Joo Won

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Joo Won
Joo Won in May 2017.jpg
In May 2017
Moon Jun-won

(1987-09-30) September 30, 1987 (age 33)
Seoul, South Korea
EducationKaywon High School of Arts [ko]
Sungkyunkwan University - Film and Television
Konkuk University Graduate School of Mass Communication
OccupationActor, singer
Years active2007–present
AgentHuayi Brothers
Korean name
Revised RomanizationJu-won
Birth name
Revised RomanizationMun Jun-won
McCune–ReischauerMun Chunwŏn
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Joo Won (Korean주원; born Moon Jun-won on September 30, 1987) is a South Korean actor[1] 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). [2]

Early life and education[edit]

Moon Jun-won was born in Seoul, South Korea.[3]

He studied at Kaywon High School of Arts[4] and continued his education on Theatre and Arts in Sungkyunkwan University.[3][5] In 2013, Joo Won announced that he would be furthering his studies at Konkuk University.[6]


2006–2009: Beginnings[edit]

Upon making it into college, Joo Won's father came up with the stage name Joo Won for him as the Hangul pronunciation of the name sounds similar to "God-willing".

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.[7] 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.[8] His performance in Spring Awakening caught the attention of his future agency, Sim Entertainment.

2010–2012: Rising popularity and breakthrough[edit]

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.[9][10]

He went on to star in the KBS2 weekend family drama Ojakgyo Family in 2011, opposite Uee.[11][10] 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.[12][13]

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.[14] 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,[15] and joined the second season of the popular variety program 2 Days & 1 Night.[16]

2013–present: Mainstream success[edit]

In 2013, Joo starred in MBC's drama 7th Grade Civil Servant, based on the action-romance movie My Girlfriend Is an Agent.[17][18][19] 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.[20][21][22]

After four years of absence from the musical scene, Joo returned to the musical stage with the Korean version of Ghost the Musical.[23][24] Due to schedule conflicts, he has since stepped down from 2 Days & 1 Night to concentrate on his acting career.[25] In late 2013, Joo starred in the romantic comedy film Steal My Heart opposite Kim Ah-joong.[26][27]

In 2014, Joo starred in Fashion King, based on a popular webtoon of the same title.[28][29] He returned to the small screen with Naeil's Cantabile, the Korean adaptation of Nodame Cantabile.[30][31]

In 2015, Joo starred in action thriller Yong-pal, alongside Kim Tae-hee.[32] The drama garnered strong ratings and Joo won the Grand Prize (Daesang) at the SBS Drama Awards.[33] He next starred in the thriller Fatal Intuition, which opened at the top of the box office, earning more than 1 million ticket sales.[34][35]

On November 3, 2015, Joo received the "Most Welcomed Actor" award at the second Asian Influence Awards Oriental Ceremony held in China.[36] 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.[37][38]

Joo's final project before enlistment was My Sassy Girl, a historical remake of the 2001 hit film. The television series premiered in 2017.[39]

In 2020, Joo is set to star in the science fiction romance drama Alice.[40]

Personal life[edit]

In early 2017, Joo Won’s agency, Huayi Brothers, announced that the actor was dating singer and actress BoA since 2016.[41] On November 13, couple's agencies confirmed that the actor and actress, BoA has officially broken up due to personal reasons.[42][43]

Military service[edit]

Joo Won started his mandatory military service on May 16, 2017.[44] In June 2017, the actor completed his six-week basic training and became an assistant instructor for the 3rd Infantry Division.[45]

During the military service Joo Won emceed at the Armed Forces Festival 2017.[46] He also participated at the 63rd Memorial Day Commemoration Ceremony on June 6, 2018 [47]

On February 5, 2019 Joo Won was discharged from the military after completion of 21 months of mandatory military service.[48]



Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2011 S.I.U. Kim Ho-ryong [12]
2012 Don't Click Joon-hyuk [15]
Niko 2 : Little Brother, Big Trouble Niko Korean dubbing [49]
2013 Steal My Heart Lee Ho-tae [50]
2014 Fashion King Woo Ki-myung [29]
2015 Fatal Intuition Jang-woo [35]
2016 Sweet Sixteen Qu Weiran [38]
Clocking Out Seo Ki-woong Short film [51]

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network Ref.
2010 King of Baking, Kim Takgu Gu Ma-jun / Seo Tae-jo KBS2 [9]
2011-2012 Ojakgyo Family Hwang Tae-hee [11]
2012 Bridal Mask Lee Kang-to / Sato Hiroshi / Gaksital [14]
2013 7th Grade Civil Servant Han Gil-ro / Han Pil-hoon MBC [17]
Good Doctor Park Shi-on KBS2 [20]
2014 Naeil's Cantabile Cha Yoo-jin [30]
2015 Yong-pal Kim Tae-hyun SBS [32]
2017 My Sassy Girl Gyun-woo [39]
2020 Alice Park Jin-gyeom [52]


Year Title Note Ref.
2012 Memories of civilization - Map Four-part series documentary

Variety show[edit]

Year Title Notes Network Ref.
2006 Frees Cast member SBS [7]
2012-2013 2 Days & 1 Night KBS2 [16]
2014 Joo Won's Life Log Himself KNTV Japan

Music video appearances[edit]

Year Title Artist Ref.
2010 "Miss You" SM the Ballad
2012 "I Made Another Woman Cry" 2BiC [53]

Musical theatre[edit]

Year Title Role Ref.
2007 Altar Boyz Matthew
2008 Singles ensemble
Grease Doody
2009 Sinsangnam Yeon Ha-nam
Spring Awakening Melchior [8]
2013-2014 Ghost the Musical Sam Wheat [23]



Year Title Track Ref.
2010 King of Baking, Kim Takgu OST (Part 7) "My Love" [54]
2012 Bridal Mask OST Judgment Day"
Love and Love" [55]
Bungo: Stories of Desire OST "Nadeshiko" [56]
2013 7th Grade Civil Servant OST "I Don't Know Love" [57]
Good Doctor OST "소독약 (Love Medicine)" [58]
"If I Were"
2014 Naeil's Cantabile OST "Innocent" [59]
2017 My Sassy Girl OST "I Believe" [60]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
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 [61]
KBS Drama Awards Best New Actor Ojakgyo Family Won [62]
2012 48th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actor (TV) Won [63]
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 [64]
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 [65]
Popularity Award Won
2013 6th Korea Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor Good Doctor Nominated
2nd APAN Star Awards Nominated
KBS Drama Awards Won [66]
Excellence Award, Actor in a Mid-length Drama Nominated
PD Award (chosen by PDs from KBS, SBS & MBC) Won
Netizens' Award Won
Best Couple Award with Moon Chae-won Won
MBC Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries 7th Grade Civil Servant Won [67]
2014 26th Korea Producers & Directors Awards Best Performer Good Doctor Won [68]
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 [69]
2015 8th Korea Drama Awards Grand Prize (Daesang) Yong-pal Nominated
2nd Asian Influence Awards Oriental Ceremony Most Influential Asian Award N/A Won [36]
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 [70]
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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