Yeon Woo-jin

Yeon Woo-jin (born Kim Bong-hwe on July 5, 1984) is a South Korean actor. He started in the entertainment industry as a model and gained recognition as an actor with his role in Arang and the Magistrate (2012) which earned him a nomination for Best New Actor. He expands his acting repertoire on leading roles in Marriage, Not Dating (2014), Divorce Lawyer in Love (2015), Introverted Boss (2017), Queen for Seven Days (2017) and Judge vs. Judge (2017).

Yeon Woo-jin
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Yeon in August 2019
Kim Bong-hwe

(1984-07-05) July 5, 1984 (age 37)
Gangneung, Gangwon-do, South Korea
Other namesSeo Ji-hoo
EducationSejong University
(Civil and Environmental Engineering)
Years active2009–present
AgentJump Entertainment [ko]
Korean name
Revised RomanizationYeon U-jin
McCune–ReischauerYŏn U-chin
Birth name
Revised RomanizationGim Bong-hwe
McCune–ReischauerKim Bong-hwe


2007–2013: BeginningsEdit

Kim began his career as a fashion model at the 2007 Seoul Fashion Week and for jeans brand Evisu in 2008. He made his acting debut in the queer coming-of-age film Just Friends? in 2009 under the stage name Seo Ji-hoo. His management agency later changed his stage name to Yeon Woo-jin.[1]

In December 2013

After playing a teacher in 2010 daily drama All My Love,[2] he started to gain recognition as the youngest brother in hit 2011 family drama Ojakgyo Family.[3] Then in his first lead role, Yeon's character falls in love with the daughter of his brother's murderer in the 4-episode Drama Special Just an Ordinary Love Story.[4][5][6]

In 2012, he was cast as a mysterious villain in the period fantasy-romance Arang and the Magistrate.[7][8][9] Yeon reunited with Arang director Kim Sang-ho in 2013, to again play the protagonist's rival in the gangster melodrama When a Man Falls in Love.[10]

2014–present: Leading roles and rising popularityEdit

This was followed by leading roles in two romantic comedy series: as a commitment-phobic plastic surgeon in Marriage, Not Dating (2014) and as a vengeful office manager-turned-attorney in Divorce Lawyer in Love (2015).[11][12][13]

In 2017, he starred in the tvN romance comedy drama Introverted Boss.[14] He then starred in historical melodrama Queen for Seven Days[15] as well as legal drama Judge vs. Judge.[16]

In 2018, Yeon starred in the medical exorcism drama Priest.[17][18]

In 2019, Yeon was cast in the music romance drama I Wanna Hear Your Song.[19]


Television seriesEdit

Year Title Network Role Notes Ref.
2010 Cinderella's Sister KBS2 Dong-soo [20]
2010–2011 All My Love For You MBC Bang Woo-jin
2011–2012 Ojakgyo Family KBS2 Hwang Tae-pil
2012 Just an Ordinary Love Story Han Jae-gwang
Arang and the Magistrate MBC Choi Joo-wal
2013 When a Man Falls in Love Lee Jae-hee
2013–2014 My Love from the Star SBS Lee Han-kyung Cameo (Episode 18) [21]
2014 Secret Love Dramacube Jang Hyun-jin Cameo (Episode 1–2) [22]
Marriage, Not Dating tvN Gong Gi-tae
2015 Divorce Lawyer in Love SBS So Jung-woo
2016 Another Miss Oh tvN Gong Gi-tae Cameo (Episode 7) [23]
2017 Introverted Boss Eun Hwan-gi
Queen for Seven Days KBS2 Lee Yeok
2017-2018 Judge vs. Judge SBS Sa Eui-hyeon
2018-2019 Priest OCN Oh Soo-min
2019 I Wanna Hear Your Song KBS2 Jang Yoon
2020 Search OCN Jo Min-gook
2021 Undercover JTBC Young Han Jeong-hyeon / Lee Suk-kyu
2022 Thirty, Nine Kim Seon-woo [24]


Year Title Network Notes Ref.
2021 Gangneung International Film Festival Naver TV, YouTube Opening ceremony [25]


Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2009 Just Friends? Kang Min-soo Short film
2011 We Fly High Seung-gi [26]
2014 Tunnel 3D Dong-joon [27]
2015 Revivre Kim Min-soo
2016 Seondal: The Man Who Sells the River King Hyojong [28]
2017 The Table Un-chul [29]
2018 Unfinished Choi Moo-hyuk [30]
The Princess and the Matchmaker Yoon Si-kyung [31]
Mongolian Love Story Huyga Short film [32]
2019 Where There Is No One Chang-seok
2022 Special Cargo [33]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2012 KBS Drama Awards Best Actor in a One-Act/Short Drama Just an Ordinary Love Story Won [34]
MBC Drama Awards Best New Actor Arang and the Magistrate Nominated
2013 6th Korea Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor When a Man Falls in Love Nominated
2015 SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Divorce Lawyer in Love Nominated
2017 SBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Wednesday–Thursday Drama Judge vs. Judge Nominated
Best Couple Award with Park Eun-bin Nominated
2018 13th Soompi Awards Actor of the Year Queen for Seven Days Nominated
Best Kiss Award with Park Min-young Nominated [35]
Best Kiss Award with Park Hye-su Introverted Boss Nominated
2019 KBS Drama Awards Best Couple Award with Kim Se-jeong I Wanna Hear Your Song Nominated


  1. ^ Yoon, Hee-seong (March 14, 2012). "My Name Is: Yeon Woo-jin". 10Asia. Retrieved November 24, 2012.
  2. ^ 신예 연우진 '몽땅 내사랑' 캐스팅…방은희 동생으로 출연. My Daily (in Korean). October 20, 2010.
  3. ^ Lee, In-kyung (December 28, 2011). "Yeon Woo Jin Nicknamed Extension Man". enewsWorld. Archived from the original on July 15, 2014. Retrieved November 24, 2012.
  4. ^ Yoon, Hee-seong (March 14, 2012). "Yeon Woo-jin: The original setting wasn't Jeonju". 10Asia. Retrieved November 24, 2012.
  5. ^ Yoon, Hee-seong (March 14, 2012). "Yeon Woo-jin: It felt like a watercolor painting that used a lot of water". 10Asia. Retrieved November 24, 2012.
  6. ^ Yoon, Hee-seong (March 14, 2012). "Yeon Woo-jin: I had to show that my lips were smiling while crying with my eyes". 10Asia. Retrieved November 24, 2012.
  7. ^ Hong, Lucia (April 21, 2012). "Actor Yeon Woo-jin joins Lee Joon-gi's TV series". 10Asia. Retrieved November 24, 2012.
  8. ^ Ho, Stewart (June 27, 2012). "Yeon Woo Jin Dons Hanbok in Arang and the Magistrate Previews". enewsWorld. Archived from the original on February 25, 2014. Retrieved November 24, 2012.
  9. ^ Ho, Stewart (August 1, 2012). "Yeon Woo Jin is a Cold Flower Scholar in New Still Cuts". enewsWorld. Archived from the original on February 25, 2014. Retrieved November 24, 2012.
  10. ^ Ho, Stewart (January 29, 2013). "Yeon Woo Jin Joins MBC's When a Man Falls in Love". enewsWorld. Archived from the original on October 14, 2013. Retrieved January 29, 2013.
  11. ^ Chung, Joo-won (June 26, 2014). "Marriage over Love has both reality and romance: director". The Korea Herald. Retrieved July 8, 2014.
  12. ^ Kim, Min-jin (June 26, 2014). "Yeon Woo-jin and Han Groo reveal each other's charms". The Korea Herald. Retrieved July 8, 2014.
  13. ^ Ghim, Sora (January 29, 2015). "Yeon Woo Jin To Transform into A Divorce Lawyer". BNTNews. Retrieved August 26, 2015.
  14. ^ [단독]박혜수·연우진, '내성적인 보스' 주인공 '확정'. Ilgan Sports (in Korean). November 8, 2016.
  15. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: Veteran melodrama performers make 'Queen for Seven Days' together!". KBS World. May 31, 2017.
  16. ^ "[공식]연우진X동하, SBS '이판사판' 출연 확정…'당잠사' 후속". News1 (in Korean). October 23, 2017.
  17. ^ "Yeon Woo-jin, Jung Yoo-mi and Park Yong-woo Lead OCN's "Priest"". Hancinema. September 18, 2018.
  18. ^ "OCN's medical exorcism drama is more about love than horror". Yonhap. November 12, 2018.
  19. ^ [단독]연우진·김세정·송재림·지연, '너의 노래…' 주인공. Ilgan Sports (in Korean). April 2, 2019.
  20. ^ '신언니' 연우진 "문근영은 천사였다"(인터뷰). Star News (in Korean). April 13, 2010.
  21. ^ Hong, Grace Danbi (February 19, 2014). "Yeon Woo Jin Cameos as Park Hae Jin and Shin Sung Rok's Brother in YWCFTS". enewsWorld. Retrieved February 21, 2014.
  22. ^ "Yeon Woo-jin stars in Kim Kyoo-tae's "KARA - Secret Love"". Hancinema. July 11, 2013.
  23. ^ "[단독] 연우진, '또오해영' 카메오 출연...송현욱 PD와 인연". Osen (in Korean). May 10, 2016.
  24. ^ Jung Han-buyl (August 6, 2021). "연우진·이무생·이태환, '서른, 아홉' 합류…손예진 만난다" [Yeon Woo-jin, Lee Mu-saeng, and Lee Tae-hwan join 'Thirty, Nine'... Meet Son Ye-jin]. Hankook Ilbo (in Korean). Naver. Retrieved August 6, 2021.
  25. ^ Lee Mi-ji (October 11, 2021). "강릉 출신' 연우진, 제3회 강릉국제영화제 개막식 오프닝 호스트 확정(공식)" ['From Gangneung' Yeon Woo-jin confirmed as the opening host for the opening ceremony of the 3rd Gangneung International Film Festival (official)] (in Korean). Herald POP. Retrieved October 11, 2021 – via Naver.
  26. ^ '시트콤 차도남' 연우진 "최다니엘과 달라"(인터뷰). Star News (in Korean). November 24, 2010.
  27. ^ "'Tunnel 3D' Yeon Woo Jin tells that he hopes to shoot a romance film with Jung Yoo Mi". Star Naver. July 17, 2014.
  28. ^ '훈훈한 교회 오빠' 연우진, '봉이 김선달' 위엄있는 효종 변신. enews24 (in Korean). July 9, 2016.
  29. ^ "스크린에 온 연우진"..'더 테이블', 영화계 원석男 3. Osen (in Korean). August 10, 2017.
  30. ^ "Unfinished (2018)". EONTALK. September 2016.
  31. ^ "SHIM Eun-kyoung and LEE Seung-gi' MARITAL HARMONY Began Shooting". Korean Film Biz Zone. September 15, 2015.
  32. ^ "Ahn So-hee, Yeon Woo-jin for International Women's Day". Kpop Herald. March 13, 2018.
  33. ^ Jeon Hyung-hwa (November 30, 2021). "박소담 원톱 액션영화 '특송' 2022년 1월 5일 개봉 확정" [Park So-dam's one-top action movie 'Special Song' to be released on January 5, 2022] (in Korean). Star News. Retrieved November 30, 2021 – via Naver.
  34. ^ "연우진, KBS연기대상 연작 단마극상 수상 "배우 생활 처음 받는 상"". BNT News (in Korean). January 1, 2013.
  35. ^ "BEST KISS - 13th Annual #SoompiAwards". Soompi. Retrieved December 10, 2019.

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