Yoon Shi-yoon

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Yoon Shi-yoon
Yoon Si-Yoon from acrofan.jpg
In October 2010
Native name 윤시윤
Born Yoon Dong-gu
(1986 -09-26) September 26, 1986 (age 30)
Suncheon, South Jeolla Province, South Korea
Nationality South Korean
Occupation Actor, television personality
Years active 2009–present
Korean name
Hangul 윤시윤
Hanja 尹施允
Revised Romanization Yun Si-yun
McCune–Reischauer Yun Siyun
Birth name
Hangul 윤동구
Hanja 尹東久
Revised Romanization Yun Dong-gu
McCune–Reischauer Yun Tonggu

Yoon Shi-yoon (Hangul윤시윤; born Yoon Dong-gu on September 26, 1986) is a South Korean actor and television personality. He is best known for his leading roles in King of Baking, Kim Takgu (2010) and Flower Boys Next Door (2013). In 2016, he became a member of the variety show 2 Days & 1 Night.

Early life[edit]

Yoon was born as Yoon Dong Goo, a name he used until his agency recommended an official change of name upon his entry into college, in a small town in Suncheon. He is the only child of his family. When he was a little boy he was raised by his grandparents. At the time, while the peer of his age went to kindergarten and learned English, Yoon went to seodang, a traditional school that taught Confucianism and learned Chinese characters.[1] Yoon's unique childhood was then unveiled through his song Grandpa's bicycle for Barefooted Friends.[2][3]


2009–2010: Rising popularity and breakthrough[edit]

Yoon debuted in the daily sitcom High Kick Through the Roof and rose to fame. In the sitcom, Yoon played as Jun-hyuk, a semi-rebellious teenage boy.[4] He was nominated for Best New Actor in TV at the Baeksang Arts Awards, and won MBC's Best Couple award with his co-star Shin Se-kyung.

The following year, 2010, Yoon was cast as the main character in the slice-of-life television series King of Baking, Kim Takgu. The drama's writer, Kang Eun-kyung, saw Yoon in High Kick Through the Roof and picked him for the role. The series was one of the most watched shows in South Korea in 2010, with a final episode viewership rating of 50.8%. It is also the 25th highest rated Korean drama of all time, thereby attaining "national drama" status. Yoon's popularity skyrocketed, and he won the Drama Daesang at the 11th Korean Entertainment Culture Awards.

The same year, Yoon had his first big screen debut with a leading role in the horror movie Death Bell 2: Bloody Camp.[5]

2011–2014: Leading roles[edit]

In 2011, Yoon was cast over Kim Jaewon, who suffered from multiple injuries, in the romantic-comedy Me Too, Flower! playing a millionaire masquerading as a parking attendant and entering into relationship with an abrasive female police officer (Lee Ji-ah). However, the drama scored low viewership ratings and had to be pre-empted.

In 2012, Yoon starred in the Japanese web drama Brand Guardians, based on a story about a Korean youth who travels to Japan to make it as a fashion stylist. The project was orchestrated by the JAFIC (Japan Apparel-Fashion Industry Council) to increase awareness of Japanese fashion. He then filmed his first Chinese drama Happy Noodles. On December 8, Yoon won the Popular Star Prize in China at the 2012 Asia Top 10 Popular Star Awards by CETV.[6][7]

In 2013, he starred in the cable series Flower Boys Next Door, the third installment of tvN 's "flower boy" series. Yoon plays a genius game developer, who accidentally enters into the life of a modern Rapunzel (played by Park Shin-hye).[8] The series was the highest sold cable drama ever to Japan.[9][10] Yoon then became a cast member of Barefooted Friends, which was his first variety show.[11][12] In October, Yoon was cast in KBS's drama Prime Minister and I,[13] alongside Lee Beom-soo and Girls' Generation's Yoona.

In 2014, Yoon starred opposite Yeo Jin-goo in the film Mr. Perfect, where he plays a professional golfer who loses everything but later becomes a golf coach.

2016–present: Comeback from military service[edit]

After completing military service, Yoon was confirmed to star in JTBC's historical fantasy drama Mirror of the Witch, playing Joseon's famous doctor Hur Jun. The drama is a fiction story about Hur Jun in his young age and his journey to lift a curse for a princess (played by Kim Sae-ron), whom he later fell in love with.[14][15][16] Since May 2016, he became a regular cast member of the third season of 2 Days & 1 Night.[17][18]

In October 2016, Yoon was confirmed to star in a 3-episode miniseries, Romance Full of Life, which is part of MBC's 9-episode miniseries, Three Color Fantasy. The drama premiere in March 2017.[19][20] Yoon stars in KBS2's Hit the Top (2017).[21]

Personal life[edit]

Yoon is addicted to books. He has over 2000 books at home.[22] He even reads books during breaks when filming.

On April 28, 2014, Yoon secretly enlisted into the Republic of Korea Marine Corps. Yoon had previously expressed his desire that he wanted to enlist secretly to avoid harming the other soldiers.[23] On January 27, 2016, Yoon finally completed his military service.[24]


Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2009 High Kick Through the Roof Jung Joon-hyuk MBC
2010 King of Baking, Kim Takgu Kim Tak-gu KBS2
Once Upon a Time In Saengchori Park Shi-yoon (cameo) TVN
2011 Me Too, Flower! Seo Jae-hee MBC
2011-2012 High Kick: Revenge of the Short Legged Yoon Shi-yoon (cameo, ep 88) MBC
2012 Brand Guardians Ha Woo joo (ep 1-13)
2013 Flower Boys Next Door Enrique Geum TVN
Happy Noodles Xiu Can ZJSTV
2013-2014 Prime Minister and I Kang In-ho KBS2
2016 Ms. Temper and Nam Jung-Gi new recruit Yoon Shi-yoon (cameo, episode 16) JTBC
Mirror of the Witch Heo Jun JTBC
2017 Three Color Fantasy - Romance Full of Life So In-sung MBC
Hit the Top Yoo Hyun-jae KBS2


Year Title Role
2010 Death Bell 2: Bloody Camp Kwan-woo
2014 Mr. Perfect Baek Se-jin

Variety Shows[edit]

Year Title Network Further Info
2010 Strong Heart SBS Guest (ep 35,36)
2011 Happy Together KBS2 Guest (ep 152)
2012 Strong Heart SBS Guest (ep 159,160)
Taxi Talk Show TVN Guest (ep 270)
2013 Gag Concert KBS2 Guest (ep 686)
Barefooted Friends SBS Main cast
Happy Together KBS2 Guest (ep 328)
2016 Abnormal Summit JTBC Guest (ep 99)
2016- 2 Days & 1 Night KBS2 Main cast


Year Title Network Further Info
2016 Lee Guk-joo's Youngstreet SBS Power FM Guest (20/04/16)
2016 Lee Guk-joo's Youngstreet Special DJ (18/08/16)


Year Program Network
2013 KBS Song Festival KBS



Year Title Track
2010 High Kick Through The Roof OST "The Road to Me (내게 오는 길)"
King of Baking, Kim Takgu OST "Only You (너 하나만)"
2013 Flower Boys Next Door OST "I want to date you (사귀고 싶어)"
Barefooted Friends My Song, My Story "Grandpa's bicycle (할아버지의 자전거)" (ft Juniel, Tablo)

Music Video Appearances[edit]

Year Track Artist
2009 "Lonely Voyage" Kim Dong-ryool
2010 "I Promise You" Park Hyo-shin

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2009 MBC Entertainment Awards Best New Actor in Comedy/Sitcom High Kick Through the Roof Nominated
Best Couple Award with Shin Se-kyung Won
2010 46th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actor in TV Nominated
3rd Korea Drama Awards Best New Actor King of Baking, Kim Takgu Won
18th Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards Popularity Award, Actor Won
11th Korean Entertainment Culture Awards Male Grand Prize (Daesang) for Drama Won
KBS Drama Awards Best Couple Award with Lee Young-ah Won
Popularity Award, Actor Nominated
Best New Actor Nominated
Excellence Award, Actor in a Special Production Drama Won
2011 47th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actor in TV Nominated
2012 2012 Asia Top 10 Popular Star Awards Top Ten Asian Stars Won
2016 KBS Entertainment Awards Rookie Award in Variety 2 Days & 1 Night Won


  1. ^ "Actor Yoon Si Yoon talks about his childhood "I didn't go to kindergaten"". 26 December 2012. Archived from the original on December 29, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Barefoot Friends, Kim Hyun Joong and Yoon Si Yoon's seaside camping". 12 August 2013. Archived from the original on August 14, 2013. Retrieved 12 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "'Barefoot Friends' unveils 1st Ost 'My Story, My Song' featuring songs By Uee, Yoon Si Yoon and Kang Ho Dong". 19 August 2013. Retrieved 19 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "Actor Yoon Si-yoon of High Kick Through the Roof Top". March 18, 2010. 
  5. ^ "[ChanMi's movie news] "Death Bell 2: Bloody Camp" casting Yoon Si-Yoon". 11 February 2010. Retrieved 11 February 2010. 
  6. ^ "Yoon Shi Yoon cast in Chinese drama 'Happy Noodles'". March 26, 2013. Retrieved March 26, 2013. 
  7. ^ "윤시윤 "중드 시청률 1위" 기쁨의 곰돌이 암바 작렬". May 13, 2013. Retrieved May 13, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Park Shin Hye and Yoon Shi Yoon to star in new drama "Flower Boys Next Door"". October 31, 2012. Retrieved October 31, 2012. 
  9. ^ ""Flower Boy Next Door" is the highest cable series sold to Japan". January 28, 2013. Retrieved January 28, 2013. 
  10. ^ "'Flower Boys Next Door' Is Sold to Japan for Record Amount". January 28, 2013. 
  11. ^ "'맨친' 윤시윤, '첫 예능 맞아?' 무한 예능감+적응력 과시". April 22, 2013. Retrieved April 22, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Yoon Si Yoon and Kim Hyun Joong are filming together". March 27, 2013. Retrieved March 27, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Yoon Shi Yoon Joins SNSD's Yoona for Prime Minister and I". October 23, 2013. Retrieved October 23, 2013. 
  14. ^ "'마녀보감', 윤시윤·김새론 출연 확정.. '14살 차 극복한 연기호흡 어떨까'". 8 March 2016. 
  15. ^ "‘마녀보감’ 첫 성인연기 김새론 "부담되면서도 두근거려" 소감". 8 March 2016. 
  16. ^ "전역 윤시윤 '마녀보감' 출연확정, 김새론과 호흡". 8 March 2016. 
  17. ^ "Yoon Shi Yoon Officially Joins Cast of "2 Days & 1 Night"". 14 April 2016. 
  18. ^ "윤시윤, '1박 2일' 고정 멤버 합류 "오프닝 화기애애"". 15 April 2016. 
  19. ^ "MBC, '세가지색 판타지'로 색다른 실험…내년 초 방송 예정". 27 October 2016. 
  20. ^ "MBC’s experimental youth drama Three Colors of Fantasies goes on casting spree". 27 October 2016. 
  21. ^ "윤시윤·김민재, 유호진PD 신작 '최고의 한방' 주연 확정". HEI Hankyung. 16 March 2017. 
  22. ^ "Yoon Shi Yoon searches for Little Prince and shares his love for books". February 28, 2013. 
  23. ^ "[Exclusive] Yoon Shi Yoon Secretly Enlist in Marine". 28 April 2014. 
  24. ^ "[Exclusive] Yoon Si Yoon finishes his military service". 27 January 2016. 

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