Shin Min-a

Shin Min-a (born Yang Min-a on April 5, 1984) is a South Korean model and actress. She is best known for starring in television dramas A Love to Kill (2005), My Girlfriend Is a Nine-Tailed Fox (2010), Arang and the Magistrate (2012), Oh My Venus (2015), and Tomorrow, With You (2017).

Shin Min-a
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Shin Min-a in 2019
Yang Min-a[1]

(1984-04-05) 5 April 1984 (age 36)
EducationDongguk University
(Performing Arts)[2]
OccupationModel, actress
Years active1998–present
AgentAM Entertainment
Korean name
Revised RomanizationSin Min-a
McCune–ReischauerSin Mina
Birth name
Revised RomanizationYang Min-a
McCune–ReischauerYang Min'a



Shin began her career as a model for teen magazine KiKi in 1998. Since then, she became one of the most in-demand and highest paid commercial endorsers in South Korea. Notable among her forays into branded entertainment is the 2008 multi-episode Summer Days opposite Hyun Bin and Ryoo Seung-bum for LG Xnote featuring music by You Hee-yeol,[3] as well as Friends & Love, a movie-style extended advertisement for Giordano in 2011 costarring Jung Woo-sung and So Ji-sub.[4]

In 2009, Shin went to Milan, Italy to shoot a photo spread for Elle Korea with Calvin Klein model Jamie Dornan.[5] In 2011, she was chosen as the first Asian model for the DIY Project ad campaign of American clothing brand Rag & bone,[6][7] then was subsequently featured in The New York Times's T Magazine.[8][9]


Shin appeared in several music videos for K-pop boyband g.o.d, until her acting debut in 2001 with a supporting role in popular melodrama, Beautiful Days.[10] The newcomer quickly rose to stardom, through the high school martial arts comedy film Volcano High with Jang Hyuk,[11][12] and the college romance movie Madeleine with Jo In-sung.[13]

She then took on a supporting role in Kim Jee-woon's noir film A Bittersweet Life, reuniting her with previous co-star Lee Byung-hun.[14] She then portrayed a deaf character in Sad Movie.[15] This was followed by leading roles in the melodrama A Love to Kill with Rain,[16] romantic comedy series The Beast and the Beauty with Ryoo Seung-bum,[17] and psychological thriller The Devil with Uhm Tae-woong and Ju Ji-hoon.[18] In the 2007 film My Mighty Princess, Shin simultaneously played two characters.[19]

As Shin entered her mid-twenties, she began showcasing more maturity in her choice of roles. In Go Go 70s, Shin played a sexy counterculture singer[20][21] and won numerous accolades for her portrayal. She then acted as an unfaithful wife in The Naked Kitchen,[22] and a cynical young woman in search of her father in Sisters on the Road, a critically acclaimed indie film which also stars fellow actress and close friend Gong Hyo-jin.[23] But Shin became best known for her portrayals of supernatural horror icons revamped into endearingly innocent yet spunky heroines in the rom-com My Girlfriend Is a Nine-Tailed Fox (2010),[24] and the historical drama Arang and the Magistrate (2012).[25][26][27]

After appearing in The X, a 2013 spy thriller short film directed by Kim Jee-woon,[28] Shin returned to the big screen in 2014 in Gyeongju, an introspective arthouse romance opposite Park Hae-il.[29] This was followed by romantic comedy My Love, My Bride, in which she and Jo Jung-suk played a newly married couple; it was a remake of the same-titled 1990 hit which starred Choi Jin-sil and Park Joong-hoon.[30][31][32]

In 2015, Shin and So Ji-sub were cast in the romantic comedy series Oh My Venus.[33] For her character, an overweight lawyer, Shin underwent a three-hour makeup/prosthetic session every shoot.[34]

In 2016, Shin is cast opposite Lee Je-hoon in fantasy melodrama, Tomorrow, With You, portraying a 30-year-old amateur photographer who finds out that her better half can time travel. The drama was fully pre-produced and premiered in February 2017.[35][36]

In 2018, Shin was cast in the mystery film Diva, playing a diver who lost her memory after an accident.[37][38]

In 2019, Shin was cast in the political drama Chief of Staff opposite Lee Jung-jae; as a lawyer turned politician.[39][40]

In 2020, Shin is set to star in the drama Here written by Noh Hee-kyung, revolving around NGO volunteers.[41]


After her travels were documented on the cable channel O'live in 2008,[42] Shin published a book titled Shin Min-a's French Diary in 2009.[43]

She has also contributed her vocals to several singles and soundtracks.[44][45]

Shin Min-a in 2011

Personal lifeEdit

Since May 2015, Shin is in a relationship with model-actor Kim Woo-bin.[46][47]



Year Title Role
2001 Volcano High Yoo Chae-yi
2003 Madeleine Hee-jin
2005 A Bittersweet Life Hee-soo
Sad Movie Ahn Su-eun
The Beast and the Beauty Jang Hae-ju
2007 My Mighty Princess Kang So-hwi/Ok-soon
2008 Go Go 70s Mimi
2009 The Naked Kitchen Ahn Mo-rae
Sisters on the Road Park Myung-eun
A Million Jo Yoo-jin
2013 The X Mia
2014 Gyeongju Gong Yoon-hee
My Love, My Bride Mi-young
2016 A Quiet Dream[48] Min-ah (cameo)
2020 Diva Lee Young

Television seriesEdit

Year Title Role Network
2001 Beautiful Days Lee Min-ji SBS
2003 Punch[49] Jang Yoo-bin
2005 A Love to Kill Cha Eun-seok KBS2
2007 The Devil Seo Hae-in
2010 My Girlfriend Is a Nine-Tailed Fox Gu Mi-ho SBS
2012 Arang and the Magistrate Arang/Lee Seo-rim MBC
2015–2016 Oh My Venus Kang Joo-eun KBS2
2017 Tomorrow, With You Song Ma-rin tvN
2019 Chief of Staff Kang Sun-young JTBC

Music video appearancesEdit

Year Song title Artist
1999 "A Request" Lee Seung-hwan
"Eyes Want to Travel" Leon Lai
"Love and Remembrance" g.o.d
2000 "Since You Left Me" g.o.d
"Do You Know?" Jo Sung-mo
2001 "With Coffee" Brown Eyes
"I Love You" Cha Tae-hyun
"Sad Love" g.o.d
"A Fool" g.o.d
"You Just Don't Know" g.o.d
2008 "Summer Day" You Hee-yeol feat. Shin Jae-pyung of Peppertones
"My Happy Day" You Hee-yeol feat. Shin Min-a
2009 "Miracle Blue" Loveholics feat. Shin Min-a


Year Song title From Album
2003 "Oppa, I Love You" Punch OST
"Pray for Yoo-bin"
2008 "My Happy Day" You Hee-yeol - Summer Days
"Night Train" Go Go 70s OST
2009 "A Year Later" The Naked Kitchen OST
"Miracle Blue" Loveholics - In the Air
2010 "Sha la la" My Girlfriend Is a Nine-Tailed Fox OST
"I Can Give You All"
2012 "Black Moon" Arang and the Magistrate OST

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2003 SBS Drama Awards New Star Award Punch Won [50]
2005 KBS Drama Awards Best New Actress A Love to Kill Nominated
2006 Dior Timeless Beauty Award Recipient N/A Won [51]
2007 KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries The Devil Nominated
2008 4th University Film Festival of Korea Best Supporting Actress Go Go 70s Won [52]
6th Korean Film Awards Nominated
2009 6th Max Movie Awards Best Actress Won [53]
17th Chunsa Film Art Awards Won [54]
2nd Style Icon Awards Female Fashionista N/A Won [55]
3rd Mnet 20's Choice Awards Hot Fashionista N/A Won [56]
2010 Korean Advertisers Association Awards Good Model Award N/A Won [57]
3rd Style Icon Awards Style Icon Actress, TV category My Girlfriend Is a Nine-Tailed Fox Won [58]
2010 SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Drama Special Won [59]
Best Couple with Lee Seung-gi Won
Top 10 Stars Won
7th TVCF Awards Best CF Model N/A Won [60]
2011 1st Cosmo Beauty Awards Beauty Icon of the Year N/A Won [61]
45th Taxpayers' Day Presidential Commendation N/A Won [62]
2012 MBC Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Arang and the Magistrate Nominated
Best Couple with Lee Joon-gi Won [63]
2015 2nd Wildflower Film Awards Best Actress Gyeongju Nominated
Special Jury Prize Won [64]
51st Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actress Nominated
InStyle Fashionista Award N/A Won [65]
KBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress Oh My Venus Nominated
Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Won [66]
Best Couple with So Ji-sub Won [67]
2016 11th Seoul International Drama Awards Outstanding Korean Actress Won [68]


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