Yeon Woo-jin

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Yeon Woo-jin
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Yeon in 2017
Kim Bong-hoe

(1984-07-05) July 5, 1984 (age 35)
Gangneung, Gangwon-do, South Korea
Other namesSeo Ji-hoo
EducationSejong University
(Civil and Environmental Engineering)
Years active2009–present
AgentJump Entertainment [ko]
Korean name
Revised RomanizationYeon U-jin
McCune–ReischauerYŏn U-chin
Birth name
Revised RomanizationGim Bong-hoe
McCune–ReischauerKim Bong-hoe

Yeon Woo-jin (born Kim Bong-hoe on July 5, 1984) is a South Korean actor. He started in the entertainment industry as a model and gained recognition as an actor with his role in Arang and the Magistrate (2012) which earned him nomination for Best New Actor. He expands his acting repertoire on leading roles in Marriage, Not Dating (2014), Divorce Lawyer in Love (2015), Introverted Boss (2017), Queen for Seven Days (2017) and Judge vs. Judge (2017).


2007–2013: Beginnings[edit]

Kim began his career as a fashion model at the 2007 Seoul Fashion Week and for jeans brand Evisu in 2008. He made his acting debut in the queer coming-of-age film Just Friends? in 2009 under the stage name Seo Ji-hoo. His management agency later changed his stage name to Yeon Woo-jin.[1]

In December 2013

After playing a teacher in 2010 daily drama All My Love,[2] he started to gain recognition as the youngest brother in hit 2011 family drama Ojakgyo Family.[3] Then in his first lead role, Yeon's character falls in love with the daughter of his brother's murderer in the 4-episode Drama Special Just an Ordinary Love Story.[4][5][6]

In 2012, he was cast as a mysterious villain in the period fantasy-romance Arang and the Magistrate.[7][8][9] Yeon reunited with Arang director Kim Sang-ho in 2013, to again play the protagonist's rival in the gangster melodrama When a Man Falls in Love.[10]

2014–present: Leading roles and rising popularity[edit]

This was followed by leading roles in two romantic comedy series: as a commitment-phobic plastic surgeon in Marriage, Not Dating (2014) and as a vengeful office manager-turned-attorney in Divorce Lawyer in Love (2015).[11][12][13]

In 2017, he starred in the tvN romance comedy drama Introverted Boss.[14] He then starred in historical melodrama Queen for Seven Days[15] as well as legal drama Judge vs. Judge.[16]

In 2018, Yeon starred in the medical exorcism drama Priest.[17][18]

In 2019, Yeon was cast in the music romance drama I Wanna Hear Your Song.[19]


Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network Notes
2010 Cinderella's Sister Dong-soo KBS2 [20]
2010–2011 All My Love For You Bang Woo-jin MBC
2011–2012 Ojakgyo Family Hwang Tae-pil KBS2
2012 Just an Ordinary Love Story Han Jae-gwang
Arang and the Magistrate Choi Joo-wal MBC
2013 When a Man Falls in Love Lee Jae-hee
2013–2014 My Love from the Star Lee Han-kyung SBS cameo, (ep.18)[21]
2014 Secret Love Jang Hyun-jin Dramacube cameo, (ep.1–2: "Missing You")[22]
Marriage, Not Dating Gong Gi-tae tvN
2015 Divorce Lawyer in Love So Jung-woo SBS
2016 Another Miss Oh Gong Gi-tae tvN cameo, (ep.7)[23]
2017 Introverted Boss Eun Hwan-gi
Queen for Seven Days Lee Yeok KBS2
Judge vs. Judge Sa Eui-hyeon SBS
2018 Priest Oh Soo-min OCN
2019 I Wanna Hear Your Song Jang Yoon KBS2


Year Title Role
2009 Just Friends? (short film) Kang Min-soo
2011 We Fly High (short film)[24] Seung-gi
2014 Tunnel 3D[25] Dong-joon
2015 Revivre Kim Min-soo
2016 Seondal: The Man Who Sells the River[26] King Hyojong
2017 The Table[27] Un-chul
2018 The Princess and the Matchmaker[28] Yoon Si-kyung
Mongolian Love Story (short film)[29]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2012 KBS Drama Awards Best Actor in a One-Act/Short Drama Just an Ordinary Love Story Won [30]
MBC Drama Awards Best New Actor Arang and the Magistrate Nominated
2013 6th Korea Drama Awards Excellence Award, actor When a Man Falls in Love Nominated
2015 SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Divorce Lawyer in Love Nominated
2017 SBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Wednesday–Thursday Drama Judge vs. Judge Nominated


  1. ^ Yoon, Hee-seong (March 14, 2012). "My Name Is: Yeon Woo-jin". 10Asia. Retrieved November 24, 2012.
  2. ^ 신예 연우진 '몽땅 내사랑' 캐스팅…방은희 동생으로 출연. My Daily (in Korean). October 20, 2010.
  3. ^ Lee, In-kyung (December 28, 2011). "Yeon Woo Jin Nicknamed Extension Man". enewsWorld. Retrieved November 24, 2012.
  4. ^ Yoon, Hee-seong (March 14, 2012). "Yeon Woo-jin: The original setting wasn't Jeonju". 10Asia. Retrieved November 24, 2012.
  5. ^ Yoon, Hee-seong (March 14, 2012). "Yeon Woo-jin: It felt like a watercolor painting that used a lot of water". 10Asia. Retrieved November 24, 2012.
  6. ^ Yoon, Hee-seong (March 14, 2012). "Yeon Woo-jin: I had to show that my lips were smiling while crying with my eyes". 10Asia. Retrieved November 24, 2012.
  7. ^ Hong, Lucia (April 21, 2012). "Actor Yeon Woo-jin joins Lee Joon-gi's TV series". 10Asia. Retrieved November 24, 2012.
  8. ^ Ho, Stewart (June 27, 2012). "Yeon Woo Jin Dons Hanbok in Arang and the Magistrate Previews". enewsWorld. Retrieved November 24, 2012.
  9. ^ Ho, Stewart (August 1, 2012). "Yeon Woo Jin is a Cold Flower Scholar in New Still Cuts". enewsWorld. Retrieved November 24, 2012.
  10. ^ Ho, Stewart (January 29, 2013). "Yeon Woo Jin Joins MBC's When a Man Falls in Love". enewsWorld. Retrieved January 29, 2013.
  11. ^ Chung, Joo-won (June 26, 2014). "Marriage over Love has both reality and romance: director". The Korea Herald. Retrieved July 8, 2014.
  12. ^ Kim, Min-jin (June 26, 2014). "Yeon Woo-jin and Han Groo reveal each other's charms". The Korea Herald. Retrieved July 8, 2014.
  13. ^ Ghim, Sora (January 29, 2015). "Yeon Woo Jin To Transform into A Divorce Lawyer". BNTNews. Retrieved August 26, 2015.
  14. ^ [단독]박혜수·연우진, '내성적인 보스' 주인공 '확정'. Ilgan Sports (in Korean). November 8, 2016.
  15. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: Veteran melodrama performers make 'Queen for Seven Days' together!". KBS World. May 31, 2017.
  16. ^ "[공식]연우진X동하, SBS '이판사판' 출연 확정…'당잠사' 후속". News1 (in Korean). October 23, 2017.
  17. ^ "Yeon Woo-jin, Jung Yoo-mi and Park Yong-woo Lead OCN's "Priest"". Hancinema. September 18, 2018.
  18. ^ "OCN's medical exorcism drama is more about love than horror". Yonhap. November 12, 2018.
  19. ^ [단독]연우진·김세정·송재림·지연, '너의 노래…' 주인공. Ilgan Sports (in Korean). April 2, 2019.
  20. ^ '신언니' 연우진 "문근영은 천사였다"(인터뷰). Star News (in Korean). April 13, 2010.
  21. ^ Hong, Grace Danbi (February 19, 2014). "Yeon Woo Jin Cameos as Park Hae Jin and Shin Sung Rok's Brother in YWCFTS". enewsWorld. Retrieved February 21, 2014.
  22. ^ "Yeon Woo-jin stars in Kim Kyoo-tae's "KARA - Secret Love"". Hancinema. July 11, 2013.
  23. ^ "[단독] 연우진, '또오해영' 카메오 출연...송현욱 PD와 인연". Osen (in Korean). May 10, 2016.
  24. ^ '시트콤 차도남' 연우진 "최다니엘과 달라"(인터뷰). Star News (in Korean). November 24, 2010.
  25. ^ "'Tunnel 3D' Yeon Woo Jin tells that he hopes to shoot a romance film with Jung Yoo Mi". Star Naver. July 17, 2014.
  26. ^ '훈훈한 교회 오빠' 연우진, '봉이 김선달' 위엄있는 효종 변신. enews24 (in Korean). July 9, 2016.
  27. ^ "스크린에 온 연우진"..'더 테이블', 영화계 원석男 3. Osen (in Korean). August 10, 2017.
  28. ^ "SHIM Eun-kyoung and LEE Seung-gi' MARITAL HARMONY Began Shooting". Korean Film Biz Zone. September 15, 2015.
  29. ^ "Ahn So-hee, Yeon Woo-jin for International Women's Day". Kpop Herald. March 13, 2018.
  30. ^ "연우진, KBS연기대상 연작 단마극상 수상 "배우 생활 처음 받는 상"". BNT News (in Korean). January 1, 2013.

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