9. Lee Young-ae
Lee Young-ae started her acting career in the early 90’s and already received many awards for her great acting skills even before starring in one of the most successful Korean dramas, Jewel in the Palace or Dae Jang Geum in 2003 with Ji Jin-hee. With her continued successful dramas and movies, Lee Young-ae donated most of her income to charity and became the Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF in 2004.
10. Shin Min-ah
Shin Min-ah began her career as a model for teen magazines then as a model for many products and also a model for various music videos. She started to enter the Korean drama industry in 2001 in a supporting role in Beautiful Days. However her most notable drama is My Girlfriend is a Gumiho where she played a role as a nine-tailed fox in a human form. Her relationship with actor Kim Woo-bin went public in 2015.
11. Bae Suzy
Suzy is not only an actress but also a girl group member of Miss A. She made her acting debut in 2011 through Dream High and even got the best couple award with her partner, Kim Soo-hyun. In 2012 she made her big screen debut with Architecture 101 and gained massive popularity and thus she got many CF offers. Suzy revealed her relationship with actor Lee Min-ho in 2015, but now they are broke up because of personal reasons and remain friends.
12. Ha Ji-won
Ha Ji-won started her acting career in the mid 90’s with supporting roles and finally gained attention from the public in 1999 after starring in the high school drama School 2. She has been starring in various genres of movies and dramas with different kind of roles each time. She has many popular dramas such as Damo, What Happened in Bali, and Hwang Jin Yi. Ha Ji-won got her international popularity through Secret Garden, The King 2 Hearts, and Empress Ki.
13. Han Ga-in
This pretty married woman began her acting career when she was 20 years old. Her first drama was KBS2 Sunshine Hunting. However the peak of her career was in 2012 when she played a role as a shaman in Moon Embracing the Sun alongside Kim Soo-hyun and followed by one of Korea’s box office movies, Architecture 101. She is married to her co-star in Yellow Handkerchief in 2005 and after suffering a miscarriage in 2014 finally she gave birth to a baby girl in 2016.
14. Go Hyun-jung
Before starting her career as an actress, Go Hyun-jung was the runner-up of Miss Korea in 1989. She started her acting career in early 90’s and shot to fame after starring in Sandglass which was a really high-rated drama in 1995. In the same year she married Samsung founder’s grandson, Chung Yong-jin, but it ended it in 2003. She came back to the Korean drama world in 2005 with Spring Day. But her most notable drama is the historical drama Queen Seondeok where she played a royal concubine.
15. Kim So-hyun
Kim So-hyun is a young actress that began her career as a child. She has been starring in various dramas and roles but she received a good response each time she acted in dramas or movies. She finally got her first lead role in 2015 when she starred in School 2015 with dual roles as twins and followed by Let’s Fight Ghost and The Emperor: Owner of the Mask.
16. Kim Yoo-jung
Kim Yoo-jung is a trending actress alongside Kim So-hyun and she started her acting career as a child actress too. She has been starring in many historical dramas thus getting the “Saeguk Fairy” title. But her popularity rose in 2012 after starring in Moon Embracing the Sun with Kim So-hyun too. She finally got her first lead role as an adult in Moonlight Drawn by Clouds where she played a cross-dressing role.
17. Kim Ji-won
Kim Ji-won started to gain public attention after starring in the high school drama To The Beautiful You in 2012 in a supporting role. She finally got massive popularity after starring in the mega hit drama Descendants of the Sun as an army surgeon. In 2017 she finally got her first lead role as a department store employee in Fight My Way and the drama got positive responses thus establishing her as a leading actress.