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Kim Soo-yeon
South Korean footballer

Kim Soo-yeon

Kim Soo-yeon
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Intro South Korean footballer
Is Athlete Football player Association football player
From South Korea
Field Sports
Gender male
Birth 17 April 1983, South Korea
Age 39 years
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Biography

Kim Soo-hyun (Hangul: 김수현; Hanja: 金秀賢; born February 16, 1988) is a South Korean actor best known for his roles in the television dramas Dream High (2011), Moon Embracing the Sun (2012), My Love from the Star (2013) and The Producers (2015), as well as the movies The Thieves (2012) and Secretly, Greatly (2013).

Kim was Gallup Korea's Actor of the Year in 2014. He was first included in Forbes Korea Power Celebrity list in 2013 placing 4th, subsequently ranking 2nd in 2015 and 5th in 2016. The business magazine's Asia edition also listed him in its 30 under 30 in 2016. The success of his television dramas throughout Asia established him as a top Hallyu star.

Early life and education

Kim's mother encouraged him to take acting classes during his high school years to help overcome his introverted personality. His father is Kim Chung-hoon and was the lead singer of the 80's band "Seven Dolphins". He enrolled at Chung-Ang University's Film and Theater Department in 2009.

In 2015, it was revealed to the public that Kim has a paternal half-sister named Kim Ju-na, a singer. He also has a brother, Lee Sa-rang (real name Lee Jae-hyun), who directed him in the film Real (2017).

Career

2007–2009: Television career beginnings

Kim made his television debut with a supporting role in the 2007 family sitcom Kimchi Cheese Smile and in 2008, landed a lead role in KBS's critically acclaimed youth drama, Jungle Fish. Based on a true story, it tackles the serious issues of school cheating, competitive academic standards, and interactive blogging in a fresh way. The drama won a number of awards, including the Peabody Award, a Seoul Drama Festival award as well as an Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union prize.

For the latter half of the year, Kim appeared in the food-based variety show Delicious Quiz (also known as The Taste of Life) as one of the hosts and in the short film Cherry Blossom.

In 2009, Kim acted in the short film Worst Friends by Namkoong Sun, which won the Best Film in Social Drama award at the Mise en Scène Short Film Festival and the well-received SBS drama special Father's House where he acted alongside veteran actor Choi Min-soo. He also co-hosted Mnet's Boys & Girls Music Countdown along with Kara's Han Seung-yeon in 2009.

2010–2011: Dream High and rising popularity

Kim raised his profile through memorable turns as the younger version of the male lead characters in Will It Snow for Christmas? and Giant, the latter winning him the New Star award at the SBS Drama Awards. Upon receiving the award, Kim made his famous "10 years promise" acceptance speech and was quoted saying, "Please take care of me by giving me more attention in this ten years, I will become a real actor."

Kim became a household name in 2011 after starring in teen musical drama Dream High. He plays a country bumpkin who turned out to be a musical genius. The drama brought in high domestic ratings and was also popular overseas, winning several international awards. As the only young actor in a cast of idols, Kim studied song and dance for three months at JYP Entertainment to pull off the required scenes in the drama. For the drama's soundtrack, he recorded two songs, his solo "Dreaming" as well as the title track "Dream High" with the rest of the cast.

2012–2013: Moon Embracing the Sun and big screen debut

Kim's popularity skyrocketed when he starred in the hit period drama Moon Embracing the Sun as the young king Lee Hwon. The drama recorded a peak rating of 42.2 percent, thereby earning the "national drama" status. Kim contributed his vocals to the soundtrack with the traditional ballad "Only You" and the more modern composition "Another Way".

Due to his popularity on-screen, he landed 15 product endorsement deals ranging from apparel to electronic devices. He also won the Best TV Actor award at the 2012 Baeksang Arts Awards. Beating out heavyweight veterans such as Han Suk-kyu, Shin Ha-kyun and Cha Seung-won, Kim said "I am very grateful for this moment, but I am ashamed as well. It's like getting a lot of homework. I'll keep trying to become a better actor in order to remain worthy of this award".

Kim made his big-screen debut in the star-studded heist film The Thieves, touted by the press as the Korean version of Ocean's Eleven. With over 12.9 million ticket sales, the film became the second highest-grossing movie in Korean film history.

In 2013, Kim was cast to play the role of a North Korean spy who infiltrated South Korea as a village idiot in the movie Secretly, Greatly, an adaptation of the popular webtoon series Covertness by Hun. The film broke several records and was one of the most successful box office hits of the year. Kim won Best New Actor awards at the 50th Grand Bell Awards and the 50th Baeksang Arts Awards.

2014–present: My Love from the Star and international fame

Baeksang Arts Awards May 2014

From 2013 to early 2014, Kim starred in SBS fantasy romance series My Love from the Star alongside Jun Ji-hyun. The drama had over three billion hits on the Chinese streaming website iQiyi and also sparked trends in fashion, make-up and restaurants. Kim experienced explosive growth in popularity throughout Asia and became one of the most in-demand endorsers. He won the Daesang (or "Grand Prize"), the highest award for television, at the 7th Korea Drama Awards.

For the latter half of the year, Kim attended two international sports events. Held on 16 August 2014, Kim sang the official theme song "Light up the Future" with several artists at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games held in Nanjing, China. He also participated in the opening ceremony of the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea. Along with actor Jang Dong-gun, Korean opera singer Ahn Sook-sun and people from 45 nations, they delivered the message of "One Asia" at the second part of the highlight stage.

In September 2014

In 2015, Kim starred in KBS' variety drama The Producers, written by My Love From the Star writer Park Ji-eun. The drama drew solid domestic ratings domestically, and was also sold to several countries internationally. Kim once again won the Daesang (or "Grand Prize") at the 8th Korea Drama Awards, 3rd APAN Star Awards and the 2015 KBS Drama Awards for his acting performance.

Kim then starred in the action-noir film Real, which premiered in June 2017.

Ambassadorial roles

  • On 18 April 2012, the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) appointed Kim as the Promotional Ambassador for Korean tourism. According to KTO, "The appointment of Kim Soo-hyun – who has obtained popularity overseas through his dramas, will help strengthen the growth of travel to Korea."
  • On 25 October 2014, Kim was appointed as the Goodwill Ambassador of Seoul. For the city's promotion, he will participate in various cultural events in the next two years.
  • On 24, March, 2015, Kim was named honorary ambassador for the Incheon International Airport.

Bowling

A bowling enthusiast, Kim applied to become a professional bowler in October 2016. He ranked 10th out of the 114 participants on his first try-out tournament but failed to make the cut on the second, falling short of the 200 points needed to qualify with only 192.3.

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2008 Cherry Blossom Han Hyun-joon Short film
2009 Worst Friends Kim Joon-ki
2012 The Thieves Zampano
2013 Secretly, Greatly Won Ryu-hwan / Bang Dong-gu
2014 Miss Granny young Mr. Park Cameo
2017 Real Jang Tae-young

Television series

Year Title Role Network Notes
2007 Kimchi Cheese Smile Kim Soo-hyun MBC
2008 Jungle Fish Han Jae-ta KBS
2009 Seven Years of Love Chun-jae OBS
Will It Snow for Christmas? teen Cha Kang-jin SBS
Father's House Kang Jae-il
2010 Giant teen Lee Sung-mo
2011 Dream High Song Sam-dong KBS
2012 Moon Embracing the Sun King Lee Hwon MBC
Dream High 2 Song Sam-dong KBS Cameo, episode 1
2013–2014 My Love from the Star Do Min-joon SBS
2015 The Producers Baek Seung-chan KBS

Narration

Year Title Network
2013 Documentary Special: Director Bong Joon-ho MBC

Variety show

Year Title Network Role Notes
2008 The Taste of Life KBS Host with Hyun Young, Jo Hye-ryun, Jung Ji-young,
Kim Shin-young, Boom and Lee Moo-song
2009 Boys & Girls Music Countdown Mnet with KARA's Han Seung-yeon
2011 Happy Together 3 KBS Guest Episode 177 with Dream High cast
Star Date
Entertainment Weekly
Section TV MBC
One Night TV Entertainment SBS
2012 Taxi tvN Episode 233
Episode 234 with Jung Eun-pyo
Section TV MBC
Star Date KBS
One Night TV Entertainment SBS with The Thieves cast
Running Man Episode 102
Star N the City XTM Soo-Su Couple in New Zealand
(Bean Pole Outdoor photoshoot with Suzy)
2013 Entertainment Weekly KBS with Park Ki-woong and Lee Hyun-woo
Running Man SBS Episode 147 with Lee Hyun-woo
Masterchef Korea Season 2 Olive TV Episode 8
2014 The Brain
Jiangsu TV
Episode 11 with Cecilia Cheung and Tao Ching-Ying
Bring You To The Stars Episode 1
2015 Stars From Korea Sohu TV
2017 Infinite Challenge MBC Episodes 533, 535 & 536

Music video appearances

Year Song title Artist Ref.
2017
"Ending Scene"
IU

Musical theatre

Year Title Role Ref.
2003 A Midsummer Night's Dream Puck
2007 A Broken Heart, Man & Woman Guest
2009 Grease Kenickie
Hamlet Hamlet

Discography

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
Gaon
Billboard
K-Pop
Hot 100
2011 "Dream High (드림하이)"

(with JOO, Taecyeon, Suzy, Wooyoung, IU)

23 Dream High: Original Sound Track
"Dreaming" 3
"Crazy4s"

(Commercial song recorded for his Spris spring ad along with Eun-jung)

Non-album Single
2012 "The One and Only You (그대 한 사람)" 2 2 Moon Embracing the Sun: Original Sound Track
"Another Way (또 다른 길)" 119 38 Another Way: Secret Version
"Marine Boy"

(Official 2012 Summer Olympics commercial song in South Korea to support swimmer Park Tae-hwan)

Non-album Single
"Winter Wonderland"

(Commercial song recorded for his Tous Les Jours winter ad)

Non-album Single
2014 "In Front of Your House (너의 집 앞)" 3 4 My Love from the Star: Original Sound Track
"Promise (약속)" 12 13
"—" denotes releases that were not released in that region

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2010
SBS Drama Awards
New Star Award Giant Won
2011
6th Asia Model Festival Awards
CF Model Award N/A Won
47th Baeksang Arts Awards
Best New Actor (TV) Dream High Nominated
5th Mnet 20's Choice Awards
Hot Male Drama Star Nominated
4th Korea Drama Awards
Best New Actor Won
Popularity Award Won
4th Style Icon Awards
New Icon Award N/A Won
27th Korea Best Dresser Swan Awards
Best Dresser Male Artist N/A Won
SKY PerfecTV! Awards (Japan)
Hallyu Award N/A Won
KBS Drama Awards
Best New Actor Dream High Won
Popularity Award Won
Best Couple with Suzy Won
Cyworld Digital Music Awards
Song of the Month (February) – Dreaming Won
2012
48th Baeksang Arts Awards
Best Actor (TV) Moon Embracing the Sun Won
5th Nickelodeon Korea Kids' Choice Awards
Favorite Actor Won
6th Mnet 20's Choice Awards
20's Drama Star – Male Won
20's Blue Carpet Popularity Award N/A Won
5th Korea Drama Awards
Grand Prize (Daesang) Moon Embracing the Sun Nominated
39th Korea Broadcasting Prize
Best Actor Won
5th Style Icon Awards
Top 10 Style Icons N/A Nominated
3rd Korean Popular Culture & Arts Awards
Minister of Culture, Sports & Tourism Award N/A Won
21st Buil Film Awards
Best New Actor The Thieves Nominated
33rd Blue Dragon Film Awards
Best New Actor Nominated
Popular Star Award Won
1st K-Drama Star Awards
Excellence Award, Actor Moon Embracing the Sun Won
MBC Drama Awards
Grand Prize (Daesang) Nominated
Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Won
Popularity Award Won
Best Couple Award with Han Ga-in Nominated
Best Couple Award with Jung Eun-pyo Nominated
10th TVCF Advertising Awards
Model of the Year Award N/A Won
2013
5th Singapore Entertainment Awards
Most Popular Korean TV Artiste N/A Nominated
6th Style Icon Awards
Top 10 Style Icons N/A Nominated
7th Mnet 20's Choice Awards
20's Movie Star – Male Secretly, Greatly Nominated
17th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan)
Men's Fantasia Award Won
50th Grand Bell Awards
Best New Actor Won
Cosmo Beauty Awards (China)
Dream Icon Won
2014
50th Baeksang Arts Awards
Best New Actor (Film) Won
Most Popular Actor (Film) Won
Best Actor (TV) My Love from the Star Nominated
Most Popular Actor (TV) Won
6th Singapore Entertainment Awards
Most Popular Korean TV Artiste N/A Nominated
9th Seoul International Drama Awards
Outstanding Korean Actor My Love from the Star Won
People's Choice Award (Korea) Won
7th Korea Drama Awards
Grand Prize (Daesang) Won
Hallyu Hot Star Award Won
2nd BIFF with Marie Claire Asia Star Awards
Asia Star Award N/A Won
7th Style Icon Awards
Top 10 Style Icons N/A Won
8th Tokyo International Drama Festival
Best Actor in Asia My Love from the Star Won
3rd APAN Star Awards
Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Won
Hallyu Star Award N/A Won
5th Korean Popular Culture & Arts Awards
Prime Minister Award N/A Won
NATE Awards
People's Choice Hallyu Star N/A Won
People's Choice Actor N/A Won
SBS Drama Awards
Grand Prize (Daesang) My Love from the Star Nominated
Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Drama Special Won
Netizen Popularity Award Won
Chinese Netizen Popularity Award Won
Top 10 Stars Won
Best Couple Award with Jun Ji-hyun Won
2015
15th Huading Awards
Global Best Actor in TV series Won
8th Busan International Advertising Festival
Best Korean spokesmodel in China N/A Won
8th Korea Drama Awards
Grand Prize (Daesang)
The Producers
Won
Hallyu Star Award Won
52nd Grand Bell Awards
Popularity Award N/A Won
The Wind from The East Entertainment Influence Awards (China)
Korean Most Influential People Award N/A Won
4th APAN Star Awards
Grand Prize (Daesang)
The Producers
Won
Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Nominated
1st National Brand Awards
Cultural National Brand N/A Won
The Korea Film Actors Association Awards
Korean Wave Star Award N/A Won
KBS Drama Awards
Grand Prize (Daesang)
The Producers
Won
Best Couple with Cha Tae Hyun and Gong Hyo-jin Won
Netizen's Popularity Award Won
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