Born February 22, 1987 (age 25)
Cheongju, North Chungcheong,South Korea[1]
Education Dongguk University
Theater and Film[1]
Occupation Actress
Years active 2003–present
Agent BH Entertainment
FlaMme Talent Agency

Korean name
Hangul 한효주
Hanja 韓孝周[2]
Revised Romanization Han Hyo-joo
McCune–Reischauer Han Hyo-ju

Han Hyo-joo was first discovered in a teenage beauty pageant in 2003. She began her acting career in the sitcom Nonstop 5 and the gangster comedyMy Boss, My Teacher. Han raised her profile by being cast in Spring Waltz, the fourth and final installment of TV director Yoon Seok-ho's Season Dramas series, following Autumn in My Heart, Winter Sonata and Summer Scent.

In 2006 director Lee Yoon-ki cast the newbie in the starring role in his low-budget indie Ad-lib Night, which follows a young woman who rediscovers herself through an eerie overnight encounter with strangers. Han followed that with two highly successful TV projects - KBS daily drama Like Land and Sky in 2007 and SBS masked-adventurer series Iljimae in 2008. She made another independent film, Ride Away, which debuted at the 2008 Jeonju International Film Festival.

Han filmed the Korean-Japanese telecinema co-production Heaven's Postman in 2008, which also featured popstar Jaejoong from TVXQ (now JYJ). After several postponements, the telecinema was released in late 2009.

In 2009 her Cinderella drama Brilliant Legacy (co-starring Lee Seung-gi) became a massive hit, reaching a peak viewership rating of 47.1%. After the drama's conclusion, Han experienced a sharp rise in endorsement deals and media requests for interviews, as well as increased pan-Asian popularity.

Later that year Han wrapped up her starring role in the musical drama Soul Special, which also featured K.Will in his acting debut. It aired in twelve five-minute segments on various online portals, with KBS airing the entire drama in four parts.

As the titular character in MBC's 49th Anniversary Project Dong Yi, Han won several acting awards for her portrayal of Choi Suk-bin and cemented her status as a Hallyu star.

She then played a blind telemarketer opposite So Ji-sub's ex-boxer in the melodrama Always. Helmed by director Song Il-gon, it premiered as the opening film of the 2011 Busan International Film Festival.

After playing the queen to Lee Byung-hun's Gwanghae in the blockbuster period film Masquerade,Han 
starred opposite Go Soo in Love 911, an unlikely romance between a firefighter and a doctor.

Han's 4th commercial film, Stakeout, which also stars Sol Kyung-gu, Jung Woo-sung and 2PM's Junho, began shooting at the end of October 2012.

Personal life
Han's mother worked as an elementary school teacher before becoming an inspector for public schools and her father worked in the military. As a child, she was good in sports and enjoyed track & field. In her sophomore year of high school, she moved to Seoul and attended Bulgok High School. Although her father, conservative and strict, opposed her move to Seoul, she was able to go forth with her wishes. After high school she attended Dongguk University, where she joined the theatre and film department. Her hobbies include singing and writing and her talents are playing the piano, telling fairy tales, writing, running and fencing. Han has a younger brother and is currently single.

Television series
Year TitleRole Network
2005 Nonstop 5 Han Hyo-joo MBC

2006 Spring Waltz Seo/Park Eun-young KBS2

2007 Like Land and Sky Suk Ji-soo KBS1

2008 Iljimae Eun-chae SBS

2009 Brilliant Legacy Go Eun-sung SBS

Soul Special Jin Mi-ah KBS Joy

Heaven's Postman Jo Hana / Saki SBS/Telecinema

2010 Dong Yi Choi Dong-yi (later Choi Suk-bin) MBC

Year TitleRole Notes

2006 My Boss, My Teacher Yoo Mi-jung 

Ad-lib Night Bo-kyung 

2008 Ride Away Im Ha-jung 

My Dear Enemy Woman at the bus stop/Voice on the phone cameo

2011 Always Ha Jeong-hwa 

2012 Masquerade Queen Consort Joong Jun 

Love 911 Mi-soo 

2013 Stakeout Ha Yoon-ju

Music Video appearances
YearSong Title (Korean) Song Title (English)Artist

2004 사랑해요 I Love You Simply Sunday
2005 그대가 세상에 있는 것 만으로 Position
Paris Epik High
2006 이별은 Farewell is... U
Tree Kwon Jin-won
2009 남잔 다 그래 Lee Woo-sang
사랑한단 말을 못해서 Because I Couldn't Say that I Love You K.Will
너 정말이니 Are You Serious? Rumble Fish

Variety show
YearTitle Network Notes

2005 Love Letter SBS Guest - Episodes 26-27, 30-31, 34-35
X-Man SBS Guest - Episodes 110-111, 114-115
2005-2006 Popular Song SBS MC
2006 Come To Play MBC Guest - Episode 82
2007 Golden Fishery MBC Guest - Episode 27
Are You Ready KBS2 Guest - Episode 1
Ya Shim Man Man SBS Guest - Episode 204
Golden Disk Award JTBC Prize Presenter
2008 Park Kyung-rim's Wonderful Outing MBC Guest - Episode 24
Star N The City XTM Road Trip to USA
2009 Ya Shim Man Man SBS Guest - Brilliant Legacy Special
2010 Yoo Hee-yeol's Sketchbook KBS2 Guest - Episode 71
2011 Mnet Asian Music Awards Mnet Prize Presenter
2012 Paeksang Arts Award JTBC Prize Presenter
Running Man SBS Guest - Episodes 123-124

YearSong Title (Korean)Song Title (English)ArtistFrom the Album

2005 처음이었어요 It's the First Time Han Hyo-joo Nonstop 5 OST
2008 달려라 자전거 Ride Away Han Hyo-joo Ride Away OST
2009 왈칵눈물이 Sudden Burst of Tears Gan-D feat. Han Hyo-joo Soul Special OST
바람이 불어… 널 이별해 (Prologue) Narration by Han Hyo-joo Love Tonic
2010 오 서울 Oh Seoul My-Q feat. Han Hyo-joo For This, I Was Born
Don't You Know No Reply feat. Han Hyo-joo Grand Mint Festival 2010
2011 그대 You Browneyed Soul feat. Han Hyo-joo Brown Eyed Soul
아침 8시 8 A.M. My-Q feat. Han Hyo-joo Ready For The World
연애시대 Time for Love Lee Seung-gi feat. Ra.D
(narration by Han Hyo-joo)
2012 I Love You Han Hyo-joo feat. Sweet Sorrow LG Sum:37 5th Anniversary CF song
숨바꼭질 Hide and Seek Han Hyo-joo feat. Broccoli, You Too?

Anti-smoking Campaign
Han Game
Pizza Hut

Ensure Traffic Order Campaign
Green Time Green Tea
Enprani Cosmetics

Enprani Cosmetics

Maxim Coffee
Korean Air

Save the Penguin Campaign
Sweetest Love Campaign by Vogue
LG SU:M 37'
Nong Shim Natural Snacks
Samsung Camera VLUU series
Kia Soul
Baskin Robbins
Korea representative for Lacoste

Grand Mint Festival Lady
Lotte Card
Mr. Pizza
LG SU:M 37'
Samsung Camera NX series

Head Sports
LOVCAT Paris and LOVCAT Bijoux
Lotte Card
LG SU:M 37'
Mr Pizza
Samsung Camera Mirror Pop MV800

Black Yak
Samsung Camera Mirror Pop MV800
Korean Cable TV Association (KCTA)- Digital Cable TV
Oksusu Corn Silk Tea
Lotte Card
LG SU:M 37'
Samsung NX20
Samsung NX1000
Samsung NX210



Goodwill Ambassador for Chungbuk National Education
Goodwill Ambassador for Korean Air Force
Goodwill Ambassador for Population and Housing Census
Goodwill Ambassador for Grand Mint Festival
Goodwill Ambassador for Design Korea
Goodwill Ambassador for G20 Summit in Seoul (with Kim Yu-Na and Park Ji-Sung)
Goodwill Ambassador for Korea's National Tax Service
Goodwill Ambassador for UN Foundation, Nets GO
Goodwill Ambassador for Barrier Free Movie


Binggrae Smile Awards: First Prize
26th Korean Association of Film Critics Awards: Best New Actress (Ad-lib Night)
20th Singapore International Film Festival- Silver Screen Award: Best Actress (Ad-lib Night)[20]
Korea's Best Dressed Awards
KBS Drama Awards: Best Couple Award with Park Hae-jin (Like Land and Sky)
KBS Drama Awards: Popularity Award (Like Land and Sky)
SBS Drama Awards: New Star Award (Iljimae)
1st Korea Jewelry Awards: Pearl Award
Mnet 20's Choice Awards: Hot Female Drama Star (Brilliant Legacy)
SBS Drama Awards: Best Couple Award with Lee Seung-gi (Brilliant Legacy)
SBS Drama Awards: Excellence Award, Actress for Special Planning Drama (Brilliant Legacy)
SBS Drama Awards: Top Ten Stars Award (Brilliant Legacy)
5th Seoul Drama Awards: Hallyu Special Award for Actress (Brilliant Legacy)
Korea Drama Festival: Best Actress (Dong Yi)
MBC Drama Awards: Popularity Award (Dong Yi)
MBC Drama Awards: Daesang (Grand Prize) (Dong Yi)
1st Hong Kong Cable TV Awards: Best Actress (Dong Yi)[21]
45th President's Taxpayer Day Award: Honest Taxpayer Award[22]
47th Baeksang Arts Awards: Best Actress (Drama) (Dong Yi)
CETV Top 10 Asian Stars Award



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