Namkoong Min

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Namkoong Min
2019년 1월 한우홍보대사 행사에 참석한 남궁민(1).jpg
Nam in 2019
Born (1978-03-12) March 12, 1978 (age 41)
NationalitySouth Korean
EducationChung-Ang University
(Mechanical Engineering)[1]
OccupationActor, director, screenwriter
Years active1999–present
Agent935 Entertainment
Korean name
Revised RomanizationNam Koong Min
McCune–ReischauerNam Koong Min

Namkoong Min (Hangul: 남궁민, born March 12, 1978) is a South Korean actor, director and screenwriter. He first gained recognition with neo-noir film A Dirty Carnival (2006), and has since received praise for his performances in Remember: War of the Son (2015–2016), Beautiful Gong Shim (2016), Good Manager (2017) and Falsify (2017).


Namkoong Min debuted as an actor in the film Bungee Jumping of Their Own as the protagonist's best friend, and subsequently appeared in the movie Bad Guy as the female lead's boyfriend. In 2002, Namkoong featured in the sitcom Dae Bak Family and attracted attention with his performance. Since then, he appeared in the television series and single-act dramas such as Rose Fence, Pearl Necklace, Mould Flower and After Love. Namkoong also became known as "little Bae Yong-joon" due to his resemblance with the actor. In 2004, Namkoong starred in the KBS daily drama My Lovely Family, which garnered over 30% in ratings and led to increased recognition for the actor.[2][3][4]

Namkoong subsequently received acclaim with neo-noir film A Dirty Carnival (2006),[5][6] and drew widespread notice for his performance in melodrama Listen to My Heart (2011).[7][8] After the series, Namkoong decided that he would only accept lead roles due to his new-found popularity and recognition, and turned down all offers of supporting roles. This led to an unwanted two years break for Nam.[9]

Namkoong subsequently returned with a changed mindset and new-found determination.[9] His efforts paid off when he achieved recognition for his villainous role as a serial killer in The Girl Who Sees Smells (2015),[10][11] and he won the Best Villain Award at the annual 2016 DramaFever Awards.[12] Since then, he has received praise for his performances in legal thriller Remember: War of the Son (2015–2016) and romantic comedy Beautiful Gong Shim (2016).[13][14][15][16]

Namkoong's breakout role was in the hit comedy drama Good Manager (2017), where he played the central protagonist.[17][18] Namkoong was praised for his "perfect amalgamation of character creation and acting" which contributed to the success of the drama.[19][16] He then starred in SBS's legal thriller Falsify (2017), playing a trashy tabloid reporter with no work ethics.[20]

In 2018, Nam starred alongside Listen to My Heart co-star Hwang Jung-eum in the romantic comedy series The Undateables.[21][22]

In 2019, Nam starred in the medical prison drama Doctor Prisoner.[23] He is set to star in the sports television series Hot Stove League.[24][25]

Personal life[edit]

Nam has been dating model Jin Ah-reum since early 2016.[26]



Year English title Original title Role Notes
2001 Bungee Jumping of Their Own 번지점프를 하다 Kim Sung-chul
2002 Bad Guy 나쁜 남자 Hyun-soo
2006 A Dirty Carnival 비열한 거리 Min-ho
2007 Beautiful Sunday 뷰티풀 선데이 Min-woo [27]
2015 Hot Service: A Cruel Hairdresser 화끈한 써비스: 어느 잔인한 미용사의 N/A credited as production staff
Light My Fire 라이트 마이 파이어 N/A short film; credited as director/screenwriter[28]
2016 Moonlit Motive 夜色撩人 Chowbei Chinese film[29]
2017 Part-Time Spy 비정규직 특수요원 Min-seok [30]

Television series[edit]

Year English title Original title Role Network Notes
2002 Dae Bak Family 대박가족 Namkoong Min SBS
2003 Rose Fence 장미울타리 Han Dong-hyun KBS2
Drama City "To William" 윌리엄을 위하여 Yoon Joon-ho
Wedding Story "My Love My Oppa" 나의 사랑 나의 오빠 Sung-soo [31]
Pearl Necklace 진주 목걸이 Hwang Joon-ho
HDTV Literature "Mould Flower" 곰팡이꽃 Ki-hoon KBS1 [32]
2004 Drama City "After Love" 사랑한 후에 Eun-jae KBS2
My Lovely Family 금쪽같은 내새끼 Ahn Jin-gook KBS1 [33]
2005 My Rosy Life 장밋빛 인생 Dr. Ji Bak-sa KBS2 [34]
2006 One Fine Day 어느 멋진 날 Kang Dong-ha MBC [35]
2009 Iris 아이리스 KBS2 cameo
2010 Becoming a Billionaire 부자의 탄생 Chu Woon-seok [36][37]
2011 Listen to My Heart 내 마음이 들리니 Jang Joon-ha / Bong Ma-roo MBC
2012 Drama Special "Still Picture" 스틸사진 Kim Hyun-soo KBS2 [38]
Cheongdam-dong Alice 청담동 앨리스 So In-chan SBS guest, episodes 1–3[39]
2013 Hur Jun, the Original Story 구암 허준 Yoo Do-ji MBC [40]
Unemployed Romance 실업급여 로맨스 Kim Jong-dae E Channel [41]
2014 I Need Romance 3' 로맨스가 필요해 시즌3 Kang Tae-yoon tvN '[42]
12 Years Promise 달래 된, 장국: 12년만의 재회 Yoo Joon-soo JTBC [43]
My Secret Hotel 마이 시크릿 호텔 Jo Sung-gyeom tvN [44]
2015 A Girl Who Sees Smells 냄새를 보는 소녀 Kwon Jae-hee SBS
2015–2016 Remember 리멤버 – 아들의 전쟁 Nam Gyu-man
2016 Beautiful Gong Shim 미녀 공심이 Ahn Dan-tae / Seok Joon-pyo
The Doctors 닥터스 Nam Ba-ram guest, episodes 13–15[45]
2017 Good Manager 김과장 Kim Sung-ryong KBS2
Man to Man 맨투맨 JTBC cameo[46]
Distorted 조작 Han Moo-young SBS
2018 The Undateables 훈남정음 Hoon Nam
2019 Doctor Prisoner 닥터 프리즈너 Na Yi-jae KBS2
2019–2020 Hot Stove League 스토브리그 Baek Seung-soo SBS

Variety show[edit]

Year Title Network Notes
2004–2005 Music Bank KBS2 Host, with So Yi-hyun, from November 12, 2004 – April 29, 2005[47]
2014 We Got Married Season 4 MBC paired with Hong Jin-young[48]
2016–2017 Singing Battle KBS Host (Pilot, Ep. 1-21)[49]

Music video appearances[edit]

Year Song title Artist
2002 "백설공주를 사랑한 난장이" Cool
"작년, 오늘"
2006 "The Thing That I Forget You"[50] Lee Jung Bong
2014 "Cheer Up"[51] Hong Jin-young
2016 "Sketch"[52] Hyomin

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
1999 KMTV Music Star Contest VJ Grand Prize N/A Won [53]
2003 17th KBS Drama Awards Best Actor in a One-Act/Special Drama To William Won [54]
Best New Actor Pearl Necklace Nominated
2005 19th KBS Drama Awards Popularity Award My Rosy Life Won [55]
2011 30th MBC Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Listen to My Heart Nominated
2012 26th KBS Drama Awards Best Actor in a One-Act/Special Drama Still Picture Nominated
2013 32nd MBC Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Serial Drama Hur Jun, the Original Story Nominated
2014 14th MBC Entertainment Awards New Star of the Year We Got Married Won [56]
2015 23rd SBS Drama Awards Special Award, Actor in a Miniseries The Girl Who Sees Smells Won [57]
2016 52nd Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actor (Television) Remember: War of the Son Nominated
5th APAN Star Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Won [58]
1st Asia Artist Awards Best Celebrity Award, Actor Won [59]
15th KBS Entertainment Awards Best Entertainer Award — Variety show category Singing Battle Won [60]
24th SBS Drama Awards Grand Prize (Daesang) Remember: War of the Son, Beautiful Gong Shim Nominated [61]
Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Romantic Comedy Drama Beautiful Gong Shim Won
K-Wave Star Award Nominated
Best Couple with Bang Min-ah Nominated
Top 10 Stars Award Won
Idol Academy Award – Best Eating (Meokbang) Nominated
2017 53rd Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actor (Television) Good Manager Nominated
44th Korean Broadcasting Awards Actor Award Won [62]
10th Korea Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor Nominated
1st The Seoul Awards Best Actor (Drama) Nominated [63]
8th Korean Popular Culture and Arts Awards Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Commendation N/A Won [64]
2nd Asia Artist Awards Best Artist Award, Actor Good Manager Won [65]
31st KBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor Won [66]
Excellence Award, Actor in a Mid-length Drama Nominated
Netizen Award – Male Nominated
Best Couple Award with Nam Sang-mi Nominated
Best Couple Award with Lee Jun-ho Won
25th SBS Drama Awards Grand Prize (Daesang) Falsify Nominated [67]
Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Monday–Tuesday Drama Won [68]


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