Byun Yo-han

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Byun Yo-han
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Byun at an autograph event in Myeong-dong, October 2018
Born (1986-04-29) April 29, 1986 (age 34)
Incheon, South Korea
EducationKorea National University of Arts - Acting
Years active2011–present
AgentSaram Entertainment
Korean name
Revised RomanizationByeon Yo-han
McCune–ReischauerPyŏn Yohan

Byun Yo-han (born April 29, 1986) is a South Korean actor.


He made his acting debut in 2011, and appeared in over 30 short films as a student of Korea National University of Arts.[1][2] The then-unknown actor rose to fame in 2014 with a supporting role in the popular workplace cable series Misaeng: Incomplete Life.[3]

In 2015, he starred in leading roles in indie hit Socialphobia and the romantic comedy Ex-Girlfriends' Club.[1][4][5] In the same year, he also played in historical drama Six Flying Dragons as the best swordsman in Samhan Korea.[6][7] Byun then starred alongside Kim Yoon-seok in the fantasy drama film Will You Be There?.[8][9]

In 2018, he starred in the hit drama Mr. Sunshine, which became one of the highest-rated dramas in Korean cable television history.[10]



Year Title Role Notes
2011 Working on Saturday Do-yeon Short film
Seventeen in Summer Tae-gu Short film
Dear Catastrophe Yo-han Short film
2012 The Night of the Witness Yoo Ji-hoon Short film
Crow Boy Beom-joon Short film
Picnic Together Short film
Magic Hour Sang-hoon Short film
Juvenile Offender Male guest with donut
2013 Norigae Park Ji-hoon
Cold Eyes M3 [11]
Three Mirrors Stalker Short film
Hyun-soo's Story Short film
2014 Tinker Ticker Park Jung-gu [12]
No Tears for the Dead Song Joon-ki [11]
2015 Socialphobia Ji-woong
Madonna Dr. Im Hyeok-gyu [13]
2016 Phantom Detective Gwang Eun-hoi shadow man Special appearance[14]
Will You Be There? young Soo-hyun
2017 A Day Lee Min-chul [15]
2018 My Dream Class Han Gi-tak Short film[16]
2021 The Sun Does Not Move David Kim Japanese film[17]
The Book of Fish Chang Dae [18]
TBA She's Dead / 그녀가 죽었다 [19]
Voice Seo Joon [20]
Hansan / 한산 Wakisaka [21]

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network Notes
2012 Vampire Prosecutor 2 Kim Joon OCN Ep.1[22]
2014 Misaeng: Incomplete Life Han Seok-yool tvN
2015 Ex-Girlfriends' Club Bang Myung-soo
2015-2016 Six Flying Dragons Ddang-sae / Lee Bang-ji SBS
2018 Mr. Sunshine Kim Hee-sung tvN


Year Title Role
2016 Hedwig Hedwig[23]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2014 40th Seoul Independent Film Festival Independent Star Award Socialphobia Won [24]
2015 2nd Wildflower Film Awards Best New Actor Tinker Ticker Nominated [25]
51st Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actor (Film) Socialphobia Nominated [26]
24th Buil Film Awards Best New Actor Won [27]
Cine21 Movie Award Won
36th Blue Dragon Film Awards Nominated [28]
4th APAN Star Awards Misaeng: Incomplete Life Won [29]
23rd SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Serial Drama Six Flying Dragons Won rowspan=2| [30]
New Star Award Won
Korea Film Actors Association Awards Popular Movie Star Socialphobia Won [31]
2016 7th Korea Film Reporters Association Awards
Best New Actor Won [32][33]
21st Chunsa Film Festival Best New Actor Nominated
52nd Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actor (TV) Six Flying Dragons Nominated
Most Popular Actor (TV) Nominated
2017 54th Grand Bell Awards Best New Actor Will You Be There? Nominated
37th Golden Cinema Film Festival Popularity Award Won [34]
1st Korea Musical Awards Best New Actor Hedwig and the Angry Inch Nominated
2019 14th Soompi Awards Top Excellence Actor in a Supporting role Mr. Sunshine Nominated


  1. ^ a b Kim, Hyun-soo (23 March 2015). "BYUN Yo-han of SOCIALPHOBIA: A Star That Shines Brighter on Set". Korean Film Biz Zone.
  2. ^ 연기에 앞서 마음부터 비운다. Cine21 (in Korean). 28 January 2014.
  3. ^ Hong, Grace Danbi (1 February 2015). "Byun Yo Han Talks About Acting in Misaeng and EXO's Su Ho". enewsWorld. Archived from the original on 15 February 2016.
  4. ^ Hong, Hye-jin (2 April 2015). "Byun Yo-han and Song Ji-hyo shows off chemistry". K-pop Herald.
  5. ^ Kwon, Ji-youn (1 May 2015). "Meet members of Ex-girlfriend Club". The Korea Times.
  6. ^ "Who are the 'Six Flying Dragons'?". Kpop Herald. 22 September 2015.
  7. ^ "Byun Yo-han, from rookie to leading actor, proves there was a good reason for the success". Hancinema. TV Report. 3 November 2015.
  8. ^ "Kim Yun-seok and Byun Yo-han cast in lead roles". Kpop Herald. 14 January 2016.
  9. ^ "Inspired actor looks to the future: After years of making independent films, Byun Yo-han is ready to shine". Korea JoongAng Daily. 26 December 2016.
  10. ^ "Byun Yo-han to star in Kim Eun-sook's "Mr. Sunshine"". Hancinema. Ilgan Sports. 17 July 2017.
  11. ^ a b '들개' '우는남자' 변요한, '제2의 이제훈' 주목. Nocutnews (in Korean). 25 March 2014.
  12. ^ Conran, Pierce (28 March 2014). "In Focus: Tinker Ticker". Korean Cinema Today.
  13. ^ '마돈나' 감독 "변요한 순한 얼굴, 상반된 매력 있다" 극찬. TV Report (in Korean). 18 June 2015.
  14. ^ "[Interview] 'Phantom Detective' Lee Je-hoon, "I want to make a sequel with Byun Yo-han"". Hancinema. Herald Corporation. 4 May 2016.
  15. ^ "Time-loop film 'A Day' repeats same accident in different ways". Kpop Herald. 8 June 2017.
  16. ^ "변요한X공승연X박희순 '별리섬' 25일 첫선…포스터+예고편 공개". Sports Chosun (in Korean). 11 October 2018.
  17. ^ "HAN Hyo-joo and BYUN Yo-han Cast in Japanese Film". Korean Film Biz Zone. January 23, 2020.
  18. ^ Choi Young-joo (15 December 2020). "이준익 감독·설경구·변요한 '자산어보', 2021년 개봉". nocutnews.
  19. ^ "변요한, 영화 '그녀가 죽었다' 주인공…신혜선과 재회". News1 Korea. September 9, 2020.
  20. ^ "BYUN Yo-han Speaks Up for VOICE". Korean Film Biz Zone. November 27, 2019.
  21. ^ "'한산: 용의 출현', 박해일-변요한-안성기 등 캐스팅 확정... '명량' 흥행 잇는다". Star Daily News. May 15, 2020.
  22. ^ ‘반지 컬렉터’ 변요한, “제 양손의 반지는요~”. Star1 (in Korean). 26 January 2015.
  23. ^ "Byun Yo-han to take-on iconic role of 'Hedwig'". Kpop Herald. 21 February 2016.
  24. ^ Yoon, Ina (29 December 2014). "Winners at the 40th Seoul Independent Film Festival". Korean Cinema Today.
  25. ^ Ma, Kevin (1 April 2015). "Girl at My Door leads Wildflower nominations". Film Business Asia. Archived from the original on 15 April 2015.
  26. ^ "′백상예술대상′ 남자 신인상 후보, 이민호vs변요한vs강하늘..수상자는?" (in Korean). Chosun Biz. 12 May 2015.
  27. ^ Conran, Pierce (8 October 2015). "THE SHAMLESS Triumphs at the 24th Buil Film Awards". Korean Film Biz Zone.
  28. ^ 청룡영화제 신인상, 이민호-이유영 대종상 기운 이어갈까 (in Korean). Sports Today. 26 November 2015. Retrieved 2016-01-19.
  29. ^ "Kim Soo-hyun wins grand prize at APAN Star Awards". Kpop Herald. 29 November 2015.
  30. ^ "SBS Drama Awards 2015 Winners". Hancinema. 31 December 2015.
  31. ^ "LEE Byung-hun, YOO Ah-in and HAN Hyo-joo Take Top Star Awards". Korean Film Biz Zone. 30 December 2015.
  32. ^ "Jeon Do-yeon named best actress". Korea JoongAng Daily. 28 January 2016.
  33. ^ "Korean reporters pick 'The Throne' as best film of 2015". Kpop Herald. 21 January 2016.
  34. ^ 변요한, 황금촬영상 시상식서 '남자 베스트상' 수상.."감격스럽다". The Star (in Korean). 28 August 2017.[permanent dead link]

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