Kim So Yeon

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Kim So Yeon - Biography, Profile, Facts, and Career

Kim So Yeon is a Korean actress.

She rose to prominence by starring in various Korean hit drama series such as All About Eve (2000), Iris (2009), Prosecutor Princess (2010), and The Penthouse: War in Life (2020–2021).


Kim So Yeon got into the entertainment industry in 1994 at just 14 years old.

She did it by participating in Miss Binggrae beauty pageant. Surprisingly, this teenage girl ended up winning the top prize.

In the same year, she made her acting debut. She starred in the TV series Dinosaur Teacher. This experience opened up many more acting opportunities for her.

Some of her most notable early projects included Reporting for Duty (1996) and Soonpoong Clinic (1998).

This actress started to get more recognition after her role in the 2000 TV series All About Eve. However, she began to feel unhappy for being type-cast as cold-hearted characters.

She ended up leaving the industry for several years after finding little success in early 2000s.

So Yeon came back from her three years hiatus in 2008. She got new-found joy in the TV series Gourmet.

She then became even more successful with the 2009 series Iris. Her performance there was widely praised.

The following years, this Scorpio woman starred in many hit series and films. She was in Prosecutor Princess (2010), Gabi (2012), Beating Again (2015), and Penthouse (2020).

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  • Real Name: Kim So Yeon (김소연)
  • Stage Name: Kim So Yeon
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  • Birthday: November 2, 1980
  • Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea
  • Zodiac Sign: Scorpio
  • Nationality: Korean
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  • Profession: Actress
  • Education: Dongguk University
  • Hobbies: Dressing up
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  • Instagram: @sysysy1102
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Height, Weight & Physical Appearance

  • Height: 167 cm (5’6″)
  • Weight: 51 kg (112 lbs)
  • Blood Type: B
  • Hair color: Brown
  • Eye color: Brown
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  • Shoe size: 8 (US)
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  • Children: 2

Husband, Boyfriend, & Dating History

Lee Sang Woo

So Yeon married fellow actor Sang Woo in 2017. They met on the set of Happy Home in 2016 and the romance bloomed since then.

The couple has two children together, a son who was born in 2016 and a daughter who was born in 2019.

Net Worth

Kim So Yeon has an estimated net worth of $10 million to $15 million. She mainly earns from her career as an actress as well as brand endorsement deals.

Plastic Surgery

Although there are speculations that So Yeon did surgery, there hasn’t been any official confirmation about the matter.


  • So Yeon is signed under J Wide Company.
  • She competed in Miss Binggrae beauty pageant without her parents approval.
  • During the competition, she used marker pen to draw eyeliners.
  • At the beginning of her career, this actress used to be a commercial model.
  • She is the first teen star to get more than ₩100 million from doing commercials.
  • Even as a teen, she had a more mature look.
  • This Scorpio woman regrets wearing more nature make-up that made her seems older.
  • She got injured during the filming of Iris (2009).
  • She learned to play piano for a scene in Penthouse (2020).
  • So Yeon loves eating various foods.
  • She has admitted to have stopped herself from eating when attending shows in gown.
  • She does plenty of work-out.
  • The woman from Seoul was insecure for having to wear short skirt because of her muscled legs.
  • According to her family and close friends, she is too nice sometimes.
  • She is married to actor Lee Sang Woo in 2017.
  • The couple first met during the filming of drama series Happy Home (2016).
  • Her ideal type is a man with a good sense of humor and the same mindset as mine.

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  • Love Forecast (2015), as Joon-Soo’s ex-g/f 1 (cameo)
  • Gabi (2012), as Danya
  • IRIS: The Movie (2010), as Kim Sun-Hwa
  • The Seven Swords (2005), as Luzhu
  • Change (1997), as Ko Eun-Bi

Drama Series

  • The Escape of the Seven (SBS | 2023), as Ryu Hong Ju (ep.10)
  • Tale of the Nine Tailed 1938 (tvN | 2023), as Ryu Hong Joo
  • Taxi Driver 2 (SBS | 2023), as taxi driver 1 (ep.16)
  • The Penthouse 3 (SBS | 2021), as Cheon Seo-Jin
  • The Penthouse 2 (SBS | 2021), as Cheon Seo-Jin
  • Penthouse (SBS | 2020-2021), as Cheon Seo-Jin
  • Mother of Mine (KBS2 | 2019), as Kang Mi-Ri
  • Secret Mother (SBS | 2018), as Kim Eun-Young
  • High-End Crush (MBN | 2018), as entertainment program MC (cameo)
  • Borg Mom (MBC | 2017), as Na Heung-Shin (cameo)
  • 20th Century Boy and Girl (MBC | 2017), as Director Kim (cameo)
  • Happy Home (MBC | 2016), as Bong Hae-Ryung
  • One More Happy Ending (MBC | 2016), as Sung-Yoon (ep.1)
  • Beating Again (JTBC | 2015), as Kim Soon-Jung
  • In Need of Romance 3 (tvN | 2014), as Shin Joo-Yeon
  • Two Weeks (MBC | 2013), as Prosecutor Park Jae-Kyung
  • IRIS 2 (KBS2 | 2013), as Kim Sun-Hwa
  • The Great Seer (SBS | 2012-2013), as Hae-In
  • Athena: Goddess of War (KBS2 | 2010-2011), as Kim Sun-Hwa
  • Dr. Champ (SBS | 2010), as Kim Yeon-Woo
  • Princess Prosecutor (SBS | 2010), as Ma Hye-ri
  • IRIS (KBS2 | 2009), as Kim Sun-Hwa
  • Gourmet (SBS | 2008), as Joo-Hee
  • Autumn Shower (MBC | 2005), as Lee Kyu-Eun
  • Sunlight (MBC | 2002), as Kim Yeon-Woo
  • All About Eve (SBS | 2000), as Heo Yeong-Mi
  • Mothers and Sisters (MBC | 2000), as No Seung-Ri
  • Sunpong Sanbuingwa (SBS | 1998)
  • Dinosaur Teacher (SBS | 1993)


  • 2023 Brand of the Year Awards – Female Actress of the Year (Drama)
  • 2022 Broadcast Advertising Festival – CF Star Award
  • 2021 SBS Drama Awards – Grand Prize – The Penthouse & The Penthouse 3
  • 2021 Baeksang Arts Awards – Best Actress (Television) – The Penthouse: War in Life
  • 2021 Grimae Awards – Best Actress – The Penthouse: War in Life
  • 2021 SBS Drama Awards – Grand Prize (Daesang) – The Penthouse: War in Life 2 and 3
  • 2020 SBS Drama Awards – Best Actress – The Penthouse: War in Life
  • 2019 KBS Drama Awards – Excellent Actress – Mother of Mine
  • 2018 SBS Drama Awards – Excellent Actress – Secret Mother
  • 2016 MBC Drama Awards – Best Actress – Happy Home
  • 2016 Korea Drama Awards – Grand Prize – Happy Home
  • 2016 APAN Star Awards – Best Actress – Happy Home


“I realized that was the power of a multi-season drama, and I felt thankful for being able to be in a multi-season drama.”

“It’s been about two years since my life has been all about ‘The Penthouse: War in Life’, including the preparation period.” 

“I was able to express all the various emotions of a villain that I could as an actress. It’s a grateful project that allowed me to try [portraying] diverse emotions to my heart’s content.”

Pics of Kim So Yeon

1. So Yeon looks really badass in black

Kim So Yeon - Biography, Profile, Facts, and Career

2. She also rocks this softer look

Kim So Yeon - Biography, Profile, Facts, and Career

3. Her face is perfect

Kim So Yeon - Biography, Profile, Facts, and Career

4. She looks like a princess

Korean Actress - Biography, Profile, Facts, and Career

5. So Yeon is an incredible model

Korean Actress - Biography, Profile, Facts, and Career

Kim So Yeon has had quite a journey in the entertainment industry. Despite facing some hardship, she keeps on going and manages to be successful.