Yoo Ah-in

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Uhm. In stage/pen name, the surname is Yoo.
Yoo Ah-in
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Born Uhm Hong-shik
(1986-10-06) October 6, 1986 (age 29)
Daegu, South Korea
Education Konkuk University - Film
Occupation Actor
Years active 2003–present
Agent United Artists Agency[1]
Korean name
Hangul 유아인
Revised Romanization Yu A-in
McCune–Reischauer Yu A-in
Birth name
Hangul 엄홍식
Revised Romanization Eom Hong-sik
McCune–Reischauer Ŏm Hongsik

Yoo Ah-in (born Uhm Hong-shik 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) and period drama The Throne (2015).[2]


Uhm Hong-shik, a Daegu native, 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, from a lost teenager in low-budget indie Boys of Tomorrow, the lonely warrior in Chil-woo the Mighty, to the energetic patissier aspirant in Antique,[3] and a cheeky assistant in He Who Can't Marry.

Yoo's breakout role came in popular 2010 period drama Sungkyunkwan Scandal.[4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11] This was followed by his first big-screen leading role in the coming-of-age film Punch, a critical and box-office success in 2011.[12][13][14][15][16] 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."[17]

But Yoo's next project Fashion King was poorly received by audiences, particularly its controversial ending.[18][19][20][21]

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.[22][23] 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.[2]

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,[24] 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.[17]

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.[25] 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.[26]

In 2014, he appeared in 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). Cable melodrama Secret Love Affair followed, in which Yoo played a piano prodigy who falls for a married, much older woman.[27]

Two top-grossing films starred Yoo in 2015.[2] 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.[28][29][30][31][32][33] Yoo was then cast as ambitious prince Yi Bang-won in the drama series Six Flying Dragons.[34]



Year Title Role Notes
2006 Boys of Tomorrow Jong-dae
2007 Skeletons in the Closet Shim Yong-tae
2008 Antique Yang Ki-beom
2009 Sky and Ocean Jin-goo
2011 Punch Do Wan-deuk
2013 Tough as Iron Gang-cheol
2014 The Satellite Girl and Milk Cow Kyung-chun (voice) animated film
Thread of Lies Choo Sang-bak
2015 Veteran Jo Tae-oh
The Throne Crown Prince Sado
2016 Happy Facebook

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network Notes
2003 Sharp 1 art student Yoo Ah-in KBS2 guest appearance
2004 April Kiss 16-year-old Kang Jae-sup KBS2
2005 Shi-eun & Soo-ha 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
2011 Yoo Ah-in's Launch My Life Himself Mnet Fashion/business
reality show
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 Six Flying Dragons Yi Bang-won SBS

Music video[edit]

Year Song Title Artist
2004 "Footprints" T.O
2012 "Only One"[35][36] BoA


Year(s) Product Notes
2004 Nongshim Jjolmyeon
Nongshim Honey Twist
2005 SK Telecom Speed 011
Skoolooks with Choi Soo-young, Jang Keun-suk
2011 Hana Bank Hana SK Touch 1
LG Fashion Hazzys with Go Joon-hee, Lee Hyun-jin, Lee Si-young
LG Optimus Black with Kim Sa-rang
CJ Olive Young
2011-2013 Creas Fashion Jack & Jill
2011-2012 Okkudak (Oven Baked Chicken)
2011-2013 Diadora
2012 Fujifilm Instax with Song Joong-ki
Hite-Jinro Chamisul with Moon Chae-won
AmorePacific O'Sulloc
2012-2013 Samchuly Bicycle with Lee Se-young
2013 LG Optimus LTE III
2013-2014 AmorePacific Mise-en-Scène with Shin Min-a (2014)
Basic House China I'm David
Basic House The Class
Philips Young Kit
LG Fashion Lafuma with Go Joon-hee

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2007 3rd Pyeongtaek Film Festival Best New Actor Boys of Tomorrow Won
8th Busan Film Critics Awards Best New Actor Won
28th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best New Actor Skeletons in the Closet Nominated
2008 11th Director's Cut Awards[37] Best New Actor Antique Won
2009 KBS Drama Awards Best New Actor He Who Can't Marry Nominated
2010 5th A-Awards
(Audi Korea and Arena Homme +)
Style Award N/A Won
KBS Drama Awards Best New Actor Sungkyunkwan Scandal Nominated
Netizen Award, Actor Nominated
Best Couple with Song Joong-ki Won
2011 5th Mnet 20's Choice Awards Hot 20's Voice N/A Won
4th Style Icon Awards Bonsang ("Main Award") N/A Won
2012 3rd KOFRA Film Awards Discovery Award Punch Won
6th Mnet 20's Choice Awards[38] 20's Male Movie Star Nominated
SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Fashion King Nominated
Netizen Popularity Award Nominated
Best Couple with Shin Se-kyung Nominated
2013 SBS Drama Awards[39] Excellence Award, Actor in a Drama Special Jang Ok-jung, Living by Love Nominated
Best Couple with Kim Tae-hee Nominated
2014 50th Baeksang Arts Awards[40] Best Actor (TV) Secret Love Affair Nominated
7th Korea Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor Nominated
3rd APAN Star Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Nominated


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