Kim Young-ok (actress)

Kim Young-ok (Korean김영옥; born December 5, 1937)[1] is a South Korean actress who debuted in 1957.[2] She is known as South Korea's "National Grandma" for her many portrayals of grandmothers in film and television.[3][4]

Kim Young-ok
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Kim in 2018
Born (1937-12-05) December 5, 1937 (age 83)
OccupationActress, voice actress
Years active1959–present
Kim Young-gil
(m. 1960)
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGim Yeong-ok
McCune–ReischauerKim Yŏng-ok



Year Title Role
1957 Farewell Sorrow!
1958 Open the Door to a Pure Heart
1959 Bear
Even the Clouds Are Drifting
1961 A Shoeshine Boy
1963 The Mistress
1966 Have Cake and Eat It, Too
1967 Flame in the Valley
1968 A Young Bride
A Young Zelkova
1970 Mi-ae
1980 Man-suk, Run!
1986 No Woman Is Afraid of the Night Housekeeper
1987 The Chef of 8 Provinces Mokpo chef
1988 Puppy Love
1990 Watercolor Painting in a Rainy Day Nanny
The Lovers of Woomook-baemi Il-do's mother
1999 White Valentine Flower shop lady
2003 Spring Breeze Seon-guk's mother
A Man Who Has Been Revealed Middle-aged woman
2004 Springtime Jae-il's grandmother
2006 Old Miss Diary: The Movie[5] Young-ok
2007 Big Bang Yang Chul-gon's mother
Soo Police officer Seo's grandmother (cameo)
2008 Public Enemy Returns Kang Chul-joong's mother
Our School's E.T. Chun Sung-geun's mother
2010 Le Grand Chef 2: Kimchi Battle Yeo-sang's mother
2011 Sunny Im Na-mi's grandmother
2012 Spring, Snow Mother
2013 Fists of Legend Mother-in-law
2015 Casa Amor: Exclusive for Ladies Chairman Yeon
Granny's Got Talent Grandmother shaman (cameo)
Makgeolli Girls
Bean Sprouts Gong Na-mul's mother (cameo)
2017 Snowy Road Choi Jong-boon (adult)

Television seriesEdit

Year Title Role Network
1978 주인 MBC
I Sell Happiness MBC
1981 Se-ah MBC
1985 The Seaside Village MBC
1986 Love and Ambition Hae-young's aunt MBC
1988 Forget Tomorrow MBC
Teacher, Our Teacher MBC
The Last Idol MBC
1989 Wang Rung's Kin KBS2
Flowering Nest KBS2
Carousel KBS2
완장 MBC
1990 That Woman MBC
My Mother MBC
1991 Yesterday's Green Grass KBS2
1993 옛날 나 어릴 적에 KBS1
Wild Chrysanthemum KBS2
To Live SBS
3rd Republic Baek Nam-ui, Park Chung-hee's mother MBC
Sergeant Oh SBS
MBC Best Theater
"순달씨와 병구씨와 옥주양"
Ms. Yeo MBC
1994 MBC Best Theater "길거리표 부처님" Abandoned grandmother MBC
The Woman in the Matchbox SBS
1995 The Road Mrs. Song KBS2
또 하나의 시작 KBS2
1996 Wealthy Yu-chun SBS
The Most Beautiful Goodbye in the World Sang Joo-daek MBC
Until We Can Love KBS1
The Scent of Winter KBS2
1997 Golden Feather MBC
The Reason I Live Kim Sook-hee MBC
Beautiful Crime SBS
Bridal Room KBS2
1998 A Bird's Gift Maternal grandmother MBC
Love Is All I Know MBC
아빠를 찾아주세요 KBS2
너와 나의 노래 KBS2
2000 Wang Rung's Land Oh Ran SBS
Ajumma Sam-sook's maternal grandmother MBC
2001 Wonderful Days Grandmother SBS
Morning Without Parting Kim Kyung-hee SBS
2002 Successful Story of a Bright Girl Cha Yang-soon's grandmother SBS
Since We Met Kang Min-seok's grandmother MBC
Solitude Kim Il-soon KBS2
The Maengs' Golden Era Han Eul-soon MBC
2003 Yellow Handkerchief Grandmother Son KBS1
Bodyguard Na-young's maternal grandmother KBS2
Pearl Necklace Kim Ki-nam's grandmother KBS2
2004 More Beautiful Than a Flower Woo-sik's grandmother KBS2
Tropical Nights in December Hospice patient (cameo) MBC
Old Miss Diary Young-ok KBS2
Land Gan-nan's grandmother SBS
2005 Take My Hand KBS2
Bizarre Bunch Seo Mal-ja KBS1
Let's Marry Jung Jae-won's grandmother MBC
2006 Special of My Life Jung Hyung-seok's mother MBC
Snow Flower Lee Kang-ae's mother SBS
Miracle Jang Young-chul's mother MBC
2007 Dal-ja's Spring Lee Kkeut-soon KBS2
Crazy in Love Han Bok-ja SBS
Coffee Prince Choi Han-kyul's grandmother MBC
Fly High Jo Ok-young SBS
Likeable or Not Mrs. Choi KBS1
New Heart MBC
2008 Aster Ulgeum woman MBC
Chil-woo the Mighty Woman from Mungdung KBS2
Family's Honor Yoon Sam-wol SBS
2009 Glory of Youth Bae Yong-jin's mother KBS1
Boys Over Flowers Head maid KBS2
Partner Go Myung-ja (guest, episode 9) KBS2
Children of Heaven SBS
Jolly Widows Park Jung-nyeo KBS1
Assorted Gems Kyul Myung-ja MBC
2010 Master of Study Lee Boon-yi KBS2
The Slave Hunters Hwang Chul-woong's mother KBS2
Gloria Oh Soon-nyeo MBC
All My Love Kim Young-ok MBC
2011 Paradise Ranch SBS
My Bittersweet Life Choi Jung-ok KBS1
Bravo, My Love! Nam Da-reum's grandmother (cameo) MBC
Protect the Boss Mrs. Song SBS
Just Like Today Oh Gap-boon MBC
Brain Sa Bong-ja (guest) KBS2
Saving Mrs. Go Bong-shil Kim Geum-shil TV Chosun
2012 The Strongest K-Pop Survival Kwon Ji-woo's grandmother Channel A
Love, My Love Lee Geum-nyeo KBS2
Standby Young-ok, Park Joon-geum's
mother (cameo)
Lovers of Haeundae Shim Mal-nyun KBS2
My Lover, Madame Butterfly Yoo Geum-dan SBS
Here Comes Mr. Oh Chun Geum-soon MBC
2013 Ruby Ring Jo Il-soon KBS2
Drama Special "Yeon-woo's Summer" Lee Yeon-woo's grandmother KBS2
2014 The Full Sun Hong Soon-ok KBS2
Make Your Wish Chairman Choi MBC
Marriage, Not Dating Noh Geum-soon tvN
Rosy Lovers Jo Bang-shil MBC
Birth of a Beauty Lee Kang-joon's grandmother SBS
2015 Drama Special "Snowy Road" older Choi Jong-boon KBS1
The Return of Hwang Geum-bok Wang Yeo-sa SBS
All About My Mom Song Ki-nam KBS2
2016 Dear My Friends Oh Ssang-boon tvN
Blow Breeze Dal-rae MBC
Shopaholic Louis Choi Il-soon MBC
Listen to Love (cameo) jTBC
Sweet Stranger and Me Grandma Oh Rye (cameo, Episode 7) KBS2
2017 All Kinds of Daughters-In-Law Kang Hae-Soon MBC
Manhole (voice only) KBS2
Live Up to Your Name, Dr. Heo Kkot-boon tvN
The Most Beautiful Goodbye Grandma tvN
2018 Welcome to Waikiki Jang-gun's grandma (cameo, Episode 4) JTBC
The Great Seducer Grandma MBC
The Rich Son[6] Park Sun-ok MBC
Ms. Hammurabi O-reum's grandma JTBC
Witch's Love[7] Maeng Ye-soon MBN
My Mother's Third Marriage Bang Cho-rong KBS2
My Strange Hero Lee Sun-hye SBS
2019 Dazzling Lee Joon-ha's grandmother JTBC
Her Private Life Deok-Mi's grandmother tvN
The Golden Garden Kang Nam-doo MBC
Love Alarm Jo-jo's grandmother Netflix
Love with Flaws Chairwoman Han MBC
2020 The King: Eternal Monarch Noh Ok-nam SBS
2021 Mouse Grandmother who lives alone with Oh Bong-i tvN[8]
Young Lady and Gentleman Jin Dal-rae[9] KBS2
Cliffhanger Lee Moon-ok tvN
Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha Kim Gam-ri[10] tvN
Squid Game Seong Gi-hun's mother Netflix

Variety showEdit

Year Title Network Notes
2013 Mamado ("Mama, Too")[11] KBS2 Cast member

Voice actingEdit

Year Title Role Network
1975 Mazinger Z Soe-dol ("Juzo Kabuto") MBC
1976 Robot Taekwon V Kim Hoon Film
1977 Paul's Miraculous Adventure Paul TBC
1987 Esteban, a Boy from the Sun Esteban MBC
Super Boy

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
1979 15th Baeksang Arts Awards Grand Prize (Daesang) for Television I Sell Happiness Won
1992 28th Baeksang Arts Awards Most Popular Actress (TV) Yesterday's Green Grass Won
1993 KBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress Wild Chrysanthemum, Love and Farewell Won
2005 KBS Entertainment Awards Achievement Award Old Miss Diary Won
2007 44th Grand Bell Awards[12] Best Supporting Actress Old Miss Diary: The Movie Nominated
2009 MBC Drama Awards[13] Golden Acting Award, Actress in a Serial Drama Assorted Gems Won
2011 SBS Drama Awards[14] Achievement Award Protect the Boss Won
2015 KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a One-Act/Special/Short Drama Snowy Road Won
2018 11th Korea Drama Awards[15] Lifetime Achievement Award N/A Won
2018 9th Korean Popular Culture and Arts Awards Bogwan Order of Cultural Merit (3rd Class) N/A Won[16]


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