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Jung Il-woo in March 2011
9 September 1987 |
Seoul, South Korea
|Alma mater||Hanyang University|
|Occupation||Actor, model, singer|
|Height||1.84 m (6 ft 1⁄2 in)|
|Revised Romanization||Jeong Ir-u|
Jung Il-woo (Hangul: 정일우; Hanja: 丁一宇) (born 9 September 1987) is a South Korean actor, model and singer. He is best known for his lead role in Flower Boy Ramyun Shop and as Prince Yang Myung in Moon Embracing the Sun. He is managed by Soop Management.
Early life 
Son of a former television news anchorman, Jung Il-woo studied Broadcasting at the Seoul Institute of the Arts, later transferring to the Theater & Film department of Hanyang University.
In August 2006, Il Woo sustained injuries in a serious car accident while riding with childhood friend and fellow actor Lee Min-ho, who was badly injured in the accident.
Jung first rose to fame for his role in 2006 daytime family sitcom Unstoppable High Kick, as troubled teen motorcycle fanatic Lee Yoon Ho. After some cameo TV appearances and a co-starring role in romantic comedy My Love, he starred as the lead in 2009 MBC historical drama The Return of Iljimae. Jung continued his acting studies, taking on a challenging role as a young HIV-positive gay man in the sold-out play Beautiful Sunday. Subsequent Korean TV appearances included idealistic, upper-class lawyer Lee Tae Yoon in the 2009 romantic comedy My Fair Lady and a breakout role as the Scheduler, a witty, modern-day Grim Reaper in the drama 49 Days.
His popularity rose in 2011 cable TV drama Flower Boy Ramyun Shop where he starred as arrogant heir Cha Chi-soo and 2012 historical drama Moon Embracing the Sunref>Sunwoo, Carla (26 December 2011). "Jung Il-woo to appear in MBC drama". Joongang Daily. Retrieved 24 October 2012.</ref> On 4 May 2012, Jung signed on to be managed by Soop Management.
Jung Il-woo's boyish smile and clean-cut, handsome looks has made him a mainstay of South Korean advertising since his debut. Recent South Korean product endorsements include LG LTE II mobile phones, Domino's Pizza, Doritos, Fila Sport clothing, and Philips razors. Jung Il-woo has not only starred in TV and print ads for these companies, but also frequently makes personal appearances, autographing and being photographed with contest winners.
Hallyu Star Jung Il Woo 
Jung has achieved hallyu (international) star status. He actively communicates with fans around the world through social networking websites like Twitter, Facebook, WeiBo and me2day. From uploading photos he’s taken himself to replying to fans on Twitter, Jung has garnered the nickname ‘Kind Il Woo.’ The actor says that he can feel his foreign fans’ love.
“On Twitter, there are fans who write comments in English or use translators to write in Korean,” said Jung. “And when I go abroad, I can sense the differences in the fans’ propensities, depending on the country. Japanese fans like to keep their distance and watch from afar while Chinese fans are much more forward. After the drama "49 Days", I made some Southeast Asian fans. I’m amid preparations to promote in Southeast Asia next year. I really want to meet them.”
Most of Jung Il-woo's TV dramas have been licensed to TV stations or streaming, subtitled internet video-on-demand sites in China, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, the Philippines, Eastern Europe, Russia and the United States.
Chinese popularity 
Jung Il Woo ranks first place as the best actor in China 
Jung Il Woo, who recently appeared on a popular variety talk show, ranked first place on Baidu as the most popular actor. According to his agency, Forest, on May 21, Jung’s popularity rose dramatically after the appearance on Chun Chun Hyang Sang and ranked first place as the most popular actor on a Chinese portal site, Baidu on May 13. Chun Chun Hyang Sang is a program regarding etiquette, and has the highest viewer ratings in China for the last two years.
Jung Il Woo attends the ‘Shanghai TV Festival’ for ‘The Moon That Embraces the Sun' 
On June 15th, the 18th ‘Shanghai TV Festival’ held its awards and closing ceremony where Jung Il Woo attended as a special invitee. ‘The Moon That Embraces the Sun’, which ended its broadcast in Korea in March, won silver in the international drama category. As one of the leads in the drama, Jung Il Woo accepted the trophy on behalf of the cast and crew. The ‘Shanghai TV Festival’ was launched in 1988 and is one of the biggest TV festivals in China
Jung Il Woo is Asia’s Actor of The Year 
The Huading annual awards show in Beijing recognizes the Chinese public’s favorite entertainers. Jung became the first non-Chinese entertainer to be nominated and win an award since the awards started seven years ago. The Huadings had previously focused only on Chinese entertainment, but decided to include all of Asia in 2012. Award winners were chosen through phone and online surveys as well as by a panel of entertainment insiders and experts.
Accepting the award on the TV broadcast, Jung thanked his Chinese fans in Mandarin and said it was an honor to take home the coveted award.After the show, Jung also was named Most Popular Entertainer at the show in a poll by the Chinese search engine Sina.com.
|2006||The World of Silence||조용한 세상||as young Jung Ho|
|2007||My Love||내사랑||as Ji Woo|
|Goodbye Sadness||굿바이 새드니스||as Gu Jung Hyun|
Television drama 
|2006-2007||Unstoppable High Kick||거침없이 하이킥||Lee Yoon Ho||MBC|
|2008||The Secret of Kookoo Island||크크섬의 비밀||cameo; as Lee Yoon Ho - Ep.1||MBC|
|2009||The Return of Iljimae||돌아온 일지매||as Iljimae||MBC|
|My Fair Lady||아가씨를 부탁해||as Lee Tae Yoon||KBS2|
|High Kick! (season 2)||지붕 뚫고 하이킥||guest star; as Il Woo - ep.35||MBC|
|2011||49 Days||49일||as Scheduler/Song Yi Soo||SBS|
|Flower Boy Ramen Shop||꽃미남 라면가게||as Cha Chi Soo||tvN|
|High Kick 3: Revenge of the Short-Legged||지붕 뚫고 하이킥||guest star; as Ilwoo - Ep. 40||MBC|
|2012||Moon Embracing the Sun||해를 품은 달||as Prince Yang Myung||MBC|
Music video appearances 
|2006||This Is Me - SAT|
|2007||Goodbye Sadness - Gu Jung Hyun|
Special program 
|2011||[MTV Korea] One More Time – Ready Action Jung Il Woo|
|2011||[jTBC] Amazing Dream Project|
|2012||China’s Variety Talkshow “Tian Tian Xiang Shang” (Day Day Up)|
|FILA Sport Korea F/W collection||2012|||
|Domino's Pizza||2012|| with Miss A’s Suzy Bae|
|LG Optimus LTE II mobile phone||2012|
|Holika Holika (cosmetics and skincare)||2012||with Sistar|
|Enprani (cosmetics and skincare)||2012|
|Googims clothing F&W & S/S collection (sportswear)||2011-2012|
|NIX Footwear & Nix Jeans F/W & S/S collection||2009-2010|
|Spasso collection (tailored mean's business and casual wear)||2007-2008|
|CLride clothing (sportswear)||2007||with Go ara|
|MNet Summer Break||2007|
|Samsung Anycall MyStage 3.5 mobile phone||2007||with Go Hara|
|Samsung Anycall DMB mobile phone||2007||with Lee Hyori|
|Samsung Anycall – Talk. Play. Love.||2007||with Go Hara and Lee Hyori|
|HTO Banana Flavoured Milk||2007||with Unstoppable High Kick! co-stars|
|[Somang Cosmetics] Beauty Credit Coenzyme Cream Q10||2007||with Go hye sun|
- Narration in “Dynamic Duo” song title ‘That Damn Guy‘
- Scheduler Song- 49 Days OST
- Digital Single for "49 Days" OST --> Jung IL Woo Scarcrow
- Digital Single for "Flower Boys Ramyun Shop" OST --> Jung Il Woo Someone Like You
Social contributions 
|2011||12th Jeonju International Film Festival Honorary Ambassador|
|2011||Canadian Tourism Commission Honorary Ambassador|
|2011||China “2011 Toto’s Workroom” Official Mentor|
|2012||Selected as a Korean representative for the 4th “Korea-Japan Friendship|
- Ho, Stewart (4 May 2012). "Jung Il Woo Joins Agency of Gong Yoo, Jeon Do Yeon and Gong Hyo Jin". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 13 November 2012.
- Ho, Stewart (7 May 2012). "Jung Il Woo to Guest on Chinese TV Talk Show Tian Tian Xiang Shang". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 13 November 2012.
- Ho, Stewart (9 September 2012). "Jung Il Woo Braves the Outdoors for Fila Sport". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 11 December 2012.
- Sunwoo, Carla (7 September 2012). "Jung Il-woo taps into his wild side". Joongang Daily. Retrieved 24 January 2013.
- Sunwoo, Carla (22 June 2012). "Jung Il-woo proves that cheese isn’t the only pizza topping". Joongang Daily. Retrieved 24 January 2013.
- Ho, Stewart (8 May 2012). "Jung Il Woo and SISTAR’s Cosmetic Advertisement Released". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 13 November 2012.
- "Jung Il-woo, Kim So-eun to Promote Jeonju Int'l Film Fest". Chosun Ilbo. 9 March 2011. Retrieved 13 November 2012.
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