Yoo Seung-ho

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Yoo Seung-ho
Yoo Seung-ho at Nov 2018.png
In November 2018
Born (1993-08-17) August 17, 1993 (age 27)
Incheon, South Korea
Years active1999–present
  • BS Company[1]
  • Story J Company[2]
Korean name
Revised RomanizationYu Seung-ho
McCune–ReischauerYu Sŭngho

Yoo Seung-ho (Korean유승호; Hanja俞承豪; born August 17, 1993) is a South Korean actor who rose to fame as a child actor in the film The Way Home (2002). Since then, he has starred in many television series and movie films as a child and teenager.

After his two-year mandatory military service, he starred in the legal drama Remember (2015), historical films Joseon Magician (2015) and Seondal: The Man Who Sells the River (2016) as well as historical drama The Emperor: Owner of the Mask (2017), romance comedy series I'm Not a Robot (2017), and SBS's high school drama My Strange Hero (2018).

Early life and education[edit]

Born and raised in Incheon, Yoo is the younger of two siblings, he later claimed that his family had been poor.[3]

Yoo graduated from Baekshin High School in February 2012. He decided not to pursue a college degree in order to concentrate on his acting career.[4][5][6]


1999–2009: Beginnings as a child actor[edit]

Yoo made his entertainment debut in a cellphone commercial in 1999 after Yoo's mother sent in a photo of her son to an ad agency.[3]

In 2000 Yoo began his career as a child actor, first appearing in the television drama Daddy Fish.[7] He rose to stardom in his first film The Way Home, playing a bratty city boy who learns to appreciate country life when he's forced to spend the summer with his deaf-mute grandmother.[8] The low-budget film was a surprise box office hit in 2002, drawing more than 4 million admissions.[9] He was then affectionately labeled as "Nation's Little Brother".[10] Thereafter, Yoo also starred in animal movie Hearty Paws (2006) about a boy and his beloved dog, and Unforgettable (2008) about school children from a remote island who go on a field trip to a candy factory in Seoul during the 1970s.[11][12][13]

He continued acting in television, appearing in Magic Warriors Mir & Gaon (2005), an adventure series for children. Yoo further built his filmography, playing younger counterparts of male protagonists in television dramas, including general Yi Sun-sin in Immortal Admiral Yi Sun-sin (2004), King Seongjong in The King and I (2007), and Gwanggaeto the Great in The Legend (2007).[14]

In 2009, Yoo starred in the action film City of Fathers and thriller film 4th Period Mystery.[15][16] He also played Kim Chunchu in the period epic Queen Seondeok.[17]

2010–2014: Teen roles[edit]

In his teens, Yoo was cast in one of the major roles in Master of Study (2010), a Korean screen adaptation of Japanese manga Dragon Zakura.[18][19][20] He then played a more mature role in Flames of Desire, as the second-generation son of a wealthy chaebol family who is uninterested in the battles of succession among his relatives and becomes a married man at 21.[21] Later that year, Yoo sang a duet with singer/actress IU titled "Believe in Love" for the charity program Love Request. The song's lyrics was based on a diary that Yoo had written while seeing orphans of war in the slums of Sri Lanka.[22]

In 2011, Yoo trained in swordplay and martial arts in his role as an assassin in Warrior Baek Dong-soo, an action-period drama based on the manhwa by Lee Jae-heon.[23] He also voiced Greenie, Leafie's adopted son, on Leafie, a Hen into the Wild, which was adapted from a bestselling children's novel by Hwang Sun-mi.[24] He then co-starred with Kim Ha-neul in the thriller Blind.[25]

In 2012, Yoo was cast in his first role as a leading man in Operation Proposal, a Korean remake of the Japanese drama Proposal Daisakusen.[26][27] This was followed by a supporting role as the Jade Emperor, ruler of the heavens, in the fantasy-period drama Arang and the Magistrate.[28][29] Afterwards, he starred in the melodrama Missing You, playing a cold man who hides a vengeance-filled heart behind his seemingly gentle smile.[30][31][32]

Known in the press as "Little So Ji-sub" for his resemblance to the said actor, in 2013 Yoo starred in the music video for So's single "Eraser" together with Park Shin-hye. This was his second time promoting So's musical endeavors, after "Lonely Life" in 2008.[33][34] Following that, Yoo's first photo book titled Travel Letter, Spring Snow, And... was published; it was the last project shot by celebrity photographer Bori before her death on April 9, 2013.[35]

2015–present: Adult roles and rising popularity[edit]

As his first post-army project, Yoo appeared in the music video for Naul's "You From the Same Time" in 2015.[36] He was next cast as a stubborn webcomic writer raising a cat in the TV adaptation of webtoon Imaginary Cat.[37][38] Yoo followed this by starring in the joseon-era romance film The Magician directed by Kim Dae-seung, in which he plays a circus magician who falls in love with a princess.[39] Yoo was then cast in SBS's legal thriller series Remember as a lawyer with hyperthymesia who defends his father on death row.[40]

In 2016, Yoo starred in the historical comedy film Seondal: The Man Who Sells the River as the titular character Kim Seon-dal.[41][42] In 2017, he starred in MBC's historical melodrama The Emperor: Owner of the Mask[43][44] and romantic-comedy I’m Not a Robot.[45] In 2018, he was cast in SBS's high school drama My Strange Hero.[46] In 2020, Yoo starred in the mystery thriller Memorist as a detective in the police force with the power to read people's memories.[47] On May 22,2020 actor Yoo Seung-ho recently decided to appear as a male protagonist of the romantic revenge fantasy 'Superstar Miss Lee' [48] Yoo Seung-ho was scheduled to appear in film 'Firefighter', but when the filming was postponed in the aftermath of a novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19), Yoo Seung-ho got off the film project due to schedule problems.[49]

Personal life[edit]

Yoo enlisted for his mandatory military service in the army on March 5, 2013, where he reportedly became an instructor training new recruits.[50][5][51][52][53][54] He was discharged on December 4, 2014.[55][56]



Year Title Role Ref.
2002 The Way Home Sang-woo [8]
2003 Happy Ero Christmas Children's angel choir [57]
2004 Don't Tell Papa Kim Cho-won [58]
2006 Hearty Paws Chan-yi [11]
2008 Unforgettable Gil-su [12]
2009 Astro Boy Astro Boy (voice, Korean dubbed) [59]
City of Fathers Kim Jong-chul [15]
4th Period Mystery Han Jung-hoon [16]
2011 Leafie, A Hen into the Wild Greenie (voice) [24]
Blind Kwon Gi-seob [25]
2012 Fragments of Sweet Memories (3D short film) [60][61]
2015 Joseon Magician Hwan-hee [39]
2016 Seondal: The Man Who Sells the River Kim In-hong / Kim Seon-dal [41]

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network Notes Ref.
2000 Daddy Fish Jung Da-um MBC [62]
2001 Boys Don't Cry Doo-san Drama Special
It Happened in the Parking Lot
2003 All That Ramen Joon-young
Winter Bird's Dream Joon-ho
Love Letter young Lee Woo-jin
2004 Hi, Clementine Se-beom Drama Special
Sweet Buns young Lee Shin-hyuk [63]
Immortal Admiral Yi Sun-sin young Yi Sun-sin KBS1 [64]
Precious Family Park Joon-yi KBS2 [65]
2005 Sad Love Story young Seo Joon-young MBC [66]
Magic Warriors Mir & Gaon Mir KBS2 [67]
2006 Beating Again Wang Hae-ryong Tooniverse [68]
2007 The King and I young Seongjong SBS [69][70]
The Legend young Damdeok MBC
2009 Queen Seondeok Kim Chunchu [17]
You're Beautiful Customer at convenience store SBS Cameo, episode 9
2010 Master of Study Hwang Baek-hyun KBS2 [19]
Flames of Desire Kim Min-jae MBC [21]
2011 Warrior Baek Dong-soo Yeo Woon SBS [23]
2012 Operation Proposal Kang Baek-ho TV Chosun [27]
Arang and the Magistrate Jade Emperor, King of Heaven MBC [28]
Missing You Kang Hyung-joon / Harry Borrison [31]
2013 Homo Academicus Documentary narrator KBS1 Narrator [71]
2015 Imaginary Cat Hyun Jong-hyun MBC Every 1 [37]
2015–2016 Remember Seo Jin-woo SBS [40]
2017 The Emperor: Owner of the Mask Lee Sun MBC [43]
2017–2018 I'm Not a Robot Kim Min-kyu [45]
2018 Player Lee Han-sang OCN Cameo, episode 1 [72]
2018–2019 My Strange Hero Kang Bok Soo SBS [46]
2020 Memorist Dong Baek tvN [47]


Title Year Peak chart positions Sales

"I Believe in Love" (사랑을 믿어요)
(Yoo Seung-ho feat. IU)
2010 11 Road for Hope


Year Title Publisher ISBN Notes Ref.
2013 Travel Letter, Spring Snow, And... Wisdom House ISBN 9788959137268 Photobook [35]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2002 39th Grand Bell Awards Best New Actor The Way Home Nominated
2003 24th Young Artist Awards Best Young Performer in International Film Won [75]
2005 KBS Drama Awards Best Young Actor Immortal Admiral Yi Sun-sin, Precious Family Won [76]
2007 1st Korea Movie Star Awards Heart Is... Won [77]
SBS Drama Awards The King and I Won [78]
2008 2nd Mnet 20's Choice Awards Hot Younger Male N/A Won [79]
2009 4th Andre Kim Best Star Awards Male Star Award N/A Won [80]
MBC Drama Awards Best New Actor Queen Seondeok Won [81]
2010 46th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actor (Film) 4th Period Mystery Nominated
Best New Actor (TV) Master of Study Nominated
26th Korea Best Dressed Swan Awards Best Dressed, TV Actor category Won [82]
KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Nominated
2012 MBC Drama Awards Arang and the Magistrate, Missing You Nominated
2013 New Soldiers Education Unit Excellence Award from the Battalion Commander N/A Won
2016 9th Korea Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor Remember Nominated
SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Genre Drama Won [83]
2017 MBC Drama Awards Grand Prize (Daesang) The Emperor: Owner of the Mask Nominated
Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Won [84]
2019 SBS Drama Awards My Strange Hero Nominated


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