Kim Bum

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Kim.
Kim Bum
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Born 김상범/金尚泛 (Kim Sang-bum)
(1989-07-07) July 7, 1989 (age 25)
South KoreaSeoul, South Korea
Nationality South Korea
Other names Ian Kim, Japanese: キム•ボム
Education Chung-Ang University (2008-present)[1]
Occupation Actor, Singer, Model
Years active 2006-present
Agent King Kong Entertainment
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)[1]
Weight 66kg
Korean name
Hangul 김범
Revised Romanization Gim Beom
McCune–Reischauer Kim Pŏm
Birth name
Hangul 김상범
Revised Romanization Gim Sang-beom
McCune–Reischauer Kim Sangpŏm

Kim Sang-bum (Hangul: 김상범; hanja: 金尚泛; born July 7, 1989), known by the stage name Kim Bum, is a South Korean actor, singer, and model. He is best known for his role as So Yi-jung, in Boys Over Flowers.


Kim Sang-bum was born in Seoul, South Korea on July 7, 1989. His immediate family consists of his mother, father, and one younger sister. While growing up in high school, he excelled in football (soccer), became class president, and maintained high grades. He currently attends Chung-Ang University to continue studying in the Film and Theater Department.

Kim joined the "Survival Star Audition", and was placed 6th out of hundreds of contestants, but, because he was only 17, he could not proceed in the competition, since the program was aimed at actors in their 20's. "Survival Star Audition" opened many opportunities for Kim, though. He received multiple television series roles and his popularity soared. In 2008, Kim won the Netizen Popularity Award at the Korea Drama Awards.

He rose to prominence in 2009 after playing the role of So Yi-jung in the popular hit drama series, Boys Over Flowers. In 2011, he was cast in Padam Padam: The Sound of His and Her Heartbeats as the guardian angel, Lee Gook Soo.

Kim released his first studio album, Hometown, on June 20, 2012. He performed his first solo concert, Kim Beom Japan Live 2012, at the Stellar Ball in Tokyo's Shinagawa Prince Hotel. He sang a total of 11 songs and received praise for his vocal ability.

Personal life[edit]

In February 2012 Kim's agency announced that he was suffering from degenerative arthritis due to the dramatic weight-loss he experienced after training for his role in the JTBC cable drama Padam Padam: The Sound of His and Her Heartbeats.[2] Kim is very close friends with fellow actors Jung Il-woo and Lee Min-ho with whom he co-starred in Boys Over Flowers.[3]

It was revealed on November 1, 2013 that Kim Bum is dating his Goddess of Fire co-star, Moon Geun-young. However,on May 15,2014 media outlets reported that Kim Bum and Moon Geun-young had ended their 7 months relationship. Not long after,agencies of both actors confirmed the news stating: "They did break up not too long ago but have decided to remain good friends and supportive colleagues".[4]



Year Title Role
2007 Hellcats (also known as I Like It Hot) Lee Ho-jae
2008 Death Bell Kang Hyeon
2009 Flight (also known as Fly High) Si-beom
2013 Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon[5] Yuan Zhen[6]
2013 Psychometry[7] Kim Joon
2015 Lovers and Movies

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2006 Rude Women Jeong Hyeon-jun
Unstoppable High Kick Kim Bum
2008 East of Eden Lee Dong-cheol (15 years old) Korea Drama Awards for Netizen Popularity
Nominated — Baeksang Arts Award for Best Male Popularity
2009 Boys Over Flowers So Yi-jung (together with Kim So-eun) won the top spot on the Arirang Showbiz Extra Best Couple Survey.
Dream Lee Jang-seok SBS Drama Award for Best New Star
High Kick Through the Roof Ja-ok's nephew cameo appearance (episode 72)
2010 The Woman Who Still Wants to Marry Ha Min-jae
Haru: An Unforgettable Day in Korea Photographer Produced by the Korea National Tourism Organization.
2011 Padam Padam: The Sound of His and Her Heartbeats Lee Gook-soo (Kang-chil’s personal angel)
2012 High Kick 3 cameo appearance (episode 108)
2013 That Winter, The Wind Blows Park Jin-sung Nominated—Baeksang Arts Award for Most Popular TV Actor
Goddess of Fire Kim Tae-do
2014 The Micro Era of Love (微时代之恋)


Year Title Details Tracklisting Further Information
2009 Eve no Sora / Ima Ai ni Ikimasu
  • Release Date: December 16, 2009
  • Language: Japanese, Korean
"지금 만나러 갑니다 (I’m Going To Meet Her Now)" (Korean Ver.) also on "Boys Over Flowers" OST
2012 Home Town
  • Release Date: June 20, 2012
  • Language: Japanese, Korean


  • KTF (2006)
  • Jindo P.S.1 (2007)
  • Crown Vic: Big Pie (2007)
  • Ottogi Ramyeon (2007)
  • KTF SHOW: Show Al Game (2008)
  • Its Skin Cosmetics (2009)
  • Samsung Anycall (2009) with Kim Hyun Joong and Kim Joon
  • Samsung Anycall Bodyguard (2009) with Kim So Eun
  • RC Cola Philippines (2009) with Maja Salvador
  • LG Telecom Teen Ring (2009) with Lee Min Ho and Ku Hye Sun
  • Maxim Coffee (2009)
  • Spris with Go Ara (2009)
  • Hanbul Cosmetics (2009)
  • T.I. for Men (2009)
  • Bon I.F. (2009) with Kim So Eun
  • Edwin (2009) with Miss A
  • The Face Shop Skin Care Products (2010)
  • KIA's Koup (2010)
  • LG Telecom (2010) with Lee Yeon Hee
  • D Maris (2010)
  • Ring Pang Donuts (2010)
  • Ring Pang Cafe (2011)
  • Vogue Girl Magazine (2011)
  • Biotherm Homme T-Pur Skin Care Product (2011)
  • Ole Candy (2012)
  • UNICEF Special Envoy (2012)
  • Men's UNO Chinese Clothing Line (2012)
  • Grazia Chinese Magazine (2012)
  • Eichitoo Chinese Clothing Line (2012–present)
  • Elle Magazine (2013)
  • Superdry Clothing Line Singapore (2013)
  • Mioggi Cosmetics Skin Care in Shanghai (2013)

Social contributions[edit]

  • Special Envoy for UNICEF's Present for Life Campaign to help underprivileged children (2012)

Awards and nominations[edit]


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