Ji Hyun-woo

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Ji Hyun-woo
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Ji Hyun-woo at the Queen In-hyun's Man press conference in April 2012
Born Joo Hyung-tae
(1984-11-29) 29 November 1984 (age 33)
South Korea
Alma mater Sungkyunkwan University – Performing Arts
Occupation Actor, musician
Years active 2003–present
Agent Dream T Entertainment
Korean name
Hangul 지현우
Revised Romanization Ji Hyeonwu
McCune–Reischauer Ji Hyŏn-wu
Birth name
Hangul 주형태
Revised Romanization Ju Hyeong-tae
McCune–Reischauer Ju Hyŏngtae
Website www.jihyunwoo.com

Ji Hyun-woo (born Joo Hyung-tae on 29 November 1984) is a South Korean actor and musician. He was formerly the lead guitarist for Korean indie rock band The Nuts and is best known for his leading role in the cable TV drama Queen In-hyun's Man (2012).


2003–2004: Rock band and acting debut[edit]

Ji Hyun-woo officially made his debut as an actor in 2003. His popularity increased in 2004 with the sitcom-turned movie Old Miss Diary.[1]

Besides acting, Ji is also talented musically. He started as a session guitarist for the second album of Korean band Moonchild. Then in 2004, he along with Park Joon-shik (vocals) and Kim Hyun-joong (bass) formed rock band The Nuts.

2005–2011: Musical theatre, television dramas and films[edit]

In 2005 Ji played Danny Zuko in a Korean staging of the musical Grease, which released its cast recording. He has also contributed to the soundtracks of several of his films and television series.

Ji continued to star on the small and big screen, among them the TV dramas Over the Rainbow (2006), Merry Mary (2007), My Sweet Seoul (2008),[2] My Precious You (2008),[1] Invincible Lee Pyung Kang (2009),[3][4] Becoming a Billionaire (2010),[5] and A Thousand Kisses (2011). He also appeared in the films Attack the Gas Station 2 (2009),[6] and Mr. Idol (2011).[7]

2011–2012: Variety show and solo artist[edit]

In 2011 Ji released his first solo single Crescendo, comprising three songs which Ji wrote and composed, and which was produced by his older brother Ji Hyun-soo who is also a member of rock band N.EX.T.[8]

He was one of the season 2 hosts of Invincible Youth, a variety program based on members of popular girl groups experiencing the rural countryside of Korea.[9][10]

In 2012, he starred in the fantasy romance Queen In-hyun's Man on cable channel tvN, in which he played a time-traveling Joseon scholar who falls in love with an actress in the 21st century (played by Yoo In-na).[11][12][13]

2012–2014: Military service[edit]

Ji enlisted for his mandatory military service on August 7, 2012, with the Chuncheon 102nd Reserve Forces. He was due to enlist in July but it was delayed for one month while he recovered from a back injury suffered during the filming of Queen In-hyun's Man.[14]

In January 2013, Ji starred in the military musical The Promise. It was co-produced by the Ministry of National Defense and Korea Musical Theatre Association, to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the signing of the armistice. Running from January 9 to 20 at the National Theater of Korea, the musical is centered around a group of soldiers who keeps a promise made to each other during the 6.25 war.[15][16]

He was discharged on May 6, 2014.[17]

2014–present: Return to entertainment[edit]

For his first post-army project, Ji was cast as a genius songwriter/musician who helps the heroine become a trot singer despite his distaste for the musical genre, in the romantic comedy series Trot Lovers.[18] Then in 2015, he played a naive, idealistic homeroom teacher who helps a housewife masquerading as a high school student put an end to school violence in Angry Mom.[19] A major turning point in Ji's career followed as the protagonist of the critically acclaimed cable series The Awl, a webtoon adaptation that tackled social injustice when temps are laid off by a big-box store.[20]

In 2016, Ji signed with Dream Tea Entertainment.[21] He next starred in SBS' thriller Wanted.[22]

In 2017, Ji starred in MBC's weekend drama Bad Thief, Good Thief alongside Seohyun, playing multiple roles in the drama.[23]

In 2018, Ji starred in True Fiction, a black comedy that satirizes politicians.[24] The same year, Ji is set to return to small-screen with the medical drama Risky Romance.[25]

Personal life[edit]

At the press conference for the last episode of Queen In-hyun's Man on June 7, 2012, Ji made the surprise public declaration: "I wanted to make this confession in front of the fans who enjoyed our drama. I sincerely love Yoo In-na.[26][27] After days of media frenzy and speculation,[28][29] the couple were spotted on a date on June 17, 2012.[30][31] Yoo confirmed their relationship on her radio show on June 18, 2012, saying the two had developed feelings for each other while filming the drama.[32] On May 14, 2014, their respective agencies confirmed in a press release that the couple had broken up.[33][34][35]


Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2002–2003 School Stories EBS
2003–2004 Merry Go Round MBC
2004 You Will Know Jang Sun-il KBS2
Old Miss Diary PD Ji Hyun-woo
2005 Banjun Drama "My Heart Goes Pit-a-Pat" SBS
Banjun Drama "Bad Student"
Golden Apple Kyung-min KBS2
2006 Over the Rainbow Kwon Hyuk-ju MBC
2007 Merry Mary Kang Dae-gu
2008 My Sweet Seoul Yoon Tae-oh SBS
2008–2009 My Precious You Jang Shin-ho KBS2
2009 Invincible Lee Pyung Kang Woo On-dal
2010 Becoming a Billionaire Choi Seok-bong
2011 A Thousand Kisses Jang Woo-bin MBC
2012 Queen In-hyun's Man Kim Boong-do tvN
2014 Trot Lovers Jang Joon-hyun KBS2
2015 Angry Mom Park No-ah MBC
The Awl Lee Su-in jTBC
2016 Wanted Cha Seung In SBS
2017 Bad Thief, Good Thief Jang Dol-mok /
Kim Soo-yeon
2018 Risky Romance Han Seung-joo


Year Title Role
2004 The Hotel Venus Detective
2006 Fly High Kang Min-hyuk
Old Miss Diary – Movie PD Ji Hyun-woo
2009 Attack the Gas Station 2 One Punch
2011 Mr. Idol Lee Yoo-jin
2018 True Fiction Sun Tae

Variety show[edit]

Year Title Network Notes
2002 Comedy House MBC
Mnet Hotline School Mnet VJ
2003 요리조리팡팡 EBS
공채 20기 합격 KBS
2005 Music Bank KBS2 Host
2008–2009 I Love Movie
2010 Chuseok Special: Fox's Butler MBC
2011–2012 Invincible Youth Season 2 KBS2 Host

Radio program[edit]

Year Title Station Notes
2007–2008 Our Happy Days of Youth with Ji Hyun-woo SBS Love FM DJ
2008–2009 Mr. Radio with Lee Hoon and Ji Hyun-woo KBS Cool FM DJ

Musical theatre[edit]

Year Title Role
2005 Grease Danny Zuko
2013 The Promise Ji-hoon
2014–2015 Kinky Boots Charlie Price


*Note: the whole list below is referenced.[36]

The Nuts[edit]

  1. The Nuts (2004)
  2. Whispers of Love (2006)
  3. Could've Been (2008)
  4. Crazy Love (2008)
  5. Truth J (2009)
  1. 추억여행 "Travel Memories" (2007)
  2. 졸업여행 "Graduation Trip" (2008)
  3. 바다에 입맞춤 "Kissing in the Sea" (2009)
  1. 2008 Ivy Mega Mix Single Collection Vol.1

Solo artist[edit]

Cast recording
  1. Grease (musical, 2005)
  1. Ji Hyun-woo's Love Letter (2006)
    1. 외눈박이 물고기
    2. 애인을 구합니다
  2. 눈물의 크리스마스 "Christmas Tears" (duet with Park Joon-shik, from Old Miss Diary – Movie OST, 2006)
  3. "One&One" (from Merry Mary OST, 2007)
  4. 달콤한 나의 도시 "My Sweet City" (from My Sweet Seoul OST, 2008)
  5. 본능적으로 "Instinctively" (from tvN Show Show Show Part 1, 2011)
  6. 하루종일 "All Day" (from Trot Lovers OST, 2014)
  1. Crescendo (2011)
    1. 아기 코끼리 "Baby Elephant"
    2. 좋은 중독 "Good Addiction"
    3. 아이야 "Kid"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2005 KBS Entertainment Awards Netizen Popularity Award Old Miss Diary Won
2006 MBC Drama Awards PD Award Over the Rainbow Won
2007 Korean Entertainment and Arts Awards Best Male Radio Host Our Happy Days of Youth Won
2008 SBS Drama Awards New Star Award My Sweet Seoul Won
Excellence Award, Actor in a Drama Special Nominated
KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Serial Drama My Precious You Nominated
2009 KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Invincible Lee Pyung Kang Nominated
2010 KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Mid-length Drama Becoming a Billionaire Nominated
2011 MBC Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Serial Drama A Thousand Kisses Won
2014 APAN Star Awards Best Dressed N/A Won
2017 MBC Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Weekend Drama Bad Thief, Good Thief Nominated


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