Jo Jung-suk

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Jo Jung-suk
Jo Jung-suk on the red carpet of The Musical Awards, 3 June 2013 02.jpg
Born (1980-12-26) December 26, 1980 (age 37)
Seoul, South Korea
Other names Cho Jung-seok
Education Seoul Institute of the Arts – Theater
Occupation Actor
Years active 2004–present
Agent Culture Depot
JS Company[1]
Korean name
Revised Romanization Jo Jeong-seok
McCune–Reischauer Cho Chŏngsŏk

Jo Jung-suk (born December 26, 1980) is a South Korean actor.[2] 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.[3]

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,[4] including Organ in My Heart (musical adaptation of The Harmonium in My Memory),[5] Janggeum the Great (musical adaptation of Jewel in the Palace),[6][7] and Korean productions of Hedwig and the Angry Inch,[8] Grease, The Island,[9][10] and Spring Awakening.[11][12]

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.[13] 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,[14] 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.[15] 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.[16][17]

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),[18] Jo returned to television in his first onscreen leading role in the 2013 family drama You're the Best, Lee Soon-shin.[19]

Jo appeared in two films in 2014: the period thriller The Fatal Encounter, where he played an assassin targeting King Jeongjo,[20][21] 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.[22][23][24]

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.[25][26] He also headlined The Exclusive: Beat the Devil's Tattoo, in which he played a TV news reporter who gets a scoop,[27][28] followed by the time-hopping thriller Time Renegade.[29]

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).[30] 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.[31] He then headlined the comedy-drama film My Annoying Brother alongside Park Shin-hye and Do Kyung-soo of Exo.[32] 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.[33]

In 2017, Jo starred in the gangster thriller Drug King, directed by Woo Min-ho.[34] The same year, he made his small-screen comeback in MBC's fantasy comedy drama Two Cops.[35]

In 2018, Jo was cast in the action thriller film Hit and Run Unit,[36] as well as the disaster action film Exit.[37]

Personal life[edit]

Jo has been in a relationship with singer Gummy since 2013.[38]



Year Title Role
2012 Architecture 101 Nabddeuki
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
2016 Time Renegade Ji-hwan
My Annoying Brother Go Doo-shik
2018 The Drug King Kim In-goo
Hit and Run Unit Jung Jae-cheol
2019 Exit Yong-nam

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network
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)[39]
2017-2018 Two Cops Cha Dong-tak / Gong Su-chang MBC

Variety show[edit]

Year Title Network Notes
2016 Youth Over Flowers tvN Cast member


Year Title Role
2004 The Nutcracker
2005 Nunsense A-Men Sister Mary Leo
2005–2006 Grease Roger
2006 Kingdom of the Wind Ho-dong
Le Passe-Muraille Newsvendor
You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown Charlie Brown
2006–2007 Hedwig and the Angry Inch Hedwig
2007 All Shook Up Chad
First Love Hae-soo
Pump Boys and Dinettes Jim
2007–2008 Le Passe-Muraille Newsvendor
2008 Evil Dead Ash
Organ in My Heart Kang Dong-soo
Janggeum the Great Jo Gwang-jo
Hedwig and the Angry Inch Hedwig
2009 The Island John
2009–2010 Spring Awakening Moritz
2010–2011 True West Austin
2011 Hedwig and the Angry Inch Hedwig
The Vagina Monologues
2012 Cult Holrangjeok Show
2014 Blood Brothers Mickey
2016 Hedwig and the Angry Inch Hedwig
2018 Amadeus[40] Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


Year Song title Album
2006 "Sugar Daddy"
"Angry Inch"
Hedwig and the Angry Inch
cast recording
2007 "첫사랑"
"아버지가 좋아요"
"너의 바다는"
"하지만 나는 안가"
"해수의 바다"
"아직 늦지 않았어"
"사랑해 언제까지나"
First Love cast recording
2008 "내 마음의 풍금"
"나의 사랑 수정(Love Thema)"
"나비의 꿈"
"봄이다 그치"
"홍연이 안 왔어요"
Organ in My Heart cast recording
2011 "Tear Me Down"
"Wig in a Box"
Hedwig and the Angry Inch
cast recording
2012 "푸른옷소매" Almost Che OST
"Might Gonna"
"With You"
What's Up? Japanese edition OST
2013 "완전 사랑해요
(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[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2008 4th Korea Musical Awards Best New Actor Organ in My Heart Won [41]
2009 15th Korea Musical Awards Best Supporting Actor Spring Awakening Won [42]
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
Won [43]
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 [44]
33rd Blue Dragon Film Awards Best New Actor Architecture 101 Won [14]
20th Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards Won [45]
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 [46]
49th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actor (TV) The King 2 Hearts Nominated [47]
50th Grand Bell Awards Best Supporting Actor The Face Reader Won [48]
33rd Korean Association of Film Critics Awards Won [49]
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 [50]
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 [51]
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 [52]
SBS Drama Awards Grand Prize (Daesang) Don't Dare to Dream Nominated
Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Romantic Comedy Drama Won
Best Couple with Gong Hyo-jin Nominated
Top 10 Stars Award Won
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 [53]
Popularity Award, Actor Nominated


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