At a press conference for Uncontrollably Fond in July, 2016
July 16, 1989
Seoul, South Korea
|Height||187 cm (6 ft 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 Ambassador activities
- 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.
On May 24, 2017, Kim was diagnosed with Nasopharyngeal cancer. Kim's agency, Sidus HQ stated that Kim had begun drug and radiation treatment and would halt all activities. On December 29, Kim announced, in a letter, that he has completed his treatment plan for the cancer. However, he was still exempted from military service.
In 2013, Kim was named honorary ambassador for his alma mater, Jeonju University. The same year, he was appointed the public relations ambassador of the 2013 Suwon Information Science Festival; and ambassador of the "Good Downloader Campaign" organized by the Korean Film Council and Film Federation Against Piracy.
In 2015, Kim was chosen as the promotional ambassador of CJ CGV’s arthouse exhibition chain CGV ARTHOUSE.
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 was set to 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||White Christmas||Kang Mi-reu||KBS2|||
|Cupid Factory||Roy||Drama Special|||
|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|||
|Year||Title||Peak chart positions||Sales||Album|
|2016||"Picture In My Head"||N/A||Uncontrollably Fond OST|
|"Do You Know"||N/A|
Awards and nominations
|2013||8th Asia Model Festival Awards||New Star Award||N/A||Won|||
|49th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best New Actor (TV)||School 2013||Nominated|||
|7th Mnet 20's Choice Awards||20's Booming Star – Male||Nominated|||
|6th Korea Drama Awards||Best New Actor||Nominated|||
|2nd APAN Star Awards||Won|||
|China TV Drama Awards||Popular Foreign Actor||The Heirs||Won|||
|21st SBS Drama Awards||Top 10 Stars||Won|||
|2014||9th Asia Model Festival Awards||Asia Star Award||N/A||Won|||
|9th Max Movie Awards||Best New Actor||Friend: The Great Legacy||Nominated|
|50th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best New Actor (Film)||Nominated|
|2nd Asia Rainbow TV Awards||Best Supporting Actor||The Heirs||Nominated|
|18th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival||Fantasia Award||N/A||Won|||
|9th Seoul International Drama Awards||People's Choice Actor||The Heirs||Nominated|
|7th Korea Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actor||Nominated|||
|7th Style Icon Awards||Top 10 Style Icons||N/A||Nominated|
|3rd APAN Star Awards||Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries||The Heirs||Nominated|||
|51st Grand Bell Awards||Hana Financial Group Star Award
|Friend: The Great Legacy||Won|||
|35th Blue Dragon Film Awards||Best New Actor||Nominated|||
|Popular Star Award||Won|||
|2015||10th Max Movie Awards||Best Actor||The Con Artists||Nominated|
|Korean Film Actors' Guild Awards||Popularity Award||Twenty||Won|||
|24th Buil Film Awards||Best New Actor||Nominated|
|30th Korea Best Dresser Swan Awards||Best Dresser Award||N/A||Won|
|1st Fashionista Awards||Best Fashionista – Male Category||N/A||Nominated|
|2016||InStyle Star Icon||Best Actor (Film)||The Con Artists, Twenty||Nominated|
|Most Stylish Male Actor||N/A||Nominated|
|5th APAN Star Awards||Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries||Uncontrollably Fond||Nominated|
|Korean Advertisers Association Awards||Best Model||N/A||Won|||
|30th KBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actor in a Mid-length Drama||Uncontrollably Fond||Nominated|
|Best Couple Award with Bae Suzy||Nominated|
|Netizen Award, Actor||Nominated|
|2nd Fashionista Awards||Best Dresser – Male||N/A||Nominated|
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