Kim Young-kwang (actor)

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Kim Young-gwan
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Kim Young-gwan in 2014
Born (1987-01-11) January 11, 1987 (age 34)
Incheon, South Korea
Other namesYoung Kim
EducationHanyang University - Theater and Film
OccupationActor, model
Years active2006–present
AgentWide-s company
Height1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGim Yeong-gwan
McCune–ReischauerKim Yŏnggwang

Kim Young-gwan (born January 11, 1987) is a South Korean actor and model. Kim began his career as a model and has modeled for designers such as Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood and Etro. In 2008, he was the first Asian model to model at 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, The Guardians (2017) and The Secret Life of My Secretary (2019).

Life and career[edit]


Born as Kim Young-kwang, Kim's father was a veteran of the Vietnam War and died when Kim was in elementary school.[2]


Kim began acting in 2008, and later performed in the drama Good Doctor on KBS2.[3]

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

In 2014 he performed in dramas such as tvN's Plus Nine Boys[6] and SBS's Pinocchio,[7] for which he received 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 The Guardians as a passionate prosecutor.[15]

In 2018, Kim starred in romance film On Your Wedding Day opposite Park Bo-young.[16] His performance in the film earned him a Best New Actor award in film at the Baeksang Arts Awards.[17] He then starred in fantasy comedy film The Soul-Mate together with Ma Dong-seok.[18][19] Later that year, he was also cast in tvN's mystery drama Room No. 9.[20][21]

In 2019, Kim starred in the romance comedy drama The Secret Life of My Secretary, which premiered in May 2019.[22][23]

In 2021, he starred in the spy action film Mission: Possible opposite Lee Sun-bin, which was released in February.[24]

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.[25][26]

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.[27]



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
The Soul-Mate Tae-jin
2021 Mission: Possible Woo Su-han [28]
TBA Happy New Year [29]

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network Notes
2008 Worlds Within Young-woong KBS2 [30]
2009 Triple Jae-wook MBC [31]
My Fair Lady Jung Woo-sung KBS2 [32]
2010 More Charming By the Day Lee Young-kwang MBC [33]
2011 White Christmas Jo Young-jae KBS2 [34]
Bachelor's Vegetable Store Lee Seul-woo Channel A [35]
2012 Love Rain Han Tae-sung KBS2 [36]
Can We Get Married? Gong Ki-joong jTBC [37]
2013 The Secret of Birth Park Soo-chang SBS [38]
Good Doctor Han Jin-wook KBS2
2014 Kara: Secret Love Yoon Joon-moon Dramacube (episodes 3-4: "The Thirteenth
Item on the Bucket List")[39]
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 The Guardians Jang Do-han MBC
2018 Room No. 9 Ki Yoo-jin tvN
2019 The Secret Life of My Secretary Do Min-ik SBS [40]
2021 Hello, Me! Han Yoo-hyun KBS2 [41]

Variety show[edit]

Year Title Network Role Notes
2016 Law of the Jungle in New Caledonia SBS Main cast Episodes 220-224[42]
2017 Boat Horn Clenched Fists from Episode 2 - end[43]
2018 Law of the Jungle in Antarctica Episode 311-314[44]

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[45]
2013 "You" Brown Eyed Soul[46]
"Runaway" Kara


Year Title Role Notes
2009 Beautiful Sunday Joon-seok [47]


Soundtrack appearances[edit]

Title Year Album
"Oh-Sing-Sing-Men Oh Sing Sing Men"
(with Ji Chang-wook, Lee Kwang-soo, Kim Young-kwang, Shin Won-ho, Sung-je, and Ji-hyuk)
2011 Bachelor's Vegetable Store OST Japanese release[48]
"Star Candy" 2016 Gogh, The Starry Night OST

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2008 Korea Fashion Photographers Association Best New Model N/A Won
2009 4th Asia Model Festival Awards Best Fashion Model Won [49]
2nd Style Icon Awards Style Icon, Model category Won [50]
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 [51]
SBS Drama Awards New Star Award Pinocchio Won [52]
2016 KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Sweet Stranger and Me Nominated
2017 MBC Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Monday-Tuesday Drama The Guardians Nominated
2018 2nd The Seoul Awards Best New Actor (Film) On Your Wedding Day Nominated [53]
2nd Elle Style Awards Man of the Year N/A Won [54]
39th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best New Actor On Your Wedding Day Nominated [55]
Popular Star Award Won [56]
2019 55th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actor Won [17]
SBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries The Secret Life of My Secretary Nominated


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