Shin Hye-sun

Shin Hye-sun (born 31 August 1989) is a South Korean actress. She made her debut in the television series School 2013. In 2017, Shin played her first leading role and became well known in the weekend drama, My Golden Life, which garnered more than 8 million viewers.[2] She is also best known for her other leading roles in Korean dramas such as Still 17 (2018), The Hymn of Death (2018), Angel's Last Mission: Love (2019) and most recently in Mr. Queen (2020–2021).

Shin Hye-sun
Shin in white dress and yellow handbag posing for a photoshoot in March 2021
Shin in March 2021
Born (1989-08-31) 31 August 1989 (age 31)
Other namesShin Hae-sun
EducationSejong University - Film Art
OccupationActress
Years active2012–present
AgentYNK Entertainment
Height1.72 m (5.6 ft)[1]
Korean name
Hangul
Hanja
Revised RomanizationSin Hye-seon
McCune–ReischauerSin Hyesŏn

She has been lauded by industry insiders for her acting skills, her ability to convey emotions to her audience and her accurate diction, earning her the nickname 'diction fairy', and is being called by insiders as one of the best actresses of her generation.[3]

CareerEdit

2012–2016: Career beginnings and minor rolesEdit

Shin debuted as an actress through the TV drama School 2013, an installment of the long-running School series, after successfully passing the audition to cast in a schoolgirl role. She played a minor character with the same name as hers.[4]

Shin began to land bigger roles in 2015 with Oh My Ghost and She Was Pretty.[5][6] Though both titles were romantic comedies, her characters varied significantly.[7]

2016–2017: BreakthroughEdit

Her breakthrough came in 2016 with Five Enough.[8] Her role as a gullible, naively-romantic woman and her pairing with actor Sung Hoon gained popularity among the viewers.[9] The same year, she starred in the fantasy-romance drama The Legend of the Blue Sea.[10]

In 2017, she played her first lead role in a film in A Day.[11] Shin then played a key figure in an acclaimed crime thriller series Stranger.[12][13] Soon after, she was cast in her first lead role in a television drama with KBS2's drama My Golden Life.[14] The drama was a major hit in South Korea and surpassed 40% ratings,[15] leading to an increased recognition for Shin.[16][17] She received a lot of love offers by the advertising industry and producers of movies and dramas.[18]

2018–2019: Artistic charactersEdit

In 2018, Shin was cast as a lead in the SBS drama special The Hymn of Death alongside Lee Jong-suk. She played the role of Yun Sim-deok, Korea's first professional soprano singer.[19]

The same year, she starred alongside Yang Se-jong in the SBS romance comedy drama Still 17, as an aspiring violinist whose life turned upside down due to an accident.[20]

In 2019, Shin starred in the KBS2 fantasy romance drama Angel's Last Mission: Love alongside Kim Myung-soo, as a ballerina who has no interest in love.[21]

2020–present: Film debut and rising popularityEdit

In 2020, she was cast to play her first lead role in the legal film Innocence, as a lawyer who decides to defend her mother (Bae Jong-ok) from prosecution.[22] She received positive reviews for her performance in the film and was nominated in the Best New Actress category at the 41st Blue Dragon Film Awards.[23]

In November, she appeared in the caper story film Collectors with Lee Je-hoon, as an art curator Yoon[24] and later in the TVN hit drama Mr. Queen in a dual lead role as both Kim So-yong (Queen Cheorin) as well as Jang Bong-Hwan, a male chef from 2020 whose soul travels back in time and gets trapped in Kim So-yong's body.

Shin was nominated for 57th Baeksang Arts Awards in the category Best Actress (TV) for the subject Mr. Queen[25] And the branch of Best New Actress (Film) in the Innocence.[25]

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2014 One Summer Night So-ra Short film
Return Match Joo-yeon
2016 A Violent Prosecutor Yoon-ah
2017 A Day Mi-kyung [26]
2020 Innocence Ahn Jung-in [27]
Collectors Curator Yoon [28]
TBA She Died [29]
Open the Door [30]

Television seriesEdit

Year Title Network Role Notes Ref.
2012–2013 School 2013 KBS2 Shin Hye-sun [31]
2014 Angel Eyes SBS young Cha Min-soo
High School King of Savvy tvN Go Yoon-joo [32]
2014–2015 Forever Young VTV3 Han Mi-so Korean-Vietnamese production [33]
2015 Oh My Ghost tvN Kang Eun-hee [34]
She Was Pretty MBC Han Seol [35]
2016 Five Enough KBS2 Lee Yeon-tae [36]
Legend of the Blue Sea SBS Cha Si-ah [37]
2017 Stranger (Season 1) tvN Young Eun-soo [38]
2017–2018 My Golden Life KBS2 Seo Ji-an [39]
2018 Still 17 SBS Woo Seo-ri [40]
The Hymn of Death Yun Sim-deok [41]
2019 Angel's Last Mission: Love KBS2 Lee Yeon-seo [42]
2020 Stranger (Season 2) tvN Young Eun-soo Cameo [43]
2020–2021 Mr. Queen Kim So-yong, Queen Cheorin / Jang Bong-hwan [44]

Television showsEdit

Year Title Network Role Notes Ref.
2018 Hope for Children in Global Village MBC Visitor / Narrator Episode 14 – MBC x Good Neighbors USA: Cameroon [45]
My Little Old Boy SBS Special Host Episode 99 - 100 [46]
2019 1919–2019, Memories MBC Narrator Episode 2 – Kim Hyang-hwa [47]

HostingEdit

Year Title Network Notes Ref.
2018 2018 SBS Drama Awards SBS Host With Shin Dong-yup and Lee Je-hoon [48]
2019 2019 KBS Drama Awards KBS2 Host with Jeon Hyun-moo [49]

Music video appearancesEdit

Year Title Artist Ref.
2013 "Curious" What Women Want ft. Jung-yup from Brown Eyed Soul [50]
2018 "Feel Like" Naul [51]
"Snowfall" g.o.d [52]

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.
APAN Star Awards 2018 Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Serial Drama My Golden Life Won [53]
Baeksang Arts Awards 2018 Best Actress (TV) Nominated [54]
2021 Best New Actress (Film) Innocence Nominated [25]
Best Actress (TV) Mr. Queen Nominated
Blue Dragon Film Awards 2021 Best New Actress Innocence Nominated [23]
KBS Drama Awards 2016 Best Supporting Actress Five Enough Nominated
Best New Actress Nominated
2017 Best Couple Award Shin Hye-sun (with Park Si-hoo)
My Golden Life
Won [55]
Excellence Award, Actress in a Serial Drama My Golden Life Won
Top Excellence Award, Actress Nominated
2019 Best Couple Award Shin Hye-sun (Kim Myung-soo)
Angel's Last Mission: Love
Won [56]
Top Excellence Award, Actress Angel's Last Mission: Love Won
Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Nominated
Korea Drama Awards 2018 Top Excellence Award, Actress My Golden Life Nominated [57]
MBC Drama Awards 2015 Best New Actress in a Miniseries She Was Pretty Nominated
SBS Drama Awards 2016 Excellence Award, Actress in a Fantasy Drama The Legend of the Blue Sea Nominated
2018 Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Monday-Tuesday Drama Still 17 Won [58]
Scene Stealer Festival 2016 Rookie of the Year Five Enough and A Violent Prosecutor Won [59]
Seoul International Drama Awards 2019 Best Actress The Hymn of Death Nominated [60]
The Seoul Awards 2017 Best New Actress Stranger Nominated
2018 Best Actress My Golden Life and Still 17 Nominated [61]

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