Kim Soo-hyun

  • I. Introduction

    Kim Soo-hyun was born on February 16, 1988 in Seoul. His father, Kim Chung-hoon was the lead singer of the 80's band "Seven Dolphins". Soo-hyun is known for his roles in famous TV dramas such Dream High, Moon Embracing the Sun, My Love from the Star, the Producers, It's Okay to Not Be Okay. He also acted in films such as The Thieves, Secretly, Greatly and Real.

    He completed his schooling in Seoul along with gaining some experience in theater. He debuted as a TV actor in 2007 and enrolled at Chung-Ang University's Film and Theater Department two years later.

    He acted in a couple of supporting roles in sitcoms and youth dramas. He only became a household name in 2011 when he acted in the teen musical drama Dream High. To prepare for his role in this drama, Soo-hyun studied song and dance at JYP Entertainment. His career skyrocketed after starring in successful dramas soon after.

    In 2017, he halted his acting due to enlisting in the military. He was supposed to work in public service duty instead of active duty as he previously underwent a surgery related to his heart. However, he voluntarily went for re-examinations and was eventually cleared for the combat. He entered a military camp in Paju, Gyeonggi Province to complete his basic training.

    Post enlistment, Kim made headlines in newspapers when he stepped back into his acting career through his cameo appearances on dramas Hotel del Luna and Crash Landing on You.

    In 2020, Kim took on the role of Moon Gang-tae, an orphaned psychiatric aide in the tvN and Netflix broadcast romance drama It's Okay to Not Be Okay. The series was Kim's first small screen appearance in a lead role after a five-year gap.

    II. Filmography

    Year Title Role Notes
    2008 Cherry Blossom Han Hyun-joon Short film
    2009 Worst Friends Kim Joon-ki ...
    2012 The Thieves

    2013 Secretely, Greatly

    Won Ryu-hwan/ Bang Dong-gu
    2014 Miss Granny Young Mr. Park Cameo
    2017 Real

    Jang Tae-young

    III. Television Series

    Year Title Role Network
    2007 Kimchi Cheese Smile Kim Soo-hyun MBC
    2008 Jungle Fish Han Jae-ta KBS
    2009 Seven Years of Love Chun-jae OBS
    ... Will it Snow for Christmas? Teen Cha Kang-jin SBS
    ... Father's House Kang Jae-il ...
    2010 Giant Teen Lee Sung-mo ...
    2011 Dream High

    Song Sam-dong KBS
    2012 Moon Embracing the Sun

    King Lee Hwon MBC
    ... Dream High 2 Song Sam-dong (cameo) KBS
    2013-14 My Love from the Star

    Do Min-joon SBS
    2015 The Producers

    Baek Seung-chan KBS
    2019 Hotel Del Luna Owner of Hotel Blue Moon (cameo) tvN
    2020 Crash Landing on You Bang Dong-gu (cameo) ...
    ... It's Okay to Not Be Okay

    Moon Gang-tae ...
    2021 One Ordinary Day Kim Hyun-soo Coupang Play

    V. Accolades

    Award Year Category Nominated Work
    APAN Star Awards 2012 Excellence Award, Actor Moon Embracing the Sun
    ... 2014 Top Excellence Award, Actor My Love from the Star
    ... Hallyu Star Award ...
    ... 2015 Grand Prize (Daesang) The Producers
    ... 2021 Popular Star Award It's Okay to Not Be Okay
    Asia Artist Awards 2020 Grand Prize (Daesang) It's Okay to Not Be Okay
    ... ... AAA Hot Issue Award Himself
    Asia Model Awards 2011 CF Model Award Himself
    Baeksang Arts Awards 2012 Best Actor - TV Moon Embracing the Sun
    ... 2014 Best New Actor - Film Secretly, Greatly
    ... ... Most Popular Actor - Film ...
    ... ... Most Popular Actor - TV My Love from the Star
    BIFF with Marie Claire Asia Star Awards 2014 Asia Star Award Himself
    Big Ben Awards 2019 Global Ten Outstanding Young Persons Himself
    Blue Dragon Film Awards 2012 Popular Star Award The Thieves
    Busan International Advertising Festival 2016 China's favorite Korean Advertising Model Himself
    KBS Drama Awards 2011 Best New Actor Dream High
    ... ... Popularity Award ...
    ... ... Best Couple with Suzy ...
    ... 2015 Best Couple with Chat Tae-hyun The Producers
    ... ... Netizen Award ...
    MBC Drama Awards 2012 Top Excellence Award Moon Embracing the Sun
    ... ... Popularity Award ...
    SBS Drama Awards 2014 Top Excellence Award My Love from the Star
    ... ... Netizen Popularity Award ...
    ... ... Top 10 Stars ...
    ... ... Best Couple with Jun Ji-hyun ...
    Seoul International Drama Awards ... Best Korean Actor ...
    ... ... People's Choice Popular Actor ...