Yoo Seung-ho

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Yoo Seung-ho
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Yoo Seung Ho in 2018
Born (1993-08-17) August 17, 1993 (age 29)
Incheon, South Korea
Years active1999–present
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]

Yoo at the Adidas Marathon in November 2012.

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]

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.[31][32] 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.

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.[33] He was next cast as a stubborn webcomic writer raising a cat in the TV adaptation of webtoon Imaginary Cat.[34][35] 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.[36] Yoo was then cast in SBS's legal thriller series Remember as a lawyer with hyperthymesia who defends his father on death row.[37]

In 2016, Yoo starred in the historical comedy film Seondal: The Man Who Sells the River as the titular character Kim Seon-dal.[38][39] In 2017, he starred in MBC's historical melodrama The Emperor: Owner of the Mask[40][41] and romantic-comedy I'm Not a Robot.[42] In 2018, he was cast in SBS's high school drama My Strange Hero.[43] In 2020, Yoo starred in the mystery thriller Memorist as a detective in the police force with the power to read people's memories.[44]

In 2021, Yoo played a passionate inspector in KBS2 historical drama Moonshine.[45]

In March 2022, Yoo signed with new agency YG Entertainment.[46]

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.[5][47][48] He was discharged on December 4, 2014.[49][50]



Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2002 The Way Home Sang-woo [8]
2003 Happy Ero Christmas Children's angel choir [51]
2004 Don't Tell Papa Kim Cho-won [52]
2006 Hearty Paws Chan-yi [11]
2008 Unforgettable Gil-su [12]
2009 Astro Boy Astro Boy (voice, Korean dubbed) [53]
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) [54][55]
2015 Joseon Magician Hwan-hee [36]
2016 Seondal: The Man Who Sells the River Kim In-hong / Kim Seon-dal [38]
2022 Special Delivery Special appearance [56]

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2000 Daddy Fish Jung Da-um [57]
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 [58]
Immortal Admiral Yi Sun-sin young Yi Sun-sin [59]
Precious Family Park Joon-yi [60]
2005 Sad Love Story young Seo Joon-young [61]
Magic Warriors Mir & Gaon Mir [62]
2006 Alien Sam Wang Hae-ryong [63]
2007 The King and I young Seongjong [64][65]
The Legend young Damdeok
2009 Queen Seondeok Kim Chunchu [17]
You're Beautiful Customer at convenience store Cameo (Episode 9)
2010 Master of Study Hwang Baek-hyun [19]
Flames of Desire Kim Min-jae [21]
2011 Warrior Baek Dong-soo Yeo Woon [23]
2012 Operation Proposal Kang Baek-ho [27]
Arang and the Magistrate Jade Emperor, King of Heaven [28]
Missing You Kang Hyung-joon / Harry Borrison [30]
2015 Imaginary Cat Hyun Jong-hyun [34]
2015–2016 Remember Seo Jin-woo [37]
2017 The Emperor: Owner of the Mask Lee Sun [40]
2017–2018 I'm Not a Robot Kim Min-kyu [42]
2018 Player Lee Han-sang Cameo (Episode 1) [66]
2018–2019 My Strange Hero Kang Bok Soo [43]
2020 Memorist Dong Baek [44]
2021–2022 Moonshine Nam Young [67]

Web series[edit]

Year Title Role Ref.
2023 Deal Lee Jun-seong [68]

Television shows[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2013 Homo Academicus Narrator Documentary narrator [69]
2022–2023 Off The Grid Main Cast (episode 19th and 20th) December 29, 2022 and January 5, 2023 [70]


Title Year Peak positions Sales Album
"I Believe in Love" (사랑을 믿어요)
(Yoo Seung-ho featuring IU)
2010 11 Road for Hope


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

Awards and nominations[edit]

Name of the award ceremony, year presented, category, nominee of the award, and the result of the nomination
Award ceremony Year Category Nominee / Work Result Ref.
Andre Kim Best Star Awards 2009 Male Star Award Yoo Seung-ho Won [73]
Baeksang Arts Awards 2010 Best New Actor – Film 4th Period Mystery Nominated
Best New Actor – Television Master of Study Nominated
Grand Bell Awards 2002 Best New Actor The Way Home Nominated
KBS Drama Awards 2005 Best Young Actor Immortal Admiral Yi Sun-sin, Precious Family Won [74]
2010 Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Master of Study Nominated
Best Couple Awards Yoo Seung-ho with Park Ji-yeon
Master of Study
Korea Best Dressed Swan Awards 2010 Best Dressed, TV Actor category Master of Study Won [75]
Korea Movie Star Awards 2007 Best Young Actor Heart Is... Won [76]
Korea Drama Awards 2016 Top Excellence Award, Actor Remember Nominated
MBC Drama Awards 2009 Best New Actor Queen Seondeok Won [77]
2012 Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Arang and the Magistrate, Missing You Nominated
2017 Grand Prize (Daesang) The Emperor: Owner of the Mask Nominated
Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Won [78]
Mnet 20's Choice Awards 2008 Hot Younger Male Yoo Seung-ho Won [79]
New Soldiers Education Unit 2013 Excellence Award from the Battalion Commander Won
SBS Drama Awards 2007 Best Young Actor The King and I Won [80]
2016 Excellence Award, Actor in a Genre Drama Remember Won [81]
2019 Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries My Strange Hero Nominated [82]
Soompi Awards 2018 Best Couple Award Yoo Seung-ho with Kim So-hyun
The Emperor: Owner of the Mask
Nominated [83]
Young Artist Awards 2003 Best Young Performer in International Film The Way Home Won [84]


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