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Hwang Jung-eum: Wiki, Career, Awards, 4 Fun Facts & More

Biography of Hwang Jung-eum

South Korean actor and singer Hwang Jung-eum, represented by C-JeS Entertainment, is best known for her appearance in the reality show ‘We Got Married’ with her past boyfriend, Kim Yong-jun. The witty and enchanting actor Jung-eum is widely known for her roles in television dramas, including ‘Secret Love’, ‘Kill Me, Heal Me’, ‘Can You Hear My Heart’, ‘Lucky Romance’, ‘Golden Time’, ‘She Was Pretty’ and ‘Endless Love’. Jung-eum also appeared in a few shows, including, ‘Happy Together-Season 3’, ‘Love Letter’, ‘Strong Heart’ and ‘X-Man’.

Early Life and Education

Hwang Jung-eum was born on 25 January 1985 in Seoul, South Korea. She spent her childhood with her two siblings, Hwang Min and Hwang Hoon. Jung-eum finished schooling at Sunhwa Arts School and Sunhwa Arts High School. She graduated from the University of Suwon. However, more details are unavailable.
Hwang Jung-eum in 2010
Young portrait of Hwang Jung-eum in 2010. Credit: HanCinema.


Hwang Jung-eum began her entertainment career in 2001 after joining as a lead vocalist in the pop music group, ‘Sugar’. Even so, she left the music group in 2004 to pursue a solo career. In 2005, Jung-eum appeared in a music video, ‘SG Wannabe’.

The extremely talented actor Jung-eum appeared in a cameo role in her debut in the television series, ‘Princess Lulu’ by Son Jung-hyun in 2005. The same year, she was cast in a South Korean mid-drama series, ‘Match! Reverse Drama’.

After two years in 2007, Jung-eum played the role of Lee Jung-min in the television series, ‘The Person I Love’. She was seen in one more television series, ‘Winter Bird’ as Jin-ah in the same year. She was also a guest star in the third season of ‘Happy Together’. Soon after she appeared in the second season of the reality show ‘We Got Married’ along with her then-boyfriend Kim Yong-jun.

Hwang Jung-eum made her big-screen debut in 2009 as Eun-bin in the South Korean-Japanese film, ‘The Relation of Face, Mind and Love’, starring Kang Ji-hwan and Lee Ji-ah in the lead roles. She was also featured in the music videos of Kim Jong-wook and Ock Joo-hyun.

She made her first lead appearance on television series in 2010 with the drama, ‘Giant’, co-starring Lee Beom-soo, Park Jin-hee, Joo Sang-wook, Park Sang-min, and Jeong Bo-seok in the lead roles. Jung-eum played the role of Park Eun-su in a 2010 South Korean slasher film, ‘Death Bell 2: Bloody Camp’.

Additionally, the stunning actor did some variety shows in the same year, including ‘Strong Heart, ‘Running Man’, ‘Ultra Fashion with Hwang Jung-eum’, ‘Haha-Mong Show’ and ‘Come to Play’. In 2011, Jung-eum was cast in a 2011 South Korean television series, ‘Listen to My Heart’, as Bong Woo-ri, co-starring Kim Jaewon and Namkoong Min in the lead roles.

From 2011 to 2012, she appeared in a South Korean sitcom, ‘High Kick: Revenge of the Short Legged’ by Kim Byung-wook, Park Soon-tae, Jo Chan-joo and Kim Yeong-gi. In 2012, Jung-eum appeared in two television series, ‘Golden Time’ as Kang Jae-in and in ‘Full House Take 2’ as Jang Man-ok/Michelle Jang.

Hwang Jung-eum in her young days
Credit: Pinterest

Her second cameo role came in 2013, in the television series, ‘Potato Star 2013QR3’ by Kim Byung-wook. In the same year, Jung-eum was the lead cast in the South Korean television series, ‘Secret Love’, co-starring Ji Sung, Bae Soo-bin and Lee Da-hee.

In the 2014 South Korean television series, ‘Endless Love’, by Lee Hyun-jik, Jung-eum played the lead role alongside the ensemble cast Ryu Soo-young and Jung Kyung-ho. Jung-eum was Oh Ri-jin in the 2015 South Korean television series, ‘Kill Me, Heal Me’ and as Kim Hye-jin in the series, ‘She Was Pretty’ alongside Park Seo-joon.

Hwang Jung-eum’s third film came in 2015 with the film, ‘My Sister, the Pig Lady’, by Jang Moon-il, which won Grand Prize at the Osaka Asian Film Festival in the same year.

In 2016, Jung-eum played alongside Ryu Jun-yeol in the lead role, in the South Korean television series, ‘Lucky Romance’, based on a webtoon of the same name. Her role as Shim Bo-nui gained her prominence in her acting career.

After two years, Jung-eum was cast as Yoo Jung-eum, alongside Namkoong Min in prominent roles in the film, ‘The Undateables’, by Kim Yoo-jin in 2018.

In 2020, the South Korean star then appeared in two television series, starring in prime roles in ‘Mystic Pop-up Bar’ as Weol-ju alongside Yook Sung-jae and Choi Won-young and in ‘Men Are Men’ as Seo Hyun-ju, co-starring Yoon Hyun-min, Seo Ji-hoon, Choi Myung-gil and Jo Woo-ri.

The upcoming South Korean television series, ‘7 Escape’ co-starring Um Ki-joon, Lee Joon, Lee Yu-bi, Shin Eun-kyung, Yoon Jong-hoon, and Jo Yoon-hee is the latest project of the astounding actor, Jung-eum as of 2023.


Hwang Jung-eum, who originally debuted her career as the lead vocalist of the South Korean girl group ‘Sugar’, gained a handful of awards and recognitions prior to her acting career.
  1. Jung-eum appeared as a goodwill ambassador for multiple events and programmes to date, including Angel (1004) Day, Korea Medical Assistance Foundation, Korea Medical Assistance Foundation, Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival and Busan International Advertising Festival, to name a few.
  2. Apart from these, Jung-eum has also received several awards during her entertainment career. She won the ‘Excellence Award’, Actress in a Miniseries’ at the MBC Drama Awards function.
  3. Jung-eum won the Outstanding Korean Actress Award’ at the 10th Seoul International Drama Awards function.
  4. The talented actor was awarded the ‘Best Actress’ at 43rd Korea Broadcasting Awards event.

Personal Life

Based on reports, Hwang Jung-eum has been in a relationship with actor Kim Yong-jun since 2005. However, the actor broke up with him after two years in May 2015. Hwang Jung-eum’s agency C-JeS Entertainment confirmed on 8 December 2015 that she was in a relationship with Lee Young-don, a professional golfer and businessman who is 4 years elder than her. They got married in 2016 and have two children.
Hwang Jung-eum with her husband and son
Hwang Jung-eum with husband Lee Young-don and son. Credit: 2Sao.

After one year of relationship, the couple got married on 26 February 2016 at Hotel Shilla, Seoul. Hwang Jung-eum gave birth to a baby boy on 15 August 2017.

Although the couple had a plan to separate after four years of married life, they later changed their decision and stuck to their relationship. C-JeS Entertainment revealed on 12 October 2021 about her second pregnancy and she gave birth to a son on 16 March 2022.

Net Worth and Lifestyle

The South Korean actor Hwang Jung-eum, who is known for her acting excellence, is also on the richest television actors list. Based on reports, her estimated net worth is around 5 million US dollars.


  • 3rd Mnet 20’s Choice Awards 2009
    Hot Couple with Kim Yong-jun – ‘We Got Married – Season 2’ (2009)
  • MBC Entertainment Awards 2009
    Best Female Newcomer in a Variety Show – ‘We Got Married – Season 2’ (2009)
  • MBC Entertainment Awards 2009
    Best Female Newcomer in Comedy/Sitcom – ‘We Got Married – Season 2’ (2009)
  • 46th Baeksang Arts Awards 2010
    Best New Actress – ‘High Kick Through the Roof’ (2010)
  • 3rd Korea Drama Awards 2010
    Most Popular Actress – ‘High Kick Through the Roof’ (2010)
  • 11th Korea Visual Arts Festival 2010
    Photogenic Award, TV Actress category – ‘High Kick Through the Roof’ (2010)
  • 1st Barbie & Ken Awards 2010
    Korean Barbie (2010)
  • 26th Korea Best Dresser Swan Awards 2010
    Best Dressed, TV Actress category (2010)
  • 23rd Grimae Awards (2010)
    Best Actress (2010)
  • SBS Drama Awards 2010
    New Star Award – ‘Giant’ (2010)
  • SBS Drama Awards 2010
    New Star Award – ‘Giant’ (2010)
  • SBS Drama Awards 2010
    Best Couple Award with Joo Sang-wook – ‘Giant’ (2010)
  • MBC Drama Awards 2011
    Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries – ‘Listen To My Heart’ (2011)
  • KBS Drama Awards 2013
    Top Excellence Award, Actress – ‘Secret Love’ (2013)
  • KBS Drama Awards 2013
    Netizen Award, Actress – Secret Love’ (2013)
  • KBS Drama Awards 2013
    Best Couple Award with Ji Sung (2013)
  • SBS Drama Awards 2014
    Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Serial Drama – ‘Endless Love’ (2014)
  • SBS Drama Awards 2014
    Top 10 Stars – ‘Endless Love’ (2014)
  • 10th Seoul International Drama Awards (2015)
    Outstanding Korean Actress – Kill Me Heal Me’ (2015)
  • MBC Drama Awards 2015
    Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries – ‘Kill Me, Heal Me’, ‘She Was Pretty’ (2015)
  • MBC Drama Awards 2015
    Popularity Award, Actress – ‘Kill Me, Heal Me’, ‘She Was Pretty’ (2015)
  • MBC Drama Awards 2015
    PD Award – ‘Kill Me, Heal Me’, ‘She Was Pretty’ (2015)
  • MBC Drama Awards 2015
    Top 10 Stars – ‘Kill Me, Heal Me’, ‘She Was Pretty’ (2015)
  • 43rd Korea Broadcasting Awards 2016
    Best Actress – ‘She Was Pretty’ (2016)
  • 7th Korea Popular Culture and Art Awards 2016
    Prime Minister Award (2016)
Hwang Jung-eum at MBC Awards 2015
Hwang Jung-eum at the 2015 MBC Awards. Credit: YouTube.

Interesting Facts about Hwang Jung-eum

  1. Hwang Jung-eum dated voice actor Kim Yong Joon for around eight years.
  2. Hwang Jung-eum debuted her career as a singer member of the girl group ‘Sugar’.
  3. Stressed Hwang Jung-eum had a plan to quit acting once.
  4. Hwang Jung-eum loves to talk to her friends in her free time.


  1. Who is the spouse of Hwang Jung-eum?
    Lee Young-don is the spouse of Hwang Jung-eum.
  1. What is the Instagram account name of Hwang Jung-eum?
    The Instagram account name of Hwang Jung-eum is @jungeum84.
  1. What is the estimated net worth of Hwang Jung-eum?
    The estimated net worth is around 5 million US dollars.

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