Yoo in March 2015
April 11, 1984
Seoul, South Korea
|Agent||King Kong Entertainment|
|Revised Romanization||Yu Yeon-seok|
|Revised Romanization||An Yeon-seok|
Yoo Yeon-seok (born Ahn Yeon-seok on April 11, 1984) is a South Korean actor. After making his acting debut in 2003 with a small role in Oldboy, he resumed his acting career in 2008. His notable works include the films Re-encounter (2011), Architecture 101 (2012), A Werewolf Boy (2012) and Whistle Blower (2014), Perfect Proposal (2015), Mood of the Day (2016) as well as the television series Gu Family Book (2013), Reply 1994 (2013), Warm and Cozy (2015) and Dr. Romantic (2016)
Yoo was born as Ahn Yeon-seok on April 11, 1984 in Seoul. When he was six years old, his family moved to South Gyeongsang Province because his father, a professor of selenodesy, was posted at a national university there. In his junior year in high school, Yoo decided to take up acting and followed his brother, who was studying another year to enter university, to Seoul and they lived together near the district of Samseong-dong.
While taking acting classes, Yoo met a friend who would later work on the costume staff of film director Park Chan-wook. Remembering that he resembled actor Yoo Ji-tae, he gave him a call about auditioning for a role. Without having to pass out his resume, he made his acting debut as Yoo Ji-tae's younger counterpart in the acclaimed 2003 film Oldboy.
2008–2012: Career beginnings
Yoo took on supporting roles on television, such as the haughty student body president in the horror series Soul and more appealing characters in medical drama Midnight Hospital and Tasty Life. But Yoo received his best reviews yet for playing a sensitive ex-boyfriend searching for his child in indie Re-encounter.
Soon after he became known to mainstream audiences as the rich and spoiled antagonist in the box office hit melodramas Architecture 101, and A Werewolf Boy. He further raised his profile with comedy film Born to Sing and the fantasy series Gu Family Book.
2013–present: Rising popularity
Yoo rose to popularity in the nostalgic campus drama Reply 1994 in late 2013. Following his breakout year, he was cast in two high-profile films in 2014: Whistle Blower about infamous biotech researcher Hwang Woo-suk, and Joseon-set period drama The Royal Tailor. Yoo then appeared in the travel-reality show Youth Over Flowers.
In 2015, Yoo was cast in his first leading role on network television as a chef and restaurateur in the romantic comedy series Warm and Cozy, written by the Hong sisters and set on Jeju Island. He also starred in the thriller Perfect Proposal (a remake of Woman of Straw), and The Beauty Inside (adapted from the social film of the same title). Later in the year, Yoo played the protagonist in Le Passe-Muraille ("The Man Who Walked Through Wall"); this was his first stage musical since his professional acting debut (Yoo had previously appeared in theatrical productions while still in university).
In 2016, Yoo starred in the period music drama Love, Lies followed by romantic comedy Mood of the Day. He returned to the small screen with hit medical drama Dr. Romantic alongside Han Suk-kyu and Seo Hyun-jin.
|2003||Oldboy||Young Lee Woo-jin||Credit as Ahn Yeon-suk|
|2009||Short! Short! Short! 2009: Show Me the Money||Man||Segment: "Saw"|
|Two Weddings and a Funeral||Joon||Cameo|
|Horror Stories||Man||Segment: "Beginning"|
|A Werewolf Boy||Ji-tae|
|2013||Born to Sing||Dong-soo|
|Hwayi: A Monster Boy||Park Ji-won|
|2014||Whistle Blower||Shim Min-ho|
|The Royal Tailor||King|
|The Beauty Inside||Woo-jin|
|2016||Love, Lies||Kim Yoon-woo|
|Mood of the Day||Jae-hyun|
|A Quiet Dream||Motorcycle man||Cameo|
|2008–2009||General Hospital 2||Heo Woo-jin||MBC|
|2010||Running, Gu||Heo Ji-man|
|2010–2011||Pure Pumpkin Flower||Oh Hyo-joon||SBS|
|2011||Midnight Hospital||Yoon Sang-ho||MBC|
|A Thousand Kisses||Hyung-soo||SBS|
|2012||Tasty Life||Choi Jae-hyuk|
|What About Mom?||Kim Yeon-seok||MBC|
|2013||Gu Family Book||Park Tae-seo|
|2015||Warm and Cozy||Baek Gun-woo||MBC|
|Mrs. Cop||Jo Young-woo||SBS||Cameo, Episode 16|
|2016–2017||Romantic Doctor, Teacher Kim||Kang Dong-joo|
|2018||Mr. Sunshine||Goo Dong-mae||tvN|
|2012||Cats and Dogs||tvN||Host|
|2014||Youth Over Flowers||Regular cast|
|2008||"Things to Do Tomorrow"||Yoon Jong-shin|
|2009||"On the Days I Longed for Love"||Lee Oh Gong Gam|
|"Things to Do Tomorrow"||Yoon Jong-shin feat. Sung Si-kyung|
|"The Day to Love"||Lee Seung-chul|
|"One Way Love"||Hyolyn|
|"Only Feeling You"||Yoo Yeon-seok, Son Ho-jun and Jung Woo|
|2014||"Three People"||Toy feat. Sung Si-kyung|
|2015||"Because You're Pretty"||Standing Egg|
|2008||The Good Person of Szechwan|
|2017||Hedwig and the Angry Inch||Hedwig|
|2014||Yoo Yeon-seok's Dream||Paperbook||ISBN 9788997148387|
Awards and nominations
|2011||48th Grand Bell Awards||Best New Actor||Re-encounter||Nominated|
|2012||33rd Blue Dragon Film Awards||Best New Actor||Horror Stories||Nominated|
|2014||50th Baeksang Arts Awards||Most Popular Actor (TV)||Reply 1994||Nominated|
|7th Style Icon Awards||Top 10 Style Icons||N/A||Won|
|2015||51st Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Supporting Actor||The Royal Tailor||Nominated|
|52nd Grand Bell Awards||Best Supporting Actor||Nominated|
|MBC Drama Awards||Top 10 Stars Award||Warm and Cozy||Won|
|2016||Korea Film Actors Association Awards||Popularity Award||Mood of the Day||Won|
|SBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actor in a Genre Drama||Romantic Doctor, Teacher Kim||Won|
|Best Couple (with Seo Hyun-jin)||Won|
|Idol Academy Award - Best Kiss (with Seo Hyun-jin)||Won|
|2018||6th APAN Star Awards||Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries||Mr. Sunshine||Nominated|
|2nd The Seoul Awards||Best Supporting Actor (Drama)||Nominated|
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- "Yoo Yeon-seok to appear in 'Mrs. Cop'". The Korea Times. 20 September 2015.
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- "'제2회 더 서울어워즈' 10월27일 개최, 드라마-영화 각 부문별 후보공개". iMBC (in Korean). 28 September 2018.
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