Uhm Jung Hwa

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Uhm Jung Hwa - Biography, Profile, Facts, and Career

Uhm Jung Hwa is a South Korean actress and singer. She rose to prominence as one of the most sucessful and influential women in the South Korean entertainment industry who excels in both acting and music areas.


Uhm Jung Hwa started her career an entertaining by becoming a top Korean female singer in 1993.

In that year, she released her debut studio album, Sorrowful Secret, which contained various popular songs, such as Sad Expectation, A Love Only Heaven Permits, and Tell Me.

Not only in music, but Jung Hwa also expanded her career as an actress and started to appear as a minor role for some small screens, such as Police (1994), Angel Inside the Mask (1995), and Park Bit-na (1997).

In 2000s, she focused more in the acting industry by taking various different roles.

Not only that, but Jung Hwa also tried to experiment with various musical genres and her favorite was electronic music.

Four years later, in 2004, she made a release of her album, Self Control.

In 2005, she got her acting career breakthrough after appearing in All for Love and Princess Aurora, which later was followed by For Horowitz (2006) and Five Senses of Eros (2009).

After that, Jung Hwa then appeared in other movies, Bestseller (2010), Dancing Queen (2012), and Montage (2013) which rewarded her various awards.

She then came back to the television by joining drama A Witch’s Love, and later was continued by her appearance in You Are Too Much (2017).

In 2020, Jung Hwa formed a supergroup Refund Sisters with Jessi, Hwasa, and Lee Hyori, and released the debut single Don’t Touch Me in October 2020.

Two years later, in 2022, she came back to the drama Our Blues.

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  • Real Name: Uhm Jung Hwa (엄정화)
  • Stage Name: Uhm Jung Hwa (엄정화)
  • Nickname: Jung Hwa
  • Birthday: August 17, 1969
  • Birthplace: Jecheon, North Chungcheong Province, South Korea
  • Zodiac Sign: Leo
  • Nationality: South Korean
  • Religion: Buddhism
  • Profession: Actress, Singer, Dancer
  • Education: Bukwon Girls High School
  • Hobbies: Collecting perfume bottles, watching films, reading
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  • Instagram: @umaizing
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Height, Weight, & Physical Appearance 

  • Height: 164 cm (5’4″)
  • Weight: 47 Kg (105 lbs)
  • Blood Type: A
  • Hair Color: Black
  • Eye Color: Black
  • Body Measurements: –
  • Shoe Size: –
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  • Father: Uhm Jin Ok 
  • Mother: Yoo Gyeong Sook 
  • Brother: Uhm Tae Woong 
  • Sister: Uhm Jung Sun, Uhm Jung Hye

Boyfriend & Dating History

Jun Joon Hong

Uhm Jung Hwa and Jun Joon Hong, a South Korean model, were spotted for the first time together in September 2008.

Each of their agencies confirmed their romance.

Unfortunately, they parted ways in 2010 due to the singer-actress’ busy schedule.

Net Worth 

Multiple sources estimated her net worth to be around $100 million to $150 million. She earns her income through her succesful acting and singing career in the South Korean entertainment industry.


Criticized for Allegedly Too Mature Music Video

In 1998, the actress-singer released Invitation, her fourth studio album. In the album, she introduced a fresh mature side of herself.

However, the title track’s music video stirred plenty of controversy amongst public and fans because of its suggestive nature.

That being said, the album successfully broke records as one of the best-selling albums that year and receives praises from both fans and critics.

Plastic Surgery

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


  • Jung Hwa was diagnosed with thyroid cancer but fortunately, she was recovered in May 2010.
  • During that time, she opened up that she was a little afraid to do surgery.
  • She wanted that her struggle fighting cancer can inspire others.
  • Jung Hwa wants to use her talents and influence in a meaningful way.
  • Her mother was a music teacher.
  • Jung Hwa’s mother was died in a motorcycle accident.
  • Her mother was passed away when she was just 6 years old.
  • Her brother, Tae Woong, is an actor.
  • After her father died, Jung Hwa’s family struggled financially.
  • Her ideal type is…

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  • Miss Fortune (2023), as Ji Hye
  • Ok! Madam (2020), as Mi Young
  • Wonderful Nightmare (2015), as Yeon Woo
  • Venus Talk (2014), as Shin Hye (cable channel CP)
  • Top Star (2013), as presenter at Blue Dragon Awards (cameo)
  • Montage (2013), as Ha Kyung
  • In My End is My Beginning (2013), as Lee Jung Ha
  • Dancing Queen (2011), as Uhm Jung Hwa
  • Mama (2011), as Dong Sook
  • Best Seller (2010), as Hee Soo
  • Five Senses of Eros (2009), as Lee Jung Ha
  • Haeundae (2009), as Lee Yu Jin
  • Insadong Scandal (2009), as Bae Tae Jin
  • Love Now (2007), as Seo Yu Na
  • Seducing Mr. Perfect (2006), as Min Joon
  • For Horowitz (2006), as Kim Ji Soo
  • Princess Aurora (2005), as Jung Soon Jung
  • All For Love (2005), as Hur Yu Jung
  • Mr. Hong (2004), as Yun Hyeju
  • Singles (2003), as Dongmi
  • Marriage Is a Crazy Thing (2002), as Yeon Hee
  • How to Top My Wife (1994)
  • On a Windy Day We Must Go to Apgujeong (1993)
  • Marriage Story (1992), as Disc Jockey

Drama Series

  • Doctor Cha (JTBC | 2023), as Cha Jeong Suk
  • Our Blues (tvN | 2022), as Go Mi Ran
  • You Are Too Much (MBC | 2017), as Yoo Ji Na
  • A Witch’s Love (tvN | 2014), as Ban Ji Yeon
  • He Who Can’t Marry (KBS2 | 2009), as Jang Mun Jeong
  • Get Karl! Oh Soo Jung (SBS | 2007), as Oh Soo Jung
  • December Fever (2004)
  • Only You (KBS2 | 2003)
  • Beautiful Sin (SBS | 1997)
  • Police (KBS2 | 1994)


  • Hop In (2020) – ft. Hwasa, DPR Live
  • She (2017)
  • Ending Credit (2017)
  • Dreamer (2016)
  • Watch Me Move (2016)
  • D.I.S.C.O Part 2 (2008) – ft. G-Dragon
  • D.I.S.C.O (2008) – ft. T.O.P
  • Come 2 Me (2006)
  • Eternity (2004)
  • All Go Away (2001)
  • Crack (2000)
  • Escape (2000)
  • Cross (1999)
  • Festival (1999)
  • I Don’t Know (1999)
  • Invitation (1998)
  • Poison (1998)
  • After Love (1997)
  • Rose of Betrayal (1997)
  • A Love Only Heaven Permits (1996)
  • Sad Expectation (1996)
  • Pupil (1993)

TV Shows

  • On & Off (tvN | 2021), as cast member
  • Hangout with Yoo (MBC | 2020), as cast member


  • 2021 Jecheon International Music and Film Festival – JIMFFACE
  • 2020 MBC Entertainment Awards – Excellence Award in Music/Talk Category (Female) – Hangout with Yoo
  • 2014 Chunsa Film Art Awards – Best Actress – Montage
  • 2013 Korean Culture Entertainment Awards – Best Actress – Montage
  • 2013 Grand Bell Awards – Best Actress – Montage
  • 2013 Blue Dragon Film Awards – Best Leading Actress – Montage
  • 2012 Baeksang Arts Awards – Best Actress (Film) – Dancing Queen
  • 2010 Chunsa Film Art Awards – Best Actress – Bestseller
  • 2007 Korean Music Awards – Best Electronic Dance Album – Prestige
  • 2003 Baeksang Arts Awards – Best Actress (Film) – Marriage Is a Crazy Thing
  • 2000 Golden Disk Awards – Bonsang Award (Song Division) – Escape
  • 1999 Mnet Asian Music Awards – Best Female Artist – I Don’t Know


  • 2017 MBC Drama Awards – Grand Prize (Daesang) – You Are Too Much
  • 2017 MBC Drama Awards – Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Weekend Drama – You Are Too Much
  • 2015 Grand Bell Awards – Best Actress – Wonderful Nightmare
  • 2014 Chunsa Film Art Awards – Montage
  • 2012 Blue Dragon Film Awards – Best Leading Actress – Dancing Queen
  • 2009 Grand Bell Awards – Best Supporting Actress – Tidal Wave
  • 2008 Mnet Asian Music Awards – Best Female Artist – Disco ft. T.O.P
  • 2006 Korean Film Awards – Best Actress – For Horowitz
  • 1995 Blue Dragon Film Awards – Best Supporting Actress – How to Top My Wife
  • 1993 Grand Bell Awards – Best New Actress – On a Windy Day We Must Go to Apgujeong


Cha Jung Sook became the best character of my life. Before when I went outside, people would recognize me as ‘Uhm Jung Hwa’ but now people are more happy to see me and call me ‘Cha Jung Sook.’ Being called by my character name was an experience I never went through in my life.”

“People might think ‘it’s too late’ to do something but let’s not think that way. I think it would be best if we look at ourselves and love ourselves more and try something we like. If you try, you’ll be able to have a new perspective. I encourage people to spend time for themselves, even if it’s a little.”

“There is no set of criteria [to choose an acting project], but I am drawn to more difficult ones. I want to achieve whatever I think is going to be hard, and I realistically measure it out with how well I can portray this character. But [what I can say] is that it’s definitely not about genres.”

“Sometimes I think [my enthusiasm] is less than before, when I made the album,  because I really missed performing on stage. But I like to think that I can make an album whenever I want to. But in order for ‘whenever’ to happen, I have to be ready.”

“I used to be unable to bear that slow passing of time. [But nowadays] one of the joys I feel is that after one project is over, I can relax and enjoy.”

“It would be great if I’m continuously given jobs that I love — there’s really nothing better than that. But even though the waiting part is prolonged, I can now enjoy that part too. I’m relieved in a way that I’ve learned to do that. If not, I think I would have made myself very miserable.”


Who is Uhm Jung Hwa?

She is a South Korean actress and singer.

Who is Uhm Jung Hwa’s real name?

Her real name is Uhm Jung Hwa (엄정화).

What makes Uhm Jung Hwa famous?

She became famous as one of the most sucessful and influential women in the South Korean entertainment industry who excels in both acting and music areas.

Where is Uhm Jung Hwa from?

She was born in Jecheon, North Chungcheong Province, South Korea.

How old is Uhm Jung Hwa?

She was born in 1969, and she is 55 years old as of 2024.

When does Uhm Jung Hwa celebrate her birthday?

She celebrates on the 17th of every August.

How tall is Uhm Jung Hwa?

Her height is 5’4″ or 164 cm.

Who are Uhm Jung Hwa’s parents?

Her father’s name is Uhm Jin Ok and her mother’s name is Yoo Gyeong Sook.

Is Uhm Jung Hwa married?

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

Who is Uhm Jung Hwa’s ex-boyfriend?

Her ex-boyfriend is Jun Joon Hong.

How rich is Uhm Jung Hwa?

Her net worth is around $100 million to $150 million.

What is Uhm Jung Hwa’s nationality?

Her nationality is South Korean.

Uhm Jung Hwa has tons of inspiring and successful stories to tell, but her charm and talents will always be a unity to be adored.