Kim Seon-ho

Kim Seon-ho (Korean김선호; born May 8, 1986) is a South Korean actor. He began his career on stage and appeared in numerous plays before making his screen debut in 2017 with Good Manager. He rose to prominence with the 2020 television series Start-Up.

Kim Seon-ho
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Kim at the press conference for Start-Up, October 2020
Born (1986-05-08) May 8, 1986 (age 35)
Seoul, South Korea
Alma materSeoul Institute of the Arts
Years active2009–present
AgentSalt Entertainment
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGim Seon-ho
McCune–ReischauerKim Sŏn-ho


2009–2016: Theatrical workEdit

After graduating from high school, Kim studied at the Seoul Institute of the Arts where he received a degree from the Department of Broadcasting and Entertainment.[1] While in college, he joined a theatre group and began acting in plays.[2] His first stage role was in New Boeing Boeing (an adaptation of the French play of the same name)[3] in 2009, which he reprised in 2013. He found minor success appearing in the popular Daehakro (comparable to Off-Broadway)[4] plays Rooftop House Cat and Goal of Love, which were both romantic comedies.[5] Later, he expanded his repertoire with darker roles, and gained critical recognition in works such as True West and Kiss of the Spider Woman in 2015, and Closer in 2016.[6]

2017–2019: Television debutEdit

Kim made his screen debut at the beginning of 2017 in the KBS2 office drama Good Manager, after auditioning at the suggestion of producer Lee Eun-jin [ko] who watched his performance in the play Closer.[1][7] Kim's next project Strongest Deliveryman, for which he initially auditioned for a supporting role, marked his first appearance in a main role onscreen.[8] Later in 2017, he starred in the action comedy Two Cops as a sly conman, which earned him two awards at the 2017 MBC Drama Awards.[9] While the drama was still airing, he reprised his role onstage as Valentin in Kiss of the Spider Woman.[10] In 2018, Kim portrayed the lead role of an artist in the drama special You Drive Me Crazy, which had a four-episode broadcast in May.[11] He also starred in the historical drama 100 Days My Prince, which became one of the highest-rated series in Korean cable television history.[12] In September that year, Kim joined Salt Entertainment after the expiration of his contract with his former theatre company.[13][14]

In March 2019, Kim played an aspiring singer in the JTBC comedy Welcome to Waikiki 2.[15] In October the same year, he starred in the tvN investigative crime drama Catch the Ghost opposite veteran actress Moon Geun-young, in his first leading role in a full-length series.[16] On November 5, Kim joined the cast in fourth season of the KBS2 reality show 2 Days & 1 Night;[17] he received the Rookie Award at the 2020 KBS Entertainment Awards for his work on the show.[18] In his final project of 2019, he appeared in the play Memory in dream [sic].[19]

2020–present: BreakthroughEdit

Kim returned to the small screen in October 2020 through the tvN drama Start-Up.[20] His portrayal of a start-up investor with a tragic past was well-received by viewers and garnered him a nomination for the Baeksang Arts Award for Best Supporting Actor – Television.[21][22] During the airing of Start-Up, Kim topped the monthly brand reputation ranking index by the Korean Business Research Institute and experienced a surge in popularity domestically and internationally.[21][23][24] He made his comeback to theatre in January 2021 through the play Ice by Jang Jin, in which he played a detective trying to inculpate a young man in a murder case.[25] Kim collaborated with Epitone Project to release the single "Reason" in May, which he sang and co-wrote, having previously appeared in the latter's music video.[26] He is set to lead an upcoming tvN drama alongside Shin Min-a.[27]


Following his rise in popularity in 2020, Kim has been chosen as the face of various brands in South Korea and Southeast Asia.[28][29] His endorsements have included clothing, electronics, cosmetics, food, e-commerce and more.[30]


Television seriesEdit

Year(s) Title Role Network Notes Ref.
2017 Good Manager Sun Sang-tae KBS2 [31]
Strongest Deliveryman Oh Jin-kyu [32]
2017–2018 Two Cops Gong Su-chang MBC [33]
2018 You Drive Me Crazy Kim Rae-wan Drama Special [11]
Your House Helper Yong-joon KBS2 Cameo, Episode 2 [34]
100 Days My Prince Jung Jae-yoon tvN [12]
Feel Good to Die Kim Min-hyuk KBS2 Cameo, Episode 4 [35]
2019 Welcome to Waikiki 2 Cha Woo-sik JTBC [15]
Catch the Ghost Go Ji-seok tvN [16]
2020 Find Me in Your Memory Seo Gwang-jin MBC Cameo, Episode 1 [36]
Start-Up Han Ji-pyeong tvN [20]
2021 Run On Kim Sang-ho JTBC Cameo, Episode 16 [37]
Seaside Village Cha Cha Cha Hong Doo-sik tvN Working title [27]

Reality showEdit

Year(s) Title Network Notes Ref.
2019–present 2 Days & 1 Night KBS2 Main cast; Episode 579–present [17]
2020 MBC Gayo Daejejeon MBC Host (with Im Yoon-ah & Jang Sung-kyu) [38]

Music videoEdit

Year Title Artist(s) Ref.
2020 "Sleepless" (Vocal by Younha) Epitone Project [39]
2021 "Reason" (Vocal by Kim Seon-ho) Epitone Project [26]


Year(s) Title Role Venue Ref.
2009 New Boeing Boeing Sung-ki Daehakro Doore Hall 3 [1]
2010 Rooftop House Cat Lee Kyung-min Daehakro Tintin Hall [1]
2012 Sherlock Dr. Watson Sunset Small Theater [40]
2013–2014 Words I Coundn't Say for 7 Years In-ho Daehakro Moonlight Theater [41]
New Boeing Boeing Sung-ki Megapolis Art Hall
2014–2016 Rooftop House Cat Lee Kyung-min Daehakro Tintin Hall [42]
2015 Goal of Love Choi Ji-sung A Art Hall [43]
True West Austin A Art Hall [44]
Hoy! Style Magazine Show Jangcheon Hall, Gwanglim Art Center
2015–2016 Kiss of the Spider Woman Valentin A Art Hall [45]
2016 Almost, Maine East, Lendall, Chad, Dave Sangmyung Art Hall 1 [46]
True West Returns Austin Yegreen Theater [47]
Closer Dan Yegreen Theater [48]
Voice of Millennium Hyung-seok Dongsung Art Center Small Theater [49]
2017–2018 Kiss of the Spider Woman Valentin Art One Theater 2 [10]
2019–2020 Memory in dream Eden Haeoreum Arts Theater [19]
2021 Ice Detective 2 Sejong Center S Theater
Seongnam Arts Center



Title Year Album Notes
"Waikiki (Actors Ver.)"
(with Lee Yi-kyung, Shin Hyun-soo)[50]
2019 Welcome to Waikiki 2 OST
"Reason" (너라는 이유)
(Epitone Project; Vocal by Kim Seon-ho)
2021 Non-album single
  • Also co-writer

Awards and nominationsEdit

Award Year[a] Work Category Result Ref.
Asia Artist Awards 2020 Popularity Award – Actor Nominated [51]
Best Emotive Award – Actor Won [52]
Asia Model Festival[b] 2020 Model Star Award Won [54]
Baeksang Arts Awards 2021 Start-Up Best Supporting Actor – Television Nominated [22]
Most Popular Actor Won [55]
Brand Customer Loyalty Awards[c] 2021 Trend Icon – Actor Won [56]
Male Multitainer Won
KBS Drama Awards 2017 Strongest Deliveryman Best New Actor Nominated[d] [57]
KBS Entertainment Awards 2020 2 Days & 1 Night Rookie Award – Show/Variety Category Won [18]
MBC Drama Awards 2017 Two Cops Excellence Award, Actor in a Monday-Tuesday Drama Won [58]
Best New Actor Won
Best Comic Character Nominated [59]


  1. ^ Indicates the year of ceremony.
  2. ^ Asia Model Awards is an annual ceremony that recognizes Asia's top models and celebrities.[53]
  3. ^ Brand Customer Loyalty Awards is annual event which selects and awards the most influential brands in society and popular culture, determined through national consumer surveys. It is organized by the Korea Consumer Forum.[56]
  4. ^ Also for his work in Good Manager.


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