Jang Na Ra

South Korean singer and actress. She also sings in Chinese, and is known in China by her transliterated Chinese name (simplified Chinese: 张娜拉; traditional Chinese: 張娜拉; pinyin: Zhāng NÃ lā).

As a child, Jang spent most of her childhood in her birthplace, Seoul, but appeared with her father in a play, Les Miserables, in her primary school days, thus sparking her interest to become an actress. Jang also went on to become an advertisement model for some television advertisements in her high school days before entering into the Department of Theater, the Faculty of Fine Arts at Chungang University in March 2000.

Jang moved into a singing career by signing a contract with SM Entertainment, however SM Entertainment had dropped Jang due to assumptions that Jang would have lesser or no popularity than other competing artists. Despite SM's opinion, Jang released her first album with the title song, "Burying My Face In Tears". The album sold 300,000 copies in the process. Her pop ballad style song, Confession and the April Story, was ranked at the top in various music charts. Thus, this resulted in Jang holding an MC job at MBC's music show, Music Camp.

Jang also has a successful acting career, in which she appears in a TV sitcom "New Nonstop" with famous South Korean young stars such as Park Kyung-lim and Yang Dong Geun. Together with Jang Hyuk, she also played the leading role in a TV drama, "Successful Story of a Bright Girl", which recorded high audience rating.[citation needed]

In recent years, she starred in a drama in China, called "Bratty Princess". Being the lead actress, she has attracted much affection from Chinese-speaking fans and has become quite popular in Chinese-speaking countries in Asia. She has also released a few Chinese-language CDs. Her first Chinese album was a huge success and it featured her previously released Korean songs translated into Chinese. The Chinese versions of "Sweet Dream", "It's Probably Love" and "I'm A Woman Too" have become very popular on radio throughout Asia. She has performed many concerts in China, often singing both Korean and Chinese songs. Recently she released another Chinese album called "Kung Fu". The video for the song featured her in red qipao (Chinese women traditional dress), fighting villains, and dancing with a cute panda. She is also in the 2008 Olympic song "Beijing Welcomes You", as the only non-Chinese ethnic singer. In the middle of 2011 Jang Nara decided to end her 6 year hiatus by taking a leading role as Lee Seo Young who is 34 year old mistaken for being 25 in a rom-com "Baby Faced Beauty".

Drama & Films

Drama

Year
Title
#
Role
Rating
2014
1
Han Chae Hee Main Role
8.0
2014
16
Eun Ha Soo Main Role
7.6
2014
20
Kim Mi Young Main Role
8.4
2013
1
Jung In Jae Main Role
8.0
2012
16
Jung In Jae Main Role
8.4
2012
33
Song Ye Qiu Zi Supporting Role
7.0
2011
20
Lee So Young Main Role
6.9
2011
38
Tian Qi Main Role
6.9
2010
30
Hu Die / Hu Yin Yin Main Role
8.3
2007
24
You Hao Yun Main Role
7.2
2005
18
Lee Se Na Main Role
6.6
2005
33
Situ Jing Main Role
7.7
2004
27
Jin Bo Ra Main Role
7.8
2002
10
Yang Song Yi Main Role
6.7
2002
16
Cha Yang Soon Main Role
6.7
2000
422
Herself Supporting Role
8.5

Films

Year
Title
Role
Rating
2012
Yawen Supporting Role
N/A
2012
Main Role
7.4
2009
Ha Neul Main Role
7.6
2003
Kong Hie Ji Main Role
6.7

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    Scorpio8 27 days ago

    she was a good actress ever since the succesful story of a bright girl along with Jang hyuk.i like her acting & the voice.

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    dare_ka Oct 27, 2014

    Loved her in Fated to Love You. She's a very natural actress. Hope to see her in more lead roles in the future :)

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    I love her work esp baby faced beauty and fated to love you.. Jang Nara ur just one of a kind actress!..how I love to see and meet u in person..:) I wish you more succes in life!..Fighting!

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    rainruma Sep 2, 2014

    She has truly earned my respect , after watching her in "Fated to Love You" ...

    She took a weak , meek , obedient , doormat , "post-it" girl .....and.... created a soft-spoken , super-nice , sensible & sensitive woman ...
    She gave the character DIGNITY !!! .... any other actress would have made "post-it" girl pathetic (probably pouting , over-crying, and cowering needlessly)..... Bravo Jang Na-Ra!

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    xAyuu Aug 20, 2014

    Nara's been my idol since her early debut days and I've missed seeing her in dramas.. so happy she is finally making such a come back in the Kdrama world again!

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      DiaNine Aug 20, 2014

      Um... She had a drama last year, a drama in 2012 (Chinese, though), 2 dramas in 2011 and 1 drama in 2010... Can we really call that a comeback?

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    YooHae96 Jul 21, 2014

    She is so just tooo cute o.O especially in Fated to Love you = ̄ω ̄= she does also have a lovely voice~

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    nayosh Jul 16, 2014

    she looks very young

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    Peacecat Jun 30, 2014

    Is she half Chinese or something? cuz she looks Chinese... and her pronunciation in My Bratty Princess was pretty good... O.o

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      rainruma Aug 21, 2014

      Her voice was most likely dubbed in "My Bratty Princess".... Chinese dramas are all dubbed , even for the Chinese actors ....

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      florazhang Aug 22, 2014

      yea you can tell

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    frost Jun 2, 2014

    i actually didn't know that she's the one in the bratty princess when i watched it so many years ago xD

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    grandpower May 28, 2014

    she is a good teacher in school 2013

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    xMinakshi Mar 24, 2014

    Her voice is soo cute! :D

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    katrina21 Mar 18, 2014

    happy birthday unni :D

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    rad_lisette Mar 18, 2014

    Happy Birthday!!
    Love your work!! Especially in "Wedding" and "School 2013".

    :)

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    Lounax Mar 18, 2014

    Happy Birthday !!! :D

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    LoveCandy Mar 18, 2014

    Unnie, happy birthday! <33

Details

  • Name:

    Jang Na Ra
  • Native name:

    장나라
  • Also Known as:

    Jang Nan Han Ya ; Tweety ; 张娜拉 ; Zhang Na La
  • Nationality:

    South Korean
  • Gender:

    Female
  • Born:

    March 18, 1981
  • Age:

    33