Seo Kang-joon

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Seo Kang-joon
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Seo for Marie Claire Korea in December 23, 2015.
Lee Seung-hwan

(1993-10-12) October 12, 1993 (age 27)
Gunpo, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea
EducationDong Seoul College
(Performing Arts)
  • Actor
  • Singer
  • Model
Years active2012–present
Musical career
  • Piano
Associated acts
Korean name
Revised RomanizationSeo Kang-joon
McCune–ReischauerSŏ Kang-chun
Birth name
Revised RomanizationLee Seung-hwan
McCune–ReischauerLee Sŭng-hwan

Seo Kang-joon (born Lee Seung-hwan on October 12, 1993) is a South Korean actor and singer who is a member of the group 5urprise. He gained recognition with his role in the television series Cheese in the Trap (2016) and has since starred in Entourage (2016), Are You Human Too? (2018), The Third Charm (2018), Watcher (2019) and When The Weather Is Fine (2020).

Early life and education[edit]

Seo Kang-joon was born Lee Seung-hwan in Gunpo, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea.[1] In the second year of secondary school, Seo went to study abroad in Malaysia for one year and seven months and returned to Korea in the first year of high school. After his debut, he enrolled at the Faculty of Performing Arts of Dong Seoul College.[2] Seo worked part-time as a model before his debut. After passing the audition for Actor's League, a program with the aim of searching for new actors organized by Fantagio, Seo underwent training before debuting in the group 5urprise.[3]


2012–2015: Beginnings[edit]

Seo took on bit parts in various television series, before making his acting debut as with a supporting role in SBS' drama The Suspicious Housekeeper.[4] His first major role was in the 2014 romantic comedy series Cunning Single Lady,[5] for which he won the Best New Actor award at the 7th Korea Drama Awards.[6] He has then appeared in television dramas What Happens to My Family? (2014–2015),[7][8] Splendid Politics (2015),[9] and To Be Continued (2015),[10] as well as films My Love, My Bride (2014) and Summer Snow (2015).[11][12]

In 2014, Seo joined the SBS variety show Roommate as a cast member.[13][14] He also appeared on Law of the Jungle as a guest.[15]

2016–present: Rising popularity and leading roles[edit]

Seo's breakout role came in 2016 as a talented pianist in the college romance drama Cheese in the Trap.[16][17][18] The same year, he starred in his first leading role in tvN drama Entourage, the Korean remake of the American television series of the same name.[19][20]

In 2018, Seo starred in KBS's science fiction drama Are You Human? where he played double roles as a wealthy heir and robot.[21][22] The same year, he starred in romance comedy drama The Third Charm.[23]

In 2019, Seo starred in OCN's thriller drama Watcher as a policeman.[24] He was cast in the JTBC romance drama When the Weather Is Fine, which aired in the first half of 2020.[25]



Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2014 My Love, My Bride Joon-soo [11]
2015 The Beauty Inside Woo-jin Cameo [26]
Summer Snow Han Sang-gyu [12]
TBA Happy New Year [27]

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network Notes Ref.
2012 To the Beautiful You Student (ep.3,7) SBS
2013 After School: Lucky or Not Seo Kang-joon Nate
Good Doctor Disorderly student (ep.12) KBS2
The Suspicious Housekeeper Choi Soo-hyuk SBS [4]
Haneuljae's Murder Yoon-ha MBC Drama special [29]
2014 Cunning Single Lady Gook Seung-hyun [5]
What Happens to My Family? Yoon Eun-ho KBS2 [7]
The Best Future Choi Go Naver TV Cast [30]
2015 Splendid Politics Hong Joo-won MBC [9]
To Be Continued Ah-rin's older brother MBC every 1
Naver TV Cast
2016 Cheese in the Trap Baek In-ho tvN [16]
Entertainer Lee Sang-won SBS Cameo (ep. 7–8) [31]
Entourage Cha Young-bin tvN [19]
2017 Idol Fever Naver TV Cast Cameo [32]
2018 Are You Human? Nam Shin / Nam Shin III KBS2 [22]
The Third Charm Oh Joon-young JTBC [23]
2019 Watcher Kim Young-goon OCN [24]
2020 When the Weather Is Fine Im Eun-seob JTBC [25]

Variety show[edit]

Year Title Network Role Ref.
2014–2015 Roommate - Season 1 & 2 SBS Cast member [13]
2016 Law of the Jungle in Tonga [15]
2018 Busted! Netflix Guest (ep. 4) [33]


Year Song Title Album Notes Ref.
2018 "You Are My Love" Are You Human? OST [34]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2014 7th Korea Drama Awards Best New Actor Cunning Single Lady Won [6]
16th Seoul International Youth Film Festival Nominated
MBC Drama Awards Nominated
KBS Drama Awards What Happens to My Family? Nominated
SBS Entertainment Awards Best Male Newcomer Roommate Nominated
2015 8th Korea Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor Splendid Politics Nominated
Hot Star Award Won [35]
2016 tvN10 Awards Made in tvN, Actor in Drama Cheese in the Trap Nominated
1st Asia Artist Awards Best Entertainer Award, Actor Won [36]
2017 2nd Asia Artist Awards Best Icon Award, Actor N/A Won [37]
2018 11th Korea Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor Are You Human? Nominated [38]
KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Mid-length Drama Won [39]
Best Couple (with Gong Seung-yeon) Won


  1. ^ "My Name is, 서프라이즈 (1)". 10Asia (in Korean). October 23, 2013.
  2. ^ 동서울대학교, 옹성우와 서강준 배출한 학교. Sports-G (in Korean). October 26, 2018.
  3. ^ "Actor Seo Kang Joon actually is a cute boy who fears of insect". JTBC Life. October 11, 2018.
  4. ^ a b '수상한 가정부' 서강준 누구야? 심상찮은 신예 등장. The Chosun Ilbo (in Korean). September 25, 2013.
  5. ^ a b "Seo Kang-joon to star in "Sly and Single Again"". Hancinema. Star Money. January 20, 2014.
  6. ^ a b "KDA is not a rom-com festival". Kpop Herald. October 2, 2014.
  7. ^ a b "Seo Kang-joon grateful to drama staff". Kpop Herald. February 13, 2015.
  8. ^ "'This is Family' actor Seo Kang-joon's intense masculine image in pictorial". Hancinema. TVJ. February 27, 2015.
  9. ^ a b "Seo Kang-joon to star in "Splendid Politics"". Hancinema. Newsen. December 28, 2014.
  10. ^ a b "Seo Kang-joon, Kim Sae-ron to co-star". Korea JoongAng Daily. August 14, 2015.
  11. ^ a b "Seo Kang Jun Cast in 'My Love My Bride' with Shin Mina". enewsWorld. April 16, 2014. Archived from the original on August 8, 2017.
  12. ^ a b "Ji Jin-hee, Kim Sung-kyun and Sung Yu-ri to star in "Summer Snow"". Hancinema. SBS Fune. August 11, 2014.
  13. ^ a b Jin, Eun-soo (March 28, 2014). "Cast confirmed for Roommate". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved April 19, 2014.
  14. ^ Lee, Jawon (April 1, 2014). "SBS Roommate Reveals The Preview". 10Asia. Archived from the original on April 19, 2014. Retrieved April 19, 2014.
  15. ^ a b 서강준·전혜빈·설현 등 6人 '정글' 1차 라인업 완성 [종합]. Osen (in Korean). January 21, 2016.
  16. ^ a b "Park Hae-jin, Seo Kang-joon also to star in 'Cheese'". The Korea Times. August 10, 2015.
  17. ^ "Seo Kang-joon's star soars in Singapore". The Korea Times. February 12, 2016.
  18. ^ "Seo Kang-joon rising hallyu star". The Korea Herald. April 14, 2016.
  19. ^ a b "'Entourage Korea' names its cast". The Korea Times. February 2, 2016.
  20. ^ "Seo Kang Jun Talks About ′Entourage′ Experience with ′GQ Korea′". Mwave. October 30, 2017.
  21. ^ "Kang-joon, Seung-yeon open era of 'AI love story'". Kpop Herald. November 29, 2017.
  22. ^ a b "Seo Kang-joon to play warmhearted robot". Kpop Herald. May 31, 2018.
  23. ^ a b "Seo Kang-joon to show off 'Third Charm'". Kpop Herald. July 5, 2018.
  24. ^ a b "'Watcher' explores a mysterious incident". Korea JoongAng Daily. July 3, 2019.
  25. ^ a b "Park Min Young, Seo Kang Joon to be couple in JTBC's new romantic drama". Sports Chosun. September 17, 2019.
  26. ^ "20 Actors Cast for One Single Lead Character for BEAUTY INSIDE". Korean Film Biz Zone. November 5, 2014.
  27. ^ Kim Hyun-rok (April 22, 2021). "해피뉴이어' 한지민·이동욱→임윤아·이광수 15人 캐스팅..극장·티빙 동시공개". Sport TV News (in Korean). Retrieved April 22, 2021.
  28. ^ "New drama genres branch out from SNS, podcasts". The Korea Times. October 13, 2013.
  29. ^ "Seo Kang-joon in "The Murder"". Hancinema. Nate. November 21, 2013.
  30. ^ "Minah and Seo Kang Joon Send A Heart". BNT News. October 28, 2014.
  31. ^ "Seo Kang-joon to make a special appearance in drama 'Entertainer'". Kpop Herald. May 12, 2017.
  32. ^ "서강준 측 "'아이돌권한대행' 특별출연, 서프라이즈U 지원사격"". Naver (in Korean). My Daily. July 3, 2017.
  33. ^ "'범인은 바로 너' 서강준→이태환, 유재석과 두뇌싸움 '반전 폭발'" (in Korean). May 12, 2018. Archived from the original on May 12, 2018. Retrieved January 5, 2021.
  34. ^ "Seo Kang-joon to release OST track". Kpop Herald. August 7, 2018.
  35. ^ "[2015 KDA]김수현 눈물의 대상 '2년 연속 수상'". edaily (in Korean). October 9, 2015.
  36. ^ "'AAA' 조진웅∙엑소 대상…방탄소년단∙박보검∙윤아 2관왕 [종합]". TV Daily (in Korean). November 16, 2016.
  37. ^ "Kim Hee Sun & EXO win Grand Prize Awards at the 2017 Asia Artist Awards". KBS World. November 16, 2017.
  38. ^ "2018 코리아드라마어워즈(KDA) 수상후보 및 작품 공개…10월 2일 경남 진주 경남문화예술회관 개최". TopStarNews (in Korean). September 28, 2018.
  39. ^ Woo, Bin (January 1, 2019). [2018 KBS 연기대상] 유동근 대상 "장미희 덕분인데 내가 왜..대하드라마 부활 기원" [[2018 KBS Drama Awards] Donggeun Lee Grand Prize "Why am I ... thanks to Jang Mi-hee.]. Ten Asia (in Korean). Archived from the original on January 1, 2019. Retrieved January 1, 2019 – via Naver.

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