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Kim Young-kwang (actor)

Kim Young-kwang
김영광 (배우) 빈폴액세서리 싱글즈 화보 촬영 현장.png
Kim Young-kwang in 2014
Born (1987-01-11) January 11, 1987 (age 32)
Incheon, South Korea
Other namesYoung Kim
EducationHanyang University - Theater and Film
OccupationActor, model
Years active2006–present
AgentEnpino Entertainment
Height1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight70 kg (154 lb)
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGim Yeong-gwang
McCune–ReischauerKim Yŏnggwang

Kim Young-kwang (born January 11, 1987) is a South Korean actor and model. Kim began his career as a model and has modeled for designers such as Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood and Etro. In 2008, he was the first Asian model to model at Dior Homme's show.[1] 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).

Life and career


Born as Kim Young-kwang, Kim's father was a veteran of the Vietnam War and died when Kim was in elementary school.[2]


Kim began acting in 2008, and later performed in the drama Good Doctor on KBS2.[3]

Kim also starred in the action comedy, Runway Cop (2012) and teen romance drama, Hot Young Bloods (2014).[4][5]

In 2014 he performed in dramas such as tvN's Plus Nine Boys[6] and SBS's Pinocchio,[7] for which he received a SBS Drama Award as "New Star" for his role as Seo Beom-jo.[8]

In 2015, he starred in the medical drama D-Day,[9][10] and in the web drama Dr. Ian with Sandara Park.[11]

In 2016, he was cast as the lead in the web drama Gogh, The Starry Night with Kwon Yuri,[12] and in the KBS2 romantic comedy series Sweet Stranger and Me with Soo Ae.[13][14]

In 2017, he starred in the MBC thriller drama The Guardians as a passionate prosecutor.[15]

In 2018, Kim starred in romance film On Your Wedding Day opposite Park Bo-young.[16] His performance in the film earned him a Best New Actor award in film at the Baeksang Arts Awards.[17] He then starred in fantasy comedy film The Soul-Mate together with Ma Dong-seok.[18][19] Later that year, he was also cast in tvN's mystery drama Room No. 9.[20][21]

Kim is confirmed to star in the romance comedy drama The Secret Life of My Secretary, which will premiere in May 2019.[22][23][24]

Personal life

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.[25][26]

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.[27]


Television series

Year Title Role Network Notes
2008 Worlds Within Young-woong KBS2 [28]
2009 Triple Jae-wook MBC [29]
My Fair Lady Jung Woo-sung KBS2 [30]
2010 More Charming By the Day Lee Young-kwang MBC [31]
2011 White Christmas Jo Young-jae KBS2 [32]
Bachelor's Vegetable Store Lee Seul-woo Channel A [33]
2012 Love Rain Han Tae-sung KBS2 [34]
Can We Get Married? Gong Ki-joong jTBC [35]
2013 The Secret of Birth Park Soo-chang SBS [36]
Good Doctor Han Jin-wook KBS2
2014 Kara: Secret Love Yoon Joon-moon Dramacube (episodes 3-4: "The Thirteenth
Item on the Bucket List")[37]
Plus Nine Boys Kang Jin-gu tvN
Pinocchio Seo Beom-jo SBS
2015 Dr. Ian Mo Yi-an Naver TV Cast/
Web drama
D-Day Lee Hae-sung jTBC
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 The Secret Life of My Secretary Do Min-ik SBS [23]


Year Title Role Notes
2012 Runway Cop Han Seung-woo
2014 Hot Young Bloods Jo Gwang-sik
2018 On Your Wedding Day Hwang Woo-yeon
The Soul-Mate Tae-jin

Variety show

Year Title Network Role Notes
2016 Law of the Jungle: New Caledonia SBS Main cast Episodes 220-224[38]
2017 Boat Horn Clenched Fists from Episode 2[39]
2018 Law of the Jungle: Antarctica Episode 311-314[40]

Music video

Year Song Title Artist
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[41]
2013 "You" Brown Eyed Soul[42]
"Runaway" KARA


Year Title Role Notes
2009 Beautiful Sunday Joon-seok [43]


Soundtrack appearances

Year Title Album
2016 "Star Candy" Gogh, The Starry Night OST

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2008 Korea Fashion Photographers Association Best New Model N/A Won
2009 4th Asia Model Festival Awards Best Fashion Model Won [44]
2nd Style Icon Awards Style Icon, Model category Won [45]
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 [46]
22nd SBS Drama Awards New Star Award Pinocchio Won [47]
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 [48]
2nd Elle Style Awards Man of the Year N/A Won [49]
39th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best New Actor On Your Wedding Day Nominated [50]
Popular Star Award Won [51]
2019 55th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actor Won [17]


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