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Ju Ji-hoon
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Ju in October 2018
Joo Young-hoon

(1982-05-16) May 16, 1982 (age 37)
Seoul, South Korea
Other namesJoo Ji-hoon
Alma materKyonggi University
Years active2003–present
Universal D (Japan)
Korean name
Revised RomanizationJu Ji-hun
McCune–ReischauerChu Chihun

Ju Ji-hoon (Korean주지훈; born May 16, 1982) is a South Korean actor.[1][2] His first leading role was in the 2006 hit drama Princess Hours. His other notable works include The Devil, Antique, Mask, Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds and its sequel, The Spy Gone North, Dark Figure of Crime and Kingdom.[3]

Early life[edit]

In 2003, Ju debuted as a model, in advertisements for clothing brands such as Calvin Klein, Levi's and Reebok. He won many awards for modeling. Before entering the entertainment industry, he studied at Tongwon College, majoring in e-Business.[citation needed]


2006–2008: Acting debut and recognition[edit]

Ju had various bit parts in television dramas, but it was in 2006's romantic comedy Princess Hours, based on the manhwa Goong, that he achieved breakthrough. The drama was a hit domestically with a peak rating of 28.3%, and internationally across Asia, catapulting Ju into Korean Wave stardom.[4][5] He won the Best New Actor award at the MBC Drama Awards along with his co-star Yoon Eun-hye.

In March 2007, Ju starred in KBS2' revenge drama The Devil, opposite Uhm Tae-woong and Shin Min-a.[6] The same month, he received the New Asian Star award at the 1st Astar TV Drama Awards for his performance in Princess Hours and The Devil.[7]

Ju's film debut was in Antique (2008), based on the manga Antique Bakery.[8] The film was invited to the 59th Berlin International Film Festival.[9] He then reunited with The Devil co-star Shin Min-ah in the romantic comedy The Naked Kitchen.[10]

2011–2016: Comeback[edit]

In January 2011, ahead of Ju's discharge in November, he signed with entertainment agency KeyEast, owned by actor Bae Yong-joon.[11]

In August 2012, Ju made his comeback in the period comedy film I Am the King.[12] Inspired by the popular novel The Prince and the Pauper, Ju played the dual role of Grand Prince Choong-nyung and the slave Deok-chil, in a fictional period before the prince becomes King Sejong the Great.[13] This was followed by his starring role as a pianist in the melodrama Five Fingers, broadcast from August to November 2012.[14][15] Joo also starred in medical drama Medical Top Team,[16] and romantic comedy film Marriage Blue.[17]

Ju made his film debut in China with Love Suspicion, a romantic thriler.[18] In 2014, Ju was paired up with Ji Sung and Lee Kwang-soo in Confession,[19] a neo-noir film that brutally explores the aftermath of three men's friendship after the death of one's mother.[20]

In 2015, Ju starred in the period film The Treacherous, reuniting him with the director of Antique and Naked Kitchen.[21] He then made his small screen comeback with SBS' melodrama Mask alongside Soo Ae.[22]

In 2016, Ju starred in the noir crime thriller Asura: The City of Madness, which premiered globally at the 41st Toronto Film Festival.[23] He received the Popular Film Star award at the Korea Top Star Awards.[24]

2017–present: Career resurgence[edit]

From 2017 to 2018, Ju starred in the two-part fantasy epic Along With the Gods.[25][26] The film was the second highest grossing film in South Korea, and Ju became known for his role as Haewonmaek.[27]

In 2018, Ju starred in the thriller films The Spy Gone North,[28][29] and Dark Figure of Crime.[30][31] Ju's performance in both films earned acclaim, and he won several Best Supporting Actor awards at film ceremonies for his performance in The Spy Gone North, and was nominated for Best Actor at the Blue Dragon Awards for Dark Figure of Crime.[32]

In 2019, Ju made a comeback to the small screen with two television series;[33] Netflix's zombie period drama Kingdom,[34][35] and MBC's fantasy legal drama Item.[36]


On February 2, 2010, Ju enlisted in the Republic of Korea Army to serve his mandatory military service for five weeks of basic training at 306th draft in Uijeongbu of Gyeonggi Province, followed by active duty with the reserve forces.[37][38]

In August, Ju co-starred with fellow actor Lee Joon-gi in the military musical Voyage of Life. The musical, to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Korean War, was co-produced by the Ministry of National Defense and Korea Musical Theatre Association. It ran from August 21 to 29 at the National Theater of Korea.[39][40] Ju was discharged on November 21, 2011.[41][42]


On April 27, 2009, Ju was arrested by Seoul Metropolitan Police on drug charges. He was arrested along with 15 people and an actress identified as Yoon on suspicion of supplying ecstasy.[43] On June 23, 2009, Ju pleaded guilty in court to drug use of ecstasy and ketamine. He was sentenced to six months of jail time, suspended for one year, 120 hours of community service, and a fine of ₩360,000. The judge explained, "The nature of the crime is by no means light. However, he has reflected deeply on the crime and has not taken any drugs since the time a year and two months ago. Also, many fans from within the country and from overseas have appealed for an appropriate handling of the matter and sent petitions." Ju's lawyer also stated, "Of course he must accept the price of his crime, but wrong information kept coming out and exaggerated him as a habitual user, and some of it was unfair."[44]



Year Title Role
2008 Antique Kim Jin-hyeok
2009 The Naked Kitchen Park Du-re
2012 I Am the King Yi Do/Deok-chil
2013 Marriage Blue Kyung-soo
2014 Love Suspicion Kang-han
Confession In-chul
2015 The Treacherous Im Soong-jae
2016 Asura: The City of Madness Moon Sun-mo
2017 Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds Hae Won-maek
2018 Along with the Gods: The Last 49 Days
The Spy Gone North Manager Jung
Dark Figure of Crime Kang Tae-oh

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2006 Princess Hours Crown Prince Lee Shin MBC
2007 The Devil Oh Seung-ha KBS2
2012 Five Fingers Yoo Ji-ho SBS
2013 Medical Top Team Han Seung-jae MBC
2015 Mask Choi Min-woo SBS
2019–present Kingdom Crown Prince Netflix
2019 Item Kang Gon MBC

Music video appearances[edit]

Year Song title Artist Ref.
2012 "처연" Lowdown 30
2014 "Fxxk U" Gain feat. Bumkey [45]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2004 Korea Best Dresser Swan Awards Best Male Model N/A Won [46]
2005 Style Magazine Most Stylish Male Model N/A Won
The Photographers' Association Best Male Model N/A Won [47]
Korea Best Dresser Swan Awards N/A Won
2006 42nd Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actor Princess Hours Nominated
MBC Drama Awards Best New Actor Won [48]
2007 KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries The Devil Nominated
2008 Asia Model Festival Awards Star Prize N/A Won [49]
2009 45th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actor Antique Nominated
Most Popular Actor Won [50]
2012 SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Weekend/Daily Drama Five Fingers Nominated
2013 2nd APAN Star Awards Popular Star Award Won [51]
MBC Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Medical Top Team Nominated
2015 SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Drama Special Mask Won [52]
Top 10 Star Award Won [53]
2016 The Korea Film Actor's Association Popular Film Star Award Asura: The City of Madness Won [54]
2017 22nd Chunsa Film Art Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated
26th Buil Film Awards Nominated
2018 27th Buil Film Awards The Spy Gone North Won [55]
38th Korean Association of Film Critics Awards Won [56]
6th Marie Claire Asia Star Awards Asian Star Award Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds, The Spy Gone North Won [57]
2nd The Seoul Awards Best Supporting Actor Won [58]
39th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Actor Dark Figure of Crime Nominated [59]
Best Supporting Actor The Spy Gone North Nominated
Popular Star Award Won [60]
3rd Asia Artist Awards Artist of the Year N/A Won [61]
Best Actor Won
5th Korean Film Producers Association Awards Dark Figure of Crime Won [62]
23rd KCA Consumer Day Awards Best Film Actor Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds, Dark Figure of Crime Won [63]
2019 10th KOFRA Film Awards Best Supporting Actor The Spy Gone North Won [64]
55th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actor Dark Figure of Crime Nominated [65]
24th Chunsa Film Art Awards Best Actor Won [66]
Best Supporting Actor The Spy Gone North Nominated [67][68]
39th Golden Cinema Film Festival Best Actor Dark Figure of Crime Won [69]
28th Buil Film Awards Nominated


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