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Han Hyo-joo

Han Hyo-Joo (한효주) was born on February 22, 1987 in Cheongju, Chungcheongbuk-do, South Korea. Her mother worked as an elementary school teacher before becoming an inspector for public schools and her father worked in the military. As a child, Han Hyo-Joo was good in sports and enjoyed track & field. In her sophomore year of high school, Han Hyo-Ju moved to Seoul and attended Bulgok High School. Although her father, conservative & strict, opposed her move to Seoul she was able to go forth with her wishes. After high school, Han Hyo-Joo majored in theatre at Dongguk University. According to Han Hyo-Ju, her personality fits her blood type-A classification: calm, doesn't get angry easily, & able to endure without a lot of expression. In 2003, Han Hyo-Ju won the grand prize for the Miss Bing-geure contest, which attracted the attention from the entertainment world (Bing-geure is a Korean food company). In 2005, Han Hyo-Ju received her first acting roles in the MBC sitcom “Nonstop 5” and the movie “My Boss, My Teacher”. Her debut performances went largely unnoticed. In 2006 Han Hyo-Ju received her first leading role in the KBS2 drama “Spring Waltz”. Director Yun Seok-Ho of “Spring Waltz” stated that he first got the idea to cast Han Hyo-Joo after browsing the Internet and coming across her picture. Yun Seok-Ho felt she still held the purity of a child and a sense of mysteriousness which suited her character well. Han Hyo-Joo also stated that working on “Spring Waltz” was difficult, largely due to her inexperience in acting. Han Hyo-Joo's first leading performance in a feature film came with the 2006 independent film “Ad Lib Night,” helmed by well-regarded director Lee Yoon-Ki. Han Hyo-Joo's experience working on “Ad Lib Night” went far more smoothly than her first leading role in a drama series. Han Hyo-Joo recalled that the one month shoot seemed to zoom by and wished it could have lasted longer. Her performance was enthusiastically received by critics and Han Hyo-Joo received “Best Actress” awards from the 26th Korean Movie Critics Organization and the 20th Singapore International Film Festival. Han Hyo-Joo's commercial break-out role came with her performance in the popular 2009 SBS drama series “Brilliant Legacy,” alongside actor/singer Lee Seung-Ki. The drama series, mixing a healthy dose of Korean melodrama with a Charles Dickens' “Great Expectations” like storyline, captured the attention of Koreans throughout the summer of 2009. “Brilliant Legacy”regularly received ratings in excess of 40% and catapulted Han Hyo-Joo as one of the more popular young actresses in Korea. With her popularity, media reports and gossip magazines began to speculate on who Han Hyo-Joo was dating. In 2010, Han Hyo-Joo branched out of her comfort zone and took the lead role in the MBC historical drama series “Dong Yi”.

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Feb 22, 1987 In Cheongju, North Chungcheong, South Korea
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Nonstop 2000-05-15
Latest Project:
Movie The Pirates: Goblin Flag 2022
Known For
Poster of The Sun Does Not Move
Poster of Cold Eyes
Poster of Always
Poster of Soul Special
Movie The Pirates: Goblin Flag 2022
Movie The Sun Does Not Move Unknown 2021-03-05
Series Hometown Flex Self 2020-07-12
Series Treadstone SoYun Pak 2019-10-15
Movie Golden Slumber Jeon Seon-yeong 2018-02-14
Movie Illang: The Wolf Brigade Lee Yoon-hee 2018-07-25
Movie Love, Lies Jung So-Yool 2016-04-13
Series W: Two Worlds Apart Oh Yeon-joo 2016-07-20
Movie C'est Si Bon Min Ja-young (20s) 2015-02-05
Movie The Beauty Inside Yi-soo 2015-08-20
Movie Miracle: Devil Claus' Love and Magic Tae So-young 2014-11-22
Movie Cold Eyes Ha Yoon-joo 2013-07-03
Movie Love 911 Doctor Mi-Soo 2012-12-19
Movie Masquerade Queen Consort 2012-09-12
Movie Always Jung-Hwa 2011-10-20
Series Dong Yi Dong Yi 2010-03-22
Series Running Man Herself 2010-07-11
Movie Postman to Heaven Jo Ha-na 2009-11-11
Series Shining Inheritance Go Eun Sung 2009-04-25
Series Soul Special Jin Mi Ah 2009-09-28
Series Iljimae Eun Chae 2008-05-21
Movie My Dear Enemy A woman at a bus stop 2008-09-24
Movie Ride Away Lim Ha-jung 2008-08-07
Series Like Land and Sky Suk Ji Soo 2007-01-15
Series 1 Night 2 Days Unknown 2007-08-05
Movie Ad Lib Night Lee Bo-Kyung 2006-11-30
Movie My Boss, My Teacher Yoo Mi-jung 2006-01-19
Series Spring Waltz Seo/Park Eun-young 2006-03-06
Series Real Romance Love Letter Herself 2004-10-16
Series X-Man Herself 2003-11-08
Series Nonstop Unknown 2000-05-15