Kim Woo-bin

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Kim Woo-bin
BornKim Hyun-joong
(1989-07-16) July 16, 1989 (age 24)
Seoul, South Korea
OccupationActor, model
Years active2009-present
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGim U-bin
McCune–ReischauerKim U-pin
Birth name
Revised RomanizationGim Hyeon-jung
McCune–ReischauerKim Hyŏn-jung
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Kim Woo-bin
BornKim Hyun-joong
(1989-07-16) July 16, 1989 (age 24)
Seoul, South Korea
OccupationActor, model
Years active2009-present
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGim U-bin
McCune–ReischauerKim U-pin
Birth name
Revised RomanizationGim Hyeon-jung
McCune–ReischauerKim Hyŏn-jung

Kim Woo-bin (born Kim Hyun-joong on July 16, 1989) is a South Korean actor and model.[1]


Kim Hyun-joong debuted as a runway model in 2009 and has since appeared in prêt-à-porter and Seoul Fashion Week collections until the present.[2]

When he was asked to act at pre-meetings for commercials, Kim began studying acting to become a better model. He said, "But, in the course of doing so, I found myself feeling the same thrill and enthusiasm that I felt the first time I came to walk on the runway."[1] Under the stage name Kim Woo-bin, he made his acting debut in 2011, starring in mystery drama White Christmas and the cable sitcom Vampire Idol.[3][4] In 2012, he had a supporting role in the romantic comedy A Gentleman's Dignity.[5][6][7]

But 2013 became Kim's breakout year.[8] First, he joined the ensemble cast of up-and-coming actors in the teen drama School 2013.[9][10]

This was followed by Kim Eun-sook's high-profile trendy drama The Heirs, in which he played the rebellious chaebol heir to a hotel and resorts chain who falls into an unrequited love.[11][12][13] His popularity rose after The Heirs, which led to increased advertising contracts and acting offers.[14][15][16]

Later that year, Kim appeared in his first major film role in Friend 2, the blockbuster sequel to Kwak Kyung-taek's 2001 box office hit.[17] Calling his role of a rising Busan gangster as "the ultimate in rebel roles," Kim said he loved the original film so much that when he heard a sequel was being developed, he pursued getting cast without even reading the script, gaining 9 kilograms for his role.[18][19][20][21]

He also became the host of cable music program M! Countdown beginning August 15, 2013.[22][23][24]

In 2014, he was cast in the upcoming heist movie The Technicians, in which he plays a top safe-cracker.[25]

Personal life[edit]

Kim has been dating fashion model Yoo Ji-ahn since 2011.[26][27][28]


Television series[edit]

2011Drama Special "White Christmas"Kang Mi-reuKBS2
Drama Special "Cupid Factory"RoyKBS2
Vampire IdolWoo-binMBN
2012A Gentleman's DignityKim Dong-hyubSBS
To the Beautiful YouJohn Kim (guest appearance, ep 9-10)[29]SBS
School 2013Park Heung-sooKBS2
2013The HeirsChoi Young-doSBS


2012Runway Copbit part
2013Friend 2Han Sung-hoon
2014The TechniciansJi-hyeok

Variety shows[edit]

Korea's Next Top Model, Cycle 2Onstyleguest
Lord of the RingMBCguest (ep 1)
Running ManSBSguest (ep 138)
guest (ep 166)
Hello Talk ShowKBSguest (ep 115)
Hwasin – Controller of the HeartSBSguest (ep 7)
Mnet Wide StarcamMnet
2013-2014M! CountdownMnethost

Music video[edit]

YearSong TitleArtistRef.
2009"Kiss"Sandara Park
2013"Don't Mess With Me"2EYES[30][31]

Commercials and endorsements[edit]

2010Samsung Securities
2013Cass Beer[33]
Buckaroo Jeans
Binggrae Banana Milk
Gatsby Hair Wax[34]
Lotte International Cooking Snacks[36]

Runway shows[edit]

  • Lone Costume, 2006 (Debut)
  • Seoul F/W, 2008
  • Seoul F/W, 2009
  • Pret a Porter S/S, 2009
  • Seoul collection S/S, 2009
  • Maxim Fashion Show, 2009
  • Seoul collection F/W, 2010
  • Seoul collection S/S, 2010
  • Pret a Porter F/W, 2011
  • Seoul collection F/W, 2011
  • Pret a Porter S/S, 2011
  • Seoul collection S/S, 2011
  • Seoul Fashion Week D.GNAK by Kang D., 2011
  • Seoul Fashion Week Vanhart di Albazar, 2012
  • Seoul Fashion Week Dominic's Way, 2012
  • Seoul Fashion Week D.GNAK by Kang D., 2012
  • Seoul Fashion Week Vanhart di Albazar by Jung Du-young, 2013
  • Seoul Fashion Week D.GNAK by Kang D., 2013
  • Seoul Fashion Week Dominic's Way, 2013
  • Seoul Fashion Week F/W 2013: Kim Seo-ryong Homme, 2013
  • Guess Underwear Launching Show
  • Lie Sang Bong
  • Porsche
  • Louis Quatorze show
  • Loewe

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAwardCategoryNominated workResult
20138th Asia Model Festival AwardsNew Star AwardN/AWon
49th Baeksang Arts AwardsBest New Actor (TV)School 2013Nominated
7th Mnet 20's Choice Awards20's Booming Star – MaleNominated
6th Korea Drama AwardsBest New ActorNominated
2nd Daejeon Drama Festival - APAN Star AwardsBest New ActorWon
Anhui TV Drama Awards[39]Popular Foreign ActorThe HeirsWon
SBS Drama AwardsTop 10 StarsWon
20149th Asia Model Festival AwardsAsia Star AwardN/AWon


  1. ^ a b Park, Jin-hai (12 August 2013). "Crisscrossing runways and screens: Rising actor Kim Woo-bin has looks, style and sincerity". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-08-12. 
  2. ^ "Profile". SidusHQ. Retrieved 2013-12-03. 
  3. ^ Lee, Ga-on (22 March 2011). "My Name Is: Kim Hyun-joong". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-05-12. 
  4. ^ "홍종현-이수혁-김우빈, 망가져도 이렇게 멋있으면 반칙이지 (인터뷰)". (in Korean). 29 December 2011. Retrieved 2012-12-07. 
  5. ^ Hong, Grace Danbi (29 June 2012). "Kim Woo Bin Gets Beat Up on A Gentleman's Dignity". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2012-12-07. 
  6. ^ Ko, Hong-ju (13 July 2012). "A Gentleman's Dignity to be Used by the Ministry for Public Interest". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2012-12-07. 
  7. ^ Hong, Grace Danbi (8 August 2012). "Kim Woo Bin Goes from Troubled Teenager to Classy Gentleman". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2012-12-07. 
  8. ^ "Kim Woo-bin Enjoys Breakthrough Year in Hit Soaps, Movie". The Chosun Ilbo. 25 December 2013. Retrieved 2014-02-02. 
  9. ^ Choi, Eun-hwa (10 December 2012). "Kim Woo Bin to Appear In Next School 2013 Episode". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2012-12-12. 
  10. ^ Ho, Stewart (29 October 2012). "Lee Jong Seok, Kim Woo Bin, Park Se Young, 5dolls' Hyoyoung Cast as Main Students for School 5". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2012-12-07. 
  11. ^ An, So-hyoun (16 July 2013). "Kim Woo Bin Confirmed in Role for The Heirs". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2013-07-19. 
  12. ^ Kang, Jung-yeon (11 September 2013). "Kim Woo-bin to Turn Elegant in Inherits". TenAsia. Retrieved 2014-02-02. 
  13. ^ Ha, Soo-jung (23 November 2013). "Kim Woo Bin Lost 3 KG Filming the Judo Scene in The Heirs". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2014-02-02. 
  14. ^ "Kim Woo-bin Shapes Up as Hot New Heartthrob". The Chosun Ilbo. 21 November 2013. Retrieved 2014-02-02. 
  15. ^ Lee, Sun-min (12 December 2013). "Kim Woo-bin's star shines ever bright". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-02-02. 
  16. ^ Kim, Yeon-ji (24 December 2013). "Model inherits rebellious role". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-02-02. 
  17. ^ Jeon, Su-mi (5 March 2013). "Kim Woo Bin to Star in Friend 2". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2013-03-06. 
  18. ^ Kang, Jung-yeon (12 July 2012). "Kim Woo-bin Gained 9kg for Friend Sequel". 10Asia. Retrieved 2014-02-02. 
  19. ^ Lee, Sun-min (18 October 2013). "Kim Woo-bin leapt at sequel chance". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-02-02. 
  20. ^ "Kim Woo-bin Unfazed by Great Expectations for Sequel to Friend". The Chosun Ilbo. 26 October 2013. Retrieved 2014-01-05. 
  21. ^ Sunwoo, Carla (8 November 2013). "12 years later, an iconic Friend returns". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-02-02. 
  22. ^ Kang, Jung-yeon (12 August 2013). "Kim Woo-bin to Host M! CountDown". TenAsia. Retrieved 2013-08-12. 
  23. ^ Hong, Grace Danbi (12 August 2013). "Kim Woo Bin Becomes the New Face of M COUNTDOWN". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2013-08-12. 
  24. ^ Cha, Yo-rim (13 August 2013). "Kim Woo-bin to become new face of M Countdown". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2014-02-02. 
  25. ^ Hwang, Sun-un (28 January 2014). "Kim Woo-bin, Lee Hyun-woo to Star in New Film". TenAsia. Retrieved 2014-02-02. 
  26. ^ "Kim Woo-bin says he's dating". The Korea Times. 25 September 2013. Retrieved 2014-02-02. 
  27. ^ Lee, Cory (25 September 2013). "Kim Woo-bin Admits to Dating Fashion Model". TenAsia. Retrieved 2014-02-02. 
  28. ^ MacDonald, Joan (25 September 2013). "Kim Woo Bin And Model Yoo Ji Ahn Never Tried To Hide Their Relationship". KDramaStars. Retrieved 2014-02-02. 
  29. ^ Hong, Grace Danbi (13 September 2012). "Kim Woo Bin Shines as f(x) Sulli's First Love in To the Beautiful You". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2012-12-07. 
  30. ^ Hong, Grace Danbi (25 June 2013). "Kim Woo Bin to Appear in 2EYES' Drama MV of Don't Mess With Me". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2013-08-12. 
  31. ^ Choi, Eun-hwa (1 July 2013). "Kim Woo Bin Appears in New Teasers for 2EYES' Don't Mess With Me MV". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2013-08-12. 
  32. ^ "Kim Woo-Bin and KARA are now the ambassadors of Korean food". Innolife. 15 October 2012. Retrieved 2013-03-29. 
  33. ^ Hong, Grace Danbi (14 March 2013). "Kim Woo Bin and Lee Jong Seok Reunite as Cass Models". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2013-03-29. 
  34. ^ Hong, Grace Danbi (13 May 2013). "Kim Woo Bin Chosen as First Korean Model for Gatsby Hair Wax". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2013-05-13. 
  35. ^ "Lee Jong Suk and Kim Woo Bin are the perfect pair as the new endorsement models for Trugen". Allkpop. 18 June 2013. Retrieved 2013-06-21. 
  36. ^ Hong, Grace Danbi (13 May 2013). "Kim Woo Bin Chosen as First Korean Model for Gatsby Hair Wax". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2014-01-13. 
  37. ^ Kim, Joy (27 June 2013). "Actor Kim Woo bin to be a model of sports wear brand". BNTNews. Retrieved 2013-07-10. 
  38. ^ Hong, Grace Danbi (25 January 2014). "Kim Woo Bin Hikes in New Zealand with Lee Na Young". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2014-02-06. 
  39. ^ "Heirs stars receive awards in China". The Korea Times. 19 December 2013. Retrieved 2014-02-02. 

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