Kim Ah-joong

Kim Ah-joong (born October 16, 1982) is a South Korean actress, model and singer. She is best known for playing the main character in the romantic comedy 200 Pounds Beauty.

Kim Ah-joong
Kim Ah Joong.jpg
Kim in 2017
Born (1982-10-16) October 16, 1982 (age 37)
Seoul, South Korea
Other namesKim Ah-jung
Years active2004–present
AgentKing Entertainment
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGim A-jung
McCune–ReischauerKim Ajung


Kim graduated from Korea University with a master's degree in journalism.[1]


Kim made her film debut in the romance film When Romance Meets Destiny (2005).[2] She appeared in several commercials and landed first leading role in daily soap opera Bizarre Bunch.[3]

Her breakthrough came in the comedy film 200 Pounds Beauty, where she played an overweight girl who undergoes cosmetic surgery makeover to become a pop sensation. She was awarded the Best Actress award at the 2007 Grand Bell Awards. She released soundtracks of the film, "Beautiful Girl" and the Korean version of the song "Maria". "Beautiful Girl" won Digital Music Awards' "Song of the Month" by Cyworld.[4][5]

Kim returned to acting three years later, starring alongside Hwang Jung-min in romantic comedy The Accidental Couple.[6] In 2010, Kim was cast in a U.S.-Chinese film project Amazing, a sci-fi film about the development of a virtual-reality basketball game.[7] The same year, she was cast in medical drama Sign by Kim Eun-hee, playing a forensic scientist.[8]

In September 2011, Kim was found guilty of tax evasion. She also had to pay an additional $600,000 fine. She and her management at the time parted ways due to the verdict. Due to this scandal she was banned from TV work in South Korea from late 2011 to late 2014, and she focused on films.[9] In December 2012, Kim co-starred with Ji Sung in the romantic comedy film My PS Partner.[10][11] This was followed by another romantic comedy film Steal My Heart in 2013.[12]

She returned to TV in legal drama Punch, where she received positive reviews for her portrayal of a prosecutor.[13][14] In 2016, Kim starred in the crime thriller Wanted.[15] In 2017, she starred in time-slip romantic comedy Live Up to Your Name alongside Kim Nam-gil.[16]

In 2018, Kim was cast in the film adaptation of OCN's crime drama Bad Guys.[17][18]

Ambassador rolesEdit

  • 2009: Goodwill Ambassador of FranceExpress[19]
  • 2009: 46th Savings Day: Prime Minister Commendation[20]
  • 2015: Ambassador for 17th Seoul International Women's Film Festival[21]



Year Title Role Notes
2005 When Romance Meets Destiny Lee Kyung-jae
2006 200 Pounds Beauty Kang Han-na / Jenny
2009 Present Spy W Short film[22]
2010 Foxy Festival Soo-jung Cameo[23]
2012 My PS Partner Yoon-jung
2013 Catch Me Yoon Jin-sook/Lee Sook-ja
2013 Amazing Erin
2017 The King Sang-hee Special appearance[24]
2019 The Bad Guys: Reign of Chaos Kwak No-soon

Television seriesEdit

Year Title Role Network
2004 Emperor of the Sea[25] Ha Jin KBS2
2005 Our Attitude to Prepare Parting[26] Seo Hee-won MBC
Bizarre Bunch Kim Jong-nam KBS1
2009 The Accidental Couple Han Ji-soo KBS2
2011 Sign Go Da-kyung SBS
2014 Punch Shin Ha-Gyung
2016 Wanted Jung Hye-in
2017 Live Up to Your Name Choi Yeon-kyung tvN

Music videoEdit

  • Shin Hye-sung – Same thought
  • Youme – 여자라서 하지 못한 말

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2005 Dong-A TV Fashion-Beauty Awards Best Dresser N/A Won [27]
MBC Drama Awards Best New Actress Our Attitude to Prepare Parting Nominated
KBS Drama Awards Bizarre Bunch Won [28]
2006 42nd Baeksang Arts Awards When Romance Meets Destiny Nominated
Most Popular Actress Won [29]
27th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best New Actress Nominated
2007 6th Cyworld Digital Music Awards Song of the Month "Beautiful Girl" Won [30]
2nd Asia Model Awards Popular Star Award N/A Won [31]
30th Golden Cinematography Awards Best New Actress 200 Pounds Beauty Won [32]
4th Max Movie Awards Best Actress Won [33]
44th Grand Bell Awards Won [34]
Popularity Award Won [35]
1st Mnet 20's Choice Awards Best Actress Won [36]
15th Chunsa Film Art Awards Won [37]
3rd Premiere Magazine's Rising Star Awards Rising Star Won [38]
1st Korea Movie Star Awards Rookie Award Won [39]
Best Couple Award with Joo Jin-mo Won
45th Motion Pictures Day Most Promising Actress Won [40]
28th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Actress Nominated
Popular Star Award Won [41]
6th Korean Film Awards Best Actress Nominated
22nd Golden Disc Awards Ceci Special Award "Beautiful Girl" Won [42]
Elle Style Award Asia Hot Face Award N/A Won [43]
2009 3rd André Kim Best Star Award Female Star Award N/A Won [44]
7th Korea Lifestyle Awards Best Dresser Award N/A Won [45]
KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries The Accidental Couple Won [46]
Netizen Award, Actress Nominated
Best Couple Award with Hwang Jung-min Nominated
2011 47th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actress (TV) Sign Nominated
SBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Drama Special Nominated
Best Couple Award with Park Shin-yang Nominated
2015 SBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Drama Special Punch Nominated
Best Couple Award with Kim Rae-won Nominated
2016 5th APAN Star Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Wanted Nominated
2017 1st The Seoul Awards Best Actress (TV) Live Up to Your Name Nominated
2019 8th Korea Best Star Awards Best Actress The Bad Guys: Reign of Chaos Won


  1. ^ "Kim A-joong Receives Master's Degree from Korea University". The Chosun Ilbo. January 6, 2011.
  2. ^ "김아중, '광식이 동생 광태'로 스크린데뷔". My Daily (in Korean). March 16, 2005.
  3. ^ "김아중 "나도 이젠 주인공"…KBS 새 일일극서 첫 주연 맡아" (in Korean). KMIB. September 21, 2005.
  4. ^ "Propelled to the Top by 200 Pounds". The Chosun Ilbo. January 13, 2007.
  5. ^ "Kim A-joong Brings Living Beauty to Barbie Exhibition". The Chosun Ilbo. December 9, 2005.
  6. ^ "Kim and Hwang Team up as Accidental Couple". The Korea Times. April 28, 2009.
  7. ^ "Kim A-joong to Star in U.S.-Chinese Film". The Chosun Ilbo. August 20, 2010.
  8. ^ "Park Shin-yang, Kim Ah-joong starrer drama title set as "Sign"". 10Asia. November 8, 2010.
  9. ^ "[Exclusive] Kim Ah-joong tax evasion, NTS imposes 6 hundred million". Hancinema. September 5, 2011.
  10. ^ Ho, Stewart (October 17, 2012). "Ji Sung and Kim Ah Joong's Release Movie Poster for Phone Sex Comedy". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved November 28, 2012.
  11. ^ Lee, Nancy (November 9, 2012). "Ji Sung and Kim Ah Joong Dial Up for My PS Partner". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved November 28, 2012.
  12. ^ "Kim A-joong Steals Audiences' Hearts in New Romantic Comedy". The Chosun Ilbo. January 18, 2014.
  13. ^ "Kim A-joong Returns to TV in Legal Drama". The Chosun Ilbo. November 13, 2014.
  14. ^ "Kim A-joong Rediscovers the Fun of Acting". The Chosun Ilbo. Retrieved November 5, 2015.
  15. ^ "김아중·엄태웅·지현우, '원티드' 출연확정…6월22일 첫방 [공식입장]". Sports Donga (in Korean). May 16, 2016.
  16. ^ "Kim Nam-gil, Kim Ah-joong slip through time in tvN drama". Kpop Herald. September 3, 2017.
  17. ^ "Kim Ah Joong For 'Bad Guy'". Star News. June 19, 2018.
  18. ^ "KIM Sang-joong, Don LEE and KANG Ye-won Return for BAD GUYS: THE MOVIE KIM A-joong and JANG Ki-yong Join OCN Action Drama Screen Adaptation". Korean Film Biz Zone. August 7, 2018.
  19. ^ "Kim A-joong Will Promote French Cultural Festival". The Korea Times. September 9, 2009.
  20. ^ "[PHOTO] Kim Ah-joong at Savings Day ceremony". 10Asia. October 27, 2009.
  21. ^ "Women's film festival kicks off". The Korea Times. May 26, 2015.
  22. ^ "정우성·김아중, 김지운 감독 단편영화 '선물'서 스파이 변신". MK (in Korean). February 25, 2009.
  23. ^ "김아중, '리얼돌'로 '페스티발' 류승범과 깜짝 호흡". Nocutnews (in Korean). November 9, 2009.
  24. ^ "Star-studded films shift industry : As top actors take up minor roles, rookies see opportunities fade". Korea JoongAng Daily. February 28, 2017.
  25. ^ "김아중, "'해신'부터 함께 한 2년, 행복했어요" [창간메시지]". My Daily (in Korean). November 30, 2006.
  26. ^ "'이별대세' 김아중, "밑바닥 훤히 드러나는 악역은 아니예요"". enews24 (in Korean). July 20, 2005.
  27. ^ "[포토]상패 받는 '베스트드레서' 김아중". Star News (in Korean). December 15, 2005.
  28. ^ "김아중, 'KBS 연기대상' 신인연기상 수상". My Daily (in Korean). December 31, 2005.
  29. ^ "'왕의남자'-'김삼순', 백상시상식 영예의 대상". enews24 (in Korean). April 14, 2006.
  30. ^ "마리아 '김아중' 디지털 뮤직어워드 수상". Newsis (in Korean). January 12, 2007.
  31. ^ "2007 Asia Model Awards Popular Star Award Cheon Jeong Myung & Kim Ah Joong". AMFOC. Retrieved March 22, 2018.
  32. ^ "송강호, 황금촬영상 최우수 연기대상". Star News (in Korean). March 30, 2007.
  33. ^ "[제4회 최고의 영화상] 최고의 여자배우상 – <미녀는 괴로워> 김아중". Max Movie (in Korean). January 17, 2007.
  34. ^ "Family Ties Wins Top Prize at Home". Korean Film Biz Zone. June 13, 2007.
  35. ^ "이범수 김아중, 국내 남녀 인기상 수상". Yonhap News (in Korean). June 8, 2007.
  36. ^ "'거침없이 하이킥', 'Mnet 20's Choice' 6관 왕 차". Chosun (in Korean). August 22, 2007.
  37. ^ "김아중, '15회 춘사 대상 영화제' 여우주연상 수상". Osen (in Korean). September 14, 2007.
  38. ^ "Daniel Henney, Kim Ah-joong Named Rising Stars". The Korea Times. October 7, 2017.
  39. ^ "제 1회 대한민국영화연기대상 반쪽짜리 영화제?". Cani News (in Korean). October 20, 2007.
  40. ^ "조인성·김아중, 영화의 날 '유망 영화인상'". Khan (in Korean). October 29, 2007.
  41. ^ "The Show Must Go On takes best film award at Korea's Blue Dragons". Screen Daily. November 26, 2007.
  42. ^ "22회 골든디스크, 공신력 있는 시상식으로 마무리". Osen (in Korean). December 14, 2007.
  43. ^ "김아중, 홍콩 '엘르 스타일 어워드'서 수상". The Chosun Ilbo (in Korean). October 30, 2007.
  44. ^ "Stars Shine at Andre Kims Atelier". The Korea Times. November 29, 2009.
  45. ^ "김아중, 올해의 베스트드레서". Asia Today (in Korean). December 15, 2009.
  46. ^ "Lee Byung-hun scores triple wins at KBS Acting Awards". 10Asia. January 4, 2010.

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