Yoo Ah-in

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Uhm. In stage/pen name, the surname is Yoo.
Yoo Ah-in
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Born Uhm Hong-shik
(1986-10-06) October 6, 1986 (age 28)
Daegu, South Korea
Education Konkuk University - Film
Occupation Actor
Years active 2003–present
Agent United Artists Agency[1]
Korean name
Hangul 유아인
Revised Romanization Yu A-in
McCune–Reischauer Yu A-in
Birth name
Hangul 엄홍식
Revised Romanization Eom Hong-sik
McCune–Reischauer Ŏm Hongsik

Yoo Ah-in (born Uhm Hong-shik on October 6, 1986) is a South Korean actor. He is best known for his roles in the period drama Sungkyunkwan Scandal and the coming-of-age film Punch.


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,[2] and a cheeky assistant in He Who Can't Marry.

Yoo's breakout role came in popular 2010 period drama Sungkyunkwan Scandal.[3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10] 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.[11][12][13][14][15] 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."[16]

But Yoo's next project Fashion King was poorly received by audiences, particularly its controversial ending.[17][18][19][20]

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.[21][22]

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,[23] 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.[16]

He then played the titular character in the film Tough as Iron, about a Busan pier worker who takes care of his mother afflicted with dementia and kidney disease.[24] 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.[25]

In 2014, he appeared in a quirky supporting role in Lee Han's Thread of 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.[26] He next stars as an amoral young millionaire who faces off with a detective in Ryoo Seung-wan's crime thriller Veteran,[27] and as the tragic Crown Prince Sado in Lee Joon-ik's period drama The Throne.[28]



Year Film Role
2006 Boys of Tomorrow Jong-dae
2007 Shim's Family (aka Skeletons in the Closet) Shim Yong-tae
2008 Antique Yang Ki-beom
2009 Sky and Ocean Jin-goo
2011 Punch Do Wan-deuk
2013 Tough as Iron Gang-cheol
2014 The Satellite Girl and Milk Cow (animated) Kyung-chun (voice)
Thread of Lies Choo Sang-bak
2015 Veteran Jo Tae-oh
The Throne Crown Prince Sado
2016 Happy Facebook


Year Title Role Network Notes
2003 Sharp 1 art student Yoo Ah-in
(guest appearance)
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)
2015 Six Flying Dragons Yi Bang-won SBS

Music video[edit]

Year Song Title Artist
2004 발자국 ("Footprints") T.O
2012 "Only One"[29][30] BoA

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref
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 [31]
2009 KBS Drama Awards Best New Actor He Who Can't Marry Nominated
2010 5th A-Awards
(Audi Korea and Arena Homme +)
Style Award N/A Won
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 [32]
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 [33]
2014 50th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actor (TV) Secret Love Affair Nominated [34]
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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  2. ^ "6 Korean Films to Screen at Berlin Festival". The Chosun Ilbo. 30 January 2009. Retrieved 2012-11-28. 
  3. ^ Lee Ji-hye, Lynn Kim (16 July 2010). "KBS TV series Sungkyunkwan Scandal press conf - Part 1". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  4. ^ Lee Ji-hye, Lucia Hong (16 July 2010). "KBS TV series Sungkyunkwan Scandal press conf - Part 2". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  5. ^ Lee Ji-hye, Jessica Kim (18 August 2010). "Song Joong-ki says will suggest Micky bed scene if ratings fall". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  6. ^ Choi, Ji-eun (12 November 2010). "INTERVIEW: Actor Yoo A-in - Part 1". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  7. ^ Choi, Ji-eun (12 November 2010). "INTERVIEW: Actor Yoo A-in - Part 2". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  8. ^ Choi, Ji-eun (12 November 2010). "INTERVIEW: Actor Yoo A-in - Part 3". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  9. ^ Lee, Ji-hye (8 December 2010). "Actor Yoo A-in's Song Picks". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  10. ^ Lee, Ji-hye (28 January 2011). "Actor Yoo A-in's Movie Picks". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  11. ^ Hong, Lucia (6 September 2011). "Actor Yoo A-in yearns for high school life". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
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  14. ^ Choi, Ji-eun (20 October 2011). "INTERVIEW: Actor Yoo A-in - Part 2". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-03-26. 
  15. ^ Ki, Sun-min (21 October 2011). "Punch pushes actor into next phase of his career". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  16. ^ a b Do, Je-hae (17 June 2013). "New face of Korean drama: Yoo Ah-in steals show in SBS Jang Ok-Jung, Living by Love". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-06-28. 
  17. ^ Suk, Monica (14 March 2012). "Yoo A-in says Fashion King casts know what they are doing". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  18. ^ Choi, Bo-ran (14 March 2012). "Yoo Ah In talks about Fashion King: "We may be young, but it doesn’t necessarily mean we're amateurs"". Star News. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  19. ^ Sunwoo, Carla (17 March 2012). "Yoo Ah-in bares his fashion secrets". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
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  21. ^ Lee, Chul-ho (28 November 2012). "Where is Ahn Cheol-soo?". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2012-12-13. 
  22. ^ Lee, Tae-ho (27 December 2012). "FEATURE: Korean Celebs More Willing to Speak out Their Views". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-12-27. 
  23. ^ Kang, Jung-yeon (27 June 2013). "Yu A-in Bids Farewell to Fans of Jang Ok Jeong". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-06-28. 
  24. ^ "Yu A-in Gets Tough in New Flick". The Chosun Ilbo. 2 October 2013. Retrieved 2014-01-05. 
  25. ^ Conran, Pierce (27 January 2014). "The Satellite Girl and Milk Cow". Korean Cinema Today. Retrieved 2014-03-18. 
  26. ^ Lee, Jeong-bong (17 March 2014). "The cougar and the pianist". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-03-18. 
  27. ^ Jin, Eun-soo (8 March 2014). "Ryoo casts for Veteran". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-03-18. 
  28. ^ Conran, Pierce (13 May 2014). "YOO Ah-in and MOON Geun-young Confirmed for SADO". Korean Film Council. Retrieved 2014-05-19. 
  29. ^ Lee, Hye-ji (19 July 2012). "BoA partners with Yoo Ah-in in Only One music video". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  30. ^ Hong, Grace Danbi (24 July 2012). "BoA Releases Drama Version of Only One Featuring Yoo Ah In". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  31. ^ Garcia, Cathy Rose A. (10 December 2008). "Ha, Kong Win Director's CUT Awards". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  32. ^ Lee, Nancy (8 June 2012). "20's Choice Awards Nominees Announced, Voting Open". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  33. ^ "SBS Drama Awards 2013 Nominees". Hancinema. 24 December 2013. Retrieved 2013-12-24. 
  34. ^ Hicap, Jonathan M. (30 April 2014). "Nominees in 50th Baeksang Art Awards revealed". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved 2014-05-04. 

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