Kim Gyu Ri

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Kim Gyu Ri - Biography, Profile, Facts, and Career

Kim Gyu Ri is a South Korean actress. She’s best recognized for her roles in various Korean movies such as Memento Mori (1999), Portrait of a Beauty (2008) and 2009: Lost Memories (2002).


Kim Gyu Ri landed her first job in the acting industry back in 1995 when she appeared in an SBS drama, LA Arirang, as a minor role.

Four years after that, this Leo actress then made a pretty notable comeback for School 1 (1999) and the popular movie Memento Mori (1999).

Her career then was followed by some acting projects in the early 2000s, such as her role in Like Father Unlike Son (2001), Hyeon-jeong, I Love You (2002), and The Nymph and The Con Artist (2003).

Later, Gyu Ri then acted for different roles in various dramas, Han River Ballad (2004) and Young-Jae’s Golden Days (2005).

In 2008, she got her career breakthrough after starring in the movie Portrait of a Beauty, which later rewarded her with some nominations and recognitions.

Two years later, she appeared in Five Senses of Eros (2009) and The Weird Missing Case of Mr. J with some pretty big success.

She came back to the drama industry after starring in God of War (2012) and Scandal (2013).

After that, Gyu Ri then appeared in other dramas, such as Cunning Single Lady (2014), Our Gab Soon (2016), and About Time (2018).

Later, her career then was continued by Designated Survivor: 60 Days (2019) and Green Mothers’ Club (2022).

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  • Real Name: Kim Min Sun (김민선)
  • Stage Name: Kim Gyu Ri (김규리)
  • Nickname: Gyu Ri
  • Birthday: August 16, 1979
  • Birthplace: Anyang, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea
  • Zodiac Sign: Leo
  • Nationality: South Korean
  • Religion: Buddhism
  • Profession: Actress
  • Education: Dongduk Women’s University (Majored in Broadcasting and Entertainment)
  • Hobbies: Swimming, Painting
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Height, Weight, & Physical Appearance 

  • Height: 168 cm (5’5″)
  • Weight: 48 kg (106 lbs)
  • Blood Type: AB
  • Hair Color: Black
  • Eye Color: Black
  • Body Measurements: –
  • Shoe Size: 7.5 (US)
  • Dress Size: –


  • Father: –
  • Mother: Park Jong Nam 
  • Brother: –
  • Sister: –

Boyfriend & Dating History

Kim Joo Hyuk 

Kim Gyu Ri began her relationship with Kim Joo Hyuk after they got close by working together in Good of War in midst 2012.

However, a year later in July 2013, a representative announced their split because their romance had natural faded away.

Net Worth 

She has accumulated around $1 million to $5 million, according to multiple sources. She appears to earn most of her income through working as an actress in the South Korean entertainment industry.


Sued by Seoul Beef Importer Because of Her Statement

In 2008, the actress made a statement that suggested opposition against consuming imported beef from the United States.

It brought beef importer in Seoul to sue her in a lawsuit. In 2010, the courts ruled Kim Gyuri in favor.

Plastic Surgery

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


  • Gyu Ri changed her original name, Kim Min Sun, to Kim Gyu Ri in November 2009.
  • She changed her name because she got the nickname “Gyu Ri” at home in her childhood days.
  • Gyu Ri is under MBK Entertainment.
  • For her, changing her name was a fresh new start.
  • Gyu Ri once was involved in the 2008 controversy about eating beef imported from the United States.
  • Her ex-boyfriend, Kim Joo Hyuk, was her co-star in God of War.
  • Her ideal type is…

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  • The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil (2019), as Cha Seo Jin
  • Revivre (2014), as Choo Eun Joo
  • Another Family (2014), as Yoo Nan Joo
  • My Dear Girl, Jin-Young (2013), as Kim Jin Young
  • Doomsday Book (2012), as Bodhisattva Hye Joo
  • Poongsan (2011), as In Ok
  • Shotgun Love (2011), as So Yeon
  • HaHaHa (2010), as No Jung Hwa
  • Looking For My Wife (2010), as Yoo Young Shim (cameo)
  • The Weird Missing Case of Mr. J (2009), as Yu Mi Seon
  • Five Senses of Eros (2009), as Kim Mi Jin
  • Antique (2008), as Jin Hyuk’s 4th girlfriend
  • Portrait of a Beauty (2008), as Shin Yun Bok / Shin Yun Jeong
  • Rainbow Eyes (2007), as Eun Ju
  • For Eternal Hearts (2007), as Pippi
  • Low Life (2004), as Park Hye Ok
  • My Beautiful Days (2002), as Hyun Ji
  • 2009: Lost Memories (2002), as Kindergarten teacher
  • Afrika (2002), as Min Sun
  • Bloody Beach (2000), as Doyeon
  • Summer Story (2000), as Han Yeo Reum
  • Memento Mori (1999) – Min Ah

TV Movies

  • Drama Special: Hurry Up and Tell Me (KBS2 | 2010), as Choi Yeong Hui

Drama Series

  • Green Mothers’ Club (JTBC | 2022), as Jin Ha
  • Designated Survivor: 60 Days (tvN | 2019), as Choi Kang Yeon
  • About Time (tvN | 2018), as Kim Joon A
  • Our Gab-Soon (SBS | 2016-2017), as Heo Da Hae
  • The King’s Face (KBS2 | 2014-2015), as Gwiin Kim
  • Cunning Single Lady (MBC | 2014), as Kook Yeo Jin
  • Scandal: A Shocking and Wrongful Incident (MBC | 2013), as Jang Joo Ha
  • God of War (MBC | 2012), as Choi Song Yi
  • Loveholic (KBS2 | 2005), as Lee Yool Joo
  • Young-Jae’s Golden Days (MBC | 2005), as Joo Young Jae
  • Han River Ballad (MBC | 2004), as Yoon Na Young
  • The Nymph and the Con Artist (SBS | 2003), as Song Kyung Sook
  • Glass Slippers (SBS | 2002), as Woo Seung Hee
  • Hyeon-jeong, I Love You (MBC | 2002), as Lee Hyeon Jeong
  • Like Father Unlike Son (KBS2 | 2001-2002), as Lee Soo Jin
  • Morning Without Parting (SBS | 2000), as Han Jung Seo
  • Medical Center (SBS | 2000), as Jo Soo Ahn
  • School 1 (KBS2 | 1999), as Park Na Ri
  • LA Arirang (SBS | 1995)

TV Shows

  • Law of the Jungle in Solomon Islands (SBS | 2014), as cast member
  • Dancing with the Stars Season 2 and 3 (MBC | 2012), as host
  • Dancing with the Stars Season 1 (MBC | 2011), as contestant

Music Video Appearances

  • It Hurts (2011) – Yangpa
  • I’ll Hure More (2010) – Hwanhee
  • Love… That Guy (2009) – Bobby Kim
  • Sunflower (2004) – Park Sang Min
  • Love Is More Beautiful When You Can’t Have It (2004) – Tony An
  • Elevator (2002) – Park Jin Young


  • 2012 MBC Entertainment Awards – Popularity Award, MC category – Dancing with the Stars
  • 2004 MBC Drama Awards – Excellence Award, Actress – Ode to the Han River
  • 2002 SBS Drama Awards – Best Supporting Actress – Glass Slippers
  • 2002 MBC Drama Awards – Best New Actress – I Love You, Hyun-jung
  • 2001 KBS Drama Awards – Best New Actress – Like Father, Unlike Son
  • 2000 Korean Association of Film Critics Awards – Best New Actress – Memento Mori
  • 2000 Baeksang Arts Awards – Best New Actress – Memento Mori


  • 2013 MBC Drama Awards – Excellence Award, Actress in a Special Project Drama – The Scandal
  • 2012 MBC Drama Awards – Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Serial Drama – God of War
  • 2009 Grand Bell Awards – Best Actress – Portrait of a Beauty
  • 2009 Baeksang Arts Awards – Best Actress – Portrait of a Beauty


“I think I like short dramas because it allows me to make a lot of attempts and come across various stories.”

“[Short drama]’s also good for warming up as an actor. An entire narrative is inside a single short book so you can learn how a story should flow by working on a lot of single-episode dramas. That’s why I want to tell new actors to try acting in as many one-act dramas as possible.”

“Whether it be short or long dramas, I will choose to do whichever if I like the story and can have a voice to the story. I’ll take part in dramas where I have something to do as an actor.”

“It’s important that I as actress Kim Gyu-ri try to show, “Nobody can do a better job with this role than I.” I want to be a great actress.”

“I think it’s sad that poetry isn’t appreciated as much as it was in the past. There are less people who read poetry at a slow pace and appreciate the meaning in between the lines. So I want to become an actress who is able to do [appreciate the meaning between the lines] that since I am someone from the times when people enjoyed poetry.”

“My job is to show others a different part of life. Every moment.”

“An actor is someone who goes after other people’s emotions. Paying attention to and trying to figure out how they feel from asking questions such as why is that person wearing that? Who did they meet? And is that the only way that they could have acted? I have also gained confidence in myself through acting.”

“I couldn’t love myself before because I was someone who thought a lot to myself, was timid and didn’t act upon what I think. But I came to realize that I am someone who can be loved after I became an actress and received love and attention from others.”


Who is Kim Gyu Ri?

She is a South Korean actress.

Who is Kim Gyu Ri’s real name?

Her real name is Kim Min Sun (김민선).

What makes Kim Gyu Ri famous?

She’s famous because of her roles in various Korean movies such as Memento Mori (1999), Portrait of a Beauty (2008) and 2009: Lost Memories (2002).

Where is Kim Gyu Ri from?

She was born in Anyang, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea.

How old is Kim Gyu Ri?

She was born in 1979, and she is 45 years old as of 2024.

When does Kim Gyu Ri celebrate her birthday?

She celebrates on the 16th of every August.

How tall is Kim Gyu Ri?

Her height is 5’5″ or 168 cm.

Who are Kim Gyu Ri’s parents?

Her father’s name is not known, but her mother’s name is Park Jong Nam.

Is Kim Gyu Ri married?

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

Who is Kim Gyu Ri’s ex-boyfriend?

Her ex-boyfriend is Kim Joo Hyuk.

How rich is Kim Gyu Ri?

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

What is Kim Gyu Ri’s nationality?

Her nationality is South Korean.

Kim Gyu Ri is a really talented entertainer. She can act really well, host really well, and perform really well. Good job!