Kim Jung-hyun (actor, born 1990)

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Kim Jung-hyun
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Kim at the press conference of Crash Landing on You in December 2019
Born (1990-04-05) April 5, 1990 (age 30)
Busan, South Korea
EducationKorea National University of Arts – Department of Acting
Years active2015–present
AgentO& Entertainment
Height183 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Awards List of Awards
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGim Jeong-hyeon
McCune–ReischauerKim Chŏnghyŏn
WebsiteKim Jung-hyun on Instagram
Official Fan Cafe

Kim Jung-hyun (born April 5, 1990) is a South Korean Actor. He rose to fame by starring in dramas such as Don't Dare to Dream, The Rebel and is best known for his diverse range of lead roles, namely in the movie Overman, KBS2 teen drama School 2017, JTBC youth series Welcome to Waikiki, MBC melodrama Time and tvN romantic drama Crash Landing on You.

Early life[edit]

Kim was born in Busan in South Korea. He has majored in Acting at the Korea National University of Arts.

Military enlistment[edit]

Kim completed his mandatory military service as an assistant in Kangwon-do’s 3rd division when he was 21 years old. [1]


2015: Beginnings[edit]

After having acted in several Musical theatre plays, Kim made his silver screen debut in the film Overman, which premiered at the 2015 Busan International Film Festival.[2] This earned him Best New Actor nominations at 25th Buil Film Awards and 22nd Chunsa Film Art Awards.

2016-2018: Rising Popularity[edit]

Kim made his small screen debut in 2016 and gained much attention with his role as Gong Hyo-jin's little brother in the hit romance comedy Don't Dare to Dream.[3]

Thereafter, he starred in historical drama The Rebel.[4] The series was a critical and commercial success and Kim won the Best New Actor award at the 2017 MBC Drama Awards.

The same year, he was cast in MBC's 2-episode series, Binggoo alongside Han Sun-hwa.[5]

Thereafter, he played the male lead in KBS2's teen drama School 2017[6][7] alongside Gugudan's Kim Se-jeong.The series was very popular among the youth leading to his increased popularity and Kim's portrayal of a troubled and rebellious student was praised by the critics and audience. The series earned him three Best New Actor nominations at the 54th Baeksang Arts Awards, the 2017 KBS Drama Awards and the 1st The Seoul Awards.

Kim then featured in 4Men's Music Video Break Up In The Morning.

Later in the year Kim was cast in a lead role in KBS2 drama special Buzzcut Love.[8]

In 2018, Kim starred in JTBC's youth series titled Welcome to Waikiki playing a cynical but kind-hearted movie director.[9] The series was a hit across Asia and solidified Kim's status as a versatile actor.

He then started in the 4DX VR movie Meet The Memories alongside Seo Ye-ji playing the role of an aspiring musician with stage fright. [10] Kim lent his vocals to the OST of the movie titled Moonlight.

Later he starred in MBC melodrama Time[11] alongside Girls' Generation's Seohyun, playing a chaebol whose time is running out due to his failing health. Kim's portrayal of a terminal patient was praised but he had to drop out of the drama in the midway following his Eating and Sleeping disorder caused by his Method acting.[12]

2019-Present: Comeback and International Fame[edit]

In December 2019, Kim made his small screen return after the hiatus in the highly anticipated tvN drama Crash Landing on You alongside Hyun Bin, Son Ye-jin and Seo Ji-hye.[13]The show became a cultural and phenomenal hit locally and worldwide. It is the highest rated tvN drama and the third-highest-rated Korean drama in cable television history and also one of the most watched shows on the online streaming giant Netflix. Kim's character was much loved and became immensely popular among the local and international audiences. His character's name “Goo Seung Joon” went on to trend at No. 1 in Korea’s realtime search rankings,which he, later in an interview, described as incredibly rewarding.[14]

In May 2020, Kim made a Cameo appearance in his Crash Landing on You co-star Seo Ji-hye's drama Dinner Mate playing the role of her long-term boyfriend.[15]

On June 5, 2020 it was confirmed that Kim would lead tvN's upcoming Fusion Sageuk Queen Cheorin opposite Shin Hye-sun playing the role of King Cheoljong.[16]



Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2014 The Beginning Of Murder Do-hyun Short Film [17]
2016 Going My Home Lee Shi-joon [18]
Overman Choi Do-hyun Independent film [19]
2017 One Day Assistant manager Cha
2018 Meet the Memories Woo-jin 4DX VR film [20]
2019 Rosebud Woo-seong [21]

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network Notes Ref.
2016 Don't Dare to Dream Pyo Chi-yeol SBS [3]
2017 The Rebel Mo Ri MBC [4]
Binggoo Go Man-soo Drama Special [5]
School 2017 Hyun Tae-woon KBS2 [5]
Buzzcut Love Bae Chi-hwan Drama Special [8]
2018 Welcome to Waikiki Kang Dong-gu JTBC [9]
Time Cheon Soo-ho MBC [11]
2019–2020 Crash Landing on You Gu Seung-jun / Alberto Gu tvN & Netflix [22]
2020 Dinner Mate Lee Young-dong MBC Cameo [15]
TBA Queen Cheorin King Cheoljong tvN [16]


Year Title Role Ref.
2013 경성아리랑 26년 Musical Arirang [23]
Therese Raquin Laurent LeClaire
2015 조그만 입술
가야십이지곡 Gayageum Jigok Musical

Music video[edit]

Year Song Title Artist
2017 Break Up In The Morning 4Men
2018 Moonlight (OST Meet The Memories) Kim Jung-hyun


Year Company Product Type Co-appearance
2017 JK Company Paperplanes Shoes
MK Trend Co. Ltd. Buckaroo Clothing Hwang Seung-eon
SK Telecom T Membership Ahn Sol-bin
2018 Otsuka Pharmaceutical ULOS Cosmetics Yunho
2020 Panasonic

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2016 25th Buil Film Awards Best New Actor Overman Nominated
2017 22nd Chunsa Film Art Awards Nominated
36th MBC Drama Awards Best New Actor The Rebel Won [24]
1st The Seoul Awards Best New Actor (Drama) School 2017 Nominated
31st KBS Drama Awards Netizen Award-Male Nominated [25]
Best New Actor Nominated
Best Couple Award (with Kim Se-jeong) Nominated
2018 13th Annual Soompi Awards Nominated [26]
Breakout Actor Award Nominated
54th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actor (TV) Nominated [27]
37th MBC Drama Awards Best Couple Award (with Seohyun) Time Nominated [28]


  1. ^ "Kim Jung Hyun, Ryu Jun Yeol, Park Seo Joon, and Ahn Jae Hyun, 4 Actors Who Undergo Military Service At A Young Age". CastKo. May 2, 2018.
  2. ^ "Overman". Korean Film Council. Retrieved 2017-05-22.
  3. ^ a b "Moon Ga-yeong, Kim Jung-hyun, An Woo-yeon in "Incarnation of Jealousy"". HanCinema. July 17, 2016.
  4. ^ a b "[TV체크] '역적' 김정현, 수련 중 섬뜩한 냉(冷) 미소 포착". Sports Donga (in Korean). March 26, 2017.
  5. ^ a b c "Sunhwa Confirmed as Lead Role for MBC Special Drama "And Spring"". HanCinema. November 23, 2016.
  6. ^ "[공식] '학교2017' 측 "김정현·장동윤, 주연 확정"…김세정과 호흡". My Daily (in Korean). June 6, 2017.
  7. ^ "김정현 "데뷔 후 가장 행복…상상치 못했던 일 계속 일어나"[화보]". The Chosun Ilbo (in Korean). September 26, 2017.
  8. ^ a b Kim Nae-hee (November 3, 2017). "[공식입장] 김정현, KBS2 드라마 스페셜 '까까머리의 연애' 주연 캐스팅". OSEN (in Korean).
  9. ^ a b "김정현·이이경·손승원, '으라차차 와이키키' 캐스팅 확정 [공식]". My Daily (in Korean). December 18, 2017.
  10. ^ "Kim Jung Hyun & Seo Ye Ji Star On World's First 4DX VR Movie "Meet The Memories"". HELLOKPOP. March 23, 2018.
  11. ^ a b "서현X김정현, MBC 새 수목극 '시간' 주연 확정...7월 방송 [종합]". Osen (in Korean). May 3, 2018.
  12. ^ "Kim Jung Hyun To Step Down From Drama "Time" Due To Health Concerns". Soompi. August 26, 2018.
  13. ^ "Kim Jung Hyun Confirms Return Through tvN Drama With Hyun Bin And Son Ye Jin". Soompi. July 15, 2019.
  14. ^ "Kim Jung Hyun Talks About Heated Response To His "Crash Landing On You" Character's Fate". Soompi. March 19, 2020.
  15. ^ a b "Kim Jung Hyun To Reunite With Seo Ji Hye Through Special Appearance In Her Upcoming Drama". Soompi. March 27, 2020.
  16. ^ a b "Kim Jung Hyun, Shin Hye Sun, And More Confirmed For New Historical Fusion Drama". Soompi. June 5, 2020.
  17. ^ "The Beginning Of Murder". Naver.
  18. ^ "Tomorrow's Time". Naver.
  19. ^ "[who are you] 배우란, 감정을 선물하는 일 - <초인> 김정현". Cine21 (in Korean). May 13, 2016.
  20. ^ "VR Melodrama MEET THE MEMORIES – FIRST LOVE Cranks Up". Korean Film Biz Zone. December 11, 2017.
  21. ^ "'활동중단' 김정현, '그대 이름은 장미' 깜짝 등장". Newsen (in Korean). January 3, 2019.
  22. ^ Hwang, Hye-jin. "김정현 측 "박지은 작가 신작 '사랑의 불시착' 합류 확정"(공식)". Naver (in Korean). Newsen. Retrieved July 18, 2019.
  23. ^ "Kim Jung Hyun". onent.
  24. ^ "Winners of the 2017 MBC Drama Awards". Hancinema. December 30, 2017.
  25. ^ "[2017 KBS 연기대상] 김영철·천호진 공동대상…'쌈마이' 최다 수상 (종합)". Sports Donga (in Korean). Retrieved 2018-01-02.
  26. ^ "Nominees: Best Couple in the 13th Annual Soompi Awards". YouTube.
  27. ^ "제54회 백상예술대상, TV·영화 각 부문별 수상 후보자 공개". JTBC (in Korean). April 6, 2018.
  28. ^ "MBC drama award 2018 nominees". Facebook.

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