Go Soo (born October 4, 1978), also known as Ko Soo, is a South Korean actor. He has appeared in television series such as Piano, Green Rose and Will It Snow for Christmas?, as well as the films White Night and The Front Line.

Go Soo
Go Soo en 2017.jpg
Go Soo in 2017
Born (1978-10-04) October 4, 1978 (age 41)
EducationSangmyung University
Years active1998–present
AgentBH Entertainment
Kim Hye-yeon
m. after 2012)
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGo Su
McCune–ReischauerKo Su

Early life and educationEdit

Go was born and raised in Nonsan, South Chungcheong Province, South Korea as the youngest of 2 sons. He attended college in Sangmyung University, Cheonan campus, where he majored in Cinema degree.[1]


1998–2005: Debut and breakout fameEdit

When Go Soo first came to Seoul, he acted on stage, but he lacked money that time. Since he lacked money, he decided to put his stage acting on hold for later and eventually stopped. From then on, he began presenting his profile photo to numerous agencies. Go first appeared in a soft drink TV commercial, followed by a role as an extra in the 1998 music video "Last Promise" by the band Position. He made his television debut in 1999 through the MBC sitcoms My Funky Family and Jump and KBS2 drama series Ad Madness.[2][3] Go drew critical praise for his performance in the television drama Piano in 2001, with one review describing him as an "actor with precision".[4][5]

Go made his big screen debut as a drug crime officer in 2004's Some, in which he performed his own stunts and was later recognized as Best New Actor at the Grand Bell Awards.[6] Go reunited with Ad Madness co-star Park Ye-jin in TV series When A Man Loves A Woman in the same year.[7] In 2005, he starred in the revenge drama Green Rose, which was shot on location in China and Korea. He played a simple man who falls in love with a rich woman and gets accused of a crime he did not commit.[8][9] Then in the romantic comedy Marrying a Millionaire, Go played a delivery man who is asked by a TV producer to act like a rich bachelor to attract several women on a televised reality dating show.[10]

2006–2008: MilitaryEdit

Go began his two-year mandatory military service on March 2, 2006 and he was assigned as a Civil Service Personnel in Gangnam District, Seoul. He was discharged on April 25, 2008, and received recognition for being an outstanding Public Interest Service Personnel.

2009–present: ComebackEdit

For his first post-army project, Go surprised fans by choosing a stage play. Invited to join the "Best Play Series" by veteran actor Cho Jae-hyun (Jo was his costar in Piano, and the senior colleague he "most respects"), Go made his theater debut as the lead actor in The Return of President Eom, which ran from May 23 to August 3, 2008.[11][12]

In 2009, he starred in the dark mystery film White Night, based on the Japanese novel Byakuyakō by Keigo Higashino. Go said he was "completely absorbed by the intriguing storyline."[13] Go then made his television comeback in the melodrama Will It Snow for Christmas?, a tale of rekindled childhood love penned by renowned TV writer Lee Kyung-hee.[14][15] He described his character as "hurt by love and tries to overcome that pain."[16][17]

His next film Haunters, in which he played the only man immune to a psychic's supernatural powers, was a box office hit in 2010.[18][19][20] In May 13, 2011, he signed under the management of Lee Byung-hun known as BH Entertainment.[21] He next played a soldier in the Korean War-set The Front Line,[22][23] then a grieving firefighter in the 2012 romance drama Love 911.[24][25]

Afterwards, he collaborated with the makers of The Chaser for Empire of Gold, a TV series about the power struggle within a rich family living through Korea's turbulent economy of the 1990s, produced by SBS; in this series, he played an antihero.[26][27] Later that year, he starred in melodrama film Way Back Home, playing the devastated husband of a woman wrongfully accused of drug smuggling. Go said the reason he chose the film was because he wanted to work with acclaimed actress Jeon Do-yeon, and that through his character he "was able to tackle the challenge of internal and external change".[28][29]

In 2014, Go appeared in two short films. Directed by Kang Je-gyu, Awaiting is about a married couple separated for sixty years by the division of North and South Korea. Awaiting was one of the four short films comprising Beautiful 2014, an omnibus project that premiered at the 38th Hong Kong International Film Festival.[30] Meanwhile, Myohyangsangwan ("View of Mount Myohyang"), which depicted the rendezvous of a South Korean painter and a North Korean waitress in a North Korean restaurant, is a collaboration by contemporary artists Moon Kyung-won and Jeon Joon-ho, and combined a theatrical plot, experimental imagery, dance and performance art.[31][32] He then starred in the period film The Royal Tailor, in the role of an upstart new designer whose talent and instincts challenges the traditional master artisan of royal attire.[33][34]

In June 2015, Go Soo has amicably parted ways with BH Entertainment, and joined a new agency founded by his previous manager at BH Entertainment.[35][36]

Go made his small screen comeback after three years in MBC's 55th-founding anniversary historical drama directed by a famed director Lee Byung-hoon, The Flower in Prison.[37]

In 2017, Go starred in Lucid Dream, a psychological thriller in which Go played a former journalist who attempts to find his kidnapped son using lucid dreaming.[38][39] The same year, Go starred in The Tooth and the Nail, a film based on the 1955 mystery novel by Bill S. Ballinger in which a magician discovers the incinerated teeth and fingernails of his missing butler.[40] He next starred in period epic film The Fortress.[41]

In 2018, Go was cast in the medical drama Heart Surgeons as a cardiothoracic surgery resident trying to save his mother in need of a heart transplant.[42]

Personal lifeEdit

Go began dating Kim Hye-yeon, an art student eleven years his junior, shortly after meeting her in 2008. The couple married on February 17, 2012 at the Shilla Hotel in Seoul.[43][44][45] Their son was born on January 28, 2013, and their daughter was born on April 17, 2015.[46][47][48] On September 13, 2017, his wife gave birth to their 3rd child, who is their 2nd son.[49]



Year Title Role
2004 Some Kang Sung-joo
2009 White Night Kim Yo-han
2010 Haunters Im Kyu-nam
2011 The Front Line Kim Soo-hyuk
2012 Love 911 Chun Kang-il
2013 Way Back Home Kim Jong-bae
2014 Awaiting (short film) Kim Min-woo
View of Mount Myohyang (short film) South Korean painter
The Royal Tailor Lee Gong-jin
2016 The Last Princess Prince Lee Woo (cameo)[50]
2017 Lucid Dream Choi Dae-ho
The Tooth and the Nail Lee Suk-jin / Choi Seung-man
The Fortress Seo Nal-soi

Television seriesEdit

Year Title Role Network
1999 Ad Madness KBS2
Jump Go Soo MBC
My Funky Family Go Soo
2000 Say It With Your Eyes Jang Ki-woong's brother
Nonstop Go Soo
Mom and Sister[51] Jang Kyung-bin
2001 Piano Han Jae-soo SBS
2002 Age of Innocence[52] Tae-suk
2003 My Fair Lady[53] Shin Young-ho
2004 When a Man Loves a Woman Ji-hoon
2005 Green Rose Lee Jung-hyun / Jang Joong-won
Marrying a Millionaire Kim Young-hoon
2009 Will It Snow for Christmas? Cha Kang-jin
2013 Empire of Gold Jang Tae-joo
2016 The Flower in Prison Yoon Tae-won MBC
2018 Heart Surgeons Park Tae-soo SBS
2019 Flower Crew: Joseon Marriage Agency Crown Prince (Cameo, Ep. 1) JTBC
2020 Money Game Chae Yi-hun tvN

Music video appearancesEdit

Year Song title Artist
1998 "Last Promise" Position
"Pig Man" Noise
"Letter" Position
2000 "U Got the Funk" Lee Hyun-do (Deux)
2001 "I'll Be Back" Yoo Seung-joon
2002 "Sadness" Kang Hyung-rok
"A Sad Gift" Kim Jang-hoon
2003 "1:1" Juju Club
"I Still Bite My Lips" Lee Soo-young
"Left Alone"
2004 "Confession" Park Hye-kyung
"Burying My Face in Tears" Jang Na-ra


Year Title Role
2008 The Return of President Eom Eom Go-soo


Year Title Notes
2006 I Will Be Happy Poetry readings[54]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2000 19th MBC Drama Awards Best New Actor Mothers and Sisters Won [55]
2001 9th SBS Drama Awards New Star Award Piano Won [56]
Popularity Award Won
2002 10th SBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor Age of Innocence Nominated
Excellence Award, Actor in a Drama Special Won [57]
Top 10 Stars Won
2003 20th Korea Best Dresser Swan Awards Model Line - Popularity Award N/A Won [58]
11th SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Drama Special My Fair Lady Nominated
2004 25th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best New Actor Some Nominated
2005 42nd Grand Bell Awards Best New Actor Won [59]
13th SBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor Green Rose, Marrying a Millionaire Nominated
Excellence Award, Actor in a Special Planning Drama Green Rose Won [60]
Top 10 Stars Green Rose, Marrying a Millionaire Won [61]
2010 14th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival Fantasia Award White Night Won [62]
31st Blue Dragon Film Awards Best New Actor Nominated
2011 4th Style Icon Awards Top 10 Style Icons N/A Won [63]
32nd Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Actor The Front Line Nominated
Popular Star Award Won [64]
2013 2nd APAN Star Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor Empire of Gold Nominated
21st SBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Drama Special Nominated
2014 34th Golden Cinema Festival Best Actor Way Back Home Won [65]
2016 5th APAN Star Awards Grand Prize (Daesang) The Flower in Prison Nominated
Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Serial Drama Nominated
35th MBC Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Special Project Drama Nominated
2018 26th SBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Wednesday-Thursday Drama Heart Surgeons Nominated


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