Kang Ha-neul

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Kang Ha-neul
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Kang Ha-neul on August 7, 2017
Kim Ha-neul

(1990-02-21) February 21, 1990 (age 30)
Busan, South Korea
EducationChung-Ang University
Years active2006–present
  • SEM Company
  • TH Company
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGang Ha-neul
McCune–ReischauerKang Hanŭl
Birth name
Revised RomanizationGim Ha-neul
McCune–ReischauerKim Hanŭl

Kang Ha-neul (born Kim Ha-neul on February 21, 1990) is a South Korean actor. He is best known for his roles in television dramas The Heirs (2013), Angel Eyes (2014), Misaeng: Incomplete Life (2014), Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo (2016), and When the Camellia Blooms (2019); and the films Mourning Grave (2014), Twenty (2015), Dongju: The Portrait of a Poet (2016), New Trial (2017), and Midnight Runners (2017).


Kang began his career in musical theatre, notably in Thrill Me (2010), Prince Puzzle (2011),[1] Black Mary Poppins (2012),[2] and Assassins (2012).[3] He later shifted to the screen, starring in the television dramas To the Beautiful You (2012),[4] The Heirs (2013) and Misaeng: Incomplete Life (2014).[5][6][7][8]

2015 was a busy year for Kang as he appeared in three films; musical film C'est si bon,[9] period film Empire of Lust,[10][11] and coming-of-age film Twenty,[12][13] for which he managed to clinch several Best New Actor awards and nominations.

Kang in August 2016

In 2016, Kang starred in the black and white biographical period film Dongju: The Portrait of a Poet, where he played the titular role of poet Yun Dong-ju.[14] His role as Yun Dong-ju earned him Best Actor nominations at the 25th Buil Film Awards and 4th Wildflower Film Awards. He also appeared in the romantic comedy film Like for Likes, playing a young songwriter who suffers a hearing disability.[15][16] The same year, he co-starred in the historical drama Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo, playing the role of 8th Prince Wang Wook[17], which earned him an Excellence Award at the 2016 SBS Drama Awards.

In 2017, Kang starred in the film New Trial, acting as a young man who spent a decade in prison after an abusive investigation for a crime he did not commit.[18] He then starred alongside Park Seo-joon in the action comedy film Midnight Runners, playing a nerdy student of the Korean National Police University.[19][20] The film was a success, becoming the 4th highest-grossing South Korean film in 2017.[21] In the same year, he also appeared in mystery thriller film Forgotten alongside Kim Mu-yeol.[22]

In September 2018, Kang co-starred with fellow actor Ji Chang-wook and kpop idol Kim Sung-kyu in military musical Shinheung Military Academy. The musical is regarded as one of the largest productions of the Republic of Korea Army, with cumulative audiences recorded totaling to 110,000 viewers.[23] Kang's excellent performance as Paldo has earned him a nomination for Best Actor at the 7th Yegreen Musical Awards.[24]

In 2019, Kang made a comeback in the entertainment industry in the KBS2 TV series When the Camellia Blooms alongside actress Gong Hyo-jin.[25][26] The drama achieved impressive ratings, and was the highest-rated miniseries in 2019.[27] It also led to numerous accolades and critical acclaim for Kang, including Best Actor (TV) at the 56th Baeksang Arts Awards (2020).

When the Camellia Blooms was followed by Kang's return to theater in Fantasy Tale in January 2020.[28][29][30] This will be his comeback performance after Harold and Maude in 2015.[31]

On December 10, 2019, TH Company, Kang's new agency confirmed that the actor is making his comeback to the silver screen with Rain and Your Story, a melodrama that tells about the love story between a man and a woman who have yearned for each other for a long time but could not meet due to certain circumstances. Kang will play the role of Young Ho, a man who lives his life aimlessly while exchanging letters with his lover. Filming will begin on the first half of 2020.[32]

Personal life[edit]

Kang began his mandatory military service on September 11, 2017 at Nonsan Korean Army Training Center.[33] The completion ceremony took place on October 24 wherein Kang was recognized for his exemplary performance during basic training.[34]

On February 22, 2019, Kang was appointed as honorary ambassador of the Military Manpower Administration (MMA). The ceremony took place at the Air Force Hall in Yeongdeungpo, Seoul. As an honorary ambassador, Kang participated in events organized by the MMA until December 2019.[35]

Kang completed military service on May 23, 2019.[36]

In November 6, 2019, SEM Company, his agency since 2010, announced that Kang would be under contract until the TV series When the Camellia Blooms concluded. After that, he joined his former manager in the newly established entertainment agency, TH Company.[37]



Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2011 Battlefield Heroes Yeon Namsan [38]
2014 Mourning Grave In-su [39]
2015 C'est Si Bon Yoon Hyung-joo [13]
Empire of Lust Jin [11]
Twenty Kyung-jae [12]
2016 Dongju: The Portrait of a Poet Yun Dong-ju [14]
Like for Likes Lee Soo-ho [15]
2017 New Trial Hyun-woo [18]
Midnight Runners Kang Hee-yeol [20]
Forgotten Jin-seok [22]
2018 Heung-boo: The Revolutionist Park Dol-po cameo [40]
I Have a Date with Spring Lee Gwi-dong [41]
2020 Rain and Your Story Young Ho [42]
2021 The Pirates 2 Woo Moo Chi [43]

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network Notes Ref.
2007 My Mom! Super Mom! Choi Hoon KBS2
2007-2012 Hometown Over the Hill Kim Jong-hwi KBS1
2011 Midnight Hospital Yang Chang-soo ok MBC
2012 To the Beautiful You Min Hyun-jae SBS [44]
2013 Monstar Jung Sun-woo Mnet [5]
Two Weeks Kim Sung-joon MBC cameo [45]
Unrest Joon-kyung Drama Special [46]
The Heirs Lee Hyo-shin SBS [6]
2014 Angel Eyes young Park Dong-joo [47]
Misaeng: Incomplete Life Jang Baek-gi tvN [48]
2015 The Missing Lee Jung-soo OCN guest, (episodes 1-2) [49]
2016 Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo Wang Wook SBS [17]
Entourage Himself tvN cameo [50]
2019 When the Camellia Blooms Hwang Yong-sik KBS2 [51]

Variety show[edit]

Year Title Network Notes Ref.
2014 Youth Over Flowers tvN Cast member [52]
2020 Traveler (Season 2) JTBC Cast member [53]

Music video appearances[edit]

Year Song Title Artist Ref.
2007 "Still Pretty Today" Fly to the Sky
2017 "Lost One" Epik High [54]


Year Title Role Ref.
2006 The Celestial Watch Jang Young-shil
2007 Carpe Diem Lee Il
2008 La Vida Prince Hamlet
2009 Thrill Me Richard Loeb
Spring Awakening Ernst
2010 Thrill Me Nathan Leopold [55]
2011 Prince Puzzle Gu-dong
2012 Black Mary Poppins Herman [56]
Assassins Lee Harvey Oswald/The Balladeer [57]
2013 Black Mary Poppins Herman [58]
2015 Harold and Maude Harold [59]
2018 Shinheung Military Academy Paldo
2019-2020 Fantasy Tale Love Clown [60]


Year Title Notes
2013 "Atlantis Princess" tracks from Monstar OST
"Don't Make Me Cry"
"Only That Is My World / March"
"사람, 사랑 (Person, Love)" unreleased songs used in drama Monstar
"I will love you"
"After love gone"
2014 "Three Things I Have Left (Acoustic version)" track from Angel Eyes OST[61]
2015 "When The Saints Go Marching In " tracks from C'est si bon OST
"조개껍질 묶어"
"사랑하는 마음"
"하얀 손수건"
"You mean everything to me" unreleased songs used in movie C'est si bon
"My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean"
2016 "Self-portrait" track from Dongju: The Portrait of a Poet OST
"좋아해줘" track from Like for Likes OST
2018 "Piece of the Sky" track from musical Shinheung Military Academy
"What Is This?" track from musical Shinheung Military Academy
"Farewell" track from musical Shinheung Military Academy

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2014 16th Seoul International Youth Film Festival Best Young Actor The Heirs, Angel Eyes Nominated
SBS Drama Awards New Star Award Angel Eyes Won [62]
2015 9th Cable TV Broadcasting Awards Star Award - Actor Misaeng: Incomplete Life Won [63]
4th APAN Star Awards Best New Actor Nominated [64]
51st Baeksang Arts Awards Favorite Actor (TV) Nominated
Best New Actor (Film) Twenty Nominated [65]
35th Golden Cinematography Awards Newcomer Award Won [66]
Korean Film Actors' Guild Awards Best New Actor Won [67]
15th Korea World Youth Film Festival Favorite New Actor Won [68]
52nd Grand Bell Awards Best New Actor Nominated [69]
36th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best New Actor Nominated [70]
2016 21st Chunsa Film Art Awards Best New Actor Won [71]
52nd Baeksang Arts Awards Favorite Actor (Film) Dongju: The Portrait of a Poet Nominated
8th MTN Broadcast Advertisement Festival CF Star Award N/A Won [72]
25th Buil Film Awards Best Actor Dongju: The Portrait of a Poet Nominated
1st tvN10 Awards Scene Stealer, Actor Misaeng: Incomplete Life Nominated
1st Asia Artist Awards Best Star Award, Actor Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo Nominated
6th CINE ICON: KT&G Sangsangmadan Exhibition CINE ICON Dongju: The Portrait of a Poet Won
SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Fantasy Drama Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo Won [73]
2017 4th Wildflower Film Awards Best Actor Dongju: The Portrait of a Poet Nominated
53rd Baeksang Arts Awards Favorite Actor (Film) New Trial Nominated
2018 7th Yegreen Musical Award Best Actor Shinheung Military Academy Nominated [74]
2019 18th Korea First Brand Awards Best Actor When the Camellia Blooms Won [75]
KBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor Won [76][77]
Excellence Award, Actor in a Mid-length Drama Nominated
Netizen Award Won
Best Couple Award with Gong Hyo-jin Won
2020 56th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actor (TV) Won [78]


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