top 10 leading Korean actresses in the world

Choi Ji-Woo

We all know how hard the k-pop wave hit the whole world in the last few years. From Korean beauty products to k-pop bands, everywhere they are overpowering. I don’t think I need to mention the popularity of BTS and Blackpink. It is crazy!

Korean dramas are no less. The vast entertainment industry with conventionally cute, and beautiful actors and actresses has made their presence so recognizable. So here we listed down the top 10 most famous Korean actresses worldwide:

1.Joen Do-yeon 


One of the most phenomenal actresses of South Korea is Joen Do-yeon. She is the first and only Korean actress who received the best actress award in the Cannes film festival for her performance in Lee Chang-dong’s film Secret Sunshine. She might not be broadly popular like some other Korean start because of her film choices, but she is respected for her acting skills. Some of her other notable works are My Dear Enemy, The House Maid, Way Back Home, etc.

2.Choi Ji-Woo

Choi Ji-Woo

Choi Ji-woo is south Korea’s one of the most beautiful women, who received critical acclamation for work in several melodramas. She made her acting debut with a drama series called War and Love in 1995. But her first appearance was through a talent audition organized bt MBC, which she eventually won. Her first significant role was in the movie The Gate Of Destiny, but later she got replaced. Her breakthrough was in 2009, cast opposite Yoo Ji-tae in the drama series Star’s love. Recently she appeared in the family melodrama the Most Beautiful in 2017 and a cameo appearance in episode 13 of Netflix drama, Crash Landing On You.

3.Im Yoon-Ah

Im Yoon-Ah

Im Yoon-ah or popularly known as Yoona, is a south Koran singer and actress. After training of five years, she joined the sub-group of girls’ generation, girls’ generation-Oh!GG) in 2007. That became South Korea’s one of the most popular girl groups worldwide. She appeared on television with You are my destiny, and that was her breakthrough. She worked for various roles in dramas such as Love Rain, Prime Minister And I, The King In Love, Exit, etc.

4.Bae Doona

Bae Doona

Bae doona is a South Korean actress and photographer, who is popularly known outside of Korea for her roles as a political activist in Sympathy For Mr. Vengenance, The Host, and Air Doll. She was picket by a model talent agency in Seoul, which led her to her first appearance in The Ring virus as a ghost. Her breakthrough was the 2006 film, The Host, which was the highest-grossing film in the South Korean box office, in history. She was cast in the popular Netflix drama Sense 8.

5.Lee Young-ae

Lee Young-ae

South Korean actress lee young-ae is popular for her appearance in the Koran historic drama Dae Jang Geum. She was also in the 2005 film Sympathy For Mr. Vengenance as the revenge-seeking single mother. Her television debut was in 1993 drama how’s your husband? She also worked in various Korean dramas, including k=last present, fireworks, one fine spring, etc. Other than the mad acting skills, she is admired for her several charities.

Jun Ji-Hyun

6.Jun Ji-Hyun

Jun Ji-hyun, also known as Gianna Jun is a South Korean actress and model. Her breakthrough was with her role as the girl in the romantic comedy, my sassy girl. It is one of the highest-grossing Korean comedies. She received the Grand bell awards for best actress and blue dragon film awards for this.Her other admired works Include Ll Mare, Windstruck, The Thieves, The Berlin File, etc.



IU or Lee Ji-eun is a South Korean singer and actress. Her debut album Lost And Found, released when she was only 15. After that, she released a few albums, including growing up and IU…IM. But she became a star after the release of her 2010 album Real. One of the songs from the album good day ranked number one and remained at the top for five consecutive weeks. Billboard magazine ranked this song as the greatest k-pop songs of 2010 and ranked it the number one among 100 songs. Some of her other notable television works are pretty man, the producers, moon lovers, etc.

8.Park Shin-hye

Park Shin-hye

South Korean actress and singer Park Shin-hye recognized her Korean melodrama Stairway To Heaven and Tree Of Heaven. One of the most efficiently talented actresses of her age park worked in several television dramas including you’re Beautiful, The Heirs, Pinocchio, Doctors, and Memories Of The Alhambra. In 2015 Forbes Korea ranked her 33 in the power celebrity list and on number 12 in 2017.

9.Kim Go-eun

Park Shin-hye

Kim go-eun is a South Korean actress and singer, and she debuted with the film A muse in 2012. She achieved a breakthrough with her debut film only. In her other subsequent appearances in films and dramas, she proved her capability to do various roles. She is such an amazing and incredibly talented actress that the French fashion house named her as the ambassador of South Korea. Some of her other notable works are Cheese in the Trap (2016), Guardian: The Lonely and Great God (2016), and The King: Eternal Monarch (2020). 

10.Bae Suzy 

Bae Suzy

Bae Suzy is a South Korean actress and singer. She was a member of the famous South Korean band, the girl group miss A. She made her acting debut with the television series Dream High, and after that, she went on doing so many Korean dramas, including Gu Family Book, Uncontrollably Fond, While You Were Sleeping. She made her film debut with 2012 film Architecture 101. She is the first Korean celebrity to win a singer rookie award, drama rookie award, and film rookie award. she also received the best new actress award at the 48th Baeksang Arts Awards. Suzy starring in a highly acclaimed film earned the title of ‘nation’s first love’. 

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