Kim Soo Hyun (1988)

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Kim Soo Hyun


  • Name: 김수현 / Kim Soo Hyun (Kim Su Hyeon)
  • Profession: Actor
  • Birthdate: 1988-Feb-16 (age 31)
  • Height: 180cm
  • Weight: 65kg
  • Blood type: AB
  • Star sign: Aquarius
  • Talent agency: KEYEAST

About Kim Soo Hyun[edit]

As a little boy, Kim Soo Hyun was very shy, it was his mother idea for him to take acting classes to change his introverted personality and through that his aspiration to pursue acting grew. He then enrolled at Chung Ang University, majoring in Film and Theatre Studies, participated in the musicals Grease and A Midsummer Night's Dream. He was also an underwear model for a friend's online shopping mall before his debut.

Acting career beginnings[edit]

He debuted on television with a supporting role in the 2007 comedy "Kimchi Cheese Smile". In 2008 he got a leading role in the youth drama "Jungle Fish", based on a true story that shows the serious school fraud problems, the academic standards of the competition, and interactive blogs in a fresh way. The drama won a number of awards, including the Peabody Award as well as the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union Award. For the second half of the year, he participated in the variety program "Delicious Quiz", as one of the presenters. In 2009, Soo Hyun acted in the short film "Worst Friends" by Namkoong Sun, and the good reception of two SBS episodes end of the year special drama where he acted alongside veteran actor Choi Min Soo. He further raised his profile through as the youngest version of the main male characters in Will it Snow for Christmas? and Giant which earned him his first prize as an actor. Upon receiving the award Soo Hyun made his promise "10 years promise" acceptance speech and was quoted as saying "Please take care of me by giving me more attention in these ten years, I will become a true actor.

Dream High and singer debut[edit]

He starred in the popular youth drama Dream High. He was the only young actor in a cast of young idols. For this part, Soo Hyun studied singing and dancing for three months at JYP Entertainment before shooting the required scenes for the drama. According to the producer, he lived differently from the other students at JYP, since he had to learn to sing and dance he had to work for hours every day. For the drama soundtrack, he recorded two songs, Dreaming, as well as Dream High with the rest of the cast. He appeared on several music shows and concerts after the end of the theater and even made a cameo in the pilot episode of the second season.

The Moon Embraces the Sun and Big Screen debut[edit]

By portraying the young King Lee Hwon his popularity rocketed when he starred in the historical drama "The Moon Embracing The Sun" as the young King Lee Hwon. The drama not only ranked number one in its time slot throughout his career but also reached a record high audience rate of 42.2%, thus earning the state of "national drama". Again he contributed his voice to the soundtrack "Only You" which ranked in the musical charts, and the most modern in his composition "Another Way" released as the single "Secret Version". He also won several awards for such performance including the much-debated Best Actor Drama at Baeksang Arts Awards, he said "I'm very grateful for this moment, but I'm embarrassed too. It's like having a lot of homework. I will keep trying to become a better actor to remain worthy of this award". He made his debut in films like "The Thieves" promoted by the press as the Korean version of "Ocean's Eleven".

In 2013 he joined the cast of the film "Secretly, Greatly" alongside Park Ki Woong and Lee Hyun Woo, to play the role of North Korean spies who infiltrated into South Korea as a village fool, a rock musician, and a high school student, respectively. The film is an adaptation of the popular webtoon series "Covertness" by Hun and in its release broke several box-office records in South Korea, and was also one of the biggest hits of the year having sold almost 7 million tickets during its operation. For this film Kim Soo Hyun won the Best New Actor Awards at the 50 Great Bell Awards and the Baeksang Arts Awards, as well as the Popularity Award.

My Love from the Stars[edit]

From 2013 and early 2014, he starred in the drama "My Love from the Star". The drama enjoyed great popularity both locally and internationally, which has more than two billion hits on the Chinese streaming website iQiyi For the second half of the year, Soo Hyun was invited to perform at the opening ceremony of two international sporting events. Held on August 16, 2014, along with Chinese pop stars Jane Zhang and Zhang Jie, as well as Russian singer Molgun Galia, he sang the official theme "Dian Wei Liang Lai "(which means "Illuminate the Future") at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Youth Summer Olympic Games in Nanjing, China. The event was broadcast live on the Chinese state-owned CCTV and the presence of several key dignitaries including the President of China, Xi Jinping, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Honorary President of the International Olympic Committee, Jacques Rogge. Similarly, on September 19, 2014, Kim participated in the opening ceremony of the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea as well. He, along with actor Jang Dong Gun, Korean opera singer Ahn Sook-sol and people from 45 countries, delivered the message of "one from Asia" in the second part of the culminating stage. The event was also attended by several state dignitaries, including South Korean President Park Geun Hye and International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach.

TV Shows[edit]

TV Specials[edit]

  • The Producers Special (2015) Main Role
  • You Who Came from the Stars: Epilogue (2014) Main Role
  • You Who Came from the Stars: The Beginning (2014) Main Role
  • Dream High Special Concert (2011) Main Role
  • Seven Years of Love (2009) Main Role
  • Jungle Fish (2008) Main Role

TV Show Theme Songs[edit]



2016 9th Busan International Advertising Festival:

  • Best Korean spokesmodel in China

2015 11th Soompi Awards:

2015 KBS Drama Awards:

2015 8th Busan International Advertising Festival:

  • Best Korean spokesmodel in China

2015 Top Star Prize:

  • Shining Popular Korean Star

2015 1st National Brand Awards:

  • Cutural National Brand

2015 4th APAN Star Awards:

2015 The Wind from The East Entertainment Influence Awards (China):

  • Korean Most Influential People Award

2015 52nd Daejong (Grand Bell) Film Awards:

2015 8th Korea Drama Awards:

2015 15th Huading Awards:

2014 SBS Drama Awards:

2014 8th Tokyo International Drama Festival:

2014 3rd APAN Star Awards:

2014 7th Korea Drama Awards:

2014 9th Seoul International Drama Awards:

2014 50th Baeksang Arts Awards:

2014 NATE Awards:

  • People's Choice Actor
  • People's Choice Hallyu Star

2014 7th Style Icon Awards:

  • Top 10 Style Icons

2014 2nd BIFF with Marie Claire Asia Star Awards:

  • Asia Star Award

2014 5th Korean Popular Culture & Arts Awards:

  • Prime Minister Award

2013 50th Daejong (Grand Bell) Film Awards:

2013 Cosmo Beauty Awards (China):

2013 17th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan):

2012 MBC Drama Awards:

2012 1st K-Drama Star Awards:

2012 39th Korea Broadcasting Prizes:

2012 48th Baeksang Arts Awards - TV Dramas:

2012 5th Nickelodeon Korea Kids' Choice Awards:

2012 10th TVCF Advertising Awards:

  • Model of the Year Award

2012 3rd Korean Popular Culture & Arts Awards:

  • Minister of Culture, Sports & Tourism Award

2012 6th Mnet 20's Choice Awards:

2012 33rd Blue Dragon Film Awards:

2011 4th Korea Drama Awards:

2011 KBS Drama Awards:

2011 SKY PerfecTV! Awards:

2011 27th Korea Best Dresser Swan Awards:

  • Best Dresser Male Artist

2011 4th Style Icon Awards:

  • New Icon Award

2011 Cyworld Digital Music Awards:

  • Song of the Month (February) – Dreaming (Dream High)

2011 6th Asia Model Festival Awards:

  • CF Model Award

2010 SBS Drama Awards:


  • On his second year in high school he accidentaly set fire to his high school flower bed.
  • He was kicked out of Boys Over Flowers after its first script reading,the reason was that the drama's director pointed out that Kim Soo Hyun misread and over read the character.
  • Kim Soo Hyun got heart surgery in 2010, but it wasn't that serious so the surgeon didn't need to open his chest.
  • Kim Soo Hyun's ideal type is a British actress named Kaya Scodelario.
  • His favorite K-girl group is Orange Caramel.


  • Kim Soo Hyun is scheduled to begin his compulsory military service on October 23, 2017.

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