At Uncontrollably Fond press conference, July 2016
July 16, 1989
Seoul, South Korea
|Years active||2009–2017 (indefinite hiatus)|
|Height||189 cm (6 ft 2 1⁄2 in)|
|Revised Romanization||Gim U-bin|
|Revised Romanization||Gim Hyeon-jung|
Kim Woo-bin (born Kim Hyun-joong on July 16, 1989) is a South Korean model and actor. He began his career as a runway model and made his acting debut in the television drama White Christmas. He subsequently gained attention in A Gentleman's Dignity (2012), and made his breakthrough with School 2013 (2012-2013) and The Heirs (2013). Kim later starred in box office hits Friend: The Great Legacy (2013), The Con Artists (2014) and Twenty (2015). In 2016, he took on his first leading role on television in Uncontrollably Fond.
- 1 Career
- 2 Personal life
- 3 Honorary ambassador
- 4 Filmography
- 5 Discography
- 6 Awards and nominations
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Kim wanted to pursue a modeling career since he was a high school student. He debuted as a runway model in 2009 at the age of 20 and began appearing in prêt-à-porter and Seoul Fashion Week collections.
As his modeling career progressed, he started doing commercial films and began studying acting, under the guidance of acting coach Moon Won-joo. Kim fell in love with acting, saying, "In the course of doing so, I found myself feeling the same thrill and enthusiasm that I felt the first time I came to walk on the runway."
In 2012, he had a supporting role in the romantic comedy drama A Gentleman's Dignity, written by famed screenwriter Kim Eun-sook. Next came a two-episode guest appearance in drama adaptation of the popular manga To the Beautiful You.
2013: Rising popularity
Kim's breakout year came in 2013 with two hit dramas and one film. From late December to early 2013, he starred in the teen drama School 2013. He received his first acting award for the role at the 2nd APAN Star Awards under the category Best New Actor.
The same year, he was cast in Kim Eun-sook's teen drama The Heirs, which became popular domestically and internationally with a peak audience rating of 28.6% and 1 million hits on the Chinese streaming website iQiyi. Kim experienced a surge in popularity overseas. This led to increased advertising contracts and acting offers for the actor.
Kim then appeared in his first major film role in Friend: The Great Legacy, the blockbuster sequel to Kwak Kyung-taek's 2001 box office hit. He received positive reviews for his portrayal as a young gang member. The same year he became the host of cable music program M! Countdown from August 15, 2013, to February 13, 2014.
2014–present: Success in film
After his rise in popularity in 2013, Kim continued appearing in big screen projects. In January 2014, he was cast in the heist movie The Con Artists, in which he played a top safe-cracker alongside rising star Lee Hyun-woo. He then took on a comedic character in indie director Lee Byung-heon's sophomore effort Twenty in 2015.
In 2017, Kim was cast in crime caper film Wiretap by Choi Dong-hoon. The project has since been suspended to allow Kim to seek treatment from cancer.
In April 2017, Kim was appointed as an Honorary Ambassador for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Kim is the second actor to take on this role and will take part in various activities to promote the event. In October, however, he was pulled from the role due to his ongoing cancer treatments.
|2012||Runway Cop||(cameo, last part)|
|2013||Friend: The Great Legacy||Han Sung-hoon|
|2014||The Con Artists||Ji-hyuk|
|2011||Drama Special White Christmas||Kang Mi-reu||KBS2|
|Drama Special "Cupid Factory"||Roy|
|2012||A Gentleman's Dignity||Kim Dong-hyub||SBS|
|To the Beautiful You||John Kim
(guest, episodes 9-11)
|School 2013||Park Heung-soo||KBS2|
|2013||The Heirs||Choi Young-do||SBS|
|2016||Uncontrollably Fond||Shin Joon-young||KBS2|
|2014||Love Cells||Dating god|
|2013||Don't Mess With Me||2EYES|
|2013||Mnet Wide Starcam||Mnet|
|Year||Title||Peak chart positions||Sales||Album|
|2016||"Picture In My Head"||
||N/A||Uncontrollably Fond OST|
|"Do You Know"||
Awards and nominations
||New Star Award||N/A||Won|
||Best New Actor (TV)||School 2013||Nominated|
||20's Booming Star – Male||Nominated|
||Best New Actor||Nominated|
||Popular Foreign Actor||The Heirs||Won|
||Top 10 Stars||Won|
||Asia Star Award||N/A||Won|
||Best New Actor||Friend: The Great Legacy||Nominated|
||Best New Actor (Film)||Nominated|
||The Heirs||Best Supporting Actor||Nominated|
||People's Choice Actor||The Heirs||Nominated|
||Excellence Award, Actor||Nominated|
||Top 10 Style Icons||N/A||Nominated|
||Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries||The Heirs||Nominated|
||Hana Financial Group Star Award
|Friend: The Great Legacy||Won|
||Best New Actor||Nominated|
|Popular Star Award||Won|
||Best Actor||The Con Artists||Nominated|
||Best New Actor||Nominated|
||Best Dresser Award||N/A||Won|
||Best Fashionista – Male Category||N/A||Nominated|
||Best Actor (Film)||The Con Artists, Twenty||Nominated|
|Most Stylish Male Actor||N/A||Nominated|
||Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries||Uncontrollably Fond||Nominated|
||Excellence Award, Actor in a Mid-length Drama||Uncontrollably Fond||Nominated|
|Best Couple Award with Bae Suzy||Nominated|
|Netizen Award, Actor||Nominated|
||Best Dresser – Male||N/A||Nominated|
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- "Profile". SidusHQ. Retrieved 2013-12-03.
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- 홍종현-이수혁-김우빈, 망가져도 이렇게 멋있으면 반칙이지 (인터뷰). MK News (in Korean). 29 December 2011. Retrieved 2012-12-07.
- Hong, Grace Danbi (29 June 2012). "Kim Woo Bin Gets Beat Up on A Gentleman's Dignity". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2012-12-07.
- Hong, Grace Danbi (13 September 2012). "Kim Woo Bin Shines as f(x) Sulli's First Love in To the Beautiful You". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2012-12-07.
- "Kim Woo-bin Enjoys Breakthrough Year in Hit Soaps, Movie". The Chosun Ilbo. 25 December 2013.
- Ho, Stewart (29 October 2012). "Lee Jong Seok, Kim Woo Bin, Park Se Young, 5dolls' Hyoyoung Cast as Main Students for School 5". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2012-12-07.
- An, So-hyoun (16 July 2013). "Kim Woo Bin Confirmed in Role for The Heirs". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2013-07-19.
- "2013 Kdramas That Got The Best Ratings". KDramaStars. 28 December 2013.
- Shin, Kyun-jin; Yang, Sung-hee (14 March 2013). "Hallyu booming again in China, bigger than ever". Korea JoongAng Daily.
- "Hallyu trio captivate Chinese hearts". The Korea Herald. 13 November 2014.
- Kim, Yeon-ji (24 December 2013). "Model inherits rebellious role". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-02-02.
- "Kim Woo-bin Shapes up as Hot New Heartthrob". The Chosun Ilbo. 21 December 2013.
- Lee, Sun-min (12 December 2013). "Kim Woo-bin's star shines ever bright". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-02-02.
- "Kim Woo-bin Unfazed by Great Expectations for Sequel to Friend". The Chosun Ilbo. 26 October 2013. Retrieved 2014-01-05.
- "Kim Woo-bin Shapes Up as Hot New Heartthrob". The Chosun Ilbo. 21 November 2013. Retrieved 2014-02-02.
- Cha, Yo-rim (13 August 2013). "Kim Woo-bin to become new face of M Countdown". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2014-02-02.
- Hwang, Sun-un (28 January 2014). "Kim Woo-bin, Lee Hyun-woo to Star in New Film". TenAsia. Archived from the original on 28 March 2014. Retrieved 2014-02-02.
- Conran, Pierce (17 April 2014). "KIM Woo-bin Joins TWENTY". Korean Film Council. Retrieved 2014-04-19.
- "Kim Woo-bin Tries to Grow up Again in Buddy Movie". The Chosun Ilbo. 4 April 2015.
- Yoon, Sarah (2 February 2015). "Kim Woo-bin first East Asian model for Calvin Klein Watches". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2015-07-22.
- "Kim Woo-bin and Suzy to costar in new drama". The Korea Herald. 20 August 2015. Retrieved 2017-10-25.
- "Kim Woo-bin, Su-zy in Another Magnet for Soap Lovers". The Chosun Ilbo. 21 May 2016. Retrieved 2017-10-25.
- "Lee Byung-hun, Kim Woo-bin, Gang dong-won to star in upcoming action thriller". The Korea Herald. 31 October 2016.
- "Actor Kim Woo-bin Says Good Roles Come to Those Who Wait". The Chosun Ilbo. 24 December 2016. Retrieved 2017-10-25.
- Hicap, Jonathan (3 February 2017). "'Master' continues to rake it in". Manila Bulletin.
- "Film Project on Hold as Kim Woo-bin Treated for Cancer". The Chosun Ilbo. 10 July 2017.
- Choi, EunHwa (22 October 2013). "Lee Jong Suk says Kim Woo Bin is the Only Friend He Can Lean On". enewsWorld. Retrieved 7 April 2016.
- Hong, Grace Danbi (15 December 2013). "[Star of the Week] Kim Woo Bin's Past, Present and Future Best Friends". enewsWorld. Retrieved 20 February 2015.
- Kim, Soo-hyang (23 June 2016). "Strong friendships among male celebrities". Kpop Herald. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
- Kwon, Soo Bin (21 December 2013). "Kim Woo Bin Says Lee Jong Suk is Not a Rival, But a Beloved Friend". enewsWorld. Newsen. Retrieved 25 December 2013.
- "Actor Kim woo-bin in love with Shin Min-ah: agency". The Korea Times. March 2016.
- "Actor Kim Woo-bin diagnosed with rare cancer, starts treatment". Yonhap. 24 May 2017.
- "Kim Woo-bin to Promote Pyeongchang Olympics". The Chosin Ilbo. 14 April 2017. Retrieved 2017-04-20.
- Hong, Dam-young (13 April 2017). "Kim Woo-bin named ambassador for 2018 Winter Olympics". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2017-04-20.
- "Sidus HQ". Facebook. Retrieved 2017-10-24.
- Hong, Grace Danbi (25 June 2013). "Kim Woo Bin to Appear in 2EYES' Drama MV of Don't Mess With Me". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2013-08-12.
- Choi, Eun-hwa (1 July 2013). "Kim Woo Bin Appears in New Teasers for 2EYES' Don't Mess With Me MV". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2013-08-12.
- "Kim Woo-bin sings soundtrack for "Uncontrollably Fond"". The Korea Herald. 21 July 2016.
- "Heirs stars receive awards in China". The Korea Times. 19 December 2013. Archived from the original on 20 December 2013. Retrieved 2014-02-02.
- Jeon, Han; Yoon, So-jung (18 July 2014). "Film festival kicks off in Bucheon". Korea.net. Retrieved 2014-07-23.