Yeon in 2017
July 5, 1984
|Other names||Seo Ji-hoo|
|Education||Sejong University |
(Civil and Environmental Engineering)
|Revised Romanization||Yeon U-jin|
|Revised Romanization||Gim 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).
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.
After playing a teacher in 2010 daily drama All My Love, he started to gain recognition as the youngest brother in hit 2011 family drama Ojakgyo Family. 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.
In 2012, he was cast as a mysterious villain in the period fantasy-romance Arang and the Magistrate. 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.
2014–present: Leading roles and rising popularity
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).
|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)|
|2014||Secret Love||Jang Hyun-jin||Dramacube||cameo, (ep.1–2: "Missing You")|
|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)|
|2017||Introverted Boss||Eun Hwan-gi|
|Queen for Seven Days||Lee Yeok||KBS2|
|Judge vs. Judge||Sa Eui-hyeon||SBS|
|2019||I Wanna Hear Your Song||Jang Yoon||KBS2|
|2009||Just Friends? (short film)||Kang Min-soo|
|2011||We Fly High (short film)||Seung-gi|
|2016||Seondal: The Man Who Sells the River||King Hyojong|
|2018||The Princess and the Matchmaker||Yoon Si-kyung|
|Mongolian Love Story (short film)|
Awards and nominations
|2012||KBS Drama Awards||Best Actor in a One-Act/Short Drama||Just an Ordinary Love Story||Won|||
|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|
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- Kim, Min-jin (June 26, 2014). "Yeon Woo-jin and Han Groo reveal each other's charms". The Korea Herald. Retrieved July 8, 2014.
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- [단독]박혜수·연우진, '내성적인 보스' 주인공 '확정'. Ilgan Sports (in Korean). November 8, 2016.
- "EXCLUSIVE: Veteran melodrama performers make 'Queen for Seven Days' together!". KBS World. May 31, 2017.
- "[공식]연우진X동하, SBS '이판사판' 출연 확정…'당잠사' 후속". News1 (in Korean). October 23, 2017.
- "Yeon Woo-jin, Jung Yoo-mi and Park Yong-woo Lead OCN's "Priest"". Hancinema. September 18, 2018.
- "OCN's medical exorcism drama is more about love than horror". Yonhap. November 12, 2018.
- [단독]연우진·김세정·송재림·지연, '너의 노래…' 주인공. Ilgan Sports (in Korean). April 2, 2019.
- '신언니' 연우진 "문근영은 천사였다"(인터뷰). Star News (in Korean). April 13, 2010.
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- "Yeon Woo-jin stars in Kim Kyoo-tae's "KARA - Secret Love"". Hancinema. July 11, 2013.
- "[단독] 연우진, '또오해영' 카메오 출연...송현욱 PD와 인연". Osen (in Korean). May 10, 2016.
- '시트콤 차도남' 연우진 "최다니엘과 달라"(인터뷰). Star News (in Korean). November 24, 2010.
- "'Tunnel 3D' Yeon Woo Jin tells that he hopes to shoot a romance film with Jung Yoo Mi". Star Naver. July 17, 2014.
- '훈훈한 교회 오빠' 연우진, '봉이 김선달' 위엄있는 효종 변신. enews24 (in Korean). July 9, 2016.
- "스크린에 온 연우진"..'더 테이블', 영화계 원석男 3. Osen (in Korean). August 10, 2017.
- "SHIM Eun-kyoung and LEE Seung-gi' MARITAL HARMONY Began Shooting". Korean Film Biz Zone. September 15, 2015.
- "Ahn So-hee, Yeon Woo-jin for International Women's Day". Kpop Herald. March 13, 2018.
- "연우진, KBS연기대상 연작 단마극상 수상 "배우 생활 처음 받는 상"". BNT News (in Korean). January 1, 2013.