Jo in June 2013
|Born||December 26, 1980|
Seoul, South Korea
|Other names||Cho Jung-seok|
|Education||Seoul Institute of the Arts – Theater|
Gummy (m. 2018)
|Revised Romanization||Jo Jeong-seok|
Jo Jung-suk (born December 26, 1980) is a South Korean actor. He began his career in theater, starring in Spring Awakening, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and the stage adaptation of The Harmonium in My Memory, among many other musicals and plays.
After nearly a decade on the stage, Jo made his film debut as a comedic supporting actor in the 2012 box office hit Architecture 101, which became his breakout role. His versatility was further showcased by the television series The King 2 Hearts (2012), You're the Best, Lee Soon-shin (2013), Oh My Ghost (2015), and Don't Dare to Dream (2016), as well as films The Face Reader (2013), My Love, My Bride (2014) and My Annoying Brother (2016).
Jo Jung-suk had always wanted to be on stage. He was admitted into the Theater department of Seoul Institute of the Arts on student loan, but after his father died in 2000, Jo's widowed mother became fully dependent on him. He was granted an exemption from military service due to family circumstances, and he quit school before graduating so he could start earning money by doing musicals. He made his professional acting debut in The Nutcracker in 2004.
Jo then became active and well known in musical theatre, acting in a total of 25 musicals during the first nine years of his career, including Organ in My Heart (musical adaptation of The Harmonium in My Memory), Janggeum the Great (musical adaptation of Jewel in the Palace), and Korean productions of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Grease, The Island, and Spring Awakening.
In 2011 he landed his first television role on cable series What's Up as an awkward but talented music student. But 2012 would be his breakout year, starring in two high-profile projects. In his big screen debut, he played a supporting role in box office hit Architecture 101. As the young hero's best friend Nab-ddeuk, Jo's performance brimmed with personality and comic timing, and he won Best New Actor at the Blue Dragon Film Awards, as well as received nominations from the Grand Bell Awards and Buil Film Awards. He was once again a scene stealer in his third onscreen role as earnest soldier Eun Shi-kyung in the drama series The King 2 Hearts. Jo's display of versatility and screen presence in those projects caused a surge in mainstream popularity for the actor, resulting in close to twenty offers for films and TV series, not to mention commercials.
He next starred in big-screen comedy Almost Che, loosely based on a real-life incident from 1985, in which student activists forcibly occupied the US Cultural Center in Seoul and had a standoff with the police. After filming the period drama Song Kang-ho-starrer The Face Reader (for which he later won Best Supporting Actor at the Grand Bell Awards), Jo returned to television in his first onscreen leading role in the 2013 family drama You're the Best, Lee Soon-shin.
Jo appeared in two films in 2014: the period thriller The Fatal Encounter, where he played an assassin targeting King Jeongjo, and the romantic comedy My Love, My Bride, a remake of the same-titled 1990 hit in which he and Shin Min-ah played a newly married couple.
In 2015, Jo played an arrogant star chef who falls for his kitchen assistant who's been possessed by a virgin ghost in Oh My Ghost, which was a commercial and critical hit. He also headlined The Exclusive: Beat the Devil's Tattoo, in which he played a TV news reporter who gets a scoop, followed by the time-hopping thriller Time Renegade.
In 2016, Jo played an announcer in SBS's romantic comedy Don't Dare to Dream who falls for a weather announcer (played by Gong Hyo-jin). The series was a hit and led to increased popularity for Jo, who then became one of the most in-demand actors in the industry. He then headlined the comedy-drama film My Annoying Brother alongside Park Shin-hye and Do Kyung-soo of Exo. The film topped box office charts and earned positive reviews for Jo, who was praised for his comedic timing and chemistry with co-star Do.
|Almost Che||Hwang Young-min / Kang Moon-mo|
|2013||The Face Reader||Paeng-heon|
|2014||The Fatal Encounter||Sal-soo|
|My Love, My Bride||Young-min|
|2015||The Exclusive: Beat the Devil's Tattoo||Heo Moo-hyuk|
|My Annoying Brother||Go Doo-shik|
|2018||The Drug King||Kim In-goo|
|2019||Hit and Run Unit||Jung Jae-cheol|
|2011||What's Up||Kim Byung-gun||MBN|
|2012||The King 2 Hearts||Eun Shi-kyung||MBC|
|2013||You Are the Best!||Shin Joon-ho||KBS2|
|2015||Oh My Ghost||Kang Sun-woo||tvN|
|2016||Don't Dare to Dream||Lee Hwa-shin||SBS|
|Legend of the Blue Sea||Yoo Jeong-hoon||Cameo|
|2017–2018||Two Cops||Cha Dong-tak / Gong Su-chang||MBC|
|2018||Familiar Wife||Kang Sun-woo||tvN||Cameo|
|2019||Mung Bean Flower||Baek Yi-kang||SBS|
|2016||Youth Over Flowers||tvN||Cast member|
|2005||Nunsense A-Men||Sister Mary Leo|
|2006||Kingdom of the Wind||Ho-dong|
|You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown||Charlie Brown|
|2006–2007||Hedwig and the Angry Inch||Hedwig|
|2007||All Shook Up||Chad|
|Pump Boys and Dinettes||Jim|
|Organ in My Heart||Kang Dong-soo|
|Janggeum the Great||Jo Gwang-jo|
|Hedwig and the Angry Inch||Hedwig|
|2011||Hedwig and the Angry Inch||Hedwig|
|The Vagina Monologues|
|2012||Cult Holrangjeok Show|
|2016||Hedwig and the Angry Inch||Hedwig|
|2018||Amadeus||Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart|
|Hedwig and the Angry Inch |
"하지만 나는 안가"
"아직 늦지 않았어"
|First Love cast recording|
|2008||"내 마음의 풍금"
"나의 사랑 수정(Love Thema)"
"홍연이 안 왔어요"
|Organ in My Heart cast recording|
|2011||"Tear Me Down"
"Wig in a Box"
|Hedwig and the Angry Inch |
|2012||"푸른옷소매"||Almost Che OST|
|What's Up? Japanese edition OST|
(I Completely Love You)"
|You're the Best, Lee Soon-shin OST|
|2015||"Gimme a Chocolate"||Gimme a Chocolate single|
|2016||"Don't Worry"||My Annoying Brother OST|
Awards and nominations
|2008||4th Korea Musical Awards||Best New Actor||Organ in My Heart||Won|||
|2009||15th Korea Musical Awards||Best Supporting Actor||Spring Awakening||Won|||
|3rd The Musical Awards||Best Actor||Janggeum the Great||Nominated|
|2010||4th The Musical Awards||Best Supporting Actor||Spring Awakening||Won|||
|2012||6th Mnet 20's Choice Awards||20's Booming Actor||Architecture 101,
The King 2 Hearts
|21st Buil Film Awards||Best Supporting Actor||Architecture 101||Nominated|
|Best New Actor||Nominated|
|49th Grand Bell Awards||Best Supporting Actor||Nominated|
|Best New Actor||Nominated|
|5th Korea Drama Awards||The King 2 Hearts||Nominated|
|5th Style Icon Awards||New Icon||N/A||Won|||
|33rd Blue Dragon Film Awards||Best New Actor||Architecture 101||Won|||
|20th Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards||Won|||
|MBC Drama Awards||Best New Actor||The King 2 Hearts||Nominated|
|Best Couple Award with Lee Yoon-ji||Nominated|
|2013||4th KOFRA Film Awards||Best New Actor||Architecture 101||Won|||
|49th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best New Actor (TV)||The King 2 Hearts||Nominated|||
|50th Grand Bell Awards||Best Supporting Actor||The Face Reader||Won|||
|33rd Korean Association of Film Critics Awards||Won|||
|34th Blue Dragon Film Awards||Nominated|
|13th Korea World Youth Film Festival||Best New Actor||Won|||
|KBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actor in a Serial Drama||You're the Best, Lee Soon-shin||Won|||
|Best Couple Award with IU||Won|
|2014||9th Max Movie Awards||Best Supporting Actor||The Face Reader||Nominated|
|14th Korea World Youth Film Festival||Popularity Award||My Love, My Bride||Won|||
|2015||8th Korea Drama Awards||Excellence Award, actor||Oh My Ghost||Nominated|
|52nd Grand Bell Awards||Popularity Award||N/A||Nominated|
|4th APAN Star Awards||Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries||Oh My Ghost||Nominated|
|2016||1st tvN10 Awards||Romantic Comedy King||Nominated|||
|Two Star Award||Won|
|Best Kiss Award With Park Bo-young||Nominated|
|7th Korean Popular Culture & Arts Awards||Cultural Minister Award||N/A||Won|||
|1st Asia Artist Awards||Best Artist Award, actor||Don't Dare to Dream||Nominated|
|The Korea Film Actors Association||Korea's Top Star||N/A||Won|||
|SBS Drama Awards||Grand Prize (Daesang)||Don't Dare to Dream||Nominated|
|Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Romantic Comedy Drama||Won|||
|Top 10 Stars Award||Won|
|Best Couple with Gong Hyo-jin||Nominated|
|K-Wave Star Award||Nominated|
|2017||53rd Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actor (TV)||Nominated|
|44th MBC Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Monday-Tuesday Drama||Two Cops||Won|||
|Popularity Award, Actor||Nominated|
|2018||6th APAN Star Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries||Nominated|||
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