Jung Il-woo

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Jung.
Jung Il-woo
Jung Il-woo at the VIP premiere of "Architecture 101" in 2012.JPG
Jung Il-woo at the VIP premiere of Architecture 101 in 2012
Born (1987-09-09) 9 September 1987 (age 29)
Seoul, South Korea
Nationality South Korean
Alma mater Hanyang University
Occupation Actor
Years active 2006–2016 (Military Hiatus)

Soop Entertainment
Haru Entertainment
HB Entertainment
Yuehua Entertainment
(China, 2015-present)

Korean name
Revised Romanization Jeong Ir-u
McCune–Reischauer Chŏng Ir-u

Jung Il-woo (Hangul정일우; born 9 September 1987) is a South Korean actor. He is best known for his roles in the sitcom Unstoppable High Kick (2006), and the television dramas The Return of Iljimae (2009), 49 Days (2011), Flower Boy Ramyun Shop (2011), Moon Embracing the Sun (2012) and Cinderella and Four Knights (2016).

Early life[edit]

The son of a former television news anchorman, Jung Il-woo studied Broadcasting at the Seoul Institute of the Arts, then later dropped out and transferred to the Theater and Film department of Hanyang University.

In August 2006, Jung sustained injuries in a serious car accident while riding with childhood friend and fellow actor Lee Min-ho, who was badly injured in the accident.[2]


2006–2009: Beginnings and Rising popularity[edit]

Jung made his acting debut in 2006 with a minor role in the thriller The World of Silence, but he first rose to fame playing a rebellious teen and motorcycle fanatic with a crush on his teacher in daytime family sitcom Unstoppable High Kick.[3] He then joined the ensemble cast of 2007 romantic comedy film My Love.

In 2009, Jung starred in his first leading role as a young warrior battling injustice in historical drama The Return of Iljimae.[4][5][6][7][8] The drama was especially popular with the younger audience and Jung was awarded Daesang (Grand Prize) in the TV category at the 2nd Korea Junior Star Awards.

This was followed by a supporting role in romantic comedy My Fair Lady, as an idealistic, upper-class lawyer.[9] He further challenged himself when he made his stage debut in 2010 as an HIV-positive gay man in the sold-out play Beautiful Sunday, written by Japanese playwright Mayumi Nakatani.[10]

2010–2014: Breakout[edit]

Jung's breakout role was in 2011 tearjerker 49 Days, in which he portrayed the Scheduler, a witty modern-day Grim Reaper.[11][12][13][14][15] His popularity increased with his leading man turn in 2011 cable romantic comedy Flower Boy Ramyun Shop, in which he played an arrogant, immature yet lovable chaebol heir.[16] A supporting role in hit 2012 historical drama Moon Embracing the Sun further raised his profile; Jung played a prince who becomes his half-brother's rival in love and for the throne.[17][18][19][20]

From 2013 to 2014, he played a prosecutor who falls in love with a girl from a family of orphans in Golden Rainbow.[21][22][23][24] This was followed by a leading role as a prince turned ghost-seeing night watchman who patrols the palace after curfew and keeps the king and his citizens safe, in the supernatural period drama The Night Watchman's Journal.[25][26][27][28][29][30]

2015–Present: Overseas popularity[edit]

Given Jung's Korean Wave (Hallyu) star status, he actively communicates with fans around the world through social networking websites like Twitter, Cyworld, Instagram, and Weibo.[3] He won the Asia Male Actor award at Beijing's Huading Awards in 2012, the first non-Chinese entertainer to be nominated at the awards show since it began in 2005.[31] In 2015, Jung starred in the Korean-Chinese web drama High-End Crush opposite Jin Se-yeon. In less than a month, the drama series recorded over 200 million views.[32] Jung was then cast in the Chinese romantic comedy film Rise of a Tomboy, where he plays the CEO of an IT firm who helps a girl develop a love formula for a mobile app.[33] He has also been confirmed to appear in Hunan TV's drama series, tentatively titled Beautiful Woman.[34]

In January 2016, Jung signed with a new management agency, HB Entertainment.[35] In June, Jung was cast in Gon Rak Game Ma Ya, making him the first Korean actor to land a leading role in a Thailand drama.[36] In August, Jung made his return to Korean television in tvN's Cinderella and Four Knights, playing a lonely and wild-child rebel who is not yet used to being a member of a rich family, having lived most of his life as an orphan.[37]

Personal life[edit]

In November 2016, he was diagnosed with a cerebral aneurysm. Even though this would have exempted him from his mandatory military service, Jung was enlisted in December.[38]


Television drama[edit]

Year Title Original Role Network Notes
2006-2007 Unstoppable High Kick 거침없이 하이킥 Lee Yoon-ho MBC
2008 The Secret of Coocoo Island 크크섬의 비밀 Lee Yoon-ho MBC cameo, episode 1
2009 The Return of Iljimae 돌아온 일지매 Iljimae MBC
My Fair Lady 아가씨를 부탁해 Lee Tae-yoon KBS2
High Kick Through the Roof 지붕 뚫고 하이킥 Il-woo MBC guest, episode 35
2011 49 Days 49일 Scheduler/Song Yi-soo SBS
Flower Boy Ramyun Shop 꽃미남 라면가게 Cha Chi-soo tvN
High Kick: Revenge of the Short Legged 지붕 뚫고 하이킥 Il-woo MBC guest, episode 40
2012 Moon Embracing the Sun 해를 품은 달 Prince Yang-myung MBC
2013 Queen of the Office 직장의 신 Cha Chi-soo in
Chasung Group TV ad
KBS2 cameo, episode 3
2013-2014 Golden Rainbow 황금 무지개 Seo Do-young MBC
2014 The Night Watchman's Journal 야경꾼일지 Lee Rin MBC
2015 High-End Crush 고품격 짝사랑 Choi Se-hoon Naver TV Cast
2016 Cinderella and Four Knights 신데렐라와 네 명의 기사 Kang Ji-woon tvN
2017 Love and Lies กลรักเกมมายา Tim True4U First Thai drama
TBA Beautiful Woman 女人花似梦 Kim Moon-ho Hunan TV First Chinese drama


Year English Title Original Title Role
2006 The World of Silence 조용한 세상 young Ryu Jung-ho
2007 My Love 내사랑 Ji-woo
2016 The Rise of a Tomboy 女汉子真爱公式 Ge Yang

Music video[edit]

Year Song Title Hangul Artist
2007 "This Is Me" 이게 나예요 SAT
"Goodbye Sadness" 굿바이 새드니스 (Part 1: 오죽했으면 / Part 2: 그러니까) Goo Jung-hyun

Variety show appearances[edit]

Year Title Network
2011 One More Time – Jung Il-woo MTV Korea
Amazing Dream Project jTBC
2012 Day Day Up[39][40] Hunan TV
完全娛樂 TTV
100% Entertainment GTV
2014 Infinite Challenge MBC
2015 Star Chef JSTV
Running Man (Ep. 242) SBS
2016 Running Man (Ep. 283, 289, 290) SBS


Year Title Hangul Role
2010 Beautiful Sunday 뷰티풀 선데이 Lee Joon-seok


Year Title Hangul Notes
2009 "Guilty" 죽일 놈 narration for Dynamic Duo song
2011 "Scarecrow"[41] 허수아비 track from 49 Days OST
"Someone Like You" 너란 사람 track from Flower Boy Ramyun Shop OST
2014 "Rain Tears Instead" 차라리 비눈물에 track from The Night Watchman's Journal OST, duet with Nicole Jung

Social contributions[edit]

Year Event Notes
2011 12th Jeonju International Film Festival Honorary ambassador[42][43][44]
Canadian Tourism Commission Honorary ambassador
TOTO Workshop Official mentor
2012 4th Japan-Korea Friendship Festival Korean representative[45][46][47]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2007 44th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actor (Film) My Love Nominated
9th Mnet KM Music Festival Best Actor in a Music Video Goodbye Sadness Won
1st Mnet 20's Choice Awards New Star Award Unstoppable High Kick Won
Drama Star Award Won
MBC Entertainment Awards Best Male Newcomer in a Comedy/Sitcom Won
2009 2nd Korea Junior Star Awards Daesang (Grand Prize), TV category The Return of Iljimae Won
KBS Drama Awards Best New Actor My Fair Lady Nominated
2012 7th Asia Model Festival Awards[48] Fashionista Award 49 Days, Flower Boy Ramyun Shop Won
2nd Ministry of Health and Welfare Share Happiness Awards Recipient N/A Won
7th Huading Awards Asia Male Actor Award Won
MBC Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Moon Embracing the Sun Nominated
2013 iQiyi Awards Male Actor Award Won
MBC Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Special Project Drama Golden Rainbow Nominated
2014 MBC Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Special Project Drama The Night Watchman's Journal Won


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