9 September 1987 |
Seoul, South Korea
|Alma mater||Hanyang University|
|Revised Romanization||Jeong Ir-u|
Jung Il-woo (Hangul: 정일우; 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), and The Night Watchman's Journal (2014).
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.
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. 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. 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. 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.
Jung's breakout role was in 2011 tearjerker 49 Days, in which he portrayed the Scheduler, a witty modern-day Grim Reaper. 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. 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.
From 2013 to 2014, he played a prosecutor who falls in love with a girl from a family of orphans in Golden Rainbow. 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.
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. 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. In 2015, Jung starred in Korean-Chinese production web drama High-End Crush opposite Jin Se-yeon. In less than a month, the drama series recorded over 200 million views, proving Jung's popularity. 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. He has also been confirmed to appear in Hunan TV's drama series, tentatively titled Beautiful Woman.
In January 2016, Jung signed with a new management agency, HB Entertainment. 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. In August, Jung made his return to Korean drama series in tvN's Cinderella and Four Knights, playing a lonely and wild-child rebel who rises in status to a member of the royal family.
|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|
|TBA||Beautiful Woman||女人花似梦||Kim Moon-ho||Hunan TV||First Chinese drama|
|Love and Lies||กลรักเกมมายา||Tim||True4U||First Thai drama|
|Year||English Title||Original Title||Role|
|2006||The World of Silence||조용한 세상||young Ryu Jung-ho|
|2016||The Rise of a Tomboy||女汉子真爱公式||Ge Yang|
|2007||"This Is Me"||이게 나예요||SAT|
|"Goodbye Sadness"||굿바이 새드니스 (Part 1: 오죽했으면 / Part 2: 그러니까)||Goo Jung-hyun|
Variety show appearances
|2011||One More Time – Jung Il-woo||MTV Korea|
|Amazing Dream Project||jTBC|
|2012||Day Day Up||Hunan TV|
|2010||Beautiful Sunday||뷰티풀 선데이||Lee Joon-seok|
|2009||"Guilty"||죽일 놈||narration for Dynamic Duo song|
|2011||"Scarecrow"||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|
|Somang Cosmetics Beauty Credit Coenzyme Cream Q10||with Ku Hye-sun|
|HTO Banana Flavoured Milk||with Unstoppable High Kick co-stars|
|Samsung Anycall – Talk. Play. Love.||with Goo Ha-ra
and Lee Hyori
|Samsung Anycall DMB mobile phone||with Lee Hyori|
|Samsung Anycall MyStage 3.5 mobile phone||with Goo Ha-ra|
|Mnet Summer Break|
|CLride clothing (sportswear)||with Go Ara|
|Spasso collection (tailored men's business and casual wear)|
|2009-2010||NIX Footwear & Nix Jeans F/W & S/S collection|
|2011-2012||Googims clothing F&W & S/S collection (sportswear)|
|2012||Enprani (cosmetics and skincare)|
|Holika Holika (cosmetics and skincare)||with Sistar|
|LG Optimus LTE II mobile phone|
|Domino's Pizza||with Suzy|
|FILA Sport Korea F/W collection|||
|2011||12th Jeonju International Film Festival||Honorary ambassador|
|Canadian Tourism Commission||Honorary ambassador|
|TOTO Workshop||Official mentor|
|2012||4th Japan-Korea Friendship Festival||Korean representative|
Awards and nominations
|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||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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