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Seo Hyun-jin
191211 서현진 (2).jpg
Seo in 2019
Born (1985-02-27) February 27, 1985 (age 36)
Seoul, South Korea
EducationDongduk Women's University
  • Actress
  • singer
Years active2001–present
Musical career
Associated acts

Seo Hyun-jin (born February 27, 1985) is a South Korean actress and singer. Seo debuted as the main vocalist of South Korean girl group M.I.L.K. in 2001 and continued until the group disbanded in 2003. She contributed songs as a solo artist after the group disbandment before she transitioned into acting in 2006.

Seo made her acting debut in the musical The Sound of Music (2006) then followed by appearances in several television series and film. She is best known for her leading roles as Oh Hae-young (soil) in the romantic comedy TV series Another Miss Oh (2016), which gained her wider recognition, medical melodrama Dr. Romantic (2016–2017) and romance dramas Temperature of Love (2017) and The Beauty Inside (2018).

Life and career

1985–2005: Early life and music career

Seo was born on February 27, 1985 in Dobong District (now Nowon District), Seoul, South Korea. She was scouted by S.M. Entertainment and later debuted as the main vocalist of South Korean girl group, M.I.L.K in 2001, under the label's subsidiary BM Entertainment. However, the group soon fell by the wayside due to fierce competition among manufactured bands, which led to one of the members quitting before they completely disbanded in 2003. After M.I.L.K. was dissolved, Seo attended Dongduk Women's University, where she majored in applied musicology to keep her dream of singing career alive. Seo contributed songs to a few soundtracks and SM Town compilations as a solo artist.

2006-2014: Acting debut and further roles

Seo had the chance to perform in her first musical, The Sound of Music in 2006, which she saw as the turning point in her acting career.[2]

Supporting roles followed in the period drama Hwang Jini (2006),[3] TV police procedural H.I.T (2007),[4] and the queer film Ashamed (2011).[5] Seo first drew attention for her subtler performance in The Duo (2011), as a neighborhood tomboy who later becomes a gisaeng.[6][7][8] She played her first villain in Feast of the Gods (2012), as an overly ambitious chef caught in a rivalry.[2][9][10] Seo was then cast in leading roles for two historical dramas The King's Daughter, Soo Baek-hyang (2013)[11] and The Three Musketeers (2014).[12]

Seo has also frequently appeared in projects directed by her best friend, actress Ku Hye-sun, notably in the short film The Madonna and in the feature film Magic, in which she had her first leading role.[13][14]

2015–present: Rising popularity

Seo said the character that most resembled her real-life personality was the foodie freelance writer in Let's Eat 2 (2015), adding that she "didn't realize how much fun shooting a lively and comical drama could be."[15][16] The drama was Seo's first attempt at romantic-comedy genre, in which she got good reviews and it became her career's turning point.[17]

Her popularity grew rapidly after the hit romance comedy drama Another Miss Oh (2016), which she starred alongside Eric Mun. She was praised for her portrayal of such an ordinary and relatable character,[18] and won the Baeksang Arts Award for Best Actress.[19] Later in the same year, she starred in SBS hit medical drama Dr. Romantic alongside Han Suk-kyu and Yoo Yeon-seok.[20][21]

In 2017, Seo starred in the romance television series Temperature of Love penned by Ha Myung-hee.[22]

In 2018, Seo was cast in the fantasy melodrama The Beauty Inside which is based on the 2015 romantic comedy film of the same name. She plays an actress who spends a week out of each month living in someone else's body.[23][24]

In 2019, she is set to star in the high school television series Black Dog: Being A Teacher.[25]

Other activities

In 2019, Seo was recognised as an exemplary tax payer by the National Tax Service of South Korea and was named as an honorary ambassador together with Lee Je-hoon.[26]



Year English title Original title Role Notes Ref.
2006 Love Me Not 사랑따윈 필요없어 Ji-hye
2008 Story of Wine 스토리 오브 와인 Jin-ju [27]
Dating on Earth 지구에서 연애중 Soo-hyun
The Madonna 유쾌한 도우미 Nun Short film
2010 Magic 요술 Ji-eun
2011 Ashamed 창피해 Hee-jin
2012 The Peach Tree 복숭아나무 Shi-yeon Cameo [28]
Fragments of Sweet Memories 기억의 조각들 Mom Short film
2016 Familyhood 굿바이 싱글 Sang-mi [29]
2017 Because I Love You 사랑하기 때문에 Hyun-kyeong [30]
2018 Mystery Pink 미스터리핑크 Ju-eun Short film [31]
TBA Dimentia 디멘시아 [32]

Television series

Year English title Original title Role Network Notes Ref.
2006 Hwang Jini 황진이 Jung Ga-eun KBS2
2007 H.I.T 히트 Jang Hee-jin MBC
2011 The Duo 짝패 Dal-yi
The Peak 절정 Ahn Il-yang [33]
2012 Feast of the Gods 신들의 만찬 Ha In-joo / Song Yeon-woo
The King's Doctor 마의 Jo So-yong (Gwi-in Jo) Cameo [34]
2012–2013 Here Comes Mr. Oh 오자룡이 간다 Na Jin-joo [35]
2013 Goddess of Fire 불의 여신 정이 Shim Hwa-ryung [36]
Drama Festival: Unrest 드라마 페스티벌 - 불온 Joon-kyung's mother Cameo [37]
2013–2014 The King's Daughter, Soo Baek-hyang 제왕의 딸 수백향 Seol-nan / Soo Baek-hyang
2014 The Three Musketeers 삼총사 Kang Yoon-seo tvN
2015 Let's Eat 2 식샤를 합시다 2 Baek Soo-ji
2016 Another Miss Oh 또! 오해영 Oh Hae-young (Soil)
Hey Ghost, Let's Fight 싸우자 귀신아 Department store clerk Cameo, Episode 13 [38]
2016–2017 Dr. Romantic 낭만닥터 김사부 Yoon Seo-jung SBS
2017 Temperature of Love 사랑의 온도 Lee Hyun-soo
2018 Let's Eat 3 식샤를 합시다 3 Baek Soo-ji tvN Cameo [39]
The Beauty Inside 뷰티 인사이드 Han Se-gye JTBC
2019–2020 Black Dog: Being A Teacher 블랙독 Go Ha-neul tvN
2020 Record of Youth 청춘기록 Lee Hyun-soo Cameo [40]
2021 You Are My Spring 너는 나의 봄 Kang Da-jung [41]
2022 Why Oh Soo Jae? 왜 오수재인가 Oh Soo-jae SBS [42]

Television show

Year Title Network Role Notes
2014 SNS Expedition SBS Regular cast [43]
2015 Let's Eat with Friends tvN [44]

Music video appearances

Year Title Artist Notes
2009 "One Step at a Time" Seo Young-eun [45]
"Dugeun Dugeun, Tomorrow" 4Tomorrow


Year Title Role Notes
2006 The Sound of Music Liesl von Trapp [46]
2010 Goong: The Musical Min Hyo-rin [47]
2015 Cinderella Cinderella [48]



Title Year Peak chart
As lead artist
(with Fly to the Sky, Lee Ji-hoon, Ji-yeon)
2003 N/A 2003 Summer Vacation in SM Town
"Summer in Dream"
(with Moon Hee-jun, Shoo, BoA, Jae-won, Park Hee-bon)
"Raindrops" 2006 N/A 2006 Summer SM Town
"Winter of Memories" N/A 2006 Winter SM Town – Snow Dream
"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" 2007 N/A 2007 Winter SM Town – Only Love
Soundtrack appearances
"Grip!" (Korean version) 2003 N/A Inuyasha OST
"Give Me a Little Try" 2006 N/A Princess Hours OST
"0" N/A Hyena OST
"Calling" 2007 N/A Air City OST
"Song of Jeongeup" (feat. Kim Nani) 2013 N/A The King's Daughter, Soo Baek-hyang OST
"Up & Down" (feat. Risso) 2015 N/A Let's Eat 2 OST
"What Is Love" (with Yoo Seung-woo) 2016 6 Another Miss Oh OST
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2011 4th Korea Drama Awards Best New Actress The Duo Nominated
30th MBC Drama Awards Best New Actress in a Miniseries Won [50]
2012 31st MBC Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Serial Drama Feast of the Gods, Here Comes Mr. Oh Won [51]
2013 6th Korea Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress Goddess of Fire, Here Comes Mr. Oh Won [52]
32nd MBC Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Serial Drama The King's Daughter, Soo Baek-hyang Nominated
2014 3rd APAN Star Awards Nominated
2015 8th Korea Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress Let's Eat 2 Nominated
2016 5th APAN Star Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Another Miss Oh Won [53]
9th Korea Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress Nominated
tvN10 Awards Best Actress Nominated
Made in tvN, Actress in Drama Won [54]
Romantic-Comedy Queen Won
Best Kiss with Eric Mun 2nd place
24th SBS Drama Awards Grand Prize (Daesang) Dr. Romantic Nominated
Excellence Award, Actress in a Genre Drama Won [55]
Top 10 Stars Won
Best Couple with Yoo Yeon-seok Won
Idol Academy Award – Best Kiss with Yoo Yeon-seok Won
2017 53rd Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actress (TV) Another Miss Oh Won [19]
30th Grimae Awards Best Actress Temperature of Love Won [56]
25th SBS Drama Awards Grand Prize (Daesang) Nominated
Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Monday–Tuesday Drama Nominated
2018 2018 Korea Best Star Awards Best Drama Star The Beauty Inside Won [57]
2019 53rd Taxpayers' Day Presidential Commendation N/A Won [58]
2020 Brand Customer Loyalty Awards Most Influential Actress (Drama) N/A Won [59]
7th APAN Star Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Black Dog Nominated


Name of publisher, year listed, name of listicle, and placement
Publisher Year Listicle Placement Ref.
Forbes 2017 Korea Power Celebrity 26th [60]


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