In October 2015
October 6, 1986
Daegu, South Korea
B.A in Film
|Agent||United Artists Agency
|Revised Romanization||Yu A-in|
|Revised Romanization||Eom Hong-sik|
Yoo Ah-in (born Eom Hong-sik on October 6, 1986) is a South Korean actor. He rose to fame in television series Sungkyunkwan Scandal (2010), and became best known for his leading roles in coming-of-age film Punch (2011), melodrama Secret Love Affair (2014), action blockbuster Veteran (2015), period drama The Throne (2015), and historical drama Six Flying Dragons (2015-2016). As of 2016, Yoo has three films, Punch, Veteran and The Throne, in the list of highest-grossing films in South Korea.
Eom Hong-sik was born in Daegu and dropped out of high school to pursue acting. Using the stage name Yoo Ah-in, he made his acting debut in the teen series Sharp 1 in 2003. Various roles on film and television followed. Yoo portrayed a lost teenager in low-budget indie film Boys of Tomorrow, a lonely warrior in historical drama Chil-woo the Mighty, the energetic patisserie aspirant in comedy film Antique, and a cheeky assistant in romantic comedy He Who Can't Marry.
2010–2013: Rising popularity
This was followed by his first big-screen leading role in the coming-of-age film Punch, a critical and commercial hit in 2011. His costar, veteran actor Kim Yoon-seok predicted that "In the next 10 years, he will be one of the biggest names in Korean cinema."
Cast as King Sukjong in the 2013 period drama Jang Ok-jung, Living by Love, a revisionist take on infamous royal concubine Jang Hui-bin, Yoo called the role one of the biggest challenges of his career and he garnered favorable press reviews for his mature, charismatic and versatile portrayal of the historical figure.
He then played the titular character in the film Tough as Iron, about a Busan pier worker who takes care of his mother afflicted with dementia and kidney disease. Yoo and Tough as Iron costar, Jung Yu-mi later collaborated again as voice actors in the animated film The Satellite Girl and Milk Cow.
2014–present: Acclaim in film and television
In 2014, he appeared as a quirky supporting role in Lee Han's Thread of Lies (this was Lee's second film adaptation of a Kim Ryeo-ryeong novel after Punch). This was followed by a leading role in cable melodrama Secret Love Affair, in which Yoo played a piano prodigy who falls for a married, much older woman.
In 2015, Yoo starred in two top-grossing films. He played an amoral young millionaire who faces off with a detective in Ryoo Seung-wan's crime thriller/comedy Veteran, and as the tragic Crown Prince Sado in Lee Joon-ik's period drama The Throne. He received Best Actor awards at the 36th Blue Dragon Awards for The Throne and at the 11th Max Movie Awards for Veteran. The same year, he was named "Actor of the Year" in the 2015 Gallup Korea Survey and ranked number two on Korea Power Celebrity by Forbes.
Yoo was then cast in the historical drama Six Flying Dragons, reuniting with Fashion King co-star Shin Se-kyung. Yoo's portrayal of an ambitious prince Yi Bang-won won him Best Actor in the TV Category at the Baeksang Arts Awards. In 2016, he co-starred in romantic comedy Like for Likes.
In the media
Considered one of the most outspoken and politically minded Korean actors of his generation, Yoo drew media attention in late 2012 when he tweeted a strongly worded criticism against the withdrawal of Ahn Cheol-soo from the presidential race. Yoo's unconventional image was strengthened by his willingness to make his social, artistic and philosophical interests public, and he is also the director of a "complex creative space" called Studio Concrete in Hannam-dong, Seoul, which he created with a group of seven artists of various media.
In 2017, it was revealed that Yoo is suffering from a bone tumor, which explains why he had been delaying his mandatory military service. United Artists Agency says that Yoo's symptoms were benign, which means that the non-cancerous tumor will have minimal effect on his everyday life and carries no risk of spreading.
|2007||Skeletons in the Closet||Shim Yong-tae|
|Boys of Tomorrow||Jeon Jong-dae|
|2009||Sky and Ocean||Jin-goo|
|2013||Tough as Iron||Gang Cheol|
|2014||The Satellite Girl and Milk Cow||Ko Kyung-chun (voice)||animated film|
|Thread of Lies||Choo Sang-bak|
|The Throne||Crown Prince Sado|
|2016||Like for Likes||Noh Jin-woo|
|CCRT Aerospace : Episode 1 Fragile : The Other Space||Man||Short film
|2003||Honest Living||Man #2||SBS||bit part, episode 164|
|2004-2005||Sharp 1||Yoo Ah-in||KBS2||57 episodes|
|2004||April Kiss||16-year-old Kang Jae-sup||KBS2||1 episode|
|2005||Shi-eun & Soo-ha||Lee Min-suk||KBS2||Drama City episode|
|2008||Chil-woo the Mighty||Heuksan / Kim Hyuk||KBS2|
|2009||He Who Can't Marry||Park Hyun-kyu||KBS2|
|2010||Sungkyunkwan Scandal||Moon Jae-shin||KBS2|
|2012||Fashion King||Kang Young-gul||SBS|
|2013||Jang Ok-jung, Living by Love||King Sukjong||SBS|
|2014||Secret Love Affair||Lee Sun-jae||jTBC|
|Discovery of Love||Woodworking class student||KBS2||cameo, episode 16|
|2015-2016||Six Flying Dragons||Yi Bang-won||SBS|
|2016||Descendants of the Sun||Bank teller Uhm Hong-sik||KBS2||cameo, episode 13|
|2017||Chicago Typewriter||Han Se-joo / Seo Hwi-young||tvN|
|2005||Sponge||KBS2||guest, episode 68|
|2007||Cinema Paradiso||EBS1||guest, episode 659|
|2008||Trend Report FIL||Mnet||guest, Season 2 episode 52|
|Come to play||MBC||guest, episode 219|
|2009||Ya Shim Man Man Season 2||SBS||guest, episode 25|
|2011||Yoo Ah-in's Launch My Life||Mnet||Fashion/business reality show|
|2013||Running Man||SBS||Guest, episode 164|
|2014||Wan-deuk who wants to Fly||KBS1||Narrator, Documentary|
|2017||June Story||KBS1||Narrator, Documentary
30th Anniversary of June Struggle
Music video appearances
|2016||"ㅎㅎㅎ (Heung-bu)"||Peggy Gould|
Awards and nominations
||Best New Actor in Drama series||Sharp 1||Nominated|
||Best Newcomer, month of May||Boys of Tomorrow||Won|
||Best New Actor||Won|
||Skeletons in the Closet||Nominated|
(Arena Homme + and Audi Korea)
||Best New Actor||Sungkyunkwan Scandal||Nominated|
|Netizen Award, Actor||Nominated|
|Best Couple with Song Joong-ki||Won|
||Hot 20's Voice||N/A||Won|
|Hot Style Icon||N/A||Nominated|
||Bonsang ("Main Award")||N/A||Won|
||20's Male Movie Star||Nominated|||
|20’s Style Star||N/A||Nominated|
||Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries||Fashion King||Nominated|
|Netizen Popularity Award||Nominated|
|Best Couple with Shin Se-kyung||Nominated|
||People Who Made the World Brighter
||Excellence Award, Actor in a Drama Special||Jang Ok-jung, Living by Love||Nominated|||
|Best Couple with Kim Tae-hee||Nominated|
||Best Actor (TV)||Secret Love Affair||Nominated|||
||Top Excellence Award, Actor||Nominated|
||Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries||Nominated|
(20th Busan International Film Festival)
|Asia Star of the Year||Veteran||Won|||
||Best Male Fashionista in a Movie
(Arena Homme + and Mont Blanc Korea)
||Artistic Impression in Motion Pictures Award||Veteran, The Throne||Won|
||Fashion Icon Award||N/A||Won|
||Top Star Award||Veteran, The Throne||Won|||
||Grand Prize (Daesang)||Six Flying Dragons||Nominated|
|Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Serial Drama||Won|
|Top 10 Stars||Won|
|Netizen Popularity Award||Nominated|
|Best Couple Award with Shin Se-kyung||Won|
||Best Actor||The Throne||Won|||
||Bonsang ("Main Award")||N/A||Won|
||Next Generation Award||Veteran, The Throne||Won|||
||Best Actor||The Throne||Won|||
||Best Actor (Film)||The Throne||Nominated|||
|Best Actor (TV)||Six Flying Dragons||Won|
||Prime Minister Award||N/A||Won|||
||Grand Prize (Daesang), TV Drama||Six Flying Dragons||Nominated|
||Favorite Actor||The Throne||Won|||
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- "Director Lee takes top Baeksang honor". Korea JoongAng Daily. 6 June 2016.
- "'Like for Likes' shows love on social media". The Korea Times. 13 January 2016.
- "Yoo Ah-in lands lead in tvN drama". Korea JoongAng Daily. 22 February 2017.
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