In May 2017
September 30, 1987
Seoul, South Korea
|Education||Kaywon High School of Arts|
Sungkyunkwan University - Film and Television
Konkuk University Graduate School of Mass Communication
|Revised Romanization||Mun Jun-won|
Joo Won (Korean: 주원; born Moon Jun-won on September 30, 1987) is a South Korean actor best known for his roles in King of Baking, Kim Takgu (2010), Ojakgyo Family (2011), Bridal Mask (2012), Good Doctor (2013), Fatal Intuition (2015), Yong-pal (2015) and My Sassy Girl (2017). 
Early life and education
Moon Jun-won was born in Seoul, South Korea.
He studied at Kaywon High School of Arts and continued his education on Theatre and Arts in Sungkyunkwan University. In 2013, Joo Won announced that he would 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.
2010–2012: 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 "national drama" status, and Joo shot to fame.
He went on to star in the KBS2 weekend family drama Ojakgyo Family in 2011, opposite Uee. He took home the Best New Actor award at the KBS Drama Awards and Baeksang Arts Awards. The same year, Joo made his big-screen debut in the action crime film S.I.U. alongside Uhm Tae-woong.
However, it was Joo's third small screen project Bridal Mask that truly propelled him to mainstream popularity. He portrayed a pro-Japanese Korean police officer by day and a masked vigilante who fights for Korean independence by night. 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 starred opposite Park Bo-young in the horror thriller Don't Click, and joined the second season of the popular variety program 2 Days & 1 Night.
2013–present: Mainstream success
In 2013, Joo starred in MBC's drama 7th Grade Civil Servant, based on the action-romance movie My Girlfriend Is an Agent. The same year, Joo was offered his most challenging role; an autistic savant who becomes a genius pediatric surgeon for KBS's medical drama Good Doctor.
After four years of absence from the musical scene, Joo 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 starred in the romantic comedy film Steal My Heart opposite Kim Ah-joong.
In 2015, Joo starred in action thriller Yong-pal, alongside Kim Tae-hee. The drama garnered strong ratings and Joo 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 received the "Most Welcomed Actor" award at the second Asian Influence Awards Oriental Ceremony held in China. He then starred in the Korean-Chinese film Sweet Sixteen, a romantic drama based on an Internet novel will depict the love story of three men and one woman.
In early 2017, Joo Won’s agency, Huayi Brothers, announced that the actor was dating singer and actress BoA since 2016. On November 13, couple's agencies confirmed that the actor and actress, BoA has officially broken up due to personal reasons.
|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 Weiran|||
|Clocking Out||Seo Ki-woong||Short film|||
|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||Naeil's Cantabile||Cha Yoo-jin|||
|2017||My Sassy Girl||Gyun-woo|||
|2012||Memories of civilization - Map||Four-part series documentary|
|2012-2013||2 Days & 1 Night||KBS2|||
|2014||Joo Won's Life Log||Himself||KNTV Japan|
Music video appearances
|2010||"Miss You"||SM the Ballad|
|2012||"I Made Another Woman Cry"||2BiC|||
|2013-2014||Ghost the Musical||Sam Wheat|||
|2010||King of Baking, Kim Takgu OST (Part 7)||"My Love"|||
|2012||Bridal Mask OST||Judgment Day"|
|Love and Love"|||
|Bungo: Stories of Desire OST||"Nadeshiko"|||
|2013||7th Grade Civil Servant OST||"I Don't Know Love"|||
|Good Doctor OST||"소독약 (Love Medicine)"|||
|"If I Were"|
|2014||Naeil's Cantabile OST||"Innocent"|||
|2017||My Sassy Girl OST||"I Believe"|||
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 (TV)||Won|||
|Best New Actor (Film)||S.I.U.||Nominated|
|21st Buil Film Awards||Best New Actor||Nominated|
|KBS Entertainment Awards||Best Newcomer in a Variety Show||2 Days & 1 Night||Won|||
|1st K-Drama Star Awards||Excellence Award, Actor||Bridal Mask||Nominated|
|20th Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actor||Nominated|
|KBS Drama Awards||Nominated|
|Excellence Award, Actor in a Serial Drama||Won|||
|2013||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 Awards||Best Performer||Good Doctor||Won|||
|50th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actor (TV)||Nominated|
|KBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries||Naeil's Cantabile||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|||
|4th APAN Star Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries||Naeil's Cantabile, Yong-pal||Nominated|
|SBS Drama Awards||Grand Prize (Daesang)||Yong-pal||Won|||
|Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries||Nominated|
|Top 10 Stars||Won|
|Chinese Netizen Popularity Award||Won|
|Best Couple Award with Kim Tae-hee||Won|
|2016||52nd Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actor (TV)||Nominated|
|2017||SBS Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Monday–Tuesday Drama||My Sassy Girl||Nominated|
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- "Joo Won gives teary goodbye". Korea JoongAng Daily. 29 October 2013.
- "Joo Won is cast in big-name rom com". Korea JoongAng Daily. 9 March 2013.
- "Joo Won, Kim A-joong's Romcom to Hit Theaters in December". TenAsia. 23 August 2013.
- "Joo Won, f(x) Sulli, Park Se-young Confirm to Join Cartoon-turned-Movie". TenAsia. 6 January 2014.
- "JOO Won Enthroned as the FASHION KING". Korean Film Biz Zone. 6 January 2014.
- Chung, Joo-won (15 September 2014). "Joo Won perfectly resembles manga character". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2014-09-18.
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- "Joo Won, the tested-and-proven actor in 'Yong-pal'". Kpop Herald. 6 August 2015.
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- "Joo Won receives Most Welcomed Actor award in China". The Korea Times. 4 November 2015.
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- "JOO Won Boards China-Korea Melodrama". Korean Film Biz Zone. 13 May 2014.
- "Joo Won picks 'My Sassy Girl' TV drama as final project before military". Kpop Herald. 30 March 2016.
- "Sci-Fi Human Romance "Alice" Confirms Kim Hee-sun and Joo Won". Hancinema. November 21, 2019.
- "Joo Won, BoA confirm relationship rumors". Korea JoongAng Daily. 19 January 2017.
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- Chyung Eun-ju (13 November 2017). "Top singer-actor couple split". The Korea Times.
- "Joo Won quietly enters the military". Korea JoongAng Daily. 17 May 2017.
- "Joo wraps basic training, becomes instructor". Korea JoongAng Daily. 23 June 2017.
- Kim Young-rok (10 October 2017). '한밤' 임시완, 왕에서 미생 장그래로…'특급 막내의 열창'. Sports Chosun (in Korean).
- [영상] '현충일 추념식' 배우 강하늘·주원·임시완·지창욱, 애국가 제창. SBS News (in Korean). 6 June 2018.
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- "Joo Won, BEG's Narsha Take on First Animation Movie". enewsWorld. 28 November 2012. Archived from the original on 5 August 2017.
- "KIM A-joong and JOO Won Headline New Romcom". Korean Film Biz Zone. 20 November 2013.
- "Science fiction thriller makes innovative debut: 'Night Rider' will be released in four parts on Naver's TV Cast". Korea JoongAng Daily. 21 October 2016.
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- "Joo Won Sings for '7th Grade Civil Servant' OST". enewsWorld. 5 March 2013. Archived from the original on 5 August 2017.
- "Joo Won Brings 'Love Medicine' for 'Good Doctor'". enewsWorld. 1 October 2013. Archived from the original on 5 August 2017.
- "Joo Won Sings OST for 'Naeil's Cantabile'". enewsWorld. 26 November 2014.
- "주원, '엽기적인 그녀' OST 참여...애절한 감정으로'I Believe' 재해석". Busan.com (in Chinese). 18 July 2017.
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