Im Si-wan

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Im Si-wan
Yim Si-wan.jpg
Native name 임웅재
Born Im Woong-jae
(1988-12-01) December 1, 1988 (age 28)
Busan, South Korea
Other names Im Si-wan
  • Singer
  • actor
  • host
Musical career
Genres K-pop
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • violin
Years active 2010–2017 hiatus (Military Service)
Labels Plum Entertainment
Associated acts ZE:A
Korean name
Hangul 임시완
Hanja [1]
Revised Romanization Im Si-wan
McCune–Reischauer Im Si-wan
Birth name
Hangul 임웅재
Revised Romanization Im Ung-jae
McCune–Reischauer Im Ung-jae
Stage name
Hangul 시완
Revised Romanization Si-wan
McCune–Reischauer Si-wan

Im Si-wan[2] (Hangul임시완; Hanja任時完;[1] born on December 1, 1988), simply known by his stage name Siwan, is a South Korean singer, actor and television host. He is a member of the South Korean boyband ZE:A and its sub-group ZE:A Five. As an actor, he is best known for starring in the film The Attorney (2013), and the cable series Misaeng (2014), which were both successful in the box office and ratings.

Early life[edit]

Im Si-wan was born on December 1, 1988,[3] in Busan, South Korea. He attended Busan Gudeok High School, Busan National University, University of East Broadcasting Arts and is currently studying at Woosong Information College.[4][5] He legally changed his first name from Woong-jae to Si-wan before his debut.[6] Im plays the violin and guitar.[citation needed]



While attending Chin Chin Song Festival in Busan, Star Empire recruited him as a trainee.[7] He entered a nine-membered group called "Children of Empire", where he trained for three years. In 2009, they group started doing guerilla performances around the country.[8] On January 7, 2010, the group debuted with their EP, Nativity under the name ZE:A.[9]


Im joined the cast of the period drama Moon Embracing the Sun (2012), playing the young version of Heo Yeom.[10][11] Moon surpassed 40% ratings and gained "national drama" status, launching Im to fame.[12] Later that year, Im was cast in the revenge drama Man from the Equator, playing a cold young man that has a sad story behind his negative outlook on life.[13] This was followed by the sitcom Standby (2012),[14] and Drama Special Waiting for Love (2013).[15]

In September 2013

In 2013, he starred in the courtroom drama film The Attorney, playing a young student activist detained and tortured by the police on accusations of being a communist sympathizer.[16] The film was a critical and commercial success, selling more than 11 million tickets to become the 8th best-selling Korean film of all time.[17] Im won Best New Actor at the Max Movie Awards and the Marie Claire Film Festival.[18]

Im returned to television in 2014 and starred in two drama series. In Triangle, he played the youngest of three brothers separated at childhood, who grew up in a cold chaebol household.[19] While in the webtoon adaptation and cable hit drama Misaeng, he reprised his role in Incomplete Life: Prequel as a former baduk player who learns to adapt to Korean corporate culture.[20] Misaeng was a commercial hit and recorded high viewership ratings, with a peak of 8.4%; and was dubbed as a "cultural phenomenon".[21] Im won the Excellence Award in acting at the 4th APAN Star Awards for his performance, as well as Best New Actor awards at the 9th Cable TV Broadcasting Awards and 51st Baeksang Arts Awards.[22][23]

Im then took on his first big-screen leading role in war drama film A Melody to Remember (2016), playing a good-hearted soldier who is hoping for a miracle even in a desperate situation.[24][25] He was also cast in the Chinese-South Korean web drama My Catman alongside Chae Soo-bin and Kim Myung-soo.[26]

In a departure from his usual "nice guy" roles, Im plays a cunning con-man in the crime caper movie One Line (2017).[27] He deviated even farther from his clean-cut image in The Merciless (2017), a crime action film where he played an undercover cop who works for a drug-smuggling ring. Im was invited to the Cannes Film Festival for the first time.[28][29] The same year, Im starred in historical melodrama The King in Love, playing an ambitious crown prince.[30]

Personal life[edit]

Military service[edit]

On July 11, 2017, he officially began his mandatory military service and is scheduled for discharge on April 10, 2019. He is the fourth member of ZE:A to fulfill his military service after Minwoo, Taeheon and Kwanghee.[31][32][33]



Title Year Peak chart

Soundtrack appearances
"But Still.. So.." 2014 N/A Misaeng OST Part 5
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.



Year Title Role
Incomplete Life: Prequel[35] Jang Geu-rae
The Attorney Park Jin-woo
Rio 2 Blu (Korean dubbedvoice)
A Melody to Remember Han Sang-ryul
One Line Min-jae
The Merciless Jo Hyun-soo

Television series[edit]

Year Network Title Role Notes
2010 SBS Prosecutor Princess Club man Cameo (Episode 2)
KBS2 All About Marriage Trainee Cameo (Episode 18)
MBC Gloria Trainee Cameo (Episode 11 & 14)
2012 Moon Embracing the Sun Young Heo Yeom
KBS2 Man from the Equator Young Lee Jang-il
MBC Standby Im Si-wan
tvN Reply 1997 ROTC Seoul man Cameo (Episode 4)
2013 KBS2 A Bit of Love Young Jeong Woo-sung
Waiting for Love Jung Jin-kook
2014 MBC Triangle Jang Dong-woo /

Yoon Yang-ha

tvN Misaeng Jang Geu-rae
2016 Tencent & MBC My Catman Ji Baek
2017 MBC The King in Love Wang Won

Variety show[edit]

Year Title Network Notes
Birth of a Family
Cast member


Year Title Network Notes
2012 Dream Concert
SBS Super Concert in Yeosu EXPO

Musical theatre[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat[36] Joseph
February 19 - March 12 in Seoul


Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
48th Baeksang Arts Awards
Most Popular Actor (TV) Moon Embracing the Sun Nominated
6th Mnet 20's Choice Awards
20's Booming Star Nominated
5th Korea Drama Awards
Best New Actor Nominated
12th MBC Entertainment Awards
Best Newcomer in a Sitcom Standby Won [43]
31st MBC Drama Awards
Best New Actor Moon Embracing the Sun Nominated
Popularity Award Nominated
7th The Musical Awards
Best New Actor Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Nominated
9th Max Movie Awards
The Attorney Won
Best Supporting Actor Nominated
3rd Marie Claire Film Awards
Best New Actor Won
8th Asian Film Awards
Best Newcomer Nominated [44]
50th Baeksang Arts Awards
Best New Actor (Film) Nominated
Most Popular Actor (Film) Nominated
Best Fashionista Award Won
23rd Buil Film Awards
Best New Actor Nominated
51st Grand Bell Awards
Popularity Award Won
35th Blue Dragon Film Awards
Best New Actor Nominated
Popularity Award Won
3rd Korean Film Actor's Association Awards
Popularity Award Won
33rd MBC Drama Awards
Best New Actor Triangle Won
9th Cable TV Broadcasting Awards
Best Actor Misaeng Won [45]
10th Asia Model Festival Awards
Asia Special Award, Best Actor Won [46]
51st Baeksang Arts Awards
Best New Actor (TV) Won
Most Popular Actor (TV) Nominated
8th Korea Drama Awards
Top Excellence Award, Actor Nominated
Actor Special Jury Prize Won
4th APAN Star Awards
Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Won


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