Jung Il-woo

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Jung.
Jung Il-woo
Jung Il Woo.jpg
Jung Il-woo in LG Optimus LTE 2 ad, December 2010
Born (1987-09-09) 9 September 1987 (age 28)
Seoul, South Korea
Nationality South Korea
Alma mater Hanyang University
Occupation Actor
Years active 2006–present
Agent Haru Entertainment
Religion Roman Catholic[1]
Website http://www.jungilwoo.com/
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), and The Night Watchman's Journal (2014).

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]


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] Subsequent TV appearances included an idealistic, upper-class lawyer in the 2009 romantic comedy My Fair Lady,[9] and a breakout role as the Scheduler, a witty, modern-day Grim Reaper in the 2011 tearjerker 49 Days.[10][11][12][13][14] Jung 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.[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] Then 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]

Given Jung's Korean wave ("hallyu") star status, he actively communicates with fans around the world through social networking websites like Twitter, Cyworld 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 was 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.[32]


Television drama[edit]

Year Title Hangul 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


Year English Title Original Title Role
2006 The World of Silence 조용한 세상 young Ryu Jung-ho
2007 My Love 내사랑 Ji-woo
2015 Rise of a Tomboy 女汉子完美恋人

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[33][34] Hunan TV
完全娛樂 TTV
100% Entertainment GTV
2014 Infinite Challenge MBC
2015 Star Chef JSTV
Running Man 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"[35] 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


Year Product Notes
2007 Vita 500
CJ Rice
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
2007-2008 NIKE clothing
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[36]
LG Optimus LTE II mobile phone
Domino's Pizza with Suzy[37]
FILA Sport Korea F/W collection [38][39]

Social contributions[edit]

Year Event Notes
2011 12th Jeonju International Film Festival Honorary ambassador[40][41][42]
Canadian Tourism Commission Honorary ambassador
TOTO Workshop Official mentor
2012 4th Japan-Korea Friendship Festival Korean representative[43][44][45]

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[46] 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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