Kim Seon-ho (Korean: 김선호; 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.
|Born||May 8, 1986|
Seoul, South Korea
|Alma mater||Seoul Institute of the Arts|
|Revised Romanization||Gim Seon-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. While in college, he joined a theatre group and began acting in plays. His first stage role was in New Boeing Boeing (an adaptation of the French play of the same name) in 2009, which he reprised in 2013. He found minor success appearing in the popular Daehakro (comparable to Off-Broadway) plays Rooftop House Cat and Goal of Love, which were both romantic comedies. 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.
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 who watched his performance in the play Closer. Kim's next project Strongest Deliveryman, for which he initially auditioned for a supporting role, marked his first appearance in a main role onscreen. 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. While the drama was still airing, he reprised his role onstage as Valentin in Kiss of the Spider Woman. 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. He also starred in the historical drama 100 Days My Prince, which became one of the highest-rated series in Korean cable television history. In September that year, Kim joined Salt Entertainment after the expiration of his contract with his former theatre company.
In March 2019, Kim played an aspiring singer in the JTBC comedy Welcome to Waikiki 2. 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. On November 5, Kim joined the cast in fourth season of the KBS2 reality show 2 Days & 1 Night; he received the Rookie Award at the 2020 KBS Entertainment Awards for his work on the show. In his final project of 2019, he appeared in the play Memory in dream [sic].
Kim returned to the small screen in October 2020 through the tvN drama Start-Up. 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. 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. 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. 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. He is set to lead an upcoming tvN drama alongside Shin Min-a.
Following his rise in popularity in 2020, Kim has been chosen as the face of various brands in South Korea and Southeast Asia. His endorsements have included clothing, electronics, cosmetics, food, e-commerce and more.
|2017||Good Manager||Sun Sang-tae||KBS2|||
|Strongest Deliveryman||Oh Jin-kyu|||
|2017–2018||Two Cops||Gong Su-chang||MBC|||
|2018||You Drive Me Crazy||Kim Rae-wan||Drama Special|||
|Your House Helper||Yong-joon||KBS2||Cameo, Episode 2|||
|100 Days My Prince||Jung Jae-yoon||tvN|||
|Feel Good to Die||Kim Min-hyuk||KBS2||Cameo, Episode 4|||
|2019||Welcome to Waikiki 2||Cha Woo-sik||JTBC|||
|Catch the Ghost||Go Ji-seok||tvN|||
|2020||Find Me in Your Memory||Seo Gwang-jin||MBC||Cameo, Episode 1|||
|2021||Run On||Kim Sang-ho||JTBC||Cameo, Episode 16|||
|Seaside Village Cha Cha Cha||Hong Doo-sik||tvN||Working title|||
|2019–present||2 Days & 1 Night||KBS2||Main cast; Episode 579–present|||
|2020||MBC Gayo Daejejeon||MBC||Host (with Im Yoon-ah & Jang Sung-kyu)|||
|2020||"Sleepless" (Vocal by Younha)||Epitone Project|||
|2021||"Reason" (Vocal by Kim Seon-ho)||Epitone Project|||
|2009||New Boeing Boeing||Sung-ki||Daehakro Doore Hall 3|||
|2010||Rooftop House Cat||Lee Kyung-min||Daehakro Tintin Hall|||
|2012||Sherlock||Dr. Watson||Sunset Small Theater|||
|2013–2014||Words I Coundn't Say for 7 Years||In-ho||Daehakro Moonlight Theater|||
|New Boeing Boeing||Sung-ki||Megapolis Art Hall|
|2014–2016||Rooftop House Cat||Lee Kyung-min||Daehakro Tintin Hall|||
|2015||Goal of Love||Choi Ji-sung||A Art Hall|||
|True West||Austin||A Art Hall|||
|Hoy! Style Magazine Show||Jangcheon Hall, Gwanglim Art Center|
|2015–2016||Kiss of the Spider Woman||Valentin||A Art Hall|||
|2016||Almost, Maine||East, Lendall, Chad, Dave||Sangmyung Art Hall 1|||
|True West Returns||Austin||Yegreen Theater|||
|Voice of Millennium||Hyung-seok||Dongsung Art Center Small Theater|||
|2017–2018||Kiss of the Spider Woman||Valentin||Art One Theater 2|||
|2019–2020||Memory in dream||Eden||Haeoreum Arts Theater|||
|2021||Ice||Detective 2||Sejong Center S Theater
Seongnam Arts Center
|"Waikiki (Actors Ver.)"
(with Lee Yi-kyung, Shin Hyun-soo)
|2019||Welcome to Waikiki 2 OST|
|"Reason" (너라는 이유)
(Epitone Project; Vocal by Kim Seon-ho)
Awards and nominationsEdit
|Asia Artist Awards||2020||—||Popularity Award – Actor||Nominated|||
|Best Emotive Award – Actor||Won|||
|Asia Model Festival[b]||2020||—||Model Star Award||Won|||
|Baeksang Arts Awards||2021||Start-Up||Best Supporting Actor – Television||Nominated|||
|—||Most Popular Actor||Won|||
|Brand Customer Loyalty Awards[c]||2021||—||Trend Icon – Actor||Won|||
|KBS Drama Awards||2017||Strongest Deliveryman||Best New Actor||Nominated[d]|||
|KBS Entertainment Awards||2020||2 Days & 1 Night||Rookie Award – Show/Variety Category||Won|||
|MBC Drama Awards||2017||Two Cops||Excellence Award, Actor in a Monday-Tuesday Drama||Won|||
|Best New Actor||Won|
|Best Comic Character||Nominated|||
- Indicates the year of ceremony.
- Asia Model Awards is an annual ceremony that recognizes Asia's top models and celebrities.
- 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.
- Also for his work in Good Manager.
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- "신민아X김선호, tvN '갯마을 차차차' 출연 확정…바닷마을 로코". Naver (in Korean). Newsen. April 2, 2021.
- Ryu, Chulhyun (April 6, 2021). "[S Talk] Kim Seon-ho, a model that advertisers'favorite'". Star Daily News (in Korean). Retrieved April 13, 2021.
- Go, Chanyu (March 4, 2021). "인니 증권사 점유율 1위는 한국… 광고모델도 한국 배우". Hankook Ilbo (in Korean). Retrieved April 13, 2021.
- Kim, Ye-eun (April 29, 2021). "Kim Seon-ho, 2021 Brand Customer Loyalty Awards 2 Winners… Advertising blue chip". Xports News (in Korean). Retrieved April 29, 2021.
- [인터뷰] ‘김과장’ 김선호, "트라우마 이겨내고 연기 시작…뮤지컬도 도전 하고 싶어". Seoul Economic Daily (in Korean). April 1, 2017.
- ‘최강배달꾼’ 김선호, ‘김과장’ 막내가 달라졌어요. YTN (in Korean). August 10, 2017.
- <투깝스> 김선호 합류, 조정석과의 티격태격 앙숙 브로맨스를 기대해~. imbc (in Korean). September 26, 2017.
- '당신의 하우스헬퍼' 보나, 하석진에게 문 열었다..살림 마법 통할까. The Chosun Ilbo (in Korean). July 6, 2018.
- 김선호, '죽어도 좋아' 특별출연 '김과장' 이은진 감독과 인연. etoday (in Korean). November 8, 2018.
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