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Yoo Yeon-seok

Yoo Yeon-seok

South Korean actor
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro South Korean actor
A.K.A. Yoo Yeon Seok, Yeon-Seok Yoo
Countries South Korea
Occupations Actor Film actor
Gender male
Birth 11 April 1984 (Seoul)
Star sign Aries
Education Sejong University
The details

Yoo Yeon-seok (born Ahn Yeon-seok on April 11, 1984) is a South Korean actor. After making his acting debut in 2003 with a small role in Oldboy, he resumed his acting career in 2008. His notable works include the films Re-encounter (2011), Architecture 101 (2012), A Werewolf Boy (2012) and Whistle Blower (2014), Perfect Proposal (2015), Mood of the Day (2016) as well as the television series Reply 1994 (2013), Warm and Cozy (2015), Dr. Romantic (2016) and Mr. Sunshine (2018).

Early life

Yoo was born as Ahn Yeon-seok on April 11, 1984 in Seoul. When he was six years old, his family moved to South Gyeongsang Province because his father, a professor of selenodesy, was posted at a national university there. In his junior year in high school, Yoo decided to take up acting and followed his brother, who was studying another year to enter university, to Seoul and they lived together near the district of Samseong-dong.

While taking acting classes, Yoo met a friend who would later work on the costume staff of film director Park Chan-wook. Remembering that he resembled actor Yoo Ji-tae, he gave him a call about auditioning for a role. Without having to pass out his resume, he made his acting debut as Yoo Ji-tae's younger counterpart in the acclaimed 2003 film Oldboy.

Upon graduation from Sejong University with a degree in Film Arts, he resumed his acting career in 2008 and began using his agency's recommendation stage name, Yoo Yeon-seok.


2008–2012: Career beginnings

After an extended hiatus from acting, Yoo made his return in the medical drama General Hospital 2.

Yoo took on supporting roles on television, such as the haughty student body president in the horror series Soul and more appealing characters in medical drama Midnight Hospital and Tasty Life. But Yoo received his best reviews yet for playing a sensitive ex-boyfriend searching for his child in indie Re-encounter.

Soon after he became known to mainstream audiences as the rich and spoiled antagonist in the box office hit melodramas Architecture 101, and A Werewolf Boy. He further raised his profile with comedy film Born to Sing, and the fantasy series Gu Family Book.

In March 2015

2013–present: Rising popularity

Yoo rose to popularity in the nostalgic campus drama Reply 1994 in late 2013. Following his breakout year, he was cast in two high-profile films in 2014: Whistle Blower about infamous biotech researcher Hwang Woo-suk, and Joseon-set period drama The Royal Tailor. Yoo then appeared in the travel-reality show Youth Over Flowers.

In 2015, Yoo was cast in his first leading role on network television as a chef and restaurateur in the romantic comedy series Warm and Cozy, written by the Hong sisters and set on Jeju Island. He also starred in the thriller Perfect Proposal (a remake of Woman of Straw), and The Beauty Inside (adapted from the social film of the same title). Later in the year, Yoo played the protagonist in Le Passe-Muraille ("The Man Who Walked Through Wall"); this was his first stage musical since his professional acting debut (Yoo had previously appeared in theatrical productions while still in university).

In 2016, Yoo starred in the period music drama Love, Lies followed by romantic comedy Mood of the Day. He returned to the small screen with hit medical drama Dr. Romantic alongside Han Suk-kyu and Seo Hyun-jin.

In 2018, Yoo starred in romance melodrama Mr. Sunshine penned by Kim Eun-sook. To celebrate his 15th debut anniversary Yoo held a fan meeting titled “All About YOO”.

He then appeared in the musical A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.



Year Title Role Notes
2003 Oldboy Young Lee Woo-jin Credit as Ahn Yeon-suk
2009 Short! Short! Short! 2009: Show Me the Money Man Segment: "Saw"
2011 Re-encounter Han-soo
2012 Eighteen, Nineteen Ho-ya
Architecture 101 Jae-wook
Two Weddings and a Funeral Joon Cameo
Horror Stories Man Segment: "Beginning"
A Werewolf Boy Ji-tae
2013 Born to Sing Dong-soo
Hwayi: A Monster Boy Park Ji-won
2014 Whistle Blower Shim Min-ho
The Royal Tailor King
2015 Perfect Proposal Sung-yeol
The Beauty Inside Woo-jin
2016 Love, Lies Kim Yoon-woo
Mood of the Day Jae-hyun
A Quiet Dream Motorcycle man Cameo

Television series

Year Title Role Network Notes
2008–2009 General Hospital 2 Heo Woo-jin MBC
2009 Dream Noh Chul-joong SBS
Soul Baek Joong-chan MBC
2010 Running, Gu Heo Ji-man
2010–2011 Pure Pumpkin Flower Oh Hyo-joon SBS
2011 Midnight Hospital Yoon Sang-ho MBC
2012 Tasty Life Choi Jae-hyuk SBS
What About Mom? Kim Yeon-seok MBC
2013 Gu Family Book Park Tae-seo
Reply 1994 Chilbong tvN
2015 Warm and Cozy Baek Gun-woo MBC
Mrs. Cop Jo Young-woo SBS Cameo, Episode 16
2016–2017 Dr. Romantic Kang Dong-joo
2018 Mr. Sunshine Goo Dong-mae tvN

Variety show

Year Title Network Notes
2012 Cats and Dogs tvN Host
2014 Youth Over Flowers Regular cast
2016 WEKID Mnet Judge

Music video

Year Title Artist
2008 "Things to Do Tomorrow" Yoon Jong-shin
2009 "On the Days I Longed for Love" Lee Oh Gong Gam
2013 "You Fool" Honey-G
"Things to Do Tomorrow" Yoon Jong-shin feat. Sung Si-kyung
"The Day to Love" Lee Seung-chul
"One Way Love" Hyolyn
"Only Feeling You" Yoo Yeon-seok, Son Ho-jun and Jung Woo
2014 "Three People" Toy feat. Sung Si-kyung
2015 "Because You're Pretty" Standing Egg
2018 "Then You" K.Will


Year Title Role
2008 The Good Person of Szechwan
2009 The Understudy
2015–2016 Le Passe-Muraille Dusoleil
2017 Hedwig and the Angry Inch Hedwig
2019 A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder Monty Navarro


Year Title Publisher ISBN
2014 Yoo Yeon-seok's Dream Paperbook ISBN 9788997148387

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2011 48th Grand Bell Awards Best New Actor Re-encounter Nominated
2012 33rd Blue Dragon Film Awards Best New Actor Horror Stories Nominated
2014 50th Baeksang Arts Awards Most Popular Actor (TV) Reply 1994 Nominated
7th Style Icon Awards Top 10 Style Icons N/A Won
2015 51st Baeksang Arts Awards Best Supporting Actor The Royal Tailor Nominated
52nd Grand Bell Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated
35th Golden Cinema Festival Best New Actor Won
MBC Drama Awards Top 10 Stars Award Warm and Cozy Won
2016 Korea Film Actors Association Awards Popularity Award Mood of the Day Won
SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Genre Drama Dr. Romantic Won
Best Couple (with Seo Hyun-jin) Won
Idol Academy Award - Best Kiss (with Seo Hyun-jin) Won
2018 6th APAN Star Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Mr. Sunshine Nominated
2nd The Seoul Awards Best Supporting Actor (Drama) Won
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