In October 2016
September 30, 1987
Seoul, South Korea
(Film and Television)
(Graduate School of Mass Communication)
|Height||185 cm (6 ft 1 in)|
|Revised Romanization||Mun Jun-won|
Joo Won (Hangul: 주원; born Moon Jun-won, September 30, 1987) is a South Korean actor. He is best known for starring in King of Baking, Kim Takgu (2010), Bridal Mask (2012), Good Doctor (2013) and Yong-pal (2015).
- 1 Early life and education
- 2 Career
- 3 Personal life
- 4 Filmography
- 5 Discography
- 6 Awards and nominations
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Early life and education
Moon Jun-won was born in Seoul, South Korea. The youngest in the family, he takes after his father in terms of personality while his physical appearance mirrored that of his mother. His mother has tried out for a talent search during her younger days, passing two out of three examinations.
When he was eight, his parents sent him and his brother abroad to study in the U.S. However, they came back to Korea after just six months. Joo Won revealed, "If I'd known, I would have stayed a little longer".
Due to his introvert nature, his parents encouraged him to join plays in the third year of middle school. He joined an Arts and Drama high school - later revealed to be Kaywon High School of Arts - and continued his education on Theatre and Arts in Sungkyunkwan University. In 2013, Joo Won announced that he will be furthering his studies at Konkuk University.
With his love for singing, he became involved in Frees, a co-ed television performance group formed by SBS as part of a children's TV program. The show premiered in 2006, but Joo Won left the show quickly thereafter. Joo Won later auditioned for the stage musical Altar Boyz, based on the American musical of the same name. This musical role was a first of many to come, as he later appeared in other musicals, namely Singles, Grease, Sinsangnam, and most notably, Spring Awakening.
Originally, Joo Won was the understudy for Melchior in Spring Awakening. However, the original actor who played Melchior left the musical midway through the production, thus allowing Joo Won to perform later on in the production. His performance in Spring Awakening caught the attention of his future agency, Sim Entertainment.
2010–2013: Rising popularity and breakthrough
Joo Won first appeared in the 2010 television drama King of Baking, Kim Takgu as the antagonist to the titular character. King of Baking, Kim Takgu recorded high viewership ratings of over 50%, earning a "national drama" status, and Joo Won shot to fame.
He went on to star in the KBS2 weekend family drama Ojakgyo Family in 2011, opposite Uee. Joo Won was praised for his convincing performance despite being a rookie actor. For his portrayal as Hwang Tae-hee, Joo Won took home the Best New Actor award at the 2011 KBS Drama Awards.
However, it was Joo Won's third small screen project Bridal Mask that truly propelled him to mainstream popularity. His excellent portrayal of the complex Lee Kang-to - a pro-Japanese Korean police officer by day and a masked vigilante who fights for Korean independence by night - earned him much praises from critics and audiences. For his role in Bridal Mask, Joo Won took home the Excellence award and Popularity award at the 2012 KBS Drama Awards. The same year, he also joined the second season of Korea's popular variety program 2 Days & 1 Night.
In the spring of 2013, Joo Won starred in the MBC drama 7th Grade Civil Servant, based on the action-romance movie My Girlfriend Is an Agent. His performance won him an Excellence award in the Miniseries category at the MBC Drama Awards.
In May 2013, Joo Won was offered his most challenging role to date - an autistic savant who becomes a genius pediatric surgeon - for KBS's medical drama Good Doctor. His performance was met with critical acclaim, and he swept four awards at the 2013 KBS Drama Awards, namely Top Excellence award, Netizens' award, PD award (chosen by TV directors from KBS, SBS & MBC), and Best Couple award with Moon Chae-won.
Late 2013–2014: Return to musical and films
After four years of absence from the musical scene, Joo Won returned to the musical stage with the Korean version of Ghost the Musical. Due to schedule conflicts, he has since stepped down from 2 Days & 1 Night to concentrate on his acting career. In late 2013, Joo Won starred in the romantic comedy film Steal My Heart opposite Kim Ah-joong.
In the middle of the year, Joo Won went back and forth between Korea and China for the filming of the Chinese film Sweet Sixteen, signalling an entry into the Chinese market following the revelation of his increasing popularity in the country.
2015–present: Continued success
In 2015, Joo Won starred in action thriller Yong-pal, alongside Kim Tae-hee. The drama garnered strong ratings and Joo Won won the Grand Prize (Daesang) at the SBS Drama Awards. He next starred in the thriller Fatal Intuition, which opened at the top of the box office, earning more than 1 million ticket sales.
On November 3, 2015, Joo Won received the Most Influential Asian award at Beijing for his success in both the drama and film industry. He was also confirmed to star in his first Chinese drama, Love Express.
|2010||King of Baking, Kim Takgu||Gu Ma-jun / Seo Tae-jo||KBS2|
|2011-2012||Ojakgyo Family||Hwang Tae-hee|
|2012||Bridal Mask||Lee Kang-to / Sato Hiroshi / Gaksital|
|2013||7th Grade Civil Servant||Han Gil-ro / Han Pil-hoon||MBC|
|Good Doctor||Park Shi-on||KBS2|
|2014||Cantabile Tomorrow||Cha Yoo-jin|
|2016||Clocking Out||Seo Ki-woong||Web drama|
|2017||My Sassy Girl||Gyun-woo||SBS|
|TBA||Love Express (爱情也包邮)||Cheon Xi|
|Niko 2 : Little Brother, Big Trouble||Niko||Korean dubbing|
|2013||Steal My Heart||Lee Ho-tae|
|2014||Fashion King||Woo Ki-myung|
|2016||Sweet Sixteen||Qu Wei Ran|
|2013-2014||Ghost the Musical||Sam Wheat|
|2012||Memories of civilization - Map||Four-part series documentary|
|2010||Night Star||Episode 16, 17 (King of Baking, Kim Takgu special Part 1 & 2)||KBS2|
|Chuseok Special King of Baking, Kim Takgu|
|Happy Together||Episode 166 (King of Baking, Kim Takgu special)|
|2011||Win Win||Episode 46, secret guest for Jeon In-hwa|
|Episode 87, secret guest for Uhm Tae-woong|
|Come To Play||Episode 363||MBC|
|2012||Happy Together||Episode 236 (Ojakgyo Family special)||KBS2|
|Gag Concert||Guest for episode 647 (Sensibility segment)|
|2 Days & 1 Night||Permanent member (episode 233 - 317)|
|Lee Seung-yeon & 100 Women||Episode 101||Story on|
|Win Win||Episode 137||KBS2|
|2013||Happy Together||Episode 310 (Good Doctor cast - Handsome Guy Special)|
|Entertainment Weekly||21 September 2013 Episode (Guerrilla Date)|
|TV Entertainment Tonight||16 October 2013 Episode (with Kim Ah-joong)||SBS|
|Section TV||10 November 2013 Episode||MBC|
|You Hee-yeol's Sketchbook||15 November 2013 Episode (with Ivy)||KBS2|
|Section TV||24 November 2013 Episode||MBC|
|Gag Concert||1 December 2013 Episode (Guest for Nom Nom Nom segment)||KBS2|
|Witch Hunt||13 December 2013 Episode 19 (with Kim Ah-joong)||JTBC|
|Taxi||16 December 2013 Episode 315||tvN|
|2014||Global Request Show: A Song For You||Episode 15||KBS World|
|Joo Won's Life Log||Regular cast (episode 1-24)||KNTV Japan|
|Running Man||Episode 206||SBS|
|Happy Together||Episode 370 (Fashion King (film) - Fashion People)||KBS2|
|Witch Hunt||Episode 64 (with Ahn Jae-hyun)||JTBC|
|2015||Healing camp||Episode 205||SBS|
|Entertainment Weekly||17 October 2015 Episode (Guerrilla Date)||KBS2|
|2011||KBS Drama Awards|
|2013||49th Baeksang Arts Awards|
|2015||51st Baeksang Arts Awards|
Music Video Appearances
|2010||"Miss You"||S.M. THE BALLAD|
|2012||"I Made Another Woman Cry"||2BiC|
|2010||King of Baking, Kim Takgu OST (Part 7)||"내 사랑 (My Love)"|
|2012||Bridal Mask OST||Track 5 - "심판의 날 (Judgment Day)"|
|Track 7 - "사랑 그리고 사랑 (Love and Love)"|
|Bungo: Stories of Desire OST||"Nadeshiko"|
|2013||7th Grade Civil Servant OST||"사랑할 줄 몰라서 (I Don't Know Love)"|
|Good Doctor OST||"소독약 (Love Medicine)"|
|"내가 만일 (If I Were)"|
|2014||Cantabile Tomorrow OST||"이노센트 (Innocente)"|
Awards and nominations
|2009||15th Korean Musical Awards||Best New Actor||Spring Awakening||Nominated|
|2010||4th The Musical Awards||Nominated|
|KBS Drama Awards||King of Baking, Kim Takgu||Nominated|
|2011||Asia Model Festival Awards||Special Award - Best New Model||N/A||Won|
|KBS Drama Awards||Best New Actor||Ojakgyo Family||Won|
|2012||48th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best New Actor in TV||Won|
|Best New Actor in Film||S.I.U.||Nominated|
|21st Buil Film Awards||Best New Actor||Nominated|
|6th Mnet 20's Choice Awards||20's Male Drama Star||Bridal Mask||Nominated|
|49th Grand Bell Awards||Popularity Award||Don't Click||Nominated|
|KBS Entertainment Awards||Best Newcomer in a Variety Show||2 Days & 1 Night||Won|
|20th Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actor||Bridal Mask||Nominated|
|1st K-Drama Star Awards||Excellence Award, Actor||Nominated|
|KBS Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actor||Nominated|
|Excellence Award, Actor in a Serial Drama||Won|
|Best Couple Award with Park Ki-woong||Nominated|
|Best Couple Award with Jin Se-yeon||Nominated|
|2013||49th Baeksang Arts Awards||Most Popular Actor in TV||Nominated|
|Most Popular Actor in Film||Don't Click||Nominated|
|6th Korea Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actor||Good Doctor||Nominated|
|2nd APAN Star Awards||Nominated|
|KBS Drama Awards||Won|
|Excellence Award, Actor in a Mid-length Drama||Nominated|
|PD Award (chosen by PDs from KBS, SBS & MBC)||Won|
|Best Couple Award with Moon Chae-won||Won|
|MBC Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries||7th Grade Civil Servant||Won|
|2014||26th Korea Producers & Directors (PD) Awards||Best Performer||Good Doctor||Won|
|50th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actor in TV||Nominated|
|Most Popular Actor in TV||Nominated|
|Most Popular Actor in Film||Steal My Heart||Nominated|
|9th Seoul International Drama Awards||Outstanding Korean Actor||Good Doctor||Nominated|
|People's Choice Award (Korea)||Nominated|
|KBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries||Cantabile Tomorrow||Nominated|
|Popularity Award, Actor||Won|
|2015||8th Korea Drama Awards||Grand Prize (Daesang)||Yong-pal||Nominated|
|2nd Asian Influence Awards Oriental Ceremony||Most Influential Asian Award||N/A||Won|
|52nd Grand Bell Awards||Popularity Award||Nominated|
|4th APAN Star Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries||Cantabile Tomorrow, Yong-pal||Nominated|
|SBS Drama Awards||Grand Prize (Daesang)||Yong-pal||Won|
|Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries||Nominated|
|PD Award (chosen by PDs from KBS, SBS & MBC)||Nominated|
|Top 10 Stars||Won|
|Netizen Popularity Award||Nominated|
|Chinese Netizen Popularity Award||Won|
|Best Couple Award with Kim Tae-hee||Won|
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- "Joo Won Promises to Sing While Eating Chicken on "Cultwo Show"". 17 December 2013. Retrieved 2014-04-07.
- "Joo Won Becomes A Student For "Fashion King"". 29 January 2014. Retrieved 2014-04-05.
- "'Fashion King' releases BTS photos of its fashion-forward cast". 11 November 2014. Retrieved 2014-12-06.
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