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Go Ara

Go Ara

South Korean actress
Go Ara
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Intro South Korean actress
A.K.A. 고아라, 高雅羅, Ara, Go A-ra
Is Actor Film actor Model
From South Korea
Type Fashion Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender female
Birth 11 February 1990, Jinju, South Korea
Age 30 years
Star sign Aquarius
Peoplepill ID go-ara
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Go Ara (Korean: 고아라; born February 11, 1990) is a South Korean actress and model. She is best known for starring in the television series Sharp (2003), Reply 1994 (2013), You're All Surrounded (2014), Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth (2016–17), Black (2017) and Ms. Hammurabi (2018).

Early life and training

Go was born in Jinju, South Gyeongsang, South Korea. At a young age, she constantly moved around Korea because her father was a soldier. When she was in junior high, she was recommended by a friend to audition for the talent agency SM Entertainment. In 2003, she became the winner of the SM Entertainment Teen Model Contest.


2003–2012: Beginnings and rising popularity

Go was chosen to play the female lead, Lee Ok-rim, in the 2003 KBS teen drama Sharp. Her role as an ambitious and confident middle school girl catapulted her to instant stardom. She reprised her role in the sequel Sharp 2.

In December 2008

Go next starred in the 2006 SBS melodrama Snow Flower alongside Kim Hee-ae. Her portrayal of the rebellious and ambitious Yoo Da-mi won her acting recognition at the Baeksang Arts Awards.

Go's first film was the big-budget Japanese movie Genghis Khan: To the Ends of the Earth and Sea, which was released in Japan in March 2007. She played Khulan, the mistress of Genghis Khan, after being picked from more than 40,000 auditions. Go was then cast in another Japanese film, Dance Subaru due to her fluency in the language.

In 2008, she was cast in the MBC drama Who Are You? opposite Yoon Kye-sang. Despite low ratings in Korea, the body swap comedy drew in international fans, increasing her Korean Wave profile. This led to an appearance in the Japanese television drama Karei naru Spy.

In 2009, she was cast in MBC's romantic comedy Heading to the Ground with idol singer Jung Yunho from DBSK.

In 2011, Go made her domestic film debut in sports film Pacemaker, where she gained 5 kg weight to portray a pole vaulter representing South Korea. She then displayed her singing skills in the 2012 multicultural film Papa, with Park Yong-woo. Go drew attention for her singing and dancing abilities, fluent English and acting performance in the film.

2013–present: Career resurgence

Go's popularity further rose through the nostalgic campus drama Reply 1994 (2013). In order to portray Sung Na-jung, she cut her hair short, and gained 18 lbs. While many doubted her casting when it was first announced, Go's acting later nabbed praise both critically and with viewers. For her performance, Go received Best Actress nominations in the Baeksang Art Awards and APAN Star Awards. She next starred as the sole female rookie detective in the 2014 police drama You're All Surrounded, alongside Lee Seung-gi and Cha Seung-won.

In 2015, Go returned to the big screen alongside Yoo Seung-ho in joseon-era romance film, The Magician, where she plays a princess who finds love with a circus magician. This was followed by a leading role in Phantom Detective, a neo-noir action flick starring Lee Je-hoon as the titular Hong Gil-dong.

In 2016, Go starred as the female lead opposite Park Seo-joon in youth historical drama Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth. The same year, she left SM Entertainment after 13 years and signed with newly formed management agency Artist Company in January 2017. She then starred in the fantasy thriller drama Black alongside Song Seung-heon, playing a woman who can foresee death.

In 2018, Go starred in the legal drama Ms. Hammurabi alongside Kim Myung-soo, playing a passionate rookie judge. The series was well-received for its honest depiction of adversities in modern-day Korean society; and Go was complimented for her acting.

In 2019, Go starred in the historical action drama Haechi, playing a detective who is well versed in both martial arts and foreign languages.

In 2020, Go is set to star in the music romance drama DoDoSolSolLaLaSol as a pianist who hits rock bottom following her family’s downfall.

Personal life

On March 7, 2019, Go's agency reported that during the filming of Haechi Go ruptured her Anterior talofibular ligament which resulted her to be hospitalised.


Year Title From the Album Ref.
2012 "Now" Papa OST
"Little Girl Dreams"
2013 "Start" Reply 1994 OST


Year Title Ref.
2005 Ambassador of Farming and Forestry
2008 Swiss Friend, an ambassador of Switzerland by Switzerland Tourism
2011–2018 Good Neighbors (NGO) Goodwill Ambassador
2014–2015 Seoul Metropolitan PR Ambassador
2015 Seoul Police Goodwill Ambassador
2016 Ambassador for the Korean Air Force

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2003 SM Entertainment's 5th Anniversary Teen Model Contest N/A N/A Won
2004 KBS Drama Awards Best Young Actress Sharp 1 Won
2006 SBS Drama Awards New Star Award Snow Flower Won
2007 43rd Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actress Won
Mnet 20's Choice Awards Barbie Girl N/A Won
André Kim Best Star Awards New Star Award N/A Won
2008 MBC Drama Awards Best New Actress Who Are You? Nominated
2010 46th Baeksang Arts Awards Most Popular Actress Heading to the Ground Nominated
2012 48th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actress Papa Nominated
21st Buil Film Awards Nominated
49th Grand Bell Awards Pacemaker Nominated
33rd Blue Dragon Film Awards Papa Nominated
2014 50th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actress (TV) Reply 1994 Nominated
Most Popular Actress Nominated
7th Style Icon Awards Top 10 Style Icons N/A Won
3rd APAN Star Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Reply 1994 Nominated
SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Drama Special You're All Surrounded Nominated
Netizen Award, Actress Nominated
Best Couple Award Nominated
2016 tvN10 Awards Made in tvN, Actress in Drama Reply 1994 Nominated
Best Kiss Award Nominated
Korea Film Actors Association Awards Popularity Award Phantom Detective Won
2017 KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Mid-length Drama Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth Nominated
2018 6th APAN Star Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Ms. Hammurabi Nominated
2019 SBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Mid-length Drama Haechi Nominated
Best Couple Award Nominated
The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 20 Mar 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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