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Yoo Seung-ho
Yoo Seung-ho in November 2015.png
In November 2015
Born (1993-08-17) 17 August 1993 (age 24)
Incheon, South Korea
Occupation Actor
Years active 1999–present
Agent San Entertainment
Korean name
Hangul 유승호
Revised Romanization Yu Seung-ho
McCune–Reischauer Yu Sŭngho

Yoo Seung-ho (Hangul유승호; Hanja俞承豪; born 17 August 1993) is a South Korean actor who rose to fame as a child actor in the film The Way Home (2002). After his two-year mandatory military service, he headlined the legal drama Remember: War of the Son (2015) and historical films The Magician (2015), Seondal: The Man Who Sells the River (2016), as well as historical drama The Emperor: Owner of the Mask (2017).

Early life and education[edit]

Born and raised in Incheon, Yoo is the younger of two siblings, he later said that his family had been poor.[1]

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.[2][3][4]


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.[1]

In 2000 Yoo began his career as a child actor, first appearing in the television drama Daddy Fish.[5] 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.[6] The low-budget film was a surprise box office hit in 2002, drawing more than 4 million admissions.[7] He was then affectionately labeled as "Nation's Little Brother".[8] Thereafter, Yoo also starred in animal movie Heart Is... (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.[9][10][11]

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).[12]

In 2009, Yoo starred in the action film City of Fathers and thriller film 4th Period Mystery.[13][14] He also played Kim Chunchu in the period epic Queen Seondeok.[15]

2010-2012: 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.[16][17][18] 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.[19] 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.[20]

In November 2012

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.[21] 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.[22] He then co-starred with Kim Ha-neul in the thriller Blind.[23]

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.[24][25] This was followed by a supporting role as the Jade Emperor, ruler of the heavens, in the fantasy-period drama Arang and the Magistrate.[26][27] Afterwards, he starred in the melodrama Missing You, playing a cold man who hides a vengeance-filled heart behind his seemingly gentle smile.[28][29][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 9 April 2013.[33]

2013-2014: Military service[edit]

Yoo enlisted for his mandatory military service, as a regular soldier, on March 5, 2013 where he reportedly worked as a trainer of new recruits.[34][3][35][36][37][38] He was discharged on December 4, 2014.[39][40]

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.[41] He was next cast as a stubborn webcomic writer raising a cat in the TV adaptation of webtoon Imaginary Cat.[42][43] 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.[44] Yoo was then cast in SBS's legal thriller series Remember: War of the Son as a lawyer with hyperthymesia who defends his father on death row.[45]

In 2016, Yoo starred in Seondal: The Man Who Sells the River as the titular Kim Seon-dal.[46][47] In 2017, he starred in MBC's historical melodrama The Emperor: Owner of the Mask.[48][49]



Year Title Role
2002 The Way Home Sang-woo
2003 Happy Ero Christmas Children's angel choir
2004 Don't Tell Papa Kim Cho-won
2006 Heart Is... Chan-yi
2008 Unforgettable Gil-su
2009 Astro Boy Astro Boy (voice, Korean dubbed)[50]
City of Fathers Kim Jong-chul
4th Period Mystery Han Jung-hoon
2011 Leafie, A Hen into the Wild Greenie (voice)
Blind Kwon Gi-seob
2012 Fragments of Sweet Memories (3D short film)[51][52]
2015 Joseon Magician Hwan-hee
2016 Seondal: The Man Who Sells the River Kim In-hong / Kim Seon-dal

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2000 Daddy Fish Jung Da-um MBC
2001 MBC Best Theater "Boys Don't Cry" Doo-san
MBC Best Theater "It Happened in the Parking Lot"
2003 MBC Best Theater "All That Ramen" Joon-young
MBC Best Theater "Winter Bird's Dream" Joon-ho
Love Letter young Lee Woo-jin
2004 MBC Best Theater "Hi, Clementine" Se-beom
Sweet Buns young Lee Shin-hyuk
Immortal Admiral Yi Sun-sin young Yi Sun-sin KBS1
Precious Family Park Joon-yi KBS2
2005 Sad Love Story young Seo Joon-young MBC
Magic Warriors Mir & Gaon Mir KBS2
2006 Alien Sam Wang Hae-ryong Tooniverse
2007 The King and I young Seongjong SBS
The Legend young Damdeok MBC
2009 Queen Seondeok Kim Chunchu
You're Beautiful Customer at convenience store
(cameo, episode 9)
2010 Master of Study Hwang Baek-hyun KBS2
Flames of Desire Kim Min-jae MBC
2011 Warrior Baek Dong-soo Yeo Woon SBS
2012 Operation Proposal Kang Baek-ho TV Chosun
Arang and the Magistrate Jade Emperor, King of Heaven MBC
Missing You Kang Hyung-joon/Harry Borrison
2013 Studying Humans Documentary narrator[53] KBS1
2015 Imaginary Cat Hyun Jong-hyun MBC Every 1
2015-2016 Remember: War of the Son Seo Jin-woo SBS
2017 The Emperor: Owner of the Mask Lee Sun MBC


Year Song Title Notes
2010 "Believe in Love" Duet with IU


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

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2002 24th Young Artist Awards Best Young Performer in International Film The Way Home Won
2005 KBS Drama Awards Best Young Actor Immortal Admiral Yi Sun-sin, Precious Family Won
2007 1st Korea Movie Star Awards Heart Is... Won
SBS Drama Awards The King and I Won
2008 2nd Mnet 20's Choice Awards Hot Younger Male N/A Won
2009 4th Andre Kim Best Star Awards Male Star Award N/A Won [54]
MBC Drama Awards Best New Actor Queen Seondeok Won [55]
2010 46th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actor (TV) Master of Study Nominated
26th Korea Best Dressed Swan Awards Best Dressed, TV Actor category Won
KBS Drama Awards Best Couple Award with Park Ji-yeon Nominated
Netizens' Award, Actor Nominated
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 Best Actor, Top Excellence Award Remember: War of the Son Nominated
SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Genre Drama Won
K-Wave Star Award Nominated


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