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Han Hyo-joo: Wiki, Age, Career, Awards, 5 Fun Facts & More

Biography of Han Hyo-joo

Award-winning actress Han Hyo-joo who works under ‘BH Entertainment’ is also a singer and model. Han Hyo-joo gained popularity with her noteworthy roles in television series, including ‘Brilliant Legacy’, ‘Dong Yi’ and the film, ‘Cold Eyes’. Having more than 15 years of experience in the entertainment industry, Han Hyo-joo has achieved global attention following her cast in international shows and movies.

Early Life and Education

Han Hyo-joo was born on 22 February 1987 in Cheongju, South Korea. Her father was an air force officer and her mother was a schoolteacher. She completed her elementary schooling at Deokseong School, Middle Education at Yullyang Middle School and high school education at Cheongju Girls’ High School. She was good at sports during her childhood. She graduated in theatre and film from Dongguk University. Han Hyo-joo received offers from the film industry after participating in a Binggrae teen beauty pageant in 2003.


The stunning actress began her acting career in 2005 in the 5th season of a South Korean television situation series, ‘Nonstop. The series originally has 6 seasons. After her debut in the sitcom, she went on to star in two films, ‘My Boss, My Teacher’, a sequel to the 2001 film ‘My Boss, My Hero’ and ‘Ad-lib Night’, based on a short story by Japanese writer Azuko Taira in 2006. In the same year, Han Hyo-joo increased her public attention after co-starring with Seo Do-young, Daniel Henney and Lee So-yeon in a television series, ‘Spring Waltz’, which is the fourth and final instalment of the director Yoon Seok-ho’s ‘season drama’ series.

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Fortuitously, Han was a part of two highly successful television series between 2006 and 2009. The two popular series that propelled her career into the limelight were ‘Heaven and Earth’ in 2007, directed by Moon Bo-hyun, and ‘Iljimae’ in 2008 by Lee Yong-suk. She played a role in a top-rated Korean drama, ‘Brilliant Legacy’, in 2009 with 28 episodes aired on SBS from 25 April to 26 July.

She appeared in the role alongside actor Kim Jae-joong in a South Korean-Japanese film, ‘Heaven’s Postman’, directed by Lee Hyung-min in 2009. In 2010 she played a titular role in the South Korean television series, ‘Dong Yi’, along with Ji Jin-hee, Lee So-yeon and Bae Soo-bin.

She received more acceptance from the audience after appearing in Song Il-gon’s romantic drama film, ‘Always’, starring together with So Ji-sub. The film, which narrates the love story between an ex-boxer and a telemarketer who is slowly going blind, was released on 20 October 2011.

Han was the Queen Consort-yoo in the 2012 South Korean film, ‘Masquerade’, which is the ninth highest-grossing South Korean film so far. The film also won more than a dozen awards at the 49th ‘Grand Bell Awards’. In the same year, she played a lead role along with the actor Go Soo in the film, ‘Love 911’, which led her to receive a ‘Best Actress’ nomination at the 49th ‘Baeksang Arts Awards’ later in 2013.

One of her best-known action thriller films, ‘Cold Eyes’, also made her win the ‘Best Actress’ award in 2013. The film, directed by Cho Ui-seok and Kim Byeong-seo, is a remake of the 2007 Hong Kong film, ‘Eye in the Sky’.

In 2015, Han Hyo-joo appeared in two films:- ‘The Beauty Inside’, a romantic comedy film directed by Baek Jong-yul based on an American social film, ‘The Beauty Inside’ and ‘C’est si bon’, a musical drama film written and directed by Kim Hyun-seok.

Next year, in 2016, Han was cast in a South Korean period drama film, ‘Love, Lies’, which received critical appreciation for its reconstruction of Seoul in the 1940s. The film, directed by Park Heung-sik, stars Han Hyo-joo, Chun Woo-hee and Yoo Yeon-seok, has gained popularity among the audience and also earned box office success. She received remarkable appreciation globally after acting in the South Korean television series, ‘W’, consisting of 16 episodes. The series gained popularity because of its unique presentation and also achieved reasonably high viewership ratings.

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Han Hyo-joo was a lead cast in the South Korean action thriller film, ‘Golden Slumber’, in 2018, directed by Noh Dong-seok based on a Japanese novel by Kōtarō Isaka. She starred in the film with actors Gang Dong-won, Kim Eui-sung, Kim Sung-kyun, Kim Dae-myung and Yoon Kye-sang. During that year, she became notable for her lead role in a South Korean science fiction action film, ‘Illang: The Wolf Brigade’ by Kim Jee-woon.

In 2022, She played a role in a South Korean adventure film by Kim Jeong-hoon, ‘The Pirates: The Last Royal Treasure’. Later, the film became the first Korean film to get 1 million viewers in 2022, within 11 days of its release. It is also available on Netflix from 2 March 2022. The same year, she made a special appearance as ‘adult Na Bo-ra’ in the film, ’20th Century Girl’, directed by Bang Woo-ri and released on Netflix on 21 October 2022.

Baek Jong-Yeol’s ‘Believer 2’ is the latest film of the actor Han Hyo-joo as of 2023.

Moreover, her expertise in acting was noticed by filmmakers overseas and they chose her to star in international films and shows, including Japanese and American. Although she is renowned for her roles in romantic dramas, the actor is breaking the mould with her unique roles in her latest television series and films.


South Korean actor Han Hyo-joo, known for her leading roles in television series, achieved some prestigious awards and recognition for her hard work and skills.
  • Han gained honours under the category ‘Presidential Commendation as Honest Taxpayer’ on Taxpayers’ Day in 2011.
  • She won the ‘Best Actress -Television Award’ at the ‘Baeksang Arts Awards’ in 2011.
  • She won the ‘Best Leading Actress Award’ at the ‘Blue Dragon Film Awards’ in 2013.
  • Han won the ‘Top Excellence Award – Actress’ at the ‘Korea Drama Awards’ in 2010.
  • Han Hyo-joo’s fans call themselves Hyolics.

Personal Life

Based on reports from reliable sources, the South Korean actor Han is leading a single life. However, the actor allegedly dated a few men. In 2009, she was rumoured to be in a relationship with South Korean actor Kang Dong-han, but nothing has been confirmed about this news by their agencies.

Moreover, Han Hyo-joo allegedly had been in a relationship with Bae Soo-bin, but it was reported as fake news soon after Bae Soo-bin got married. There were speculations about the relationship between Han Hyo-joo and Lee Jong-suk fueled following the release of the romantic series, ‘W’, yet, it remained a rumour.

Net Worth and Lifestyle

The estimated net worth of South Korean actor Han Hyo-joo is around $5 million US Dollars. Her primary source of earnings comes from films, brand endorsements and television series. Recently, she began endorsing a Greek-based jewellery watch brand ‘Follie Follie’. Much information about her lifestyle is not revealed to the public.

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  • Blue Dragon Series Awards (2022)
    Popular Star Award – ‘Happiness’ (2022)
  • APAN Star Awards (2016)
    Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries -‘W’ (2016)
  • BIFF with Marie Claire Asia Star Awards (2016)
    Asia Star Award – ‘Love, Lies, The Beauty Inside’ (2016)
  • MBC Drama Awards (2016)
    Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries -‘W’ (2016)
  • Korean Film Actor’s Association Awards (2015)
    Top Star Award – ‘The Beauty Inside’ (2015)
  • Blue Dragon Film Awards (2013)
    Best Leading Actress – ‘Cold Eyes’ (2013)
  • Buil Film Awards (2013)
    Best Actress -‘Cold Eyes’ (2013)
  • Korea World Youth Film Festival (2013)
    Favourite Actress – ‘Cold Eyes’ (2013)
  • CETV Asia’s Top 10 Popular Star Awards (2012)
    Hallyu Star Prize (2012)
  • Baeksang Arts Awards (2011)
    Most Popular Actress – Television – ‘Dong Yi’ (2011)
  • Hong Kong Cable TV Awards (2011)
    Best Actress -‘Dong Yi’ (2011)
  • MBC Drama Awards (2010)
    Grand Prize (Daesang)- ‘Dong Yi’ (2010)
  • Korea Drama Awards (2010)
    Top Excellence Award, Actress -‘Dong Yi’ (2010)
  • MBC Drama Awards (2010)
    Popularity Award – ‘Dong Yi’ (2010)
  • Seoul International Drama Awards (2010)
    Outstanding Korean Actress – ”Brilliant Legacy’ (2010)
  • Andre Kim Best Star Awards (2009)
    Female star award (2009)
  • SBS Drama Awards (2009)
    Best Couple Award with Lee Seung-gi- ‘Brilliant Legacy’ (2009)
  • Mnet 20’s Choice Awards (2009)
    Hot Female Drama Star – ‘Brilliant Legacy’ (2009)
  • SBS Drama Awards (2009)
    Excellence Award, Actress in a Special Planning Drama – ‘Brilliant Legacy’ (2009)
  • SBS Drama Awards (2009)
    Best Couple Award with Lee Seung-gi- ‘Brilliant Legacy’ (2009)
  • SBS Drama Awards (2009)
    Top 10 Stars – ‘Brilliant Legacy’ (2009)
  • SBS Drama Awards (2008)
    New Star Award – ‘Iljimae’ (2008)
  • Korea Jewelry Awards (2008)
    Pearl Award (2008)
  • Singapore International Film Festival (2007)
    Best Actress – ‘Ad-lib Night’ (2007)
  • KBS Drama Awards (2007)
    Popularity Award -‘Heaven & Earth’ (2007)
  • KBS Drama Awards (2007)
    Best Couple Award – Han Hyo-joo with Park Hae-jin ‘Heaven & Earth’ – (2007)
  • Korea Best Dressed Swan Awards (2007)
    Best Dressed (2007)
  • Korean Association of Film Critics Awards (2006)
    Best New Actress – ‘Ad-lib Night’ (2006)
  • Miss Binggrae Smile Pageant (2003)
    Grand Prize (2003)
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Interesting Facts about Han Hyo-joo

  1. Han is trilingual and can speak Korean, Japanese, and English.
  2. Han won the 9th Miss Binggrae Smile Pageant.
  3. Han’s first lead role in a feature film won her awards.
  4. She made her Hollywood debut in 2019 with the USA drama series ‘Treadstone’.
  5. Han was interested in sports when she was a child.


  1. What is the Instagram account name of Han Hyo-joo?
    The Instagram account name of Han Hyo-joo is @hanhyojoo222.
  1. Han Hyo-joo is handled by which agency?
    Han works under BH Entertainment.
  1. What is the net worth of Han Hyo-Joo?
    She has an estimated net worth of 5 million US Dollars.
  1. How tall is Han Hyo-joo?
    Han is 172 centimetres tall.

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