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Han Ji-min

South Korean actress
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Occupation Actor Film actor
Country South Korea
AKA 한지민, 韓志旼
Date of birth Seoul
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Biography

Han Ji-min (born November 5, 1982) is a South Korean actress. After minor roles in All In and Dae Jang Geum, Han had her breakout role in revenge series Resurrection in 2005. This was followed by period dramas Capital Scandal and Yi San, contemporary dramas Cain and Abel and Padam Padam, and romantic comedy Rooftop Prince.

Career

Han Ji-min started her career in show business while still a high school student. She did various commercial films (CF) and music videos before gaining wider attention in 2003, when she appeared in hit Korean television dramas All In and Dae Jang Geum. Han said she hadn't dreamed of becoming a serious actress, but changed her mind after starring in All In, where she played the teenage counterpart of the drama's main character, played by popular actress Song Hye-kyo. After her breakthrough performance in the critically acclaimed mania drama Resurrection, Han challenged herself by playing a cute yet ambitious tomboy who dreams of becoming a pilot in her first movie Blue Swallow.

A car accident on the set of Wolf seriously injured Han and her co-star Eric Mun, causing the drama to be delayed repeatedly until the decision was finally made to discontinue it with only three episodes aired. After a long recovery for Mun, the two actors reunited instead in the drama Super Rookie Ranger (also known as Invincible Parachute Agent or Korea Secret Agency).

Han hosted the weekly showbiz news program Entertainment Weekly on KBS from 2006 to 2008.

She continued to act in TV dramas, with memorable turns as a straitlaced resistance fighter in Capital Scandal and a royal concubine in the historical drama Yi San.

Known for her sweet, innocent and fragile image and her depictions of good girls, Han surprised audiences with her performance as a sexy femme fatale in Detective K: Secret of the Virtuous Widow.

Han played a cynical veterinarian in Padam Padam... The Sound of His and Her Heartbeats, written by famous drama writer Noh Hee-kyung, which aired on newly launched cable channel jTBC. She then starred in Rooftop Prince, about a Joseon-era prince who time-travels to the 21st century where he meets his dead beloved's doppelgänger. The popularity of Rooftop Prince garnered Han several awards, and increased her international profile, notably in Japan.

In October 2013, Han left her talent agency S.M. Entertainment's SM C&C and joined Lee Byung-hun's BH Entertainment.

In 2014, she starred in the opposites-attract romantic comedy film The Plan Man, about a methodical, mysophobic librarian who falls for a spontaneous, adventurous musician. Following that, she played the dowager Queen Jeongsun in period film The Fatal Encounter, who is the fierce political rival of her step-grandson King Jeongjo.

Han next starred in the 2015 romantic series Hyde, Jekyll, Me, in the role of a circus master who falls for a theme park owner with split personality disorder.

In 2016, Han starred in the action thriller The Age of Shadows. The film topped South Korean box office charts for 3 consecutive weeks.

Personal life

A Social Welfare major from Seoul Women's University, Han is widely known for actively participating in volunteer work and fund drives, mostly through the relief organization Join Together Society. In 2009 she published her own book titled We’re Already Friends: Han Ji-min's Philippines Donation Book, which includes stories and drawings of her time spent in a deep mountain village in the Philippines helping at a village school. She then donated all the royalties to help in funding the education of children in North Korea and developing countries in Asia. In 2012 she was designated as goodwill ambassador of the United Nations Environment Programme.

Filmography

Television series

Year Title Role Network
2003 All In young Min Soo-yeon SBS
Good Person Oh Soon-jung MBC
Dae Jang Geum Shin-bi MBC
2004 Déjà vu (Drama City episode, 2004-08-08) Soo-yeon KBS2
2005 Memory (Drama City episode, 2005-01-09) Soo-kyung KBS2
Resurrection Seo Eun-ha KBS2
2006 Wolf Han Ji-soo MBC
Great Inheritance Yoo Mi-rae KBS2
Super Rookie Ranger Gong Joo-yeon SBS
2007 Capital Scandal Na Yeo-kyung KBS2
Yi San Seong Song-yeon MBC
2009 Cain and Abel Oh Young-ji SBS
2011 Padam Padam... The Sound of His and Her Heartbeats Jung Ji-na jTBC
2012 Rooftop Prince Park Ha/Hong Bu-yong SBS
2015 Hyde, Jekyll, Me Jang Ha-na SBS
2016 Dramaworld Herself Viki
Jealousy Incarnate Dr. Han Ji Min (cameo ep. 11) SBS

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2005 The Act 1, Chapter 2 Man (voice) animated short film
Blue Swallow Lee Jung-hee
2007 The Cut Seon-hwa
2011 Detective K: Secret of the Virtuous Widow Han Kaek-ju
2012 Ending Note Narration,
Barrier Free version
2014 The Plan Man Yoo So-jung
The Fatal Encounter Queen Jeongsun
2015 Salut d'Amour Min-jung
2016 The Age of Shadows Yeon Gye-soon
2017 Miss Baek

Variety show

Year Title Network Notes
2006-2008 Entertainment Weekly KBS2 MC
2012 Running Man SBS guest, episodes 105-106

Book

Year Title Publisher
2009 We're Already Friends: Han Ji-min's Philippines Donation Book Book Log Company

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2004 KBS Drama Awards Best Actress in a One-Act/Drama Special
Déjà vu
Won
2005 KBS Drama Awards Best New Actress
Resurrection
Won
Best Couple Award with Uhm Tae-woong Won
2006 43rd Grand Bell Awards Best New Actress
Blue Swallow
Nominated
2007 28th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best New Actress
The Cut
Nominated
MBC Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress
Yi San
Won
KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress
Capital Scandal
Won
Netizen Award, Actress Won
Best Couple Award with Kang Ji-hwan Won
2008 44th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actress (TV) Nominated
2009 Ministry of Health and Welfare Minister's Commendation N/A Won
2011 6th Asia Model Festival Awards BBF Popular Star Award N/A Won
2012 46th Taxpayer's Day Presidential Commendation as Exemplary Taxpayer N/A Won
6th Mnet 20's Choice Awards 20's Female Drama Star
Rooftop Prince
Won
7th Seoul International Drama Awards Outstanding Korean Actress Won
5th Korea Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress Won
1st K-Drama Star Awards Excellence Award, Actress
Padam Padam
Won
SBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Drama Special
Rooftop Prince
Won
Top 10 Stars Won
Best Couple Award with Park Yuchun Won
2014 3rd KOPA & NIKON Press Photo Awards Most Photogenic Actress N/A Won
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