Jo Bo-ah

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Jo Bo-ah
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BornJo Bo-yoon
(1991-08-22) August 22, 1991 (age 27)
Daejeon, South Korea
Other namesCho Bo-ah
EducationSungkyunkwan University – Performing Arts
Years active2011-present
Korean name
Revised RomanizationJo Bo-a
McCune–ReischauerCho Po-a
Birth name
Revised RomanizationJo Bo-yun
McCune–ReischauerCho Po-yun

Jo Bo-ah (born Jo Bo-yoon on August 22, 1991) is a South Korean actress.

Early life[edit]

Jo Bo-ah was born Jo Bo-yoon on August 22, 1991 in Daejeon, South Korea. Jo graduated from Sungkyunkwan University, majoring in Performing Arts.[1][2]


Jo made her acting debut in 2011 with a small role in the daily sitcom I Live in Cheongdam-dong on cable channel jTBC. This was followed by a hosting gig on the audition program Made in U (also on jTBC),[3] and an appearance in the Korean-Japanese co-production Koisuru Maison ~Rainbow Rose~.[4]

In 2012, Jo landed her first major role as a former rich girl who falls for a rocker in tvN's coming-of-age series Shut Up Flower Boy Band.[5][6][7] Later that year, she appeared in her first network TV series with a supporting role in the MBC period drama Horse Doctor.[8]

In 2013, Jo and Kim Woo-bin hosted Mnet's weekly music show M Countdown for two weeks (on April 4 and 11).[9]

Jo was cast in her first film in 2014, as a troubled, seductive teenager who becomes obsessed with her gym teacher in the erotic thriller Innocent Thing.[10] Back on cable television, she played the leading role in romantic comedy series The Idle Mermaid, a modern retelling of The Little Mermaid set amidst the competitive Korean workplace.[11]

Jo tried a new genre in 2015 with the OCN police procedural Missing Noir M, where she played a detective on the missing persons task force.[12] She then joined the ensemble cast of the KBS weekend family drama All About My Mom,[13][14] and starred in web series Love Cells 2, adapted from the webtoon of the same title.[15]

In 2016, Jo starred in revenge melodrama Monster and romantic comedy series Sweet Stranger and Me.[16][17] In 2017, she starred in romance melodrama Temperature of Love,[18] and the two-episode drama special Let's Meet, Joo-oh.[19]

In 2018, Jo starred in Goodbye to Goodbye, based on a webtoon about the stories of two women. She plays a university student who faces challenges as a single mother.[20][21] The same year, she starred in the romantic comedy drama Revenge is Back.[22]


Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2011 I Live in Cheongdam-dong Bo-ah (ep. 10, 14-15) JTBC
2012 Shut Up Flower Boy Band Im Soo-ah tvN
Koisuru Maison Rainbow Rose Bo-ah Tokyo TV
Horse Doctor Seo Eun-seo MBC
2014 The Idle Mermaid Kim Ha-ni / Aileen tvN
2015 Missing Noir M Jin Seo-joon OCN
All About My Mom Jang Chae-ri KBS2
Love Cells 2 Ye-bom Naver TV Cast
2016 Monster Do Shin-young MBC
Sweet Stranger and Me Do Yeo-joo KBS2
2017 Temperature of Love Ji Hong-ah SBS
Drama Special: Let Us Meet Lee Soo-ji KBS2
2018 Goodbye to Goodbye Jung-hyo MBC
Revenge is Back Son Soo-jung SBS


Year Title Role
2014 Innocent Thing Ha Young-eun

Variety show[edit]

Year Title Network Notes Ref.
2011–2012 Made in U JTBC Host
2017 Law of the Jungle in Sumatra SBS Cast member (ep. 261–264) [23]
Battle Trip KBS2 Contestant with Kim So-eun (ep. 58–61) [24]
2018 Baek Jong-won's Alley Restaurant SBS Co-host with Baek Jong-won and Gim Seong-ju (ep. 11–present) [25]

Music video[edit]

Year Song title Artist Ref.
2016 "Remember That" BtoB [26]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2015 28th Grimae Awards Best New Actress All About My Mom Won [27]
29th KBS Drama Awards Best New Actress Nominated
Popularity Award, Actress Won [28]
2016 36th MBC Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Special Project Drama Monster Nominated
Best New Actress Won [29]
30th KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Sweet Stranger and Me Nominated
2017 11th SBS Entertainment Awards Best Challenge Award Law of the Jungle Won [30]
25th SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Monday-Tuesday Drama Temperature of Love Nominated
Best New Actress Nominated
31st KBS Drama Awards Best Actress in a One-Act/Special/Short Drama Let Us Meet, Joo Oh Nominated
2018 6th APAN Star Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Serial Drama Goodbye to Goodbye Won [31]
2nd The Seoul Awards Best New Actress (Drama) Won [32]


  1. ^ Hwang, Hyo-jin (February 29, 2012). "My Name Is: Cho Bo-ah". 10Asia. Retrieved November 18, 2012.
  2. ^ "조보아│닥치고 빙의 되고 싶은 소녀". TenAsia (in Korean). February 28, 2012.
  3. ^ "'닥꽃밴'조보아, '메이드인유' 하차 "드라마 몰입"". Star News (in Korean). January 25, 2012.
  4. ^ "조보아, 日 드라마서 강지영 괴롭히는 악녀 "완벽변신"". Financial News (in Korean). May 9, 2012.
  5. ^ "Cho Bo-ah: My character Sua may seem too naive to the viewers". 10Asia. February 29, 2012. Retrieved November 18, 2012.
  6. ^ "Cho Bo-ah: Sung-jun is someone that is very considerate". 10Asia. February 29, 2012. Retrieved November 18, 2012.
  7. ^ "Cho Bo-ah: A person would be happy to have just one friend like Du-mi". 10Asia. February 29, 2012. Retrieved November 18, 2012.
  8. ^ "Cho Bo Ah, "'Horse Doctor' after 'Shut Up Flower Boy Band' was a gift for me"". Top Star News. April 19, 2012. Retrieved August 9, 2014.
  9. ^ 김우빈-조보아 '엠카운트다운' 스페셜 MC 낙점. Sports Chosun (in Korean). April 2, 2013. Retrieved July 18, 2015.
  10. ^ "Starlet Hits Right Note as Love-struck Student in Movie Debut". The Chosun Ilbo. April 19, 2014. Retrieved April 19, 2014.
  11. ^ Park, Ji-ryun (July 30, 2014). "Jo Bo Ah and Song Jae Rim Talk Underwater Kiss Scene in The Idle Mermaid". enewsWorld. Retrieved August 1, 2014.
  12. ^ "Jo Bo-ah to star in "Missing Noir M" with Kim Kang-woo and Park Hee-soon". Hancinema. Newsen. February 1, 2015.
  13. ^ Kim, Dan-hee (July 1, 2015). 부탁해요 엄마', 대본 리딩 현장 공개...'쟁쟁한 라인업'. Top Star News (in Korean). Retrieved July 2, 2015.
  14. ^ Lee, Eun-won (July 1, 2015). '부탁해요, 엄마' 유진 이상우 오민석 최태준, 대본 리딩 현장 공개. Star Daily News (in Korean). Retrieved July 2, 2015.
  15. ^ Kim, Ji-hye (July 24, 2015). '조보아, 웹드라마 '연애세포2' 출연.. 임슬옹와 호흡 맞춘다. TenAsia (in Korean). Retrieved July 24, 2015.
  16. ^ "Acting rude for a reason". The Straits Times. May 11, 2016.
  17. ^ "'Sweet Stranger and Me,' a rom-com with suspense". Kpop Herald. October 21, 2016.
  18. ^ Heo, Seol-hee (August 14, 2017). "'사랑의 온도' 측 "김재욱·조보아 합류 확정, 시너지 기대" [공식]". My Daily (in Korean).
  19. ^ "손호준, 단막극 '만나게 해, 주오' 출연…조보아와 호흡(공식)". Herald Corporation (in Korean). August 7, 2017.
  20. ^ "Jo Bo-ah to star in "The Goodbye Has Left"". Hancinema. Hankook Ilbo. February 8, 2018.
  21. ^ "Cho Bo-ah to Play Role Tackling Challenges Faced by Women". The Chosun Ilbo. May 2, 2018.
  22. ^ "조보아, '복수가 돌아왔다' 여주 확정..유승호와 첫사랑 호흡[공식입장]". Osen (in Korean). September 27, 2018.
  23. ^ Kim Jin-seon (January 18, 2017). "조보아·신원호, '정글의 법칙' 합류...인도네시아 行 (공식입장)". Star MBN (in Korean). Retrieved August 11, 2018.
  24. ^ "'배틀트립' 김소은-조보아, 헝가리 여행, 로맨틱, 성공적". Sports Donga (in Korean). July 30, 2017.
  25. ^ "조보아, '백종원의 골목식당' 새 MC 합류[공식]". Ilgan Sports (in Korean). February 23, 2018.
  26. ^ "[영상] 비투비(BTOB)이민혁-조보아, 신곡 '봄날의 기억'MV서 핑크빛 '침대 키스신'". Top Star News (in Korean). March 22, 2016.
  27. ^ "Yeon Jung-hoon and Soo Ae to receive Excellence in Acting Awards at Grime Awards 2015". Hancinema. Star News. December 10, 2015.
  28. ^ "Check out the Winners from '2015 KBS Drama Awards'". BNT News. December 31, 2015.
  29. ^ "2016 MBC 연기대상 여자 신인상 남지현·조보아 공동수상". Sports Khan (in Korean). December 30, 2016.
  30. ^ "'My Ugly Duckling' moms win grand prize at 2017 SBS Entertainment Awards". International Business Times. December 31, 2017.
  31. ^ "이병헌, '미스터 션샤인' 대상 수상..정해인 2관왕(종합)[2018 APAN]". Osen (in Korean). 13 October 2018.
  32. ^ "[2회 더서울어워즈] '나의아저씨·공작' 대상…이병헌·김남주·하정우·손예진 주연상(종합)". Ilgan Sports (in Korean). October 27, 2018.

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