Kim Joo-hun (Korean김주헌; Hanja金柱憲; born March 1, 1980)[1] is a South Korean theater, television and movie actor. He debuted in 2009 in Korean adaptation of stage play Marat Sade and become member of Alleyway Theater Company until 2014.[2]

Kim Joo-hun
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Kim in 2021
Kim Joo-hun

(1980-03-01) March 1, 1980 (age 42)[1]
South Korea
Other namesKim Zuhun
EducationSeoul Institute of the Arts
  • Actor
Years active2009–present
  • S.A.L.T Entertainment
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGim Ju-heon
McCune–ReischauerKim Chuhŏn

He is best known for his roles in television series Encounter (2018), Dr. Romantic 2 (2020), It's Okay to Not Be Okay (2020), Now, We Are Breaking Up (2021),[2] and Big Mouth (2022).


Kim was born in South Korea on March 1, 1980. Kim studied at the Seoul Institute of the Arts where he received bachelor degree from the Department of Theater and Film.[3] He used to be more interested in the film class and just doing only few theater works. His debut as an actor was in an independent short black and white film A Matter of Principle in 2008.[4]

One day when Kim and actor Shim Jae-hyun were working in a school play, they were approached by Professor Park Geun-hyung. He was one of university professor of the Seoul Institute of the Arts and also leader of Alleyway Theater Company. They were invited to see his play. Those lead Kim into theater world. He soon debuted in a play in Korean adaptation of Marat, Sade (2009) by playwright Peter Weiss under direction of Park Geun-hyung himself, produced by the Seoul Theater Company. Since then Kim became member of Alleyway Theater Company.[2]

In 10th Anniversary Festival of Alleyway Theater Company in 2013, original Korean two person play Raising the Sun in the Sky by playwright Kwon Tae was performed. Kim acted as main lead poet Lee Sang. Under direction of Lee Eun-joon. This work properly imprinted the name of Kim Joo-heon in theater world, by winning the 11th Drama Festival Acting Award.[2][5]

In the same year he acted in minor role in feature film Way Back Home (2013). Kim left Alleyway Theater Company in 2014 and took hiatus as theater actor for around three years. Within those years, Kim still accepted minor roles in various films. He subsequently appeared in The Con Artists (2014), Tazza: The Hidden Card (2015), Planck Constant (2015), The Accidental Detective (2015), A Violent Prosecutor (2016), and a box office film Train to Busan (2016). He also debuted in television with minor roles in OCN drama series Squad 38.

In spring 2017, Kim returned to Daehak-ro as Håkon Håkonsson, King-elect of Norway in a premiere of Korean adaptation of play The Pretenders, titled The Claimers of the Crown. The play produced by the Seoul Theater Company and performed at Sejong Center for the Performing Arts M Theater.[2]

In autumn 2017, Kim starred as French Diplomat, Rene Gallimard in a third korean adaptation of David Henry Hwang’s M. Butterfly, at the Art One Theater Hall 1.

Kim also became a scene stealer in tvN drama Argon (2017) as Ahn Jae-geun, a whistleblower at Seomyoung Foods.[6] Kim became known to general television audiences in end of 2018 after starring as Lee Dae-chan in tvN drama series Encounter (2018) alongside Park Bo-gum and Song He-kyo. Before starting this drama, in October 2018, he signed an exclusive contract with his current agency, S.A.L.T Entertainment.[7]

In 2020, Kim joined Season 2 of SBS drama series in Romantic Doctor Kim Sa Bu, as Park Min-kook, a professor of general surgery and the new director of Doldam Hospital who think of Kim Sa Bu, starred Han Suk-kyu, as his rival. His solid performance won Best Supporting Actor in 2020 SBS Drama Awards.

He also begin to be recognized internationally for his role in tvN & Netflix drama series It's Okay to Not Be Okay (2020). He starred as Lee Sang-in, the CEO of SangsangESang Publishing Company, which publishes Moon-young's children's books.[8] He also starred as lead role in short film Untact alongside Kim Go-eun.



Year Title Role Ref.
English title Korean title
2008 A Matter of Principal 원칙의 문제 Jeong-jae Short Film[9]
2013 Way Back Home 집으로 가는 길 Seoul District Prosecutors' Office detective 2
2014 The Con Artists 기술자들 Suit 3
Tazza: The Hidden Card 타짜: 신의 손 Ah-gwi's thug
2015 Planck Constant 플랑크 상수 Fitness Trainer
The Accidental Detective 탐정: 더 비기닝 Gang leader
2016 A Violent Prosecutor 검사외전 Man
Train to Busan 부산행 Baseball coach
2017 Coffee Mate 커피메이트 Male nurse
Memoir of a Murderer 살인자의 기억법 Undercover detective 2
2018 The Princess and the Matchmaker 궁합 Yook Son
2019 Bank of Seoul 잠은행 Special appearance
Gang Fight club
Welcome to the Guesthouse 어서오시게스트하우스 Gi-hoon
2020 Untact 언택트 Sung-hyun Short Film[10]
2022 Fairy 요정 Ho-cheol [11][12]
TBA Cross 크로스 [13]

Television seriesEdit

Year Title Role Note Ref.
English title Korean title
2016 Squad 38 38사기동대 Examiner Park [14]
2017 Argon 아르곤 An Jae-geun [6]
2018 Encounter 남자친구 Lee Dae-chan [15]
Drama Special: Too Bright for Romance 너무 한낮의 연애 Kim Hyung-suk one act-drama
Drama Special: Dreamers 도피자들 manager
2019 Kill It 킬잇 Min-hyuk Cameo (ep. 6) [16]
Designated Survivor: 60 Days 60일, 지정생존자 Jung Han-mo [17]
2020–present Dr. Romantic 낭만닥터 김사부 Park Min-gook Season 2–3 [18]
2020 It's Okay to Not Be Okay 사이코지만 괜찮아 Lee Sang-in [19]
Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol 도도솔솔라라솔 Cha Eun-seok [20]
Start-Up 스타트업 Seo Chung-myung Cameo (ep.1)
2021–2022 Now, We Are Breaking Up 지금, 헤어지는 중입니다 Seok Do-hoon [21][22]
Our Beloved Summer 그 해 우리는 Narrator Documentary Cameo (episode 12) [23]
2022 Big Mouth 빅마우스 Choi Do-ha [24]
Extraordinary Attorney Woo 이상한 변호사 우영우 Bae In-cheol Cameo (ep.15–16) [25]
2023 Ask the Stars 별들에게 물어봐 Park Dong-ah [26]

Web seriesEdit

Year Title Role Ref.
English title Korean title
2021 Dr. Brain Dr. 브레인 Im Joon-gi
2022 Juvenile Justice 소년 심판 Namkoong Yi-hwan
Soundtrack #1 사운드트랙 Woo-il [27]
A Model Family 모범가족 Yoo Han-cheol [28]


Year Title Notes Ref.
2022 2022 Pyeongchang International Peace Film Festival with Kim Gyu-ri [29]


List of Theater Works[30]
Year Title Role Theater Ref.
English title Korean title
2022 The Invisible Hand 보이지 않는 손 Nick Bright Art One Theater Hall 2 [31]
2021 Understudy 언더스터디(연극) Harry Seoul Arts Center Jayu Small Theater [32] [33]
2019 Turn Around and Leave 돌아서서 떠나라 Sang San-doo Bricks Theater (Old, Content Ground) [34]
The Pride 프라이드 Phillip Art One Theater Hall 2 [35]
2018 Turn Around and Leave 돌아서서 떠나라 Sang San-doo Bricks Theater (Old, Content Ground) [36]
Capone Trilogy 카포네 트릴로지 old man Hongik University Daehangno Art Center Small Theater [37]
2017–2018 Along the Rails, to the Red Sea of ​​Kanna 레일을 따라, 붉은 칸나의 바다로 immigrant Hongik University Daehangno Art Center Small Theater [38]
2017 Kiss of the Spider Woman 거미여인의 키스 Molina Art One Theater Hall 2 [39]
M. Butterfly 엠.버터플라이 Renee Gallimard Art One Theater Hall 1 [40]
The Claimants of the Throne 왕위 주장자들 Håkon Håkonsson, King-elect of Norway Sejong Center for the Performing Arts M Theater [41][42]
2014 Hyung-min and Joo-young 형민이 주영이 Jo-young Daehangno Guerrilla Theater
Yo-Yo Phenomenon 요요현상 Park Chul-min Daehangno Guerrilla Theater 11.1–11.16[43]
For Those Who Have a Hobby of Reading Different Stories 색다른 이야기 취미 읽기 취미를 가진 사람들 Dal-su Lee Hae-Rang Arts Theater [44]
2013 Round and Go Round 돌고돌고 Chang-gae Daegu Hanullim Small Theater
Raising the Sun in the Sky 하늘은 위에둥둥 태양을 들고 Poet Yi-sang Old Studio 76 [45]
2012 People Blooming as Flowers 사람 꽃으로 피다 Goyang Aram Nuri Sara Sae Theater
Mouse Eldest Son Old Studio 76
Raising the Sun in the Sky 하늘은 위에둥둥 태양을 들고 Poet Yi-sang Daegu Hanullim Small Theater [46]
The Dead Man's Cell Phone 죽은 남자의 핸드폰 Gordon Daehakro Arts Theater Small Theater [47]
2011 Never Sleepless Nights 잠 못드는 밤은 없다 Hayato Doosan Art Center Space111
The Secret 속살 Hyeong-ki Daehangno Information Theater 4.13–4.24
The King of Oedipus 오이디푸스 왕 Oedipus Daehangno Information Theater [48]
Like the First Time - Part 1 Hoe Daehangno Comedy Festival 처음처럼 - 제1회 대학로 코미디 페스티벌 Small Theater Wilderness (Former Daehangno Arts Theater 3)
2010 Morning Drama 아침 드라마 Man Daehangno Guerrilla Theater [49]
Space Chicken Opera 스페이스 치킨 오페라 Baba Anmali Daehangno Guerrilla Theater [50]
Never Sleepless Nights 잠 못드는 밤은 없다 Hayato Doosan Art Center Space111 [51]
2009 Whale 고래 Action Leader Daehangno Information Theater [52]
Marat, Sade 마라, 사드 Luro Sejong Center for the Performing Arts M Theater [53]


  • Unobstructed Film Ambassadors (2023)[54]

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.
Double Actor Festival Acting Award 2013 Best Actor Raising the Sun in the Sky Won [2][5]
KBS Drama Awards 2020 Best Supporting Actor Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol
Drama Special – Traces of Love
SBS Drama Awards 2020 Dr. Romantic 2 Won [55]
2021 Excellence Award for an Actor in a Mini-Series Romance/Comedy Drama Now, We Are Breaking Up Won [56]
UAS LAFF Short Film Showdown 2017 Best Actor Kim Joo-hun Won


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