Seo Yi-sook

Seo Yi-sook - Updated Mar 2023

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Updated On March 26, 2023

Seo Yi-sook is a well-known actress from South Korea who has appeared in South Korean theatre, television, and movies. Moreover, Seo Yi-sook is popular for her supporting role in the drama Empress Ki (2013–2014), The Rebel (2017), and Hotel del Luna (2019).

Early Life and Childhood

Seo Yi-sook was born on the 6th of December 1966, in Yeoncheon-gun, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea. She holds a South-Korean nationality and she is 56 years old as of 2022. In addition, she has a birth sign of Scorpio and her ethical background is unknown.

Seo was the eldest of two siblings and her father died of cirrhosis when she was in middle school. Moreover, her only younger brother died in an accident in her early 20s. She and her mother couldn’t even watch any dramas for fear of shedding tears over sad scenes.

Her mother still lives in their hometown and never marry again after her husband’s death. However, she has not revealed her parent’s and sibling names in public.

Education and Early Years

Talking about her academic career, Seo studies at Yeoncheon Jeongok High School. During her school days, she was a badminton player and gave up her dream an athlete, after she failed in the first round of the national badminton selection.

Due to economic and family problems, she gave up college and entered the Yeoncheon Rural Development Administration as a social and physical badminton coach.

After watching the play ‘Agnes of God,’ at the Suwon Arts Theater, as a country girl, the experience was quite a culture shock for her. This was the turning point in her life and at the age of 19 year old, she decided to become an actress and applied as a member of a local theater troupe at the Suwon Arts Theater.

In addition, she attended the School of Korean Music at Chung-Ang University Undergraduate School. She completed her graduation majoring in acting, and Seo got her Bachelor’s Degree in Korean Music.

Seo Yi-sook – Net Worth 2023

As of 2022, Seo Yi-sook’s net worth estimates at around $1 million and she mainly earned a such sum of money through her theater and television actress.

Professional Career


Seo Yi-sook began her career as an actress by joining a local theatre company in Suwon, GyeongGi-Do in 1980. She performed in theater in several works and was mainly recognized for her speaking skill. Moreover, she got selected for the main role Yeok-hwa in the play ‘Pakkoji’ in the year 1987.

This play earned the grand prize (the President’s Award) and director Lee Jae-in won the directing award and Seo Yi-sook won Acting Award. The ‘ Pakkoji’ was invited to the 12th Seoul International Theatre Festival (1988) and was performed at the Arts Centre Grand Theatre on 19–20 August 1988.

Later, she moved to Seoul and auditioned to be a member of the Theatre Company Michu in 1989. That same year, she debuted in the play Shin Yi Gukgi. She made her first appearance as a musical actress in Make a Hero (1990).

For more than a decade, she practices groundwork, learning, and training in traditional performing arts, with many minor roles in Madangnori of Michu. Her acting career’s turning point came in the 2003 play ‘Heo Sam-gwan Blood.’ After years of joining Michu, she took on her first lead role as Heo Ok-ran, Heo Sam-gwan’s wife.

In 2019, she featured in a monologue play called ‘Lady Macbeth’s Wardrobe’, which was held on November 6th and 7th at Donhwamun Traditional Music Hall in Seoul. Moreover, she joined the play Vincent River written by Philip Ridley in 2021.

Television Appearances

In early 2010, she made her television appearance in the role of Queen Myeong-seong in the SBS drama Jejungwon. Empress of the Joseon Dynasty, real name Min Ja-young. Moreover, she appeared in MBC historical drama The Duo, playing the role of the beggar’s wife.

In the 2012 MBC weekend drama Feast of the Gods, she appeared as Noh Young-shim. Moreover, she has been playing a dazzling role as Seo Sang-gung in the South-Korean historical drama series, Empress Ki (2013).

Moreover, she has been cast in SBS’s new Wednesday-Thursday drama ‘You Are Surrounded.’ Likewise, she made her cameo in the 2020 South Korean Television series, The World of the Married, the highest-rated drama in Korean cable television history.


In 1986, she worked the Best New Actor Award at the Korean Drama Festival and won the Best Actress Award in 1988 at the 6th National Theater Festival. Moreover, she won the Bes Actress Award in 1989 at the National Theater Festival Acting Award.

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Caption: Seo Yi-sook with her award (Source: Instagram)

In 2003, she won the Gu Hi-seo Theater Awards for Actor of the Year and Expected Actor. Moreover, she earned Best Actress Theater in 2011 at the 12th Kim Dong-hoon Theater Award.

And, she won the Golden Acting Award, Actress in a Monday-Tuesday Drama at the 2017 MBC Drama Awards. Recently, she earned Best Actress in 2020 at the 30th Lee Hae-rang Theater Award.

Relationship Status

Talking about her relationship status, Seo Yi-sook is a divorced woman. In past, she was married to a famous banker but her husband’s company went bankrupt and they eventually got divorced.

Currently, there is no information regarding her relationship status, and seems to be single the actress is not dating anyone at the moment. This Korean actress underwent a comprehensive health checkup for the first time in her life and was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in the spring of 2011.

There were false rumors spread in July and September 2021 that,  Seo Yi-sook died from a heart attack. However, it was found that the rumor was spread by netizen A and her agency Quantum E&M sued the perpetrator.

Body Measurements

Seo Yi-sook stands 5 feet 6 inches tall and her weight is average. Similarly, this actress has black hair with brown eyes color and other information related to her dress size, bra size, and shoe size is still under review.

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Caption: Seo Yi-sook posing for a photo (Source: Instagram)

Seo Yi-sook – Social Media

On her Instagram page ‘@seoyisook’ there are more than 31.3K followers. However, this South Korean actor is not active on Facebook and Twitter.