It often seems like Korean actresses stick to either the movie industry or the television drama industry, but more incredibly talented actresses than ever have been making the transition from award-winning film roles to hit Korean dramas the last few years, and having the opportunity to watch them in both genres is something to celebrate! Here are 10 amazing Korean actresses who have caught our attention by starring in both K-movies and K-dramas! 

1.  Park Bo Young

This adorable and accomplished actress came to many K-drama fans' attention for the first time when she starred in the hit TV drama Oh My Ghostess last year, which had been her first television drama in seven years, but did you know that she also starred in 3 movies in 2015: The Silenced, Collective Invention, and You Call It Passion? She even won the popularity award for The Silenced at the Blue Dragon Film Awards! 

You can watch two of the films that gave her her start here on DramaFever:   A Werewolf Boy, which passed 7 million admissions to become one of the most successful Korean melodramas of all time, and Hot Young Bloods, co-starring Lee Jong Suk! 

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A Werewolf Boy

Starring Song Joong Ki and Park Bo Young

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Hot Young Bloods

Starring Park Bo Young and Lee Jong Suk

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2.  Kim Go Eun

Many K-drama fans had never heard of Kim Go Eun when it was announced that she would play Seol in the highly anticipated drama  Cheese in the Trap, but Korean movie fans knew that she had already proven herself an amazing actress in films like A Muse, for which she won numerous Best New Actress awards, Coin Locker Girl, and Monster, the psychological thriller that you can now watch on DramaFever.

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Monster (2014)

Starring Kim Go Eun and Lee Min Ki

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3.  Kim Hye Soo


  With 35 films under her belt, the star of the new sci-fi thriller  Signal has become well known as a top star in the Korean film industry. Kim Hye Soo got her start in the 1986 film Ggambo when she was a first year high school student, for which she won Best New Actress. She went on to star in 22 TV dramas, with Signal being her first drama since 2013. Most recently, Kim Hye Soo was in the hit 2015 movie Coin Locker GirlThe Face Reader, for which she won Best Supporting Actress, and The Thieves, the all-time second highest grosser in Korean cinema history, for which she won the Top Excellence Award. In addition to Signal, you can watch her in The Thieves and The Face Reader now on DramaFever.

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The Thieves

Starring Kim Soo Hyun and Kim Yoon Suk

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4.  Park So Dam

Park So Dam got her start in independent films and recently made her big break into mainstream movies with The Silenced and The Priests, for which she was nominated multiple times for Best New Actress. She was in 7 films last year alone, but many K-drama fans didn't know of her until her starring role in the drama Because It's the First Time

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Because It's the First Time

Starring Choi Min Ho and Park So Dam

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5.  Jeon Ji Hyun

Jeon Ji Hyun's breakout role was in the film My Sassy Girl, one of the highest-grossing Korean comedies of all time, and she has starred in 12 films altogether, but she broke onto many K-drama fans' radars with her hilarious performance in My Love from Another Star, her first K-drama in 5 years. Some of her more recently award winning films include AssassinationThe Thieves, and The Berlin File, which you can watch now on DramaFever! 

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The Thieves

Starring Kim Soo Hyun and Kim Yoon Suk

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The Berlin File

Starring Ha Jung Woo and Han Suk Kyu

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6.  Im Soo Jung

Im Soo Joung first drew critical attention and new actress awards with her 2003 horror movie  A Tale of Two Sisters.  A year later, she was catapulted into stardom with the K-drama I'm Sorry, I Love You. The actress has since favored films with award-nominated roles in Lump of Sugar, I'm A Cyborg, But That's Ok, and Finding Mr. Destiny

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Lump of Sugar

Starring Im Soo Jung and Yoo Oh Seong

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I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK

Starring Im Soo Jung and Rain (Bi)

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Finding Mr. Destiny

Starring Im Soo Jung and Gong Yoo

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7.  Go Ah Sung

Go Ah Sung made her film debut in the hit horror film The Host, for which she won Best New Actress at the 2006 Blue Dragon Film Awards. She then went on to film 12 more films, including blockbuster hit Snowpiercer and The Happy Life, which you can see on DramaFever. She captured the attention of K-drama fans in Master of Study in 2010, for which she was nominated for two Best New Actress awards, and recently in Heard It Through The Grapevine, for which she won Best New Actress in 2015. 

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The Happy Life

Starring Jung Jin Young and Jang Geun Suk

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8.  Kim Ah Joong

Kim Ah Joong shot to fame after an award-winning role in the popular film 200 Pound Beauty. She then went on to vacillate between Korean movies and Korean dramas, winning an Excellence Award for drama The Accidental Couple in 2009 and playing a remarkable heroine in the drama Punch in 2015. Her fun romantic comedy movies Whatcha Wearin' and Steal My Heart can be seen here on DramaFever.  

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Whatcha Wearin'?

Starring Kim Ah Joong and Ji Sung

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9.  Uhm Jung Hwa


Uhm Jung Hwa has been considered one of the most influential women in the Korean entertainment industry for her 22 films and 16 dramas. She first made audiences fall in love with her in the film  Marriage is a Crazy Thing, for which she won Best Actress, and she went on to win Best Actress Awards for Montage and Dancing Queen. She made a big impression with many K-drama fans for her 2014 drama Witch's Romance, which is coming to DramaFever on February 13. You can see her award-winning performance in Dancing Queen and her fun slice of life movie Venus Talk here on DramaFever as well. 

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Dancing Queen

Starring Hwang Jung Min and Uhm Jung Hwa

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10.  Kim Min Hee


Kim Min Hee made her mark when she starred in the film  Hellcats in 2008, for which she won Best Actress, Best Film Actress, and Hot Female Movie Star. She then went on to win Best Actress for Helpless in 2012 and Best Actress, Popular Star Award, and Best Film Actress for Very Ordinary Couple in 2013. Her last big drama was Love and Marriage in 2008. Don't you think it's time for her to do another one? 

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Very Ordinary Couple

Starring Lee Min Ki and Kim Min Hee

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Which of these talented film-turned-drama actresses have impressed you? Which of their movies do you recommend? Comment below!