D.O. (singer)

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Do.
Kyungsoo Do at the EXO The Lost Planet Concert in Guangzhou, China..jpg
D.O. at the EXO The Lost Planet Concert in Guangzhou, China
Native name 도경수
Born Do Kyung-soo
(1993-01-12) January 12, 1993 (age 22)
Goyang, South Korea
Musical career
Years active 2012—present
Associated acts


Voice Type(s)

Lyric Tenor
Korean name
Hangul [1]
Revised Romanization Dio
McCune–Reischauer Tio
Birth name
Revised Romanization Do Gyeong-su
McCune–Reischauer To Kyŏng-su

Do Kyung-soo (Hangul: 도경수, Hanja: 都暻秀; born (1993-01-12)January 12, 1993), better known by his stage name D.O. (Hangul: 디오), is a South Korean singer and actor. He is a member of the South Korean-Chinese boy band EXO.

Early life[edit]

D.O. was born in Goyang, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea on January 12, 1993. He went to Goyang Poongsan Elementary School, Baekshin Middle School, and Baekseok High School. He has an older brother, Do Seungsoo, who is 3 years older than him. D.O. has been singing since primary school and was an avid participant in local singing competitions throughout his high school career.[citation needed] He went to the same school with BTOB's member Lim Hyunsik.

In 2010, he was recommended to audition for S.M. Entertainment after winning a local singing festival.[2] He subsequently became an S.M. Entertainment trainee during his last two years of high school. He performed Na Yoon-kwon's "Anticipation" and Brown Eyed Soul's "My Story" at his S.M. audition.[2]


Solo activities[edit]

Main article: EXO (band)

D.O. was formally introduced as the eighth member of EXO on January 30, 2012. He has been actively participating in EXO since then.

In July 2013, he was featured in f(x)'s new album "Pink Tape" in the song "Goodbye Summer".

In December 2013, D.O., along with bandmates Baekhyun and Chen, released a special Christmas ballad "Miracles in December".

In 2014, he sang his own song "Tell Me What Is Love" at EXO's first concert tour "EXOPLANET: THE LOST PLANET". The song was specially composed and arranged by SM's prominent hit-song maker Yoo Young-jin.

D.O. made his acting debut in the movie Cart, playing a high school student, Choi Tae-young, whose mother (played by Yum Jung-ah ) works at a large grocery store, and after being wrongfully dismissed from her job, she decides to fight for her rights and take a stand against the oppressive management. The movie premiered at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival in September. He also sang the OST "Crying Out" (외침) for the movie.

Later on during the year, he then appeared in the SBS's drama It's Okay, That's Love, which starred Gong Hyo-jin and Jo In-sung in the lead roles.[3] He played the role of Han Kang-woo, a character that the male lead (played by Jo In-Sung) has hallucinated. D.O. received high praise from the viewers of the drama, since he managed to portray this complex character, even though he was a rookie idol-actor. He was nominated for the Best New Actor Award and Male TV Popularity Award for the 51st Paeksang Arts Awards in 2015. D.O. was ranked number one by critics among 40 idol-actors who participated in dramas in 2014.

In June 2015, he made special appearances in KBS's new Monday-Tuesday drama Hello Monster, playing the coldblooded psychopath Lee Joon-young. His acting left a strong impression on the viewers, drawing high praise from both netizens, critics and industry insiders.[4][5]

Soon after, D.O. was casted as the male lead in the upcoming romance movie Pure Love, alongside rising actress Kim So-hyun. The movie began filming in June in Goheung County, Jeollanam Province, South Korea. In July, it was announced that D.O. has been offered the male lead for the 'human story' movie "Hyung" along with actor Jo Jung-suk. In August, both confirmed the movie and D.O. will play the role of Jo Jung-suk's younger brother Doo-Young, who is a national level Judo athlete.


TV series[edit]

Year Title Role Network Notes
2014 It's Okay, That's Love Han Kang-woo SBS Supporting Character
2015 EXO Next Door D.O. Naver TV Cast Main Character
Hello Monster Lee Joon-young KBS2 Guest Appearance (ep. 1-2, 8, 10-16)


Year Title Role Notes
2014 Cart Choi Tae-young Supporting Character
2016 Pure Love Beom-sil Lead Character
Older Brother Doo-young

Variety shows[edit]

Year Title Role Network Notes
2012 Happy Camp Guest HBS
2013 After School Club Arirang Ep. 9
Happy Camp HBS
Challenge 1000 Songs SBS with Chanyeol and Chen
Weekly Idol MBC Ep. 103 and 108
China Love Big Concert
Infinity Challenge Special guest MBC Ep. 345
Beatles Code 2 Guest Mnet with Xiumin, Suho, Lay, Baekhyun and Sehun
Running Man SBS Ep. 171 and 172 (EXO without Chanyeol)
2014 Happy Camp HBS with EXO without Kris
2015 Infinity Challenge Short appearance MBC Ep. 424


For D.O.'s discography with EXO, see EXO discography.

Collaborations and soundtrack contributions[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
Gaon Chart
Baidu Chart
Billboard K-pop
"Dear My Family" (with SM Town) 2012 I AM. OST
"Goodbye Summer" (f(x) feat. D.O.) 2013 7 17 26 Pink Tape
"Crying Out" 2014 22 * Cart OST
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.
"*" Billboard Korea K-Pop Hot 100 was introduced in August 2011 and discontinued in July 2014.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2014 16th Seoul International Youth Film Festival Best Young Actor It's Okay, That's Love Won
3rd APAN Star Awards Best New Actor Won
2015 10th Max Movie Awards Best New Actor Cart Nominated
9th Asian Film Awards Best Newcomer Nominated
51st Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actor (TV) It's Okay, That's Love Nominated
Most Popular Actor (TV) Nominated
52nd Grand Bell Awards Best Supporting Actor Cart Nominated
Popularity Award Nominated

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "EXO-K's D.O. is DOmestic". The Star url=http://thestar.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2012/05/07/2012050701795.html (in Korean). 2012-05-11. 
  2. ^ a b "EXO-K 사용설명서② 디오·카이·세훈 편" (in Korean). Oh My News via Oh My Star. May 11, 2012. Retrieved May 11, 2012. 
  3. ^ EXO‘s next steps under spotlight following successful concert Koreaherald.com (May 27, 2014). Retrieved on January 9, 2015.
  4. ^ [1] soompi.com (June 22, 2015). Retrieved on June 24, 2015.
  5. ^ [2] koreaboo.com (June 23, 2015). Retrieved june 24, 2015.
  6. ^ "Gaon Chart" (in Korean). Gaon Chart. 
  7. ^ "Baidu Weekly Music Charts" (in Chinese). Baidu. 
  8. ^ "Korea K-Pop Hot 100". Billboard (magazine).