Choi Si-won

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Choi Si-won
Siwon at Changi Airport, 10 May 2013 01.jpg
Background information
Native name 최시원
Birth name Choi Si-won
Born (1986-04-07) April 7, 1986 (age 31)
Seoul, South Korea
Genres K-pop
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, actor, model
Instruments Vocals, drums, keyboards, guitar
Years active 2005–Hiatus (Military Service)
Labels Label SJ, S.M. Entertainment, Avex Trax
Associated acts Super Junior
Super Junior-M
SM Town
Korean name
Revised Romanization Choi Si-won
McCune–Reischauer Ch'oe Siwŏn

Choi Si-won (born April 7, 1986) is a South Korean singer, songwriter, model, and actor. He is a member of the South Korean boy band Super Junior and its Mandopop subgroup, Super Junior-M. He was one of the first four South Korean artists to appear on Chinese postage stamps.[1]

Aside from being a member of Super Junior, Choi has also ventured into solo activities, mainly acting. He played lead roles Sung Min-Woo in the Korean drama Oh! My Lady (2010) and Kim Sun-Woo in Poseidon (2011). He also had supporting roles in the dramas She Was Pretty, The King of Dramas and Athena: Goddess of War. In 2015, he participated in Chinese language films such as Helios and To the Fore. He also appeared in the historical action film Dragon Blade starring Jackie Chan, Adrien Brody, and John Cusack.

Early life[edit]

Choi was born on April 7, 1986[citation needed],[2] in Seoul, South Korea. He has one younger sister, Ji-won. His father is currently the CEO of Boryung Medicine, a pharmaceutical company.[3] He graduated from Gu Jeong High School in February 2006 and from Inha University in February 2012. Choi is a devout Protestant Christian, and has said in an interview that after his career, he would like to become a missionary.[4]



Choi was scouted by a talent agent from SM Entertainment when he was 16 as he was waiting for friends in front of his high school. The agent recommended him to audition for the company's Starlight Casting System. He auditioned without his parent's approval; his parents were notified only after he passed the auditions. Although his parents allowed him to sign a contract with SM Entertainment, they did not give him any help because they wanted him to take responsibility for his actions.[5]

He later moved into dormitories with fellow trainees and was trained in areas of singing, acting, and dancing. He was featured in a music video of The Grace's Dana whilst he was being trained as a solo singer in 2003. A year after, Choi made a brief appearance in short drama, Precious Family and again in 2005 in the KBS drama Eighteen, Twenty-Nine as young Kang Bong-man, while in 2006 he played the supporting role of Park Sang-woo in drama Spring Waltz.

Debut with Super Junior and Super Junior-M[edit]

Main article: Super Junior

Not long after Choi's first television appearance, SM Entertainment released an announcement that he would officially debut as one of the twelve members in a boy band. A few months before the debut of Super Junior 05, Choi made his first official media appearance with bandmate Han Geng as one of the runway models in a fashion show by Bum Suk.

Choi officially debuted as part of 12-member rotational project group Super Junior 05 on 6 November 2005 on SBS's music programme Popular Songs, performing their first single, "Twins (Knock Out)".[6][7] Their debut album SuperJunior05 (Twins) was released a month later on 5 December 2005 and debuted at #3 on the monthly MIAK K-pop album charts.[8]

In March 2006, SM Entertainment began to recruit new members for the next Super Junior generation. However, plans changed and the company declared a halt in forming future Super Junior generations. Following the addition of thirteenth member Kyuhyun, the group dropped the suffix "05" and became officially credited as Super Junior.[9] The re-polished group's first CD single "U" was released on 7 June 2006, which was their most successful single until the release of "Sorry, Sorry" in March 2009.[10] In the fall of 2007, the group released their second official album, Don't Don, which became Super Junior's best-selling album and South Korea's second best-selling album of the year.[11]

In April 2008, Choi was put into seven-member sub-group Super Junior-M, a Mandopop subgroup of Super Junior for the Chinese music industry. They debuted in China at the 8th Annual Music Chart Awards, simultaneously with the release of their first music video, "U" on 8 April 2008. This was followed by the release of the debut Chinese-language studio album, Me in selected provinces in China on 23 April and 2 May in Taiwan.[12]

Solo career[edit]

In 2006, Siwon was cast in in the Hong Kong epic film A Battle of Wits, playing the role of the Liang Prince. This also marks his film debut.[13] Siwon received praise from co-star Andy Lau, who stated that Siwon sets a good example for Hong Kong actors.[14]

In 2007, Choi starred in Attack on the Pin-Up Boys along with other Super Junior members.[15] The same year, he was cast in MBC's 2-episode mini series Legend of Hyang Dan.

After a 3 year hiatus, Choi returned to the screen with SBS' romantic comedy Oh! My Lady.[16] The same year, he starred in the big-budget spy series Athena: Goddess of War, a spin-off to the 2009 hit drama Iris. He plays a data analyst and rookie elite agent.[17]

In 2011, Choi headlined KBS' action drama Poseidon.[18] The same year, he starred in his first taiwanese drama Skip Beat! with Ivy Chen and fellow band member Donghae. The series is a live-action adaptation of Japanese shōjo manga Skip Beat! by Yoshiki Nakamura.[19]

In 2012, Choi starred in SBS drama The King of Drama, based around Korean television production. He plays Kang Hyun-min, a top celebrity with a prickly personality.[20]

Choi starred in multiple projects in 2015. He co-starred in Hong Kong historical-action film Dragon Blade with Jackie Chan, crime thriller Helios and sports drama To the Fore alongside Eddie Peng and Shawn Dou. He also featured in the Chinese romance drama Fall In Love With You Again and was cast in Billion Dollar Heir, a Chinese adaptation of the 2013 hit drama The Heirs. Back in Korea, Choi starred as the second male lead in MBC's romantic comedy She Was Pretty. He was praised for his acting skills and comedic portrayal of the character.[21]

Personal life[edit]

Choi graduated from Inha University in February 2012 alongside fellow member Kim Ryeowook.[22]

Choi enlisted as a conscripted policeman on 19 November 2015.[23][24] He is set to finish his mandatory military service in the summer of 2017.

Choi is well known as a devout Christian. He frequently posts Bible quotes on his Twitter and Weibo accounts.[citation needed] He also collaborates frequently with the Christian singing group Third Wave Music, even inviting the lead singer to perform with him at Super Junior's Super Show 4 at the Tokyo Dome in Japan.

Choi has joined many UNICEF campaigns since 2010. He was appointed as the special representative of the South Korea committee for UNICEF on 12 November 2015.[25]


Soundtrack and Single contribution[edit]

Year Track Album Artist
2010 Worthless Oh! My Lady OST Siwon
2015 You're the Only One She Was Pretty OST Siwon

MV Appearances[edit]

Year Song Artist(s) Ref.
2003 "What is Love" Dana
2006 "Timeless" Zhang Liyin & Junsu
2008 "I Will" Zhang Liyin
"The Left Shore of Happiness"
2009 "Firefly" Ariel Lin
"S.E.O.U.L." Super Junior & Girls' Generation
2010 "Hoot" Girls' Generation
2014 "Motorcycle" Donghae & Eunhyuk



Year Title Role Country Ref.
2006 A Battle of Wits Prince Liang Shi China, Hong Kong
2007 Attack on the Pin-Up Boys Student Body President South Korea
2012 I AM. Himself South Korea [26]
2015 Dragon Blade Yinpo China, Hong Kong
Helios Park Woo-cheol Hong Kong, China
To the Fore Zheng Ji-won Hong Kong, China [27]

Television Dramas[edit]

Year Title Role Network Notes Ref.
2004 Precious Family N/A KBS Cameo
2005 Eighteen, Twenty-Nine Kang Bong-man Young version
2006 Spring Waltz Park Sang-woo KBS 2TV
Mystery 6 Himself Mnet
Super Junior Mini-Drama
2007 Legend of Hyang-dan Lee Mong-ryong MBC
2009 Stage of Youth Shi Yuan CCTV2 Cameo
2010 Oh! My Lady Sung Min-woo SBS
Athena: Goddess of War Kim Jun-ho
2011 Poseidon Kim Sun-woo KBS
Skip Beat! Dun He Lian
Ren Tsuruga
FTV Main Channel
GTV Variety Show
2012 The King of Dramas Kang Hyun-min SBS
2015 Fall In Love With You Again Song Chen Yi Hunan TV [28]
Masked Prosecutor Thief KBS2 Cameo (Episode 1) [29][30]
She Was Pretty Kim Shin Hyuk MBC
2016 Dramaworld Himself Viki Cameo
TBA Billion Dollar Heir Yue Xi Wang TBA [31][32]

Variety Shows[edit]

Year Title Network Notes Ref.
2010 Running Man SBS Ep. 22, special guest (with Kim Min-jong) [33]
2012 Ep. 75, special guest (with Hyo-rin, Min-ho, So-hee and Sulli) [34]
2013 Ep. 135, special guest (with Jackie Chan) [35]
2014 Happy Together KBS2 Special guest (with Jackie Chan, Jessica and Narsha) [36]
2015 We Are In Love MBC
(with Liu Wen) [37]


Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2010 SBS Drama Awards New Star Award Oh! My Lady Won
4th Men's Health Cool Guy Awards Best Cover Magazine Himself Won
2012 Mnet 20's Choice Awards 20′s Social Artist Himself Nominated [38][39]
2015 MBC Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries She Was Pretty Nominated
Popularity Award, Actor Nominated


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  2. ^ Mark Russell (29 April 2014). K-Pop Now!: The Korean Music Revolution. Tuttle Publishing. p. 39. ISBN 978-1-4629-1411-1. 
  3. ^ "Siwon's father identified as a CEO". Allkpop. 2011-01-04. Retrieved 2011-12-13. 
  4. ^ CNN's Talk Asia interview
  5. ^ An episode of Behind Story
  6. ^ "2005 Super Junior's official debut" Retrieved 2011-12-25 (Chinese)
  7. ^ "SM Unveils 12-Membered Boy Group Named Super Junior" 27 October 2005. Retrieved 2011-12-25
  8. ^ "Album Sales of December 2005". Recording Industry Association of Korea (in Korean). p. 1. Archived from the original on February 25, 2006. Retrieved 2007-10-16. 
  9. ^ "Super Junior adds new member, transformed into 13-person super group" 24 May 2006. Retrieved 2011-05-08 (Chinese)
  10. ^ "SuperJunior releases third studio album" 14 March 2009. Retrieved 2011-12-25 (Chinese)
  11. ^ "Super Junior, SG Wananbe first and second place in 2007 album sales". Moneytoday (in Korean). 12 December 2007. p. 1. Retrieved 2007-12-12. 
  12. ^ "Super Junior-M出道中国 新碟引爆内地歌坛" [Super Junior-M debuts in China new album sweeps music scene]. (in Chinese). 6 May 2008. Retrieved 25 December 2011. 
  13. ^ "Actor Choi Si-won Set to Become Next-Generation Korean Star". HanCinema. 2006-11-23. Retrieved 2006-11-29. 
  14. ^ 崔始源《墨攻》受关注 刘德华赞其后生可畏 [Choi Siwon A Battle of Wits receives attention, receives praise from Andy Lau]. Sina (in Chinese). 23 November 2006. Retrieved 15 December 2007. 
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  17. ^ Hong, Lucia (18 June 2010). "Choi Si-won to join the cast of "IRIS" spin-off". 10Asia. Retrieved 29 June 2012. 
  18. ^ "Choi Si-won, Lee Si-young embark Poseidon". 10Asia. 2 August 2011. Retrieved 2012-04-05.
  19. ^ 華麗4月開麥拉 敲定陳意涵 [Skip Beat! in production in April. Ivy Chan in lead role]. UDN News (in Chinese). 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
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  24. ^ "Super Junior's Siwon, Donghae, Eunhyuk And TVXQ's Changmin Have Confirmed Military Enlistment Dates". kdramastars. September 2, 2015. Retrieved September 4, 2015. 
  25. ^ "군 입대 전, 어린이를 위한 진짜 히어로가 된 최시원 특별대표". UNICEF Korea News. 2015-11-12. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  26. ^ "Documentary Shows Top K-Pop Singers Behind the Scenes". Chosun Ilbo. 2 May 2012. Retrieved 4 May 2012. 
  27. ^ Choi Si Won's new movie To The Fore releases trailer. Retrieved 2014-12-27.
  28. ^ 转身说爱你 Fall in Love With You Again.
  29. ^ "Siwon to cameo in first episode of 'Masked Prosecutor' as a comical thief". allkpop. Retrieved 2015-05-25. 
  30. ^ "'복면검사' 최시원, "뜨개질 미쳐버리겠다" 허당 절도범으로 깜짝 등장!". 스타서울TV. Retrieved 25 May 2015. (Korean)
  31. ^ Super Junior' Siwon To Film Chinese Drama, 'Billion Dollar Heir'. Retrieved 2014-02-07.
  32. ^ Super Junior's Siwon and Hong Soo Ah film a romantic kiss scene for Chinese drama 'Billion Dollar Heir'. Retrieved 2014-03-14.
  33. ^ 런닝맨 ‘아테나’ 김민종·최시원 예능감 과시 ‘크리스마스’ 특집. Arts News. Retrieved 2011-02-02. (Korean)
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  35. ^ 청룽(성룡), ‘런닝맨’과 만났다..직접 미션 수행. Edaily. Retrieved 2013-02-19.(Korean)
  36. ^ Jackie Chan to Appear on “Happy Together” with Super Junior, Girls’ Generation, and Brown Eyed Girls. Soompi. Retrieved 2014-01-13.
  37. ^ Choi Siwon to Appear on Chinese “We Got Married” with Top Model Liu Wen. Soompi. Retrieved 2015-04-03.
  38. ^ Lee, Nancy (8 June 2012). "20's Choice Awards Nominees Announced, Voting Open". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 11 June 2012. 
  39. ^ Lee, Nancy (28 June 2012). "20′s Choice Awards: Who Won at the 20's Choice Awards?". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 29 June 2012. 

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