Kang Mal-geum

Kang Mal-geum (Korean강말금; born 3 January 1979)[3] is a South Korean actress. She graduated in Arts from Pusan National University, Department of Korean Language and Literature.[4][5] She made her acting debut in 2010 in the film Yong-Tae :The Ordinary Memories. She is known for her role in the film Lucky Chan-sil (2019), for which she earned six 'Best New Actress' and one 'Best Actress' awards in seven different award shows. She also appeared in the film The Chase (2017) and the television series Legal High (2019) and Missing: The Other Side (2020).[6] In 2021, she appeared in a small role on the hit Netflix survival drama series Squid Game.

Kang Mal-geum
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Kang Mal-geum for Marie Clarie Korea in March 2022
Kang Soo-hye

(1979-01-03) 3 January 1979 (age 44)
Busan, South Korea[1]
EducationBachelor of Arts in Korean Language and Literature
Alma materPusan National University
Years active2010–present
AgentStar Village Entertainment[2]
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGang Malgeum
McCune–ReischauerKang Malkŭm

Early lifeEdit

Kang was born in Busan in 1979 and graduated from Busan National University in Korean Language and Literature. After graduating, she worked for a trading company for 4 years, then made her debut in Chungmuro in 2010 after debuted earlier onstage in Daehak-ro in 2007.[7]

Director Kim Cho-hee, who watched "Free acting" at the Jeongdongjin Independent Film Festival, contacted Kang directly and suggested appearing in Lucky Chanshil. While working at the tasting corner of the mart, Kang became the main character of a feature film for the first time at forty while going back and forth between theatrical stages and short films.[8]



Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2010 Yong-Tae :The Ordinary Memories [9]
2011 From the End Short film [10]
2014 Encounter
2016 A Man in the Midnight
2017 The Chase Caregiver 2
Daydream (Baek-il-mong)
2018 The Monologue
2019 Idol Myung-hui's wife
Family Affair Homeroom teacher
Lucky Chan-sil Lee Chan-sil Won 7 awards [11]
Gyeongwon Short film [10]
2020 A Bedsore Nurse [10]
More Than Family Ho Hoon's mother
2022 In Our Prime Han Ji-woo's mother [12]
Drown Hye-soo [13]
Birth Teresa Kim [14][15]
2023 Soulmate a curator at an art museum [16]

Television seriesEdit

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2018 Children of Nobody Si-wan's mother [17]
2019 Legal High Lee Eun-ji
Beautiful World Eun Kyeong-seon
2020 Missing: The Other Side Kim Hyeon-mi
Please Don't Date Him Telegram girl
Drama Special – The Joys and Sorrows of Work Lee Ji-hye one act-drama
2021 Mouse Ba Reum's aunt Cameo [18]
Sell Your Haunted House Manager Joo / Joo Hwa-jeong [19]
2021–2022 The Red Sleeve Hong Hye-bin / Lady Hyegyeong [20]
2022 Thirty-Nine Cha Mi-hyun [21]
Military Prosecutor Doberman Do Soo-kyung [22]
2023 Divorce Attorney Shin Kim So-yeon [23]
The Good Bad Mother Jung Gum-ja [24]
Miracle Brothers Chae Woo-jung [25]

Web seriesEdit

Year Title Role Ref.
2021 Squid Game Gi-hun's ex-wife
The Silent Sea Song Won-kyung



Musical performances[4]
Year Title Role Theater Ref.
English Korean
2013 Heavy Metal Girls 헤비메탈 걸스 Hansung Art Hall 1


Theater performances[4]
Year Title Role Theater Ref.
English Korean
2008 Commedia 꼬메디아 Scaramouche Sangmyeong Art Hall 1
2012 Penn Jimaki Doosan Art Centre Space111
2012 Ro Pung Chan's Nomadic Theater 로풍찬 유랑극장 Gobongja Yeonwoo Small Theatre (Daehak-ro)
2014 Hermes 헤르메스 Yoo Jeong-sook Theatre out of
2014 Ro Pung Chan's Nomadic Theater 로풍찬 유랑극장 Gobongja Daehakro Arts Theatre Small Theatre
2015 Kyung-sook Kyung-sook's Father 경숙이, 경숙아버지 Jaya Yes24 Stage 3
2015 Uncle Sunwoo 순우 삼촌 Daehak-ro Sundol Theatre
2016 2016 Mountain Forest Classic Theatre - Oresteia 2016 산울림 고전극장 - 오레스테이아 Sanullim Small Theatre
2016 Doosan Humanities Theatre 2016 Adventure - Game 두산인문극장 2016 모험 - 게임 Florence Margaret Doosan Art Center Space111
2016 Dandelion Wind 민들레 바람되어 Old lady Yes24 Stage 3
2017 Richard III 리처드3세 Arko Arts Theatre Grand Theatre
2017 The Women of Troy 트로이의 여인들 Art Space Seoul
2018 Red Peters - K's Reading 빨간 피터들 - K의 낭독회 Samil-il Warehouse Theatre
2018 Lonely person, difficult person, sad person 외로운 사람, 힘든 사람, 슬픈 사람 Aleksandr Vladimirovich Serebryakov Doosan Art Center Space111 [26]


Year Title Ref.
2021 21st Seoul International Alternative Visual Arts Festival [27]
2022 22nd Seoul International Alternative Visual Arts Festival [28]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Name of the award ceremony, year presented, category, nominee of the award, and the result of the nomination
Award ceremony Year Category Nominee / Work Result Ref.
Baeksang Arts Awards 2020 Best New Actress – Film Lucky Chan-sil Won [29][30]
2022 Best Supporting Actress – Television Thirty-Nine Nominated [31]
Blue Dragon Film Awards 2021 Best New Actress Lucky Chan-sil Won [32][33]
Buil Film Awards 2020 Best New Actress Won [34][35]
Busan Film Critics Awards 2020 Best Actress Won [36]
Cine 21 Awards Best New Actress Won [37]
Chunsa Film Art Awards 2021 Best New Actress Nominated [38]
Director's Cut Awards 2022 Best Actress in film Nominated [39][40]
Best New Actress in film Won
KBS Drama Awards 2020 Best New Actress Drama Special – The Joys and Sorrows of Work Nominated [41]
2021 Best Supporting Actress Sell Your Haunted House Nominated [42]
Korean Association of Film Critics Awards 2020 Best New Actress Lucky Chan-sil Won [43]
Wildflower Film Awards Best Actress Nominated [44][45]
Best New Actress Won
Women in Film Korea Festival Won [46]


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