Kim Tae-hee (Hangul: 김태희; born 29 March 1980) is a South Korean actress. She is best known for her roles in Korean dramas such as Stairway to HeavenLove Story in HarvardIrisMy PrincessJang Ok-jung, Living by Love and Yong-pal.

Early life Edit

Kim Tae-hee was born on 29 March 1980 in Busan, South Korea. Her father, Kim Yoo Moon is chairman of Hankook Union Transportation Company. He is involved in various charities to help out underserved youths and broken families in the Ulsan area. She has an older sister, Kim Hee-won, and a younger brother, Lee Wan; the latter is also an actor and appeared in her television series Stairway to Heaven.

Kim's family moved to Ulsan when she was a child, and she was raised in that city. She had perfect scores in all her subjects throughout her three years in middle school, then enrolled at Ulsan Girls' High School. In 1999, Kim moved to Seoul to attend college at the prestigious Seoul National University, where she became the president of the SNU Women's Ski Club. In 2005, she graduated from SNU with a bachelor's degree in Fashion Design.

Career Edit

In 2000, an advertising executive saw Kim riding the subway, and offered her a modeling job. Kim appeared in television commercials and print ads, before making her acting debut with a small role in the 2001 melodrama Last Present. In 2002, she starred in the short film Living in New Town and the sitcom Let's Go, followed by Screen and A Problem at My Younger Brother's House in 2003.

In late 2003, Kim rose to stardom via her portrayal of the evil stepsister in the popular SBS TV series Stairway to Heaven.Starting 2004, Kim was cast in leading roles in her succeeding projects, including the supernatural KBS series Forbidden Loveand the SBS campus romance Love Story in Harvard.

Kim then turned to film, starring in action fantasy epic The Restless (2006), and the romantic comedy Venus and Mars(2007). Both were unsuccessful at the box office.

Back on the small screen in 2009, she played an NIS profiler in the spy action thriller Iris. It was one of the most expensive Korean dramas ever produced and was a critical and commercial success with an average viewership rating of 30%. Kim shed tears at the KBS Drama Awards when she won an Excellence Award in a Mid-length Drama; this was her first acting award, excluding newcomer and popularity awards.

Kim left her then-agency Namoo Actors in January 2010 to join Lua Entertainment, which was founded by her brother-in-law. That year, she also played a horse jockey who dreams of winning the championship in the sports film Grand Prix.

After the success of Iris, she again drew positive reviews in the romantic comedy series My Princess (2011); Kim played an ordinary college student who discovers that she is Korean royalty. Later that year, she starred in her first Japanese television drama Boku to Star no 99 Nichi, where her character is a Korean Wave star who meets an ordinary Japanese bodyguard and he somehow makes her fall head over heels in love with him. Kim encountered backlash from some Japanese netizens for her participation in a 2005 rally in Switzerland supporting South Korea's claim in the Dokdo Islets territorial dispute.

In 2013, Kim starred in her first historical period drama Jang Ok-jung, Living by Love as the infamous royal concubine Hui-bin Jang. This was followed by another period role, as the wife of famed Chinese calligrapher Wang Xizhi in the Chinese television drama Saint Wang Xizhi.

Kim returned to Korean television in 2015, playing an heiress who recovers from a coma with the help of a doctor-for-hire, the titular Yong-pal. The show garnered strong ratings and Kim won a Top Excellence acting award from the Korea Drama Awards.

Endorsements Edit

Kim is one of the most popular and in-demand product endorsers in Korea. She has been a spokesperson for popular brands including 12Plus Colorista, Cyon,Paris Baguette, LG, iriver, Hera, Ohui, Vivian, Daewoo Matiz, Klasse, Samsung, Beans Avenue, Olympus, My House/Root, Crencia, KT Smard Card, Calli, ZEC, BC Card,Maxwell House, S-Oil, Corn Silk Tae, Toyota and Prugio.

Personal life Edit

On 2 January 2013, her agency confirmed her relationship with singer/actor Rain, stating, "It is true that they are dating, but at the present time they are slowly beginning to get to know each other with good and positive feelings," and "It has been about a month since they began dating."

Filmography Edit

Television drama Edit

Year Title Role Network
2002 Let's Go Tae-hee SBS
2003 Screen Kim So-hyun SBS
A Problem at My Younger Brother's House Park Su-jin SBS
Stairway to Heaven Han Yoo-ri SBS
2004 Forbidden Love Yoon Shi-yeon KBS2
Love Story in Harvard Lee Soo-in SBS
2009 Iris Choi Seung-hee KBS2
2011 My Princess Lee Seol MBC
Boku to Star no 99 Nichi Han Yoo-na Fuji TV
2013 Jang Ok-jung, Living by Love Jang Ok-jung SBS
2015 Yong-pal Han Yeo-jin SBS
Saint Wang Xizhi

Film Edit

Year Title Role
2001 Last Present young Park Jung-yeon
2002 Living in New Town (short film) Ji-soo
2006 The Restless So-hwa/Yon-hwa
2007 Venus and Mars Yoon Jin-ah
2010 Grand Prix Seo Ju-hee
Iris: The Movie Choi Seung-hee

Music video Edit

Year Song Artist
2002 "Letter" g.o.d
2003 "Only" The Jun
2004 "Don't Go Away" Park Yong-ha
2014 "Koinonia" Korean Catholic celebrities

Awards and nominations Edit

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2003 SBS Drama Awards New Star Award Stairway to Heaven Won
2004 KBS Drama Awards Best New Actress Forbidden Love Won
SBS Drama Awards Top 10 Stars Love Story in Harvard Won
Netizen Popularity Award Won
2005 41st Paeksang Arts Awards Most Popular Actress (TV) Won
2007 43rd Paeksang Arts Awards Most Popular Actress (Film) The Restless Won
3rd Pyeongtaek Film Festival New Currents Movie Star - Best New Actress Won
15th Chunsa Film Art Awards Best New Actress Nominated
44th Grand Bell Awards Overseas Popularity Award Won
Best New Actress Nominated
28th Blue Dragon Film Awards Popular Star Award Won
Best New Actress Nominated
6th Korean Film Awards Best New Actress Nominated
André Kim Best Star Awards Female Star Award N/A Won
2009 KBS Drama Awards Best Couple Award with Lee Byung-hun Iris Won
Excellence Award, Actress in a Mid-length Drama Won
2010 46th Paeksang Arts Awards Best Actress (TV) Nominated
3rd Korea Drama Awards Best Actress Nominated
2011 6th Seoul International Drama Awards Outstanding Korean Actress My Princess Nominated
MBC Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Nominated
2013 Cosmo Beauty Awards Asia Dream Star N/A Won
SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Drama Special Jang Ok-jung, Living by Love Nominated
2015 8th Korea Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress Yong-pal Won
4th APAN Star Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Nominated