October 6, 1986
Daegu, South Korea
|Education||Konkuk University - Film|
|Agent||United Artists Agency|
|Revised Romanization||Yu A-in|
|Revised Romanization||Eom Hong-sik|
Uhm Hong-shik, a Daegu native, dropped out of high school to pursue acting. Using the stage name Yoo Ah-in, he made his acting debut in the youth series Sharp 1 in 2003. Various roles on film and television followed, from a lost teenager in low-budget indie Boys of Tomorrow, the lonely warrior in Chil-woo the Mighty, to the energetic patissier aspirant in Antique, and a cheeky assistant in He Who Can't Marry.
Yoo's breakout role came in popular 2010 period drama Sungkyunkwan Scandal. This was followed by his first big-screen leading role in the coming-of-age film Punch, a critical and box-office success in 2011. His costar, veteran actor Kim Yoon-seok predicted that "In the next 10 years, he will be one of the biggest names in Korean cinema."
Considered one of the most outspoken and politically minded Korean actors of his generation, Yoo drew media attention in late 2012 when he tweeted a strongly worded criticism against the withdrawal of Ahn Cheol-soo from the presidential race.
Cast as King Sukjong in the 2013 period drama Jang Ok-jung, Living by Love, a revisionist take on infamous royal concubine Jang Hui-bin, Yoo called the role one of the biggest challenges of his career and he garnered favorable press reviews for his mature, charismatic and versatile portrayal.
He then played the titular character "Kang-chul" in the film Tough as Iron, about a Busan pier worker who takes care of his mother afflicted with dementia and kidney disease. Yoo and Tough as Iron costar Jung Yu-mi later collaborated again as voice actors in the animated film The Satellite Girl and Milk Cow.
In 2014, he appeared in a quirky supporting role in Lee Han's Elegant Lies (this was Lee's second film adaptation of a Kim Ryeo-ryeong novel after Punch). Cable melodrama Secret Love Affair followed, in which Yoo played a piano prodigy who falls for a married, much older woman. He next stars as an amoral young millionaire who faces off with a detective in Ryoo Seung-wan's crime thriller Veteran, and as the tragic Crown Prince Sado in Lee Joon-ik's period drama The Throne.
|2006||Boys of Tomorrow||Jong-dae|
|2007||Shim's Family (aka Skeletons in the Closet)||Shim Yong-tae|
|2009||Sky and Ocean||Jin-goo|
|2013||Tough as Iron||Kang-chul|
|2014||The Satellite Girl and Milk Cow (animated)||Kyung-chun (voice)|
|Elegant Lies||Choo Sang-bak|
|The Throne||Crown Prince Sado|
|2003||Sharp 1||art student Yoo Ah-in
|2004||April Kiss||16-year-old Kang Jae-sup||KBS2|
|2005||Shi-eun & Soo-ha||Min-suk||KBS2||Drama City episode|
|2008||Chil-woo the Mighty||Heuksan / Kim Hyuk||KBS2|
|2009||He Who Can't Marry||Park Hyun-kyu||KBS2|
|2010||Sungkyunkwan Scandal||Moon Jae-shin||KBS2|
|2011||Yoo Ah-in's Launch My Life||Himself||Mnet||Fashion/business reality show|
|2012||Fashion King||Kang Young-gul||SBS|
|2013||Jang Ok-jung, Living by Love||King Sukjong||SBS|
|2014||Secret Love Affair||Lee Sun-jae||jTBC|
|Discovery of Love||Woodworking class student
(cameo, episode 16)
Awards and nominations
|2007||Pyeongtaek Film Festival||Best New Actor||Boys of Tomorrow||Won|
|8th Busan Film Critics Awards||Best New Actor||Won|
|28th Blue Dragon Film Awards||Best New Actor||Shim's Family||Nominated|
|2008||11th Director's Cut Awards||Best New Actor||Antique||Won|||
|2009||KBS Drama Awards||Best New Actor||He Who Can't Marry||Nominated|
(Audi Korea and Arena Homme +)
|KBS Drama Awards||Best Couple Award with Song Joong-ki||Sungkyunkwan Scandal||Won|
|Best New Actor||Nominated|
|2011||5th Mnet 20's Choice Awards||Hot 20's Voice||N/A||Won|
|4th Style Icon Awards||Bonsang ("Main Award")||N/A||Won|
|2012||3rd KOFRA Film Awards||Discovery Award||Punch||Won|
|6th Mnet 20's Choice Awards||20′s Male Movie Star||Nominated|||
|SBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries||Fashion King||Nominated|
|2013||SBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actor in a Drama Special||Jang Ok-jung, Living by Love||Nominated|||
|2014||50th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actor (TV)||Secret Love Affair||Nominated|||
|7th Korea Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actor||Nominated|
|3rd APAN Star Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries||Nominated|
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