At the age of 10, Yoon-jin immigrated to the United States
with her family. Kim Yoon-jin joined the middle school drama
club in the 7th grade and performed in the musical My Fair Lady.
Yoon-jin moved to New York City to pursue her acting, where she attended and earned her diploma at the New York High School of Performing Arts. From there, Kim Yoon-jin studied drama at the London Academy of Performing Arts and later earned her acting degree at Boston University.
After graduation, Yoon-jin devoted herself full time to acting. Kim Yoon-jin garnered several minor parts on MTV, in soap opera-style dramas on ABC, and on the Broadway stage. In 1996, a Korean TV show filming in Manhattan called and persuaded her to return to her homeland, to appear in the Korean TV drama A Gorgeous Vacation. This was followed by two other roles in Foreboding and the miniseries Wedding Dress. Then in 1997 she was offered a script for her debut film, Shiri (1999).
Over the next several years, Kim Yoon-jin starred in five additional films. In July 2003, Yoon-jin signed a three-year contract with William Morris, an American agency representing Hollywood stars such as Halle Berry, Salma Hayek, Kevin Spacey, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Lucy Liu, Jackie Chan, and Reese Witherspoon.
Yoon-jin can currently be seen as the character Sun in the television series Lost (2004). Kim Yoon-jin has been cast as the lead actress in the American film Georgia Heat, set to start filming in June 2005. The film will star Billy Bob Thornton and be produced by Janet Yang, producer of The Joy Luck Club (1993).
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