Jo In-sung

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Jo In-sung
Zo In Sung.jpg
Jo in 2011
Born (1981-07-28) July 28, 1981 (age 35)
Seoul, South Korea
Other names Zo In-sung
Occupation Actor
Years active 1998-present
Agent IOK Company
Korean name
Revised Romanization Jo In-seong
McCune–Reischauer Cho Insŏng

Jo In-sung (Hangul조인성; born July 28, 1981) is a South Korean actor. He is best known for his leading roles in the television series What Happened in Bali (2004), That Winter, the Wind Blows (2013), and It's Okay, That's Love (2014), as well as the films The Classic (2003), A Dirty Carnival (2006), A Frozen Flower (2008) and The King (2017).

Early life[edit]

Jo In-sung was born and raised in Gangdong District, Seoul, South Korea.[1]


1998–2001: Beginnings and rise to fame[edit]

Jo made his entertainment debut in 1998 as a model for clothing brand Ziozia. In 2000, he began his acting career by starring in the teen drama School 3 and in the second season of the sitcom Nonstop.[2]

Jo first drew notice with a supporting role in the 2001 television drama Piano, co-starring Go Soo and Kim Ha-neul. He was then cast in his first drama leading role in 2002, as an illiterate actor in Shoot for the Stars opposite Jeon Do-yeon. The same year, he made his film debut in the movie Public Toilet.

2003–2008: Mainstream popularity[edit]

In 2003, Jo starred in three romance films, most notably Kwak Jae-yong's The Classic, with Son Ye-jin and Jo Seung-woo.

In 2004, he returned to television in the melodrama What Happened in Bali, alongside Ha Ji-won and So Ji-sub. What Happened in Bali was a huge success, with its final episode reaching a peak rating of 39.7%. Jo won Best Actor awards at both the Baeksang Arts Awards and SBS Drama Awards.

In 2005, he starred opposite Go Hyun-jung in her comeback drama Spring Day, a remake of the Japanese drama Hoshi no Kinka ("Heaven's Coins").

Jo collaborated with renowned director Yoo Ha in his next two films: 2006's A Dirty Carnival, in which he played a charismatic small-time gangster who seeks a happier life;[3][4] and 2008's A Frozen Flower, a Goryeo-period film where his royal bodyguard character is caught in a love triangle between the king and the queen.[5][6]

In 2008, he appeared in two episodes of the MBC comedy variety show Infinite Challenge on March 15 and 22. These episodes were about wrestling training in order to encourage South Korean national team before the 2008 Beijing Olympics.[7][8]

2009–2012: Enlistment[edit]

On April 7, 2009, Jo enlisted for his two-year mandatory military service; he reportedly wanted to join the Air Force to follow in the footsteps of his father, who served as a non-commissioned officer.[9][10][11] He served 25 months in the Air Force and the Air Force military band, and was discharged on May 4, 2011.[12][13]

Upon the expiry of his contract with talent agency SidusHQ, Jo joined IOK Company in March 2012.[14]


In 2013, he co-starred in the melodrama That Winter, the Wind Blows alongside Song Hye-kyo, a remake of the Japanese drama Ai Nante Irane Yo, Natsu ("I Don't Need Love, Summer").[15][16][17][18][19] The drama placed number one in its timeslot during most of its run, and Jo and Song were praised for their performances.[20][21] A year later, Jo reunited with Winter's writer and director in SBS' medical melo It's Okay, That's Love opposite Gong Hyo-jin.[22] Jo won the Daesang (Grand Prize), the highest honor for television at the APAN Star Awards.[23]

In 2017, Jo starred in the crime thriller The King alongside Jung Woo-sung, directed by The Face Reader director Han Jae-rim.[24] The same year, he was cast in historical film Ansi City.[25][26]

Personal life[edit]

Jo studied modeling and events management at Chunnam Techno University. He later enrolled as a Theater and Film major at Dongguk University, but was expelled in 2007 due to inadequate class attendance.[27]



Year Title Role
2002 Public Toilet Cho
2003 Madeleine Kang Ji-suk
The Classic Oh Sang-min
Love Impossible Kim Chul-soo
2006 A Dirty Carnival Kim Byung-doo
2008 A Frozen Flower Hong-rim
2017 The King Park Tae-soo
2018 Ansi City Yang Manchun


Year Title Role Network
2000 School 3 Kim Seok-joo KBS1
New Nonstop Jo In-sung MBC
2001 Drama City "Love Me Tender" Joon-ho KBS2
Drama City "Like a Pure Comic" Kim Jung-hyun KBS2
Piano Lee Kyung-ho SBS
2002 Daemang (Great Ambition) young Lee Soo (cameo, episode 1) SBS
Shoot for the Stars Gu Sung-tae SBS
2004 What Happened in Bali Jung Jae-min SBS
2005 Spring Day Go Eun-sup SBS
2013 That Winter, the Wind Blows Oh Soo SBS
2014 It's Okay, That's Love Jang Jae-yeol SBS
2016 Dear My Friends Seo Yeon-ha (cameo) tvN

Music video[edit]

Year Song title Artist
2000 "She's Leaving Me"
Shin Seung-hun
2002 "Sad Love"
"You Don't Know"
2012 "Love"[28]
Kim C

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2000 KBS Drama Awards Best Young Actor School 3 Won
2001 MBC Entertainment Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Comedy/Sitcom New Nonstop Won
SBS Drama Awards New Star Award Piano Won
2002 38th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actor (TV) Nominated
SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Special Planning Drama Shoot for the Stars Nominated
Netizen Popularity Award Won
Top 10 Stars Won
2004 40th Baeksang Arts Awards[29] Best Actor (TV) What Happened in Bali Won
SBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor Won
Top 10 Stars Won
2005 41st Baeksang Arts Awards Most Popular Actor (TV) Spring Day Won
SBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor Nominated
Excellence Award, Actor in a Special Planning Drama Nominated
Netizen Popularity Award Won
Top 10 Stars Won
2006 27th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Actor A Dirty Carnival Nominated
5th Korean Film Awards Best Actor Won
2007 4th Max Movie Awards[30] Best Actor Won
43rd Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actor (Film) Nominated
Pyeongtaek Film Festival New Currents Best Actor Won
45th Motion Pictures Day Most Promising Actor Won
44th Grand Bell Awards Best Actor Nominated
1st Mnet 20's Choice Awards Best Actor Won
Most Photogenic Star N/A Won
Best CF Star N/A Won
12th Pusan International Film Festival Star Summit Asia - Curtain Call N/A Won
Korea Advertising Festival Netizen's Choice for Best Male Model N/A Won
2011 Republic of Korea Air Force Honorary Citation from the Chief of Staff[31] N/A Won
Korea Advertisers' Association Good Model Award N/A Won
2012 49th Savings Day Presidential Commendation N/A Won
2013 7th Mnet 20's Choice Awards 20's Drama Star - Male That Winter, the Wind Blows Nominated
8th Seoul International Drama Awards Outstanding Korean Actor Nominated
2nd APAN Star Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor Nominated
SBS Drama Awards[32] SBS Special Award Won
Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Nominated
Top 10 Stars Won
Best Couple Award with Song Hye-kyo Nominated
2014 2nd Sohu Fashion Awards[33][34][35] Fashion Idol of the Year N/A Won
7th Style Icon Awards Style Icon of the Year N/A Won
Top 10 Style Icons N/A Won
11th Esquire Man at His Best Awards Most Popular Overseas Artist N/A Won
3rd APAN Star Awards[36] Daesang (Grand Prize) It's Okay, That's Love Won
Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Nominated
SBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Nominated
Top 10 Stars Won
Best Couple Award with Gong Hyo-jin Won
2015 51st Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actor (TV) Nominated


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