The 25 Best Korean Actors Under 40

by amyalm | created - 12 Jan 2017 | updated - 12 Jan 2017 | Public

Top 25 South Korean actors under the age of 40 (no specific order)

1. Joon-Gi Lee

Actor | Wang-ui namja

Lee Joon-Gi was born in Busan, South Korea on April 17, 1982. He was raised by his parents and has one younger sister. He is an actor/model/singer. He started his career as a model and had minor roles in Korean dramas until he landed the role of Gong-Gil in The King and the Clown in 2005. After ...

2. Hyuk Jang

Actor | Nae yeojachingureul sogae habnida

Hyuk Jang was born on December 20, 1976 in Pusan, South Korea as Yong-Joon Jung. He is an actor, known for Windstruck (2004), Chuno (2010) and Empire of Lust (2015). He has been married to Yeo-Jin Kim since June 2, 2008. They have three children.

3. Hyun Bin

Actor | Sikeurit Gadeun

Hyun Bin was born on September 25, 1982 in Seoul, Korea as Tae-Pyung Kim. He is an actor, known for Secret Garden (2010), My Lovely Sam-Soon (2005) and Memories of the Alhambra (2018).

4. Joong-Ki Song

Actor | Tae-yang-eui hoo-ye

Song Joong-Ki is a South Korean actor and MC. He is best known for his roles in television dramas Sungkyunkwan Scandal, Deep Rooted Tree and host of music show Music Bank.

He was educated at Daejeon St. Mary Elementary School, Hanbat Middle School, Antarctic Former High School, and graduate from ...

5. Jong-Suk Lee

Actor | Dangshini Jamdeun Saie

Jong-Suk Lee was born on September 14, 1989 in Korea. He is an actor, known for While You Were Sleeping (2017), I Hear Your Voice (2013) and W: Two Worlds (2016).

6. Ji-seob So

Actor | Yeong-hwa-neun yeong-hwa-da

Ji-seob So was born on November 4, 1977 in Seoul, South Korea. He is an actor, known for Rough Cut (2008), Oh My Venus (2015) and Ghost (2012).

7. Dong-Wook Lee

Actor | Sseulsseulhago Chalranhashin: Dokkaebi

Dong-Wook Lee was born on November 6, 1981 in South Korea. He is an actor, known for Goblin (2016), Heartbreak Library (2008) and Crime Family (2004).

9. Yoo Gong

Actor | Busanhaeng

Gong Ji-Chul (better known as Gong Yoo) was born in Busan, Korea on July 10, 1979. The actor is known for the movies Train to Busan (2016), Silenced (2011) and The Age of Shadows (2016).

Gong Yoo graduated with a Bachelor's degree in theater at Kyung Hee University and worked as a model before ...

10. Min-Ho Lee

Actor | Gangnam 1970

Lee Min Ho is a South Korean actor who is known for his leading roles in television dramas such as Boys Over Flowers, City Hunter and Heirs. He started his career in 2006 and since then has been cast in various TV shows, short dramas and minor movie roles. He first gained widespread fame with his ...

11. Woo-Bin Kim

Actor | Sangsogjadeul

Kim Woo Bin wanted to become a model while he was in high school and didn't have much intention of becoming an actor. However as his modeling career grew bigger, and he started getting offers to do commercials he was soon told that some basic acting was required and he decided to take on classes. ...

12. Chang-Wook Ji

Actor | Hilleo

Chang-Wook Ji was born on July 5, 1987. He is an actor, known for Healer (2014), Suspicious Partner (2017) and Fabricated City (2017).

13. Won Bin

Actor | Ajeossi

Won Bin was born on November 10, 1977 in Jeongseon, Korea as Do-Jin Kim. He is an actor, known for The Man from Nowhere (2010), Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War (2004) and Mother (2009). He has been married to Na-Young Lee since May 30, 2015.

14. Ah-in Yoo

Actor | Yungnyong-i Nareusya

Yoo Ah-In is a South Korean actor and creative director. He has built a unique filmography that distinguishes him from other actors of the same age, playing a series of impressive characters in films and TV series. Not only is he known as an icon of youth in Korea, but also he has made remarkable ...

15. Seong Ji

Actor | Kilmi, hilmi

Born Kwak Tae Gun on February 27, 1977 he landed his debuting role in 1999 SBS Television Drama KAIST. It was through the suggestion of is then-manager that he took on the the stage name Chae Ji-sung and subsequently known as simply Ji Sung. His participating in following TV dramas such as All In(...

16. Joo Won

Actor | Yong Pal

Joo Won was born on September 30, 1987 in Seoul, South Korea as Jun-Won Moon. He is an actor, known for Yong Pal (2015), Good Doctor (2013) and Bridal Mask (2012).

17. Keun-Suk Jang

Actor | Jeul-geo-woon in-saeng

Jang Keun Suk was born in Danyang County, Chungcheongbuk Province, South Korea. He was born on the 4th day of the 8th month of the Lunar Calendar in 1987 (the year of the rabbit), making his Gregorian calendar birth date 26 September 1987. He is an only child.

At the age of five, he was discovered ...

18. Seung-ho Yoo

Actor | Jibeuro

Yoo was born in Incheon and raised there by his family and the younger of two siblings. He made his entertainment debut in a cellphone commercial in 1999 after his mother sent in a photo of her son to an ad agency.

In 2000, Yoo began his career as a child actor, first appearing in television dramas....

19. Seung-gi Lee

Actor | Guga-ui Seo

Seung-gi Lee is an actor, known for Kangchi, the Beginning (2013), Shining Inheritance (2009) and The King 2 Hearts (2012).

20. Soo-hyun Kim

Actor | Byeol-e-seo on geu-dae

Soo-Hyun Kim is one of the brightest stars in East Asia. He became a household name in South Korea in 2011, playing a country bumpkin who turned out to be a musical genius in the teen-age drama 'Dream High'.

His popularity sky-rocketed in 2012 when he starred in as the young king Lee Hwon in the ...

21. Dong-won Gang

Actor | 1987

Gang Dong-Won was born on January 18, 1981 in Busan & grew up in Changwon. His father, Gang Chul-Woo, was an engineer who later became the vice president of SPP Heavy Industries. Gang's family suffered from economic hardship at times, and he had to work part-time in college to pay for his tuition. ...

22. Si Won Choi

Actor | Mo gong

Music career

Choi Siwon was raised in a strict, Protestant family from Seoul, South Korea. After Choi's talents were scouted in the Starlight Casting System in 2003, his parents initially disapproved him to pursue in an entertainment career. After consideration, his parents approved Choi to sign ...

23. Hong-ki Lee

Actor | Tteu-geoun ann-yeong

Lee Hong Ki/Lee Hong Gi is a South Korean idol singer, actor and MC. He is the lead singer of popular Korean band F.T. Island, a South Korean rock band and is well known for his powerful and versatile voice. He is the oldest sibling in his family, and has a younger sister who still lives with her ...

24. Yong-hwa Jung

Actor | Samchongsa

Yong-hwa Jung is born in Seoul (South Korea). He was still a very little boy when he moved with his parents in Busan (South Korea). He has a brother who is four years older. He was discovered by his agency, FNC Entertainment, thanks to one of his pictures uploaded on a site for good looking people....

25. Hyun-joong Kim

Actor | Kkotboda namja

In 2014 he played in drama "Inspiring Generation" aka "Age of Feelings". For the role in this drama he received "Male Popularity Award" at MBC Drama Awards as for the leader role in drama "Playful Kiss". Even if he is an actor, he also, is a singer and has three solo albums.



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