Kim Soo Hyun: Complete Guide To His Life, Dramas & Awards

Kim Soo Hyun is one of the top hallyu star who is known for his fabulous acting. Here are all the details about him.

Kim Soo Hyun is one of South Korea’s most popular and well-paid stars. Kim Ju Na, his half-sister from his dad’s side, is a singer. Since he first started acting, Soo Hyun has been in a lot of shows.

Kim Soo Hyun’s mother told him to take acting classes when he was in school. By 2006, he had finished elementary, middle and high school school in Gangnam.

After a few theatre plays, he made his first appearance on TV in 2007 with the family comedy Kimchi Cheese Smile. In 2009, he enrolled for the Film and Theatre Department at Chung-Ang University.

Hangul Name김수현
Date Of BirthFeb 16, 1988
NationalitySouth Korean
Recent DramaOne Ordinary Day

Kim Soo Hyun’s big break came with his role in the 2011 drama “Dream High,” which brought him a lot of attention. Then, his role in the fantasy thriller “My Love from the Star” brought him a lot of fame in other countries.

On October 23, 2017, he started his required military training. Since he had heart surgery before, he was supposed to work in public service duty instead of military duty. But he voluntarily went for re-examinations and was eventually cleared for the combat.

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Korean Dramas & Movies

Kim Soo Hyun played many different roles in his dramas and movies for which he won a lot of awards including the popular ones. Here is the list of his dramas and movies.

1. One Ordinary Day

Hangul: 어느 날

Year: 2021

The drama looks at the criminal justice system through the eyes of a college student who is suddenly the main suspect in a woman’s murder case and a lawyer who just barely passed the bar test and is trying to help him.

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4 star rating

Main Cast (Characters):

  • Kim Soo Hyun as Kim Hyun Soo
  • Cha Seung Won as Shin Joong Han
  • Lee Seol as Seo Soo Jin
  • Yang Kyung Won as Park Doo Shik

No. Of Episodes: 8 (70 min. each)

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2. It’s Okay To Not Be Okay

The drama revolves around a community health worker at a psychiatric ward who lives with his brother having autism & a popular writer who is suffering from an antisocial personality disorder. They unravel many secrets, seek comfort from each other, and move forward in their lives.

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Cast –

  • Kim Soo Hyun as Moon Gang Tae
  • Seo Yea Ji as Ko Moon Young
  • Oh Jung Se as Moon Sang Tae
  • Park Gyu Young as Nam Ju Ri

No. Of Episodes – 16

Watch On – Netflix

3. The Producers

The story revolves around the dynamic work and life of people who work in the entertainment division of television networks. It will leave various deep messages about friendship, family, fame, buying, betrayal, and support in the broadcast industry.

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Cast –

  • IU as Cindy
  • Cha Tae Hyun as Ra Jun Mo
  • Gong Hyo Jin as Tak Ye Jin
  • Kim Soo Hyun as Baek Seung Chan

No. Of Episodes – 12

Watch On – Netflix, Viki

4. My Love From The Star

Do Min Joon is an alien who landed on Earth 400 years ago. He has different abilities & a cute appearance. When he discovers that he has three months left on earth, he meets Cheon Song Yi, the biggest Hallyu star in South Korea.

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Cast –

  • Kim Soo Hyun as Do Min Joon
  • Jun Ji Hyun as Cheon Song Yi
  • Park Hae Jin as Lee Hee Kyung
  • Yoo In Na as Yoo Se Mi

No. Of Episodes – 21

Watch On – Netflix, Viki, Kocowa

5. Moon Embracing The Sun

A love story between a king & a female shaman. She was born into a noble family and became the crown princess, but was entrapped and faced execution. Now trained as a shaman, she returns to reclaim her rightful position as queen.

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Cast –

  • Han Ga In as Heo Yeon Woo
  • Kim Soo Hyun as Lee Hwon
  • Jung Il Woo as Yang Myung
  • Kim Min Seo as Yoon Bo Kyung

No. Of Episodes – 20

Watch On – Netflix, Viki

6. Dream High

Hangul: 드림하이

Year: 2011

Six people at Kirin High School want to be K-pop stars. During their school years, they learn how to sing, write songs, and dance, and they also learn about themselves. Also, they start to develop feelings for each other.

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3 star rating

Main Cast (Characters):

  • Bae Suzy as Go Hye Mi
  • Kim Soo Hyun as Song Sam Dong
  • IU as Kim Pil Sook
  • Ok Taecyeon as Jin Gook

No. Of Episodes: 16 (70 min. each)

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Short Review: The drama might not be for everyone, but it has a unique quality that makes people like it more as the story goes on. The show’s soundtrack is also very good. Even though it’s not the best drama, it has something new and interesting to offer.

7. Real

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Jang Tae Yeong is a gang boss and owner of a large casino. Disturbed by an entirely different personality that lies within himself, Jang decides to seek the help of a doctor. He comes up with a plan which he follows, but it yields unexpected consequences.

8. Secretly Greatly

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Three North Korean spies infiltrate South Korea as a village idiot, a rock musician, and a high school student. Awaiting their orders, they get shocked when they are ordered to kill one another or face death at the hands of an elite hit team.

9. The Thieves

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Popie, the brain and muscle, Pepsee, an expert safecracker, Yenicall, the wall climber, Zampano, the strategy head, and Chewing Gum, the master of disguise, decide to rob a 20 million-dollar diamond only to find them against each other.

Awards & Achievements

Kim Soo Hyun is one of the top actor who has received Baeksang and Daesang awards. His achievements are also commendable.

It’s Okay To Not Be Okay

  • Popular Star Award – 2021 APAN Star Awards
  • Grand Prize (Daesang) – 2020 Asia Artist Awards

The Producers

  • Grand Prize (Daesang), Best Couple, Netizen Award – 2015 KBS Drama Awards
  • Grand Prize (Daesang) – 2015 APAN Star Awards
  • Grand Prize (Daesang), Hallyu Star Award – 2015 Korea Drama Awards

My Love From The Star

  • Best Actor, Best Netizen, Best Couple Award – 2014 SBS Drama Awards
  • Most Popular Actor – 2014 Baeksang Arts Awards
  • Hallyu Star, Top Excellence Award – 2014 APAN Star Awards
  • Grand Prize (Daesang), Hally Star Award – 2014 Korea Drama Awards

Secretly Greatly

  • Best New Actor, Most Popular Actor – 2014 Baeksang Arts Awards
  • Best New Actor – 2013 Grand Bell Awards

Moon Embracing The Sun

  • Top Excellence, Popularity Award – 2012 MBC Drama Awards
  • Best Actor – 2012 Baeksang Arts Awards
  • Excellence Award – 2012 APAN Star Awards

Dream High

  • Best New Actor, Best Couple, Popularity Award – 2011 KBS Drama Awards
  • Most Popular Actor, Best New Actor – 2011 Korea Drama Awards

On 18 April 2012, Korea Tourism Organization appointed Kim Soo Hyun as the Honorary Ambassador for Korean tourism. On 25 October 2015, Kim was appointed as the Goodwill Ambassador of Seoul.

In 2016, Kim Soo Hyun was placed in the Forbes’ “30 Under 30” Asia list. He was also given the Prime Minister’s Commendation in 2014. In 2023, he was honored Presidential Commendation by National Tax Service.

Wrapping Up

So, this was the complete guide to help you get to know Kim Soo Hyun in detail. It is evident that he is one of the most successful actors of South Korea who is receiving popularity around the world.

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