Top 25 Most Popular and Handsome Korean Drama Actors
The South Korean entertainment industry is taking over the west and creating a solid footing in a predominantly non-Asian industry. A second Hallyu Wave that the K-Pop group BTS generated was bigger than anything the country with a small population of 50 million ever saw. The Korean Wave to Hallyu refers to the global spread of South Korean culture including music, TV, and movies. With the niche of Kdramas and Korean movies like Parasite going mainstream, it’s only fair to discuss the Korean Actors. These Korean Actors have a huge part in making it global with their top-notch acting skills and visuals. With the movie Parasite that swept the Oscars making history, there are multiple Korean Actors that deserve a bigger stage. While being immensely popular in the East-Asian countries, these Korean Actors have made a name for themselves.
So, here’s a list of the Best Korean Actors that makes everyone’s heart skip a beat! Disclaimer: This list in no specific order, because I can’t bring myself to rank these handsome actors. Although, I have added Instagram handles of these popular k-drama actors for you to stalk them! 😀
Table of Contents
Most Popular and Handsome Korean Drama Actors
- Park Seo-Joon
- Lee Jong-Suk
- Park Hyung-Sik
- Lee Min-Ho
- Song Joong-Ki
- Ji Chang-Wook
- Gong Yoo
- Park Bo-Gum
- Kim Soo-Hyun
- Lee Dong Wook
- Kim Woo-Bin
- Nam Joo-Hyuk
- Cha Eun-Woo
- Park Hae-Jin
- Seo Kang-Joon
- Lee Seung-Gi
- Ahn Jae-Hyun
- Sung Hoon
- Song Kang
- Seo In-Guk
- Lee Joon-Gi
- Choi Woo-Shik
- Yoo Seung-Ho
- Lee Jae Wook
Born in: 1988
Age: 32 years
Park Seo-Joon is considered to be one of the Best Korean Actors in this generation. He made his debut in the industry through, Bang Yong Guk’s “I remember you”, a small music video. Flashback to 2013, he wins his first Best New Actor Award for his work in Pots of Gold. Since his debut in 2011, he has since acted in 8 films, 13 TV shows, appeared in 2 variety shows, 3 Music Videos, and has won over 27 awards for his impeccable acting. His breakout roles included roles in dramas Kill Me, Heal Me and She Was Pretty.
Known for his romantic comedy roles at first, Seo-Joon branched out to playing Rang Sun Woo in the historical drama Hwarang in 2016. Further, he plays an adorable hard-headed, and morally righteous man named Park Sae-Royi in the 2020 drama Itaewon Class. Another challenging role he plays in the movie The Divine Fury, Yong-Hoo, a martial arts champion with divine powers to fight evil. It is safe to say that Park Seo-Joon is a very versatile actor with an extremely good emotional range to play any character he wants to.
Best known for Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth and What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim? (Drama)
What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim Trailer
Born in: 1989
Age: 31 years
With currently serving his mandatory military service, Lee Jong-Suk is one of the most loved Korean Actors. Debuting in 2005 as a model and he secured the title of The Youngest Male Model to participate in the Seoul Fashion Week. His break out role in the drama School 2013 gave him a massive boost among the Korean public. His first-ever award for acting came in 2012 for The Best New Actor! Jong-Suk has starred in critically acclaimed dramas such as I Can Hear Your Voice.
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This is when Lee Jon-Suk started going mainstream with hits like Doctor Stranger, Pinocchio, and W. However, film VIP, marked his first role as a villain in his career. With a variety of roles, ranging from different genres, Jong-Suk starred in his first romantic comedy-drama Romance Is a Bonus Book in 2019. This Korean actor has amassed 27 awards from his modeling and acting career! Fact: Lee Jong-Suk is currently serving his military service and is scheduled to finish it on January 2nd, 2021.
Best known for: W: Two Worlds and Pinocchio. (Drama)
W: Two Worlds and Pinocchio Trailer
Born in: 1991
Age: 29 years
Next on my list of the Best Korean Actors is Park Hyungsik. Originally a member of the boy group ZE: A, Hyungsik debuted in 2010. The very next year he branched out and began his theatrical career in the musical Temptation of Wolves. His very first drama that kick-started his official acting career is I Remember You. A breakout role was when Hyunsik plays an heir in the 2015 High Society, this drama increased his popularity in Japan and Korea. His most recognizable roles include The young king, Sammaekjong in Hwarang, with commendable acting he was highly praised by the audience.
However, Hyungsik’s first leading role in Strong Woman Do Bong Soon, a romantic comedy was a huge success and became of the highest-rated KDramas in history! Hyungsik won his first award for Best Male Newcomer in a Variety Show in 2013, while he made his transition from music to acting. Since then, he has won 12 awards for his immense popularity and a great sense of acting. As of now, he is serving his mandatory military service and will return on January 4th, 2021!
Best known for Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth and Strong Woman Do Bong Soon (Drama)
Strong Woman Do Bong Soon Trailer
Some Frequently Asked Questions by users
Who is the most popular Korean actor?
Leen Min-Ho (hyperlink) is one of the most popular Korean actors. He made his debut in 2003 with a supporting role in the drama Secret Campus. All was going well, but in 2006 he took a break following a serious car accident. After returning from his hiatus, Min-Ho secured his first lead role in the drama Mackerel Run in 2007.
Who is the most famous Korean actor 2020?
Again, Leen Min-Ho got the maximum votes when a website ran a poll on the most famous Korean actors of 2020. He is clearly much more than his handsome looks and great acting skills in the Korean industry.
Born in: 1987
Age: 33 years
Lee Min-Ho is considered the most popular Korean Actor. With worldwide fame in countries like Asia, the USA, France, among many others, Min-Ho is a well-established Hallyu star! He made his debut in 2003 with a supporting role in the drama Secret Campus. All was going well, but in 2006 he took a break following a serious car accident. After returning from his hiatus, Min-Ho secured his first lead role in the drama Mackerel Run in 2007.
However, his breakthrough role which gave him a massive push in his career with popularity all over Asia was the lead role in the drama Boys Over Flowers in 2009. Another TV show Lee Min-Ho played a lead role in was The Heirs in 2013. This show gained immense popularity among Chinese viewers. His filmography is quite extensive, with 4 Movies, 14 Dramas, 5 Web Series, 1 Music Video, and a massive sum total of 38 awards for his notable works in acting. Lee Min-Ho is a household name in South Korea is extremely popular among international fans.
Best known for Boys Over Flowers, Heirs, and The Legend of the Blue Sea. (Drama)
The Legend of the Blue Sea Trailer
Born in: 1985
Age: 35 years
Instagram: Not active on Social media
Everyone knows Sing Joong-Ki from the massive hit Descendants of the Sun. However, there are many things the majority of the viewers never knew about this insanely popular Korean Actor. Originally, Joong-Ki competed in short track speed skating at the national level, an injury stopped him. He is extremely smart, with a 380/400 on his national college entrance test, he graduated with a degree in Business Administration in 2012. He studied part-time while being ambiguous about his career path. Joong-Ki first appeared on a TV show Quiz Korea as a substitute but won second place anyway. With significant attention from his early days, Joong-ki made his first acting debut in 2008, Frozen Flower.
But his breakout role was in the historical drama Sungkyunkwan Scandal. He also gained major traction while he was on the variety show Running Man from 2010-2011. A critically praised role was when he played a young king in Deep-rooted Tree. Joong-Ki’s popularity skyrocketed with his visuals and acting as a military officer in the Descendants of the Sun in 2016. This role won the hearts of millions. the Descendants of Sun peaked its viewership ratings with 41.6% in Korea. This feat established him as a Hallyu star when he topped all the popularity polls in Asia. With an image of a pretty boy, over time, Joong-Ki developed an image of a “manly man without any pretense”. With 13 Dramas, 10 movie appearances, and 27 awards over his career, Song Joong-Ki proved his worth as one of the Best Korean Actors.
Best Known for Descendants of the Sun and The Innocent Man (Drama)
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Born in: 1987
Age: 33 years
This Korean actor began his career in musical theater and made his Onscreen debut in the 2006 film Days. But his official debut was on the film Sleeping Beauty. Chang-Wook’s first lead role in the drama Smile Again. This drama was really popular back in the day with spending 15 consecutive weeks on the top of the charts. He wins his first award for Excellence Award, Actor in a Daily Drama. With, an amazing range, he acted in the historic drama Warrior Baek Dong-Soo from his first role as a villain in the 2012 drama Five Fingers.
Chang-Wook’s breakout role was in yet another historical drama Empress Ki, he received critical and commercial success. With Healer and K2 he proved his spot as a top-notch action actor. However, with the thriller/romance Suspicious Partner and the romantic-comedy Melting Me Softly he showed his versatility. His latest romantic-comedy Backstreet Rookie is set to premiere in 2020. To date, Ji Chang-Wook’s filmography includes 10 Movies, 15 Dramas, 2 Web Series, 9 Music Video appearances, and 7 musical theater acts, winning 10 awards across his career.
Best Known For: K2 and Healer (Drama)
Who is the most popular celebrity in Korea?
According to my research, Park Bo-Gum (hyperlink) is the most popular celebrity in Korea. He ranked first on the Forbes Korea Power Celebrity 2020 list. Park Bo-Gum gained a new image after playing the stand-out role in the drama Hello, Monster where he played a psychopathic lawyer. He received the Popularity and Best Supporting Actor Awards for this role. Park Bo-Gum starred as one of the leads in the hit show Reply 1988, which was the highest-rated Korean Drama in cable history.
Who is the most handsome Korean actor in 2020?
JI Chang-Wook is one of the most handsome Korean actors in 2020. To date, Ji Chang-Wook’s filmography includes 10 Movies, 15 Dramas, 2 Web Series, 9 Music Video appearances, and 7 musical theater acts, winning 10 awards across his career.
Born in: 1979
Age: 41 years
Gong Yoo, is one of the most popular Korean Actors in Korea and worldwide. With his official debut in 2001, on TV series School 4 and went on have multiple minor roles in numerous dramas. He secured his very first lead role in the 2005 Hello My Teacher. But his breakout role was from the romantic-comedy Coffee Prince in 2007. After his military service in 2008, he played lead roles in a few dramas before his first internationally released movie Silenced in 201. This movie sparked the passing of the Dongani Bill ( a revised bill to target sex crimes against minors and the disabled).
However, Gong Yoo experienced a major shift in his career from 2016, with his hit films like Train to Busan, A Man and a Woman, and The Age of Shadows. His most popular TV Drama Guardian: The Lonely and Great God aka Goblin was a massive success. Praised for its cast, soundtrack, and plot, this drama became the 5th highest-rated Korean drama of all time! With a ton of experience, Gong Yoo’s filmography is impressive with 15 movies, 13 dramas, 1 music video appearance, and winning 13 awards across his career.
Best Known for Train To Busan (Film) and Goblin (Drama)
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Born in: 1993
Age: 27 years
Originally, Park Bo-Gum was interested in song-writing and singing, he was a talented pianist. He received several offers from many agencies after he sent in his video of singing and playing the piano. However, he changed his career path and started acting after multiple suggestions that he would act well. Despite his early career, he continued to actively participate in college activities and balanced both efficiently. Bo-Gum first played a supporting role in the film Blind and debuted in 2011. With supporting roles here and there, he received his first award for his role in the drama Naeil’s Cantabile.
Park Bo-Gum gained a new image after playing the stand-out role in the drama Hello, Monster where he played a psychopathic lawyer. Bo-Gum received the Popularity and Best Supporting Actor Awards for this role. Park Bo-Gum starred as one of the leads in the hit show Reply 1988, which was the highest-rated Korean Drama in cable history. This role, in particular, catapulted his fame making him a Hallyu star with various awards all over Asia and America. His lead role in the historical drama Love in the Moonlight was a huge success too. All these roles solidified his status as a versatile actor that is capable of playing any role.
Best Known for Hello Monster and Love in the Moonlight
Love in the Moonlight Trailer
Born in: 1988
Age: 32 years
Many might not know what really got this Korean Actor, a Hallyu Superstar into acting. It was Kim Soo-Hyun’s mother that encouraged him to act to battle his very introverted personality. Soo-Hyun’s acting career is quite impressive, he debuted in 2007 in the sitcom Kimchi Cheese Smile in a supporting role. He landed his first lead role in the 2008 drama Jungle Fish, only one year into his career. He acted in several award-winning short films such as Worst Friends. His breakthrough role in Dream High, as a musical genius, he became a household name across Korea. The drama Drem Hugh won several awards in Korea and overseas with high ratings.
Another boost in his career was thanks to his role in the drama Moon Embracing the Sun as a young king. The drama earned the title “the national drama” and was praised by critics and audiences alike. His immense popularity set a new record when he became the face for 17 products simultaneously! One of the most popular shows in the history of Korean cable Tv is his drama My Love From Another Star, alongside Jun Ji-Hyun. As of now, Kim Soo-Hyun is the highest-paid Korean actor who is paid nearly 84,000 USD per episode and is in high demand.
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His filmography is as follows, 6 Movies, 14 Dramas, 4 Musical Theatre acts, 1 narration in a documentary for director Bong Joon-Ho, 2 Hosting jobs for variety shows, and 1 Music Video appearance. His discography includes 9 songs, with “The One and Only You” peaking at #2 on the Billboard K-Pop Hot 100 music chart.
Best Known For Dream High and My Love From Another Star
My Love From Another Star Trailer
Some frequently asked questions by users
Who is the most handsome boy in Korea?
V from the band BTS is one of the most handsome boys in Korea. Fans all over the world are falling hard for this exceptionally charming, endless eye candy boy from BTS.
Who is the most beautiful girl in Korea 2020?
Son Ye-jin is a South Korean actress and known to be the most beautiful girl in South Korea. She rose to fame in romance-themed films and television series such as The Classic (2003), Summer Scent (2003), A Moment to Remember (2004), and April Snow (2005). She has won acting recognition for her versatility in diverse genres, notably in Alone in Love (2006), My Wife Got Married (2008), The Pirates (2014) and the 2016 films The Truth Beneath and The Last Princess.
Lee Dong Wook
Born in: 1981
Age: 39 years
Dong-Wook made his official acting debut in 1999 when he starred in an MBC one-episode drama There’s a world outside of the road. Later, he gets scouted in the drama School 2 and gained some recognition with his performance in School 3. Dong-Wook hit a new career peak in 2005 with his romantic comedy My Girl. He was named a Hallyu star after the show went hit across Asia. His other well-known work includes A Bitter Sweet Life, Scent of a Woman, Wild Romance, The Fugitive of Joseon, Blade Man, and Bubble Gum. All these dramas span through different genres and show this Korean Actor’s talent in playing any role offered.
A resurgence in his acting career was caused by his role in the hit show Guardian: The Lonely and Great God aka, Goblin. Recently, Dong-Wook started in a romantic-comedy Touch Your Heart alongside Yoo In-na in 2019. He also was revealed to be the MC for the massive idol survival program Produce X 101. Dong-Wook starred in a thriller drama Hell Is Other People and also celebrated his 20th year since his debut. With over 20 years of experience in the industry, Lee Dong-Wook’s filmography includes 5 Movies, 41 Dramas (lead, supporting roles, and cameos), 1 Theatre act, 19 TV show host gigs, 4 Radioshows, and 11 Music Video appearances!
Best Known For Goblin and Scent Of a Woman (Drama)
Goblin and Scent Of a Woman Trailer
Born in: 1989
Age: 31 years
Kim Woo-Bin is a Korean Actor with massive potential in acting as well as modeling. Kim pursued his modeling career in 2009 at the age of 20 and appeared in shows like prêt-à-porter and Seoul Fashion Week. As he moved forward with his modeling career he began filming commercials and studying acting. Woo-Bin makes his acting debut in 2011 with the drama White Christmas. However, 2013, was Kim Woo-Bin’s year, where he experienced a rise in his career. He starred in the drama School 2013 alongside Lee Jong-Suk and received his first acting award for the Best New Actor. The same year he became a part of the main cast of the hit show The Heirs and saw a huge surge in his popularity.
Woo-Bin’s first major film role was in the movie Friend: The Great Legacy and received positive feedback from the audience. In 2015, he secured his first lead role in the drama Uncontrollably Fond. In 2017, he was cast in the film Wiretap but the project was suspended due to his health issues. Woo Bin was diagnosed with Nasopharyngeal cancer and halted all activities for his treatment. Woo-Bin took a break from all his activities for almost 4 years. But, the good news is he has completed his treatment and is set to star in an upcoming 2020 sci-fi movie Alien. His health issues put a block in his previously bright acting career, but nonetheless, now he will be back better than ever!
Best Known For School 2013 and The Heirs (Drama)
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Born in: 1994
Age: 26 years
This Korean actor’s initial passion wasn’t for acting, it was for Basketball. Joo-Hyuk played on his basketball team for three years, but after sustaining an injury he was unable to continue on that path. He moves to Seoul and wins the Top Model Contest and signs a modeling contract with YGKPlus. He makes his debut as a model in 2013 and appeared in Music Videos for Akdong Musician. His first acting gig that marked his official debut as an actor was a supporting role in the drama The Idle Mermaid.
He garnered attention after his role in the teen drama Who Are You: School 2015. From 2016, Nam Joo-Hyuk started appearing in roles in popular series such as Cheese in the Trap, the historical drama Moon Lover: Scarlet Heart Ryeo, and his most popular work in the sports drama Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-Joo. In 2017, he starred in the fantasy romance series The Bride of Habaek. Another great feat, he starred in the historical film The Great Battle in 2018 and received a lot of praise for his acting. In 2019, Nam Joo-Hyuk starred in yet another fantasy/romance drama with positive reviews, Dazzling. Currently, Nam Joo-Hyuk is set to star in three 2020 dramas, a supernatural crime drama The School Nurse Files, and dramas named Here and Startup. Nam Joo-Hyuk’s filmography includes 11 Dramas, 3 Films, 6 Variety Shows, 4 Music Video appearances, and has won 9 awards.
Best Known for Who are You: School 2015 and Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-Joo (Drama)
Who are You: School 2015 Trailer
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Some frequently asked questions by users
Who is the best Korean kisser?
According to a poll run by Koreanboo.com, the best Korean kisser is Seo in Guk (hyperlink). Seo In-Guk has proved himself yet again with a dual role in the miniseries Another Parting. With lead roles in dramas like High School King of Savvy, King’s face, and Shopaholic Louis, he has gathered a massive fan base around the world. In-Guk has had a great career and will continue to make bring amazing roles to the table for his fans.
Who is the richest Korean actress?
Jun Ji Hyun is the richest Korean actress as she earns an estimated amount of $84000 per episode, according to Business upturn. Also known as Gianna Jun, she is the renowned for her beauty and extraordinary fashion sense.
Born in: 1996
Age: 24 years
A quite new entry into the acting scene, Rowoon has become very popular as a Korean actor and Singer. He was first introduced as a trainee in the reality show Cheongdam-dong 111. He debuted as a singer in the idol group SF9 in October 2016. Praised for his height and extremely good looks, Rowoon gained popularity. His acting career began with him starring in a minor role in the drama School 2017.
He steadily began getting progressively bigger roles in dramas such as About Time and Where Stars Land. He got nominated for the Best New a|Actor Award for the latter too! Rowoon also featured in a Music Video for NC.A’s song Awesome Breeze. But, his biggest career jump was when he was cast in the fantasy drama Extraordinary You as the male lead. He gained massive popularity and is a monster rookie in terms of his acting career. He has new projects scheduled in 2020 and fans are looking forward to him growing as his career goes on.
Best Known for: Extraordinary You (Drama)
Extraordinary You Trailer
Born in: 1997
Age: 23 years
Cha Eun-Woo is a Korean Actor, Singer, and Model under the Fantagio Entertainment label. Currently attending University and majoring in performing arts, Eun-Woo is a part of the idol group Astro. He debuted in a minor role in the film My Brilliant Life in 2014. He debuted in the group Astro in 2016 and is currently promoting with the group. But, aside from his singing career, Cha-Eun Woo has made a name for himself in the acting world too. He also hosted the Show! Music Core from 2016 to 2018. In 2016, he also starred in the web drama My Romantic Some Recipe.
Following in 2017, he starred in the drama Hit the Top and Sweet Revenge as supporting characters. But, in 2018, his acting career rose to new levels of popularity with the popular drama Gangnam Beauty. This drama marked his first lead role on a show, he was featured in the GQ Korea’s ‘Mean of the Year’. Last year, he starred in yet another lead role in the historical drama Rookie Historian Goo Hae-Ryung. In late 2019, he was announced as a cast member for the variety show Handsome tigers and joined Master In the House in April 2020. Cha Eun-Woo has quite a lot on his plate and his work and stunning looks have garnered millions of fans around the world.
Best Known for Gangnam Beauty and Rookie Historian Goo Hae-Ryung (Drama)
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Born in: 1983
Age: 37 years
Park Hae-Jin is a very well-known Korean Actor with popularity among Asian viewers. He kick-started his acting career with the drama Famous Chil Princesses, he won the Best New Actor Award for this drama. Following this, he starred in the successful dramas Heaven & Earth and East of Eden. He secured his first lead role in the youth drama Hot Blood in 2009. He rose in fame after his first Chinese drama Qian Duo Duo Marry Remember, the drama was extremely popular and earned 1.5 billion views in two weeks. In 2012, he returned to the small screen in Korea and starred in Seoyoung, My Daughter. This drama became the highest-rated drama that year.
Following the immense success, he became a part of other extremely popular dramas My Love From Another Star and Doctor Stranger. These dramas pushed Hae-Jin to a Hallyu Star status. His next dramas such as Cheese in the Trap, Far Away Love, Man to Man, Four Men, Forest, among others were also loved by fans across the world. Park Hae-Jin has had quite a successful career with 3 Movies, 18 Dramas, 1 Web Series, 3 Entertainment shows, 2 Musc Video appearances, and won over 20 awards in his career!
Best Known for: My Love From Another Star and Man to Man (Drama)
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Some frequently asked questions by users
Who is most handsome in BTS?
Kim Tae-Hyung, also known by his stage name V (뷔), is a South Korean singer-songwriter, composer, producer, and actor. He is one of the vocalists, lead dancers, and visual of BTS. It is a popular opinion that he is the most handsome in BTS.
Who is the most handsome Korean idol?
According to Korean boo, with more than 50k votes, again the most handsome Korean idol became V of the BTS band. On June 13, 2013, he made his debut as a member of BTS on Mnet’s M Countdown with the track “No More Dream” from their debut single album, 2 Cool 4 Skool. He was first credited for music composition in The Most Beautiful Moment in Life, Part 1 when he co-wrote and co-produced the song “Hold Me Tight”.
Born in: 1993
Age: 27 years
This Korean Actor underwent training under Fantagio and Debuted in the first-ever actor group in 2013. He took minor roles on various shows before even making his debut with a supporting role in the drama The Suspicious Housekeeper in 2013. He got his first-ever major role in a drama Cunning Single Lady, a romantic comedy that won him his first award for the Best New Actor Award. Kang-Joon acted in other shows and then got cast for the variety show Roommate and Law of the Jungle in 2014. His first breakout role was when he appeared in the drama Cheese in the Trap and his first lead role in Entourage.
In 2018, this Korean actor starred in the sci-fi drama Are You Human Too? and the romantic comedy-drama The Third Charm. Following, these successful shows, in 2019 he stars in the thriller drama Watcher and the upcoming 2020, romance drama When the Weather is Fine. Seo Kang Joon’s filmography includes the following, 3 Films, 18 Dramas (major and minor roles), 2 Variety Shows, and has won 6 awards.
Best Known For Cheese in the Trap and Are You Human Too? (Drama)
Are You Human Too? Trailer
Born in: 1987
Age: 33 years
Lee Seung-Gi is a Korean Actor, Singer, Host, and Entertainer and is given the title “triple threat” with his talents in various fields. He is a well established Hallyu Star. Seung-Gi debuted in 2004 at the mere age of 17 with his song “Because You’re My Girl” and won various Best Newcomer awards. He went on to release music for more than a decade into his career. However, he even acted and made his debut as an actor in the 2006 drama The Infamous Chil Sisters. With his immense popularity all over Asia, in 2009, he was cast as the male lead of the drama Brilliant Legacy. Receiving high ratings throughout the season, this drama pushed Seung-Gi to new heights of success.
His other successful dramas include My Girlfriend is a Nine-Tailed Fox, The King 2 Hearts, Gu Family Book, You’re All Surrounded, among many others. He makes his film debut with the film Love Forecast and went on to star in The Princess and the Matchmaker, and The Face Reader. The 2017 fantasy drama The Korean Odyssey and the 2019 spy action drama Vagabond were also huge commercial successes. With a Filmography this extensive he proves that he is one 0f the Best Korean Actors of All Time. It includes 2 Films, 11 Dramas, 45 Variety Shows and TV Appearances, and 21 Music Videos appearances. His Discography consists of 6 Korean Albums, 1 Japanese Album, 13 Singles, and 1 EP. He has won a massive sum total of 56 awards for his music, acting, and other awards!
Best Known For: My Girlfriend is a Nine-Tailed Fox and A Korean Odyssey. (Drama)
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Born in: 1987
Age: 33 years
This Korean Actor and Model debuted into the industry in 2009. He appeared in many fashion shows, magazine editorials, and commercials. However, he gained mainstream attention when he played a delivery man in the Variety show Lee Soo-Geun and Kim Byung-man’s High Society. Appearing in various music videos for different artists he slowly but steadily built a name for himself. In 2013, Jae-Hyun rose to fame while playing a supporting role in the hit show My Love From Another Star alongside industry superstars Jun Ji-Hyun and Kim Soo-Hyun.
His role on this show led to various acting offers, in 2014 he played recognizable roles in dramas like You’re All Surrounded, and Fashion King. In 2015, he got his very first lead role in the vampire drama Blood and also appeared in the 2-episode special drama Snow Lotus. His other prominent roles were in Cinderella with Four Knights, The Beauty Inside, and Love with Flaws. Ahn Jae-Hyun’s filmography is as follows- 3 Films, 8 Dramas, 6 Reality Tv Shows, 6 Music Video appearances, and has won 7 awards throughout his career.
Best Known for Blood and The Beauty Inside. (Drama)
Some frequently asked questions by users:
Who is the richest actor in Korea?
According to Forbes Korea Power Celebrity, Park Bo-Gum (hyperlink) is the richest actor in Korea. Bo-Gum gained a new image after playing the stand-out role in the drama Hello, Monster where he played a psychopathic lawyer. Park Bo-Gum received the Popularity and Best Supporting Actor Awards for this role. Park Bo-Gum starred as one of the leads in the hit show Reply 1988, which was the highest-rated Korean Drama in cable history.
Is Faker famous in Korea?
Yes! According to Loadout, Faker is the most famous League of Legends player – and arguably the most famous esports player – on the planet. And in his home country of South Korea, Lee ‘Faker’ Sang-hyeok’s fame is transcending gaming and he is being dubbed a mainstream celebrity.
Born in: 1983
Age: 37 years
A fun fact about this Korean actor is that he initially dreamed of being a swimmer, he was a Swimming champion in his university. His spinal injury made him quit Swimming after 14 years into the sport. Sung Hoon debuted as an actor in 2009 with White Brown’s Because I Love You. His breakthrough role was in the New Tales of Gisaeng, a supernatural drama in 2011. In 2012, he ventured into the Chinese industry with his first Chinese drama The Bodyguard. He played his first role as the antagonist in the historic drama Faith. Sung Hoon starred in his first drama as the lead role in Passionate Love. In 2015, was his breakout role as the MMA Fighter in Oh My Venus.
Sung Hoon is also a DJ and plays at gigs under the name ROI, he performed in various Asian countries. In 2016, he returns to Korean Tv’s with the drama Five Enough and he also starred in the romantic comedy Secret Romance, a hit among many International viewers. Sung Hoon’s debut in the film industry was with the action film Brothers in Heaven. He appeared in the variety show I Live Alone and had a role in the 2019 Rom-com Level Up. Sung Hoon’s Filmography includes 15 Dramas, 2 Films, 7 Music Video appearances, 1 Variety Show, 1 Musical theater act, and has won 10 awards!
Best Known For Oh My Venus and My Secret Romance (Drama)
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Born in: 1994
Age: 26 years
Song Kang made his debut as a Korean Actor in the 2017 Rom-com The Liar and His Lover. In the same year, he joined the cast in the family show Man in the Kitchen. He appeared in the Music videos of “Sweet Summer Night” by The Ade and “Love Story” by Popular soloist Suran. His popularity was already on the rise when he sold out the Namoo Actor’s “Introduction to Rookies” fan meet alongside two other actors. Song Kang made his film debut in 2017 with the film Beautiful Vampire.
He joined the music broadcast Inkigayo in 2018 and also became a fixed member in the variety show “Village Survival, the Eight”. He was nominated for the Rookie Award for his works in these shows. Kang had a supporting role in the drama When the Devil Calls Your Name in 2019. He recently landed his very first lead role in the Netflix original Love Alarm that had immense success in Korean and international markets alike. The drama ranked as Netflix’s highest-rated releases in 2019! This role boosted Song Kang’s popularity and fandom. The fans are waiting for his drama Sweet Home, set to be released in 2020!
Best Known For Love Alarm (Drama)
Love Alarm Trailer
Born in: 1987
Age: 33 years
Seo In-Guk is a Korean actor and singer that first launched his music career after coming out as the victor of the show Superstar K in 2009. He was quite mistreated at the beginning of his career and faced negative media coverage for various reasons. However, he made his on-screen debut with a supporting role in the drama Love Rain in 2012. Also, in the same year, he landed his first lead role in the popular drama Reply 1997. The drama was highly praised and recorded the TV’s highest rating at the time. He also sang the soundtracks that went on to become one of the best singles of the year! He was cast in the horror-romantic drama Master’s sun. 2013 was a good year for In-Guk, he landed his first-ever film’s lead role for No Breathing.
Seo In-Guk has proved himself yet again with a dual role in the miniseries Another Parting. With lead roles in dramas like High School King of Savvy, King’s face, and Shopaholic Louis, he has gathered a massive fan base around the world. In-Guk has had a great career and will continue to make bring amazing roles to the table for his fans. Here is his filmography, summarized- 2 Films, 14 Dramas, 1 Web Series, 4 Variety Show appearances, 3 Music Video appearances, 1 Musical Theatre act, and has won 18 awards!
Best Known for Reply 1997 and Shopping King Louis
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Born in: 1982
Age: 38 years
This Korean Actor first debuted as a model in 2001. He has acted in a few films like The Hotel Venus and Flying Boys before landing a major role. His lead role in the film The King and the Clown in 2005, received critical and commercial praise and success and thrust the actor into a Hallyu Star status almost immediately. He won numerous awards for this film and is still remembered for his work in this movie. After the immense success of his movie, he received numerous roles and was cast in the drama My Girl which was a hit all across Asia, this drama further pushed his popularity.
In 2007, Joon-Gi secured his first lead role in an action drama Time Between Dog and Wolf. He played widely popular roles in dramas such as Arang and the Magistrate, Gunman in Joseon, Scholar Who Walks the Night among many other popular titles. Another drama that boosted his International status was Moon Lover: Scarlet Heart Ryeo. This drama might not have done as well as expected in Korea but was extremely popular in China. Lee Joon-Gi is extremely popular, he is loved by the Korean and international public. His achievements are also very impressive, with 8 Films, 18 Dramas, 2 Web Series, 4 Reality shows, 1 musical, 9 music albums, 9 Ambassadorships, and a grand total of 42 awards throughout his career!
Best Known for: The King and the Clown (Film) and Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo. (Drama)
The King and the Clown Trailer
Born in: 1990
Age: 30 years
This Korean Actor has gained massive stardom with his roles in blockbusters. Woo-Shik made his acting debut in a 2011 period drama The Duo. He featured in numerous characters in dramas like Rooftop Prince, Pride and Prejudice, and You Are My Destiny. He featured in his first film and made a big-screen debut with supporting roles in the films Flu and Secretly, Greatly. However, his first lead role in the film Set Me Free gave him critical praise and won several awards for this role. He took part in another critically acclaimed Hong Kong-Singaporean film named In The Room.
Choi Wook-Shik gained international popularity with his role in the film Train to Busan. Other notable works include a small role in the hit movie Okja, Confidential Assignment, and The Princess and The Matchmaker. His most memorable movie, personally, was The Witch: Part 1. The Subversion, where he plays a dark persona. But, his biggest film, to date has to be the black comedy thriller movie Parasite. It is another critically acclaimed movie by Bong Joon-Ho which won numerous awards at various academy awards in the USA. His role as Ki-Woo has to be one of his best performances so far.
Let’s take a look at Choi Woo-Shik’s incredible filmography- 21 films (including 3 movies set to release in 2021), 20 Dramas (cameos, supporting roles and major roles), 3 Variety Show appearances, 4 Music Video appearances, and has won a total of 10 awards! Choi Woo-Shik is a critically acclaimed actor for the various roles he has played throughout his career, he is truly as versatile actor.
Best Known for Parasite and Set Me Free (Film)
Set Me Free Trailer
Born in: 1993
Age: 27 years
This is the first child actor on my list. Seung-Ho made his debut in 1999 in a cellphone commercial. Henceforth, in 2000, he started his career as a child actor, he first appeared in the drama Daddy Fish and gained recognition with his film in 2002, The Way Home. Yoo continued to play younger versions of the male leads in various TV dramas such as Immortal Admiral Yi Sun-sin, The King and I, and The Legend.
As he grew into an adult he gradually progressed into more mature roles and changed his image. His first such role was playing a wealthy heir in the drama Flames of Desire. In 2011, he trained in swordplay for a role as an assassin in Warrior Baek Dong-Soo and co-starred along with a popular actor Kim Ha-Neul in the thriller Blind. He continued his career with lead roles in various dramas and his moat recent dramas include, I Am Not a Robot, My Strange Hero, Memorist, and the upcoming drama Superstar Miss Lee. He has appeared to inquire a lot of shows and his filmography is massive- 13 movies, 31 dramas, and has won 11 awards in his long career!
Best Known For Remember and I’m Not a Robot (Drama)
I am Not a Robot Trailer
Lee Jae Wook
Born in : 1998
Age: 22 years
Lee Jae-Wook is another rookie who is pretty new to the industry. He debuted as an actor in 2018 under VAST Entertainment. He kick-started his career with supporting roles in the 2018 drama Memories of Alhambra as a hacker-programmer. Jae-Wook also played a supporting role in the Korean-war film The Battle of Jangsari as a student soldier.
In 2019, his career rose to the next level as he was in the main cast of the drama Search: WWW and the second male lead in the hit fantasy drama Extraordinary You. Only less than 2 years into his career, Jae-Wook has acted in 5 dramas (including the upcoming dramas Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol and When The Weather is Fine), 1 Movie and has won the Best New Actor for his breakout role in Extraordinary You. This rookie Korean Actor has a ton of potential and I look forward to his future projects!
Best Known For Search: WWW and Extraordinary You (Films)
Extraordinary You Trailer
So, here you have it! The Best and the Most Handsome Korean Actors! This list was too hard to narrow it down to only 25 Actors, but I gave it my all. These actors have gained extreme popularity with their memorable roles, intense acting, and stunning visuals, they have it all! Did I get all of your favorite actors? Or did i end up missing your favorites? Mention your favorite Korean Actors in the comments section below!
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