Ahn Hyo-seop

Ahn Hyo-seop (born April 17, 1995) or Paul Ahn, is a Korean-Canadian actor and singer based in South Korea.[2][3][4] He gained recognition for his main roles in the Korean dramas Still 17 (2018), Abyss (2019), Dr. Romantic 2 (2020), Lovers of the Red Sky (2021) and Business Proposal (2022).

Ahn Hyo-seop
Ahn Hyo-seop in February 2022 for Marie Claire Korea
Ahn in February 2022
Ahn Hyo-seop

(1995-04-17) April 17, 1995 (age 27)
Seoul, South Korea
Other namesPaul Ahn
Alma materKookmin University
  • Actor
  • singer
Years active2015–present
AgentThe Present Co.
Musical career
Years active2015–present
Korean name
Revised RomanizationAn Hyoseop
McCune–ReischauerAn Hyo-sŏp

Early lifeEdit

Ahn was born on April 17, 1995 in Seoul, South Korea as the youngest of three siblings.[5] When he was seven years old, his family immigrated to Toronto, Canada.[6] Ahn later moved back to South Korea when he was 17, while his family stayed in Canada.[7] He later attended and graduated from Kookmin University, in the Department of International Business.


After moving back to South Korea, Ahn was scouted by JYP Entertainment and became a trainee.[8] He was given an opportunity to debut as a member in the K-pop boy band Got7. However, he ultimately turned down the offer to pursue other endeavors.[9]

2015–2016: Debut with One O One, acting debut and career beginningsEdit

On October 1, 2015, Starhaus Entertainment launched the project group One O One, releasing their debut single "Love You". The group consisted of Ahn together with fellow Starhaus actors Kwak Si-yang, Song Won-seok and Kwon Do-kyun. However, the group presumably disbanded due to inactivity since January 2019.[10]

Ahn made his acting debut in the MBC drama, Splash Splash Love. He then became a cast member of the music variety show Always Cantare. He had supporting roles in One More Happy Ending, Happy Home and Entertainer in 2016.

2017–present: Transition to lead rolesEdit

Ahn Hyo-seop as Ha Ram in Lovers of the Red Sky during an interview for Viu in 2021

His popularity rose after his first ever lead role in Queen of the Ring and My Father is Strange in 2017. He then transited to lead roles thereafter.

In 2018, Ahn starred in Still 17, playing passionate high school student Yoo Chan – the captain of the high school rowing club.[11] For his performance, he won Best New Actor Award and was nominated for the "Character of the Year" Award at the 2018 SBS Drama Awards alongside Jo Hyun-sik and Lee Do-hyun[12] And later in the same year, Ahn acted in the drama Top Management which aired on Youtube Red.

In 2019, Ahn starred alongside Park Bo-young in the romantic comedy fantasy crime drama Abyss, where he played rich yet unattractive heir to a cosmetics empire who transforms into a handsome young man as he is revived by a mysterious orb after his death.[13] In late 2019, Ahn became an MC at the 4th Asia Artist Awards with Leeteuk, Lim Ji-yeon and Nancy.[14]

In 2020, Ahn starred in the second season of the hit medical drama Dr. Romantic, playing general surgeon Seo Woo-jin with Lee Sung-kyung as his leading lady.[15] The show was a success, with both Ahn and Lee keeping their promise of singing for the fans as it crossed the double-digit mark for ratings.[16] His performance in the drama earned him the Best New Actor Award in television at the 56th Baeksang Arts Awards.[17] He also received Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Action/Genre Drama at 2020 SBS Drama Awards.[18]

In 2021, Ahn starred in the historical-fantasy drama Lovers of the Red Sky adapted from the novel written by Jung Eun-gwol, playing the role of Ha Ram, a blind astrologer who reads the stars, while living a disguised life as Ilwolseong – chief of an information organisation and whose body is possessed by Ma Wang (the Demon King) since childhood, alongside Kim Yoo-jung as Hong Cheon-gi, a female painter.[19][20][21] For his portrayal of multiple roles as Ha Ram, Ilwolseong and Ma Wang, he received Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Genre/Fantasy Drama and won Best Couple Award with Kim Yoo-jung at 2021 SBS Drama Awards.[22][23]

In 2022, Ahn starred in the SBS-broadcast and Netflix-distributed romantic comedy drama Business Proposal adapted from the webtoon with the same title, with Kim Se-jeong.[24][25] He played the role of Kang Tae-mu, a third generation chaebol and CEO.[26] In March 2022, he was cast in the South Korean adaptation of the popular Taiwanese drama Someday Or One Day.[27] In May 2022, Ahn signed with The Present Co., the agency he co-founded with a manager who worked with him before his debut.[28]


Television seriesEdit

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2015 Splash Splash Love Park Yeon / Che A-jik [29]
2016 One More Happy Ending Ahn Jung-woo [30]
Happy Home Choi Chul-soo [31]
Entertainer Ji-noo [32]
2017 Three Color FantasyQueen of the Ring Park Se-gun One-act drama [33]
My Father Is Strange Park Chul-soo [34]
2018 Still 17 Yoo Chan Main role [35]
2019 Abyss Cha Min Lead role [36]
2020 Dr. Romantic 2 Seo Woo-jin [37]
2021 Lovers of the Red Sky Ha Ram [19]
2022 Business Proposal Kang Tae-mu [24]

Web seriesEdit

Year Title Role Ref.
2018 Top Management Hyun Soo-yong [38]
TBA A Time Called You Gu Yeon-jun / Nam Si-Heon [39]

Television showEdit

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2015 Always CantareSeason 2 Cast member [40]
2016 Celebrity BromanceChuseok Special Cast member with Jackson Wang [41]
2021 My Little Old Boy Special host Episode 257 [42]


Year Title Notes Ref.
2019 4th Asia Artist Awards with Leeteuk Lim Ji-yeon and Nancy [43]


Title Year Album Notes Ref.
"Get Myself With You" 2018 S.O.U.L as part of S.O.U.L [44]
"Gravity" [45]
"Sugar Cane"
"Me In"
"I Will Show You"
with Z.Hera
Top Management OST [46]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Name of the award ceremony, year presented, category, nominee of the award, and the result of the nomination
Award ceremony Year Category Nominee / Work Result Ref.
APAN Star Awards 2021 Best New Actor Dr. Romantic 2 Nominated [47]
Asia Artist Awards 2017 Rookie Award My Father is Strange Won [48]
2019 Choice Award Ahn Hyo-seop Won [49]
2020 Best Actor Award Dr. Romantic 2 Won [50]
Popularity Award (Actor) Ahn Hyo-seop Nominated [51]
Baeksang Arts Awards 2020 Best New Actor – Television Dr. Romantic 2 Won [17]
Korea Drama Awards 2019 Best New Actor Abyss Nominated [52]
MBC Drama Awards 2016 Best New Actor Happy Home Nominated
SBS Drama Awards 2018 Best New Actor Still 17 Won [12]
Character of the Year Nominated
2020 Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Action/Genre Drama Dr. Romantic 2 Won [18]
Best Couple Award Ahn Hyo-seop with Lee Sung-kyung
Dr. Romantic 2
Nominated [53]
2021 Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Genre/Fantasy Drama Lovers of the Red Sky Won [22]
Best Couple Award Ahn Hyo-seop with Kim Yoo-jung
Lovers of the Red Sky
Won [54][23]


Name of publisher, year listed, name of listicle, and placement
Publisher Year Listicle Placement Ref.
Forbes 2022 Korea Power Celebrity 37th [55]


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