Seo Kang-joon

Seo Kang-joon (born Lee Seung-hwan on October 12, 1993) is a South Korean actor and singer who is a member of the group 5urprise. He gained recognition with his role in the television series Cheese in the Trap (2016) and has since starred in Entourage (2016), Are You Human Too? (2018), The Third Charm (2018), Watcher (2019), When The Weather Is Fine (2020), and Grid (2022).

Seo Kang-joon
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Seo in 2018.
Lee Seung-hwan

(1993-10-12) October 12, 1993 (age 29)
Gunpo, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea
EducationDong Seoul College
(Performing Arts)
  • Actor
  • Singer
  • Model
Years active2012–present
Musical career
  • Piano
Formerly of
Korean name
Revised RomanizationSeo Kang-joon
McCune–ReischauerSŏ Kang-chun
Birth name
Revised RomanizationLee Seung-hwan
McCune–ReischauerLee Sŭng-hwan

Early life and educationEdit

Seo Kang-joon was born Lee Seung-hwan in Gunpo, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea.[1] In the second year of secondary school, Seo went to study abroad in Malaysia for one year and seven months and returned to Korea in the first year of high school. After his debut, he enrolled at the Faculty of Performing Arts of Dong Seoul College.[2] Seo worked part-time as a model before his debut. After passing the audition for Actor's League, a program with the aim of searching for new actors organized by Fantagio, Seo underwent training before debuting in the group 5urprise.[3]


2012–2015: BeginningsEdit

Seo took on bit parts in various television series, before making his acting debut as with a supporting role in SBS' drama The Suspicious Housekeeper.[4] His first major role was in the 2014 romantic comedy series Cunning Single Lady,[5] for which he won the Best New Actor award at the 7th Korea Drama Awards.[6] He has then appeared in television dramas What Happens to My Family? (2014–2015),[7][8] Splendid Politics (2015),[9] and To Be Continued (2015),[10] as well as films My Love, My Bride (2014) and Summer Snow (2015).[11][12]

In 2014, Seo joined the SBS variety show Roommate as a cast member.[13][14] He also appeared on Law of the Jungle as a guest.[15]

2016–present: Rising popularity and leading rolesEdit

Seo's breakout role came in 2016 as a talented pianist in the college romance drama Cheese in the Trap.[16][17][18] The same year, he starred in his first leading role in tvN drama Entourage, the Korean remake of the American television series of the same name.[19][20]

In 2018, Seo starred in KBS's science fiction drama Are You Human? where he played double roles as a wealthy heir and robot.[21][22] The same year, he starred in romance comedy drama The Third Charm.[23]

In 2019, Seo starred in OCN's thriller drama Watcher as a policeman.[24] He was cast in the JTBC romance drama When the Weather Is Fine, which aired in the first half of 2020.[25]

In 2022, Seo starred in Disney+ (Star) thriller drama Grid as an employee of the Grid Bureau.[26]

Personal lifeEdit

Military serviceEdit

On November 8, 2021, it was reported that Seo would enlist in the military on November 23, 2021.[27] Later the same day, Seo's agency confirmed that he would enlist in the military on November 23, without revealing his location.[28] Seo received the division commander's commendation for excellent performance in basic military training.[29]and Seo is scheduled to be discharged from military service on May 22, 2023.[30]



Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2014 My Love, My Bride Joon-soo [11]
2015 The Beauty Inside Woo-jin Cameo [31]
Summer Snow Han Sang-gyu [12]
2021 A Year-End Medley Lee Kang [32]

Television seriesEdit

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2012 To the Beautiful You Student (ep.3,7)
2013 After School: Lucky or Not Seo Kang-joon [33]
Good Doctor Disorderly student (ep.12)
The Suspicious Housekeeper Choi Soo-hyuk [4]
Haneuljae's Murder Yoon-ha Drama special [34]
2014 Cunning Single Lady Gook Seung-hyun [5]
What Happens to My Family? Yoon Eun-ho [7]
The Best Future Choi Go [35]
2015 Splendid Politics Hong Joo-won [9]
To Be Continued Ah-rin's older brother [10]
2016 Cheese in the Trap Baek In-ho [16]
Entertainer Lee Sang-won Cameo (ep. 7–8) [36]
Entourage Cha Young-bin [19]
2017 Idol Fever Do-yun's older brother Cameo [37]
2018 Are You Human? Nam Shin / Nam Shin III [22]
The Third Charm Oh Joon-young [23]
2019 Watcher Kim Young-goon [24]
2020 When the Weather Is Fine Im Eun-seob [25]
2021 Love Refresh Seo Nam-joo [38]
2022 Grid Kim Sae-ha / Kwon Sae-ha / younger Soo-geun [26]

Variety showEdit

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2014–2015 Roommate Cast member Seasons 1–2 [13]
2016 Law of the Jungle in Tonga [15]
2018 Busted! Guest (ep. 4) [39]


Year Song Title Album Notes Ref.
2018 "You Are My Love" Are You Human? OST [40]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Name of the award ceremony, year presented, category, work(s) nominated / nominee(s) of the award, and the result of the nomination
Award ceremony Year Category Work(s) / Nominee(s) Result Ref.
Asia Artist Awards 2016 Best Entertainer Award, Actor Seo Kang-joon Won [41]
2017 Best Icon Award, Actor Won [42]
Korea Drama Awards 2014 Best New Actor Cunning Single Lady Won [6]
2015 Excellence Award, Actor Splendid Politics Nominated
Hot Star Award Won [43]
2018 Excellence Award, Actor Are You Human? Nominated [44]
KBS Drama Awards 2014 Best New Actor What Happens to My Family? Nominated
2018 Excellence Award, Actor in a Mid-length Drama Are You Human? Won [45]
Best Couple Seo Kang-joon (with Gong Seung-yeon)
Are You Human?
MBC Drama Awards 2014 Best New Actor Cunning Single Lady Nominated
SBS Entertainment Awards 2014 Best Male Newcomer Roommate Nominated
Seoul International Youth Film Festival 2014 Best New Actor Cunning Single Lady Nominated
tvN10 Awards 2016 Made in tvN, Actor in Drama Cheese in the Trap Nominated


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