Shin Min-a was born on April 5, 1984 in South Korea. Her career began when she started modeling for the teen magazine “Kiki” in 1998 and even appeared in music videos for Korean pop boy band g.o.d. It was in 2001 that she made her debut as an actress when she acted in the SBS television drama series “Beautiful Days” alongside well-known actor Lee Byung-hun in which she portrayed the character Lee Min-ji. In 2001, she also starred in the film “Volcano High,” a high-school martial arts comedy, alongside actor Jang Hyuk, and the film “Madeleine” with actor Zo In-sung. These films pushed her through the ranks to success as a new actress and even reunited with Lee Byung-hun when she acted a supporting role in the film noir “A Bittersweet Life.”
After “A Bittersweet Life,” Min-a returned to television to play leading roles in the melodramas “A Love to Kill” and “The Devil” and played a leading role in the romantic comedy film “The Beast and the Beauty” alongside Ryoo Seung-bum and in which she portrayed the character Jang Hae-ju. Min-a began to take on more mature roles in her mid-twenties, highlighting her skills as a diversified actress. The work for which she has become best-known, though, are her roles in the television drama series “My Girlfriend is a Nine-Tailed Fox,” in which she played the role of Mi-ho, and “Arang and the Magistrate,” a historical drama in which she portrayed the title character Arang.