Kang Tae-oh (born Kim Yoon-hwan on June 20, 1994) is a South Korean actor and singer. He was a member of the actor group 5urprise. He rose to international popularity for his starring role in the television series Extraordinary Attorney Woo (2022).

Kang Tae-oh
Kang Tae-oh in April 2021.jpg
Kang Tae-oh in April 2021
Kim Yoon-hwan

(1994-06-20) June 20, 1994 (age 28)
EducationKonkuk University
  • Actor
  • singer
Years active2013–present
AgentMan of Creation (M.O.C)
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGang Tae-o
McCune–ReischauerKang T'aeo
Birth name
Revised RomanizationGim Yun-hwan
McCune–ReischauerKim Yunhwan


In 2013, Kang made his acting debut in the web series After School: Lucky or Not together with the members of 5urprise – actor group formed by talent agency Fantagio. He then played supporting roles in MBC weekend drama Flower of Queen in 2015.[1]

He also made his name in Vietnam by playing the lead role in the Korean-Vietnamese joint drama Forever Young.[2]

In 2019, Kang joined the KBS historical drama The Tale of Nokdu, which earned him critical acclaim for acting in historical dramas. And in the same year, he made a special appearance in the MBC drama Love with Flaws playing the role of Oh Yeon-seo's ex-boyfriend, He later appeared in the Netflix original series My First First Love.[3]

In 2020, Kang appeared in the JTBC drama Run On where he played an art student alongside Choi Soo-young.[4] Later that same year, his contract with the same agency expired and he moved to Man of Creation (M.O.C), an agency established by former agency managers.[5]

In 2021, Kang appeared in the drama Doom at Your Service and the one-act drama Drama Special - The Effect of One Night on Farewell. [6]

In 2022, Kang made a special appearance in the drama Thirty-Nine by appearing as a friend of Lee Tae-hwan.[7] Later in the same year, he played one of the main characters in the drama Extraordinary Attorney Woo; his last drama appearance before his military service in September 2022.[8]

Personal lifeEdit

Military enlistmentEdit

Kang was set to enlist in the military with the earliest tentative enlistment date being in August or September. He was reported to be serving as a regular active duty soldier.[9]

On August 31, 2022, Kang announced at a fan meeting that he would enlist for his mandatory military service on September 20, 2022.[10] He will conduct basic military training at the 37th Infantry Division Jeungpyeong-gun, Chungcheongbuk-do.[11] After basic training, he will serve as an assistant training instructor with the same division.[12][13]


On August 10, 2022, Kang donated ₩20 million to help those affected by the 2022 South Korean floods through the Hope Bridge Korea Disaster Relief Association.[14]



Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2014 Slow Video Successor Cameo [15]
2018 Feng Shui Won-kyung [16]
2023 Open the Door Detective Na [17][18]

Television seriesEdit

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2013 Drama Festival – Save Wang Jo-hyeon Nam Nam-cheol one act-drama
2013–2014 Miss Korea Ma Ae-ri's son [19]
2014 Forever Young Lee Jun-su [20]
2015 Flower of Queen Heo Doug-gu [21]
Second 20s young Woo-chul
The Dearest Lady Choi Young-kwang [22]
2016 Forever Young 2 Lee Jun-su / Jace [20]
2017 You Are Too Much Lee Kyung-soo [23]
2018 Short Kang Ho-young [24]
That Man Oh Soo Kim Jin-woo [25][26]
2019 The Tale of Nokdu Cha Yul-mu / Prince Neungyang [27]
Love with Flaws Jung Tae-oh Cameo (Episode 1,6) [28]
2020–2021 Run On Lee Young-hwa [29]
2021 Doom at Your Service Lee Hyun-kyu [30]
Drama Special – The Effect of One Night on Farewell Cha Min-jae one-act drama [31]
2022 Thirty-Nine Park Hyun-joon's friend Cameo (episode 11) [32]
Extraordinary Attorney Woo Lee Jun-ho [33]

Web seriesEdit

Year Title Role Ref.
2013 After School: Lucky or Not Kang Tae-oh
2015 To Be Continued Street Punk [34]
2019 My First First Love Choi Hoon [35]

Television showsEdit

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2017 Law of the Jungle in Kota Manado Cast Member Episode 252–255 [36]

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 2022 Best Couple Kang Tae-oh (with Park Eun-bin)
Extraordinary Attorney Woo
Nominated [37]
Asia Artist Awards 2017 Rising Star Award You Are Too Much Won [38]
KBS Drama Awards 2019 Best New Actor The Tale of Nokdu Won [39]
Netizen Award Nominated
Best Couple Kang Tae-oh (with Jang Dong-yoon)
The Tale of Nokdu
2021 Best Actor in Drama Special/TV Cinema Drama Special – A Moment of Romance Nominated [40]
MBC Drama Awards 2017 Excellence Award, Actor in a Weekend Drama You Are Too Much Nominated [41]
Newsis Hallyu Expo 2022 Seoul City Council Award Kang Tae-oh Won [42]
VTV Awards 2015 Impressive Actor Forever Young Won [43]
2017 Impressive Actor Forever Young 2 Nominated [44]


  1. ^ Park, Jung-sun (January 30, 2015). "서프라이즈 강태오, '여왕의 꽃' 출연..이성경 짝사랑 역" [5urprise's Kang Tae-oh stars in 'The Queen's Flower' as Lee Sung-kyung's unrequited love] (in Korean). Osen. Retrieved January 3, 2023.
  2. ^ Minh, Huy (October 7, 2022). "Kang Tae Oh vụt sáng sau gần 10 năm đóng 'Tuổi thanh xuân' với Nhã Phương" [Kang Tae-oh shot to stardom 10 years after 'Forever Young' with Nhã Phương] (in Vietnamese). Vietnamnet. Retrieved January 3, 2023.
  3. ^ Jeon, Hyo-jin (November 15, 2018). "강태오, 넷플릭스 '첫사랑은 처음이라서' 출연…2019년 방영" [Kang Tae-oh to appear on Netflix's 'First Love for the First Time'... aired in 2019] (in Korean). Sports Donga. Retrieved September 5, 2022 – via Naver.
  4. ^ Moon, Ji-yeon (May 4, 2020). "[단독] 강태오, 임시완 주인공 '런온' 주연 합류..매력적 연하남 변신" [[Exclusive] Kang Tae-oh, Im Si-wan's main character 'Run On' joins the lead role... Charming younger man transformation] (in Korean). Sports Chosun. Retrieved September 5, 2022 – via Naver.
  5. ^ Choi, Bo-ran (April 1, 2020). "서강준→공명 서프라이즈, 판타지오 계약 종료 "새로운 길 응원"(공식)" [Seo Kang-joon → Gongmyeong Surprise, Fantagio contract ends "Cheer for a new path" (official)] (in Korean). YTN. Retrieved September 5, 2022 – via Naver.
  6. ^ Yang, Hyun-suk (August 9, 2022). "런 온' 서브커플 강태오-최수영, 이젠 메인 주인공" ['Run On' sub-couple Kang Tae-oh and Choi Soo-young, now the main characters] (in Korean). OhmyNews. Retrieved September 5, 2022 – via Naver.
  7. ^ Jang Woo-young (March 31, 2022). "강태오x이태환, 찐우정…'서른, 아홉' 특급 카메오" [Tae-oh Kang x Tae-hwan Lee, Woo-jung Jin… 'Thirty, Nine' special cameo] (in Korean). OSEN. Retrieved March 30, 2022 – via Naver.
  8. ^ Lee, Kyung-ho (October 6, 2021). "[단독]강태오, '이상한 변호사 우영우' 男주인공..안방 사로잡을 '훈남" [[Exclusive] Tae-oh Kang, 'Strange Lawyer Woo Young-woo' and the main character...] (in Korean). MT Star News. Retrieved September 5, 2022 – via Naver.
  9. ^ Suzanne, Sng (August 3, 2022). "Extraordinary Attorney Woo's Kang Tae-oh may enlist for military service as soon as August". The Straits Times. Singapore. Retrieved August 3, 2022.
  10. ^ Kang, Seon-ae (August 31, 2022). "강태오 "9월 20일, 국방의 의무를 하러 갑니다"…입대 깜짝 공개" [Kang Tae-oh "On September 20, I am going to do my military duty"... Surprising announcement of enlistment] (in Korean). SBS Entertainment News. Retrieved August 31, 2022 – via Naver.
  11. ^ Kim So-yeon (September 15, 2022). "강태오, 20일 37사단 입소…"별도 행사無"[공식입장]" [Kang Tae-oh, enlisted in the 37th Division on the 20th... "No special event" [Official position]] (in Korean). Maeil Business Star Today. Retrieved September 15, 2022 – via Naver.
  12. ^ Kim, Ji-won (October 28, 2022). "[단독] '국민 섭섭남' 강태오, 군대 조교 됐다" [[Exclusive] 'People's disappointment' Kang Tae-oh, became a military assistant] (in Korean). Ten Asia. Retrieved October 28, 2022 – via Naver.
  13. ^ Kim, Ji-won (October 28, 2022). "군 입대→조교 된' 강태오, 공개된 군복 자태…늠름한 자태+은은한 미소 '포착" [Enlisted in the military → became a teaching assistant' Kang Tae-oh, revealed his military uniform... Dignified posture + soft smile 'capture] (in Korean). Ten Asia. Retrieved October 29, 2022 – via Naver.
  14. ^ Yoo Jeong-min (August 10, 2022). "강태오, 폭우 피해 수재민 위해 2천만원 기부...얼굴만큼이나 선한 마음씨" [Tae-oh Kang, donated 20 million won to victims of heavy rain... A heart as good as a face] (in Korean). Ten Asia. Retrieved August 10, 2022 – via Naver.
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  21. ^ "Kang Tae-oh to star in "The Queen's Flower"". Hancinema. January 29, 2015.
  22. ^ "Kang Tae-oh's stills from "The Greatest Couple"". Hancinema. December 1, 2015.
  23. ^ [공식입장] 강태오, ‘당신은 너무합니다’ 출연확정..주연발탁. The Chosun Ilbo (in Korean). January 23, 2017.
  24. ^ "Kang Tae-oh and Kim Doyeon Starring in OCN's "Short"". Hancinema. February 7, 2018.
  25. ^ "That Man Oh Soo" Kang Tae-oh, Kim So-eun, and Lee Jong-hyun Start Their Love Triangle". Hancinema. February 28, 2018.
  26. ^ ""That Man Oh Soo" Kang Tae-oh's Charming Grin". Hancinema. March 1, 2018.
  27. ^ "강태오, '조선로코-녹두전' 합류…김소현·장동윤과 호흡 [공식]". Naver (in Korean). Xports News. Retrieved July 27, 2019.
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  32. ^ Park Ah-reum (March 31, 2022). "강태오가 왜? '서른, 아홉' 특별출연 이유" [Why is Tae-oh Kang? Reasons for special appearance in 'Thirty, Nine'] (in Korean). Newsen. Retrieved March 30, 2022 – via Naver.
  33. ^ Jang Ah-reum (April 8, 2022). "박은빈·강태오·강기영, 휴먼 법정물 '이상한 변호사 우영우' 확정 [공식]" [Park Eun-bin, Kang Tae-oh, and Kang Ki-young, Human Court 'Strange Lawyer Woo Young-woo' Confirmed [Official]] (in Korean). News1. Retrieved April 8, 2022 – via Naver.
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  41. ^ Lee, Seung-rok (December 30, 2017). "[MBC연기대상] '돈꽃' 장승조·'당신은' 장희진, 주말극 우수상" [[MBC Acting Awards] 'Money Flower' Jang Seung-jo, 'You' Jang Hee-jin, Weekend Drama Excellence Award] (in Korean). My Daily. Retrieved October 3, 2022 – via Naver.
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