Kim Woo-bin (born July 16, 1989) is a South Korean actor, singer and model.
Kim began his modeling career as a runway model and made his acting debut playing supporting roles in Korean dramas including A Gentleman's Dignity (2012). In 2013, he came to prominence as one of the main cast in the highly popular Korean dramas School 2013 and The Heirs. His roles in both films garnered him award nominations including Best New Actor in Television by the Baeksang Arts Awards. He later starred as the male lead in the box office hits film Friend: The Great Legacy (2013), The Con Artists (2014) and Twenty (2015). Kim Woo-bin (Kim Hyun-Joong) initially wanted to pursue a modeling career, since he was a high school student. He debuted as a runway model in 2009 at the age of 20 and began appearing in prêt-à-porter and Seoul Fashion Week collections. As his modeling career progressed, he started doing commercials which required basic acting skills.
Kim then began studying acting to become a better model, under the guidance of acting coach Moon Won-joo. Kim fell in love with acting, saying, "In the course of doing so, I found myself feeling the same thrill and enthusiasm that I felt the first time I came to walk on the runway."
Under the stage name Kim Woo-bin, he made his acting debut in 2011, starring in mystery drama White Christmas and the low-rated cable sitcom Vampire Idol.
In 2012, he had a supporting role in the romantic comedy A Gentleman's Dignity, written by famed screenwriter Kim Eun-sook. Next came a two-episode guest appearance in drama adaptation of the popular manga, To the Beautiful You.
2013 became Kim's breakout year thanks to his first lead role as a high school student, in the teen drama School 2013. He received his first acting award for the role at the 2nd APAN Star Awards under the category Best New Actor.
He was then cast in Kim Eun-sook's high-profile trendy drama The Heirs, in which he played the rebellious chaebol heir to a hotel and resort chain who falls into a unrequited love. The Heirs enjoyed immense popularity both locally, with a peak rating of 28.6%, and internationally, having over one billion hits on the Chinese streaming website iQiyi. Thanks to the drama, Kim experienced a surge in popularity overseas. This led to increased advertising contracts and acting offers for the actor.
Later that year, Kim appeared in his first major film role in Friend: The Great Legacy, the blockbuster sequel to Kwak Kyung-taek's 2001 box office hit. Calling his role of a rising Busan gangster as "the ultimate in rebel roles," Kim said he loved the original film so much that when he heard a sequel was being developed, he pursued getting cast without even reading the script, gaining 9 kilograms for his role.
In the same year, Kim also became the host of cable music program M! Countdown from August 15, 2013 to February 13, 2014.
After his rise in popularity in 2013, Kim continued appearing in big screen projects. In January 2014, he was cast in the heist movie The Con Artists, in which he played a top safe-cracker alongside rising star Lee Hyun-woo. He also set aside the rebellious persona he had become known for, and took on a more comedic character in indie director Lee Byung-heon's sophomore effort Twenty. Starring in the film with 2PM's Lee Junho and his previous The Heirs co-star Kang Ha-neul, the film explored the lives and loves of a trio of friends who have just turned 20.
In 2015, Kim appeared in an ad campaign for Calvin Klein Watches + Jewelry, making him the first East Asian model for the brand. Samhwa Network has also confirmed Kim's first drama comeback in Uncontrollably Fond in 3 years since The Heirs, written by screenwriter Lee Kyung-hee who is famous for penning melodramas such as I'm Sorry, I Love You and The Innocent Man. The drama premiered on July 6, 2016  and also stars Miss A's Suzy as the female lead.
Kim is confirmed to be starring in upcoming crime thriller film, Master alongside top actors Lee Byung-hun and Kang Dong-won. Filming for the movie started on April 23, 2016 and is set to premiere in 2017.
Kim's best friend is Lee Jong-suk, whom he met during his modeling days. Their real-life friendship has led to various collaborations; they played estranged best friends in teen drama School 2013, and have filmed commercials and photo shoots together. Kim is also close friends with fellow model-turned-actors Kim Young-kwang, Lee Soo-hyuk, Hong Jong-hyun and Sung Joon, and has worked with them onscreen in White Christmas and Vampire Idol. Kim also friend with Song Joong ki from the same agency Sidus HQ, from Song Joong Ki, Kim also friend with Jo In Sung, Lee Kwang So, Im Joo Hwan, and Do EXO.
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