Choi Jin-hyuk

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Choi Jin-hyuk
2013.12.31 SBS 연기대상 레드카펫 최진혁.jpg
Choi Jin-hyuk in December 2013
Kim Tae-ho[1]

(1986-02-09) February 9, 1986 (age 34)[2]
Years active2006–present
AgentG-Tree Creative
Korean name
Revised RomanizationChoe Jin-hyeok
McCune–ReischauerCh'oe Chinhyŏk
Birth name
Revised RomanizationGim Tae-ho
McCune–ReischauerKim T'aeho

Choi Jin-hyuk (Korean최진혁, born Kim Tae-ho) is a South Korean actor. He gained attention for his supporting roles in Gu Family Book and The Heirs, and then went on to star in lead roles in Emergency Couple, Pride and Prejudice, Tunnel, Devilish Charm, The Last Empress and Rugal.


Kim Tae-ho launched his acting career after he won the grand prize in the KBS reality talent show Survival Star Audition in 2006.[3][4] He began using the stage name Choi Jin-hyuk in 2010, prior to the airing of family drama It's Okay, Daddy's Girl, in which he was cast in his first leading role.[5] He also starred in the romantic comedies I Need Romance (2011),[6] and Ms Panda and Mr Hedgehog (2012).[7][8] Choi made his big-screen debut in the romance film Love Clinique.[9]

His breakout came in 2013 after a well-received appearance on fantasy-period drama Gu Family Book.[10][11][12][13] Afterwards, Choi landed supporting roles in two high-profile projects: writer Kim Eun-sook's trendy drama The Heirs, and the action film The Divine Move.[14][15] His costar in The Divine Move, Jung Woo-sung also directed him in the short film Beginning of a Dream (Choi had joined Jung's agency Red Brick House).[16][17]

In 2014, he headlined his first miniseries, the cable romantic comedy/medical drama Emergency Couple.[18][3][19] Choi then returned to network television with a supporting role in You Are My Destiny, a remake of the 2008 Taiwanese drama.[20] Another leading role followed with the legal drama Pride and Prejudice.[21][22] He was also cast in a minor role in the Japanese film Koisuru Vampire ("Vampire in Love").

Choi went on a hiatus from acting when he enlisted for mandatory military service on March 31, 2015.[22][23] He had the option to join the Seoul Police Promotional Team, the theater unit under the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency, but choose to serve as an active duty soldier.[24] He was discharged from the army after just seven months due to a knee injury.[25]

Choi made his return with the crime thriller Tunnel,[26] which was a hit in China.[27] In 2018, he was cast in the romantic comedy drama Devilish Charm,[28] and mystery thriller series The Last Empress.[29]

In 2019, Choi was cast in the thriller drama Justice.[30]

In 2020, Choi starred in the science fiction action drama Rugal.[31]


Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2006 Rainbow Romance High school student (bit part) MBC
2006–2007 Just Run! Lee Hyuk-jin KBS2
2007 Drama City
"A Neighborhood for Young People"
Kim Byung-yong
2007–2008 Belle Oh Jae-hyuk KBS1
2008 Hometown Legends "Nine-tailed Fox" Hyo-moon KBS2
2008–2009 My Precious You Ha Dong-woo
2009 Hometown Legends "Come with Me to Hell" Lee Rang
2010 Pasta[32] Sunwoo Deok MBC
2010–2011 It's Okay, Daddy's Girl Choi Hyuk-ki SBS
2011 I Need Romance Bae Sung-hyun tvN
2011-2012 My Daughter the Flower[33] Gu Sang-hyuk SBS
2012 Ms Panda and Mr Hedgehog Choi Won-il Channel A
2013 Gu Family Book Gu Wol-ryung MBC
The Heirs Kim Won SBS
2014 Emergency Couple Oh Chang-min tvN
Flower Grandpa Investigation Unit[34] young Lee Joon-hyuk (cameo)
You Are My Destiny Daniel Pitt MBC
2014–2015 Pride and Prejudice Gu Dong-chi
2017 Tunnel Park Gwang-ho OCN
2018 Devilish Joy Gong Ma-seong MBN, Dramax
2018–2019 The Last Empress Na Wang-sik / Cheon Woo-Bin SBS
2019 Justice Lee Tae-kyung KBS2
Flower Crew: Joseon Marriage Agency Military Officer (cameo) JTBC
2020 Rugal Kang Ki-Beom OCN
Zombie Detective Kim Moo-young KBS2
2021 Mouse TBA TvN


Year Title Role
2012 Love Clinique Park Min-soo
2013 Beginning of a Dream (short film) Kim Jun-su
2014 The Divine Move Sun-soo
2015 Koisuru Vampire Mike

Variety show[edit]

Year Title Network Notes
2006 Survival Star Audition KBS2 Contestant
2010 Star Photographer Tansaenggi - Passionate Force MBC Every 1 Cast member
2013 MBC 10th Anniversary Special:
From Dae Jang Geum to I Am a Singer
MBC Host[35]

Music video[edit]

Year Song title Artist
2012 "Even If I Choke Up" T.G.U.S.
2013 "Sad Song"[36] Tae One


Year Song Title Notes
2011 "Enough to Die" track from It's Okay, Daddy's Girl OST[37]
2012 "Inverted Love" track from Ms Panda and Mr Hedgehog OST[38]
2013 "Best Wishes to You" track from Gu Family Book OST[39]
"Don't Look Back" track from The Heirs OST[40]
2014 "Scent of a Flower" track from Emergency Couple OST[41]
2018 "The Love I Tried To Forget" track from Devilish Charm OST[42]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2006 KBS Survival Star Audition Grand Prize (Daesang) N/A Won
2013 6th Style Icon Awards Best K-Style Award N/A Won [43]
2nd APAN Star Awards Best New Actor Gu Family Book Won [44]
MBC Drama Awards Nominated
SBS Drama Awards New Star Award The Heirs Won [45]
2014 50th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actor (TV) Gu Family Book Nominated
3rd Asia Rainbow TV Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor Won [46]
7th Korea Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor The Heirs Nominated
7th Style Icon Awards Top 10 Style Icons N/A Nominated
51st Grand Bell Awards Best New Actor The Divine Move Nominated
35th Blue Dragon Film Awards Nominated
MBC Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Special Project Drama Pride and Prejudice Won [47]
Popularity Award, Actor Nominated
Best Couple Award with Baek Jin-hee Nominated
2018 SBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Wednesday-Thursday Drama The Last Empress Won [48]
2019 KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Justice Nominated
Netizen Award, Actor Nominated
Best Couple Award with Nana Nominated


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  26. ^ "New detective show 'Tunnel' hopes to emulate success of 'Voice'". Yonhap News Agency. 2017-03-22.
  27. ^ "New crime show 'Tunnel' abuzz on China's Weibo: agency". Yonhap News Agency. 2017-03-30.
  28. ^ "[단독] 최진혁·송하윤, '마성의 기쁨' 출연확정…하반기 만난다". Ilgan Sports (in Korean). 2018-05-04.
  29. ^ ""Empress's Dignity" confirmed the main cast". JTBC. 2018-09-04.
  30. ^ "[SBS Star] Choi Jin Hyuk Confirms to Lead an Upcoming Thriller Drama". SBS News. 2019-03-26.
  31. ^ "OCN's 'Rugal' dabbles in biotech action". The Korea Herald. 2020-03-23.
  32. ^ "Choi Jin Hyuk was Jealous of Lee Sun Gyun Acting Opposite Kong Hyo Jin in 'Pasta'". Mwave. 2015-03-10.
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  38. ^ "'판다양' OST, 동해 자작곡-최진혁 보이스 '달달'". Osen (in Korean). 2012-09-25.
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