Jung in 2016
|Born||9 September 1987|
Seoul, South Korea
|Alma mater||Hanyang University|
|Occupation||Actor , TV host|
|Revised Romanization||Jeong Ir-u|
Jung Il-woo (Korean: 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), Cool Guys, Hot Ramen (2011), Moon Embracing the Sun (2012) and Cinderella with Four Knights (2016).
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.
2006–2010: Beginnings and rising popularity
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. 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.
2011–present: Breakout and overseas popularity
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 Cool Guys, Hot Ramen, in which he played an arrogant, immature yet lovable chaebol heir. A supporting role in hit 2012 historical drama Moon Embracing the Sun followed; Jung played a prince who becomes his half-brother's rival in love and for the throne.
Following the success of Cool Guys, Hot Ramen and Moon Embracing the Sun, Jung was launched to stardom as a Hallyu star. He won the Asia Male Actor award at Beijing's Huading Awards, the first non-Chinese entertainer to be nominated at the awards show since it began in 2005.
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 Diary of a Night Watchman.
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. Jung then starred 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.
In January 2016, Jung signed with a new management agency, HB Entertainment. Jung made his return to Korean television in tvN's romantic comedy Cinderella with 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.
In 2017, Jung starred in Gon Rak Game Ma Ya (also known as Love and Lies), making him the first Korean actor to land a leading role in a Thailand drama. The drama emerged as a local sensation, and led to a rise of popularity for Jung in the country.
In November 2016, he was diagnosed with a cerebral aneurysm. Although this would have exempted him from his mandatory military service, Jung enlisted in December 2016. Jung was discharged on November 30, 2018.
|Year||English title||Original title||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||cameo, episode 1|
|2009||The Return of Iljimae||돌아온 일지매||Iljimae|
|My Fair Lady||아가씨를 부탁해||Lee Tae-yoon||KBS2|
|High Kick Through the Roof||지붕 뚫고 하이킥||Il-woo||MBC||cameo, episode 35|
|2011||49 Days||49일||Scheduler/Song Yi-soo||SBS|
|Cool Guys, Hot Ramen||꽃미남 라면가게||Cha Chi-soo||tvN|
|High Kick: Revenge of the Short Legged||하이킥! : 짧은 다리의 역습||Il-woo||MBC||cameo, episode 40|
|2012||Moon Embracing the Sun||해를 품은 달||Prince Yang-myung|
|2013||The Queen of Office||직장의 신||Cha Chi-soo||KBS2||cameo, episode 3|
|2013-2014||Golden Rainbow||황금 무지개||Seo Do-young||MBC|
|2014||Diary of a Night Watchman||야경꾼일지||Lee Rin|
|2015||High-End Crush||고품격 짝사랑||Choi Se-hoon||Naver TV Cast||South Korean-Chinese web drama|
|2016||Cinderella with Four Knights||신데렐라와 네 명의 기사||Kang Ji-woon||tvN|
|2017||Love and Lies||กลรักเกมมายา||Tim||True4U||Thai drama|
|2019||Haechi||해치||Prince Lee Geum||SBS|
|2020||Sweet Munchies||야식남녀||Park Jin-sung||JTBC|
|TBA||Beautiful Woman||女人花似梦||Kim Moon-ho||Chinese drama|
|The Girls' Lies||恋人的谎言||Lantian||Chinese drama|
|Year||English title||Original title||Role||Notes|
|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|||
|2018||The Discloser||1급기밀||Kang Young-woo||Cameo|
Music video appearances
|2007||"This Is Me"||이게 나예요||SAT|||
|"Goodbye Sadness"||굿바이 새드니스 (Part 1: 오죽했으면 / Part 2: 그러니까)||Goo Jung-hyun|||
|2011||One More Time – Jung Il-woo||MTV Korea|||
|2019-2020||Stars' Top Recipe at Fun-Staurant||KBS2||Cast/chef (episodes 1-20)|
|2010||Beautiful Sunday||뷰티풀 선데이||Lee Joon-seok|
|2019||The Elephant Song||엘리펀트송||Michael|
|2009||"Guilty"||죽일 놈||narration for Dynamic Duo song|
|2011||"Scarecrow"||허수아비||track from 49 Days OST|
|"Someone Like You"||너란 사람||track from Cool Guys, Hot Ramen OST|
|2014||"Rain Tears Instead"||차라리 비눈물에||track from Diary of a Night Watchman OST, duet with Nicole Jung|
|2016||"Heartbeat"||track from The Rise of a Tomboy (女汉子真爱公式)|
|2017||"My All"||track from Love & Lies (กลรักเกมมายา) thai drama|
|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|
|2016||K Travel Bus||Public Relations ambassador|
|2018||National Museum of Korea||Public Relations ambassador|
|2019||Seoul Catholic Social Welfare Association||Ambassador|
|2019||National Center for Trauma||Ambassador|
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||48th Baeksang Arts Awards||Most Popular Actor (TV)||Moon Embracing the Sun||Nominated|
|7th Asia Model Festival Awards||Fashionista Award||49 Days, Cool Guys, Hot Ramen||Won|||
|2nd Ministry of Health and Welfare Share Happiness Awards||Recipient||N/A||Won|||
|7th Huading Awards||Asia Male Actor Award||N/A||Won|||
|MBC Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries||Moon Embracing the Sun||Nominated|
|Popularity Award, Actor||Nominated|
|2013||MBC Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actor in a Special Project Drama||Golden Rainbow||Nominated|
|2014||Cosmo Beauty Awards||Forever Young Icon Male Star||N/A||Won|||
|MBC Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Special Project Drama||Diary of a Night Watchman||Won|||
|Popularity Award, Actor||Nominated|
|Best Couple Award with Ko Sung-hee||Nominated|
|2015||Asia Influence Eastern Awards||Most Celebrated Actor||N/A||Won|||
|2016||11th Asia Model Festival Awards||Asian Special Actor Award||N/A||Won|||
|2019||KBS Entertainment Awards||Rookie Award in Show & Entertainment||Convenience Store Restaurant||Won|
|SBS Drama Awards||Producer Award||Haechi||Nominated|
|Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Mid-length Drama||Nominated|
|Best Couple Award with Go Ara||Nominated|
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