Jo Bo-ah

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Jo Bo-ah
Jo Bo-ah from acrofan.jpg
Born Jo Bo-yoon
(1991-08-22) August 22, 1991 (age 25)
Daejeon, South Korea
Other names Cho Bo-ah
Education Sungkyunkwan University – Performing Arts
Occupation Actress
Years active 2011-present
Agent SidusHQ
Korean name
Hangul 조보아
Hanja 赵宝儿
Revised Romanization Jo Bo-a
McCune–Reischauer Cho Po-a
Birth name
Hangul 조보윤
Revised Romanization Jo Bo-yun
McCune–Reischauer Cho 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 on August 22, 1991 in Daejeon, South Korea. She has one sister who is four years younger. Jo graduated from Daejeon Banseok High School.


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), and an appearance in the Korean-Japanese co-production Koisuru Maison ~Rainbow Rose~.

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.[1][2][3][4][5] Later that year, she appeared in her first network TV series with a supporting role in the MBC period drama Horse Doctor.[6][7]

In 2013, Jo and Kim Woo-bin hosted Mnet's weekly music show M Countdown for two weeks (on April 4 and 11).[8]

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.[9] 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.[10]

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.[11] She then joined the ensemble cast of the KBS weekend family drama All About My Mom.[12][13] Jo is also set to star in the upcoming web series Love Cells 2, adapted from the webtoon of the same title.[14] In 2016, Jo starred in Monster.

Personal life[edit]

Jo began dating actor On Joo-wan in February 2015; they met on the set of The Idle Mermaid.[15] They announced their split in January 2017.[16]


Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network
I Live in Cheongdam-dong Bo-ah (ep. 10, 14-15) JTBC
Shut Up Flower Boy Band Im Soo-ah tvN
Koisuru Maison Rainbow Rose Bo-ah Tokyo TV
Horse Doctor Seo Eun-seo MBC
The Idle Mermaid Kim Ha-ni / Aileen tvN
Missing Noir M Jin Seo-joon OCN
All About My Mom Jang Chae-ri KBS2
Love Cells 2 Ye-bom Naver TV Cast
Monster Do Shin-young MBC
Sweet Stranger and Me Do Yeo-joo KBS2


Year Title Role
Innocent Thing Ha Young-eun

Variety shows[edit]

Year Title Network Notes
Made in U JTBC
M! Countdown Mnet weekly MC, April 4 & 11
Running Man SBS Guest (ep. 299)
Law of the Jungle Sumatra SBS Cast member (ep. 261-264)

Music videos[edit]

Year Song title Artist
"Remember That"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
28th Grimae Awards Best New Actress
All About My Mom
29th KBS Drama Awards Best New Actress Nominated
Popularity Award, Actress Won
36th MBC Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Special Project Drama
Best New Actress Won
30th KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries
Sweet Stranger and Me


  1. ^ Hwang, Hyo-jin (February 29, 2012). "My Name Is: Cho Bo-ah". 10Asia. Retrieved November 18, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Cho Bo-ah: My character Sua may seem too naive to the viewers". 10Asia. February 29, 2012. Retrieved November 18, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Cho Bo-ah: Sung-jun is someone that is very considerate". 10Asia. February 29, 2012. Retrieved November 18, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Cho Bo-ah: A person would be happy to have just one friend like Du-mi". 10Asia. February 29, 2012. Retrieved November 18, 2012. 
  5. ^ Lee, In-kyung (January 25, 2013). "Flower Boy Band Boasts Cast Full of New Faces". enewsWorld. Retrieved May 30, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Jo Bo-ah's picture from the past". November 21, 2011. Retrieved November 18, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Cho Bo Ah, "'Horse Doctor' after 'Shut Up Flower Boy Band' was a gift for me"". April 19, 2012. Retrieved August 9, 2014. 
  8. ^ 김우빈-조보아 '엠카운트다운' 스페셜 MC 낙점. Sports Chosun (in Korean). April 2, 2013. Retrieved July 18, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Starlet Hits Right Note as Love-struck Student in Movie Debut". The Chosun Ilbo. April 19, 2014. Retrieved April 19, 2014. 
  10. ^ 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. 
  11. ^ "Jo Boa cast as Kim Kang-woo's leading lady in Missing Persons Task Force". Dramabeans. January 25, 2015. Retrieved February 1, 2015. 
  12. ^ Kim, Dan-hee (July 1, 2015). 부탁해요 엄마', 대본 리딩 현장 공개...'쟁쟁한 라인업'. Top Star News (in Korean). Retrieved July 2, 2015. 
  13. ^ 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. 
  14. ^ Kim, Ji-hye (July 24, 2015). '조보아, 웹드라마 '연애세포2' 출연.. 임슬옹와 호흡 맞춘다. TenAsia (in Korean). Retrieved July 24, 2015. 
  15. ^ Hong, Grace Danbi (March 26, 2015). "On Ju Wan and Jo Bo Ah Confirm that They are Dating". enewsWorld. Retrieved May 4, 2015. 
  16. ^ "On Ju-wan and Cho Bo-ah call it quits". JoongAng Ilbo. 

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