Kim Jung-hwa

Kim Jung-hwa (born September 9, 1983)is a South Korean actress. She rose to fame in the 2002 sitcom Nonstop 3, and has since played leading roles in the television series Something About 1% (2003) and Snow White: Taste Sweet Love (2004), as well as the films Spy Girl (2004) and The Elephant on the Bike (2007).

Kim Jung-hwa
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Kim Jung-hwa in May 2019.
Born (1983-09-09) September 9, 1983 (age 38)
EducationDongduk Women's University - Broadcasting and Entertainment
Years active2000–present
AgentS.A.L.T. Entertainment
Spouse(s)Yoo Eun-sung(m. 2013)
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGim Jeong-hwa
McCune–ReischauerKim Chŏnghwa


Kim Jung-hwa made her acting debut in 2000 when she appeared in Lee Seung-hwan's music video "You to You." She rose to fame in 2002 with the sitcom Nonstop 3, and was soon cast in supporting roles in the television dramas Glass Slippers (2002) and Into the Sun (2003).[1]

Kim starred as the leading actress in the romantic comedies Something About 1% (2003) in which she played a middle school teacher who enters a contract marriage with a tycoon's grandson, and Snow White: Taste Sweet Love (2004) where her homely character is unexpectedly caught in a love triangle between two brothers. This was followed by her first film Spy Girl (2004), a comedy about a North Korean agent who goes undercover in the South as a Burger King employee, but to her dismay finds herself becoming popular with the male student customers.

Kim made her stage debut in 2006, in the Russian plays Uncle Vanya by Anton Chekhov and The Lower Depths by Maxim Gorky. She later starred in the homegrown musical Audition (2007), Sam Shepard's Fool for Love (2010), and the Kim Kwang-seok jukebox musical The Days (2013).[2][3][4][5]

Her next major film role was in 2007's The Elephant on the Bike, as the love interest of an emotionally withdrawn zookeeper with a deformed hand. She then drew positive reviews for her portrayal of a cold-hearted loan shark heiress in the hit drama War of Money.[1] Kim continued to appear in television, notably in four-episode anthology Things We Do That We Know We Will Regret (2008), and historical dramas The Kingdom of the Winds (2009) and Gwanggaeto, The Great Conqueror (2011).[6] In 2012, Kim starred in Solid but Fluid (titled "Silverscreen Lovers" in Korean), a 3D short film about a soon-to-be-married couple that catches a glimpse of their future while at the drive-in theater.[7][8]

Kim published a book of essays in 2012, which included her musings on life as an actress, as well as stories about her volunteer work helping impoverished children as part of the fight against global hunger. She titled it Hello, Agnes!, after the African child with HIV/AIDS whom she met in Uganda and has sponsored since 2009.[9] Kim donated all proceeds to charity.[10]

After a supporting role in Dating Agency: Cyrano (2013), Kim returned to cable television in 2015 in the disaster/medical drama D-Day.[11]

Personal lifeEdit

Kim married contemporary Christian music composer and missionary Yoo Eun-sung on August 24, 2013.[12][13] They first met when both became goodwill ambassadors for the humanitarian organization Food for the Hungry International, and grew close when Yoo composed the music while Kim wrote the lyrics for the single "Hello, Agnes!" which accompanied the release of Kim's same-titled memoir.[14][15][16]

She gave birth to their first child, son Yoo Hwa on June 14, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia.[17][18]


Television seriesEdit

Year Title Role
2000-2002 New Nonstop Kim Jung-hwa
2002 Glass Slippers Park Yeon-woong
2002-2003 Nonstop 3 Kim Jung-hwa
2003 Into the Sun Kang Soo-jin
Something About 1% Kim Da-hyun
2004 Nonstop 4 Part-time employee
at fast food chain
(cameo, episode 78)
Snow White: Taste Sweet Love Ma Young-hee
Drama City "Massage" Eun Hee-sung
Span Drama
"A Very Special Flavored Lemonade"
Woman reading a book
2005 Three-Leaf Clover Park Yeon-hee
2007 War of Money Lee Cha-yeon
The Devil That Pours Red Wine Min Soo-yeon
2008 Before and After: Plastic Surgery Clinic TV reporter
(cameo, episode 1)
Things We Do That We Know
We Will Regret
Kim In-ah
Night After Night Wang Joo-hyun
2008-2009 The Kingdom of the Winds Princess Yi-ji
2009 Good Job, Good Job Na Mi-ra
2010 Life Is Beautiful Woo Geum-ji
2011-2012 Gwanggaeto, The Great Conqueror Seol Ji
2012 Ugly Cake Kim Joo-hee
2013 She Is Wow! Actress (cameo, episode 3)
Dating Agency: Cyrano Yoon Yi-seol
2015 D-Day Eun So-yul
2017 Children of the 20th Century Sa Ho-sung
2018 Dear My Room Shim Eun-jung
2019 Confession Jenny Song
2019 Hot Stove League Yoo Jeong-in
2020 Eccentric! Chef Moon Yoo Hyo-myung
2020 Oh My Baby Jung In-ah
2020 Wechul (외출) Oh Min-ju
2021 Mine Suzy Choi


Year Title Role
2004 Spy Girl Park Hyo-jin/Rim Kye-soon
2006 No Regret Shim Hyun-woo (cameo)
2007 The Elephant on the Bike Ji Ha-kyung
2008 Dooly and Me (short film) Soon-ok
2010 Tokyo Taxi Flight attendant (cameo)
Read My Lips Jung-hwa
Star of Hope: Ikhwezi Le Themba Documentary narrator
2012 Solid but Fluid (3D short film) Jin-young
2016 Seondal: The Man Who Sells the River
2018 Detective K: Secret of the Living Dead
Student A Mi-rae's mother
2020 Ensemble Hye-young
2021 Midnight Thriller[19] Ra Soo-jin

Music videosEdit

Year Title Artist
2000 "You to You" Lee Seung-hwan
"Babybaby" MOVE
"Yesterday" Island
2001 "Christmas Wishes" Lee Seung-hwan
2002 "In My Heart" 4U
"Holding On to You" Naul
"No Matter How Much"
"I Know"
2003 "Reincarnated" Lee Seung-hwan
2004 "No More Now" Lee So-ra
2009 "When I Watch a Drama" Byul
"My Love" 1sagain
2012 "Hello, Agnes!" Kim Jung-hwa

Variety/radio showsEdit

Year Title Notes
2000 Music Camp VJ
2002-2003 Inkigayo Host
Music for You with Kim Jung-hwa DJ
2010–present Project Hope Volunteer: Donating Is Happiness Host
2012 Just a Moment Campaign DJ


Year Title Role
2006 Uncle Vanya Yelena
The Lower Depths Nastya
2007 Audition Kim Sun-ah
2010 Fool for Love May
2013 The Days Her


Year Song Title Notes
2008 "Guidelines for Ex-lovers" Track from Audition cast recording
2012 "Hello, Agnes!" Single


Year Title Publisher ISBN
2012 Hello, Agnes! Paper Book ISBN 9788997148233

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2002 MBC Entertainment Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Sitcom Nonstop 3 Nominated
SBS Drama Awards New Star Award Glass Slippers Won
2003 39th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actress (TV) Nonstop 3 Nominated
SBS Drama Awards Best Supporting Actress Into the Sun Won
MBC Drama Awards Best New Actress Something About 1% Nominated
2004 KBS Drama Awards Best Actress in a One-Act/Special/Short Drama Massage Nominated
2007 SBS Drama Awards Best Supporting Actress in a Miniseries War of Money Nominated
2008 KBS Drama Awards Best Actress in a One-Act/Special/Short Drama Things We Do That We Know We Will Regret Nominated
Best Couple Award with Song Il-gook The Kingdom of the Winds Nominated


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  3. ^ Chung, Ah-young (4 July 2010). "Musical star Park debuts in play". The Korea Times. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 4 June 2015.
  4. ^ "Screen stars take to the stage in Fool For Love". Dramabeans. 12 June 2010. Retrieved 4 June 2015.
  5. ^ "Calendar: Those Days". The Korea Herald. 22 March 2013. Retrieved 4 June 2015.
  6. ^ "Actress Kim Jung-hwa to Star in KBS 2TV's 4-Part Drama Series". KBS Global. 19 February 2008. Retrieved 4 June 2015.
  7. ^ "Actress Kim Jung-hwa to return to big screen with 3D film". 10Asia. 6 September 2012. Retrieved 4 June 2015.
  8. ^ Sunwoo, Carla (7 September 2012). "Kim Jung-hwa to star in 3-D movie". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 4 June 2015.
  9. ^ "Actress Kim Jung-hwa Reflects on Charity Work in Book". The Chosun Ilbo. 15 November 2012. Retrieved 4 June 2015.
  10. ^ Ho, Stewart (15 November 2012). "Kim Jung Hwa Publishes Essay Memoir and Donates All Royalties to Kids With Aids in Uganda". enewsWorld. Retrieved 4 June 2015.
  11. ^ Ghim, Sora (28 May 2015). "Kim Jung Hwa To Make Her Small Screen Comeback". BNTNews. Retrieved 14 July 2015.
  12. ^ Kim, Ji-yeon (26 August 2013). "Kim Jung Hwa and Yoo Eun Sung Get Married". enewsWorld. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 4 June 2015.
  13. ^ Kim, Ji-yi (26 August 2013). "Photos from Kim Jung Hwa & Yoo Eun Sung's wedding ceremony revealed". StarN News. Retrieved 4 June 2015.
  14. ^ Ho, Stewart (16 November 2012). "Kim Jung Hwa Releases Self-Penned Single for Her Charity Essay Book". enewsWorld. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 4 June 2015.
  15. ^ Kim, Ji-yeon (16 April 2013). "Actress Kim Jung Hwa to Wed CCM Singer Yoo Eun Sung in Fall". enewsWorld. Archived from the original on 29 May 2015. Retrieved 4 June 2015.
  16. ^ Lee, Sun-min (17 April 2013). "Kim Jung-hwa to marry missionary". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 4 June 2015.
  17. ^ Lee, Sun-min (9 November 2013). "Kim Jung-hwa pregnant". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 4 June 2015.
  18. ^ Son, Angela (16 June 2014). "Actress Kim Jung Hwa gets a son". KDramaStars. Retrieved 4 June 2015.
  19. ^ Lee Seung-mi (December 1, 2021). "사이코 반전극부터 생존 게임극까지…'미드나잇 스릴러' 3부작, 스틸 공개" [From psycho reversal to survival gameplay..."Midnight Thriller" trilogy, still released.] (in Korean). 스포츠조선. Retrieved December 31, 2021.

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