Yoon Shi-yoon (Hangul: 윤시윤; born Yoon Dong-gu on September 26, 1986) is a South Korean actor and television personality. He is best known for his leading roles in King of Baking, Kim Takgu (2010) and Flower Boys Next Door (2013). In 2016, he became a member of the variety show 2 Days & 1 Night. In 2017, he is lead character of the drama "The Big Hit", which is also stars and co-directed by Cha Tae Hyun.
Yoon was born as Yoon Dong Goo, a name he used until his agency recommended an official change of name upon his entry into college, in a small town in Suncheon. He is the only child of his family. When he was a little boy he was raised by his grandparents. At the time, while the peer of his age went to kindergarten and learned English, Yoon went to seodang, a traditional school that taught Confucianism and learned Chinese characters. Yoon's unique childhood was then unveiled through his song Grandpa's bicycle for Barefooted Friends.
2009–2010: Rising popularity and breakthrough
Yoon debuted in the daily sitcom High Kick Through the Roof and rose to fame. In the sitcom, Yoon played as Jun-hyuk, a semi-rebellious teenage boy. He was nominated for Best New Actor in TV at the Baeksang Arts Awards, and won MBC's Best Couple award with his co-star Shin Se-kyung.
The following year, 2010, Yoon was cast as the main character in the slice-of-life television series King of Baking, Kim Takgu. The drama's writer, Kang Eun-kyung, saw Yoon in High Kick Through the Roof and picked him for the role. The series was one of the most watched shows in South Korea in 2010 with a final episode viewership rating of 50.8%; and Yoon became a household name in Korea. Due to the drama's popularity, Yoon and co-star Lee Young-ah were named promotional ambassadors for North Chungcheong Province.
The same year, Yoon had his first big screen debut with a leading role in the horror movie Death Bell 2: Bloody Camp.
2011–2014: Leading roles
In 2011, Yoon was cast over Kim Jaewon, who suffered from multiple injuries, in the romantic-comedy Me Too, Flower! playing a millionaire masquerading as a parking attendant and entering into relationship with an abrasive female police officer (Lee Ji-ah). However, the drama scored low viewership ratings and had to be pre-empted.
In 2012, Yoon starred in the Japanese web drama Brand Guardians, based on a story about a Korean youth who travels to Japan to make it as a fashion stylist. The project was orchestrated by the JAFIC (Japan Apparel-Fashion Industry Council) to increase awareness of Japanese fashion. He then filmed his first Chinese drama Happy Noodles. On December 8, Yoon won the Popular Star Prize in China at the 2012 Asia Top 10 Popular Star Awards by CETV.
In 2013, he starred in the cable series Flower Boys Next Door, the third installment of tvN 's "flower boy" series. Yoon plays a genius game developer, who accidentally enters into the life of a modern Rapunzel (played by Park Shin-hye). The series was the highest sold cable drama ever to Japan. Yoon then became a cast member of Barefooted Friends, which was his first variety show. In October, Yoon was cast in KBS's romantic comedy series Prime Minister and I alongside Lee Beom-soo and Girls' Generation's Yoona.
In 2014, Yoon starred opposite Yeo Jin-goo in the film Mr. Perfect, where he plays a professional golfer who loses everything but later becomes a golf coach.
2016–present: Comeback from military service
After completing military service, Yoon was confirmed to star in JTBC's historical fantasy drama Mirror of the Witch, playing Joseon's famous doctor Hur Jun. The drama is a fiction story about Hur Jun in his young age and his journey to lift a curse for a princess (played by Kim Sae-ron), whom he later fell in love with. Since May 2016, he became a regular cast member of the third season of 2 Days & 1 Night
In October 2016, Yoon was confirmed to star in a 3-episode miniseries, Romance Full of Life, which is part of MBC's 9-episode miniseries, Three Color Fantasy. The drama premiered in March 2017. The same year, Yoon starred in KBS2's youth drama Hit the Top.
Yoon is addicted to books. He has over 2000 books at home.
On April 28, 2014, Yoon secretly enlisted into the Republic of Korea Marine Corps. Yoon had previously expressed his desire that he wanted to enlist secretly to avoid harming the other soldiers. On January 27, 2016, Yoon finally completed his military service.
|2010||Death Bell 2: Bloody Camp||Kwan-woo|
|2014||Mr. Perfect||Baek Se-jin|
|2009||High Kick Through the Roof||Jung Joon-hyuk||MBC|
|2010||King of Baking, Kim Takgu||Kim Tak-gu||KBS2|
|Once Upon a Time In Saengchori||Park Shi-yoon (cameo)||TVN|
|2011||Me Too, Flower!||Seo Jae-hee||MBC|
|2011-2012||High Kick: Revenge of the Short Legged||Yoon Shi-yoon (cameo, ep 88)||MBC|
|2012||Brand Guardians||Ha Woo-joo (ep 1-13)|
|2013||Flower Boys Next Door||Enrique Geum||TVN|
|Happy Noodles||Xiu Can||ZJSTV|
|2013-2014||Prime Minister and I||Kang In-ho||KBS2|
|2016||Ms. Temper and Nam Jung-gi||new recruit Yoon Shi-yoon (cameo, episode 16)||JTBC|
|Mirror of the Witch||Heo Jun||JTBC|
|2017||Three Color Fantasy - Romance Full of Life||So In-sung||MBC|
|Three Color Fantasy - Queen of the Ring||So In-sung (cameo)||MBC|
|Hit the Top||Yoo Hyun-jae||KBS2|
|2012||Fanfare of the Little Band||KBS1|
|2013||Barefooted Friends||SBS||Main cast|
|2016-||2 Days & 1 Night||KBS2|
|2013||KBS Song Festival||KBS|
|2010||High Kick Through The Roof OST||"The Road to Me (내게 오는 길)"|
|King of Baking, Kim Takgu OST||"Only You (너 하나만)"|
|2013||Flower Boys Next Door OST||"I want to date you (사귀고 싶어)"|
|Barefooted Friends My Song, My Story||"Grandpa's bicycle (할아버지의 자전거)" (ft Juniel, Tablo)|
|2017||Hit the Top OST||"말해봐(Say it)" (J2, with Hong Kyung-min)|
Music video appearances
|2009||"Lonely Voyage"||Kim Dong-ryool|
|2010||"I Promise You"||Park Hyo-shin|
|2017||"Still There"||Shin Hye-sung|
Awards and nominations
|2009||MBC Entertainment Awards||Best New Actor in Comedy/Sitcom||High Kick Through the Roof||Nominated|
|Best Couple Award with Shin Se-kyung||Won|
|2010||46th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best New Actor in TV||Nominated|
|3rd Korea Drama Awards||Best New Actor||King of Baking, Kim Takgu||Won|
|18th Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards||Popularity Award, Actor||Won|
|11th Korean Entertainment Culture Awards||Male Grand Prize (Daesang) for Drama||Won|
|KBS Drama Awards||Best Couple Award with Lee Young-ah||Won|
|Popularity Award, Actor||Nominated|
|Best New Actor||Nominated|
|Excellence Award, Actor in a Special Production Drama||Won|
|2011||47th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actor in TV||Nominated|
|2012||2012 Asia Top 10 Popular Star Awards||Top Ten Asian Stars||Won|
|2016||KBS Entertainment Awards||Rookie Award in Variety||2 Days & 1 Night||Won|