25 Award-Winning Korean Actresses Of All Time

As of February 2022, here are the Top 25 most recognized and awarded Korean actresses of all time:


25. Lee Bo-young | 20 wins out of 33 nominations

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Highest awards: Grand Prize (Daesang) for I Can Hear Your Voice and My Daughter Seo-young at the 2013 Korea Drama Awards, Grand Prize (Daesang) for I Can Hear Your Voice at the 2013 SBS Drama Awards
Most Recognized Films/Dramas: My Daughter Seo-young (2012), I Can Hear Your Voice (2013), Whisper (2017), Mother (2018), When My Love Blooms (2020), Mine (2021)
Gallup Korea: Television Actor of the Year in 2013


24. Shin Mina | 21 wins out of 29 nominations

Highest awards: Special Jury Prize for Gyeongju at the 2015 Wildflower Film Awards, Outstanding Korean Actress for Oh My Venus at the 2016 Seoul International Drama Awards
Most Recognized Films/Dramas: A Love to Kill (2005), My Girlfriend Is a Nine-Tailed Fox (2010), Arang and the Magistrate (2012), Oh My Venus (2015), Tomorrow, With You (2017), Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha (2021)
State Honors: Presidential Commendation at the 2011 Taxpayers’ Day
Forbes Korea Power Celebrity: 28th place in 2010, 15th place in 2011, 31st place in 2012


23. Hwang Jung-eum | 24 wins out of 37 nominations

Highest award: Outstanding Korean Actress for Kill Me, Heal Me at the 2015 Seoul International Drama Awards
Most Recognized Films/Dramas: Kill Me, Heal Me (2015), Mystic Pop-up Bar (2020)
State Honors: Prime Minister Award at the 2016 Korea Popular Culture and Art Awards
Forbes Korea Power Celebrity: 20th place in 2010, 18th place in 2011


22. Kim So-yeon | 24 wins out of 38 nominations

Highest awards: Grand Prize (Daesang) for Happy Home at the 2016 Korea Drama Awards, Grand Prize (Daesang) for The Penthouse: War In Life at the 2021 SBS Drama Awards
Most Recognized Films/Dramas: All About Eve (2000), Iris (2009), Prosecutor Princess (2010), Happy Home (2016), The Penthouse: War in Life (2020โ€“2021)
Forbes Korea Power Celebrity: 24th place in 2021


21. Yun Jeong-hie | 25 wins

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Highest award: Lifetime Award at the 2018 Korean Association of Film Critics Awards
Most Recognized Films/Dramas: Poetry (2010), Flower In Snow (1992), to name a few


20. Kim Hee-sun | 25 wins out of 39 nominations

Highest awards: Grand Prize (Daesang) for The Lady In Dignity at the 2017 Asia Artist Awards, Grand Prize (Daesang) for Mister Q at the 1998 SBS Drama Awards,
Most Recognized Films/Dramas: Men of the Bath House (1995), Propose (1997), Wedding Dress (1997), Forever Yours (1998), Mister Q (1998), Sunflower (1998), Tomato (1999). Bichunmoo (2000), The Myth (2005), Faith (2012), Angry Mom (2015), The Lady in Dignity (2017)
State Honors: Prime Minister’s Commendation at the 2005 National Tax Service, Blue Dragon Achievement Award at the 2005 Chung-Ang University
Forbes Korea Power Celebrity: 19th place in 2018


19. Park Min-young | 25 wins out of 40 nominations

Highest awards: Best Actress of the Year for What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim at the 2018 Soompi Awards, Female Character of the Year for What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim at the 2018 tvN Joy Festival
Most Recognized Films/Dramas: Sungkyunkwan Scandal (2010), City Hunter (2011), Glory Jane (2011), Dr. Jin (2012), A New Leaf (2014), Healer (2014-2015), Remember (2015โ€“2016), Queen for Seven Days (2017), What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim (2018), Her Private Life (2019), When the Weather Is Fine (2020)
State Honors: Presidential Commendation at the 2021 National Tax Service
Forbes Korea Power Celebrity: 23rd place in 2012


18. Jun Ji-hyun | 25 wins out of 42 nominations

Highest awards: Grand Prize (Daesang) for My Love From The Star at the 2014 Baeksang Arts Awards and 2014 SBS Drama Awards, Hallyu Star Award at the 2014 APAN Star Awards
Most Recognized Films/Dramas: My Sassy Girl (2001), Windstruck (2004), My Love From The Star (2013-2014), The Legend Of The Blue Sea (2016-2017), Kingdom: Ashin Of The North (2021)
State Honors: President’s Award at the 2015 Korean Popular Culture and Arts Awards
Forbes Korea Power Celebrity: 34th place in 2014, 4th place in 2015, 8th place in 2016, 23rd place in 2017


17. Choi Ji-woo | 26 wins out of 36 nominations

Highest awards: Hallyu Special Award at the 2005 Baeksang Arts Awards and 2005 The Motion Pictures Association of Korea
Most Recognized Films/Dramas: Beautiful Days (2001), Winter Sonata (2002), Stairway to Heaven (2003), Air City (2007), Star’s Lover (2008), The Suspicious Housekeeper (2013), Temptation (2014), Twenty Again (2015), Woman with a Suitcase (2016)
State Honors: Presidential Commendation at the 2009 Tourism Day, Social Welfare Award at the 2012 Seoul International Social Work Conference


16. Song Hye-kyo | 27 wins out of 50 nominations

Highest awards: Grand Prize (Daesang) for That Winter, the Wind Blows at the 2013 APAN Star Awards, Grand Prize (Daesang) for Descendants Of The Sun at the 2016 KBS Drama Awards
Most Recognized Films/Dramas: Autumn in My Heart (2000), All In (2003), Full House (2004), Hwang Jin Yi (2007), That Winter, the Wind Blows (2013), The Grandmaster (2013), My Brilliant Life (2014), The Queens (2015), Descendants of the Sun (2016), Encounter (2018), Now, We Are Breaking Up (2021)
State Honors: Prime Minister’s Commendation at the 2011 National Tax Service, President’s Award in 2016
Forbes Korea Power Celebrity: 30th place in 2015, 7th place in 2017, 6th place in 2018


15. Han Hyo-joo | 28 wins out of 44 nominations

Highest awards: Grand Prize (Daesang) for Dong Yi at the 2010 MBC Drama Awards, Outstanding Korean Actress for Brilliant Legacy at the 2010 Seoul International Drama Awards
Most Recognized Films/Dramas: Spring Waltz (2006), Brilliant Legacy (2009), Dong Yi (2010), Masquerade (2012), Cold Eyes (2013), The Beauty Inside (2015), W (2016), Happiness (2021)
State Honors: Presidential Commendation as Honest Taxpayer at the 2011 Taxpayers’ Day
Forbes Korea Power Celebrity: 36th place in 2011, 30th place in 2012, 31st place in 2013, 35th place in 2014, 38th place in 2017


14. Han Ji-min | 29 wins out of 42 nominations

Highest awards: Outstanding Korean Actress for Rooftop Prince at the 2012 Seoul International Drama Awards, Top Excellence Award, Actress for Rooftop Prince at the 2012 Korea Drama Awards
Most Recognized Films/Dramas: Resurrection (2005), Capital Scandal (2007), Yi San (2007), Cain and Abel (2009), Padam Padam (2011), Rooftop Prince (2012), Familiar Wife (2018), Miss Baek (2018)
State Honors: Minister’s Commendation at the 2009 Ministry of Health and Welfare, Presidential Commendation as Exemplary Taxpayer at the 2012 Taxpayers’ Day, Happiness Sharing Award at the 2017 Ministry of Health and Welfare, Prime Ministerโ€™s Commendation in 2019
Forbes Korea Power Celebrity: 8th place in 2019


13. Lee Young-ae | 29 wins out of 46 nominations

Highest awards: Grand Prize (Daesang) for Dae Jang Geum at the 2003 MBC Drama Awards, Grand Prize (Daesang) at the 2007 Andre Kim Best Star Awards, Korean Wave Popularity Award at the 2006 Grand Bell Awards, Best Actress of the Year for Inspector Koo at the 2021 Cine 21 Awards
Most Recognized Films/Dramas: Dae Jang Geum (2003), Sympathy for Lady Vengeance (2005), Gangnam Beauty (2018), Taxi Driver (2021), Inspector Koo (2021)
State Honors: Medal of Cultural Merit at the 2007 Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Cultural Person Award at the 2017 Consumers Day


12. Park Shin-hye | 30 wins out of 51 nominations

Highest awards: Outstanding Leading Actress for The Heirs at the 2014 Asia Rainbow TV Awards, Excellence Award, Actress for The Heirs at the 2014 APAN Star Awards
Most Recognized Films/Dramas: Stairway to Heaven (2003), Tree of Heaven (2006), You’re Beautiful (2009), Miracle in Cell No. 7 (2013), The Heirs (2013), Pinocchio (2014-2015), Doctors (2016), Memories of the Alhambra (2018โ€“2019), #Alive (2020), Sisyphus: The Myth (2021)
State Honors: Prime Minister’s Award at the 2015 Korean Popular Culture & Arts Awards,
Forbes Korea Power Celebrity: 33rd place in 2015, 12th place in 2017, 40th place in 2021


11. Park Bo-young | 32 wins out of 41 nominations

Highest awards: Grand Prize (Daesang) for Scandal Makers at the 2009 Korea Junior Star Awards, Outstanding Korean Actress for Strong Girl Bong-soon at the 2018 Seoul International Drama Awards
Most Recognized Films/Dramas: Scandal Makers (2008), A Werewolf Boy (2012), Oh My Ghost (2015), Strong Girl Bong-soon (2017), On Your Wedding Day (2018), Abyss (2019), Doom at Your Service (2021)
State Honors: Commendation from the Chairman of Finance at the 2012 World Savings Day
Forbes Korea Power Celebrity: 30th place in 2010


10. Moon Sori | 35 wins out of 56 nominations

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Highest awards: Special Award for The Running Actress at the 2017 Marie Claire Asia Star Awards, Best Leading Actress for Three Sisters at the 2021
Most Recognized Films/Dramas: Oasis (2002), A Good Lawyer’s Wife (2003), The Legend Of The Blue Sea (2016), The School Nurse Files (2020)


9. Bae Suzy | 35 wins out of 70 nominations

Highest awards: Actress of the Year for While You Were Sleeping at the 2018 Brand of the Year Awards, Actress of the Year for Start-Up at the 2020 Korea First Brand Awards, Outstanding Korean Actress for Gu Family Book and Start-Up at the 2013 & 2021 Seoul International Drama Awards
Most Recognized Films/Dramas: Dream High (2011), Architecture 101 (2012), Gu Family Book (2013), Uncontrollably Fond (2016), While You Were Sleeping (2017), Vagabond (2019), Start Up (2020)
Forbes Korea Power Celebrity: 3rd place in 2014, 34th place in 2015, 39th place in 2016, 6th place in 2017, 12th place in 2018, 23rd place in 2021


8. Kim Hee-ae | 37 wins out of 65 nominations

Highest awards: Grand Prize (Daesang) for Beyond The Mountains at the 1991 MBC Drama Awads, Grand Prize (Daesang) for Sons & Daughters at the 1993 Baeksang Arts Awards, Grand Prize (Daesang) for Perfect Love at the 2004 Baeksang Arts Awards, Grand Prize (Daesang) for My Husband’s Woman at the 2007 Korea Drama Awards
Most Recognized Films/Dramas: Sons and Daughters (1992), Perfect Love (2003), My Husband’s Woman (2007), How Long I’ve Kissed (2012), Secret Affair (2014), and The World of the Married (2020)
Gallup Korea: Television Actor of the Year in 2020
Forbes Korea Power Celebrity: 26th place in 2015, 34th place in 2021


7. Ha Ji-won | 45 wins out of 57 nominations

Highest awards: Grand Prize (Daesang) for Hwang Jini at the 2006 KBS Drama Awards, Grand Prize (Daesang) for Empress Ki at the 2013 MBC Drama Awards,
Most Recognized Films/Dramas: Damo (2003), Hwang Jini (2006), Empress Ki (2013), Something Happened in Bali (2004), Secret Garden (2010), The King 2 Hearts (2012), Hospital Ship (2017)
State Honors: Prime Minister’s Award at the 2008 Ministry of Health, Welfare and Family Affairs โ€“ Family Month Event, Prime Minister’s Award for Savings at the 2011 Korea Savings Day, Plaque of Appreciation at the 2013 Minister of Health and Welfare
Forbes Korea Power Celebrity: 13th place in 2010, 34th place in 2012, 40th place in 2013


6. Gong Hyo-jin | 43 wins out of 73 nominations

Highest award: Grand Prize (Daesang) for When the Camellia Blooms at the 2019 KBS Drama Awards
Most Recognized Films/Dramas: Sang Doo! Let’s Go to School (2003), Thank You (2007), Crush and Blush (2008), Pasta (2010), The Greatest Love (2011), Master’s Sun (2013), It’s Okay, That’s Love (2014), The Producers (2015), Don’t Dare to Dream (2016), When the Camellia Blooms (2019)
State Honors: Prime Minister Commendation in 2020
Forbes Korea Power Celebrity: 26th place in 2020


5. Kim Hye-ja | 44 wins out of 59 nominations

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Highest awards: Grand Prize (Daesang) for I Sell Happiness at the 1979 Baeksang Arts Awards, Grand Prize (Daesang) for Sand Castle at the 1998 MBC Drama Awards, Grand Prize (Daesang) for Winter Mist & Sand Castle at the 1989 Baeksang Arts Awards, Grand Prize (Daesang) for What Us Love at the 1992 MBC Drama Awards, Grand Prize (Daesang) for Roses and Beansprouts at the 1999 MBC Drama Awards, Grand Prize (Daesang) for Mom’s Dead Upset at the 2008 KBS Drama Awards, Grand Prize (Daesang) for Mom’s Dead Upset at the 2009 Baeksang Arts Awards, Grand Prize (Daesang) for Dazzling at the 2019 Baeksang Arts Awards
Most Recognized Films/Dramas: Country Diaries (1980-2002), What Is Love? (1991), My Mother’s Sea (1993), Roses and Beansprouts (1999), Mother (2009), The Light in Your Eyes (2019)


4. Son Ye-jin | 51 wins out of 72 nominations

Highest awards: Outstanding Korean Actress for Something In The Rain at the 2018 Seoul International Drama Awards, Outstanding Korean Actress for Crash Landing On You at the 2020 Seoul International Drama Awards,
Most Recognized Films/Dramas: The Classic (2003), Summer Scent (2003), A Moment to Remember (2004), April Snow (2005), Alone in Love (2006), My Wife Got Married (2008), Personal Taste (2010), The Pirates (2014), The Truth Beneath (2016), The Last Princess (2016), Something in the Rain (2018), Crash Landing on You (2019)
State Honors: Prime Minister’s Commendation in 2018
Forbes Korea Power Celebrity: 31st in 2019, 24th in 2020, 27th in 2021


3. Kim Hye-soo | 52 wins out of 103 nominations

Highest awards: Grand Prize (Daesang) for Partner at the 1996 MBC Drama Awards, Grand Prize (Daesang) for Jang Hee-bin at the 2003 KBS Drama Awards, Grand Prize (Daesang) for The Queen Of Office at the 2013 Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards, Grand Prize (Daesang) for The Queen Of Office at the 2013 KBS Drama Awards,
Most Recognized Films/Dramas: Tazza: The High Rollers (2006), The Thieves (2012), Coin Locker Girl (2015), Familyhood (2016), Signal (2016), Hyena (2020)
State Honors: Presidential Commendation at the 2018 Taxpayers’ Day
Forbes Korea Power Celebrity: 19th place in 2011, 40th place in 2017, 34th place in 2020


2. Yoon Yuh-jung | 65 wins out of 100 nominations

Highest awards: Jury Grand Prize for The Bacchus Lady at the 2016 Asia Pacific Screen Awards, Grand Prize Daesang for The Bacchus Lady at the 2017 Baeksang Arts Awards, the first Korean actress to win a Screen Actors Guild Award, Indie Spirit Award, British Academy Film Award, and the Academy Award, and the first to be nominated for a Critics’ Choice Movie Award, all in the Best Supporting Actress category for Minari (2020)
Most Recognized Films/Dramas: Woman of Fire (1971), Men of the Bath House (1995), Be Strong Geum Soon (2005), Daughters In Law (2007), The Housemaid (2010), The Taste of Money (2012), My Husband Got a Family (2012), The Bacchus Lady (2016), Canola (2016), Dear My Friends (2016), Minari (2020)
State Honors: Golden Crown Order of Cultural Merit in 2021
Time: “100 most influential people” in 2021


1. Jeon Do-yeon | 68 wins out of 113 nominations

Highest awards: The first Korean actress to win an acting award as Best Actress at the 60th Cannes Film Festival, Grand Prize (Daesang) for Lovers in Prague at the 2005 SBS Drama Awards
Most Recognized Films/Dramas: Our Sunny Days of Youth (1995), The Contact (1997), A Promise (1998), Happy End (1999), Shoot for the Stars (2002-2003), Lovers in Prague (2005), Secret Sunshine (2007), to name a few