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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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
14 Im Yoon-ah
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
16 Ku Hye-sun
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
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.
19 Shin Min-a
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.
21 Yoo In-na
22 Yoon Eun-hye
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
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
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
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.
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 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
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
30 Lee Min-jung
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
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
33 Kang So-ra
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
35 Kim So-eun
37 Lee Bo-young
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.
39 Arden Cho
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
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.
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
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
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
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
46 Kim Sae-ron
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
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.
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.