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The Tallest Korean Drama Actresses & Female TV Celebs in 2022

in K-rankings, K-Drama Insights

These are the tallest actresses and ladies in the K-drama and TV scene in 2022, from 170cm to 180cm of height.

We have identified 24 tallest female actresses who are at least 170cm tall. With heels, they easily tower over many of their peers, male and female alike. Let's see who our tallest gals are!

(Note: [1] We have excluded non-actor K-pop idols from this list and [2] the heights listed may have a variance of 1-2 cm.)

TLDR Brief

The tallest female celebrity in variety TV shows, Hong Jin-kyung is the host as well as cast member of several variety TV shows, including I need Women of SBS (2021), Alphabet Together of MBC (2021) and Capitalism Schools of KBS2 (2022).

Hong Jinkyung towering a head above the ladies in the show at 4:41 minute mark

Born on 23rd December 1977, the 180cm tall multi-talented Jin-kyung has been a host, a model, an entrepreneur, a comedian and an actress, acting in My Love from the Star as high school friend of Jun Ji-hyun's character Song-yi as well as The Legend of the Blue Sea also coincidentally as the friend of Jun Ji-hyun's character Shim Cheong.

This long-legged beauty is one of the few South Korean actresses who has ventured into Hollywood and secured not just one, but three highly acclaimed movies — The Dark Tower, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald and the Marvel Avengers film Age of Ultron.

Claudia Kim at the Avengers: Age of Ultron world premiere red carpet

Standing tall at 178cm, Claudia Kim (김수현) is an Aquarius (born on 25th January, 1985). She enrolled in Ewha Womans University as an International Studies (DIS) major.

Jung Ho-yeon as the female star of Squid Game

At 176cm, Ho-yeon is easily one of the tallest K-drama actresses. Her breakthrough came in Squid Game, which catapulted her to instant household recognition and skyrocketed the size of her fan base by 50 fold, from only 410,000 followers on Instagram on 17 September to a staggering 21 million followers on 17 October 2021.

With this milestone, Ho-yeon became the South Korean actress with the most followers, easily surpassing the previous crown-holder, Lee Sung Kyung (another of the tallest female actresses) who has around 12.9 million followers.

Jung Ho-yeon accepting her award at the 28th Annual SAG Awards for her performance in Squid Game

Born on 23rd June 1994, Jung Ho-yeon majored in modeling from Dongduk Women's University College of Performing Arts. She won numerous awards and accolades for her performance in Squid Game, including the Best Actress in Series at the Director's Cut Awards (2022) and Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series as the Screen Actors Guild Awards (2022).

Lee Da-hee is a Pisces actress born on March 15, 1985. She made her acting debut in 2003 and scored her breakthrough in 2013 with the Korean drama I Can Hear Your Voice, where she had a prosecutor role, acting alongside Lee Bo-young and Lee Jong-suk.Da-hee also won the New Star Award at the SBS Drama Awards in 2013 for her performance.

The 176cm tall Lee Da-hee with the 187cm tall Lee Jae-wook

Her memorable shows also include Big Man in 2014, The Beauty Inside in 2018 and Search: WWW in 2019 where she was an onscreen couple with Lee Jae-wook.

Born on 10th August 1990 (Leo) in Goyang, Gyeonggi, Lee Sung Kyung was the most followed Korean actress on Instagram in 2021 with 12.9 million followers, until she was surpassed by Jung Ho-yeon who came off blazing hot on the back of Squid Game.

Lee Sung-kyung showcased her height and long legs in Cheese in the Trap

Debuting in 2014, she quickly took on leading roles within two years with Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo and Dr. Romantic 2. Sung-kyung won numerous awards both as a model and an actress, including the Best Female Fashion Model of the Year in 2014 at the CFDK Fashion Awards and the Best Actress Award for Dr. Romantic 2 at the Asia Artist Awards in 2020.

Born on 11th June 1975 (Gemini) in Paju, Gyeonggi, Choi Ji-Woo is one of South Korea's most accomplished actresses, having acted and won accolades and awards for a wide range of melodramas in her acting career that spanned more than 27 years since 1995.

Cho Ji-woo was perhaps most remembered for her gripping roles in Beautiful Days with Lee Byung-hun in 2001 and Winter Sonata with Bae Yong-joon in 2002. She won several awards for both Korean dramas, including the Excellence Award (Actress) at the SBS Drama Awards for Beautiful Days and the Top Excellence Award (Actress) at the KBS Drama Awards for Winter Sonata.

Born on 1st December 1993 (Sagittarius), Lee Joo-myung is a young actress who debuted her acting career in 2019 with supporting roles in My Fellow Citizens!, Missing: The Other Side and Kairos.

Her breakthrough arrived in 2022 when she starred as one of the main cast in the highly popular top Korean drama Twenty-Five Twenty-One acting alongside Kim Tae-ri, Nam Joo-hyuk, Bona and Choi Hyun-wook.

Hwang Jae-keun making a dress for the tall Kim Jin-kyung

A model and an actress, Kim Jin-kyung is a Pisces whose birthday falls on 3rd March 1997. Standing at 173cm tall, she was the runner-up of OnStyle's Korea's Next Top Model in 2012.

One of the most successful Korean actress of all time, the 173cm tall Jun Ji-hyun or Gianna Jun was born on 30 October 1981 in Seoul.

Her breakthrough role in My Sassy Girl in 2001 launched her into superstardom. My Sassy Girl remained one of the highest-grossing Korean comedies of all time, netting Ji-hyun the Best Actress award at the 39th Grand Bell Awards and the Favorite Actress award in the 3rd Korea World Youth Film Festival.

And that's only the start. Jun Ji-hyun's accolades continued in the box office with The Thieves, The Berlin File and Assassination and Kingdom as well as top-rated Korean dramas My Love from the Star with Kim Soo-hyun, Legend of the Blue Sea with Lee Min-ho and the recent horror drama Jirisan with Ju Ji-hoon.

You will see this beautiful and tall actress in the recent top-grossing 2022 movie The Pirates: The Last Royal Treasure where she played the, female leader of the pirates as well as 2021 zombie-pandemic K-drama Happiness where she acted alongside Park Hyung-sik.

Han Hyo-joo and Park Hyung-sik at the Happiness Behind The Scenes

Born on 22nd February 1987 (Piscean beauty) in Cheongju, North Chungcheong, Han Hyo-joo studied theatre and film at Dongguk University.

Her other outstanding performances include Korean dramas such as Spring Waltz, Brilliant Legacy, Dong Yi and W as well as top-grossing film Masquerade and Cold Eyes, which won her the Best Actress award at the 34th Blue Dragon Film Awards.

Who will forget the "Tiger Mum" Han Seo-jin a.k.a Kwak Mi-hyang in Sky Castle — the highest rated drama in Korean cable television history? Why, none other than Yum Jung-ah, the Leo actress who was born on 28 July 1972.

Yum Jung Ah Interview

She's another highly accomplished and seasoned actress with a filmography that spans 30 years, from Korean drama Our Paradise in 1991 to the movie Life is Beautiful in 2022. She won the Best Actress award at the Baeksang Arts Awards three times — in 2007 for the film The Old Garden, in 2015 for the film Cart and finally in 2019 for Sky Castle.

Born 4th April 1980 (Aries) in Seoul, Gong Hyo-jin studied film arts in Sejong University, just like her junior (below) Shin Hye-sun. Hyo-jin's acting debuted in 1999 with Memento Mori and her lead-role breakthrough came in 2002 with A Bizarre Love Triangle and Emergency Act 19.

Gong Hyo-jin in Home Alone Ep341

Over her 20 plus years of acting career, she has won more than 40 awards, from the New Star Award at the SBS Drama Awards in 2001 for Wonderful Days to the Best Actress Awards both at the Baeksang Arts Awards and Seoul International Drama Awards in 2020 for her excellent performance in When the Camilia Blooms.

All I can say is that Shin Hye-sun has an insane talent in acting and is definitely one of the most versatile Korean actresses who can pull off a broad range of roles in my opinion.

A virgo by birth (31 August 1989), Shin Hye-sun studied film art at Sejong University and has worked on everything from films, to K-dramas, TV variety shows, hosting and MTVs. In 2020, she starred in the highly popular Mr. Queen as Queen Cheorin and pulled off the role incredibly switching between the character of a period queen and that of a modern-day man trapped within her body.

The talented acting of Shin Hae-sun

She won the Rookie of the Year award for her performance in Five Enough and A Violent Prosecutor and numerous awards in My Golden Life as well as Angel's Last Mission Love. Hye-sun is a fantastic actress — I definitely look forward to more of her work coming up :-).

After the tall and talented Shin Hye-sun, let's check out the next group of 11 tallest K-drama actresses — including Nana, Bae Doona and Kim Da-mi!
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