Yoo Yeon-seok

Yoo Yeon-seok (born Ahn Yeon-seok on April 11, 1984) is a South Korean actor. After making his acting debut in 2003 with a small role in Oldboy, he resumed his acting career in 2008. His notable works include the films Re-encounter (2011), Architecture 101 (2012), A Werewolf Boy (2012) and Whistle Blower (2014), Perfect Proposal (2015), Mood of the Day (2016) as well as the television series Reply 1994 (2013), Warm and Cozy (2015), Dr. Romantic (2016) and Mr. Sunshine (2018).

Yoo Yeon-seok
Yoo Yeon-seok - Bean Pole catalogue 2015 Spring-Summer 02 (cropped).jpg
Yoo in March 2015
Ahn Yeon-seok

(1984-04-11) April 11, 1984 (age 35)
Seoul, South Korea
EducationSejong University
Years active2003–present
AgentKing Kong Entertainment
Korean name
Revised RomanizationYu Yeon-seok
McCune–ReischauerYu Yŏnsŏk
Birth name
Revised RomanizationAn Yeon-seok
McCune–ReischauerAn Yŏnsŏk

Early lifeEdit

Yoo was born as Ahn Yeon-seok on April 11, 1984 in Seoul.[1] When he was six years old, his family moved to South Gyeongsang Province because his father, a professor of civil engineering was posted at a national university there.[1][2] In his junior year in high school, Yoo decided to take up acting and followed his brother, who was studying another year to enter university, to Seoul and they lived together near the district of Samseong-dong.[3]

While taking acting classes, Yoo met a friend who would later work on the costume staff of film director Park Chan-wook. Remembering that he resembled actor Yoo Ji-tae, he gave him a call about auditioning for a role. Without having to pass out his resume, he made his acting debut as Yoo Ji-tae's younger counterpart in the acclaimed 2003 film Oldboy.[3][4]

Upon graduation from Sejong University with a degree in Film Arts, he resumed his acting career in 2008 and began using his agency's recommendation stage name, Yoo Yeon-seok.


2008–2012: Career beginningsEdit

After an extended hiatus from acting, Yoo made his return in the medical drama General Hospital 2.[5]

Yoo took on supporting roles on television, such as the haughty student body president in the horror series Soul and more appealing characters in medical drama Midnight Hospital and Tasty Life.[6][7][8] But Yoo received his best reviews yet for playing a sensitive ex-boyfriend searching for his child in indie Re-encounter.[9][10]

Soon after he became known to mainstream audiences as the rich and spoiled antagonist in the box office hit melodramas Architecture 101,[11] and A Werewolf Boy.[12][13] He further raised his profile with comedy film Born to Sing,[14] and the fantasy series Gu Family Book.[15][16]

In March 2015

2013–present: Rising popularityEdit

Yoo rose to popularity in the nostalgic campus drama Reply 1994 in late 2013.[17] Following his breakout year, he was cast in two high-profile films in 2014: Whistle Blower about infamous biotech researcher Hwang Woo-suk, and Joseon-set period drama The Royal Tailor.[18][19][20] Yoo then appeared in the travel-reality show Youth Over Flowers.[21][22]

In 2015, Yoo was cast in his first leading role on network television as a chef and restaurateur in the romantic comedy series Warm and Cozy, written by the Hong sisters and set on Jeju Island.[23] He also starred in the thriller Perfect Proposal (a remake of Woman of Straw), and The Beauty Inside (adapted from the social film of the same title).[24][25] Later in the year, Yoo played the protagonist in Le Passe-Muraille ("The Man Who Walked Through Wall"); this was his first stage musical since his professional acting debut (Yoo had previously appeared in theatrical productions while still in university).[26]

In 2016, Yoo starred in the period music drama Love, Lies followed by romantic comedy Mood of the Day.[27][28] He returned to the small screen with hit medical drama Dr. Romantic alongside Han Suk-kyu and Seo Hyun-jin.[29]

In 2018, Yoo starred in romance melodrama Mr. Sunshine penned by Kim Eun-sook.[30] To celebrate his 15th debut anniversary Yoo held a fan meeting titled “All About YOO”.[31] He then appeared in the musical A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.[32]

In 2020, Yoo starred in the medical drama Hospital Playlist.[33]



Year Title Role
2008 The Good Person of Szechwan
2009 The Understudy
2015–2016 Le Passe-Muraille Dusoleil
2017 Hedwig and the Angry Inch[34] Hedwig
2019 A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder Monty Navarro


Year Title Publisher ISBN
2014 Yoo Yeon-seok's Dream Paperbook ISBN 9788997148387

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2011 48th Grand Bell Awards Best New Actor Re-encounter Nominated
2012 33rd Blue Dragon Film Awards Best New Actor Horror Stories Nominated
2014 7th Style Icon Awards Top 10 Style Icons N/A Won [35]
2015 51st Baeksang Arts Awards Best Supporting Actor (Film) The Royal Tailor Nominated
52nd Grand Bell Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated
35th Golden Cinema Festival Best New Actor Won [36]
MBC Drama Awards Top 10 Stars Award Warm and Cozy Won [37]
2016 Korea Film Actors Association Awards Popularity Award Mood of the Day Won [38]
SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Genre Drama Dr. Romantic Won [39]
Best Couple (with Seo Hyun-jin) Won [40]
Idol Academy Award - Best Kiss (with Seo Hyun-jin) Won
2018 6th APAN Star Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Mr. Sunshine Nominated [41]
2nd The Seoul Awards Best Supporting Actor (Drama) Won [42]
3rd Asia Artist Awards Artist of the Year N/A Won [43]
Best Actor Won
2019 55th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Supporting Actor (TV) Mr. Sunshine Nominated [44]


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  5. ^ 유연석 ‘올드보이’ 유지태 아역 ‘종합병원2’ 의사로 변신. Newsen (in Korean). 10 December 2008.
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  9. ^ Lee, Hyo-won (10 February 2011). "Taboo topics turn Proustian in Re-encounter". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2012-11-19.
  10. ^ Beck, Una (15 February 2011). "REVIEW: Film Re-encounter (2011)". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-19.
  11. ^ Choi, Eun-hwa (23 March 2012). "Yoo Yeon Seok Stands Out as the Easy-to-Hate Villain in Architecture 101". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2012-11-19.
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  18. ^ Park, Yoon-jin (16 October 2014). "Yoo Yeon Seok, "I Felt My Limit As An Actor Because Of My Appearance"". BNTNews. Retrieved 2015-01-04.
  19. ^ Lee, Ji-hye (10 November 2014). "Actor YOO Yeon-seok of WHISTLE BLOWER: A Hard Worker on the Run". Korean Cinema Today. Retrieved 2015-01-04.
  20. ^ Conran, Pierce (26 December 2013). "HAN Suk-kyu and KO Soo Headline New Period Film". Korean Film Biz Zone.
  21. ^ Jang, Seo-young (1 August 2014). "Flowers takes on a youthful twist". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-09-24.
  22. ^ Jo, Yeon-kyung (21 September 2014). "Interview: Yoo Yeon Seok Spills Stories Behind Filming Youth Over Flowers". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2014-09-24.
  23. ^ Jin, Min-ji (11 May 2015). "Yoo, Kang sign on drama". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2015-03-26.
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  26. ^ Jin, Min-ji (17 September 2015). "Yoo Yeon-seok to star in a musical". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2015-09-22.
  27. ^ "HAN Hyo-joo, YOO Yeon-seok and CHUN Woo-hee Wrap Period Music Drama". Korean Film Biz Zone. 4 November 2015.
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  29. ^ "[Interview] 'Romantic Doctor' marks turning point in Yoo Yeon-seok's life". The Korea Times. 31 January 2017.
  30. ^ "Yoo Yeon-seok cast in next drama penned by 'Guardian' writer". The Korea Herald. 10 July 2017.
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  32. ^ "Yoo Yeon-seok to turn into a 'Gentleman'". Kpop Herald. 5 November 2018.
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