Nam Gyu-ri (Korean남규리; born April 26, 1985) is a South Korean singer and actress. She was the leader of the Korean female trio SeeYa. In 2009, Nam Gyu-ri had a contract dispute with the group's management company and left the group.[1] Nam has also acted, most notably in the film Death Bell and the drama 49 Days.

Nam Gyu-ri
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Nam Mi-jeong

(1985-04-26) April 26, 1985 (age 37)
Seoul, South Korea
Alma materKyung Hee University (Department Theater and Film)
Occupation(s)Singer, actress
Years active2006–present
AgentMy Company
Musical career
LabelsMnet Media (2006–2009)
Core Contents Media (2009–2011)
Formerly ofSeeYa
Korean name
Revised RomanizationNam Gyu-ri
McCune–ReischauerNam Kyu-ri
Birth name
Revised RomanizationNam Mi-jeong
McCune–ReischauerNam Mi-jŏng


Nam was born in Seoul, South Korea. She graduated from Kyunghee University specializing in Theater and Film (Department of Theater and Film).

In April 2009, Core Contents Media, SeeYa's management company, announced that Nam Gyu-ri had violated the terms of her contract by refusing to perform her engagements as a member of SeeYa; the company also stated that it would potentially take legal action against Nam.[2] Although the company later announced that she would return, it was eventually revealed that the issues could not be fully resolved, and Nam left again.[1] In leaving the group permanently, Nam released a statement through her lawyers in which she said that she "could not possibly" return to SeeYa. In the statement, Nam announced that the reason for her departure was that she was more interested in pursuing an acting career than singing. Because it was impossible to pursue both paths, she had decided that she needed to give up working with the group.[3] For this reason, she declined offers from all record companies that were interested in recruiting SeeYa, and would henceforth make a new beginning as an actor and not a singer.[4]

Shortly after finding new management, however, Nam resumed her singing career as a solo artist.[5][6] Her new management company, Eyagi Entertainment, has confirmed that Nam would pursue a solo career in both acting and singing.[7] Despite the fact that Nam stated she would not pursue her singing career as a solo singer, she managed to contribute in Ivy's comeback album "I Be.." in 2009.[8]

In 2011, Nam returned to SeeYa temporarily during the group's promotion of its final album. SeeYa officially disbanded on January 30, 2011.[citation needed]

In 2014, Nam signed with SidusHQ, one of South Korea's most famous talent agencies.[9]

In November 2018, Nam signed with new agency KORTOP Media, founded by veteran drama producer Go Dae-hwa.[10]

In 2020, Nam acted as the second lead in Kairos, acting as a violinist and a sociopath who was secretly having an affair behind her husband's back while acting as a good wife and mother. She received favourable reviews for her acting of the villain in the drama.[11]

In May 2022, Nam signed with My Company after her contract with her former agency expired.[12]



Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"Ride to Me" (내게 오는 자전거) (feat. One Way) 2010 49 Non-album singles
"Starlight Tears" (별빛눈물) 2011 35
"That Man" (그 남자) 2012 41
"A Man and Woman Meet For the First Time" (처음 본 남자 그리고 여자) (with Kyeol) 2013 96
"Moon River" 2014

Soundtrack appearancesEdit

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"Flying in the Deep Night" (깊은 밤을 날아서) 2007 Unstoppable Marriage OST
"Lately I" (요즘 나는) (with Lee Hong-ki)
"Man" (남자) 2008 Death Bell OST
"I Wanna See Your Face" (보고싶은 얼굴) 2009 More than Blue OST
"Say Love" (사랑한다는 말) 2010 82 Assorted Gems OST
"I Only Look at You" (그대만 보이네요) 2011 83 Mr. Idol OST
"Haeundae Lovers" (해운대 연인들) 2012 Haeundae Lovers OST
"Candle in the Rain" 2019 Different Dreams OST
"Before Tonight is Over" (이밤이 다하기 전에)
Dance Tonight


Title Year Album
"Don't Cheat" (Miss S feat. Nam Gyu-ri) 2008 Non-album single
"Goodbye and Goodbye" (Shin Hye-sung feat. Nam Gyu-ri) 2010



Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2008 Death Bell Kang Yi-na [15]
2009 More Than Blue Catgirl
2011 Mr. Idol Mi-oh Cameo
2013 Top Star Actress in Ice Flower Cameo
2014 Mad Sad Bad Shi-wa segment: "Saw you" [16]
2018 Deja Vu Ji-min [17][18]
History of Jealousy Lee Su-min [19]

Television seriesEdit

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2010 Super Star Ahn Gyu-ri Episode 6: "Never Ending Love"
Life Is Beautiful Yang Cho-rong [20]
2011 49 Days Shin Ji-hyun [21]
2012 Drama Special – Butcher Barber Mi-ja [22]
Lovers of Haeundae Yoon Se-na [23]
Ohlala Couple Bae Jung-ah Cameo (Episode 1)
2013 Heartless City Yoon Soo-min [24]
2014 My Forgetful Girlfriend Xue Jia Bao Chinese drama [25]
Drama Special – House, Mate Seo-won [26]
2015 Late Night Restaurant Min-kyung Cameo (Episode 16)
2016 Yeah, That's How It Is Lee Na-young [27]
2018 My Secret Terrius Choi Eun-kyung Special appearance [28]
Children of Nobody Jeon Soo-young [29]
2019 Different Dreams Miki [30]
2020 Kairos Kang Hyun-chae [31]
2021 Drama Stage : The Fair Ryu Hee-sun Season 4 [32]
You Are My Spring Ahn Ga-young [33]
TBA Bloody Romance Baek Young-ok [34]

Web seriesEdit

Year Title Role Ref.
2017 Swan Kim Min-seo [35]
Hey Anna! Let's Eat! Anna [36]

Television showsEdit

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2013 Burundi, Small Hope for the Six Brothers and Sisters Narrator [37]
2015 Law of the Jungle Cast member [38]

Music videoEdit

Year Song Title Artist Ref.
2006 "Love Song" SG Wannabe
2008 "Don't Cheat On Me" Miss S
2011 "Ran into You By Chance" Led Apple [39]
2013 " If This Ain't Love" Verbal Jint feat. Ailee [40]

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 2011 Best New Actress – Television Life Is Beautiful Nominated
Buil Film Awards 2008 Best New Actress Death Bell Nominated
MBC Drama Awards 2018 Excellence Award, Actress in a Wednesday-Thursday Miniseries Children of Nobody Nominated
2019 Excellence Award, Actress in a Monday-Tuesday Miniseries Different Dreams Nominated
2020 Excellence Award, Actress in a Monday-Tuesday Miniseries Kairos Won [41]
SBS Drama Awards 2010 New Star Award Life Is Beautiful Won [42]
2011 Excellence Award, Actress in a Drama Special 49 Days Nominated


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  13. ^ Circle Digital Chart positions:
  14. ^ Circle Digital Chart positions:
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  20. ^ 남상미, 김수현드라마 다시 합류.."갈등 해결". Star News (in Korean). October 2, 2010.
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  31. ^ "신성록·이세영·안보현·남규리, '카이로스' 라인업 확정(공식)" [Shin Sung-rok, Lee Se-young, Ahn Bo-hyun and Nam Gyu-ri Confirm Roles in "Kairos"]. (in Korean). May 7, 2020. Retrieved October 3, 2020.
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