Jung Ryeo Won

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Jung Ryeo Won - Biography, Profile, Facts, and Career

Jung Ryeo Won is a South Korean actress and singer.

She started her career by debuting in Chakra, before shifting into a solo acting career and appearing in various drama series such as My Name Is Kim Sam-soon (2005) and Wok of Love (2018).


After going through eleven failed auditions in 2004, Jung Ryeo Won almost gave up on pursuing a career as an actress in the South Korean entertainment industry.

That said, a year later, she got a lot of recognition in the clique vampire sitcom titled Hello Francesca. Then, she made her leap forward in the drama series My Name Is Kim Sam Soon in 2015.

The series was a huge success with evaluations of more than 37% and 50.5% for the finale. She was lauded for her perfect portrayal of a delicate yet laid-back character.

As for her career on the big screen, she was cast in her first movie leading role as a young lady with numerous behavioral conditions in the 2007 movie Two Faces of My Girlfriend.

Even though the movie was not considered a hit in South Korea, she still won the Best New Actress award at the Blue Dragon Film Awards for her spectacular performance.

In 2012, her contract with her previous agency ended and she decided to join KeyEast Entertainment to further support her activities as an actress.

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  • Real Name: Jung Ryeo Won (정려원)
  • Stage Name: Jung Ryeo Won (정려원)
  • Also Known as: Jeong Ryeo Won
  • Nickname: Ryeo Won (려원)
  • Birthday: January 21, 1981
  • Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea
  • Zodiac Sign: Aquarius
  • Nationality: Australian-South Korean
  • Religion: Christianity
  • Profession: Actress
  • Education: Griffith University Korea University (Journalism)
  • Hobbies: Painting, drawing
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Height, Weight, & Physical Appearance 

  • Height: 168 cm (5’6″)
  • Weight: 45 Kg (99 lbs)
  • Blood Type: B
  • Hair Color: Black
  • Eye Color: Black
  • Body Measurements: 32-24-34 (Bust -32, Waist -24, and Hips -34 inches)
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  • Brother: Jung Seok Won 
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Boyfriend & Dating History

Nam Tae Hyun

In June 2017, Jung Ryeo Won was rumored to date Nam Tae Hyun, a former member of Winner and the vocalist of band The South Club.

The rumors spread because he allegedly visited her in the filming site of her upcoming movie Gate, and according to the claims by witnesses, they appeared like a couple.

However, a month later, Nam Tae Hyun clarified the speculations during his appearance on a television show, claiming that she’s only a close older sister to him and they got close because they share a common interest in art.

Net Worth 

Multiple sources estimated her net worth to be around $1 million to $5 million. She earns most of her income through acting.


Accused of Being Involved in a Fraud Scheme alongside Her Friend and Labelmate Son Dam Bi

In August 2021, Jung Ryeo Won’s name was mentioned in a fraudulent fishery business case along with actress Son Dam Bi, her close friend who belongs to the same agency.

According to the Mr. Kim or the “Fake Fisherman”, he gained the favor of two actresses by gifting them luxury items and vehicles.

Their agency refuted all the claims and denied their actresses involvement in such case. As cited from their official statement, the two actresses only knew Mr. Kim as a fan of their works.

Plastic Surgery

There is no known information on whether she has undergone any cosmetic surgery to change her appearance.


  • Ryeo Won is a former member of the girl group Chakra, which debuted in 2000.
  • She was a student in an exchange program at Griffith University, Australia.
  • Ryeo Won is an actress under KeyEast entertainment, which is a subsidiary of SM
  • Entertainment.
  • She admitted to having gone through eleven failed auditions during her earlier days as an actress.
  • Ryeo Won almost gave up on being an actress due to her constant failure.
  • She has a sweet tooth.
  • Her favorite color is red.
  • Ryeo Won has a knack for writing.
  • She likes to add syrup to her coffee.
  • Ryeo Won is a huge fashionista.
  • She is close friends with Lee Dong Hae and Choi Si Won from the boy group Super Junior.
  • Ryeo Won was once caught up in a dating rumor with Korean-American actor Daniel Henney.
  • She is a member of the Bible Study Group.
  • Her ideal type is the actor Ethan Hawke.

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  • Woman in a White Car (2022), as Do Gyoung
  • Gate (2018), as So Eun
  • Never Ending Story (2012), as Oh Song Kyung
  • Pained (2011), as Dong Hyun
  • In Love and War (2011), as Park Sul Hee
  • Castaway on the Moon (2009), as Kim Jung Yeon
  • Melos (2008)
  • Two Faces of My Girlfriend (2007), as Ha Ni
  • My Boyfriend Is Type-B (2005), as Bo Young
  • Father of the Sea (MBC | 2004), as Joo Hong
  • Emergency Act 19 (2002), as self

Drama Series

  • The Married Couple Is Jobless (TBA), as Yoon Hye Ja
  • May It Please The Court (Disney+ | 2022), as Noh Chak Hee
  • Diary of a Prosecutor (JTBC | 2019) – Cha Myung Joo
  • Wok of Love (SBS | 2018), as Dan Sae Woo
  • Witch at Court (KBS2 | 2017), as Ma Yi Deum
  • Bubble Gum (tvN | 2015) – Kim Haeng A
  • Medical Top Team (MBC | 2013), as Seo Joo Young
  • The King of Dramas (SBS | 2012) – Lee Go Eun
  • History of a Salaryman (SBS | 2012), as Baek Yeo Chi
  • Princess Ja Myung (SBS | 2009) – Ja Myung
  • Which Star Are You From? (MBC | 2006), as Kim Bok Shil
  • My Name Is Kim Sam Soon (2005), as Yoo Hee Jin
  • Autumn Shower (MBC | 2005), as Park Yeon Seo
  • Banjun Drama “Get That Girl” (MBC | 2005), as…
  • Banjun Drama “To Go Bungee Jump” (MBC | 2005), as…
  • MBC Best Theater “Magic Power of Alcohol” (MBC | 2005), as…
  • Hello Francesca (MBC | 2005), as Elizabeth
  • Love Story in Harvard (SBS | 2004), as…
  • Banjun Drama “Exclusive Love” (MBC | 2004), as…
  • Argon (MBC | 2003), as Kwon Soo Hyun
  • Drama City “수영장에서 만난 그녀” (MBC | 2003), as Hee Jin
  • Do the Right Thing (SBS | 2002), as self
  • Saxophone and Chapssaltteok (KBS2 | 2002), as Park Ja Nam

TV Shows

  • Let’s Eat Dinner Together (JTBC | 2016), as a guest
  • My Little Old Boy (SBS | 2016), as a guest
  • How’s It Living Alone (On Style | 2015), as the main host
  • I Live Alone (MBC | 2013), as a guest
  • Healing Camp (SBS | 2011), as a guest
  • Happy Together: Season 3 (KBS2 | 2007), as a guest
  • X-Man (SBS | 2003), as a guest
  • Mystic TV: Surprise (MBC | 2002), as the main host

Music Video Appearances

  • Lost in Perspective (2015) – Nell (Band)
  • Can’t Be Crazy (2011) – Alex Chu
  • As a Man (2010) – Gummy
  • One (2008) – Epik High


  • 2022 26th Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival – Korean Fantastic (Features Fantastic Actor) – The Woman in a White Car
  • 2017 KBS Drama Awards – Top Excellence Award (Actress) – Witch at Court
  • 2017 KBS Drama Awards – Best Couple Award – Witch at Court
  • 2013 – 2nd KOPA & NIKON Press Photo Awards – Most Photogenic Actress – Jung Ryeo Won
  • 2012 SBS Drama Awards – Top 10 Stars – History of a Salaryman, The King of Dramas
  • 2012 SBS Drama Awards – Top Excellence Award (Actress in a Miniseries) – History of a Salaryman, The King of Dramas
  • 2008 4th Premiere Rising Star Asian Awards – Best New Actress – Two Faces of My Girlfriend
  • 2008 1st Style Icon Awards – Fashionista Award – Jung Ryeo Won
  • 2007 28th Blue Dragon Film Awards – Best New Actress – Two Faces of My Girlfriend
  • 2006 MBC Drama Awards – PD Award – Which Star Are You From?
  • 2005 MBC Entertainment Awards – Excellence Award (Actress in a Variety Show) – Section TV
  • 2005 MBC Drama Awards – Excellence Award (Actress) – My Name Is Kim Sam Soon


  • 2018 6th APAN Star Awards – Top Excellence Award (Actress in a Miniseries) – Witch at Court
  • 2018 SBS Drama Awards – Top Excellence Award (Actress in a Monday – Tuesday Drama) – Wok of Love
  • 2017 KBS Drama Awards – Excellence Award (Actress in a Miniseries) – Witch at Court
  • 2013 MBC Drama Awards – Top Excellence Award (Actress in a Miniseries) – Medical Top Team
  • 2012 48th Baeksang Arts Awards – Best Actress (Film) – Pained
  • 2012 5th Korea Drama Awards – Top Excellence Award (Actress) – History of a Salaryman
  • 2009 18th Buil Film Awards – Best New Actress – Castaway on the Moon
  • 2009 SBS Drama Awards – Excellence Award (Actress in a Serial Drama) – Princess Ja Myung
  • 2008 44th Baeksang Arts Awards – Best New Actress (Film) – Two Faces of My Girlfriend


“I love my job. I think acting will be my first priority until the day I die.” 

“As I get older I may not be as busy or as active as I used to be, and I find acting more precious because of that and I’m more thankful because of that.”

My Name is Kim Sam-soon was my first mini-series and I didn’t have that headspace, and I was so scared. I didn’t want to make mistakes or burden my fellow actors, so thinking back, I had a great time, but I was also just constantly nervous.”

“My ultimate goal is to gain trust from the audience by giving them stories that are enjoyable, I want people to watch my dramas because they’ve seen and loved my previous work. And then, at the end of the day, I want to highlight these unheard, untold stories that I think should be told. I’ll never stop looking for those stories. But for now, I’m gaining the audience’s trust.”

“I like to play characters who are totally the opposite of me, because back then I didn’t really like who I was, so I didn’t want to show the real me. I always wanted to show someone totally different, someone elegant, straightforward and assertive, you know, like a powerful career woman.”

“When I was growing up, I wasn’t ever quite sure why we moved to Australia. It was hard for me to understand my parents’ motivations and I had to face a lot of racism directed at me.”

“A life with limitations gave birth to a free-roaming imagination, capable of going above and beyond. In retrospect, my life had been leading me down a path, designed to help me become the actor I am today.”


Who is Jung Ryeo Won?

She is a South Korean actress and singer.

Who is Jung Ryeo Won’s real name?

Her real name is Jung Ryeo Won (정려원).

What makes Jung Ryeo Won famous?

She gained fame by debuting in Chakra, before shifting into a solo acting career and appearing in various drama series such as My Name Is Kim Sam-soon (2005) and Wok of Love (2018).

Where is Jung Ryeo Won from?

She was born in Seoul, South Korea.

How old is Jung Ryeo Won?

She was born in 1981, and she is 41 years old as of 2024.

When does Jung Ryeo Won celebrate her birthday?

She celebrates on the 21st of every January.

How tall is Jung Ryeo Won?

Her height is 5’6″ or 168 cm.

Who are Jung Ryeo Won’s parents?

She did not reveal the names of her father and mother.

Is Jung Ryeo Won married?

She is not married. Furthermore, there is no information on whether she is in a relationship or not.

Who is Jung Ryeo Won’s ex-boyfriend?

Her ex-boyfriend is not known. However, she used to be rumored to date Nam Tae Hyun.

How rich is Jung Ryeo Won?

Her net worth is around $1 million to $5 million.

What is Jung Ryeo Won’s nationality?

Her nationality is South Korean.

Jung Ryeo Won had been in the lowest of her career, but with her spirit and sheer determination, she managed to get back up and strive again. She is inspiring in that way.