All About Senior Actress, Kim Soo-mi

Kim Soo-mi is a senior South-Korean actress who began her debut in the entertainment industry in 1980. She is not only famous as an actress, but also as an entertainer, radio DJ, author, and model for music videos. Although she became well known for her comedy act at the beginning of her career, she also acts serious for some roles in several dramas and movies. Let’s get to know senior actress Kim Soo-mi.

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Kim Soo-mi: Full Profile and Facts



Real Name = Kim Young-ok

Stage Name = Kim Su-mi / Kim Soo-mi

Nickname = Queen of Ad-lib

Birthday = September 3, 1949

Origin = Gunsan, North Jeolla Province, South Korea

Education = Korea University Graduate School of Media

Years Active = 1970 – Present


She has a daughter named Jung Joo-ri who works as jewelry designer.She debuted in a talent contest in 1970.She was the most popular Korean actresses in 1980 after she shot to fame through the landmark TV series “Country Diaries” which aired for almost 20 years.She made a low-budget indie movie become a sleeper hit and for her portrayal of an Azheimer’s-afflicted woman.Her chauffeur-driven BMW shot backwards killing her mother-in-law, and she filed a 1 billion won lawsuit against BMW at Seoul High Court in 1998, alleging that the sudden-start had been a car defect.She become a model for 2 music videos such as Tara N4 “Countryside Life” in 2013, and EZ-Life “Your Sister, Instead of You” in 2005.She became a radio DJ for KBS Radio “The Pursuit of Happiness with Kim Soo-mi and Kang Nam-gil” in 1995 and MBC Radio “Hello, This is Kim Hong-shin and Kim Soo-mi” from 1993 until 1995.As an author, she has already released 8 books since 1990.She has already won 14 awards as an actress. Her first award was in 1972 at the MBC Drama Awards for Best New Actress for the MBC drama “Adada”.She starred in 3 theatre plays, starting in 1998 and her last play was “My Mother” from 2010 until 2013.She has been he chairman of the Department of Theater and Film at Soongsil University College of Social Sciences since 2003.She headed the publicity as part of the organizing committee of the 1999 Hanam International Environment Expo.She once put a stop to her entertainment activities and needed to start seeing a psychiatrist due to malicious comments that she read over the internet.

List of Kim Soo-mi’s Variety Shows


Kim Soo-mi began to appear on variety shows in 1982 on MBC’s “Kim Soo-mi’s Cooking of the Day”. Her love for cooking made her rise in the variety show. Kim Soo-mi’s amazing entertainer skills can be seen in 7 variety shows afterwards, with her latest variety show being tvN’s “Soo-mi’s Side Dish” which shows her amazing cooking skills. Check out the other variety shows of Kim Soo-mi.

Kim Soo-mi Variety Show List
2011 – 2012Show King (Global Korean Talk Show King)Channel A
2011Soo-mi OkQTV
2005Sunda Sunday Night : Age of CharmMBC
1982 -1985Kim Soo-mi’s Cooking of the Day
2015A Look at MyselfKBS
2018Soomi’s Side DishestvN

List of Kim Soo-mi’s Dramas


Kim Soo-mi has already acted in 48 drama since 1970. Most the dramas she has started on have aired on MBC. Her latest drama was the SBS drama “Unni is Alive” in 2017. Here is a list of Kim Soo-mi’s drama appearances.

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Kim Soo-mi Drama List
1979엄마 아빠 좋아
1980-2002Country Diaries aka Lifetime in the Country
1981Angry Eyes
1982Park Soon-kyeong
1983Father & Son
1985The Season of Men
1987The Face of a City
1989Your Toast
1990마당 깊은 집
1991That Woman
말로만 중산층
1992마포 무지개
1993Professor Oh’s FamilySBS
1995Our Sunny Days of YouthKBS2
Asphalt ManSBS
1996Their EmbraceMBC
Salted Mackerel
1997A Bluebird Has ItKBS2
Beautiful LadySBS
1998The King’s PathMBC
1999You’re One-of-a-kind
누룽지 선생과 감자 일곱 개 KBS2
2001See You in the MorningSBS
2003MBC Best Theater “내 딸 소란이”MBC
2004What Happened in BaliSBS
2005Cute or Crazy
Beating HeartMBC
Hello Franceska Season 3
Love Needs a MiracleSBS
2007The King and I
Unstoppable MarriageKBS2
2010Daring WomenSBS
2011Hooray for LoveMBC
Vampire IdolMBN
2012Ohlala CoupleKBS2
2013Incarnation of MoneySBS
The FirstbornjTBC
2014Legendary WitchesMBC
2017Unni is AliveSBS

List of Kim Soo-mi’s Movies


Kim Soo-mi began her acting career through the movie “Cuckoo’s Dolls” in 1976. She made a memorable appearance as a cameo in the comedy movie “Oh! Happy Day” which starred actress Jang Nara. Her acting as profanity-spouting ajumma at the time led to her successfully revamping her image, and it rejuvenated her fading career after her first movie appearance. Kim Soo-mi became well known as “Queen of Ad-lib” with her comic talent showcased in many successful projects afterward such as “Mapodo”, “Twilight Gangsters”, “Granny’s Got Talent” and the “Marrying the Mafia” sequel. Here is a list of Kim Soo-mi’s movie appearances.

Kim Soo-mi Movie List
1976Cuckoo’s Dolls
1984Milky Way in Blue Sky
1987Ureme 4 : Thunder V Operation
Blitz of Ureme from Outer Space
1988Brave Trio
2003Oh! Happy DayCameo
The Greatest Expectation
2004Mr. Gam’s Victory aka Superstar Mr. Gam
2005A Bold Family
Marrying the Mafia II : Enemy-in-law
Mr. HousewifeQuiz King
2006Sunday Seoul
Oh! My God
Hoodwinked!Korean dubbing
Now and Forever
Barefoot Ki-bong
Detective Mr. Gong aka Detective ODD
Dasepo Naughty Girls
Marrying the Mafia III : Family Hustle
2007Mapado 2: Back to the IslandCameo
Unstoppable Marriage
Underground Rendezvous
2008Black Heart aka Delivering Love aka Beyong All Magic
2009Fortune Salon
2010Twilight Gangsters aka Pistol Bandit Band
2011Late Blossom
Shotgun Love
Meet the In-Laws
The Suicide ForecastCameo
Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. EvilKorean dubbing
Marrying the Mafia IV : Unstoppable Family
2013Born to Sing
2015Granny’s Got Talent
Enemies In-LawCameo