Kim Young-kwang (actor)

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Kim Young-kwang
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Kim Young-kwang in 2014
Born (1987-01-11) January 11, 1987 (age 31)
Incheon, South Korea
Other names Young Kim
Education Hanyang University - Theater and Film
Occupation Actor, model
Years active 2006–present
Agent Enpino Entertainment
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 70 kg (154 lb)
Korean name
Revised Romanization Gim Yeong-gwang
McCune–Reischauer Kim Yŏnggwang

Kim Young-kwang (born January 11, 1987) is a South Korean actor and model. Kim began his career as 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), Hot Young Bloods (2014), On Your Wedding Day (2018) and The Soul-Mate (2018), as well as the television dramas Pinocchio (2014), D-Day (2015), Sweet Stranger and Me (2016) and Lookout (2017).

Life and career[edit]


Born as Kim Young-kwang in Incheon, South Korea, Kim's father was a veteran of the Vietnam War and died when Kim was in the sixth grade. Kim's family struggled financially and it was rumoured that, at a young age, he worked at a gas station and delivered newspapers to help relieve the financial burden. In 2007 when he was 19 years old, he received an opportunity to become a model for an advertisement which later opened doors for him to become a runway model. In 2008, he was the first Asian model to walk Dior Homme's show. He received the Best New Model Award of the Korea Fashion Photographers Association. In 2009, he received three awards from Asia Model Festival Awards, Korea Tourism Organisation and Style Icon Awards.[2]


Though he began acting in 2008, his role in the drama Good Doctor on KBS2 made him known to audiences.[3]

Kim also ventured to films, where he starred in the action comedy, Runway Cop (2012) and teen romance drama, Hot Young Bloods (2014).[4][5]

His breakout year was 2014, with bigger roles in dramas such as tvN's Plus Nine Boys[6] and SBS's Pinocchio,[7] which shot him to fame and earned him a SBS Drama Award as "New Star" for his role as Seo Beom-jo.[8]

In 2015, he starred in the medical drama D-Day,[9][10] and in the web drama Dr. Ian with Sandara Park.[11]

In 2016, he was cast as the lead in the web drama Gogh, The Starry Night with Kwon Yuri,[12] and in the KBS2 romantic comedy series Sweet Stranger and Me with Soo Ae.[13][14]

In 2017, he starred in the MBC thriller drama Lookout as a passionate prosecutor.[15]

In 2018, Kim starred in romance film On Your Wedding Day and fantasy comedy film The Soul-Mate.[16][17][18] He was also cast in tvN's mystery drama Room No. 9.[19]

Personal life[edit]

Kim maintains a close friendship with Lee Soo-hyuk, as well as other fellow models-turned-actors: Kim Woo-bin, Hong Jong-hyun and Sung Joon – with whom he has worked onscreen in White Christmas. They were given the nickname of "Model Avengers" by their fans.[20][21]

On December 12, 2013, Kim began his mandatory military service. However, he was only required to be enlisted for six months as a public service soldier due to his father being a Vietnam War veteran, as well as an acknowledged person of national merit. Kim was discharged in June 2014.[22]


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[23] 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 Kara: Secret Love Yoon Joon-moon Dramacube (episodes 3-4: "The Thirteenth
Item on the Bucket List")[24]
Plus Nine Boys Kang Jin-gu tvN
Pinocchio Seo Beom-jo SBS
2015 Dr. Ian Mo Yi-an Naver TV Cast/
Web drama
D-Day Lee Hae-sung jTBC
2016 Gogh, The Starry Night Kang Tae-ho Sohu / SBS Web drama
Sweet Stranger and Me Go Nan-Gil KBS2
2017 Lookout Jang Do-han MBC
2018 Room No. 9 Ki Yoo-jin tvN


Year Title Role Notes
2012 Runway Cop Han Seung-woo
2014 Hot Young Bloods Jo Gwang-sik
2018 On Your Wedding Day Hwang Woo-yeon
2018 The Soul-Mate Tae-jin

Reality and variety show[edit]

Year Title Network Role Notes
2016 Law of the Jungle: New Caledonia SBS Main cast Episodes 220-224[25]
2017 Boat Horn Clenched Fists from Episode 2
2018 Law of the Jungle: Antarctica Episode 311-314[26]

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
"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[27] 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
2015 KWeb Festival Best Actor Dr. Ian Won
2016 30th KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Sweet Stranger and Me Nominated
2017 36th MBC Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Monday-Tuesday Drama The Guardians Nominated
2018 2nd The Seoul Awards Best New Actor (Film)[28] On Your Wedding Day Nominated


  1. ^ Kim, Jessica (21 April 2010). "[INTERVEW] Model/Actor Kim Young-Kwan". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-23.
  2. ^ "Korea's First Man on the Haute Couture Stage". The Chosun Ilbo. 1 February 2008.
  3. ^ "Kim Young-kwang, a resident doctor in "Good Doctor"". Hancinema. 24 June 2013.
  4. ^ Hong, Grace Danbi (22 May 2012). "Flower Boy Models Crowd the Poster for Detective Cha". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2012-11-23.
  5. ^ Lee, Cory (2 January 2014). "Lee Jong-suk's New School-set Movie to Open This Month". 10Asia. Archived from the original on 29 March 2014. Retrieved 2014-02-10.
  6. ^ "Choi Ro-woon, Yook Sung-jae, Kim Young-kwang, Oh Jung-se cast for tvN "Plus Nine Boys"". Hancinema. 8 June 2014.
  7. ^ "'Pinocchio' introduces four main characters". Kpop Herald. 28 October 2014.
  8. ^ "Model-Turned Actor Finally Emerges from Obscurity". The Chosun Ilbo. 12 February 2015.
  9. ^ "Kim Young-kwang to star in new medical TV drama". Kpop Herald. 22 May 2015.
  10. ^ Hong, Grace Danbi (22 May 2015). "Kim Young Kwang Confirmed for jTBC's New Disaster Medical Drama D-Day". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2015-05-28.
  11. ^ "Kim Young-kwang to star in Korea-Chinese drama with Sandra Park". Hancinema. 20 January 2015.
  12. ^ "Yuri, Kim Young-kwang confirmed to star in web drama". Kpop Herald. 29 March 2016.
  13. ^ "Cast announced for KBS2's newest drama". Korea JoongAng Daily. 6 September 2016.
  14. ^ "'Sweet Stranger and Me,' a rom-com with suspense". Yonhap News Aegency. 20 October 2016.
  15. ^ "Lee Si-young and Kim Young-kwang to star in "Lookout"". Hancinema. 7 March 2017.
  16. ^ "PARK Bo-young and KIM Young-kwang Commit to YOUR WEDDING". Korean Film Biz Zone. 6 October 2017.
  17. ^ Yoon, Min-sik (23 July 2018). "Kim Young-kwang plays loveable 'loser' opposite Park Bo-young". Kpop Herald. Herald Corporation.
  18. ^ "Don LEE to Play in WONDERFUL LIFE". Korean Film Biz Zone. 8 August 2016.
  19. ^ "[공식]'미션' 후속 '나인룸' 김희선-김영광-김해숙 캐스팅, 9월 첫 방". Sports Chosun (in Korean). 7 August 2018.
  20. ^ 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.
  21. ^ "Lee Soo-hyuk wants to work with 'Avengers'". Kpop Herald. 2 February 2016.
  22. ^ Ahn Jin-yong (17 December 2013). "[단독] 김영광, 12일 조용히 입대…눈 맞으며 논산훈련소 입소". Sports Hankooki (in Korean).
  23. ^ 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.
  24. ^ An, So-hyoun (29 May 2013). "Kim Young Kwang to Star in Kara's Secret Love Cinedrama". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2013-06-21.
  25. ^ "Kim Young-kwang to depart to Jungle to film the popular travel show". Hancinema. 18 May 2016.
  26. ^ "'Law of the Jungle' makes groundbreaking adventure in Antarctica". Yonhap News Agency. 12 April 2018.
  27. ^ Choi, Ji-eun (13 November 2009). "Style Icon Awards shines 2009 with edginess". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-23.
  28. ^ "'제2회 더 서울어워즈' 10월27일 개최, 드라마-영화 각 부문별 후보공개". iMBC (in Korean). 28 September 2018.

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