Kim Young-kwang (actor)
Kim Young-kwang in 2014
January 11, 1987|
Incheon, South Korea
|Other names||Young Kim|
|Education||Hanyang University - Theater and Film|
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Weight||70 kg (154 lb)|
|Revised Romanization||Gim Yeong-gwang|
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. 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
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.
His breakout year was 2014, with bigger roles in dramas such as tvN's Plus Nine Boys and SBS's Pinocchio, which shot him to fame and earned him a SBS Drama Award as "New Star" for his role as Seo Beom-jo.
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.
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.
|My Fair Lady||Jung Woo-sung||KBS2|
|2010||More Charming By the Day||Lee Young-kwang||MBC|
|2011||White Christmas||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")
|Plus Nine Boys||Kang Jin-gu||tvN|
|2015||Dr. Ian||Mo Yi-an||Naver TV Cast/
|2016||Gogh, The Starry Night||Kang Tae-ho||Sohu / SBS||Web drama|
|Sweet Stranger and Me||Go Nan-Gil||KBS2|
|2018||Room No. 9||Ki Yoo-jin||tvN|
|2012||Runway Cop||Han Seung-woo|
|2014||Hot Young Bloods||Jo Gwang-sik|
|2018||On Your Wedding Day||Hwang Woo-yeon|
Reality and variety show
|2016||Law of the Jungle: New Caledonia||SBS||Main cast||Episodes 220-224|
|2017||Boat Horn Clenched Fists||from Episode 2|
|2018||Law of the Jungle: Antarctica||Episode 311-314|
|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|
|2016||"Star Candy"||Gogh, The Starry Night OST|
Awards and nominations
|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||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)||On Your Wedding Day||Nominated|
- Kim, Jessica (21 April 2010). "[INTERVEW] Model/Actor Kim Young-Kwan". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-23.
- "Korea's First Man on the Haute Couture Stage". The Chosun Ilbo. 1 February 2008.
- "Kim Young-kwang, a resident doctor in "Good Doctor"". Hancinema. 24 June 2013.
- Hong, Grace Danbi (22 May 2012). "Flower Boy Models Crowd the Poster for Detective Cha". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2012-11-23.
- 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.
- "Choi Ro-woon, Yook Sung-jae, Kim Young-kwang, Oh Jung-se cast for tvN "Plus Nine Boys"". Hancinema. 8 June 2014.
- "'Pinocchio' introduces four main characters". Kpop Herald. 28 October 2014.
- "Model-Turned Actor Finally Emerges from Obscurity". The Chosun Ilbo. 12 February 2015.
- "Kim Young-kwang to star in new medical TV drama". Kpop Herald. 22 May 2015.
- Hong, Grace Danbi (22 May 2015). "Kim Young Kwang Confirmed for jTBC's New Disaster Medical Drama D-Day". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2015-05-28.
- "Kim Young-kwang to star in Korea-Chinese drama with Sandra Park". Hancinema. 20 January 2015.
- "Yuri, Kim Young-kwang confirmed to star in web drama". Kpop Herald. 29 March 2016.
- "Cast announced for KBS2's newest drama". Korea JoongAng Daily. 6 September 2016.
- "'Sweet Stranger and Me,' a rom-com with suspense". Yonhap News Aegency. 20 October 2016.
- "Lee Si-young and Kim Young-kwang to star in "Lookout"". Hancinema. 7 March 2017.
- "PARK Bo-young and KIM Young-kwang Commit to YOUR WEDDING". Korean Film Biz Zone. 6 October 2017.
- Yoon, Min-sik (23 July 2018). "Kim Young-kwang plays loveable 'loser' opposite Park Bo-young". Kpop Herald. Herald Corporation.
- "Don LEE to Play in WONDERFUL LIFE". Korean Film Biz Zone. 8 August 2016.
- "[공식]'미션' 후속 '나인룸' 김희선-김영광-김해숙 캐스팅, 9월 첫 방". Sports Chosun (in Korean). 7 August 2018.
- 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.
- "Lee Soo-hyuk wants to work with 'Avengers'". Kpop Herald. 2 February 2016.
- Ahn Jin-yong (17 December 2013). "[단독] 김영광, 12일 조용히 입대…눈 맞으며 논산훈련소 입소". Sports Hankooki (in Korean).
- 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.
- An, So-hyoun (29 May 2013). "Kim Young Kwang to Star in Kara's Secret Love Cinedrama". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2013-06-21.
- "Kim Young-kwang to depart to Jungle to film the popular travel show". Hancinema. 18 May 2016.
- "'Law of the Jungle' makes groundbreaking adventure in Antarctica". Yonhap News Agency. 12 April 2018.
- Choi, Ji-eun (13 November 2009). "Style Icon Awards shines 2009 with edginess". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-23.
- "'제2회 더 서울어워즈' 10월27일 개최, 드라마-영화 각 부문별 후보공개". iMBC (in Korean). 28 September 2018.