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Jo Hyun-jae (born May 9, 1980) is a South Korean actor. Jo made his entertainment debut as a singer in the four-member boy band Guardian, which disbanded after releasing their self-titled album in 1998. In 2000, after he drew popularity when he appeared in a commercial for sports drink Pocari Sweat, Jo began acting. He is best known for his leading roles in Love Letter (2003), Only You (2005), Ballad of Seodong (2005), and 49 Days (2011).[1][2][3]

Jo Hyun-jae
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Born (1980-05-09) May 9, 1980 (age 39)
EducationMyongji University
Dankook University - Theater and Film
Years active1998–present
AgentWells Entertainment
Spouse(s)Park Min-jung (2018 - present)
Korean name
Revised RomanizationJo Hyeon-jae
McCune–ReischauerCho Hyǒn-chae

Jo Hyun jae was discharged from the Army on June 19, 2010. In 2011, he gained popularity after becoming the lead actor in the drama 49 days as Han Gang.

Personal lifeEdit

On March 18, 2018 Jo announced his plans of marriage to his non-celebrity girlfriend who happens to be a retired professional golfer. The couple has dated for three years and got married on March 24, 2018.[4][5]


Television seriesEdit

Year Title Role Network Notes
2000 KAIST Jang Dong-ha (episode 75) SBS
Golden Pond Art instructor SBS
2001 Father and Sons Jong-du SBS
That's Perfect! Hyun-jae SBS
2002 Daemang (The Great Ambition) Prince Somyeong SBS
2003 Love Letter Lee Woo-jin (Andrea/Andrew) MBC
First Love Han Young-woo SBS
2004 Star's Echo Yoo Sung-jae MBC
Sunlight Pours Down Jung Eun-sup SBS
Forbidden Love Kang Min-woo KBS2
2005 Only You Han Yi-joon SBS
Ballad of Seodong Seodong (King Mu of Baekje) SBS
2008 One Mom and Three Dads Han Soo-hyun KBS2
2011 49 Days Han Kang SBS
2013 Rouge Hegemon Xiao Wu Ke Hunan TV Chinese drama[6]
Ad Genius Lee Tae-baek Addie Kang[7] KBS2
The King's Daughter Crown Prince Myeongnong MBC
2014 Youth Storm Ye Zi Xuan Kunming5Ch. Chinese drama
2015 Yong-pal Han Do-joon SBS
2017 Hospital Ship Jang Sung-ho MBC Cameo appearance
2018 Let Me Introduce Her Kang Ki-chan SBS [8]

Variety Show AppearancesEdit

Year Title Role Network Notes
2011 Strong Heart Guest (episode 67-68) SBS 49 Days’s cast
2013 Happy Together Season 3 Guest (episode 287) KBS2 Ad Genius Lee Tae-baek Special
2019 Same Bed, Different Dreams 2: You Are My Destiny Guest Couple (episode 108-present) SBS with his wife Park Min-jung
2019 Radio Star Guest (episode 642) MBC with Kim Seung-hyun, Kim Sung-eun[disambiguation needed], Han Sang-jin


Year Title Role Notes
2003 Untold Scandal Kwon In-ho
2004 Joy of Love Travis1984 Internet short film
2008  The Guard Post 1st Lt. Yoo Jeong-u
2014 The Actress Is Too Much Hong Jin-woo

Music videoEdit

Year Song Title Artist
2007 "Love's Greeting" SeeYa
"Ice Doll"


Album information Track listing
가디안 (Guardian)
  • Artist: Guardian
  • Album
  • Released: May 1, 1998
Track listing
  1. Intro
  2. 슬픈 인연
  3. 아르바이트
  4. 세상이 가르쳐준 이별
  5. 수호천사
  6. 빨라 빨라
  7. 애상
  8. 미스터 플라워
  9. 죄와 벌
  10. 일요일 아침같은 그대
  11. 혼돈
  12. Outro
다른 공간, 같은 추억 (Different Space, Same Memory)
  • Artist: Jo Hyun-jae
  • Digital single
  • Label: DMS Communications
  • Released: March 30, 2009
Track listing
  1. 그대가 내게 해준 말 (Words You Said to Me)
  2. 바람처럼 그대 곁에 (Beside You Like the Wind)
  3. 내 꿈을 하늘에 뿌린다 (Scatter My Dreams Across the Sky)
  4. 그대가 내게 해준 말 (Words You Said to Me) (Inst.)
  5. 바람처럼 그대 곁에 (Beside You Like the Wind) (Inst.)
  6. 내 꿈을 하늘에 뿌린다 (Scatter My Dreams Across the Sky) (Inst.)
단 하루를 살아도 (Even If I Live Just One Day)
  • Artist: Jo Hyun-jae
  • Track from 49 Days OST
  • Label: Star Entry Entertainment, Danal
  • Released: April 25, 2011
Track listing
  1. 단 하루를 살아도 (Even If I Live Just One Day)
  2. 단 하루를 살아도 (Even If I Live Just One Day) (Inst.)
  3. 단 하루를 살아도 (Even If I Live Just One Day) (MR)

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2003 SBS Drama Awards New Star Award First Love Won
2005 SBS Drama Awards Top 10 Stars Only You, Ballad of Seodong Won
2006 42nd Baeksang Arts Awards Most Popular Actor (TV) Ballad of Seodong Won
2007 Andre Kim Best Star Awards Star Award N/A Won
2011 19th Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards Hallyu Star Award 49 Days Won
SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Drama Special Nominated
2013 MBC Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Serial Drama The King's Daughter Nominated
2018 6th APAN Star Awards[9] Excellence Award, Actor in a Serial Drama Let Me Introduce Her Nominated
26th Korea Culture and Entertainment Awards[10] Best Actor Won


  1. ^ "Jo Hyun Jae Profile & Portfolio". Hou Leng Jai. Retrieved 2012-08-10.
  2. ^ Hong, Lucia (17 August 2010). "Jo Hyun-jae to hold fan meetings in Japan and Hong Kong". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-08-15.
  3. ^ Hong, Lucia (30 March 2012). "Jo Hyun-jae joins Song Seung-heon and Lee Young-ae's agency". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-08-15.
  4. ^ Kim Jin-suk (18 March 2018). 조현재, 열애 5년 끝에 골퍼와 결혼[공식]. IS Plus (in Korean). Retrieved 2018-03-20.
  5. ^ Sung Ji-eun (18 March 2018). "Jo Hyun-jae will get married this Saturday". Korea Joongang Daily. Retrieved 2018-03-20.
  6. ^ Hong, Lucia (19 October 2011). "Jo Hyun-jae cast as male lead in upcoming Chinese TV series". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-08-15.
  7. ^ "Actor Jo Hyun-Jae will be joining new KBS Monday-Tuesday drama". Innolife. 14 January 2013. Retrieved 2013-08-15.[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "Mystery romance follows woman's search for her identity lost after plastic surgery". Kpop Herald. July 15, 2018.
  9. ^ "이병헌·손예진·아이유 APAN스타어워즈 노미네이트". Star News (in Korean). 27 September 2018.
  10. ^ 2018년 제 26회 "대한민국 문화연예대상" 성황리 개최. NB News (in Korean). November 29, 2018.

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