Ryu Jun-yeol

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Ryu Jun-yeol
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Ryu during an autograph event at Lotte World Mall, October 2018
Born (1986-09-25) September 25, 1986 (age 33)
Suwon, South Korea
EducationUniversity of Suwon - Film
Years active2012-present
AgentC-JeS Entertainment[1]
Korean name
Revised RomanizationRyu Jun-yeol
McCune–ReischauerRyu Chunyŏl

Ryu Jun-yeol (born September 25, 1986) is a South Korean actor. He gained attention through his roles in the film Socialphobia (2015) and his breakthrough role in the television series Reply 1988 (2015–2016).[2] Since then he has appeared in television series Lucky Romance (2016) and films The King (2017) and A Taxi Driver (2017).


2012–2014: Beginnings[edit]

While attending university under a scholarship, Ryu took on several part-time jobs, working as a pizza delivery person, a day labourer, and an after-school tutor, among other things.[3] In 2012, Ryu started acting in short films and independent productions, before being cast in a bit part in the 2013 feature film INGtoogi: The Battle of Internet Trolls.[4]

2015–present: Rising popularity[edit]

Ryu first drew attention for his performance in Socialphobia in 2015,[5][6] but it wasn't until later that year that Ryu gained public recognition through starring in the teen series Reply 1988, alongside Lee Hye-ri, Park Bo-gum, Go Kyung-pyo, and Lee Dong-hwi.[7][8][9]

Ryu in July 2016

Ryu then starred in the coming-of-age film One Way Trip and crime thriller No Tomorrow.[10][11] The same year, he played his first leading role in romantic-comedy Lucky Romance alongside Hwang Jung-eum.[12][13]

In 2017, Ryu featured in historical film The King, which won him the Best New Actor award in film at the Baeksang Arts Awards.[14][15] The same year, he featured in biopic A Taxi Driver,[16] which became the highest grossing Korean film of the year.[17] Ryu also appeared in legal thriller Heart Blackened.[18]

In 2018, Ryu featured in the drama film Little Forest,[19] and headlined the crime action film Believer.[20][21]

In 2019, Ryu starred in the action thriller film Hit-and-Run Squad directed by Han Jun-hee,[22][23] crime film Money[24] and historical action film The Battle: Roar to Victory directed by Won Shin-yun.[25]

Ryu is set to appear in Choi Dong-hoon's upcoming sci-fi crime film.[26]


In December 2018, Ryu was reported to have donated 10 million won (approximately $8,895) to Greenpeace, a non-governmental environmental organisation. He has been making regular donations since 2016, which includes for particular campaigns such as the ‘Save the Arctic’ campaign.[27]



Year Title Role Notes
2012 Nowhere Short film
2013 INGtoogi: The Battle of Internet Trolls Gym man
2014 Midnight Sun Yong-hoon Short film
One-minded Club Dude
People In a Hurry Jae-hyun
Economic Love Ji-hoon
Son Na-rae Rescue Operation Hyun-woo
2015 Socialphobia Yang-ge
Draw Sang-hoon Short film
2016 SORI: Voice from the Heart Seedless strawberry [28]
No Tomorrow Ji-hoon
One Way Trip Ji-gong
Canola Cheol-heon [29]
The Boys Who Cried Wolf Dong-chul [30]
2017 The King Choi Doo-il
A Taxi Driver Goo Jae-sik
Heart Blackened Kim Dong-myeong
2018 Little Forest Jae-ha
Believer Seo Young-rak (Rak)
2019 Hit-and-Run Squad Seo Min-jae
Money Jo Il-hyeon
The Battle: Roar to Victory Lee Jang-ha

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network Notes
2015 The Producers Joo Jong-hyun, Rookie PD KBS2 Cameo (Ep. 1-2)[31]
2015–16 Reply 1988 Kim Jung-hwan tvN
2016 Lucky Romance Je Soo-ho MBC

Variety show[edit]

Year Title Network Notes Ref.
2016 Youth Over Flowers: Africa tvN Cast member [32]
2019 Traveler JTBC [33]

Music video appearances[edit]

Year Song title Artist
2014 "Still I'm by Your Side"[34] Clazziquai Project

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2015 KAFA FILMS 2015 Rising Star Socialphobia Won [35]
2016 Korea First Brand Awards Special Award for Figure N/A Won [36]
InStyle Star Icon New Generation Actor Award Socialphobia, Reply 1988 Nominated
11th Max Movie Awards Best New Actor Socialphobia Won [37]
Rising Star Won
21st Chunsa Film Art Awards Best New Actor Nominated [38]
3rd Wildflower Film Awards Best New Actor / Actress Nominated
10th Korean Cable TV Awards Rising Star Reply 1988 Won [39]
52nd Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actor (TV) Won [40]
1st tvN10 Awards Made in tvN, Actor in Drama Nominated
Rising Star Award, Actor Won [41]
1st Asia Artist Awards Best Rookie Award, Actor Won [42]
2nd Fashionista Awards Best Fashionista - TV Division N/A Won [43]
35th MBC Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Lucky Romance Nominated
Best New Actor Won [44]
2017 53rd Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actor (Film) The King Won [15]
26th Buil Film Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated [45]
1st The Seoul Awards Best New Actor (Film) Won [46]
38th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best New Actor A Taxi Driver Nominated
3rd Fashionista Awards Best Fashionista – SNS Division N/A Nominated [47]
2nd Asia Artist Awards Best Star Award – Actor A Taxi Driver Won [48]
2018 23rd Chunsa Film Art Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated [49]
18th Korea World Youth Film Festival Popular Actor Award Little Forest Won [50]
3rd Asia Artist Awards Artist of the Year N/A Won [51]
Best Popular Won
2019 18th New York Asian Film Festival Star Asia Rising Star Award Won [52]
39th Golden Cinema Film Festival Cinematographers’ Choice Popularity Award Believer Won [53]
10th Korean Popular Culture & Arts Awards Minister of Culture, Sports, and Tourism’s Commendation N/A Won [54]


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  8. ^ "'Reply' star maintains momentum". Korea JoongAng Daily. 19 February 2016.
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  19. ^ "YIM Soon-rye's Little Forest Finishes Shooting: Movie will star MOON So-ri, KIM Tae-ri, and RYU Jun-yeol". Korean Film Biz Zone. 9 November 2017.
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  24. ^ "MONEY to Cash In in March RYU Jun-yeol and YOO Ji-tae Lead Showbox Financial Thriller". Korean Film Biz Zone. 1 February 2019.
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  32. ^ "'Youth Over Flowers' heads to Namibia". The Korea Herald. 19 February 2016.
  33. ^ "Traveler' captures glimpse of backpacking". The Korea Times. 24 February 2019.
  34. ^ 응답하라 1988 결방 류준열 과거 클래지콰이 뮤비 '눈빛+턱선 살아있네'. Segye (in Korean). 2 January 2016.
  35. ^ "이정현, KAFA가 선정한 여배우..경국지색상 수상". Star News (in Korean). 11 September 2015.
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