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July 10, 1979
Busan, South Korea
|Education||Kyung Hee University
|Revised Romanization||Gong Yu|
Gong Yoo graduated with B.A. Theater degree at Kyung Hee University. He started his showbusiness career with small parts in dramas and films. He landed his first lead role in Biscuit Teacher and Star Candy in 2005. His acting talent caught the attention of casting directors and audiences and he has become an actor to watch. His role as Choi Han-Kyul in the MBC romantic comedy The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince solidified his status as a leading man. The popularity of the drama made it one of Korea's most watched dramas of 2007, and made Gong Yoo a hallyu star.
The actor finished his mandatory service in the Korean Armed Forces, which started on January 14, 2008 and ended on December 8, 2009.
Gong Yoo initiated and pursued production of a theatrical adaptation of Gong Ji-young's novel The Crucible, a gift from his senior as congratulation for his promotion during enlistment. This movie was internationally released under the title Silenced. The film sparked public outrage since its release in September 22, 2011. This led to a reopening of the investigations into the incidents the novel and film are based on. Public demand for legislative reform reached to the National Assembly, where a revised bill to target on sex criminals against minors and the disabled, dubbed as the Dogani Bill, was successfully passed in late October 2011.
In November 2013 Gong Yoo was appointed as a special representative in the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Korea. In Celebrating the 24th year since the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) was adopted. Following his appointment the actor will participate in visiting over 193 countries around the world to raise awareness of the situation of children in underdeveloped countries.
|Year||Title||Role||No. of Episodes||Network||Notes|
|2001||School 4||Hwang Tae-young||KBS2||guest appearance|
|2002||Whenever the Heart Beats||Park Chan-ho||29||KBS2|||
|Hard Love||Seo Kyung-chul||19||KBS2|||
|2003||20 Years||Seo Joon||40||SBS|||
|My Room, Your Room||Internet drama|
|2005||Biscuit Teacher and Star Candy||Park Tae-in||16||SBS|
|2006||One Fine Day||Seo Gun||16||MBC|
|2007||The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince||Choi Han-kyul||17||MBC|
|2012||Big||Seo Yoon-jae/Kang Kyung-joon||16||KBS2|
|2013||Dating Agency: Cyrano||Magician (cameo)||episode 9||tvN|
|2003||My Tutor Friend||Lee Jong-soo|
|2004||Spy Girl||Choi Ko-bong|
|Superstar Mr. Gam||Park Chul-soo|
|2005||She's on Duty||Kang No-young|
|2007||Like a Dragon||Park Chul||Film adaptation of video game Ryu Ga Gotoku|
|2010||Finding Mr. Destiny||Han Gi-joon||Film adaptation of stage musical Finding Kim Jong-wook|
|2011||Silenced||Kang In-ho||Film adaptation of Gong Ji-young's novel The Crucible|
|2013||The Suspect||Ji Dong-chul|
|Best Music||MC||episodes 155~186||KFN|||
Awards and nominations
|2003||SBS Drama Awards||New Star Award||Won|
|2006||MBC Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries||One Fine Day||Won|
|2007||MBC Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actor||Coffee Prince||Won|
|Popularity Award, Actor||Nominated|
|Best Couple Award (with Yoon Eun-hye)||Nominated|
|2011||32nd Blue Dragon Film Awards||Best Actor||Silenced||Nominated|
|Popular Star Award||Won|
|2012||48th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actor||Nominated|
|KBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries||Big||Nominated|
|Best Couple Award (with Lee Min-jung)||Nominated|
|2013||8th Seoul International Drama Awards||Outstanding Korean Actor||Nominated|
|2014||19th Chunsa Film Art Awards||Best Actor||The Suspect||Nominated|
- "Welcome back, Gong Yoo". 7 December 2009. Retrieved 10 April 2014.
- "백지연의 피플 인사이드'공유편'-A sincere talk with Gong Yoo (English subtitled)" (in Korean). 9 October 2011.
- "INTERVIEW Actor Gong Yoo - Part 1". 27 September 2011.
- "INTERVIEW Actor Gong Yoo - Part 2". 27 September 2011.
- "Gong Yoo a 'Suspect' in his first action role". 13 December 2013. Retrieved 10 April 2014.