Shin Sung-rok

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Shin Sung-rok
Sin Seong-neok.jpg
Born (1982-11-23) November 23, 1982 (age 34)
South Korea
Occupation Actor
Years active 2003-present
Agent HB Entertainment
Korean name
Hangul 신성록
Revised Romanization Sin Seong-rok
McCune–Reischauer Sin Sŏng-rok

Shin Sung-rok (born November 23, 1982) is a South Korean actor. He frequently appears in films and television series, but is better known and active in musical theatre.


Shin Sung-rok had wanted to become an actor since high school, so when an injury cut short his career as an amateur basketball player (his brother is Shin Je-rok, formerly of the Anyang KT&G Kites),[1] he decided to major in Theater and Film at Suwon University (though he later dropped out).[2][3] Shin made his acting debut in 2003, but found it difficult to find acting jobs since directors were reluctant to cast the 187 centimeter-tall aspiring actor in supporting or minor roles. Thinking he would have a better chance if he gained more acting experience and honed his craft on the stage, Shin switched gears and joined the theater company Hakchon.[4][5]

When Shin performed in his first musical Moskito, there were only 20-25 audience members in the 500-seat hall. Despite feeling depressed and frustrated, he said the experience made him strong and helped him become an actor with plenty of guts.[3]

While doing the musical Dracula, Shin was cast in his first substantial onscreen role, in the risqué cable drama Hyena (2006).[4] Supporting roles in dramas and films followed, notably in Thank You (2007) and My Life's Golden Years (also known as All About My Family, 2008). He also appeared on season 1 of the MBC dating reality show We Got Married as a "fake couple" with female comedian Kim Shin-young.

Mainstream breakthrough still eluded Shin, but in theater his star was rising. In 2007 Shin was picked from 400 auditionees for the lead role Solomon in Dancing Shadows, a musical adaptation of the realist play Forest Fire by celebrated Korean playwright Cha Beom-seok.[2] He later received a Best New Actor nomination from the Korea Musical Awards.[6]

As Shin starred in one hit musical after another, he continued to impress critics with his acting performances, his strong and powerful baritone vocals and his delicate and clear alto notes.[7] He is now considered a top musical star, even drawing fans from outside Korea to his shows.[8]

Definitely Neighbors (2010) further boosted his TV profile; for his role as a difficult chef who falls in love with an older divorcee, Shin won Best Supporting Actor in a Weekend/Daily Drama at the 2010 SBS Drama Awards.[4][9] But his most popular drama yet was the romantic comedy My Love from the Star (2013), in which he appeared as a villainous businessman.[10][11] This was followed by supporting roles in the 2014 series Trot Lovers (as a talent agency CEO), Liar Game (as the host of a reality show), and The King's Face (as a face reader).[12][13]

Despite branching out to film and television, Shin has maintained that his heart will always belong to the stage. "I feel more affection toward the stage (than TV). I think it is the stage where actors learn life and understand the meaning of acting. It is where I learned how to act and where I gained confidence. I think the core of my life will remain on the stage" (The Korea Herald, 2007).[2] "The musical is like my old home and it made me what I am now, so I can't stop performing the musicals however busy I get. I always covet a good musical and try to do it because a good musical won't wait for me [...] I like musicals because I can communicate with the audience. Also, TV dramas and films are good at portraying characters in detail. I will show better performances in my new work. [...] I hope many become familiar with me through more diverse channels and come to see the musicals and boost musical culture. Personally, I want to let my name become widely known to general audiences." (The Korea Times, 2009)[3]

Personal life[edit]

Shin began dating ballerina Kim Joo-won in 2011; Kim was a principal dancer with the Korea National Ballet for 15 years from 1988 to 2003, and currently teaches at Sungshin Women's University.[14] The pair broke up after four years of dating in August 2015.[15] In June 2016 he married a non-celebrity office worker[16]



Year Title Role Network
2002 Shoot for the Stars SBS
2003 A Problem at My Younger Brother's House SBS
2006 Hyena Lee Seok-jin tvN
2007 Thank You Choi Seok-hyun MBC
Drama City "I'm a Very Special Lover" Lee Jin-ho KBS2
2008 The Art of Seduction Hyun-soo OCN
One Mom and Three Dads Na Hwang Kyung-tae KBS2
My Life's Golden Age Go Kyung-woo MBC
2009 We Got Married Season 1 Himself with Kim Shin-young MBC
2010 Definitely Neighbors Jang Gun-hee SBS
2013 My Love from the Star Lee Jae-kyung SBS
2014 Trot Lovers Jo Geun-woo KBS2
Liar Game Kang Do-young tvN
The King's Face Kim Do-chi KBS2
2016 On the Way to the Airport Park Jin-suk KBS2


Year Title Role
2005 All for Love Basketball player
2007 The Worst Guy Ever Kwon Jae-hoon
2008 Lovers of Six Years Lee Jin-sung
2010 Bloody Innocent Dong-shik
Finding Mr. Destiny Captain Choi (cameo)
2011 The Story of My Life[17] Sung-rok
Pitch High Kang Dae-hyun (cameo)
2017 The Prison Chang-gil


Year Title Role Ref
2004 Moskito [18][19]
Singin' in the Rain Dong-hyun
2006 Dracula Dracula
Finding Kim Jong-wook Kim Jong-wook [20]
Passion of the Rain
2007 Dancing Shadows Solomon [2]
Hamlet Prince Hamlet [21]
Separated Man and Woman Kang Yeon-oh
Finding Kim Jong-wook Kim Jong-wook/First Love
2008 Separated Man and Woman Kang Yeon-oh
Fiddler on the Roof Perchik [22][23]
2009 My Scary Girl Hwang Dae-woo [3]
Roméo et Juliette Romeo [7]
2009-2010 Jack the Ripper Daniel
2010 Monte Cristo Edmond Dantès [24][25]
The Story of My Life Thomas Weaver [26][27]
Tick, Tick... Boom! Jon [28]
2010-2011 Hero An Jung-geun [29]
2011 Monte Cristo Edmond Dantès [30]
2013 Closer Dan
Carmen Don José
2014 Le Roi Soleil Louis XIV [31]
2015 Elisabeth Death
2016 Daddy Long Legs Jervis

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2007 13th Korea Musical Awards Best New Actor Dancing Shadows Nominated
2008 MBC Drama Awards Best New Actor My Life's Golden Age Nominated
2010 SBS Drama Awards Best Supporting Actor in a Weekend/Daily Drama Definitely Neighbors Won
2014 7th Korea Drama Awards Hot Star Award My Love from the Star Won
3rd APAN Star Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated
22nd Korea Culture and Entertainment Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Drama Won
SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Drama Special Won
KBS Drama Awards Best Supporting Actor Trot Lovers Won


  1. ^ "An Interview with Love from Star Cast Shin Sung Rok and His Chef Brother". BNTNews. April 22, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Herald Interview: 'It is heart that embraces character'". The Korea Herald. June 21, 2007.
  3. ^ a b c d "Shin Flies High in My Scary Girl". The Korea Times. March 3, 2009.
  4. ^ a b c "Shin Sung Rok: 'Middle Aged Women Fans Have Increased'". KBS Global. July 28, 2010.
  5. ^ "What's Hakchon". Retrieved 2012-11-11.
  6. ^ Dancing Shadows Sweeps Musical Awards. The Korea Times. October 24, 2007.
  7. ^ a b Romeo et Juliette Back in Korean. The Korea Times. May 18, 2009.
  8. ^ "Next Hallyu in Musicals?". The Korea Times. March 27, 2009.
  9. ^ "Ko Hyun-jung wins grand prize at SBS Drama Awards". 10Asia. January 3, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Watch out! They 'steal' scenes, your heart". The Korea Times. April 1, 2014. 
  11. ^ "My Love sparks hallyu sensation". The Korea Times. March 2, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Shin Sung-rok to join Lover of Trot". Korea JoongAng Daily. May 14, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Kim So Eun, Lee Sang Yoon and Shin Sung Rok Confirmed for Drama Liar Game". enewsWorld. September 12, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Shin and Kim are a couple". Korea JoongAng Daily. May 7, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Actor Shin Sung-rok and Ballerina Kim Joo Won break up". allkpopdate=September 18, 2015. 
  16. ^
  17. ^ "Now showing: The Story of My Life". The Korea Times. June 9, 2011.
  18. ^ "모스키토". Retrieved 2012-11-11.
  19. ^ "Moskito - Info". Retrieved 2012-11-11.
  20. ^ "From playwright to director: Bold move". Korea JoongAng Daily. January 31, 2011.
  21. ^ "Fall winds blow Shakespeare to Korea". Korea JoongAng Daily. October 4, 2007.
  22. ^ Fiddler Touches Hearts of Audience. The Korea Times. November 24, 2008.
  23. ^ "Director Portrays Fiddler in Korean Sentiment". The Korea Times. October 22, 2008.
  24. ^ "Star-Studded Cast Shine in Monte Cristo". The Korea Times. February 10, 2010.
  25. ^ Special effects sizzle in Monte Cristo. Korea JoongAng Daily. April 28, 2010.
  26. ^ "Two-man Broadway musical to hit stage". The Korea Times. June 8, 2010.
  27. ^ "Shin Chun-soo says Story goes against current musicals". 10Asia. June 3, 2010.
  28. ^ "Cover Story: 당신의 서른 즈음에 대하여" Archived 2012-03-26 at the Wayback Machine.. Chungmu Art Hall. August 24, 2010.
  29. ^ "Chung portrays patriot Ahn's humanity on stage". The Korea Times. December 24, 2010.
  30. ^ Monte Cristo returns with stronger revenge. The Korea Times. May 14, 2011.
  31. ^ "Ahn, Shin to star in musical Sun King". The Korea Times. January 29, 2014. 

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