Seo Kang-joon

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Seo Kang-joon
160315 Susaek Station VIP Premiere Seo Kang-joon.jpg
Seo in June 2016
Born Lee Seung-hwan
(1993-10-12) October 12, 1993 (age 23)
Gunpo, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea
Nationality South Korean
Education Dong Seoul College
(Performing Arts)
Years active 2012–present
Agent Fantagio
Musical career
  • Piano
Associated acts
Korean name
Hangul 서강준
Revised Romanization Seo Kang-jun
McCune–Reischauer Sŏ Kang-chun
Birth name
Hangul 이승환
Revised Romanization Lee Seung-hwan
McCune–Reischauer Lee 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), and will headline KBS2's Are You Human Too? (2018).


2012-2015: Beginnings[edit]

Seo took on bit parts in various television series, before making his acting debut as a supporting character in SBS's The Suspicious Housekeeper. His first major role was in the 2014 romantic comedy series Cunning Single Lady, for which he won the Best New Actor award at the 7th Korea Drama Awards.[1] He has then appeared in television dramas What Happens to My Family? (2014-2015), Splendid Politics (2015) and To Be Continued (2015)[2], as well as films My Love, My Bride (2014) and Summer Snow (2015).[3]

In 2014, Seo joined the SBS variety show Roommate as a cast member.[4][5] He also appeared on Law of the Jungle as a guest.[6]

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

Seo's breakout role came in 2016 as a talented pianist in Cheese in the Trap.[7][8][9] The same year, he starred in his first leading role in tvN's Entourage, the Korean remake of the American television series of the same name.[10] In 2018, he will star in KBS2's science fiction drama Are You Human Too?.[11]


Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2012 To the Beautiful You Student (ep.3,7)
2013 After School: Lucky or Not Seo Kang-joon
Good Doctor Disorderly student (ep.12)
The Suspicious Housekeeper Choi Soo-hyuk
Haneuljae's Murder (Drama Festival) Yoon-ha
2014 Cunning Single Lady Gook Seung-hyun
What Happens to My Family? Yoon Eun-ho
The Best Future Choi Go
Naver TV Cast
2015 Splendid Politics Hong Joo-won
To Be Continued Ah-rin's older brother
MBC every 1
Naver TV Cast
2016 Cheese in the Trap Baek In-ho
Entertainer Lee Sang-won (ep.7-8)[12]
Entourage Cha Young-bin
2017 Idol Fever Guest Role
Naver TV Cast
2018 Are You Human Too? Nam Shin / Nam Shin-III


Year Title Role
2014 My Love, My Bride Joon-soo
2015 The Beauty Inside Woo-jin (Cameo)
Summer Snow Han Sang-gyu

Variety show[edit]

In September 2014
Year Title Network Notes
Happy Together
Guest (ep.366)
Roommate - Season 1 & 2
Cast member
Running Man Guest (ep.230)
Match Made in Heaven Returns
Guest (ep.4-5)
Dating Alone Guest (ep.4-5)[13]
Taste of Others
Guest (ep.4)
Live Talk Show Taxi
Guest (ep.410)
Law of the Jungle in Tonga
Cast member (ep.203-211)
Radio Star
Guest (ep.481)
The Return of Superman
Guest (ep.162)[14]

Music videos[edit]

Year Song Title Artist
2013 "Do You Want Some Tea?"
Hello Venus
2014 "Re;code Episode 5 - I'm in Love"
Ailee & 2LSON
"From My Heart"
2017 "Mysterious"
Hello Venus


Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2014 7th Korea Drama Awards Best New Actor
Cunning Single Lady
Won [1]
16th Seoul International Youth Film Festival Nominated
MBC Drama Awards Nominated
KBS Drama Awards
What Happens to My Family?
SBS Entertainment Awards Best Male Newcomer
2015 8th Korea Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor
Splendid Politics
Hot Star Award Won [16]
2016 tvN10 Awards Made in tvN, Actor in Drama
Cheese in the Trap
1st Asia Artist Awards Best Entertainer Award, Actor Won [17]


  1. ^ a b "‘별그대’ 김수현 KDA 대상, 5관왕 영예(코리아드라마어워즈)". Newsen (in Korean). 
  2. ^ "Seo Kang-joon, Kim Sae-ron to co-star". Korea JoongAng Daily. 14 August 2015. 
  3. ^ "Seo Kang Jun Cast in ‘My Love My Bride’ with Shin Mina". enewsWave. 16 April 2014. 
  4. ^ Jin, Eun-soo (28 March 2014). "Cast confirmed for Roommate". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-04-19. 
  5. ^ Lee, Jawon (1 April 2014). "SBS Roommate Reveals The Preview". TenAsia. Retrieved 2014-04-19. 
  6. ^ "서강준·전혜빈·설현 등 6人 '정글' 1차 라인업 완성 [종합]". Osen (in Korean). 21 January 2016. 
  7. ^ "Park Hae-jin, Seo Kang-joon also to star in 'Cheese'". The Korea Times. 
  8. ^ "Seo Kang-joon's star soars in Singapore". The Korea Times. 
  9. ^ "Seo Kang-joon rising hallyu star". The Korea Herald. 14 April 2016. 
  10. ^ "'Entourage Korea' names its cast". The Korea Times. 
  11. ^ "Are You Human Too: KBS's new android-human romance drama to star Seo Kang-joon, Gong Seung-yeon". International Business Times. 16 July 2017. 
  12. ^ "Seo Kang-joon to make a special appearance in drama 'Entertainer'". Kpop Herald. 12 May 2017. 
  13. ^ "SNSD's Yuri, Seo Kang-joon to star in virtual-dating show". Kpop Herald. 11 March 2015. 
  14. ^ "The Return of Superman 슈퍼맨이 돌아왔다 - Ep.162 [ENG / 2017.01.01]". KBS World TV. 
  15. ^ "Kim Sae Ron to Appear in Surprise MV with Seo Kang Jun". enewsWave. 4 November 2014. 
  16. ^ "[2015 KDA]김수현 눈물의 대상 '2년 연속 수상'". (in Korean). 9 October 2015. 
  17. ^ "'AAA' 조진웅∙엑소 대상…방탄소년단∙박보검∙윤아 2관왕 [종합]". TV Daily (in Korean). 16 November 2016. 

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