Oh Yeon-seo

Oh Yeon-seo (born Oh Haet-nim, (1987-06-22)June 22, 1987), is a South Korean actress and best known for her roles in television dramas My Husband Got a Family (2012), Jang Bo-ri is Here! (2014), Shine or Go Crazy (2015), Come Back Mister (2016), My Sassy Girl (2017), A Korean Odyssey (2017–2018), and Love with Flaws (2019-2020).

Oh Yeon-seo
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Oh in 2018.
Oh Haet-nim

(1987-06-22) June 22, 1987 (age 33)
EducationDongguk University
  • Actress
  • singer
  • model
Years active2002–present
Height170 cm (5 ft 7 in)
Musical career
Also known asHaet-nim
GenresK-pop, Dance
Korean name
Revised RomanizationO Yeon-seo
McCune–ReischauerO Yŏnsŏ
Birth name
Revised RomanizationO Haet-nim
McCune–ReischauerO Haetnim

Early lifeEdit

Oh was born in Jinju, South Gyeongsang Province and grew up in Changnyeong County. In the second year of middle school, Oh followed a group of friends to an audition for SM Entertainment, held in Daegu, but was rejected. However, another company contacted her saying that she had qualified and she moved to Seoul, debuting four months later at the age of 15.[citation needed]

Oh was accepted into Anyang Arts High School after her band's disbandment and went on to become an actress. She changed her name from Haet-nim to Yeon-seo after consulting a shaman with her mother.[1]

Oh then entered Dongguk University, joining the theater and film department.[2]



Oh Yeon-seo made her entertainment debut in 2002 when she was 15-years-old under her birth name Oh Haet-nim, with the band LUV. They released their first album, Story, with the singles "Orange Girl" and "I Still Believe in You".[3] The band was short-lived and disbanded six months later. Oh then shifted to acting and made her debut appearance in the 2003 drama Sharp, but remained unknown.[4]

2012–2013: Rising popularityEdit

Though she had a major role in the 2009 film A Blood Pledge,[5] it wasn't until she was cast in the family drama My Husband Got a Family (2012) that she gained recognition.[4][6] She then joined the popular variety program We Got Married alongside MBLAQ's Lee Joon.[7][8] Towards the end of 2012, Oh was cast in daily drama Here Comes Mr. Oh where she had her first lead role.[9]

In 2013, Oh played a thoracic resident surgeon in medical drama Medical Top Team.[10][11] She was appointed an ambassador for the first annual Animal Film Festival in Suncheon along with Kim Min-joon and Gal So-won to help raise awareness for animal rights and welfare in August.[12] Oh was also appointed a Red Cross Ambassador together with actor Ryu Soo-young.[13]

2014–present: BreakthroughEdit

Oh played the lead role of Jang Bo-ri, a compassionate and selfless person, in the highly acclaimed series Jang Bo-ri is Here! (2014). The drama's ratings peaked at 40.4%, and led to a surge in popularity for Oh. She had a hard time playing the character as she grew up in Gyeongsang-do but her character had to speak the Jeolla-do dialect, which she had never used in her entire life.[14]

In 2015, Oh played Shin Yool, the last princess of Balhae, in the historical drama Shine or Go Crazy, co-starring Jang Hyuk.[15][16] The series was a modest hit, and topped ratings in its timeslot throughout its run.[17]

Oh then starred alongside Rain in the SBS drama Please Come Back, Mister, which aired from February to April, 2016. She played Han Hong-nan, a male character reincarnated in a female's body. Oh was praised for her chemistry with co-star Lee Ha-nui, whom she has acted with in her previous project Shine or Go Crazy.[18] She also impressed viewers through her comedic portrayal of her masculine role.[19] The same year, she starred in Take Off 2, the sequel to the 2009 movie Take Off where she plays a member of the first South Korean woman's national ice hockey team.[20]

In 2017, Oh starred in the historical drama remake of the 2001 box office hit My Sassy Girl alongside Joo Won.[21] In August 2017, Oh signed with new management agency Celltrion Entertainment.[22] The same year, she was cast in tvN's fantasy romantic comedy/tragedy drama A Korean Odyssey, written by the Hong sisters.[23]

In 2018, Oh starred in the film adaptation of the Cheese in the Trap alongside Park Hae-jin, who also played the role of Yoo Jung in the drama.[24][25]

In 2019, Oh was cast in the romantic comedy drama Love with Flaws.[26]

In October 2019, Oh signed with new agency SidusHQ.[27]

Personal lifeEdit

On March 29, 2018, it was confirmed that Oh is in a relationship with actor Kim Bum.[28][29][30] However, after a few months of dating they were reported to have parted ways.[31][32]


Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2009 4th Asia Model Festival Awards CF Model Award N/A Won [33]
2012 1st K-Drama Star Awards Rising Star Award My Husband Got a Family Won [34]
5th Korea Drama Awards Best New Actress Nominated
KBS Drama Awards Won [35]
MBC Drama Awards Here Comes Mr. Oh Won [36]
2013 2nd APAN Star Awards Popular Star Award Won [37]
2014 7th Korea Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress Jang Bo-ri is Here! Won [38]
MBC Drama Awards Grand Prize (Daesang) Nominated
Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Serial Drama Won [39]
2016 2016 Asia Model Awards Popularity Award (Female) Please Come Back, Mister Won [40]
5th APAN Star Awards Acting Award, Actress Nominated
SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Fantasy Drama Won [41]
2017 SBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Monday–Tuesday Drama My Sassy Girl Nominated
2019 MBC Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Wednesday-Thursday Miniseries Love with Flaws Nominated


  1. ^ "Young people are taking up new names". Korea JoongAng Daily. 19 December 2016.
  2. ^ "김주현 "대학동기 오연서 '엽기녀' 발탁, 내가봐도 잘어울려"[인터뷰③]". TV Report (in Korean). 15 December 2016.
  3. ^ 오연서-전혜빈, 걸그룹 러브 데뷔곡 ‘오렌지걸’ 무대 재현 “상큼” [Oh Yeon-seo - Jeon Hye-bin, girl group LUV makes a 'refreshing' reappearance on stage with debut song 'Orange Girl']. The Donga Ilbo (in Korean). 19 September 2009. Retrieved 2014-11-13.
  4. ^ a b "(News Focus) Ex-singers get second chances as actresses". Yonhap News Agency. 23 May 2016.
  5. ^ "[인터뷰] <여고괴담5-동반자살> 오연서 "첫 주연, 떨리지만 뿌듯해요"". Max Movie (in Korean). 15 June 2009.
  6. ^ "오연서│<넝쿨째 굴러온 당신> 가족들에 대한 세 가지 이야기". TenAsia (in Korean). 16 May 2012.
  7. ^ "Lee Joon and Oh Yeon-seo "gets married"". Korea JoongAng Daily. 7 September 2012.
  8. ^ Hong, Lucia (6 September 2012). "MBLAQ's Lee Joon, Oh Yeon-seo to enjoy married life as new couple on MBC's We Got Married". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-07-24.
  9. ^ "Lee Jang-woo, Oh Yeon-seo on MBC". Korea JoongAng Daily. 11 October 2012.
  10. ^ "Oh Yeon-seo reveals boyish look". Korea JoongAng Daily. 23 August 2012.
  11. ^ "Jung, Oh to join Medical Top Team". The Korea Times. 26 July 2013.
  12. ^ "Korea's first animal film fest kicks off in Suncheon". Korea JoongAng Daily. 23 August 2013. Retrieved 2014-11-13.
  13. ^ "Oh Yeon-seo made Korean Red Cross Ambassador". Yonhap News Agency. 8 May 2014. Archived from the original on 7 January 2018. Retrieved 14 July 2017.
  14. ^ "Oh Yeon-seo Basks in TV Drama's Success". The Chosun Ilbo. 6 September 2014.
  15. ^ "Jang Hyuk & Oh Yeon Seo coming back with a new drama called Shine or Go Crazy". StarN News. 16 January 2015.
  16. ^ "Jang Hyuk, Oh Yeon-seo have romantic encounter in 'To Shine or to Go Insane'". Kpop Herald. 23 December 2014.
  17. ^ "'Shine or Go Crazy' concludes with highest TV ratings". Kpop Herald. 8 April 2015.
  18. ^ "[MD포커스] '돌아저씨' 오연서 이하늬, 베스트커플상 가나요". My Daily (in Korean). 11 March 2016.
  19. ^ "Oh impresses in masculine role". Korea JoongAng Daily. 29 April 2016. Retrieved 2016-05-19.
  20. ^ "Oh Dal-su, Oh Yeon-seo join the cast for 'Take Off 2'". Kpop Herald. 20 August 2015.
  21. ^ "Daredevil female characters grace screens big and small". The Korea Times. 9 June 2017.
  22. ^ "Actor Oh Yeon-seo signs with new agency". Korea JoongAng Daily. 3 August 2016.
  23. ^ "Love tug of war - monkey king and monk". The Korea Times. 29 January 2018.
  24. ^ "Film version of 'Cheese' is a thrilling romance". Korea JoongAng Daily. 9 March 2018.
  25. ^ "Actress Oh Yeon-seo Admits She Feels Pressure with Age". The Chosun Ilbo. 17 March 2018.
  26. ^ Park Soo-in (13 May 2019). "MBC 측 "안재현X오연서 '하자있는 인간들' 11월 수목극 편성"(공식입장)". Newsen (in Korean).
  27. ^ Yeon Hwi-seon (14 October 2019). "오연서, 싸이더스 전속계약 체결...장혁·김하늘·김우빈 한솥밥 [공식]". OSEN (in Korean).
  28. ^ "오연서 측, 김범과 열애 초고속 인정 "호감 갖고 알아가는 단계"(공식)". Naver (in Korean). enews24. 29 March 2018.
  29. ^ "Oh Yeon-seo, Kim Beom confirm relationship". The Korea Herald. 29 March 2018.
  30. ^ "Actress Oh Yeon-seo, actor Kim Beom 'in early blush of romance'". The Korea Times. 29 March 2018.
  31. ^ Jeong Yu-jin (13 February 2019). "[단독] 김범·오연서, 열애 인정 10개월만에 '결별'". News1 (in Korean).
  32. ^ "[종합] 김범·오연서, 열애 10개월 만에 동료로…"지난해 결별"". Sports Donga (in Korean). 13 February 2019.
  33. ^ "'돌아온 뚝배기' 오연서, CF모델상 수상". Sports Khan (in Korean). 13 January 2009.
  34. ^ "'K드라마어워즈' MC 유인나, 라이징스타상 수상...지현우 언급 없었다". TV Report (in Korean). 8 December 2012.
  35. ^ "'신인상' 오연서 눈물, "넝쿨당, 내겐 넝쿨째 굴러온 작품" (KBS 연기대상)". Xports News (in Korean). 31 December 2012.
  36. ^ "'MBC연기대상' 오연서 데뷔 10년만에 신인상 "엄마·아빠, 나 상 탔어"". Xports News (in Korean). 30 December 2012.
  37. ^ "2013 APAN STAR AWARDS". MK News (in Korean). 17 November 2013.
  38. ^ "Kim Soo-hyun wins at drama festival". Korea JoongAng Daily. 3 October 2014.
  39. ^ "오연서, 연속극 女 최우수연기상 수상 '멈추지 않는 눈물' [MBC연기대상]". TV Report (in Korean). 31 December 2014.
  40. ^ "'아시아모델어워즈' 박해진부터 아이오아이, 대세 총집합". Chosun (in Korean). 22 May 2016.
  41. ^ "[SBS 2016 SAF 연기대상] 강하늘·오연서, 판타지드라마 부문 우수연기상 수상". Sports Khan (in Korean). 1 January 2017.

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