Song Yoon-ah

Song Yoon-ah (Korean: 송윤아, born June 7, 1973) is a South Korean actress. She is best known for starring in the film Jail Breakers (2002), as well as the television dramas Hotelier (2001), On Air (2008), Mama (2014), The K2 (2016), and Secret Mother (2018).

Song Yoon-ah
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Song Yoon-ah

(1973-06-07) June 7, 1973 (age 47)
Seoul, South Korea
EducationHanyang University
(Cultural Anthropology)
Years active1995–present
AgentSnowball Entertainment
(m. 2009)
Korean name
Revised RomanizationSong Yun-a
McCune–ReischauerSong yuna
WebsiteOfficial Website

Early lifeEdit

Song Yoon-ah was born in Seoul, but spent her childhood in Gimcheon, North Gyeongsang Province.[2] She has two elder brothers, the first one is a doctor.[citation needed] While studying Cultural Anthropology as a freshman at Hanyang University, she was recommended by an older schoolmate to a modeling agency.[3] Song made her entertainment debut when she won three awards at the KBS Super Talent Contest in 1995, and began appearing in magazine advertisements and as an extra on TV shows.[4]


In 1998, Song rose to fame as the antagonist in Mister Q, playing the head of the design department in an underwear company who bullies the heroine; the trendy drama was a big hit, with a peak viewership rating of 45.3%.[3][5] Over the next few years, Song became well known for her roles in TV dramas such as Paper Crane (1998), The Boss (1999), and Hotelier (2001).[4][6]

Her first few films did not make a significant impression at the box office. But in late 2002, Song starred in one of the bigger commercial hits of the year, Jail Breakers with actors Sol Kyung-gu and Cha Seung-won. Her energetic performance in Kim Sang-jin's comedy was recognized with Best Supporting Actress trophies from the Blue Dragon Film Awards, the Chunsa Film Art Awards, and the Grand Bell Awards.[4] Song next played an anthropologist from the National Institute of Scientific Investigation in the 2004 horror film Face.[7]

In 2006, she reunited onscreen with Sol Kyung-gu in Lost in Love, a low-key melodrama directed by Choo Chang-min about two college friends who drift apart and reconnect over the course of ten years.[8][9][10][11] Arang followed, in which Song played a detective on the trail of a serial killer; this was her first time to get top billing over a male costar (rookie actor Lee Dong-wook).[3] But like Face, her previous project in the horror genre, Arang was a commercial and critical failure.[12][13] Song returned to television with My Beloved Sister, in the title role of a graduate art student who grew up wealthy but must suddenly take on the responsibilities as head of the family and take care of her younger brothers after their father goes bankrupt then disappears.[3]

Her next hit drama came in 2008 with On Air, a behind-the-scenes look at the Korean entertainment industry. Song was cast in the role of scribe Kim Eun-sook's alter ego, a successful, acerbic screenwriter who clashes egos with a top actress (played by Kim Ha-neul) while falling for a TV director (played by Park Yong-ha).[14][15][16] Then in the 2009 thriller Secret, Song played the wife of a homicide detective—she becomes the prime suspect in a brutal murder he's investigating,[17][18] while in the 2010 tearjerker Wedding Dress, her character is a widowed designer who is diagnosed with cancer and begins sewing the ultimate parting gift, a special dress for her young daughter's wedding, which she will never get to see.[19]

After getting married in 2009 and giving birth in 2010, Song went on a five-year hiatus from acting. She became an adjunct professor and part-time lecturer at Seoul Arts College in 2010, as a faculty member of the Department of Performing Arts and the Department of Broadcasting, Entertainment and Visual Arts.[2] Apart from occasional stints as an awards ceremony host (she hosted the Korean Film Awards from 2003 to 2010[20]), in 2011 she also joined the cooking show Food Essay on cable channel Olive, and served as a judge on the first season of talent-reality show Korea's Got Talent.[21][22][23]

Song made her acting comeback in the 2014 drama series Mama, which revolved around a terminally ill single mother's quest to find a loving family for her son before her impending death, leading to her befriending the current wife of a former lover.[24][25][26][27] Her performance won Best Television Actress at the 51st Baeksang Arts Awards.[28]

In 2016, Song played a villain in action drama The K2.[29]

In 2017, she returned to the big screen and acted as a war correspondent in VR film Nine Days.[30] The film is planned to exhibit in Sundance Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival and Venice Film Festival.[31] The same year, she was cast in the film Stone, her first feature film in 7 years.[32] And the film has invited to the 23rd Busan International Film Festival.

In 2018, Song was cast in SBS mystery family drama Secret Mother.[33]

Song then starred in JTBC's 2020 pre-produced 19+ age-restricted series Graceful Friends.[34]

Personal lifeEdit

Song married actor Sol Kyung-gu on May 28, 2009 in a Catholic church in Bangbae-dong followed by a reception at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Seoul.[35] Both graduates of Hanyang University, they acted opposite each other in Jail Breakers (2002) and Lost in Love (2006).[2][36][37][38] Their son Sol Seung-yoon was born on August 3, 2010.[39]

In 2014, Song filed a defamation suit against 57 netizens who spread online rumors that she began having an extramarital affair with Sol in 2002 while he was still married to his first wife and was the cause of their divorce in 2006.[40][41] Sol and Song have denied these rumors, stating that their relationship started in 2007.[36]



Year Title Role
1997 1818 (Profanity) Hong Se-in
1998 Zzang (The Best) Song Na-young
2000 A Masterpiece in My Life Kang Yeo-kyung
2002 Jail Breakers Han Gyeong-sun
2004 Face Jung Sun-young
2006 Lost in Love Yeon-soo
Arang So-young
2009 Secret Yoo Ji-yeon
2010 Wedding Dress Seo Go-eun
2018 Nine Days (Short film) Kim Sun-joo/Park Seung-hee
2019 Innocent Witness Kim Soo-in (cameo)
Stone Skipping Teacher Kim

Television seriesEdit

Year Title Role Network Notes
1995 Age of Individuality KBS2
Brilliant People KBS1
1996 Tears of the Dragon Ms. Jung,
Yi Suk-beon's wife
1997 Drama City
"The Road to Gorangpo"
Hometown of Legends KBS2 episode: "The Nine-Tailed Fox"
Beyond the Horizon SBS
1998 Love Lee Hee-soo MBC
Mister Q Hwang Joo-ri SBS
납량특선 8부작 Jung-in SBS episode: "The Eye of Terror"
Paper Crane Cha Yeon-hee KBS2
Advocate Jang Hye-mi MBC
1999 The Boss Han Yeon-ji MBC
You Don't Know My Feelings Na Sook-ja MBC
Love Story Jung-in SBS episode 3: "Lost Baggage"
2000 Bad Friends Ha Young-seo MBC
2001 Hotelier Seo Jin-young MBC
Sweet Bear Han Jung-eun MBC
2002 The Present Kim Hye-jin MBC
2004 Into the Storm Cha Mi-seon SBS
2005 Hong Kong Express Han Jung-yeon SBS
2006 My Beloved Sister Yoon Seung-joo MBC
2008 On Air Seo Young-eun SBS
2010 Secret Garden Top star at giveaway event
(cameo, episode 2)
2014 Mama Han Seung-hee MBC
2015 Assembly Choi In-kyung KBS2
2016 The K2 Choi Yoo-Jin tvN
Drama Special- Sweet Home Dr.Song (cameo) KBS2
2018 Secret Mother Kim Yoon-jin SBS
Room No. 9 Park Hyun-jung (cameo) tvN
2020 Graceful Friends Nam Jung-hae JTBC

Variety showEdit

Year Title Network Notes
1998 Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival -
Big Concert Musical Journey
Go! Our Heaven MBC
1999 Super TV Sunday Is Fun - Song Yoon-ah's Summer Escape KBS2
Korean Video and Records Awards MBC Host
2000 SBS Drama Awards SBS
2002 Golden Disk Awards MBC
2003 SBS Drama Awards SBS
Korean Film Awards MBC
2011 Food Essay Olive TV
Korea's Got Talent - Season 1 tvN Judge
The Miracle of Kangaroo Mother Care MBC Documentary narrator
2012 Spring Hasn't Come Yet: One Year After the Earthquake in Japan SBS
2014 Hope TV SBS SBS Host


Year Song title Notes
2002 "Pink Lipstick" Track from Jail Breakers OST
2008 "Shadow" Track from On Air OST

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
1995 KBS Super Talent Contest Gold Award N/A Won
Photogenic Award N/A Won
Julia Award N/A Won
1998 SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress Mister Q Won
KBS Drama Awards Popularity Award, Actress Paper Crane Won
1999 35th Baeksang Arts Awards Most Popular Actress (TV) Mister Q Won
MBC Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress The Boss Won
2000 SBS Drama Awards Big Star Award Love Story "Lost Baggage" Won
45th Information and Communication Day Prime Minister's Commendation N/A Won
2001 MBC Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress Hotelier, Sweet Bear Won
2002 Korea Best Dressed Swan Awards Recipient N/A Won
23rd Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Supporting Actress Jail Breakers Won
2003 11th Chunsa Film Art Awards Best Supporting Actress Won
40th Grand Bell Awards Won
2004 SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Special Planning Drama Into the Storm Won
Top 10 Stars Won
2006 4th Korea Fashion World Awards Best Dressed, Movie Actress category N/A Won
MBC Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress My Beloved Sister Nominated
2007 3rd Andre Kim Best Star Awards[42] Best Star Award N/A Won
MBC Entertainment Awards Achievement Award Won
2008 Cosmopolitan Fun Fearless Female N/A Won
SBS Drama Awards Grand Prize (Daesang) On Air Nominated
Top Excellence Award, Actress Won
Top 10 Stars Won
2009 4th Andre Kim Best Star Awards[43] Female Star Award N/A Won
2010 2nd Korea Jewelry Awards Diamond Award N/A Won
2014 3rd APAN Star Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Mama Nominated
27th Grimae Awards Best Actress Won
MBC Drama Awards Grand Prize (Daesang) Nominated
Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Special Project Drama Won
2015 51st Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actress (TV) Won
KBS Drama Awards Excellence Awards, Actress in a Mid-length Drama Assembly Nominated
2018 SBS Drama Awards[44] Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Daily and Weekend Drama Secret Mother Won


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