In May 2014
February 16, 1988 |
Seoul, South Korea -
|Education||Theater and Film|
|Alma mater||Chung-Ang University|
|Revised Romanization||Gim Su-hyeon|
Kim Soo-hyun (Hangul: 김수현; Hanja: 金秀賢; born February 16, 1988) is a South Korean actor best known for his roles in the television dramas Dream High (2011), Moon Embracing the Sun (2012), My Love from the Star (2013) and The Producers (2015), as well as the movies The Thieves (2012) and Secretly, Greatly (2013).
Kim was Gallup Korea's Actor of the Year in 2014. He was first included in Forbes Korea Power Celebrity list in 2013 placing 4th, subsequently ranking 2nd in 2015 and 5th in 2016. The business magazine's Asia edition also listed him in its 30 under 30 in 2016. The success of his television dramas throughout Asia established him as a top Hallyu star.
- 1 Early life and education
- 2 Career
- 3 Bowling
- 4 Ambassadorial roles
- 5 Filmography
- 6 Musical theatre
- 7 Discography
- 8 Awards and nominations
- 9 References
- 10 External links
Early life and education
Kim's mother encouraged him to take acting classes during his high school years to help overcome his introverted personality. His father, who left the family when he was young, is singer Kim Chung Hoon and was the leader of the band "Seven Dolphins". He enrolled in Chung-Ang University in 2009 majoring in Film and Theater.
2007–2009: Television career beginnings
Kim made his television debut with a supporting role in the 2007 family sitcom Kimchi Cheese Smile and in 2008, landed a lead role in KBS's critically acclaimed youth drama, Jungle Fish. Based on a true story, it tackles the serious issues of school cheating, competitive academic standards, and interactive blogging in a fresh way. The drama won a number of awards, including the Peabody Award, a Seoul Drama Festival award as well as an Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union prize.
In 2009, Kim acted in the short film Worst Friends by Namkoong Sun, which won the Best Film in Social Drama award at the Mise en Scène Short Film Festival and the well-received SBS drama special Father's House where he acted alongside veteran actor Choi Min-soo. He also co-hosted Mnet's Boys & Girls Music Countdown along with Kara's Han Seung-yeon in 2009.
2010–2011: Dream High and rising popularity
Kim raised his profile through memorable turns as the younger version of the male lead characters in Will It Snow for Christmas? and Giant, the latter winning him the New Star award at the SBS Drama Awards. Upon receiving the award, Kim made his famous "10 years promise" acceptance speech and was quoted saying, "Please take care of me by giving me more attention in this ten years, I will become a real actor."
Kim became a household name in 2011 after starring in teen musical drama Dream High. He plays a country bumpkin who turned out to be a musical genius. The drama brought in high domestic ratings and was also popular overseas, winning several international awards. As the only young actor in a cast of idols, Kim studied song and dance for three months at JYP Entertainment to pull off the required scenes in the drama. For the drama's soundtrack, he recorded two songs, his solo "Dreaming" as well as the title track "Dream High" with the rest of the cast.
2012–2013: Moon Embracing the Sun and big screen debut
Kim's popularity skyrocketed when he starred in the hit period drama Moon Embracing the Sun as the young king Lee Hwon. The drama recorded a peak rating of 42.2 percent, thereby earning the "national drama" status. Kim contributed his vocals to the soundtrack with the traditional ballad "Only You"  and the more modern composition "Another Way".
Due to his popularity on-screen, Kim landed him 15 product endorsement deals ranging from apparel to electronic devices. He also won the Best TV Actor award at the 2012 Baeksang Arts Awards. Beating out heavyweight veterans such as Han Suk-kyu, Shin Ha-kyun and Cha Seung-won, Kim said "I am very grateful for this moment, but I am ashamed as well. It’s like getting a lot of homework. I’ll keep trying to become a better actor in order to remain worthy of this award".
Kim made his big-screen debut in the star-studded heist film The Thieves, touted by the press as the Korean version of Ocean's Eleven. With over 12.9 million ticket sales, the film became the second highest-grossing movie in Korean film history.
In 2013, Kim was cast to play the role of a North Korean spy who infiltrated South Korea as a village idiot in the movie Secretly, Greatly, an adaptation of the popular webtoon series Covertness by Hun. The film broke several records and was one of the most successful box office hits of the year. Kim won Best New Actor awards at the 50th Grand Bell Awards and the 50th Baeksang Arts Awards.
2014–present: My Love from the Star and international fame
From 2013 to early 2014, Kim starred in SBS fantasy romance series My Love from the Star alongside Jun Ji-hyun. The drama had over three billion hits on the Chinese streaming website iQiyi and also sparked trends in fashion, make-up and restaurants. Kim experienced a growth in popularity throughout Asia and became one of the most in-demand endorsers. He won the Daesang (or "Grand Prize"), the highest award for television, at the 7th Korea Drama Awards.
For the latter half of the year, Kim attended two international sports events. Held on 16 August 2014, Kim sang the official theme song "Light up the Future" with several artists at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games held in Nanjing, China. He also participated in the opening ceremony of the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea. Along with actor Jang Dong-gun, Korean opera singer Ahn Sook-sun and people from 45 nations, they delivered the message of "One Asia" at the second part of the highlight stage.
In 2015, Kim starred in KBS’ variety drama The Producers, written by My Love From the Star writer Park Ji-eun. The drama drew solid domestic ratings domestically, and was also sold to several countries internationally. Kim once again won the Daesang (or "Grand Prize") at the 8th Korea Drama Awards, 3rd APAN Star Awards and the 2015 KBS Drama Awards for his acting performance.
Kim, a bowling enthusiast, applied to become a professional bowler in October 2016. He ranked 10th out of the 114 participants on his first try-out tournament but failed to make the cut on the second falling short of the 200 points needed to qualify with only 192.3.
- On 18 April 2012, the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) appointed Kim as the Promotional Ambassador for Korean tourism. According to KTO, "The appointment of Kim Soo-hyun – who has obtained popularity overseas through his dramas, will help strengthen the growth of travel to Korea."
- On 25 October 2014, Kim was appointed as the Goodwill Ambassador of Seoul. For the city's promotion, he will participate in various cultural events in the next two years.
- On 24, March, 2015, Kim was named honorary ambassador for the Incheon International Airport.
|2007||Kimchi Cheese Smile||Kim Soo-hyun||MBC|
|2008||Jungle Fish||Han Jae-ta||KBS|
|2009||Seven Years of Love||Chun-jae||OBS|
|Will It Snow for Christmas?||teen Cha Kang-jin||SBS|
|Father's House||Kang Jae-il|
|2010||Giant||teen Lee Sung-mo|
|2011||Dream High||Song Sam-dong||KBS|
|2012||Moon Embracing the Sun||King Lee Hwon||MBC|
|Dream High 2||Song Sam-dong (cameo, episode 1)||KBS|
|2013–2014||My Love from the Star||Do Min-joon||SBS|
|2015||The Producers||Baek Seung-chan||KBS|
|2008||Cherry Blossom (short film)||Han Hyun-joon|
|2009||Worst Friends (short film)||Kim Joon-ki|
|2013||Secretly, Greatly||Won Ryu-hwan/Bang Dong-gu|
|2014||Miss Granny||young Mr. Park (cameo)|
|2013||Documentary Special: Director Bong Joon-ho||MBC|
|2008||The Taste of Life||KBS||Host||with Hyun Young, Jo Hye-ryun, Jung Ji-young,
Kim Shin-young, Boom and Lee Moo-song
|2009||Boys & Girls Music Countdown||Mnet||with KARA's Han Seung-yeon|
|2011||Happy Together 3||KBS||Guest||Episode 177 with Dream High casts|
|One Night TV Entertainment||SBS|
|Episode 234 with Jung Eun-pyo|
|One Night TV Entertainment||SBS||with The Thieves casts|
|Running Man||Episode 102|
|Star N the City||XTM||Soo-Su Couple in New Zealand
(Bean Pole Outdoor photoshoot with Suzy)
|2013||Entertainment Weekly||KBS||with Park Ki-woong and Lee Hyun-woo|
|Running Man||SBS||Episode 147 with Lee Hyun-woo|
|Masterchef Korea Season 2||Olive TV||Episode 8|
||Episode 11 with Cecilia Cheung and Tao Ching-Ying|
|Bring You To The Stars||Episode 1|
|2015||Stars From Korea||Sohu TV|
Music video appearances
|2003||A Midsummer Night's Dream||Puck|
|2007||A Broken Heart, Man & Woman||Guest|
|Year||Title||Peak chart positions||Album|
|2011||"Dream High (드림하이)"||23||—||Dream High: Original Sound Track|
(Commercial song recorded for his Spris spring ad along with Eun-jung)
|2012||"The One and Only You (그대 한 사람)"||2||2||Moon Embracing the Sun: Original Sound Track|
|"Another Way (또 다른 길)"||119||38||Another Way: Secret Version|
|"Marine Boy"||—||—||Non-album Single|
(Commercial song recorded for his Tous Les Jours winter ad)
|2014||"In Front of Your House (너의 집 앞)"||3||4||My Love from the Star: Original Sound Track|
|"—" denotes releases that were not released in that region|
Awards and nominations
||New Star Award||Giant||Won|||
||CF Model Award||N/A||Won|
||Best New Actor (TV)||Dream High||Nominated|
||Hot Male Drama Star||Nominated|
||Best New Actor||Won|
||New Icon Award||N/A||Won|
||Best Dresser Male Artist||N/A||Won|
||Best New Actor||Dream High||Won|||
|Best Couple with Suzy||Won|
||Song of the Month (February) – Dreaming||Won|
||Best Actor (TV)||Moon Embracing the Sun||Won|||
||20's Drama Star – Male||Won|||
|20's Blue Carpet Popularity Award||N/A||Won|
||Outstanding Korean Actor||Moon Embracing the Sun||Nominated|
|People's Choice Award (Korea)||Nominated|
||Grand Prize (Daesang)||Nominated|
||Top 10 Style Icons||N/A||Nominated|
||Minister of Culture, Sports & Tourism Award||N/A||Won|
||Best New Actor||The Thieves||Nominated|
||Best New Actor||Nominated|
|Popular Star Award||Won|
||Excellence Award, Actor||Moon Embracing the Sun||Won|
||Grand Prize (Daesang)||Nominated|
|Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries||Won|||
|Best Couple Award with Han Ga-in||Nominated|
|Best Couple Award with Jung Eun-pyo||Nominated|
||Model of the Year Award||N/A||Won|||
||Most Popular Korean TV Artiste||N/A||Nominated|
||Top 10 Style Icons||N/A||Nominated|
||20's Movie Star – Male||Secretly, Greatly||Nominated|
||Men’s Fantasia Award||Won|||
||Best New Actor||Won|||
||Best New Actor (Film)||Won|||
|Most Popular Actor (Film)||Won|
|Best Actor (TV)||My Love from the Star||Nominated|
|Most Popular Actor (TV)||Won|
||Most Popular Korean TV Artiste||N/A||Nominated|||
||Outstanding Korean Actor||My Love from the Star||Won|||
|People's Choice Award (Korea)||Won|
||Grand Prize (Daesang)||Won|||
|Hallyu Hot Star Award||Won|
||Asia Star Award||N/A||Won|||
||Top 10 Style Icons||N/A||Won|||
||Best Actor in Asia||My Love from the Star||Won|||
||Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries||Won|||
|Hallyu Star Award||N/A||Won|
||Prime Minister Award||N/A||Won|||
||People's Choice Hallyu Star||N/A||Won|
|People's Choice Actor||N/A||Won|
||Grand Prize (Daesang)||My Love from the Star||Nominated|||
|Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Drama Special||Won|
|Netizen Popularity Award||Won|
|Chinese Netizen Popularity Award||Won|
|Top 10 Stars||Won|
|Best Couple Award with Jun Ji-hyun||Won|
||Global Best Actor in TV series||Won|
||Best Korean spokesmodel in China||N/A||Won|
||Grand Prize (Daesang)||
|Hallyu Star Award||Won|
||Korean Most Influential People Award||N/A||Won|
||Grand Prize (Daesang)||
|Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries||Nominated|
||Cultural National Brand||N/A||Won|||
||Korean Wave Star Award||N/A||Won|||
||Grand Prize (Daesang)||
|Best Couple with Gong Hyo-jin||Won|
|Netizen's Popularity Award||Won|
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- Ed Slott. "Forbes Korea Power Celebrity 2013". Forbes. Retrieved 2017-02-27.
- "중앙시사매거진". JoongAng Ilbo. 23 February 2015. Retrieved 2017-02-27.
- "1위 지킨 엑소, 단숨에 정상권 오른 유아인·혜리". JoongAng Ilbo. 25 February 2016. Retrieved 2017-02-27.
- Howard, Caroline. "G.E.M., Angelababy, Soo-hyun Kim And The Actors And Athletes Of 30 Under 30 Asia". Forbes. Retrieved 2017-03-14.
- "Actor Kim Soo Hyun's Father was a Singer". DramaFever.
- "What Was Kim Soo Hyun Like as a Student?", mwave.interest.me, 27 March 2012.
- "KIM Soo-hyun, hero of SECRETLY GREATLY". KoBiz.
- "Kim Soo Hyun's Half Sister to Participate in Girl Group Survival Show "Produce 101"". Naver.
- "Jungle Fish". The Peabody Awards. Retrieved 1 June 2014.
- "Jungle Fish Wins a Peabody", KBS World, 2 April 2009.
- "The acting evolution of Secretly, Greatly's Kim Soo Hyun". DramaFever. Retrieved 26 September 2014.
- Sun Namkoong / Short Film
- "Kim Soo Hyun and Kara's Han Seung Yeon Co-MCs?", MWave, 8 February 2012.
- MY NAME IS: Kim Soo-hyun.10Asia. 12 January 2010.
- Ko, Kyoung-seok (3 January 2011). "Ko Hyun-jung wins grand prize at SBS Drama Awards". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-03-21.
- INTERVIEW: Actor Kim Soo-hyun – Part 1, asiae.co.kr, 15 March 2011.
- INTERVIEW: Actor Kim Soo-hyun – Part 2, asiae.co.kr, 15 March 2011.
- "탄력받은 '드림하이', 1인자 굳히기?". Osen. 19 January 2011.
- "김수현, '해를 품은 달' 남주 확정…'성균관 스캔들' 인기 넘을까". Korea Economic Daily. 11 November 2011.
- "Hit drama ends with record ratings". Korea JoongAng Daily. 17 March 2012.
- "Kim Soo-hyun sings on 'Moon Embracing the Sun' drama". Korea JoongAng Daily. 12 March 2012.
- "Kim Soo-hyun becomes king of product endorsements". Korea JoongAng Daily. 13 March 2012.
- "Kim Soo-hyun's win is hotly debated". Korea JoongAng Daily. 28 April 2012.
- "'The Thieves' all-star cast set to steal show". Korea JoongAng Daily. 13 June 2012.
- "The Thieves Emerges as Most Popular Korean Movie". The Chosun Ilbo. 4 October 2012. Retrieved 18 November 2012.
- Kim Soo-hyun lands role of North Korean spy in new movie. 10Asia. 30 April 2012.
- "Secretly Greatly Blazes Trail at Box Office by Tapping Teen Audience". The Chosun Ilbo. 10 June 2013. Retrieved 2013-06-10.
- Yun, Suh-young (10 June 2013). "Secretly success shows teen power at box office". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-06-19.
- "Kim Soo-hyun named best new movie actor in Baeksang awards". The Korea Herald. 27 May 2014.
- "THE FACE READER Picks Up 6 at 50th Grand Bell Awards". Korean Film Biz Zone. 4 November 2013.
- "Kim Soo-hyun, Jun Ji-hyun to Pair Up in New Drama". The Chosun Ilbo. 16 November 2013.
- Shin, Kyun-jin; Yang, Sung-hee (14 March 2013). "Hallyu booming again in China, bigger than ever". Korea JoongAng Daily.
- "Korean TV Show Sparks Chicken and Beer Craze in China". The Wall Street Journal. 26 February 2014.
- "Hallyu trio captivate Chinese hearts". The Korea Herald. 13 November 2014.
- "Who Are the Most Popular Korean Stars Overseas?". The Chosun Ilbo. 19 June 2014.
- "Kim Soo-hyun Is Advertisers' Favorite". The Chosun Ilbo. 30 January 2014.
- "Kim Soo-hyun earns W90b thru ads in China". The Korea Herald. 24 November 2014.
- "Kim Soo-hyun wins at drama festival". Korea JoongAng Daily. 3 October 2014.
- "Kim Soo-hyun performs at Nanjing Youth Olympic Games opening ceremony". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 12 September 2015.
- "Hallyu stars to light up Asia opening ceremony". The Korea Times. 27 August 2014.
- "김수현, '프로듀사' 출연 확정…차태현ㆍ공효진ㆍ아이유 '드림팀' 합류". TV Daily. 9 March 2015.
- "'Producers' sold out globally". HanCinema. 4 June 2015.
- "Kim Soo-hyun, Kim Tae-hee to headline Korean drama fest". Yonhap. 9 September 2015. Retrieved 12 September 2015.
- Sung, So-young (30 November 2015). "Kim Soo-hyun takes top APAN Star honors". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2015-12-10.
- "Kim Soo-hyun to star in 'Real' film". Korea JoongAng Daily. 10 April 2015.
- "Kim Soo-hyun Finishes Shooting First Action-Noir Film". The Chosun Ilbo. 19 July 2016.
- "Actor Kim Soo-hyun wants to be professional bowler". The Korea Times. 13 October 2016.
- "Kim Soo-hyun Fails to Make Cut at Pro-Bowling Tryouts - The Chosun Ilbo (English Edition): Daily News from Korea - Sports". The Chosun Ilbo. 31 October 2016.
- "Kim Soo-hyun is new face of Korea". Korea JoongAng Daily. 19 April 2012.
- "Kim Soo-hyun becomes honorary ambassador of Seoul". The Korea Herald. 9 October 2014.
- ddangha (2015-03-23). "Kim Soo Hyun Named Honorary Ambassador for Incheon International Airport". Soompi. Retrieved 2017-03-15.
- "Actor Kim Soo-hyun to appear in IU's upcoming music video". Yonhap News Agency. Retrieved 2017-04-15.
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- "Korea K-Pop Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved 13 March 2013.
- "March 31, 2012 Billboard K-Pop Hot 100". Korea K-Pop Hot 100 (in Korean). Retrieved 24 June 2014.
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- Hong, Lucia (2 January 2012). "Shin Ha-kyun scores top prize at 2011 KBS Drama Awards". 10Asia. Retrieved 2014-08-18.
- "Kim Soo-hyun wins Paeksang awards". The Korea Times. 27 April 2012.
- "20′s Choice Awards: Who Won at the 20's Choice Awards?". enewsWorld. 28 June 2012.
- "Korea Broadcasting Awards Winners Include Kim Soo-hyun and Kim Jun-hyun". HanCinema. 25 July 2012.
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- "Kim Soo Hyun becomes Model of the Year". Daily Kpop News. StarN News. Retrieved 6 March 2017.
- "PiFan Opens Its Doors for 10 Days of Fantastic Film". Korean Film Biz Zone. 19 July 2013.
- Carla Sunwoo (29 May 2014). "My Love stars sweep Baeksang Arts Awards". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-05-29.
- Singapore Entertainment Awards Results. 24 April 2014.
- "Kim Soo-hyun wins 2 prizes at Seoul Drama Awards". The Korea Herald. 4 September 2014.
- "'아시아의' 김수현·최민식, 아시아스타어워즈 수상". Naver. 4 October 2014.
- "Kim Soo-hyun picked as Style Icon Award recipient". The Korea Herald. 27 October 2014.
- "Kim Soo-hyun tops Tokyo film award". The Korea Herald. 23 October 2014.
- "Winners of the APAN Star Awards: Jo In Sung, D.O, Park Shin Hye, Kim Soo Hyun, Kim Hee Ae and More!". Soompi. 15 November 2014.
- "Lee Min Ho and Kim Soo Hyun nab Prime Minister Awards". DramaFever. 11 November 2014.
- "Kim Soo-hyun, Lee Min-ho feted for spreading hallyu". The Korea Herald. 11 November 2014.
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