love Pickpocket mom
(cameo, episodes 2, 6)
Snowy Road Choi Jong-boon's mother KBS1
Flower of Queen Choi Hye-jin MBC
Glamorous Temptation Kang Il-ran
I've Got My Eye On You Nam Kyung Hee SBS
2016 Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-Joo Coach Choi Sung-eun MBC
2017 My Sassy Girl Gyun-woo's Mother SBS
The King in Love Princess Wonsung MBC
2018 Lovely Horribly Kim Ok-hee KBS2
The Smile Has Left Your Eyes[7] Tak So-jung tvN
2019 The Crowned Clown[8] Queen Dowager
My Country Seo Seol JTBC
2020 Nobody Knows Jeong So-yeon SBS
Find Me in Your Memory Choi Hee-sang MBC
It's Okay to Not Be Okay Park Haeng-ja tvN

Web seriesEdit

Year Title Role Network
2019 IN SEOUL Song Young-ju V LIVE, Naver TV, YouTube, JTBC

Variety showEdit

Year Title Network Notes
2011 Saturday Night Live Korea Season 1[9] tvN Cast member
2012 Saturday Night Live Korea Season 2[10] tvN Cast member


Year Title Role
1995 Romeo and Juliet Juliet
1996 Love with a Fox
The Threepenny Opera
1997 Dongbaek Agasshi "Lady Camellia"
1998 The Wandering Troupe
Birds Don't Use the Crosswalk
1999 코소보 그리고 유랑
Bujayuchin "Intimacy Between Father and Son"
Chun-pung's Wife
Love with a Fox
2000 Tae "Lifecord"
One Morning with Snow and Rain
Lost River
Chun-pung's Wife
2001 Dressing Room
Romeo and Juliet
2002 Centipede and Earthworm
Regrets of Gwanghae
Welcome to Dongmakgol
Romeo and Juliet
2003 Train for Xian
Proof Catherine
2004 Hwan "Illusion"
Return to Hamlet Ophelia
The Hunchback Richard III
Taxi Driver
2005 Princess Bari
2006 Nasaengmun Wife
The Vagina Monologues
2007 Melodrama
Who Shaved My Sister's Head? Yi-geum
Kyung-sook, Kyung-sook's Father Kyung-sook
Chinjeong Eomma "My Mom" Daughter
Clumsy People Yoo Hwa-yi
2008 Port Rachel Keats
2009 The Seagull Nina
2009-2010 Don't Be Too Surprised Daughter-in-law
2010 Gyungnam Changnyung-gun Gilgok-myun "Oberösterreich"
2011 Sanbul[11][12] "Forest Fire" Sawol

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2001 37th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actress in Theater Dressing Room Won
2002 38th Dong-A Theatre Awards Best Actress Romeo and Juliet Won
2005 The Dong-a Ilbo Top Actress of the Next Generation Won
2009 Korea Theater Awards Best Actress Don't Be Too Surprised Won
46th Dong-A Theatre Awards Won
30th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Supporting Actress My Girlfriend Is an Agent Nominated
2011 19th Today's Young Artist Awards Recipient Won
48th Grand Bell Awards Best Supporting Actress Hello Ghost Nominated
32nd Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated
2012 33rd Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Supporting Actress The Neighbor Nominated
17th Busan International Film Festival - Director's Guild of Korea[13] Best Actress Azooma Won
2013 Irvine International Film Festival[14][15] Won
50th Grand Bell Awards Nominated
Best Supporting Actress A Werewolf Boy Won
22nd Buil Film Awards Won
34th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated
2nd APAN Star Awards Acting Award, Actress Goddess of Marriage
Jang Ok-jung, Living by Love
The Birth of a Family
SBS Drama Awards[16] Special Acting Award, Actress in a Weekend/Daily Drama Goddess of Marriage Won
2015 35th MBC Drama Awards Best Supporting Actress in a Special Project Drama Flower of Queen, Glamorous Temptation Nominated
36th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Supporting Actress The Classified File Nominated
2016 52nd Baeksang Arts Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated
2016 Scene Stealer Festival Bonsang Award Won
36th MBC Drama Awards Golden Acting Award, Actress in a Miniseries Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-Joo Nominated
2017 37th MBC Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Monday-Tuesday Drama The King in Love Nominated
2019 40th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Supporting Actress Metamorphosis Nominated


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  2. ^ Hwang, Hee-yeon; Kim, Hyung-seok (17 October 2014). "10 Scene Stealers⑧ - JANG Young-nam: A Shrewd Woman". Korean Cinema Today. Retrieved 2014-10-30.
  3. ^ Lee, Hye-ji (25 April 2013). "Azooma: Interview with Actress Jang Young-nam – Part. 1". TenAsia. Retrieved 2013-04-28.
  4. ^ Lee, Hye-ji (25 April 2013). "Azooma: Interview with Actress Jang Young-nam – Part. 2". TenAsia. Retrieved 2013-04-28.
  5. ^ "Jang Young-nam is a happy Mrs. Yahoo News. December 12, 2011". Retrieved 2017-01-17.
  6. ^ Jeon Hyung-hwa (February 22, 2021). "[단독]서인국·장동윤·최귀화·성동일 등 120억 SF액션스릴러 '늑대사냥' 호흡 [종합]". Star.mk (in Korean). Retrieved February 22, 2021.
  7. ^ "장영남, tvN '하늘에서 내리는 1억개의 별' 출연 확정 [공식]". TV Report (in Korean). July 30, 2018.
  8. ^ "Kim Sang-kyung, Kwon Hae-hyo, Jang Gwang, Jung Hye-young and Jang Young-nam in "Gwang-hae, The Man Who Became King"". Hancinema. October 10, 2018.
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  10. ^ Park, Hyun-min (16 June 2012). "SNL Korea 2 to Put on Big Show with New R Rating". enewsWorld. Archived from the original on 28 January 2013. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  11. ^ Park, Min-young (15 May 2011). "Sanbul to relight fire in Koreans' hearts". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  12. ^ Cha, Hyo-jin (2 June 2011). "The Masterpiece of Korean Realism Theater Sanbool (Wildfire)". Worldyan News. Archived from the original on 12 November 2014. Retrieved 2013-02-10.
  13. ^ Lee, Eun-sun (26 November 2012). "Acknowledged in Busan, Nevada and Costa Rica". Korean Film Council. Retrieved 2012-12-01.
  14. ^ Kim, Nemo (24 January 2013). "Actress Jang Young-nam wins Best Actress Award at Irvine". TenAsia. Retrieved 2013-01-25.
  15. ^ Ji, Yong-jin (28 January 2013). "JANG Young-nam Wins Best Actress Award at Irvine International Film Festival". Korean Film Council. Retrieved 2013-02-01.
  16. ^ Lee, Cory (2 January 2014). "Lee Bo-young Grabs 1st Top Prize at the 2013 SBS Drama Awards". TenAsia. Archived from the original on 28 March 2014. Retrieved 2014-01-05.

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