Jeon Do-yeon at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.
February 11, 1973|
Seoul, South Korea
Kang Shi-kyu (m. 2007)
|Revised Romanization||Jeon Do-yeon|
Jeon Do-yeon (born February 11, 1973) is a South Korean actress. She has won many awards in her career, including Best Actress at the 60th Cannes Film Festival and the 1st Asia Pacific Screen Awards for her portrayal of a broken woman who has lost everything in Lee Chang-dong's 2007 film Secret Sunshine.
Jeon Do-yeon spent five years starring in television dramas before achieving instant star status with her film debut opposite Han Suk-kyu in The Contact. She went on to establish a reputation as a "chameleon" who can take on a wide variety of roles, from her performance as a doctor in the hit melodrama A Promise, to that of a schoolgirl in The Harmonium in My Memory, then a wife having an adulterous affair in Happy End. In 1999 and 2000 she received a Best Actress award from both the Blue Dragon Film Awards and the Grand Bell Awards for her role in The Harmonium in My Memory.
In 2001 she skillfully played a very ordinary bank teller in Park Heung-sik's directorial debut I Wish I Had a Wife. After starring as the tough-talking "Sunglasses" in Ryoo Seung-wan's No Blood No Tears (2002), Jeon spent time acting in the TV drama Shoot for the Stars. In 2003 she found box-office success in E J-yong's Untold Scandal, an adaptation of the famous French novel Dangerous Liaisons set in Joseon. The following year she reunited with Park Heung-sik in a dual role for the time-bending melodrama My Mother, the Mermaid.
In 2005 Jeon burst back into the limelight playing a prostitute who contracts AIDS in Park Jin-pyo's hard-hitting melodrama You Are My Sunshine. The performance helped turn the film into a box-office hit (3 million+ admissions), and also won her yet more additions to her collection of local acting awards. She then returned to television in Lovers in Prague which depicts the love story between the president's daughter and an ordinary detective; the drama averaged over 27 percent viewership ratings. In Korea, it is rare for a movie and a TV drama with the same leading actor or actress to become major hits at the same time, but Jeon managed to pull both roles off perfectly without causing any confusion in the audience.
But it was her role in Lee Chang-dong's Secret Sunshine in 2007 that would see her emerge in full glory. Although the film itself, which debuted at the Cannes Film Festival, evoked widely differing assessments from international critics, Jeon's performance was universally praised, and she was presented with a Best Actress award by the Cannes jury—the first Korean ever to receive an acting award at Cannes.
After making the charming, laidback road movie My Dear Enemy post-Cannes, Jeon gave birth to a daughter and rested for a while. In 2010, she re-established her status as Korea's premier A-list actress, headlining the controversial remake The Housemaid.
In caper movie Countdown Jeon played a female con artist who risks her life for ten days for a final deal with a cold-hearted debt collector. Countdown premiered at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival.
After a two-year break, Jeon starred in Bang Eun-jin's Way Back Home (2013), based on the true story of a housewife who was imprisoned for two years on the island of Martinique after being wrongly arrested for drug smuggling at Paris's Orly Airport in 2004. She then became a member of the main competition jury at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, the first Korean actor or actress to have that honor.
In 2015, Jeon starred in The Shameless, a thriller that explores the unexpected and carnal attraction that develops between a detective and the girlfriend of the murderer he's investigating. She then played a blind swordswoman in the Goryeo-set revenge period drama Memories of the Sword (2015), her third collaboration with Park Heung-sik. This was followed by Jeon's second film with director Lee Yoon-ki, A Man and a Woman, about a forbidden romance that takes place in the snow-swept landscape of Finland.
In 2018, Jeon was cast in the films Birthday, a film focuses on the events of the Sinking of the Sewol Ferry; and Beasts that Cling to the Straw, a mystery thriller based on Keisuke Sone's novel.
|1998||A Promise||Chae Hee-ju|
|1999||The Harmonium in My Memory||Yun Hong-yeon|
|Happy End||Choi Bo-ra|
|2001||I Wish I Had a Wife||Jung Won-ju|
|2002||No Blood No Tears||Soo-jin|
|2003||Untold Scandal||Lady Jeong|
|2004||My Mother, the Mermaid||Kim Na-young / Jo Yeon-soon|
|2005||You Are My Sunshine||Eun-ha|
|2007||Secret Sunshine||Lee Shin-ae|
|2008||My Dear Enemy||Hee-soo|
|2013||Way Back Home||Song Jeong-yeon|
|2015||The Shameless||Kim Hye-kyung|
|Memories of the Sword||Seol-rang / Wallso|
|2016||A Man and a Woman||Sang-min|
|Beasts that Cling to the Straw|
|1994||Love Is Blue||SBS|
|Scent of Love||Hye-jin||SBS|
|General Hospital||Kang Soon-young||MBC|
|1995||Drama Game "Six Steps Towards Separation"||KBS2|
|Our Sunny Days of Youth||Im Jong-hee||KBS2|
"Can I Go to the Post Office to Find a Lost Love?"
|Sunday Family Theater "Ganyiyeok"||Choi Kye-soon||MBC|
|Until We Can Love||Choi Kye-soon||KBS2|
|1997||Star in My Heart||Soon-ae||MBC|
|1998||MBC Best Theater
"What You Cherish Can Never Be Forgotten"
|1999||Love Story "Host of Memory"||SBS|
|2002||Shoot for the Stars||Han So-ra|
|2005||Lovers in Prague||Yoon Jae-hee|
|2008||On Air||Herself (cameo, episode 2)|
|2016||The Good Wife||Kim Hye-kyung||tvN|
|2002||"The Name"||The Name||Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, Ryoo Seung-bum|
|1998||The Queen of Opera Tears|
Awards and nominations
|1995||KBS Drama Awards||Popularity Award||Our Sunny Days of Youth||Won|
|1997||35th Grand Bell Awards||Best New Actress||The Contact||Won|
|18th Blue Dragon Film Awards||Won|
|1998||34th Baeksang Arts Awards||Most Popular Actress (Film)||Won|
|18th Korean Association of Film Critics Awards||Best New Actress||Won|
|19th Blue Dragon Film Awards||Best Actress||A Promise||Nominated|
|1999||35th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actress (Film)||Won|
|36th Grand Bell Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|22nd Golden Cinematography Awards||Most Popular Actress||Won|
|20th Blue Dragon Film Awards||Best Actress||The Harmonium in My Memory||Won|
|Popular Star Award||Won|
|2nd Director's Cut Awards||Best Actress||Won|
|2000||37th Grand Bell Awards||Won|
|8th Chunsa Film Art Awards||Won|
|1st Busan Film Critics Awards||Won|||
|20th Korean Association of Film Critics Awards||Won|
|21st Blue Dragon Film Awards||Nominated|
|Popular Star Award||Won|
|2001||37th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actress (Film)||I Wish I Had a Wife||Won|
|22nd Blue Dragon Film Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|2002||23rd Blue Dragon Film Awards||No Blood No Tears||Nominated|
|Popular Star Award||Won|
|1st Korean Film Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|SBS Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actress||Shoot for the Stars||Won|
|Top 10 Stars||Won|
|2003||24th Blue Dragon Film Awards||Best Actress||Untold Scandal||Nominated|
|2nd Korean Film Awards||Nominated|
|2004||41st Grand Bell Awards||Nominated|
|25th Blue Dragon Film Awards||My Mother, the Mermaid||Nominated|
|3rd Korean Film Awards||Won|||
|7th Director's Cut Awards||Won|
|2005||41st Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actress (Film)||Nominated|
|13th Chunsa Film Art Awards||Best Actress||Won|
|42nd Grand Bell Awards||Nominated|||
|25th Korean Association of Film Critics Awards||You Are My Sunshine||Won|
|26th Blue Dragon Film Awards||Nominated|||
|Best Couple Award (with Hwang Jung-min)||Won|
|4th Korean Film Awards||Best Actress||Won|||
|6th Women in Film Korea Awards||Won|
|8th Director's Cut Awards||Won|||
|SBS Drama Awards||Daesang (Grand Prize)||Lovers in Prague||Won|||
|Top Excellence Award, Actress||Nominated|
|Top 10 Stars||Won|
|2006||3rd Max Movie Awards||Best Actress||You Are My Sunshine||Won|
|42nd Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actress (Film)||Nominated|
|43rd Grand Bell Awards||Best Actress||Won|||
|2007||60th Cannes Film Festival||Best Actress||Secret Sunshine||Won|||
|Asia Producers Network||Asian Movie Artist Award||Won|||
|44th Grand Bell Awards||Special Achievement Award||Won|||
|Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism||Okgwan Order of Cultural Merit||Won|||
|1st Asia Pacific Screen Awards||Best Actress||Won|||
|28th Blue Dragon Film Awards||Best Actress||Won|||
|27th Korean Association of Film Critics Awards||Best Actress||Secret Sunshine||Won|||
|7th Proud Korean Awards||Recipient (for Movie category)||Won|
|6th Korean Film Awards||Best Actress||Won|||
|8th Women in Film Korea Awards||Won|||
|10th Director's Cut Awards||Won|
|2008||2nd Asian Film Awards||Best Actress||Won|||
|44th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actress (Film)||Nominated|
|45th Grand Bell Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|2009||Ordre des Arts et des Lettres||Chevalier||N/A||Won|||
|Andre Kim Best Star Awards||Super Artist Award||N/A||Won|||
|12th Director's Cut Awards||Cinema Angel recipient||N/A||Won|
|2010||Village Voice Film Poll||Best Actress||Secret Sunshine||5th place|
|IndieWire Critics Poll||7th place|
|47th Grand Bell Awards||The Housemaid||Nominated|
|31st Blue Dragon Film Awards||Nominated|
|8th Korean Film Awards||Nominated|
|2011||2nd Seoul Art and Culture Awards||Best Film Actor/Actress||Won|||
|31st Fantasporto Director's Week||Best Actress||Won|||
|5th Asian Film Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|||
|People's Choice Award for Favorite Actress||Won|
|International Cinephile Society Awards||Best Actress||Secret Sunshine||Nominated|
|2014||5th KOFRA Film Awards||Way Back Home||Won|||
|9th Max Movie Awards||Won|
|19th Chunsa Film Art Awards||Nominated|
|50th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actress (Film)||Nominated|
|23rd Buil Film Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|51st Grand Bell Awards||Nominated|||
|35th Blue Dragon Film Awards||Nominated|
|2015||Jecheon International Music & Film Festival||The Shameless||Won|||
|24th Buil Film Awards||Won|||
|36th Blue Dragon Film Awards||Nominated|||
|15th Director's Cut Awards||Won|||
|2016||7th KOFRA Film Awards||Won|||
|21st Chunsa Film Art Awards||Nominated|
|52nd Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actress (Film)||Won|||
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