Jo Bo-ah

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Jo Bo-ah
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Jo Bo-yoon

(1991-08-22) August 22, 1991 (age 28)
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 The Missing, 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 played a university student who faces challenges as a single mother.[20][21] The same year, she starred in the romantic comedy drama My Strange Hero.[22]

In 2019, Jo was cast in the romance drama Secret as a doctor.[23]



Year Title Role
2014 Innocent Thing Ha Young-eun

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 The Missing 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
My Strange Hero Son Soo-jung SBS
2019 Secret Jung Young-jae

Variety shows[edit]

Year Title Network Notes Ref.
2017 Law of the Jungle in Sumatra SBS Cast member (ep. 261–264) [24]
Battle Trip KBS2 Contestant with Kim So-eun (ep. 58–61) [25]


Year Title Network Notes Ref.
2018–2019 Baek Jong-won's Alley Restaurant SBS Co-host with Baek Jong-won and Gim Seong-ju (ep. 11–present) [26]
2011–2012 Made in U JTBC Host

Music video appearances[edit]

Year Song title Artist Ref.
2016 "Remember That" BtoB [27]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2015 28th Grimae Awards Best New Actress All About My Mom Won [28]
29th KBS Drama Awards Best New Actress Nominated
Popularity Award, Actress Won [29]
2016 36th MBC Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Special Project Drama Monster Nominated
Best New Actress Won [30]
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 [31]
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 [32]
2nd The Seoul Awards Best New Actress (Drama) Won [33]
MBC Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Weekend Drama Won [34]


  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. Archived from the original on March 30, 2015. 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. ^ "조보아, '시크릿' 출연 확정…외과 의사로 변신[공식]". Dong-a (in Korean). March 5, 2019.
  24. ^ Kim Jin-seon (January 18, 2017). "조보아·신원호, '정글의 법칙' 합류...인도네시아 行 (공식입장)". Star MBN (in Korean). Retrieved August 11, 2018.
  25. ^ "'배틀트립' 김소은-조보아, 헝가리 여행, 로맨틱, 성공적". Sports Donga (in Korean). July 30, 2017.
  26. ^ "조보아, '백종원의 골목식당' 새 MC 합류[공식]". Ilgan Sports (in Korean). February 23, 2018.
  27. ^ "[영상] 비투비(BTOB)이민혁-조보아, 신곡 '봄날의 기억'MV서 핑크빛 '침대 키스신'". Top Star News (in Korean). March 22, 2016.
  28. ^ "Yeon Jung-hoon and Soo Ae to receive Excellence in Acting Awards at Grime Awards 2015". Hancinema. Star News. December 10, 2015.
  29. ^ "Check out the Winners from '2015 KBS Drama Awards'". BNT News. December 31, 2015.
  30. ^ "2016 MBC 연기대상 여자 신인상 남지현·조보아 공동수상". Sports Khan (in Korean). December 30, 2016.
  31. ^ "'My Ugly Duckling' moms win grand prize at 2017 SBS Entertainment Awards". International Business Times. December 31, 2017.
  32. ^ "이병헌, '미스터 션샤인' 대상 수상..정해인 2관왕(종합)[2018 APAN]". Osen (in Korean). 13 October 2018.
  33. ^ "[2회 더서울어워즈] '나의아저씨·공작' 대상…이병헌·김남주·하정우·손예진 주연상(종합)". Ilgan Sports (in Korean). October 27, 2018.
  34. ^ "소지섭 '데뷔 23년 만에 첫 대상'(mbc연기대상)[포토엔HD]". Newsen (in Korean). December 31, 2018.

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