Famous South Korean Actresses

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 1 Song Hye-kyo

Song Hye-kyo
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 22, 1981
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: South Korean

Song Hye-kyo is one of the most popular South Korean actresses of the current generation. She has gained international recognition for her performance in TV series, such as Descendants of the Sun. In 2018, she was ranked sixth in the Korea Power Celebrity list issued by Forbes magazine. Song Hye-kyo makes social donations and works with non-profit organizations like KARA.

 2 Son Ye-jin

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 11, 1982
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: South Korean

Regarded as one of the most versatile actresses of South Korea, Son Ye-jin is also one of the highest-paid Korean actresses. She gained international recognition after playing prominent roles in films like The Truth Beneath and The Last Princess and in the popular TV series Crash Landing on You. She is also one of the most decorated South Korean actresses.

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 3 Kim So-hyun

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 4, 1999
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: South Korean
Kim So-hyun, named "Nation's Little Sister" in South Korea, gained fame as a child actor. She is best known for her roles in series such as Moon Embracing the Sun, Love Alarm, and Missing You. She has also hosted the MBC show Music Core and the reality show Under Nineteen.

 4 Soon-Yi Previn

Soon-Yi Previn
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 8, 1970
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American, South Korean

Born in South Korea and abandoned at a young age, actress Soon-Yi Previn was adopted by Hollywood actor Mia Farrow and her then husband André Previn. As an actress, Previn did a few minor roles. However, she attracted much criticism when she began a controversial relationship with filmmaker Woody Allen, who was then Mia’s long-time boyfriend, and eventually married him.

 5 Jun Ji-hyun

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Famous As: South Korean Actress
Birthdate: October 30, 1981
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: South Korean
South Korean actor Jun Ji-hyun, or Gianna Jun, is best known for her Grand Bell Award-winning hit My Sassy Girl. Fans also loved her in the films The Thieves and The Berlin File and the SBS Drama Award-winning series My Love from the Star and Legend of the Blue Sea.

 6 Song Ji-hyo

Song Ji-hyo
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Famous As: Actress, Model
Birthdate: August 15, 1981
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: South Korean

South Korean actress and model, Song Ji-hyo, is a prominent figure in the South Korean entertainment industry and has appeared in many hit TV shows and films. Beginning her career as a model, she soon branched out into acting. One interesting fact about the actress is that she has a degree in tax accounting!

 7 Park Min-young

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 4, 1986
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: South Korean

Park Min-young is one of the most popular South Korean actresses of the current generation. After starting her career by appearing in commercials, Park Min-young went on to play leading roles in TV series, such as A New Leaf and Healer. Park's popularity increased after appearing in Healer. She has also won several awards for her acting performances.

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 8 Kim Tae-hee

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Famous As: South Korean actress
Birthdate: March 29, 1980
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: South Korean
South Korean actor Kim Tae-hee shot to fame with her performance as Han Yoo-ri in the K-drama Stairway to Heaven. She is one of “The Troika," along with Jun Ji-hyun and Song Hye-kyo and Jun Ji-hyun. She also appeared in prominent roles in My Princess and Love Story in Harvard

 9 Sulli

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Famous As: Actress, Singer
Birthdate: March 29, 1994
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: South Korean

Sulli was a South Korean model, actress, and singer who achieved international recognition as part of the girl group f(x). In Korea, Sulli was recognized as a pop culture icon, mainly thanks to her outspoken persona. Her suicide at the age of 25 left many fans mourning and evoked a strong reaction on various social media platforms.

 10 Kim Go-eun

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Famous As: South Korean Actress
Birthdate: July 2, 1991
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: South Korean

Kim Go-eun is a South Korean singer and actress. She is known for playing important roles in TV series, such as Cheese in the Trap, The King: Eternal Monarch, and Guardian: The Lonely and Great God. Also known for her work as a philanthropist, Kim was praised for donating 100 million won to provide 40,000 masks amid the covid-19 pandemic.

 11 Lee Sung-kyung

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Famous As: Actress, Model
Birthdate: August 10, 1990
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: South Korean
Lee Sung-kyung shot to fame as a supermodel before appearing in Korean dramas such as Cheese in the Trap and The Doctors. She then delivered an award-winning performance in the series Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo, playing her first lead role. She has also collaborated with popular music artists.

 12 Park Bo-young

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Famous As: South Korean Actress
Birthdate: February 12, 1990
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: South Korean

South Korean actress, Park Bo-young, is best known for her roles in the movies A Werewolf Boy and On Your Wedding Day. Active in the entertainment scene since 2006, she made her debut with a TV series. A teenager at the time, she then proceeded to appear in several acclaimed movies and TV shows to become a much sought-after actress.

 13 Kim Yoo-jung

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Famous As: South Korean Actress
Birthdate: September 22, 1999
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: South Korean
As a child actor, Kim Yoo-jung was known as "Korea's Little Sister.” She delivered powerful performances in series such as Dong Yi and May Queen, and in historical dramas such as Love in the Moonlight. The “Sageuk Fairy” was the youngest to be featured on Forbes Korea’s Power Celebrity list.

 14 Im Yoon-ah

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 30, 1990
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: South Korean

Im Yoon-ah is a South Korean actress and singer best known for her association with Girls' Generation, one of the most popular South Korean girl groups. Also a popular actress with several awards under her belt, Yoon-ah has established herself as one of the top Hallyu stars. In 2016, she was named in Forbes magazine's Asia's 30 under 30 list.

 15 Ha Ji-won

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Famous As: South Korean Actress
Birthdate: June 28, 1978
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: South Korean
Ha Ji-won is best known for her roles in South Korean historical dramas such as Damo and Empress Ki. She has also been featured in the series Something Happened in Bali, Secret Garden, and Hospital Ship. She owns an agency, has released an album, and has also written a book.

 16 Ku Hye-sun

Ku Hye-sun
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Famous As: Acress
Birthdate: November 9, 1984
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: South Korean

Ku Hye-sun is a South Korean actress, artist, singer-songwriter, and director. She is best known for her portrayal of Geum Jan-di in the popular television series Boys Over Flowers, for which she received several awards, including three KBS Drama Awards. A multi-talented personality, Ku Hye-sun was adjudged Best Female Artist in the Entertainment Industry in recognition of her versatility in 2012.

 17 Han Hyo-joo

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Famous As: South Korean Actress
Birthdate: February 22, 1987
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: South Korean

Han Hyo-joo is a South Korean actress known for playing leading roles in popular TV series like Spring Waltz, Dong Yi, and Brilliant Legacy. Over the years, she has won several prestigious awards like KBS Drama Awards and MBC Drama Awards. Because of her ability to speak Japanese, Han Hyo-joo has appeared in a couple of Japanese films as well.

 18 Shin Se-kyung

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 29, 1990
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: South Korean
South Korean actor Shin Se-kyung soared to fame with the sitcom High Kick Through the Roof. She had started as a child actor, with the kids’ series Ppo Ppo Ppo. Fans also loved her in the series Deep Rooted Tree. Forbes named  her Korea’s 14th most powerful celebrity in 2012.

 19 Shin Min-a

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Famous As: Actress & Model
Birthdate: April 5, 1984
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: South Korean

Shin Min-a is a South Korean actress and model who had the reputation of being the highest-paid endorser in her country. She has starred in popular television series like A Love to Kill, Arang and the Magistrate and Tomorrow, With You, and has won numerous awards for her acting prowess. She has appeared in several music videos and featured in the T Magazine.

 20 Seohyun

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Famous As: South Korean Actress
Birthdate: June 28, 1991
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: South Korean
Seohyun, member of the South Korean girl band Girls' Generation, also went solo with the EP Don't Say No and singles such as Oppa Nappa. She has also been part of stage musicals such as Moon Embracing the Sun and the TV series Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo.

 21 Yoo In-na

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 5, 1982
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: South Korean
South Korean entertainer Yoo In-na is best known for her roles in series such as Secret Garden, Queen and I, and High Kick! Through the Roof. She was a DJ on the popular radio program Let's Crank Up the Volume and has won honors such as the Baeksang Arts Award.

 22 Yoon Eun-hye

Yoon Eun-hye
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Famous As: South Korean Actress
Birthdate: October 3, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: South Korean

Yoon Eun-hye is a South Korean actress, model, singer, and entertainer. After starting her career as a singer, Yoon Eun-hye went on to establish herself as an actress, playing important roles in television dramas like The Vineyard Man, Princess Hours, and My Fair Lady. She has also won several prestigious awards for her skills as an actress.

 23 Jung So-min

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 16, 1989
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: South Korean

Jung So-min is a South Korean actress best known for playing Oh Ha-ni in the 2010 TV series Playful Kiss. A prominent actress in the Korean entertainment industry, Jung So-min has won several prestigious awards, such as the Korean Culture and Entertainment Award, MBC Entertainment Award, and KBS Entertainment Award.

 24 Gong Hyo-jin

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 4, 1980
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: South Korean

Gong Hyo-jin is a South Korean actress known for playing Yang Mi-sook in the film Crush and Blush, for which she won a couple of Best Actress awards. Thanks to her association with successful rom-com dramas, Gong is regarded as the queen of romantic comedies in Korea. She is also regarded as an influential fashion icon by young Korean women.

 25 Bae Doona

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Famous As: South Korean Actress
Birthdate: October 11, 1979
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: South Korean

Bae Doona is a South Korean actress known for playing important roles in popular films like Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Air Doll, and Cloud Atlas. One of the most decorated Korean actresses of her generation, Bae Doona was chosen among 13 other professionals from the Korean entertainment industry to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2018.

 26 Hwang Jung-eum

Hwang Jung-eum
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Famous As: Actress, Singer
Birthdate: January 25, 1985
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: South Korean

Hwang Jung-eum is a South Korean actress and singer. From 2002 to 2006, she was the lead vocalist of the now-defunct girl group, Sugar. Over the course of her career, Hwang has won several prestigious awards, such as MBC Drama Awards, SBS Drama Awards, and KBS Drama Awards. She also serves as a goodwill ambassador for several events and programs.

 27 Oh Yeon-seo

Oh Yeon-seo
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 22, 1987
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: South Korean

Oh Yeon-seo is a South Korean actress and singer who was part of a now-defunct girl group called LUV. Oh Yeon-seo is known for playing important roles in popular TV dramas, such as My Husband Got a Family, Shine or Go Crazy, and A Korean Odyssey. She has also won several awards, such as MBC Drama Awards.

 28 Choi Ji-woo

Choi Ji-woo
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Famous As: South Korean Actress
Birthdate: June 11, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: South Korean

South Korean actress Choi Ji-woo has received critical acclaim for her work in the TV drama series Beautiful Days. She is considered one of South Korea's most beautiful women. Making her debut in the mid-1990s, she is most known for appearing in melodramas. Besides films and TV series, she has also appeared in a few variety shows. 

 29 Go Ara

Go Ara
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 11, 1990
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: South Korean

 30 Lee Min-jung

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 16, 1982
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: South Korean

Lee Min-jung is a South Korean actress best known for her performance in the 2010 romantic comedy film Cyrano Agency, for which she received several awards, including the prestigious Grand Bell Award. She has also won awards for her work in TV series like Smile, You and Once Again.

 31 Jang Na-ra

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Famous As: Musician, Actress
Birthdate: March 18, 1981
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: South Korean

South Korean singer and actress Jang Na-ra is active in both the South Korean and Chinese entertainment industries. In the early 2000s, she gained fame with her hit studio album Sweet Dream. Following the album’s success, she started getting acting offers and soon became a popular actress as well. She is actively involved in charitable endeavors.

 32 Claudia Kim

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 25, 1985
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: South Korean

 33 Kang So-ra

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Famous As: South Korean Actress
Birthdate: February 18, 1990
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: South Korean

Kang So-ra is a South Korean actress best known for her portrayal of Ha Chun-hwa in the 2011 comedy-drama film Sunny, for which she received awards at the Mnet 20's Choice Awards, Buil Film Awards, and Baeksang Arts Awards. She has also won other prestigious awards, such as an SBS Drama Award, MBC Entertainment Award, and MBC Drama Award.

 34 Seo Hyun-jin

Seo Hyun-jin
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Famous As: South Korean Actress
Birthdate: February 27, 1985
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: South Korean
The main vocalist of group M.I.L.K, Seo Hyun-jin saw a watershed moment in her career when she appeared in The Sound of Music, followed by various appearances in number of films and television series. She gained immense popularity when she starred in Another Miss Oh, after which there was no looking back. 

 35 Kim So-eun

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Famous As: South Korean Actress
Birthdate: September 6, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: South Korean
Initially aspiring to be a skier, Kim So-eun bid her sports career goodbye after being scouted by a modeling agency. Fans loved her in series such as Boys Over Flowers. She teamed up with Song Jae-rim in the reality show We Got Married, which also boosted their on-screen pairing.

 36 Tiffany Hwang

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 1, 1989
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American, South Korean

 37 Lee Bo-young

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 12, 1979
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: South Korean

Lee Bo-young is a South Korean actress best known for playing Jang Hye-sung in the popular television series I Can Hear Your Voice, for which she received several awards, including three SBS Drama Awards. Also known for her charity work, Lee Bo-young frequently donates to charitable causes along with her husband Ji Sung. She is also active in environmental causes.

 38 Moon Chae-won

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Famous As: South Korean Actress
Birthdate: November 13, 1986
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: South Korean
Moon Chae-won is best known for her roles in South Korean series such as Painter of the Wind, The Princess' Man, and Brilliant Legacy. She was the only female cast member of the film War of the Arrows and has won honors such as the SBS and KBS Drama Awards.

 39 Arden Cho

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 16, 1985
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American, South Korean

Arden Cho of Teen Wolf and Chicago Med fame recently made headlines with her publicized relationship and then her break-up with YouTuber Ryan Higa. The former model who had once been part of the Miss Korea pageant, is also a talented singer and a skilled poker player.

 40 Jeon So-min

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Famous As: Actress, Model
Birthdate: April 7, 1986
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: South Korean

Jeon So-min is a South Korean actress best known for playing Oh Ro-ra in the 2013 television series Princess Aurora, for which she won a couple of awards, including the 2013 MBC Drama Award. Also an author, Jeon released her first book You Can Call Me After a Drink in 2020. She also serves as an ambassador for various causes.

 41 Uee

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Famous As: South Korean singer
Birthdate: April 9, 1988
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: South Korean

Uee is a South Korean actress and singer best known for her association with the popular girl group After School, where she served as a singer from 2009 to 2017. She has also received several prestigious awards for her acting skills; these awards include KBS Drama Awards, MBC Drama Awards, and an SBS Entertainment Award

 42 Han Ji-min

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 5, 1982
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: South Korean

Han Ji-min is a South Korean actress who achieved international recognition after portraying Park-ha / Hong Bu-yong in the romantic comedy television drama, Rooftop Prince, for which she received several awards, including three SBS Drama Awards. She is also popular for taking part in fund drives and volunteer work as part of her work with the organization, Join Together Society.

 43 Jung Eun-ji

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 18, 1993
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: South Korean

Jeong Eun-ji is a South Korean actress, singer, and voice actress. Over the years, she has won several awards as part of the popular girl group, Apink. She has also won several prestigious awards for her work as a solo artist. Some of these awards include Baeksang Arts Award, KBS Drama Award, and SBS Drama Award.

 44 Kim Tae-ri

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 24, 1990
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: South Korean

Kim Tae-ri is best known for her performance as Sook-hee in The Handmaiden, which won her several honors, such as the Busan Film Critics Award and the Blue Dragon Film Award. She is also known for her roles in the film Little Forest and the series Mr. Sunshine.

 45 Lee Hyori

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Famous As: South Korean Singer, Actress
Birthdate: May 10, 1979
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: South Korean
Lee Hyo-ri, also known as "Nation's Fairy," soared to fame with series such as Family Outing. She was part of the girl band Fin.K.L, and after delivering hits such as Blue Rain, Lee went solo. An animal rights activist, she has also released a photo-essay book featuring her dog.

 46 Kim Sae-ron

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 31, 2000
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: South Korean

Rumors stated that Kim Sae-ron apparently quit the web drama Dear.M because her name was listed below that of a less experienced cast member. The South Korean actor had begun her career as a child star and later won accolades with her roles in The Queen's Classroom and The Neighbor.

 47 Kim So-yeon

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 2, 1980
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: South Korean
South Korean actor Kim So-yeon is best known for her roles in series such as All About Eve and Happy Home, with the latter winning her the Korean Drama and the MBC Drama awards. She has also been a successful model and was previously typecast in negative roles.

 48 Moon Geun-young

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 6, 1987
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: South Korean

Moon Geun-young is a South Korean actress with several prestigious awards under her belt. She has won KBS Drama Awards and SBS Drama Awards among many other awards. After starting her career as a child actress, Moon became the youngest winner of a Grand Prize. Also known for her charity work, Moon has donated money to several non-profit organizations.

 49 Hong Jin-young

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Famous As: South Korean Singer
Birthdate: August 9, 1985
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: South Korean

In 2020, Korean singer and former SWAN member Hong Jin-young shocked her fans by admitting she had plagiarized in her master’s thesis written in 2009, leading her university to plan to revoke her degrees. The controversy led to her scenes from shows such as My Ugly Duckling being edited out.

 50 Lee Si-young

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Famous As: South Korean Actress
Birthdate: April 17, 1982
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: South Korean
South Korean actor Lee Si-young is best known for shows such as Becoming a Billionaire and Real Men and movies such as Meet the In-Laws. She has won the KBS and MBC awards, too. Once an amateur boxer, she has earned titles such as the National Amateur Boxing Championship.