Han Ji-min (born November 5, 1982) is a South Korean actress. After minor roles in All In and Dae Jang Geum, Han had her breakout role in revenge series Resurrection in 2005. This was followed by period dramas Capital Scandal and Yi San, contemporary dramas Cain and Abel and Padam Padam, and romantic comedy Rooftop Prince.
Han Ji-min started her career in show business while still a high school student. She did various commercial films (CF) and music videos before gaining wider attention in 2003, when she appeared in hit Korean television dramas All In and Dae Jang Geum. Han said she hadn't dreamed of becoming a serious actress, but changed her mind after starring in All In, where she played the teenage counterpart of the drama's main character, played by popular actress Song Hye-kyo. After her breakthrough performance in the critically acclaimed mania drama Resurrection, Han challenged herself by playing a cute yet ambitious tomboy who dreams of becoming a pilot in her first movie Blue Swallow.
A car accident on the set of Wolf seriously injured Han and her co-star Eric Mun, causing the drama to be delayed repeatedly until the decision was finally made to discontinue it with only three episodes aired. After a long recovery for Mun, the two actors reunited instead in the drama Super Rookie Ranger (also known as Invincible Parachute Agent or Korea Secret Agency).
Han hosted the weekly showbiz news program Entertainment Weekly on KBS from 2006 to 2008.
She continued to act in TV dramas, with memorable turns as a straitlaced resistance fighter in Capital Scandal and a royal concubine in the historical drama Yi San.
Known for her sweet, innocent and fragile image and her depictions of good girls, Han surprised audiences with her performance as a sexy femme fatale in Detective K: Secret of the Virtuous Widow.
Han played a cynical veterinarian in Padam Padam... The Sound of His and Her Heartbeats, written by famous drama writer Noh Hee-kyung, which aired on newly launched cable channel jTBC. She then starred in Rooftop Prince, about a Joseon-era prince who time-travels to the 21st century where he meets his dead beloved's doppelgänger. The popularity of Rooftop Prince garnered Han several awards, and increased her international profile, notably in Japan.
In October 2013, Han left her talent agency S.M. Entertainment's SM C&C and joined Lee Byung-hun's BH Entertainment.
In 2014, she starred in the opposites-attract romantic comedy film The Plan Man, about a methodical, mysophobic librarian who falls for a spontaneous, adventurous musician. Following that, she played the dowager Queen Jeongsun in period film The Fatal Encounter, who is the fierce political rival of her step-grandson King Jeongjo.
Han next starred in the 2015 romantic series Hyde, Jekyll, Me, in the role of a circus master who falls for a theme park owner with split personality disorder.
In 2016, Han starred in the action thriller The Age of Shadows. The film topped South Korean box office charts for 3 consecutive weeks.
A Social Welfare major from Seoul Women's University, Han is widely known for actively participating in volunteer work and fund drives, mostly through the relief organization Join Together Society. In 2009 she published her own book titled We’re Already Friends: Han Ji-min's Philippines Donation Book, which includes stories and drawings of her time spent in a deep mountain village in the Philippines helping at a village school. She then donated all the royalties to help in funding the education of children in North Korea and developing countries in Asia. In 2012 she was designated as goodwill ambassador of the United Nations Environment Programme.
|2003||All In||young Min Soo-yeon||SBS|
|Good Person||Oh Soon-jung||MBC|
|Dae Jang Geum||Shin-bi||MBC|
|2004||Déjà vu (Drama City episode, 2004-08-08)||Soo-yeon||KBS2|
|2005||Memory (Drama City episode, 2005-01-09)||Soo-kyung||KBS2|
|Great Inheritance||Yoo Mi-rae||KBS2|
|Super Rookie Ranger||Gong Joo-yeon||SBS|
|2007||Capital Scandal||Na Yeo-kyung||KBS2|
|Yi San||Seong Song-yeon||MBC|
|2009||Cain and Abel||Oh Young-ji||SBS|
|2011||Padam Padam... The Sound of His and Her Heartbeats||Jung Ji-na||jTBC|
|2012||Rooftop Prince||Park Ha/Hong Bu-yong||SBS|
|2015||Hyde, Jekyll, Me||Jang Ha-na||SBS|
|Jealousy Incarnate||Dr. Han Ji Min (cameo ep. 11)||SBS|
|2005||The Act 1, Chapter 2||Man (voice)||animated short film|
|Blue Swallow||Lee Jung-hee|
|2011||Detective K: Secret of the Virtuous Widow||Han Kaek-ju|
|2012||Ending Note||Narration, |
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|2014||The Plan Man||Yoo So-jung|
|The Fatal Encounter||Queen Jeongsun|
|2016||The Age of Shadows||Yeon Gye-soon|
|2012||Running Man||SBS||guest, episodes 105-106|
|2009||We're Already Friends: Han Ji-min's Philippines Donation Book||Book Log Company|
Awards and nominations
|2004||KBS Drama Awards||Best Actress in a One-Act/Drama Special|| ||Won|
|2005||KBS Drama Awards||Best New Actress|| ||Won|
|Best Couple Award with Uhm Tae-woong||Won|
|2006||43rd Grand Bell Awards||Best New Actress|| ||Nominated|
|2007||28th Blue Dragon Film Awards||Best New Actress|| ||Nominated|
|MBC Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actress|| ||Won|
|KBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actress|| ||Won|
|Netizen Award, Actress||Won|
|Best Couple Award with Kang Ji-hwan||Won|
|2008||44th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actress (TV)||Nominated|
|2009||Ministry of Health and Welfare||Minister's Commendation||N/A||Won|
|2011||6th Asia Model Festival Awards||BBF Popular Star Award||N/A||Won|
|2012||46th Taxpayer's Day||Presidential Commendation as Exemplary Taxpayer||N/A||Won|
|6th Mnet 20's Choice Awards||20's Female Drama Star|| ||Won|
|7th Seoul International Drama Awards||Outstanding Korean Actress||Won|
|5th Korea Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actress||Won|
|1st K-Drama Star Awards||Excellence Award, Actress|| ||Won|
|SBS Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Drama Special|| ||Won|
|Top 10 Stars||Won|
|Best Couple Award with Park Yuchun||Won|
|2014||3rd KOPA & NIKON Press Photo Awards||Most Photogenic Actress||N/A||Won|