Choi Si-won, known mononymously as Siwon, is a South Korean singer, songwriter, model, and actor known for his work as a member of South Korean boy group Super Junior. Choi committed as special representative of UNICEF Korea for children’s issues over the last four years before he was chosen as UNICEF regional ambassador for East Asia and Pacific in November 2019.
Aside from being a member of Super Junior, Choi has also ventured into solo activities, mainly acting. He played lead roles in the Korean dramas Oh! My Lady (2010), Poseidon (2011), Revolutionary Love (2017), and My Fellow Citizens! (2019) and had supporting roles in Athena: Goddess of War (2010), The King of Dramas (2012) and She Was Pretty (2015). Choi has also participated in various Chinese language films such as Helios, To the Fore and Dragon Blade.
Choi Si-won is a representative for Audi Korea. In 2015, Choi Si-won was chosen by the luxury watchmaker brand Piaget as their youngest Asian model. As in 2016, Choi Si-won is listed in Forbes magazine “30 Under 30 Asia”. Si-won is described as “one of South Korea’s most sought-after singers and actors”.
Choi Si-won will be producer of an upcoming film. In 2015, Choi Siwon with EnterMedia Pictures (CEO Lee Dong Hoon) purchased the rights to the 2011 Daum webtoon “Interview,” authored by Rude Vico (romanized from the Korean 루드비코).
Choi graduated from Apgu Jeong High School in February 2006 and from Inha University in February 2012 alongside fellow member Kim Ryeowook.
Choi is well known as a devout Protestant Christian, and has said in an interview that after his career, he would like to become a missionary. He frequently posts Bible quotes on his Twitter and Weibo accounts. He has also collaborated with the Christian singing group 3rd Wave Music along with other K-pop artists.
In 2008, Choi appeared on Chinese postage stamps, one of the first four South Korean artists to do so. The stamps were sold as a charity event to raise funds for victims of an earthquake which happened in China earlier that year.
Choi enlisted as a conscripted policeman on 19 November 2015. He was discharged from mandatory military service on 18 August 2017.
A wax figure of Choi was unveiled at Madame Tussauds in Hong Kong on 19 November 2015.
In 2006, Choi was cast in the Hong Kong epic film A Battle of Wits, playing the role of the Liang Prince. This also marks his film debut. Choi received praise from co-star Andy Lau, who stated that Choi sets a good example for Hong Kong actors.
In 2007, Choi starred in Attack on the Pin-Up Boys along with other Super Junior members. The same year, he was cast in MBC's two-episode mini series Legend of Hyang Dan.
After a three-year hiatus, Choi returned to the screen with SBS' romantic comedy Oh! My Lady. The same year, he starred in the big-budget spy series Athena: Goddess of War, a spin-off to the 2009 hit drama Iris. He plays a data analyst and rookie elite agent.
In 2011, Choi headlined KBS' action drama Poseidon. The same year, he starred in his first taiwanese drama Skip Beat! with Ivy Chen and fellow band member Donghae. The series is a live-action adaptation of Japanese shōjo manga titled Skip Beat! by Yoshiki Nakamura.
In 2012, Choi starred in SBS' comedy satire drama The King of Dramas, based around Korean television production. He plays Kang Hyun-min, a top celebrity with a prickly personality.
Choi starred in multiple projects in 2015. He co-starred in Hong Kong historical-action film Dragon Blade with Jackie Chan, crime thriller Helios and sports drama To the Fore alongside Eddie Peng and Shawn Dou. He also starred in the Chinese romance drama Fall In Love With You Again and was cast in Billion Dollar Heir, a Chinese adaptation of the 2013 hit drama The Heirs. Back in Korea, Choi starred as the second male lead in MBC's romantic comedy She Was Pretty. He received critical acclaim for his acting performance and comedic portrayal of the character, and experienced a rise in popularity. He released a single for the drama titled "Only You", which ranked atop the music charts.
In October 2017, Choi started in the tvN's youth romance drama Revolutionary Love alongside Kang So-ra. This marked his first project after releasing from his mandatory military enlistment on 18 August 2017.
In April 2019, Choi starred in KBS’s crime comedy drama My Fellow Citizens!.
Choi has joined many UNICEF campaigns since 2010. He was appointed as the special representative of the South Korea committee for UNICEF on 12 November 2015.
Upon his release from the military, Choi confirmed to volunteer for a UNICEF campaign in Vietnam from 21 to 25 August 2017, alongside fellow labelmate Jaemin of NCT Dream. The campaign is named as "SMile for U" which is a music education programme for children with disabilities conducted in partnership with Choi's agency.
|Worthless||2010||Oh! My Lady OST|
|You're the Only One||2015||She Was Pretty OST|
|A Battle of Wits||2006||Prince Liang Shi|
|Attack on the Pin-Up Boys||2007||Student Body President|
|To the Fore||2015||Zheng Ji-won|
|New Year Blues||2021||Jin Ah's ex-boyfriend (Cameo)|
FILMOGRAPHY: Television Series
|Eighteen, Twenty-Nine||2005||Kang Bong-man (younger|
|Spring Waltz||2006||Park Sang-woo|
|Legend of Hyang-dan||2007||Lee Mong-ryong|
|Stage of Youth||2009||Shi Yuan|
|Oh! My Lady||2010||Sung Min-woo|
|Athena: Goddess of War||2010-2011||Kim Jun-ho|
|Skip Beat!||2011-2012||Dun He Lian|
|The King of Dramas||2012||Kang Hyun-min|
|Fall In Love With You Again||2015||Song Chen Yi|
|The Man in the Mask||2015||Thief|
|She Was Pretty||2015||Kim Shin-hyuk|
|Revolutionary Love||2017||Byun Hyuk|
|My Fellow Citizens!||2019||Yang Jung-kook|
|Billion Dollar Heir||TBA||Yue Xi Wang|
FILMOGRAPHY: Variety Shows
|Secret Reports Super Summer||2007||Cast|
|Infinite Challenge||2015||6th Man|
|We Are In Love
(with Liu Wen)
|Kwak's LP Bar||2021||DJ , Host|