Grace Park (actress)

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Grace Park
File:Grace Park @ Battlestar Galactica Orchestra concert 02.jpg
Park in July 2009.
Born (1974-03-14) March 14, 1974 (age 48)
Los Angeles, U.S
Nationality Canadian and American
Citizenship Dual American and Canadian
Occupation Actress
Years active 1999–present
Home town Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Spouse(s) Phil Kim (m. 2004)

Grace Park (born March 14, 1974) is an American-Canadian actress. She gained recognition as Sharon "Boomer" Valerii and Sharon "Athena" Agathon on Battlestar Galactica, as well as Shannon Ng in the Canadian television series teen soap Edgemont. Park currently stars as Officer Kono Kalakaua in the CBS television series Hawaii Five-0, which debuted on September 20, 2010.[1]

Early life

Born in Los Angeles,[2][3] Park moved with her family to Canada when she was 22 months old. She was raised in the Vancouver neighbourhood of Kerrisdale. Park is of Korean heritage[4] and she graduated from Magee Secondary School[5] in 1992 and holds a degree in psychology from the University of British Columbia.[3]


At age 25, Park was cast as high school student Shannon Ng on the Canadian teen soap opera Edgemont.[6]

She appeared in the miniseries Battlestar Galactica in 2003 and continued as the same or related characters in subsequent series and films.

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On the cover of KoreAm, February 2010

Park had a role in the 2007 movie West 32nd, a crime drama set in New York City's Korean neighbourhood.[7]

She appeared as Lt. Sandra Telfair in Electronic Arts' Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars, along with her Battlestar Galactica co-star, Tricia Helfer.[8][9]

In 2008, she had co-starring roles in the A&E series The Cleaner until it was canceled on September 25, 2009 and the CBC series The Border until it was cancelled in 2010. In 2009, Park had an uncredited cameo role on the television show CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. She appeared as a fan in a crowd at a science fiction convention, objecting to a gritty remake of a Star Trek-like series, comparable to the Battlestar Galactica remake in which she starred. In 2009 she reprised her role from Battlestar Galactica in the television movie Battlestar Galactica: The Plan.[10] In 2010, she appeared in the Fox series Human Target as Eva Kahn, and is a main character, Kono Kalakaua, in the 2010 CBS revival of Hawaii Five-0.

Personal life

In 2004, Park married real estate developer Phil Kim.[11] The two live in Vancouver.[12] Park holds dual citizenship in the United States and Canada.


Park was ranked 59th in Maxim Online's 2011 Hot 100 List, 93rd in the "Maxim" Online's 2006 "Hot 100 List" and 81st on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2005 list.



Year Title Role Notes
2000 Romeo Must Die Asian Dancer
2003 Fluffy Amy Short film
2007 West 32nd Lila Lee
2008 Run Rabbit Run Hannah Moon


Year Title Role Notes
1997 Outer Limits, TheThe Outer Limits Virtual Avatar Episode: "Bits of Love"
1997 Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction Maddie Episode: "The Crypt Ghost"
2000 Secret Agent Man Louann / Staffer No. 2 Episodes: "From Prima with Love", "Uncle S.A.M."
2000–01 Immortal, TheThe Immortal Mikiko Recurring role (5 episodes)
2001 Outer Limits, TheThe Outer Limits Satchko Episode: "Time to Time"
2001 Dead Last Bartender No. 2 Episode: "Pilot"
2001 Dark Angel Female Breeding X5 Episode: "Designate This"
2001 Stargate SG-1 Lt. Satterfield Episode: "Proving Ground"
2001–05 Edgemont Shannon Ng Main role (69 episodes)
2002 L.A. Law: The Movie Charmaigne TV film
2003 Jinnah: On Crime – White Knight, Black Widow Cynthia Wong TV film
2003 Battlestar Galactica Lt. Sharon Valerii TV miniseries
2003–04 Jake 2.0 Fran Yoshida Recurring role (4 episodes)
2004 Human Cargo Taiwanese Woman No. 1 TV miniseries
2004 Andromeda Doctor 26 Carol Episode: "Machinery of the Mind"
2004 Dead Zone, TheThe Dead Zone Sexy Bridesmaid Episode: "Speak Now"
2004–09 Battlestar Galactica Lt. Sharon 'Boomer' Valerii
Lt. Sharon 'Athena' Agathon
Main role (73 episodes)
2007 Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars Lt. Sandra Telfair Video game
2007 Battlestar Galactica: Razor Lt. Sharon Valerii TV film
2008–09 Battlestar Galactica: The Face of the Enemy Number Eight TV miniseries
2008–09 Cleaner, TheThe Cleaner Akani Cuesta Main role (26 episodes)
2008–10 Border, TheThe Border Special Agent Liz Carver Main role (12 episodes)
2009 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Convention Attendee Episode: "A Space Oddity"
2009 Battlestar Galactica: The Plan Lt. Sharon 'Boomer' Valerii TV film
2010 Human Target Eva Khan Episode: "Corner Man"
2010, 2013 American Dad! Akiko Yoshida (voice) Episodes: "Best Little Horror House in Langley Falls", "Spelling Bee My Baby"
2010–present Hawaii Five-0 Kono Kalakaua Main role
Nominated: 2013 Teen Choice AwardsChoice TV Actress: Action


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