Jeon Do-yeon (born February 11, 1973) is a South Korean actress. She won Best Actress at the 60th Cannes Film Festival and the 1st Asia Pacific Screen Awards in Lee Chang-dong's 2007 film Secret Sunshine.
Jeon Do-yeon in March 2019.
Kang Shi-kyu (m. 2007)
|Revised Romanization||Jeon Do-yeon|
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 played a 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 played a prostitute who contracts AIDS in Park Jin-pyo's hard-hitting melodrama You Are My Sunshine. The film made into a box-office hit, and her performance won her more 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. Hancinema noted, "It is rare for a movie and a drama with the same leading actor or actress to become major hits at the same time. And often, actors and actresses avoid such cases, due to the risk of confusing audiences, but Jeon managed to pull both roles off perfectly without causing any confusion in the audience."
Her next role in Lee Chang-dong's Secret Sunshine in 2007 received universal critical acclaim. 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.
In a 2011 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. For her performance in the film, Jeon won Best Actress at the 24th Buil Film Awards, the 15th Director's Cut Awards, and the 52nd Baeksang Arts Awards respectively. 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.
Jeon returned to the small screen in the Korean remake of the American legal drama The Good Wife in 2016.
In April 2019, Jeon reunited with Sol Kyung-gu, eighteen years after I Wish I Had a Wife, in Birthday. The film, inspired by the Sinking of MV Sewol tragedy, deals with the struggles faced by a couple who lose their son in a tragic accident. The film had its international premiere at the 2019 Far East Film Festival in Udine, Italy. In the festival, Jeon was honored with Golden Mulberry lifetime achievement award.
Next, Jeon will star opposite Jung Woo-sung in Beasts that Cling to the Straw, a mystery thriller based on Keisuke Sone's novel.
Jeon married businessman Kang Shi-kyu in a private wedding ceremony at Shilla Hotel on March 11, 2007. She gave birth to a daughter on January 22, 2009.
|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||Yeon-hee|
|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|
|Drama Game |
"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|
|1998||The Queen of Opera Tears|
Awards and nominations
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- Actors and Actresses of Korean Cinema. Koreanfilm.org. Retrieved April 28, 2014.
- A Tale of Two Jeons. The Chosun Ilbo. April 1, 2004.
- "I Wish I Had a Wife". Variety. June 13, 2001.
- 2 characters working without a script Archived 2012-07-10 at Archive.today. Korea JoongAng Daily. February 25, 2002.
- "Untold Scandal". Oh My News. June 6, 2006.
- "Did My Mom Love Like That?". The Donga Ilbo. June 15, 2004.
- "너는 내운명 (You're My Sunshine) Production Meeting". Twitch Film. August 12, 2005.
- "너는 내운명 (You're My Sunshine) Press Screening Report". Twitch Film. September 7, 2005. Archived from the original on January 7, 2015. Retrieved January 7, 2015.
- "An Actress Who Puts All Her Energy Into Love". The Dong-a Ilbo. September 15, 2005.
- Drama Looks for Love in Prague. The Korea Times. September 14, 2005.
- "Jeon Do-yeon's multiple hits stem from passion for acting". Hancinema. September 29, 2005.
- "INTERVIEW: Actress Jeon Do-youn - Part 1". 10Asia. April 21, 2010.
- "INTERVIEW: Actress Jeon Do-youn - Part 2". 10Asia. April 21, 2010.
- Cannes top prize goes to Korean film actress Archived 2012-07-30 at Archive.today. Korea JoongAng Daily. June 7, 2007.
- Actress without ambition gets it all Archived 2012-07-15 at Archive.today. Korea JoongAng Daily. May 16, 2007.
- Interview with Jeon Do-yeon. CNN. October 9, 2007.
- Int'l Awards Only the Start for Jeon, Kang. The Chosun Ilbo. October 8, 2007.
- Cannes winner takes her next step Archived 2012-07-10 at Archive.today. Korea JoongAng Daily. October 3, 2007.
- Jeon Do-yeon, Ha Jung-woo as Ex-Lovers. The Korea Times. August 27, 2008.
- Jeon Do-yeon on Pregnancy, Post-Cannes Film. The Korea Times. September 21, 2008.
- Queen of Cannes Is Back with Lighter Fare. The Chosun Ilbo. September 22, 2008.
- Enemies conquer poverty to rekindle love Archived 2012-07-13 at Archive.today. Korea JoongAng Daily. October 2, 2008.
- Jeon Do-yeon Returns to Screen in Risque Role. The Chosun Ilbo. April 16, 2010.
- Korea's Queen of Cannes is back Archived 2011-03-13 at the Wayback Machine. Reuters. April 26, 2010.
- Cannes Winner Jeon Hopes Countdown a Commercial Hit. The Chosun Ilbo. October 1, 2011.
- Interview: Actress Jeon Do-youn - Part 1. 10Asia. October 21, 2011.
- Interview: Actress Jeon Do-youn - Part 2. 10Asia. October 21, 2011.
- Korean pic Countdown announced as part of 1st lineup for TIFF. 10Asia. July 27, 2011.
- "Jeon Do-yeon Plays Inmate on Tropical Island in Latest Flick". The Chosun Ilbo. November 29, 2013.
- "Jeon Do-yeon speaks about her latest movie, motherhood". The Korea Herald. December 12, 2013.
- "The Jury of the 67th Festival de Cannes". Festival de Cannes. Archived from the original on September 7, 2016. Retrieved April 28, 2014.
- "Jeon Do-yeon first Korean actress to be Cannes jury member". The Korea Herald. April 29, 2014.
- "Jeon Do-yeon Invited to Cannes' Jury". The Chosun Ilbo. April 29, 2014.
- "Jeon Do-yeon arrives in Cannes". The Korea Times. May 15, 2014. Archived from the original on May 21, 2014.
- "The Shameless gears up for Cannes". The Korea Herald. April 24, 2015.
- "Award-Winning Actress Still Excited About Cannes Screening". The Chosun Ilbo. May 2, 2015.
- "JEON Do-yeon Visits Cannes for the 4th Time with THE SHAMELESS". Korean Cinema Today. June 1, 2015.
- "Jeon shows reluctance over her latest image". Korea JoongAng Daily. June 2, 2015.
- "JEON Do-yeon in Way Back Home and Memories of the Sword: From Actress to Mother, and Mother to Actress". Korean Cinema Today. January 28, 2014.
- "Herald Interview: Memories of the Sword a welcome challenge for Jeon Do-yeon". The Korea Herald. August 12, 2015.
- "JEON Do-yeon Returns to Melodrama". Korean Film Biz Zone. November 28, 2014.
- "Jeon Do-yeon, Gong Yoo Work Together on Upcoming Film". The Chosun Ilbo. January 27, 2016.
- "Jeon Do-yeon to Appear in TV Drama for 1st Time in a Decade". The Chosun Ilbo. February 27, 2016.
- "Jeon Do-yeon Shines in 'Good Wife' Remake". The Chosun Ilbo. July 30, 2016.
- "Ferry Disaster-Inspired Film Set for Release in April". Chosun Ilbo. February 20, 2019. Retrieved March 18, 2019.
- "JEON Do-yeon and SUL Kyung-gu to Celebrate BIRTHDAY". Korean Film Biz Zone. April 9, 2018.
- Frater, Patrick (March 28, 2019). "Udine Festival to Open With Korean Tragedy 'Birthday'". Variety. Retrieved April 3, 2019.
- "Jeon Do-yeon Honored for Lifetime Achievement at Italian Film Fest". Chosun Ilbo. April 29, 2019. Retrieved April 29, 2019.
- "JEON Do-yeon and JUNG Woo-sung Dig in to BEASTS THAT CLING TO THE STRAW". Korean Film Biz Zone. 1 October 2018.
- "BEASTS THAT CLING TO THE STRAW Wraps Production". Korean Film Biz Zone. December 14, 2018.
- "JEON Do-yeon, Korean Cinema's Leading Actress: Her Past, Present and Future". Korean Cinema Today. January 24, 2014.
- "Jeon Do-yeon and Younha Chosen as Female Role Models". KBS World. October 15, 2008.
- Jeon Do-yeon to Tie Knot in Private Ceremony. The Chosun Ilbo. March 6, 2007.
- Stars Have Nuptial Plans: Actress Jeon Do-yeon Cuts Tape. The Korea Times. March 6, 2007.
- Actress Jeon Marries. The Korea Times. March 11, 2007.
- "Jeon Do-yeon makes cameo appearance in upcoming drama series 'On Air'". Hancinema. Broasia. January 4, 2008.
- "Film Awards Ceremonies in Korea". Korean Film. Retrieved February 27, 2018.
- "'Old Boy' Gets Best Picture at Korea Film Awards". The Korea Times. December 6, 2004.
- ""Crying Fist" Nominated for 12 Categories of Daejong Award". KBS World. July 4, 2005.
- "Nominations announced for Blue Dragon Awards". Korean Film Biz Zone. November 24, 2005.
- ""Welcome To Dongmakgol" wins best picture award". KBS World. December 5, 2005.
- "Young Korean directors present Directors' Cut Awards". Korean Film Biz Zone. December 30, 2005.
- "TV Networks Hand Out Awards". The Korea Times. January 1, 2006.
- "43rd Crowns King and the Clown". Korean Film Biz Zone. July 26, 2006.
- "Jeon Do-yeon Wins Best Actress at Cannes". The Chosun Ilbo. May 18, 2007.
- "Cannes winner takes her next step". Korea JoongAng Daily. October 23, 2007.
- "Family Ties Wins Top Prize at Home". Korean Film Biz Zone. June 13, 2007.
- "Culture Ministry to Award Medal to Actress Jeon". KBS World. June 28, 2007.
- "Jeon Do-Yeon Wins Best Actress Award at Asia Pacific Screen Awards". KBS World. November 14, 2007.
- "The Show Must Go On takes best film award at Korea's Blue Dragons". Screen Daily. November 26, 2007.
- "Jeon Do-yeon Takes Home Seventh Award". The Korea Times. December 3, 2007.
- "Jeon Do-yeon, voted as the "Best actress of the year" by female directors". Hancinema. Star Money. December 17, 2007.
- "'Secret Sunshine' Snags Three Awards at Asian Film Fest". The Chosun Ilbo. March 19, 2008.
- Jeon Do-yeon Awarded Top French Honor.The Chosun Ilbo. October 10, 2009.
- "Stars Shine at Andre Kims Atelier". The Korea Times. November 29, 2009.
- "Rain, Girls' Generation, Lee Beom-soo to receive arts & culture award". 10Asia. 15 February 2011.
- "Korean films win a series of awards at the Fantasporto Film Festival". Korean Film Biz Zone. March 9, 2011.
- "Korean Cinema Dominates Asian Film Awards". Korean Film Biz Zone. March 25, 2011.
- "Korean Film Reporters Name SNOWPIERCER Best of 2013". Korean Film Biz Zone. January 28, 2014.
- "The 51st Daejong Film Awards Nominations Announced". Korean Film Biz Zone. November 12, 2014.
- "Hwang Jung-min and Jeon Do-yeon, the best actress and actor of the year". Hancinema. Osen. August 17, 2015.
- Conran, Pierce (October 8, 2015). "THE SHAMLESS Triumphs at the 24th Buil Film Awards". Korean Film Biz Zone.
- "Nomination Announced for 36th Edition of the Blue Dragon Awards". Korean Film Biz Zone. November 17, 2015.
- "Results of 2015 Major Korean Film Awards". Korean Film Biz Zone. December 21, 2015.
- "Jeon Do-yeon named best actress". Korea JoongAng Daily. January 28, 2016.
- "BaekSang Grand Prize Goes to Director LEE Joon-ik". Korean Film Biz Zone. June 13, 2016.