Hyun Bin

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Kim. In stage/pen name, the surname is Hyun.
Hyun Bin
Actor Hyun Bin arrives at the red carpet event of the Pifan in Bucheon on July 17, 2014.jpg
Hyun Bin at the 18th PiFan opening ceremony in Bucheon on July 17, 2014
Born Kim Tae-pyung
(1982-09-25) September 25, 1982 (age 33)
Seoul, South Korea
Alma mater Chung-Ang University[1]
Occupation Actor
Years active 2003–present
Agent VAST Entertainment
Universal D
Korean name
Revised Romanization Hyeonbin
McCune–Reischauer Hyŏnbin
Birth name
Revised Romanization Gim Tae-pyeong
McCune–Reischauer Kim T'aep'yŏng

Hyun Bin (born Kim Tae-pyung on September 25, 1982) is a South Korean actor. He is best known for his leading roles in the television dramas My Name Is Kim Sam-soon (2005) and Secret Garden (2010-2011).


Hyun first starred in Nonstop 4 and quirky drama Ireland.[2] He shot to stardom in the 2005 romantic comedy series My Name Is Kim Sam-soon with Kim Sun-a. Sam-soon was a massive hit with average ratings of over 37% and 50.5% for the finale,[3] for which Hyun won the Top Excellence Award at the MBC Drama Awards.

Mainstream success eluded Hyun in the next few years. His first film as a lead actor A Millionaire's First Love (written by Internet novelist Guiyeoni) did not do well commercially, and neither did TV melodrama The Snow Queen, a love story between a math genius-turned-boxer and a sheltered, pampered girl (Sung Yu-ri). Hyun began choosing more eclectic projects, such as 2008's The World That They Live In (also known as Worlds Within), which was well-received for Noh Hee-kyung's writing; he and Song Hye-kyo played TV producers struggling to create the perfect TV drama while still maintaining their relationship. He then starred in I Am Happy, a romance between a patient and a nurse (Lee Bo-young) in a mental ward, which was the closing film at the 2008 Busan International Film Festival.[4][5] In 2009, Hyun drew critical acclaim in his portrayal a sociopath in the gangster saga Friend, Our Legend, reportedly watching Kwak Kyung-taek's original film 20 to 30 times.[6][7][8][9][10][11][12]

He experienced a surge of fame in 2010 with Secret Garden, a romantic fantasy about a fussy and arrogant department store owner and a penniless stunt woman (Ha Ji-won) who swap bodies every time it rains.[13][14] The Kim Eun-sook-penned show brought in 30% ratings and garnered much interest regarding its fashion, catchphrases and music, and Hyun was recognized at the 2010 SBS Drama Awards and the 47th Baeksang Arts Awards for his stellar performance.[15][16] He also contributed to the soundtrack with "That Man," which peaked at number one in eight Korean music portals.[17][18][19]

In February 2011 he walked the red carpet at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival where two of his films, Come Rain, Come Shine (directed by Lee Yoon-ki) and Late Autumn (directed by Kim Tae-yong) screened.[20][21][22] He described the honor as his "happiest achievement."[23][24]

Shot in Seattle, Late Autumn was an English-language remake of the 1966 Lee Man-hee classic, in which Hyun played a man on the run who falls in love with a woman who is on special leave from prison (Chinese actress Tang Wei).[25][26][27][28] It became the highest grossing Korean film released in China to date, taking in more than US$9.5 million over two weeks, which was unprecedented for a melodrama.[29] He received a good review from The Hollywood Reporter which stated, "It is Hyun who impresses more for not underplaying the dandy, narcissistic side of his personality."[30]

On March 7, 2011, Hyun volunteered to serve his 21 months of compulsory military service in the Marine Corps, considered the toughest service branch.[31][32][33][34][35][36][37][38][39][40][41] He was discharged on December 6, 2012 and received a citation for being an exemplary soldier. In front of media and thousands of fans from various countries, Hyun shed tears and bowed.[42][43][44][45][46]

After the merger of their former agency AM Entertainment with SM Entertainment,[47] Hyun's reps announced in November 2012 that the actor and Shin Min-ah had decided to go independent and set up their own management agency O& Entertainment.[48] Hyun then spent most of 2013 shooting commercials as an in-demand product endorser,[49][50][51][52] and holding fan meetings all over Asia.[53]

For his acting comeback after military service, Hyun chose The Fatal Encounter, his first ever period film, in which he played the leading role of King Jeongjo who faced fierce party strife and assassination attempts during his reign. It was released in April 2014 and drew more than 3 million admissions.[54][55][56][57][58][59][60] Hyun next starred in Hyde, Jekyll, Me, a 2015 romantic series in which he plays a man with split personality disorder (inspired by the literary character) whose two personas both fall for the same woman.[61]

On January 2016, Hyun set his own agency VAST Entertainment.[62]

Personal life[edit]

Hyun was born and raised in Seoul. He has one older brother. He graduated from Chung-Ang University in 2004 where he majored in Theater Studies. Since 2009 he has been enrolled at the same university to obtain a master's degree.[1]

He briefly dated actress Hwang Ji-hyun from 2006-2007.[63]

In August 2009 Hyun confirmed that he was dating Song Hye-kyo, his co-star in Worlds Within.[64][65][66] In March 2011, hours after Hyun's military enlistment, his and Song's agencies confirmed speculation that the couple had broken up.[67][68]


Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2003 Bodyguard stalker KBS2
2004 Nonstop 4 Hyun Bin MBC
Ireland Kang Gook MBC
2005 My Name Is Kim Sam-soon Hyun Jin-heon MBC
Nonstop 5 cameo MBC
2006 The Snow Queen Han Tae-woong/Han Deuk-gu KBS2
2008 Worlds Within Jung Ji-oh KBS2
2009 Friend, Our Legend Han Dong-soo MBC
2010 Secret Garden Kim Joo-won SBS
2015 Hyde, Jekyll, Me Gu Seo-jin/Robin/Terry SBS


Year Title Role
2004 Spin Kick Lee Min-gyu
2005 Daddy Long Legs Hyung-joon
2006 A Millionaire's First Love Kang Jae-kyung
2009 I Am Happy Jo Man-soo
2011 Late Autumn Hoon
Come Rain, Come Shine He
2014 The Fatal Encounter King Jeongjo

Music video[edit]

Year Song Title Artist
2003 "내탓이죠" Herb
2005 "Memory" Kim Bum-soo
2006 "Hey U" Lemon Tree


Year Title Notes
2010 "Dream in My Heart" Single
2011 "Can't Have You" Friend, Our Legend OST
"That Man" Secret Garden OST

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
MBC Entertainment Awards
Special Award, TV Actor category
Nonstop 4
MBC Drama Awards
Best New Actor
41st Baeksang Arts Awards
Best New Actor (TV) Nominated
MBC Drama Awards
Best Couple Award with Kim Sun-a My Name Is Kim Sam-soon Won
Popularity Award Won
Top Excellence Award, Actor Won
42nd Baeksang Arts Awards[69]
Most Popular Actor (Film)
A Millionaire's First Love
KBS Drama Awards
Best Couple Award with Sung Yu-ri
The Snow Queen
Popularity Award Won
Netizen Award Won
Excellence Award, Actor Nominated
43rd Baeksang Arts Awards
Best Actor (TV) Nominated
KBS Drama Awards
Popularity Award
Worlds Within
Netizen Award Nominated
Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Nominated
MBC Drama Awards
Excellence Award, Actor
Friend, Our Legend
SBS Drama Awards
Best Couple Award with Ha Ji-won
Secret Garden
Netizen Popularity Award Won
Top 10 Stars Won
Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Drama Special Won
47th Baeksang Arts Awards[15]
Best Actor (TV) Nominated
Grand Prize (Daesang) for TV Won
6th Seoul International Drama Awards[70]
Outstanding Korean Actor Nominated
18th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival[71]
Producer's Choice Award N/A Won


  1. ^ a b 현빈(김태평) 영화배우, 탤런트. Naver (in Korean). Retrieved 2011-08-06. 
  2. ^ 10LINE: Actor Hyun Bin. 10Asia. December 2, 2009.
  3. ^ Samsoon last episode hangs on hope. Korea JoongAng Daily. July 22, 2005.
  4. ^ "Hyun Bin's Happy is unhappy". 10Asia. November 16, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Hyun Bin: 'There is No Right Answer for Happiness'". KBS Global. November 17, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Blockbuster Friend to Be Reproduced as TV Series". The Korea Times. July 4, 2008. 
  7. ^ "Movie-Based Dramas to Fill TV Screens". The Korea Times. July 8, 2008. 
  8. ^ Friends, Lawyers to Hit Small Screen. The Korea Times. June 23, 2009.
  9. ^ "Legal wars and blood brothers hit TV". The Korea Herald. June 24, 2009. 
  10. ^ Interview: Hyun Bin - Part 1. 10Asia. November 24, 2009.
  11. ^ Interview: Hyun Bin - Part 2. 10Asia. November 24, 2009.
  12. ^ Interview: Hyun Bin - Part 3. 10Asia. November 24, 2009.
  13. ^ Secret Garden Hyun Bin, Ha Ji-won speak on switching bodies - Part 1. 10Asia. December 9, 2010.
  14. ^ Secret Garden Hyun Bin, Ha Ji-won speak on switching bodies - Part 2. 10Asia. December 9, 2010.
  15. ^ a b "Hyun Bin, Lee Byung-hun win Paeksang awards". The Korea Herald. May 29, 2011. 
  16. ^ Hyun Bin, Lee Byung-hun win top prizes at Paeksang. 10Asia. May 27, 2011.
  17. ^ 현빈, 5일째 8개 음원사이트 1위…롱런하나 (Hyun Bin, first place in 8 music sites for the fifth day...long run?). Nate (in Korean). January 11, 2011.
  18. ^ Focus: Actor Hyun Bin, this man cries. 10Asia. January 14, 2011.
  19. ^ Success of Secret Garden Continues to Grow. The Chosun Ilbo. January 21, 2011.
  20. ^ Hyun Bin emerges as Romeo of the hour. The Korea Times. February 15, 2011.
  21. ^ Actors Hyun Bin and Lim Soo-jung pose for cameras.... The Korea Times. February 18, 2011.
  22. ^ "Director Lee defends pace of Berlin’s sole Asian entry". The Korea Herald. February 18, 2011.
  23. ^ Hyun Bin happiest with invitation to Berlin film fest. 10Asia. January 20, 2011.
  24. ^ Come Rain invited to Berlinale. The Korea Times. January 21, 2011.
  25. ^ Hyun Bin, Tang Wei Cast in Korea-US Project. The Korea Times. November 5, 2009.
  26. ^ Actor Hyun Bin is on the rise in America, too. The Korea Times. January 27, 2011.
  27. ^ Anticipation builds for Late Autumn debut. Korea JoongAng Daily. February 11, 2011.
  28. ^ Interview: Actor Hyun Bin. 10Asia. February 15, 2011.
  29. ^ Late Autumn becomes the all-time highest grossing Korean film in China. Korean Film Biz Zone. April 13, 2012.
  30. ^ Late Autumn -- Film Review. The Hollywood Reporter. October 14, 2010.
  31. ^ Heartthrob Hyun Bin Volunteers for Marines. The Chosun Ilbo. January 13, 2011.
  32. ^ Hyun Bin to join Marine Corps. Korea JoongAng Daily. January 13, 2011.
  33. ^ Hyun Bin passes exam for Marine Corps. 10Asia. January 19, 2011.
  34. ^ Hyun Bin joins Marine Corps. The Korea Times. March 7, 2011.
  35. ^ Thousands bid farewell to actor Hyun Bin. 10Asia. March 7, 2011.
  36. ^ As actor joins Marines, tears of thousands flow. Korea JoongAng Daily. March 8, 2011.
  37. ^ Photos of Hyun Bin in military training camp released. 10Asia. March 22, 2011.
  38. ^ More photos of actor Hyun Bin in training camp revealed. 10Asia. March 31, 2011.
  39. ^ Photos of actor Hyun Bin into his 3rd week of training revealed. 10Asia. April 8, 2011.
  40. ^ Hyun Bin to be deployed to NLL. Korea JoongAng Daily. April 20, 2011.
  41. ^ Hyun Bin fever hits island in Yellow Sea. Korea JoongAng Daily. April 22, 2011.
  42. ^ "Heartthrob Hyun Bin Completes Mandatory Military Service". The Chosun Ilbo. December 7, 2012. 
  43. ^ "Hyun Bin tears up after discharge". Korea JoongAng Daily. December 7, 2012. 
  44. ^ "Hyun Bin Discharged from Military Service". KBS Global. December 7, 2012. 
  45. ^ "Hyun Bin says, "I missed acting so much"". Star News. December 6, 2012. 
  46. ^ "Hyun Bin receives a citation for being an exemplary soldier". Star News. December 6, 2012. 
  47. ^ "Why Were Hyun Bin, Shin Min Ah Left Out of the SM C&C-AM Entertainment Merger?". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. September 9, 2012. 
  48. ^ Hyun Bin to Set Up His Own Agency With Shin Min Ah. Soompi. November 8, 2012.
  49. ^ "Hyun Bin the face of canned coffee". Korea JoongAng Daily. January 10, 2013. 
  50. ^ "Hyun Bin Becomes Model for Cantata Coffee". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. January 11, 2013. 
  51. ^ "Hyun Bin Re-Cast As Samsung Smart TV's Model". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. January 17, 2013. 
  52. ^ "Just out of Army, Hyun Bin cashes in". Korea JoongAng Daily. January 18, 2013. 
  53. ^ "Hyun Bin goes on Asia tour to meet with fans in Taiwan, Thailand and Singapore". Korea JoongAng Daily. March 12, 2013. 
  54. ^ "Hyun Bin set to appear in new film". Korea JoongAng Daily. April 30, 2013. 
  55. ^ "Hyun Bin Says Acting a Challenge After Military Service". The Chosun Ilbo. April 3, 2014. 
  56. ^ "Hyun Bin back as a muscular King Jeongjo". Korea JoongAng Daily. April 4, 2014. 
  57. ^ "Hyun Bin Recalls Fitness Regimen Fit for a King for Latest Flick". The Chosun Ilbo. May 16, 2014. 
  58. ^ "Interview: Hyun Bin Regained His Love and Passion for Acting After the Marines". enewsWorld. May 17, 2014. 
  59. ^ "Interview: Hyun Bin's Back Muscles Took 3 Months to Build but Disappeared in 2 Weeks". enewsWorld. May 17, 2014. 
  60. ^ "HYUN Bin of THE FATAL ENCOUNTER: A Smart Actor Whose Name Has Proven Trustworthy". Korean Cinema Today. May 30, 2014. 
  61. ^ "Hyun Bin will star in Hyde". Korea JoongAng Daily. October 8, 2014. 
  62. ^ "현빈, 회사명 ‘베스트엔터테인먼트’로 확정…컴백 박차". MBN. January 21, 2016. 
  63. ^ "Celebrity Romance Heats Up". The Korea Times. April 17, 2007. 
  64. ^ 송혜교ㆍ현빈 "우리 사랑에 빠졌어요" [Song Hye-kyo & Hyun Bin: "We Fell in Love"]. Hankook Ilbo (in Korean). August 5, 2009. 
  65. ^ Hyun and Song Become a Couple. The Korea Times. August 5, 2009.
  66. ^ Worlds Within stars couple up. Korea JoongAng Daily. August 6, 2009.
  67. ^ Hyun Bin, Song Hye-kyo Announce Split. The Chosun Ilbo. March 9, 2011.
  68. ^ Hyun Bin and Song Hye-kyo call it quits. 10Asia. March 8, 2011.
  69. ^ 42nd Baeksang Awards Nominations + Winners. Twitch Film. April 14, 2006.
  70. ^ "Nominees in the 2011 Seoul Drama Awards". Korea Observer. July 26, 2011. 
  71. ^ "Film festival kicks off in Bucheon". Korea.net. July 18, 2014. 

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