Won Bin

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Kim. In the stage name or pen-name, the surname is Won.
Won Bin
Won Bin from acrofan.jpg
Won Bin at Olimpus Korea PEN E-PL2 launching press conference in Seoul, January 2011
Born Kim Do-jin
(1977-11-10) November 10, 1977 (age 39)
Jeongseon County, Gangwon Province, South Korea
Nationality South Korean
Education BFTV
Alma mater Yong-In University,
Baekje Arts College
Occupation Actor
Years active 1997–present
Agent Eden 9
Spouse(s) Lee Na-young (m. 2015)
Website wonbinus.co.kr
Korean name
Revised Romanization Won Bin
McCune–Reischauer Wŏn Pin
Birth name
Revised Romanization Gim Do-jin
McCune–Reischauer Kim To-jin

Won Bin (Hangul원빈; born Kim Do-jin; Hangul김도진 on November 10, 1977) is a South Korean actor. He first gained wide popularity in 2000 after starring in the television drama Autumn in My Heart and has since gained critical acclaim for his performances in the films Taegukgi, Mother and The Man from Nowhere.[6][7][8][9]

Early life[edit]

Won Bin was born and raised in Jeongseon County in Gangwon Province, South Korea. He is the fifth and youngest child, with one brother and three sisters. His father was formerly employed in a mine and his mother worked on a farm; both of his parents are now retired. As was common for other children living in mountainous regions, Won Bin spent most of his time playing around with friends in the mountains and rivers, and later explained: "I came back home most nights at sunset with a black and dusty face." He was frequently shy, introspective, and quiet, character traits that would continue to follow him throughout adulthood.[10] While not talkative or outgoing, he excelled at athletics. Won Bin started taekwondo lessons and now holds a black belt. As a young boy, he initially planned to become a car mechanic due to his interest in car racing and motorcycling. Won Bin graduated from a mechanical high school, where he studied car repair and mechanics.

In November 1995, a cable television station was looking to recruit and hire new actors; Won Bin applied and was accepted in his last semester of high school. He started to take acting classes at the station's headquarters and appeared in several dramas. The following month, Won Bin signed an acting contract with a talent agency.


Won Bin made his screen debut with a supporting role in the 1997 drama film Propose. His role in Ready Go! (1998) helped hone his acting chops. After Ready Go!, he took a break and entered a college called Paekche Institute of the Arts in 1998 to take acting classes. In 1999, Won Bin came back to the screen with a lead role in drama Kwangki from which he was recognized as a promising young actor and a teen heartthrob.

He made his big breakthrough in 2000 with drama Kkokji and Autumn in My Heart. His role as a rebellious youngest son in Kkokji proved his acting potential and his role in the widely successful drama landed him on the A-list for Korean performers. Autumn in My Heart gained wide popularity in Asia and he became one of the most popular Korean actors in Korea and Asia as well. In 2002, Won Bin was involved in the first South Korea and Japan joint production drama Friends.

Won Bin also had roles in several popular movies, including Guns & Talks and My Brother, but it is his portrayal of the sensitive younger brother in the blockbuster war movie Taegukgi (aka Taegukgi: The Brotherhood of War) (2004) that truly cemented his fame in the international realm. With the success of the critically acclaimed Taegukgi, recognition of his acting skills has reached an ever-wider international audience. Taegukgi was the best selling movie in South Korea in 2004 with 11.75 million admissions.

His career was interrupted by his mandatory service to the South Korean Army. After graduating from the Graduate School of Arts in Yong-In University in 2005, Won Bin started his military duty in November 2005 and stationed at the Korean Demilitarized Zone, a position for which he volunteered.[11][12] On June 2, 2006, the military officially confirmed that Won Bin would be no longer active.[13] The decision was made by the military when Won Bin sustained injury to his ACL. He had undergone surgery and was officially discharged on June 7, 2006.[14] After the surgery, he had gone through rehabilitation program for more than one year to recover from the injury.

Won Bin was appointed as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador of the Korean Committee[15] on September 6, 2007. He has participated in various programs and charity events in Korea for UNICEF from that time on, and has appeared in several promotional videos.

In April 2008, Won Bin finally confirmed that his next film would be Mother directed by Bong Joon-ho. Filming started in September 2008 and finished in February 2009. The film was selected to compete in the Un Certain Regard section of the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. He walked the red carpet at the film's world premiere on May 16, 2009 in the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. This was followed by The Man from Nowhere released in August 2010.[16][17]

Personal life[edit]

In July 2013, news broke that Won Bin and actress Lee Na-young were in a relationship. The two came to known each other when Na Young moved to the same agency as Won Bin in August 2011. The pair started dating one year later in August 2012. .[18]

Won Bin married Lee Na-young on May 30, 2015 in a small, private ceremony in Won's hometown Jeongseon, Gangwon Province.[19][20][21][22] A press release from their agency Eden 9 in August 2015 announced that the couple are expecting their first child.[23][24]



Year Title Korean Title Role
2001 Guns & Talks 킬러들의 수다 Ha-yun
2004 Taegukgi 태극기 휘날리며 Lee Jin-seok
My Brother 우리형 Jong-hyun
2009 Mother 마더 Do-joon
2010 The Man from Nowhere 아저씨 Cha Tae-sik

Television drama[edit]

Year Title Role Network
1997 Propose KBS
1998 Ready, Go! Han Seung-joo MBC
1999 Kwangki Kang Min KBS
2000 Small Station KBS
Tough Guy's Love (aka: Kkokji) Song Myung-tae KBS
Autumn in My Heart Han Tae-suk KBS
2002 Friends Kim Ji-hoon TBS & MBC


  • 2000: dream in HEAVEN photobook - 100 pages photo essays with photos taken in Bali, Indonesia and South Korea.
  • 2002: WWW-Wonbin Wide pinup Web photobook - 40 pages photo essays.
  • 2005: 28 Day 'n Year Won Bin Premium Box Set - DVD & photobook - 60-minute DVD and 144 pages of photos with sincere essays written by Won Bin revolving around his private life and his photo session trip to South Korea, Czech Republic, and Japan as well as collector's gifts.
  • 2006: BINUS DVD - To show his gratitude to his fans for their years of support, Won Bin has recorded this candid, personal DVD (60 minutes) to be shared just between him and us, the fans - hence the title BINUS (BINUS is the name of his official fanclub), before fulfilling his mandatory military service. It includes revealing footage and private life, with Won Bin re-visiting many places in his hometown to share with his fans his background and childhood memories.
  • 2006: Dear Wonbin photobook - Designed like a diary book, with drawings by Won Bin.
  • 2010: I Love You Private DVD & Photobook - 105-minute DVD and photobook, filmed in Ireland

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref
1999 KBS Drama Awards Best New Actor Ad Madness Won
2000 Excellence Award, Actor Tough Guy's Love, Autumn in My Heart Won
2001 37th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actor in TV Autumn in My Heart Won
22nd Blue Dragon Film Awards Best New Actor Guns & Talks Nominated
2004 12th Chunsa Film Art Awards Best New Actor Taegukgi Won
27th Golden Cinematography Awards Best New Actor Won
3rd Korean Film Awards Best Actor My Brother Nominated
46th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actor Mother Nominated
4th Asian Film Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated
47th Grand Bell Awards Best Actor The Man from Nowhere Won [25]
Popularity Award Won
8th Korean Film Awards Best Actor Won [26]
31st Blue Dragon Film Awards Popularity Award Won
Best Actor Nominated
6th University Film Festival of Korea Best Actor Won
2011 47th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actor Nominated
2nd Film Journalists Association Annual Film Awards (Korea) Best Actor Won
8th MaxMovie Awards (Korea) Best Actor Won
48th Grand Bell Awards Popularity Award Won [27]

Other awards/honors[edit]

Magazine/Media recognition[edit]

  • 2000: Best Dresser of the year
  • 2002: Voted as the "April 2002 Most Beautiful Man" by MostBeautifulMan.com. The first Asian celebrity to win in this monthly poll.[28]
  • 2005: Voted #1 "Favorite Asian Star" (2005) in the readers' survey by Japanese magazine "CanCam".
  • 2005: Voted #1 "Favorite Asian Star" (2005) in the readers' survey by Japanese magazine "an.an".[29]
  • 2006: Voted #1 "Favorite Asian Star" (2006) in the readers' survey by Japanese magazine "an.an".
  • 2007: Voted #1 "Favorite Asian Star" (2007) in the readers' survey by Japanese magazine "an.an".

Charity works[edit]

As UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, Won Bin has participated in various programs and charity events.

  • 2007.09.06 - Appointed as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.
  • 2007.10.03 - Attended the International Peace Marathon Festival in Seoul to raise fund for UNICEF.
  • 2007.11.26 - Attended a charity fashion show to raise fund for UNICEF.
  • 2008.02.28 - Attended the "Clean meals, Happy sharing" campaign sponsored by UNICEF and Hanwha Resort.[30]
  • 2008.06.24 - Promoting the Awoo Doll campaign.
  • 2008.08.20 - Raised fund through photo project with Louis Vuitton and GQ Korea.[31]
  • 2008.11.27 - Promoting UNICEF Jumper to raise fund.
  • 2008.12.22 - Visited an orphanage in Seoul and presented the children there with Christmas gifts.
  • 2009.04.04-13 - Visited Gambia for UNICEF, visited relief center, hospital and schools.
  • 2010.09.12-17 - Visited East Timor for UNICEF. watched over the vaccinations and educational work being done on site by UNICEF.

In popular culture[edit]

Many Entertainers in South Korea agree that Won Bin is one of the best example as the standard of a good looking man. Because of that, many people using ad-libs by mentioning him as the most handsome and perfect man in South Korea. Won Bin was mentioned in the lyrics of Ladies' Code's single Kiss Kiss, composed by Super Changddai. The lyrics said, "난 오늘밤 꿈에서 난 원빈 오빠가 나타나 줄 텐데" (Tonight, in my dreams, Won Bin oppa will appear).[32] His character in The Man from Nowhere was referenced by Krystal Jung in the 2013 drama, The Heirs. In the 2015 Korean drama Kill Me, Heal Me, the character of Oh Ri On told Secretary Ahn that the elusive Writer Omega's looks were rumored to be "on the Won Bin level." His name always been mentioned in TV and variety shows countless time.


  1. ^ (Korean) Won Bin's official website - Profile page
  2. ^ (Korean) Naver - Person Profile "Won Bin"
  3. ^ (Korean) Nate - Person Profile "Won Bin"
  4. ^ (Korean) Cine21 - Person Profile "Won Bin"
  5. ^ (Korean) Maxmovie - Person Profile "Won Bin"
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  7. ^ Kang, Myoung-Seok (4 August 2010). "INTERVIEW: Actor Won Bin - Part 1". 10 Asia. Retrieved 2 December 2012. 
  8. ^ Kang, Myoung-Seok (4 August 2010). "INTERVIEW: Actor Won Bin - Part 2". 10 Asia. Retrieved 2 December 2012. 
  9. ^ Kang, Myoung-Seok (4 August 2010). "INTERVIEW: Actor Won Bin - Part 3". 10 Asia. Retrieved 2 December 2012. 
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  11. ^ "Won Bin heads for frontline army post". Xinhua News Agency, Jan 10, 2006. Retrieved 2009-08-06. 
  12. ^ "Actor Won Bin Reports for DMZ Duty". Dong-a Ilbo, Feb 11, 2006. Retrieved 2009-08-06. 
  13. ^ "Star Discharged After Brief Stint With Frontline Unit". The Chosun Ilbo, Jun 2, 2006. Archived from the original on April 19, 2008. Retrieved 2009-08-06. 
  14. ^ "Injured Star Discharged from Military Service". The Chosun Ilbo, Jun 7, 2006. Archived from the original on October 22, 2008. Retrieved 2009-08-06. 
  15. ^ Sunwoo, Carla (31 August 2012). "Korean Unicef chooses Kim Hye-soo". Joongang Daily. Retrieved 2 December 2012. 
  16. ^ Kim, Lyn (6 October 2009). "Won Bin hops onto summer action film". 10 Asia. Retrieved 2 December 2012. 
  17. ^ Kim, Lynn (8 July 2010). "Won Bin speaks with action in new film The Man From Nowhere". 10 Asia. Retrieved 2 December 2012. 
  18. ^ "[Breaking] Won Bin and Lee Na Young Reportedly Dating". Scoompi. 2 July 2013. 
  19. ^ "Won Bin, Lee Na-young Tie Knot in Wheat Fields". The Chosun Ilbo. 1 June 2015. Retrieved 1 June 2015. 
  20. ^ "Won Bin's Quiet Countryside Wedding Strikes Chord". The Chosun Ilbo. 2 June 2015. Retrieved 2 June 2015. 
  21. ^ "Top stars Won Bin and Lee Na-young tie knot". The Korea Times. 30 May 2015. Retrieved 30 May 2015. 
  22. ^ "Actor Won Bin ties knot with actress Lee Na-young". The Korea Herald. 31 May 2015. Retrieved 31 May 2015. 
  23. ^ "Star couple Won Bin and Lee Na-young to become parents". The Korea Times. 3 August 2015. Retrieved 4 August 2015. 
  24. ^ "Lee Na-young Pregnant 2 Months After Wedding". The Chosun Ilbo. 4 August 2015. Retrieved 4 August 2015. 
  25. ^ Soo-Mee, Park (2010-10-31). "'Poetry' Rings Korea's Grand Bell with Multiple Wins". Hollywood Reporter, Oct 31, 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-22. 
  26. ^ "The Man From Nowhere sweeps Korea Film Awards". 10Asia, Nov 19, 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-22. 
  27. ^ "48th Daejong Film Awards Highlight Year's Best". Chosun Ilbo. 18 October 2011. Retrieved 2 December 2012. 
  28. ^ "April 2002 Most Beautiful Man - Won Bin". MostBeautifulMan.com, April 2002. Retrieved 2009-08-01. 
  29. ^ "Won Bin voted favorite Asian star". Xinhua News Agency, Apr 18, 2005. Retrieved 2009-08-01. 
  30. ^ "Won Bin participated in UNICEF campaign (Chinese news)". Tom.com report, Feb 29, 2008. Retrieved 2009-09-06. 
  31. ^ "Won Bin Joins Vuitton, GQ in Charity Project". Hancinema, Aug 20, 2008. Retrieved 2009-09-06. 
  32. ^ "KISS KISS". MelOn. LOEN Entertainment. Retrieved September 7, 2014. 

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