Top 10 Most Popular Korean Actors In 2016 & 2015

Well, of course, we can’t miss our list of the most popular Korean actors!  The major complement of Korea’s best actresses are these outstanding Korean actors who are now taking over the popularity, not only in Korea, but even across the globe. Their skills in acting and professionalism in the field are unparalleled that you can’t wait to see them come out on their next project, a movie or a drama.

We’ve come across hundreds of Korean actors in the film industry but only the top ten among these will be on our list today. I guess you’ve got to know them so you’ll know what drama or movie you should be watching next.  They don’t seem to be left behind. Not with the flickering lights, the uncertain chances of fame. Seems like they are the spotlight’s favorite. Want to know who they are? Keep scrolling, and you will find Top 10 for 2016 and 2015.

First, let’s take a look at the top 10 list based on your popular votes, then keep scrolling to read more juicy details below about your favorite stars.

Top 10 Most Popular Korean Actors in 2016

10. Jang Hyuk – Popular Korean Actor

Jang Hyuk

Jang Hyuk

Popularly known with his dramas Successful Story of a Bright Girl, The Slave Hunters, Deep Rooted Tree, Thank You and Fated to Love You, Jang Hyuk’s been in the industry for quite a long time. He also had the leading roles in the films Volcano High and the teenagers’ favorite romantic-drama chick flick, and best-selling Korean film in Japan, Windstruck. 

Everyone was also excited when Jang Hyuk and Jang Na Ra reunited after 13 years in the drama Fated to Love You. The on-screen couple won “Best Couple Award” for their portrayal in the drama, and Jang Hyuk alone, received Top Excellence Award for Actor in Miniseries.

Jang Hyuk has been happily married with his wife, his former Pilates instructor, since 2008. They have three children, 2 sons and 1 daughter.  More info on star.koreandrama.org

9. Jung Woo Sung – Popular Korean Actor

Jung Woo Sung

Jung Woo Sung

You’ve probably known him from the heartbreaking movies A Moment to Remember, Daisy and Sad Movie. Yes, our next in the list is this awesome and strikingly handsome actor, Jung Woo Sung.

Jung Woo Sung has captured not only Korean fans but international as well. He had been into 25 films and will be starring in his two new movies this year titled Asura and The King. Most of it were released internationally. The Good The Bad The Weird was one of his highly-renowned movies worldwide where he was awarded with the Outstanding Achievement in Acting and Best Supporting Actor.

Most of his movies and dramas have been very successful. Back in 2010, his first drama series after 14 years, Athena: Goddess of War, with a total of 22.8% of ratings on its first episode. He sure is one lucky charm. In 2011, Athena: The Movie was also released. With his professionalism in acting, no wonder Jung Woo Sung has won over ten awards for his acting. More info on www.koogle.tv

8. Ji Sung – Popular Korean Actor

Ji Sung

Ji Sung

He was known as the guy with six personalities in the high-rating drama, Kill Me, Heal Me. Acting alongside actress Hwang Jung Eum, Ji Sung incredibly pulled off his character. If you’ve watched it, you’ll surely agree how remarkable his acting was. With a total of 19 awards was given to him for his excellence in acting and surely, he’ll get more in the future.

Ji Sung has had various projects, mostly in tv series. Some of them were Save the Last Dance for Me, New Heart, All In, Protect the Boss, Secret Love and Kill Me Heal Me. This year, on April 20, his new drama Entertainer had been released and was scheduled to finish on June 9, 2016. So, you still have the chance to start watching this drama before it ends.

Ji Sung’s also been popular with his marriage with his Save the Last Dance For Me actress, Lee Bo Young, in 2013. They are happily married and now have 1 daughter together.

7. Hyun Bin – Popular Korean Actor

Hyun Bin

Hyun Bin

My Name is Kim Sam Soon was his greatest drama hit which had all over average of 37% ratings and 50.5% ratings on its finale. This romantic-comedy drama series was released back in 2005 where he acted alongside actress, Kim Sun-Ah.

He debuted with his lead role in 2004 with his first drama, Nonstop 4. With this drama, he was awarded with the special award in actor for TV category. In the next consecutive years, his success in career was non-stop and won 7 awards within two years. His projects, however, kept going until 2010. In 2011, he volunteered for the compulsory military service in Korea where he served for 21 months. Subsequently from his release, he came back on the big screen with the movie, Fatal Encounter.

On 2015, Hyun Bin had his first drama series after his release, with Hyde Jekyll and I. The ratings didn’t go so well and was just alright though. But everyone’s still happy he’s back on the screen. More info on www.kdramastars.com

6. So Ji Sub – Popular Korean Actor

So Ji Sub

So Ji Sub

Who could ever resist So Ji Sub’s sexy eyes? No one!

So Ji Sub’s been active in the industry since 1995 and with those sexy eyes and strikingly good-looking features, he surely is someone you won’t forget. With just one look from those eyes, no, you can’t.

He’s well-known with his acting and rapping as well. His acting career skyrocketed when he revealed his real potential in acting in the 2004 drama, What Happened in Bali. But then, when I’m Sorry I Love You came out as well on that year, it was a huge break for the actor and he was known as one of the top stars in Korea at that time.

Recently, So Ji Sub acted alongside actress, Shin Min Ah in the drama series, Oh My Venus. The drama had received positive reviews and many had taken notice of So Ji Sub’s fit physique because of character as a trainer.

Though many are still anticipating for his next projects, So Ji Sub’s been busy with endorsements and modeling.  More info on omonatheydidnt.livejournal.com

5. Kang Dong Won – Popular Korean Actor

Kang Dong Won

Kang Dong Won

With the total of 34.7 million dollars, Kang Dong Won’s movie, The Priests, was a South Korean box office hit.

The 35-year-old actor started his career in acting in 2003 but had his breakthrough with his 2004 Korean movie, Temptation of Wolves. The movie was one of the highest grossing Korean movies at that time. He then surprised the viewers with his outstanding portrayal in the 2006 movie, Maundy Thursday, as an inmate in death row. The movie was a heartbreaking. Maundy Thursday and Temptation of Wolves are real tearjerkers so better have a box of tissue when you watch. You should!

This year, Kang Dong Won released his latest movie The Prosecutor which was again, a box office hit. On He’s now been busy for working his new film, Veiled Time.

On an interview, Kang Dong Won said he wanted to be an “actor who is loved by all generations”. With his versatility in acting, he surely is loved by everyone.  More info on kpopfighting.com

4. Lee Byung Hun – Popular Korean Actor

Lee Byung Hun

Lee Byung Hun

Lee Byung Hun is one of the highly-renowned actors in Korea. With his local and international projects, he has indeed earned much popularity. He acted alongside famous Hollywood actors in the movie GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra, GI Joe: Retalliation, RED 2, and Terminator Genysis. His acting skills have been recognized worldwide. He was even the very first Korean actor to present an Oscar at the annual Academy Awards.

If you haven’t some of his films, you should definitely miss them out! Some of his highest-grossing films were Masquerade, Inside Men, Joint Security and The Good The Bad The Weird. Lee Byung Hun does not usually appear on drama series but his last drama series was a huge hit. It was back in 2011 when he starred with Kim Tae Hee in IRIS.  More info on asianwiki.com

3. Cha Seung Won – Popular Korean Actor

Cha Seung Won

Cha Seung Won

On the third spot, is the Man On High Heels actor, Cha Seung Won. Yes, that’s right. The title was Man on “High Heels”. He had a very challenging role in the movie as a tough and heartless homicide detective but with a bit of a twist; he’s transgender. The movie was a box office hit.

Prior to this movie, Cha Seung Won appeared in various dramas and movies. However, he started his career in the industry as a model and later on entered the vast industry of acting. He’s known with his films Kick the Moon, Jail Breakers, My Teacher Mr.Kim, Ghost House, My Son and Blood Rain. Some of his drama series where he gained more popularity were The Greatest Love, Bodyguard, You’re All Surrounded and City Hall.  More info on ione.vnexpress.net

2. Jin Goo – Popular Korean Actor

Jin Goo

Jin Goo

Alright, down to our second spot!

At this moment, Jin Goo is at its peak of success. With his recent drama, Descendants of the Sun, his character as Seo Dae Young, the second lead, had become really popular. Most particularly when he was teamed up with actress Kim Ji Won, their chemistry made everyone’s hearts flutter. They still can’t get over it now.

He had been into various movies before where he won Best Supporting Actor and Best New Actor such as Epitaph, Mother and 26 Years.  More info on fy-menofkoreanjapan.tumblr.com

1. Song Joong Ki – Most Popular Korean Actor for 2016

Song Joong Ki

Song Joong Ki

And you’re right about that again! Song Joong Ki takes over the first spot!

No, we we’re not charmed by his smile and lovely eyes, well maybe we are a bit, but with his exceptional portrayal in the highest-rating drama of this year so far, Descendants of the Sun. He acted alongside the actor on the 2nd spot, Jin Goo as comrades. But Song Joong Ki’s love story with Song Hye Kyo was everyone’s favorite. The chemistry between the two was so stunning and all the viewers just couldn’t stop waiting for the next episode.

On the other hand, Song Joong Ki also had successful dramas prior to Descendants of the Sun where he won number of awards. One of them was the drama Sungkyunkwan Scandal, Deep Rooted Tree and The Innocent Man. His movie A Werewolf Boy was also a huge hit in Korea with a total of over 41 million dollars of earnings.  More info on forums.soompi.com

Author Jamie C.

Top 10 Most Popular Korean Actors in 2015

The Spread of Korean wave has made Korean drama become more and more well-known almost all over the world. Most people, especially teenagers, nowadays are so keen on K-dramas since K-dramas usually features beautiful actresses and handsome actors. Regarding to handsome and popular Korean actors, who will come to your mind? You may be thinking of idols right now. Well, here is a list of top 10 most popular Korean actor in 2016.

 

10. Lee Byung-hun

10.Lee Byung-hun

He was born on July 12th, 1970 into a rich family in Seoul, South Korea. In the age of 21, he joined an open audition for KBS and was accepted. He made his debut in KBS Drama “Asphalt My Hometown”. In 1992, he starred in a KBS Drama “Tomorrow Love”. The early 2000s was his successful year of him when he played the role in “All in” and “Beautiful Days” on the small screen and “Bungee Jumping of their Own” on the big screen. He also took part in “I Come with the Rain”. Although he seems to be an old actor, his reputation is usually good!

9. Jang Geun-Suk

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Jang Geun-seuk, who was born on August 4th, 1987 in Danyang County, South Korean, is an actor, a model and a singer. He is best known for his leading roles in popular dramas such as “You’re Beautiful”, “Love Rain”, “Mary Stayed out All Night”, and “Pretty Man”. Due to the controversy, Geun-seuk seems to be so silent in these last two years. Nevertheless, as a talented, genius, actor, his popularity never declines; he is always one of the best Korean actors in his fans’ hearts.

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8. Gong Yoo

8.Gong Yoo

Gong Yoo is 36-year-old South Korean actor. He made his first leading appearance with “Biscuit Teacher” and “Star Candy” in 2005. He also appeared in other television series such as “School”, “Whenever the Heart Beats”, “20 Years” and “One Fine Day”. However, his popularity rose to be one of the most popular Korean actors when he starred in famous dramas such as “My Tutor Friend”, “She’s on Duty” and “Finding Mr.Destiny”.

7. Song Joong-ki

7.Song Joong-ki

A good-looking South Korean actor with cute face, Joongki, made his acting debut with “A Frozen Flower” in 2008, followed by “Heart Paws” and “2Penny Pinchers”. Joong-ki rose to fame with a drama “Sungkyunkwan Scandal”. In 2012, he played a leading role in the melodrama “The Innocent Man” which brought him nationwide popularity.

6. Park Yoo-chun

6.Park Yoo-chun

This multi-skill idols, Park Yoo-chun, is not only a popular actor but also a singer, a dancer, a songwriter, and a model. He was a former member of TVXQ, and currently, he is a member of a Kpop band JYJ of which he is known by his stage name Micky Yoo-chun. Besides musical career, Yoo-chun began his acting career in 2010. As he possesses versatile abilities, he is a talented actor who is one of the most popular Korean actor in 2015.

5. Hyun Bin

5.Hyun Bin

This South Korean actor was born on the 25th of September in 1982. He was firstly known when he led the role in a television drama “My name is Kim Sam-soon”. It was not his biggest success! The breakthrough of his success came with his lead role in a romantic fantasy K-drama “Secret Garden” which brought him massive popularity.

4. Kim Woo-bin

4.Kim Woo-bin

This 188-cm-tall actors has involved in modelling career since 2009, and made his acting debut in 2011. In 2012, he played a supporting role in “A Gentleman’s Dignity” and “To the Beautiful You”. 2013 arrived, and it was an outbreak of his popularity when he starred in the teen drama “School 2013” with Lee Jong-suk. After “School 2013”, he got a role as the rebellious chaebol heir in a trendy drama “The Heirs” which brought hime more fame. In the recent year, 2014, he ewas a cast in the movie “The Con Artists” and the film “Twenty”. Although was not so popular before, Woo-bin is now one of the most popular Korean actors.

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3. Lee Jong-suk

3.Lee Jong-suk

He firstly joined K-drama industry in 2009. Jong-suk got to be known by public when he played the leading roles in “School 2013”. In the last few years, Lee Jong-suk has received massive support as he starred in popular K-dramas such as “I Can Hear Your Voice”, “Doctor Stranger”, and “Pinocchio”. These K-dramas have brought more popularity to this awesome actor. He has got nominated and won many awards such as Best New Actor in KBS Drama Awards, Excellence Award, Actor in 6th Korea Drama Awards and many other awards.

2. Lee Minho

2.Lee Minho


Minho firstly and specially rose stardom when he acted as the main character in a well-known K-drama called “Boys Over Flowers” in 2009. Since then, this handsome 187-centimetre-tall actor has won the hearts of worldwide fans. He has played the leading roles in some popular K-dramas such as “City Hunters”, “Personal Taste” and especially “The Heirs”. As a popular and talented actor, Minho has received up to 33 awards such as Best New Actor (TV) in 45th Baeksang Arts Awards, Popularity Award, Actor in MBC Drama Awards and so forth.

1. Kim Soo-hyun

1.Kim Soo-hyun


Kim Soo-hyun, who was born in 1988, has involved in his acting career since 2007 and was firstly known when he played a leading role in “Jungle Fish”. Soo-hyun is undoubtedly one of the most popular Korean actors due to his unmatched good looks as well as his versatilities in acting. In the last few years, his leading role appearances in some popular K-dramas such as “My Love from the Star”, “Moon Embracing the Sun” and “Dream High” have brought him a huge success in his career. He has earned many awards such as Best New Actor and Popularity Award in 4th Korea Drama Awards, Most Popular Actor and Best New Actor in 50th Baeksang Arts Awards and so on.

In summary, these 10 Korean actors are considered as the top 10 most popular due to their widespread fame throughout the world, bringing them with massive supports. They can become popular because of their famous dramas, and K-drama also rises in popularity because of these gorgeous, talented actor who possesses natural, versatile abilities in acting.

  • janika rose

    In my opinion the real famous was the award winning actor with over 50plus awards is no 1 his name is Kim Soo-hyun. Wikipedia shows his award winning records while Lee Min Ho gets 40plus & Lee Jung Suk who happen to be my favorite gets 23 so far but I can understand if Jung Suk gets 20plus since his younger and he started late and the rules he was offered so far was more on drama so it’s never a question to me. All 3 is outstanding to me. Congratulations to all 3.

  • cyberacks

    why is Yoo Ah In not in the list of the most popular actor? not even included in 2015…