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Kim Young-kwang in 2014
|Born||January 11, 1987|
Incheon, South Korea
|Other names||Young Kim|
|Education||Hanyang University - Theater and Film|
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Weight||70 kg (154 lb)|
|Revised Romanization||Gim Yeong-gwang|
Kim Young-kwang (born January 11, 1987) is a South Korean actor and model. Kim began his career as model and has walked the runways of world-renowned designers such as Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood and Etro. In 2008, he was the first Asian model to walk Dior Homme's show. As an actor, Kim has starred in the films Runway Cop (2012), Hot Young Bloods (2014), On Your Wedding Day (2018) and The Soul-Mate (2018), as well as the television dramas Pinocchio (2014), D-Day (2015), Sweet Stranger and Me (2016) and The Guardians (2017).
Born as Kim Young-kwang in Incheon, South Korea, Kim's father was a veteran of the Vietnam War and died when Kim was in the sixth grade. Kim's family struggled financially and it was rumoured that, at a young age, he worked at a gas station and delivered newspapers to help relieve the financial burden. In 2007 when he was 19 years old, he received an opportunity to become a model for an advertisement which later opened doors for him to become a runway model. In 2008, he was the first Asian model to walk Dior Homme's show. He received the Best New Model Award of the Korea Fashion Photographers Association. In 2009, he received three awards from Asia Model Festival Awards, Korea Tourism Organisation and Style Icon Awards.
His breakout year was 2014, with bigger roles in dramas such as tvN's Plus Nine Boys and SBS's Pinocchio, which shot him to fame and earned him a SBS Drama Award as "New Star" for his role as Seo Beom-jo.
In 2018, Kim starred in romance film On Your Wedding Day opposite Park Bo-young and fantasy comedy film The Soul-Mate together with Ma Dong-seok. Later that year, he was also cast in tvN's mystery drama Room No. 9.
Kim maintains a close friendship with Lee Soo-hyuk, as well as other fellow models-turned-actors: Kim Woo-bin, Hong Jong-hyun and Sung Joon – with whom he has worked onscreen in White Christmas. They were given the nickname of "Model Avengers" by their fans.
On December 12, 2013, Kim began his mandatory military service. However, he was only required to be enlisted for six months as a public service soldier due to his father being a Vietnam War veteran, as well as an acknowledged person of national merit. Kim was discharged in June 2014.
|My Fair Lady||Jung Woo-sung||KBS2|||
|2010||More Charming By the Day||Lee Young-kwang||MBC|||
|2011||White Christmas||Jo Young-jae||KBS2|||
|Bachelor's Vegetable Store||Lee Seul-woo||Channel A|||
|2012||Love Rain||Han Tae-sung||KBS2|||
|Can We Get Married?||Gong Ki-joong||jTBC|||
|2013||The Secret of Birth||Park Soo-chang||SBS|||
|Good Doctor||Han Jin-wook||KBS2|
|2014||Kara: Secret Love||Yoon Joon-moon||Dramacube||(episodes 3-4: "The Thirteenth |
Item on the Bucket List")
|Plus Nine Boys||Kang Jin-gu||tvN|
|2015||Dr. Ian||Mo Yi-an||Naver TV Cast/
|2016||Gogh, The Starry Night||Kang Tae-ho||Sohu / SBS||Web drama|
|Sweet Stranger and Me||Go Nan-Gil||KBS2|
|2017||The Guardians||Jang Do-han||MBC|
|2018||Room No. 9||Ki Yoo-jin||tvN|
|2019||Love at First Sight||Do Min-ik||SBS|||
|2012||Runway Cop||Han Seung-woo|
|2014||Hot Young Bloods||Jo Gwang-sik|
|2018||On Your Wedding Day||Hwang Woo-yeon|
|2016||Law of the Jungle: New Caledonia||SBS||Main cast||Episodes 220-224|
|2017||Boat Horn Clenched Fists||from Episode 2|
|2018||Law of the Jungle: Antarctica||Episode 311-314|
|2007||"My Heart Is Like That"||Lee Seung-hwan|
|"Shout for Love"||MC the Max|
|2008||"It's You"||Shin Hye-sung and Lyn|
|2009||"Why Are You Such a Nerd?"||XXX|
|2011||"Don't Cry"||Park Bom|
|2013||"You"||Brown Eyed Soul|
|2016||"Star Candy"||Gogh, The Starry Night OST|
|2008||Korea Fashion Photographers Association||Best New Model||N/A||Won|
|2009||4th Asia Model Festival Awards||Best Fashion Model||Won|||
|2nd Style Icon Awards||Style Icon, Model category||Won|||
|2013||27th KBS Drama Awards||Best New Actor||Good Doctor||Nominated|
|2014||22nd Korea Culture and Entertainment Awards||Best New Actor in a Film||Hot Young Bloods||Won|||
|22nd SBS Drama Awards||New Star Award||Pinocchio||Won|||
|2016||30th KBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries||Sweet Stranger and Me||Nominated|
|2017||36th MBC Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Monday-Tuesday Drama||The Guardians||Nominated|
|2018||2nd The Seoul Awards||Best New Actor (Film)||On Your Wedding Day||Nominated|||
|2nd Elle Style Awards||Man of the Year||N/A||Won|||
|39th Blue Dragon Film Awards||Best New Actor||On Your Wedding Day||Nominated|||
|Popular Star Award||Won|||