Kim Jae-wook

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Kim Jae-wook
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Kim Jae-wook in April 2019
Born (1983-04-02) 2 April 1983 (age 36)
OccupationActor, model
Years active2002-present
AgentBetter ENT
Management Soop
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGim Jae-uk
McCune–ReischauerKim Chae-uk

Kim Jae-wook (Hangul김재욱; Hanja金材昱; born April 2, 1983) is a South Korean model and actor. He is best known for his roles in the hit series Coffee Prince (2007), comedy film Antique (2008), mystery drama Who Are You? (2013), and thriller drama Voice (2017).

Early life[edit]

Kim was born in Seoul, South Korea, and grew up in Japan until he was seven years old before returning to South Korea. His father worked as a journalist and was transferred to Japan as a foreign correspondent.[1] He started out performing in a band, but when he was 17, he started to model.[citation needed] Due to the time he spent in Japan, he can speak fluent Japanese.


2002-2010: Career beginnings and breakthrough[edit]

In 2002, Kim debuted as the member of an indie band in the MBC drama Ruler of Your Own World.[2] After this first role, he concentrated on his modeling career.[3] In 2007, he auditioned for and won the role of No Sun-ki in the 2007 hit drama series Coffee Prince.[4] The role shot him to fame in both South Korea and several Asian countries.[5] He later appeared in the 2008 drama The Kingdom of The Winds,[6] and served as the ambassador of goodwill for the 9th Jeonju International Film Festival (JIFF) in May 2008.[7]

Kim then starred in his first film, Antique, based on the manga Antique Bakery, which was invited to the 59th Berlin International Film Festival.[8] He played a gay chef working at a bakery.[9] He won the Best New Actor award at the 16th Korean Entertainment Awards. In October 2009, he formed a modern rock band named Walrus, where he served as guitarist and vocal. The name of the group came from the Beatles single "I am the Walrus".[10]

Kim got his first leading role in Bee TV's Korean-Japanese drama Give Me Your Memory: Pygmalion's Love, which aired in March 2010.[11] The same year, he starred in the melodrama television series Bad Guy,[12][13][14] and featured in the romantic comedy series Marry Me, Mary!.[15]

2013-2016: Comeback[edit]

After finishing his mandatory military service, Kim made his comeback in the 2013 television series Who Are You?, playing the dead boyfriend of So Yi-hyun's character.[16] In 2014, Kim was featured in KBS' period action drama Inspiring Generation as Kim Hyun-joong's rival, but quit after episode 8 due to unavoidable circumstances.[17]

In 2015, Kim was cast for the lead role in the fantasy comedy film Plank Constant, playing a script writer with weird sexual fantasises.[18][19]

The following year, Kim took on the role of a Japanese nobleman who marries Son Ye-jin's character Princess Deokhye in the period film The Last Princess.[20] The same year, Kim took a leading role in the film Two Rooms, Two Nights as a popular movie director who tries to maintain secretive romantic relationships with both: his current girl friend and ex-girl friend.[21][22]

2017-present: Rising popularity[edit]

In January 2017, Kim starred in romance film Another Way, playing the role of a police officer who finds Seo Ye-ji's character online and forms a suicide pact.[23] He then played the antagonist in OCN's hit thriller drama Voice, earning acclaim for his performance as a serial killer.[24] In July the same year, Kim was cast as in the romance drama Temperature of Love, playing a rich businessman.[25]

In 2018, Kim was cast in the musical Amadeus alongside Jo Jung-suk.[26] Kim's Japanese film Butterfly Sleep was released in Japan in May 2018.[27][28] The same year, he was cast in OCN's supernatural thriller The Guest.[29][30]

In 2019, Kim was cast as the main lead in the romantic comedy drama Her Private Life alongside Park Min-young.[31]

Personal life[edit]

In May 2011, along with fashion models Jang Yoon-ju, Ji Hyun-jung, Han Hye-jin and Song Kyung-ah, he co-authored Top Model, a book based on their experiences in the industry.[32] He then enlisted for mandatory military service on 5 July 2011 for 21 months of active duty after five weeks of basic military training.[33] In June 2015, Kim signed an exclusive contract with management agency Better ENT.[34] In June 2017, he left Better ENT and signed with new management agency Management SOOP.[35]



Year Title Role
2006 Monopoly
2008 Antique Min Sun-woo (Ono)
2010 Heart of Gold Yoo-sung
Bang Alex[36]
2015 C'est Si Bon Kang Myung-chan (cameo)[37]
Planck Constant Kim Woo-joo
2016 Two Rooms, Two Nights In-sung
The Last Princess So Takeyuki
2017 Another Way Soo-wan
2018 Butterfly Sleep Soh Chan-hae

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2002 Ruler of Your Own World Ki-hong (band member) MBC
2007 Coffee Prince Noh Sun-ki MBC
Dal-ja's Spring[38] Choon-ha KBS2
2008 The Kingdom of The Winds Chu Bal-so KBS2
2010 Give Me Your Memory: Pygmalion's Love Kim Gyeon BeeTV
Bad Guy Hong Tae-sung SBS
Marry Me, Mary! Byun Jung-in KBS2
2013 Who Are You? Lee Hyung-joon tvN
2014 Inspiring Generation Kim Soo-ok KBS2
Drama Festival "4teen" Adult Joon-yi (cameo) MBC
2015 Sweet Temptation[39] Seok-min Naver TV Cast
2017 Voice Mo Tae-gu OCN
Temperature of Love Park Jung-woo SBS
2018 The Guest Choi Yoon OCN
Quiz of God: Reboot cameo
2019 Her Private Life Ryan Gold tvN


Year Title Role
2018 Amadeus Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
2011 Hedwig and the Angry Inch Hedwig


Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2007 1st Korea Drama Awards Netizen Popularity Award Coffee Prince Won [40]
2008 16th Korean Culture Entertainment Awards Best New Actor Antique Won [41]
Asia Model Festival Awards Fashionista Award N/A Won [42]
2017 SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Monday–Tuesday Drama Temperature of Love Nominated


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