Kim Young-kwang (actor)

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Kim Young-kwang
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Born (1987-01-11) January 11, 1987 (age 30)
Incheon, South Korea
Nationality Korean
Other names Young Kim
Education Hanyang University - Theater and Film
Occupation Actor, model
Years active 2006–present
Agent Enpino Entertainment
Height 187 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 70 kg (154 lb)
Korean name
Revised Romanization Gim Yeonggwang
McCune–Reischauer Kim Yŏnggwang

Kim Young-kwang (born January 11, 1987) is a South Korean actor and model. Kim began his career as a model and has walked the runways of world-renowned designers such as Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood and Etro. In 2008, he was the first Asian model to walk Dior Homme's show.[1] As an actor, Kim has starred in the films Runway Cop (2012) and Hot Young Bloods (2014),[2][3] as well as the television dramas Pinocchio (2014), D-Day (2015) and Sweet Stranger and Me (2016).[4][5][6]

Life and career[edit]

Born as Kim Young Kwang in Incheon, South Korea.Kim's father was a veteran of the Vietnam War, who died when Kim was in the sixth grade. Kim's family struggled financially and it was rumoured that he had to start working at gas station, delivering newspapers at a young age to help relieve the financial burden. In 2007 when he was nineteen years he randomly received an opportunity to become a model for an advertisement which opened doors for him to become a runway model. In 2008, he was the first Asian Model towalk Dior Homme's show. He got Best New Model Award of Korea Fashion Photographers Association. In 2009, he received 3 awards from Asia Model Festival Awards,Korea Tourism Organisation and Style Icon Awards. Although he had brilliant sucess as a model, he later debut as an actor.[7]

On 12 December 2013, Kim began his mandatory military service. However, he only had to be enlisted for six months as a public service soldier, the reason being that his father had been a Vietnam War veteran, as well as an acknowledged person of national merit. Thus, as a child of a person considered to be of national merit, Kim was required to serve only six months of military service. Kim was discharged in June 2014.[8]

Though he bagan acting in 2008, he acted in a drama "Good Doctor" on KBS2 which was one of the dramas that made him famous and also lead to endorse for brand "GGIO2" with Joo Won. His breakout year was 2014, with bigger roles in dramas such as tvN's "Plus Nine Boys"" and in popular drama "Pinocchio" alongside Hllyu stars Lee Jong Suk and Park Shin-hye for which he received SBS Drama Awards as New Star Award for his role as Seo Beom-jo . The following year(2015) he starred in medical drama D-Day related to earthquake and web drama Dr. Ian along with Sandara Park which was produced by Korean channel Naver and Chinese streaming service Youku. In 2016 he was casted as lead roles in web drama Gogh, The Starry Night along with Kwon Yuri and in KBS2 drama Sweet Stranger and Me along with Soo Ae. In 2017 he is starring in MBC drama Lookout.

Kim maintains close friendship with Lee Soo-hyuk, and also other fellow model-turned-actor Kim Woo-bin, Hong Jong-hyun and Sung Joon whom he has worked with them onscreen in White Christmas, they were given a nickname as Model Avengers by their fans.[9]


Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network Notes
2008 Worlds Within Young-woong KBS2
2009 Triple Jae-wook MBC
My Fair Lady Jung Woo-sung KBS2
2010 More Charming By the Day Lee Young-kwang MBC
2011 White Christmas[10] Jo Young-jae KBS2
Bachelor's Vegetable Store Lee Seul-woo Channel A
2012 Love Rain Han Tae-sung KBS2
Can We Get Married? Gong Ki-joong jTBC
2013 The Secret of Birth Park Soo-chang SBS
Good Doctor Han Jin-wook KBS2
2014 Secret Love Yoon Joon-moon Dramacube (episodes 3-4: "The Thirteenth
Item on the Bucket List")[11]
Plus Nine Boys Kang Jin-gu tvN
Pinocchio Seo Beom-jo SBS
2015 Dr. Ian[12] Mo Yi-an Naver TV Cast/
Web Drama
D-Day Lee Hae-sung jTBC
2016 Go Ho, The Starry Night[13] Kang Tae-ho Sohu / SBS Web Drama
Sweet Stranger and Me[14] Go Nan-Gil KBS2
2017 Lookout[15] Jang Do-han MBC


Year Title Role Notes
2012 Runway Cop Han Seung-woo
2014 Hot Young Bloods Jo Gwang-sik
2017 Broker Choi Sang-min
Wonderful Life Tae-jin

Reality and variety shows[edit]

Year Title Network Role Notes
2013 Happy Together KBS2 Himself Episode 310 (Good Doctor cast - Handsome Guy Special)
2013 Infinite Challenge MBC Himself Episode 355, 358.
2015 Healing Camp SBS Himself Episode 186, 187 (along with Lee Soo Hyuk)
2016 Law of the Jungle SBS Main cast Episodes 220-224
Hello Kyushu MBC Himself Episodes 1-2 ( along with Hong Jong-hyun)
2016 Entertainment Weekly KBS2 Himself Episode 1643,1644 (Sweet Stranger and Me Cast)
2017 Boat Horn Clenched Fists SBS Main Cast from Episode 2

Music video[edit]

Year Song Title Artist
2007 "My Heart Is Like That" Lee Seung-hwan
"Shout for Love" MC the Max
2008 "It's You" Shin Hye-sung and Lyn
2009 "Why Are You Such a Nerd?" XXX
2011 "Don't Cry" Park Bom
2013 "You" Brown Eyed Soul
2013 "Runaway" KARA


Soundtrack appearances[edit]

Year Title Album
2016 "Star Candy" Gogh, The Starry Night OST


Year Title Role
2009 Beautiful Sunday Joon-seok

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2008 Korea Fashion Photographers Association Best New Model N/A Won
2009 4th Asia Model Festival Awards Best Fashion Model N/A Won
Korea Tourism Organization 한국을 빛낸 100명의 위인들 N/A Won
2nd Style Icon Awards[16] Style Icon, Model category N/A Won
2013 KBS Drama Awards Best New Actor Good Doctor Nominated
2014 22nd Korea Culture and Entertainment Awards Best New Actor in a Film Hot Young Bloods Won
SBS Drama Awards New Star Award Pinocchio Won
2016 30th KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Sweet Stranger and Me Nominated


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  2. ^ Hong, Grace Danbi (22 May 2012). "Flower Boy Models Crowd the Poster for Detective Cha". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2012-11-23. 
  3. ^ Lee, Cory (2 January 2014). "Lee Jong-suk's New School-set Movie to Open This Month". 10Asia. Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  4. ^ Hong, Grace Danbi (17 February 2013). "Sung Jun and Kim Young Kwang Talk Marriage, Acting, and Mothers". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2013-02-23. 
  5. ^ "Model-Turned Actor Finally Emerges from Obscurity". The Chosun Ilbo. 12 February 2015. Retrieved 2015-02-12. 
  6. ^ Hong, Grace Danbi (22 May 2015). "Kim Young Kwang Confirmed for jTBC's New Disaster Medical Drama D-Day". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2015-05-28. 
  7. ^ Nights, Kiddy (2 November 2015). "Kim Young Kwang Revealed to Have Had a Rough Childhood". Retrieved 2016-09-27. 
  8. ^ "Actor Kim Young Kwang Quietly Enlisted in the Military". 17 December 2013. Retrieved 2016-09-27. 
  9. ^ Hong, Grace Danbi (15 December 2013). "[Star of the Week] Kim Woo Bin's Past, Present and Future Best Friends". enewsWorld. Retrieved 27 September 2016. 
  10. ^ Kwon, Mee-yoo (25 January 2011). "Eight chilling days of White Christmas". The Korea Times. Archived from the original on 10 July 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-23. 
  11. ^ An, So-hyoun (29 May 2013). "Kim Young Kwang to Star in Kara's Secret Love Cinedrama". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2013-06-21. 
  12. ^ Sung, So-young (22 January 2015). "Sandara Park signs up for web series". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2015-01-23. 
  13. ^ boxclub. "Girls’ Generation’s Yuri and Kim Young Kwang Confirmed for New Web Drama". Soompi. Retrieved 2016-05-18. 
  14. ^ leonid (6 September 2016). "Soo Ae, Kim Young Kwang, Jo Bo Ah, And Lee Soo Hyuk To Star In New KBS Drama". Soompi. Retrieved 2016-09-12. 
  15. ^ "MBC 측 "김영광·이시영 '파수꾼' 출연 확정…5월 첫방"(공식입장)". 네이트뉴스 (in Korean). Retrieved 2017-03-08. 
  16. ^ Choi, Ji-eun (13 November 2009). "Style Icon Awards shines 2009 with edginess". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-23. 

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