Kim Nam Joo

김남주,金南珠,김남주/ Kim Nam Joo (Kim Nam Ju)

Kim Nam-joo(김남주) (born May 10, 1971) is a South Korean actress.

Kim Nam-Joo married actor Kim Seung-Woo on May 5, 2005 in Sheraton Grand Walkerhill Hotel Vista Hall , Gwangjang-dong Seoul. The couple has two children - older daughter born on November 2, 2005 & a son born on March 5, 2008.

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 Kim Nam Joo's Career

Kim Nam-joo won 4th place in a talent search by broadcaster SBS in 1994, and quickly became a popular television star in her twenties. Her characters in the hit TV seriesModel(SBS, 1997),The Boss(MBC, 1999) andHer House(MBC, 2001), made her the epitome of a sophisticated, urban career woman in the 1990s.But afterHer House, Kim went into semi-retirement, only appearing in lucrative commercials, mostly for cosmetics and luxury goods.She married actor Kim Seung-woo in 2005,and for several years she lived as a full-time housewife and mother.

Then in 2007 Kim stretched some acting muscle opposite Sol Kyung-gu inVoice of a Murderer, about the tormenting and ultimately unsuccessful attempts of two parents to bring their kidnapped child back home. Based on the true story of a kidnapped child found dead in 1991, the film faithfully follows the 44-day quest to find the missing victim.

Kim made a successful television comeback inQueen of Housewives(also known asMy Wife is a Superwoman) in 2009. A comedy drama that depicts the life of housewives who devote their entire lives to their husbands' success ("naego" but with a more aggressive twist), it became one of the most-watched shows during its run, topping Korea's TV ratings charts for three consecutive weeks.It also created new trends among married women in terms of confidence, fashion and makeup. Kim's character Chun Ji-ae was once the most popular girl in high school, and marries the smart but clueless Ohn Dal-soo ( Oh Ji-ho ), dreaming of the perfect marriage. But when she realizes that Ohn is an underperformer at work, she is determined to support her husband and help him climb the corporate ladder. Chun meets her match, however, when she discovers that Ohn's boss is the husband of her high school frenemy.Her portrayal of a modern Korean housewife won Kim numerous accolades.

Kim reunited withQueen of Housewiveswriter Park Ji-eun in another workplace romantic dramedy, 2010'sQueen of Reversals. This time Kim played a strong and decisive career woman trying to balance work and married life. Her character Hwang Tae-hee experiences the many ups, downs, and reversals of work, family, and romance as she falls in and out of love and marriage.Ratings-wiseQueen of Reversalswas less successful than its predecessor, though Kim was awarded the highest award (Daesang or "Grand Prize") at MBC 's year-end drama awards ceremony.

She also released her book that year, calledKim Nam-joo’s House. The collection of essays and photographs is a candid discussion of her family life and home.

Kim then led the 2012 weekend family dramaMy Husband Got a Family(also known asYou Who Rolled in Unexpectedly), which took a comedic and serious approach to the trials and tribulations of a TV director dealing with her in-laws when her husband reunites with his biological parents.Kim and Park's third collaboration was a big hit with audiences, it was number one in its timeslot throughout its long run and viewership ratings averaged between 30 and 40 percent.

The popularity of TV dramas that portray the lives of working women in their 30s and 40s represents a larger trend in Korean culture, mainly a reflection of women marrying at a later age and working more in their 20s. Kim is now considered one of the few established Korean actresses in their 30s, 40s and even 50s who have held on to the spotlight, reversing an ageist trend that dictated casting for decades.

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 Kim Nam Joo's TV series

  • My Husband Got a Family(KBS, 2012) - Cha Yoon-hee
  • Queen of Reversals(MBC, 2010) - Hwang Tae-hee
  • Queen of Housewives(MBC, 2009) - Chun Ji-ae
  • Her House(MBC, 2001) - Kim Young-wook
  • Crystal(SBS, 1999) - Kim Eun-hye
  • The Boss(MBC, 1999) - Min-jae
  • Victory(SBS, 1998) - Seo Hee-jung
  • A Very Special Trip(SBS, 1998) - Camellia Line receptionist Soo-jung
  • Fascinate My Heart(SBS, 1998) - Han Ye-rin
  • Model(SBS, 1997) - Song Kyung-rin
  • Man's Great Exploration(SBS, 1996) - Oh Jin-joo
  • City Men and Women(SBS, 1996) - Radio program writer Na Min-joo
  • Hymn of Love(SBS, 1995) - Kim Jae-kyung
  • Mystery of Inside the Mirror(SBS, 1995) - Eun-ha
  • Hero's Diary(SBS, 1994) - Ma Cheong-mi
  • Dinosaur Teacher(SBS, 1993)

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 Kim Nam Joo's Film

  • Voice of Murderer(2007) - Oh Ji-sun
  • I Love You(2001) - Hyun-soo

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 Kim Nam Joo's Documentary

  • Miracle of Christmas(MBC, 2010) - Narration

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 Kim Nam Joo's Book

  • Kim Nam-joo's House(2010)

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 Kim Nam Joo's Awards

  • 2010 MBC Drama Awards: Grand Prize/"Daesang" (Queen of Reversals)
  • 2010 CETV Awards: Grand Prize (Queen of Housewives)
  • 2010 CETV Awards: Top Ten Asian Actors (Queen of Housewives)
  • 2010 Baeksang Arts Awards : Best TV Actress (Queen of Housewives)
  • 2009 MBC Drama Awards: Top Excellence Award, Actress (Queen of Housewives)
  • 2009 Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism : Actress of the Year (Queen of Housewives)
  • 2009 Korea Culture and Entertainment Awards: Best TV Actress (Queen of Housewives)
  • 2009 Style Icon Awards: Style Icon, TV Star category (Queen of Housewives)
  • 2001 Best Dressed Awards: Awardee
  • 2001 MBC Drama Awards: Excellence Award, Actress (Her House)
  • 1998 SBS Drama Awards: Popularity Award
  • 1992 Miss Match Jeans

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 Kim Nam Joo's References

  1. "Kim Nam-joo Still in Shape After 8-Year Hiatus". The Chosun Ilbo. 18 April 2009. 
  2. Kim, Hoo-ran (10 September 2010). "A Pop Culture Wave Rolls On". Korea JoongAng Daily. 
  3. "Kim Seung-woo, Kim Nam-ju to Tie the Knot in May". KBS Global. 25 April 2005. 
  4. Jeong, Hae-gun (8 January 2007). "Stars of His Voice found roles with meaning". Korea JoongAng Daily. 
  5. Chun, Su-jin (28 May 2007). "‘Voice of a Murderer’ misses mark". Korea JoongAng Daily. 
  6. Lee, Min-a (8 January 2007). "Time for boy’s killer to repent". Korea JoongAng Daily. 
  7. Han, Sang-hee (10 March 2009). "New Types of Husbands to Sneak Onto TV Screen". The Korea Times. 
  8. Kim, Lynn (23 December 2009). "Government names Kim Nam-joo top actor of 2009". 10Asia. 
  9. Lee, Hyo-won (31 December 2009). "Ko Hyun-jung Wins Top Drama Award". The Korea Times. 
  10. Han, Sang-hee (3 January 2010). "2009 Drama Awards Wrap Up With No Surprises". The Korea Times. 
  11. "Kim Nam-joo Wins Top Acting Award in China". The Chosun Ilbo. 22 June 2010. 
  12. Kim, Jessica (21 June 2010). "Kim Nam-joo wins grand prize at award ceremony in China". 10Asia. 
  13. Han, Sang-hee (12 October 2010). "Superwoman returns to voice working mom woes". The Korea Times. 
  14. Lee, Seung-han (21 October 2010). "PREVIEW: MBC TV series "Queen of Reversal"". 10Asia. 
  15. "Queen of Reversals: Series review". Dramabeans. 5 February 2011. 
  16. Hong, Lucia (31 December 2010). "Kim Nam-joo, Han Hyo-joo win grand prize at MBC Acting Awards". 10Asia. 
  17. "Kim Nam-joo writes about her marriage and home". Dramabeans. 30 October 2010. 
  18. Hong, Lucia (3 January 2012). "Kim Nam-joo tapped as leading lady in new KBS TV series". 10Asia. 
  19. Oh, Jean (22 February 2012). "Kim Nam-joo’s new work promises to resonate with modern-day women". The Korea Herald. 
  20. Kim, Hyo-eun (18 April 2012). "In with the old, out with the new". Korea JoongAng Daily. 
  21. Ko, Hong-ju (1 February 2012). "‘Win Win’ Wins Big With Switcheroo Special". enewsWorld. 

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