Born: November 7, 1973
Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea
Yunjin Kim (Hangul: 김윤진; born November 7, 1973), also known as Kim Yun-Jin is a South Korean-American film and theater actress. She is best known for her role as Sun on the American television series Lost, and as the North Korean spy Bang-Hee in the South Korean film Shiri. She also starred as Dr. Karen Kim in the ABC drama series Mistresses.Kim was born in Seoul, South Korea on November 7, 1973. She immigrated to the United States with her family in 1980. They lived in Staten Island, New York. She joined the middle school drama club in the 7th grade and performed in the musical My Fair Lady.
Kim attended high school at the prestigious Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, a public high school located in Manhattan. From there, she went on to study drama at the London Academy of Performing Arts and later earned her BFA degree in drama at Boston University. Kim has remarked that in her zeal to become Americanized quickly, she studied acting, academics and pronunciation with equal intensity. She is also a trained dancer and martial arts fighter.
After graduation, Kim devoted herself full-time to acting. She garnered several minor parts on MTV, in soap opera-style dramas on ABC, and on the off-Broadway stage. In 1997, she starred in Splendid Holiday, a Korean TV drama shot on location in New York. Kim decided to return to Korea. She was cast in the TV drama Wedding Dress and was also invited to act in Lee Kwangmo's feature Spring in My Hometown, although she ended up not taking this role. Her breakthrough debut came in the 1999 film Shiri, South Korea's first blockbuster film. Shiri became the highest-grossing film in Korean history at the time. In November 2000, she continued her association with Kang Je-gyu in The Legend of Gingko.
After acting in a Japanese film and a feature set in Los Angeles, Kim appeared in the sci-fi feature Yesterday. Then in 2002, Kim took the lead role in Ardor, the feature film debut of documentarist Byun Young-ju. The film was invited to screen in a non-competitive section at the 2003 Berlin film festival.
In 2004, Kim started appearing in the U.S. television series Lost, which ran for six seasons.
In May 2006, Maxim named Kim number 98 on its annual Hot 100 List. In October 2006 she was featured on the cover of Stuff, as well as an inside spread.
In 2013, she had a leading role in the ABC drama series Mistresses.
In 2018, Kim returned to Korean television by headlining the series Ms. Ma, Nemesis.
Kim married her former manager Jeong Hyeok Park in March 2010 on the island of Oahu, after shooting her final scenes for Lost.
|2000||The Legend of Gingko||Yeon|
|2002||Yesterday||Kim Hisu / No Hisu|
|2005||Diary of June||Seo Yun-hee|
|2008||Seven Days||Yoo Ji-yeon|
|2014||Ode to My Father||Young-ja|
|2017||House of the Disappeared||Kang Mi-hee|
|1996||Splendid Holiday (화려한 휴가)|
|1997||Foreboding (예감)||Jang Se-young||16 episodes|
|1998||Wedding Dress drama (웨딩 드레스)||Gina||22 episodes|
|1999||Love in 3 Colors (유정)||Jang Hee-ju||56 episodes|
|2004-2010||Lost||Sun-Hwa Kwon||Main role, 88 episodes|
|2013-2016||Mistresses||Karen Kim||Main role, 51 episodes|
|2018||Ms. Ma, Nemesis||Ms. Ma||Main role, 40 episodes|
|2017||JTBC||Let's Eat Dinner Together||Guest|
|2007||Lost: Via Domus||Sun-Hwa Kwon|
|2012||Sleeping Dogs||Tiffany Kim|
|1999||35th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best New Actress (Film)||Shiri||Nominated|
|36th Grand Bell Awards||Best New Actress||Won|
|19th Korean Association of Film Critics Awards||Best New Actress||Won|
|22nd Golden Cinematography Awards||Best New Actress||Won|
|20th Blue Dragon Film Awards||Best New Actress||Nominated|
|2002||23rd Blue Dragon Awards||Best Actress||Milae||Won|
|5th Director's Cut Awards||Best Actress||Won|
|7th Women Viewers Film Awards||Best Actress||Won|
|2003||40th Grand Bell Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|2nd Korean Film Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|2006||Asian Excellence Awards||Outstanding Television Actress||Lost||Won|
|12th Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series||Won|
|2007||28th Blue Dragon Film Awards||Best Dresser Award||N/A||Won|
|2008||2nd Asian Film Awards||Best Actress||Seven Days||Nominated|
|45th Grand Bell Awards||Best Actress||Won|
|5th Max Movie Awards||Best Actress||Won|
|44th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actress (Film)||Nominated|
|29th Blue Dragon Film Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|7th Korean Film Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|2009||35th Saturn Awards||Best Supporting Actress on Television||Lost||Nominated|
|2015||52nd Grand Bell Awards||Best Actress||Ode to My Father||Nominated|
|8th Seoul Senior Citizen Movie Awards||Movie in couple Award (with Hwang Jung-min)||Won|
|2017||2017 Korean Film Shining Star Awards||Star Award||House of the Disappeared||Won|
|1st The Seoul Awards||Best Actress (Film)||Nominated|