Kim Bum

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Kim.
Kim Bum
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Kim Bum (2009)
Native name 김범
Born Kim Sang-bum
(1989-07-07) July 7, 1989 (age 27)
Seoul, South Korea
Nationality South Korean
Education Chung-Ang University
Occupation Actor, singer, model
Years active 2006–present
Agent King Kong Entertainment
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)[1]
Weight 66 kg (146 lb)
Korean name
Hangul 김범
Revised Romanization Gim Beom
McCune–Reischauer Kim Pŏm
Birth name
Hangul 김상범
Revised Romanization Gim Sang-beom
McCune–Reischauer Kim Sangpŏm

Kim Sang-bum (Hangul김상범; hanja金尚汎; born July 7, 1989), known by the stage name Kim Bum, is a South Korean actor, dancer, singer and model. He is best known for his role as So Yi-jung, in Boys Over Flowers.


Kim Sang-bum was born in Seoul, South Korea on July 7, 1989. His immediate family consists of his mother, father, and a younger sister. While growing up in high school, he excelled in football (soccer), became class president, and maintained high grades. He currently attends Chung-Ang University to continue studying in the Film and Theater Department.

Kim joined the "Survival Star Audition", and was placed 6th out of hundreds of contestants, but, because he was only 17, he could not proceed in the competition, since the program was aimed at actors in their 20's. "Survival Star Audition" opened many opportunities for Kim, though. He received multiple television series roles and his popularity soared. In 2008, Kim won the Netizen Popularity Award at the Korea Drama Awards.

He rose to prominence in 2009 after playing the role of So Yi-jung in the popular hit drama series, Boys Over Flowers. In 2011, he was cast in Padam Padam: The Sound of His and Her Heartbeats as the guardian angel, Lee Gook Soo.

Kim released his first studio album, Hometown, on June 20, 2012. He performed his first solo concert, Kim Beom Japan Live 2012, at the Stellar Ball in Tokyo's Shinagawa Prince Hotel. He sang a total of 11 songs and received praise for his vocal ability.

Personal life[edit]

In February 2012 Kim's agency announced that he was suffering from degenerative arthritis due to the dramatic weight-loss he experienced after training for his role in the JTBC cable drama Padam Padam: The Sound of His and Her Heartbeats.[2]

Kim is very close friends with fellow actors Kim Hyun-joong and Lee Min-ho with whom he co-starred in Boys Over Flowers.[3]

It was revealed on November 1, 2013 that Kim Bum was dating his Goddess of Fire co-star, Moon Geun-young.[4][5][6] However, on May 15, 2014 media outlets reported that they had ended their 7-month-long relationship. Agencies of both actors confirmed the news stating: "They did break up not too long ago but have decided to remain good friends and supportive colleagues".[7][8]



Year Title Role
2007 Hellcats (also known as I Like It Hot) Lee Ho-jae
2008 Gosa (also known as The Story)
2008 Death Bell Kang Hyeon
2009 Flight (also known as Fly High) Si-beom
2013 Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon[9] Yuan Zhen[10]
2013 Psychometry[11] Kim Joon
2015 Lovers and Movies Lin Jun
2015 The Beloved

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2006 Rude Women Jeong Hyeon-jun
Unstoppable High Kick Kim Bum
2008 East of Eden Lee Dong-cheol (15 years old) Korea Drama Awards for Netizen Popularity
Nominated — Baeksang Arts Award for Best Male Popularity
2009 Boys Over Flowers So Yi-jung (together with Kim So-eun) won the top spot on the Arirang Showbiz Extra Best Couple Survey.
Dream Lee Jang-seok SBS Drama Award for Best New Star
High Kick Through the Roof Ja-ok's nephew cameo appearance (episode 72)
2010 The Woman Who Still Wants to Marry Ha Min-jae
Haru: An Unforgettable Day in Korea Photographer Produced by the Korea National Tourism Organization.
2011 Padam Padam: The Sound of His and Her Heartbeats Lee Gook-soo (Kang-chil’s personal angel)
2012 High Kick 3 cameo appearance (episode 108)
2013 That Winter, the Wind Blows Park Jin-sung Nominated—Baeksang Arts Award for Most Popular TV Actor
Goddess of Fire Kim Tae-do
2014 The Micro Era of Love (微时代之恋)
2015 Hidden Identity Cha Gun-woo
2016 Mrs. Cop 2 Lee Ro Jun


Year Title Details Track listing Further Information
2009 Eve no Sora / Ima Ai ni Ikimasu
  • Release Date: December 16, 2009
  • Language: Japanese, Korean
"지금 만나러 갑니다 (I’m Going To Meet Her Now)" (Korean Ver.) also on "Boys Over Flowers" OST
2012 Home Town
  • Release Date: June 20, 2012
  • Language: Japanese, Korean

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