Kim Dong-wook

Kim Dong-wook (born July 29, 1983) is a South Korean actor. After appearing in student short films and several minor parts, Kim became a star through his supporting role in the popular TV series Coffee Prince (2007), followed by box office hit Take Off (2009). He then starred in Happy Killers (2010) and Romantic Heaven (2011), his latest drama called Find Me In Your Memory (2020), but it was his acclaimed performance as an obsessed and tormented king in 2012 period drama The Concubine, and Along with the Gods 1 and 2 that brought Kim the best reviews of his career yet.[3]

Kim Dong-wook
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Kim in December 2018
Born (1983-07-29) July 29, 1983 (age 37)
EducationKorea National University of Arts – School of Drama[1]
Years active2004–present
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGim Dong-uk
McCune–ReischauerKim Tong'uk


After officially debuting in A Crimson Mark,[4] Kim Dong-wook's first notable role was the angry, impoverished teenager in director Byun Young-joo's 2004 coming-of-age film Flying Boys.[5] He then broke into the mainstream as the bubbly waiter in MBC's 2007 hit romantic comedy series Coffee Prince.[6][7]

In the popular 2009 sports flick Take Off, he starred as a former night club bouncer who ends up being a member of Korea's national ski jumping team.[8] In spite of the enormous physical challenge, Kim said it was a character he genuinely enjoyed playing.[9]

His musical theatre debut was in On Air: Season 2, which was produced by his fellow alumni from the Korea National University of Arts. A loose spin-off of the TV series On Air, it takes place at a radio station and centers around an idol singer-turned-DJ and an older female PD.[6] His follow-up the year after was the Korean production of Legally Blonde, the Broadway musical based on the 2011 Hollywood film of the same name. He played Luke Wilson's role Emmett.[10] Kim said "the show must go on, no matter what" mentality was what he found appealing yet tough about doing musicals.[11]

Kim then played lead roles in the omnibus film Five Senses of Eros,[12] thriller Happy Killers,[13] and melodrama Romantic Heaven.[14] But it was his performance in period thriller The Concubine that he gained significant attention on the big screen. According to critics one of the finest of achievements of the 2012 period thriller is Kim's engrossing performance as the tormented Prince Sung-won, who gradually loses his sense of judgment and emotional control in the face of obsessive love. Kim said of playing the intense role, "While feeling sorry for him, I also found the complexity of the character fascinating. That's what drew me in."[9][15][16]

In 2014, Kim made his acting comeback in the period drama series More Than a Maid.[17][18] He had his big screen comeback in action comedy Three Summer Nights (2015).[19] Kim then played the leading role in the cable slice-of-life drama Riders: Get Tomorrow (2015), which won him the Best Character Award at the Korea Cable TV Awards.[20]

Kim played a significant role in the fantasy blockbuster Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds (2017) and its sequel, Along with the Gods: The Last 49 Days (2018);[21] which won him several Best Supporting Actor accolades.

Kim was then cast in OCN's supernatural thriller The Guest (2018). The series was a hit and received positive reviews.[22][23]

In 2019, Kim starred alongside Ko Sung-hee in the romantic comedy film Trade Your Love.[24] In April, Kim is set to star in the comedy drama Special Labor Inspector.[25]

In 2020, Kim was cast in the romance drama Find Me in Your Memory.[26]

Personal lifeEdit

Kim enlisted for his mandatory military service on August 30, 2012 at a training camp in Nonsan, South Chungcheong Province. He underwent five weeks of basic training and served for two years as a riot policeman for the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency.[27] Kim was discharged on May 29, 2014.



Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2001 Monitor short film
2002 Seoul
2003 Tube
Super short film
My Wife is a Gangster 2 Na Nam-Ja
2004 A Crimson Mark
Flying Boys
2005 My Lovely Week Actor
The Fever in Deep Blue Sea short film
The Apple short film [28]
2006 No Regret Ga-ram [29]
Burning Coals on His Head short film [28]
My Night with Miss Marple short film [28]
APT Shin Jung-soo
2007 A Nymph of a Lamp [30]
2008 Lost and Found Han Ji-Hoon [31]
Living Together, Happy Together [32]
2009 Five Senses of Eros Han Ji-Woon
Take Off Choi Hong-cheol
2010 Cafe Seoul [33]
Happy Killers Choi Jung-min
Finding Mr. Destiny Dr. Jung cameo
2011 Romantic Heaven Dong Ji-wook
The Cat Jun-seok [34]
Countdown Nalpari [35]
2012 The Concubine Prince Sung-won
2015 Three Summer Nights Myung-seok
2017 Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds Kim Soo-hong
2018 The Accidental Detective 2: In Action Kwon Chul-in
Along with the Gods: The Last 49 Days Kim Soo-hong [36]
2019 Trade Your Love Sung-seok [24]

Television seriesEdit

Year Title Role Network Notes Ref.
2006 Break Yeong-hun Mnet 8 episodes of hip hop dramas
2007 Coffee Prince Jin Ha-rim MBC
Unstoppable Marriage Wang Sam-baek KBS2 [37]
2009 Partner Eul-su [38]
Soul Special Yoon-joon [39]
Hometown of Legends: Silent Village Yoogil KBS Drama [40]
2010 Dandelion Family Lee Jae-ha MBC [41]
2011 The Great Gift Goo-Ram SBS (SBS Chuseok Special) [42]
I Trusted Him Moon Hyun-soo MBC [43]
2015 Riders: Catch Tomorrow Cha Gi-jun E-Channel , Dramacube
Cheo Yong 2 Lee Cheol-gyu OCN (Cameo, Ep 1-2) [44]
More Than a Maid Kim Eun-gi JTBC
2017 Radiant Office Seo Hyun MBC [45]
2018 The Guest Yoon Hwa-pyung OCN
2019 Special Labor Inspector Jo Jin-gap MBC
2020 Find Me in Your Memory Lee Jung-hoon MBC
2021 You Are My Spring Joo Young-do tvN [46]

Musical theatreEdit

Year Title Ref.
2008 On Air: Season 2
2009 Brave Brothers
2010 Legally Blonde [47]
2015 Brave Brothers [48]


Year Title Category
2009 "You Are to Me" (Soul Special OST)
2010 "Fly High" (duet with Shim Eun-kyung) OST
Happy Killers

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2007 1st Korea Drama Awards Netizen Popularity Award Coffee Prince Won [49]
2009 17th Chunsa Film Art Awards Ensemble Acting Award Take Off Won [50]
12th Director's Cut Awards Best New Actor Won [51]
2010 7th Max Movie Awards Won [52]
2016 10th Korea Cable TV Awards Best Character Riders: Catch Tomorrow Won [53]
2017 MBC Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Radiant Office Nominated
2018 54th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Supporting Actor Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds Nominated
23rd Chunsa Film Art Awards Best Supporting Actor Won [54]
39th Blue Dragon Film Awards Nominated
38th Golden Cinema Film Festival Won [55]
7th Korea Best Star Awards Won [56]
2019 14th Seoul International Drama Awards Best Actor Special Labor Inspector Won [57]
12th Korea Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor Won [58]
38th MBC Drama Awards Grand Prize (Daesang) Won [59]
Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Monday-Tuesday Miniseries Won [60]
2020 39th MBC Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Wednesday-Thursday Miniseries Find Me in Your Memory Nominated
Best Couple Award with Moon Ga-young Won [61]


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  61. ^ announced online

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