D.O. (entertainer)

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Do Kyung-soo (Korean도경수; born January 12, 1993), better known by his stage name D.O., is a South Korean singer and actor. He is best known as a member and one of the main vocalists of the South Korean-Chinese boy group Exo. Apart from his group's activities, D.O. has also starred in various television dramas and movies such as Pure Love (2016), My Annoying Brother (2016), Positive Physique (2016), Room No.7 (2017), 100 Days My Prince (2018), Along with the Gods, and Swing Kids (2018).

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D.O at the Lotte Family Concert in Seoul, June 2018
Do Kyung-soo

(1993-01-12) January 12, 1993 (age 27)
EducationKyung Hee Cyber University
  • Singer
  • Actor
Musical career
Years active2012—present
Associated acts
Korean name
Revised RomanizationDo Gyeongsu
McCune–ReischauerTo Kyŏngsu
Stage name
Revised RomanizationDio
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Life and careerEdit

Early lifeEdit

D.O. was born on January 12, 1993 in Goyang, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea.[1][2] He went to Goyang Poongsan Elementary School, Baekshin Middle School, and Baekseok High School. He has an older brother, Doh Seung-soo, who is three years older than him.[3] D.O. began singing in primary school and was an avid participant in local singing competitions throughout his high school career.

Career beginningsEdit

In 2010, he was advised to audition for SM Entertainment after winning a local singing contest.[4] He subsequently became a trainee during his last two years of high school. He performed Na Yoon-kwon's "Anticipation" and Brown Eyed Soul's "My Story" at his S.M. audition.[4]

D.O performing with Exo at the Busan One Asia Festival on October 20, 2018

D.O. was formally introduced as the eighth member of Exo on January 30, 2012. The group debuted on April 8 with the extended play Mama.

In July 2013, he was featured in the song "Goodbye Summer" from f(x)'s second studio album Pink Tape.[5] In December 2013, D.O., along with fellow Exo members, Baekhyun and Chen, sang the title track for the group's second EP, Miracles in December.

In September 2014, D.O. made his acting debut with a supporting role in the movie Cart, playing a high school student and son of a grocery store worker and union member (played by Yum Jung-ah).[6] The movie premiered at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. He also released an original soundtrack titled "Crying Out" for the movie.[7]

Acting career and recognitionsEdit

Later in 2014, D.O. made his small screen debut playing a supporting role in the SBS drama It's Okay, That's Love, which starred Gong Hyo-jin and Jo In-sung.[8] D.O. was praised by film critic Heo Ji-woong for his performance in the series,[9] and was later nominated for the Best New Actor award at the 51st Baeksang Arts Awards.[10]

In June 2015, D.O. featured in KBS' drama Hello Monster, playing a psychopath.[11] In November 2015, D.O. was nominated for the Best Supporting Actor award at the 52nd Grand Bell Awards for his role as Tae-young in Cart.[12]

In January 2016, D.O. was announced as one of the cast of voice actors for the feature-length animated film Underdog, which premiered in 2019. He voiced Moongchi, a stray dog who is separated from his owner.[13][14]

In February 2016, he collaborated with Yoo Young-jin on a duet titled "Tell Me (What Is Love)" for SM Station.[15] He had previously performed a short version of the song as a solo performance throughout EXO's first concert tour.

Later in February, D.O. starred as the male lead alongside actress Kim So-hyun in the romantic film Pure Love.[16] In October 2016, D.O. starred alongside Chae Seo-jin in Be Positive, a web drama produced by Samsung.[17] The series became the most watched Korean web drama of all time.[18][19]

In November 2016, D.O. starred alongside Jo Jung-suk and Park Shin-hye in the film My Annoying Brother, playing a national level Judo athlete.[20] D.O. and Jo Jung-suk also recorded the ending theme song, titled "Don't Worry", for the movie.[21] D.O was awarded the Blue Dragon Film Awards' Best New Actor award a year later for his performance in the film.[22]

In 2017, D.O starred in the comedy thriller film Room No.7.[23] The same year, he played a supporting role in Kim Yong-hwa's film Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds, a blockbuster adaptation of the webtoon of the same name, about a court in the afterlife where the deceased undergo multiple trials for 49 days.[24]

In 2018, D.O starred in Swing Kids, a film set in a prison camp in South Korea during the Korean War. He plays a North Korean soldier who falls in love with tap dancing in the midst of all the chaos.[25][26] The same year, he was cast in his first small-screen leading role, playing a crown prince in 100 Days My Prince.[27] The series was a commercial success, becoming the fifth highest-rated Korean drama in cable television history.[28] D.O. was awarded Most Popular Actor at the 55th Baeksang Arts Awards.[29]

Mandatory military serviceEdit

D.O. enlisted for his mandatory military service, serving active duty on July 1, 2019, and will finish his service in January 2021.[30][31][32] He posted a handwritten letter on Exo's official fan club following news of his plans to voluntarily enlist.[33] The same day, he released a solo track which he co-wrote, "That's Okay", through the SM Station project.[34][30]



Title Year Peak chart positions Sales


As lead artist
"Tell Me What Is Love" 2014 44 N/A Exology Chapter 1: The Lost Planet
"For Life" (English version) 2019 N/A EXO PLANET #4 – The EℓyXiOn [dot]
"That's okay" (괜찮아도 괜찮아) 12 19 11 Non-album single
"Tell Me (What Is Love)"
(with Yoo Young-jin)
2016 12 N/A 2 S.M. Station Season 1
As featured artist
"Goodbye Summer"
(f(x) featuring D.O.)
2013 7 26 Pink Tape
Soundtrack appearances
"Dear My Family"
(with SM Town)
2012 N/A I AM. OST
"Scream" 2014 22 N/A Cart OST
"Don't Worry"
(with Jo Jung-suk)
2016 100 My Annoying Brother OST
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.
Note: K-pop Hot 100 was introduced in August 2011, discontinued in July 2014 and was re-established in June 2016.


Song Year Album Artist Lyrics
Credited With
"That's okay" 2019 SM Station Season 3
  • Jo Yoon-kyung
  • Hwang Yoo-bin



Year Title Korean title Role
2014 Cart 카트 Choi Tae-young
2016 Pure Love 순정 Beom-sil
My Annoying Brother Go Doo-young
2017 Room No.7 7호실 Tae-jung
Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds 신과함께-죄와 벌 Private Won Dong-yeon
2018 Along with the Gods: The Last 49 Days 신과함께-인과 연
Swing Kids 스윙키즈 Roh Ki-soo
2019 Underdog 언더독 Moongchi (voice)

Television seriesEdit

Year Title Korean title Role Network Notes
2012 To The Beautiful You 아름다운 그대에게 Himself SBS Cameo; episode 2
2014 It's Okay, That's Love 괜찮아, 사랑이야 Han Kang-woo
2015 Exo Next Door 우리 옆집에 엑소가 산다 fictionalised version of himself Naver TV Cast
Hello Monster 너를 기억해 teenage Lee Joon-young KBS2
2016 Be Positive 긍정이 체질 Hwan-dong Naver TV Cast
2018 100 Days My Prince 백일의 낭군님 Won-deuk / Lee-yul tvN
2019 Dear My Room 은주의방 O'live Cameo; episode 11[43]

Music videosEdit

Year Title Ref.
"Dear My Family" as part of SM Town 2012 [44]
"Scream" 2014 [45]
"Tell Me (What is Love)" with Yoo Young-jin 2016 [46]
"Don't Worry" with Jo Jung-suk [47]
"Dear My Family (Live Concert Ver.)" as part of SM Town 2017 [48]
Guest appearances
"I'm Your Girl" (remake; S.E.S.) 2014 [49]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2014 16th Seoul International Youth Film Festival Best Young Actor It's Okay, That's Love Won
3rd APAN Star Awards Best New Actor Won [50]
2015 51st Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actor (TV) Nominated
10th Max Movie Awards Best New Actor Cart Nominated
9th Asian Film Awards Best Newcomer Nominated
52nd Grand Bell Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated
Popularity Award Nominated
2016 11th Max Movie Awards Rising Star Award N/A Won [51]
52nd Baeksang Arts Awards Most Popular Actor (Film) Pure Love Won [52]
2017 53rd Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actor (Film) My Annoying Brother Nominated
Most Popular Actor (Film) Won [53]
Korean Film Shining Star Awards Newcomer Award (Film) Won [54]
13th JIMFF Awards Star Award Won [55]
38th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best New Actor Won [22]
2nd Asia Artist Awards Popularity Award - Actor N/A Won [56]
2nd International Film Festival & Awards, Macau Talent Ambassador Award N/A Won [57]
2018 27th Buil Film Awards Popular Star Award Along with the Gods: The Last 49 Days Won [58]
2nd The Seoul Awards Popularity Award, Actor Won [59]
18th Director's Cut Awards Best New Actor Won [60]
3rd Dong-A.com's Pick Next Generation Noteworthy Actor N/A Won [61]
2019 55th Baeksang Arts Awards Best V Live Popularity Award 100 Days My Prince Won [62]
14th Annual Soompi Awards Best Actor of the Year Won [63]
Best Couple (with Nam Ji-hyun) Won
2019 Brand of the Year Award Best Male Acting Idol N/A Won [64]
28th Buil Film Awards Popular Star Award Swing Kids Won


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