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The 20 Hottest Male K-pop Stars Turned Actors

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Xhyniie has been a K-pop fan since 2010 and a K-drama fan since 2000. She enjoys writing about the Korean entertainment industry.

Kim Kibum

Kim Kibum

20. Kim Kibum

Before joining Super Junior, Kibum was already cast for minor roles in Korean drama. His first role in a drama was young Han Jung Woo in Korean drama April Kiss. And in 2005, it was followed with the drama Sharp 2, in which he co-stars labelmates Go Ara and Heechul. Kibum also appeared in MBC drama Marrying The Millionaire in which he plays the role of young Kim Younghoon.

It was on November 6, 2005 that Kibum debut as a part of a 12-member group Super Junior. They performed their first single "Twins (KNOCK OUT). Though Super Junior becomes popular all over the world, he was still active as an actor. The year after, he was cast in the lead role of MBC daily sitcom "Rainbow Romance", this was followed by Snow Flower. And in 2007, he appeared also in Attack on the Pin-Up Boys. It was a drama wherein members of SuJu were cast except for Kyuhyun.

In 2009, rumors began to spread in the Korean entertainment industry stating that Kibum had left Super Junior. Although the agency stated that Kibum will be focusing on his acting.

As of 2014, Kibum had been cast in over 10 dramas both Korean and Chinese. His latest drama was Lucky Tianbao in which he was playing the lead role.

Lee Donghae

Lee Donghae

19. Lee Donghae

Lee Donghae is another member of SuJu who is also active in acting. He made his acting debut in Super Junior's horror documentary Mystery 6, broadcast in early 2006. The documentary surrounds Donghae and his peculiar ability to see and feel ghosts. In the same year, Donghae had his first lead appearance in the Korean version of BoA's music video drama, "Key of Heart". He played the role of a human turned cyborg.

Donghae made his acting debut in 2007 Suju debut film, Attack on the Pin-up Boys. His first television drama was "It's Okay, Daddy's Girl" playing the role of Choi Wook Gi, one of three brothers.

Donghae had appeared in almost 7 dramas and 5 movies as of 2014. He also received his first acting award in Singapore e-Awards 2013 winning the Most Popular Korean Actor.

Choi Siwon

Choi Siwon

18. Choi Siwon

While waiting for his friends in front of high school, a talent agent from SM Entertainment spotted Siwon. The agent recommended him to audition for the company's Starlight Casting System. He was trained in areas of singing, acting, and dancing. In 2003, he was featured in a music video of The Grace's Dana as a part of his training as a solo singer.

He also made a cameo appearance in a short drama, Precious Family. And in 2005 he was cast in KBS drama Eighteen, Twenty-Nine as young Kang Bong-man and played the supporting role of Park Sang-woo in drama Spring Waltz in 2006.

Not long after Spring Waltz ended, the management announced that Siwon will be debuting in a 12 member idol group, Suju. Being part of the group, Siwon popularity raised. His popularity leads him casting in many more dramas including Chinese dramas.

As of now, Siwon had been cast in 7 films and 13 dramas. He also won New Star Award in the SBS Drama Awards for Oh! My Lady.

T.O.P. (Choi Seung-hyun)

T.O.P. (Choi Seung-hyun)

17. T.O.P. (Choi Seung-hyun)

Choi Seung-hyun also known as T.O.P. is a member of the group Big Bang. He first appeared in the 2007 KBS2 drama I Am Sam playing the role of Chae Mu-sin. It was then followed by a cameo appearance in the movie Story of Himself in 2008.
T.O.P. big break as an actor was in 2009 KBS2 drama Iris. He was playing the role of an assassin Vick in this critically acclaimed drama. It was then followed by 5 movies. T.O.P had won different awards for his movies 71: Into The Fire and Commitment.

Lee Hong-ki

Lee Hong-ki

16. Lee Hong-ki

Lee Hong-ki was a child actor before debuting as a singer with the boy band F.T. Island. He made his acting debut in 2002 KBS2 tv series Magic Kid Masuri playing the role of Masuri's friend.

It was in 2007, that Lee Hong-ki became part of F.T. Island. He was also offered a role in the drama Master of Study. But due to preproduction difficulties, the drama was postponed to the beginning of 2010 which led FNC Entertainment to refuse Hong-ki's because of his busy schedule with FT Island.

Lee Hong-ki is also known as Jeremy in the drama You're Beautiful. As of 2014, Hong-ki had been cast in almost 18 dramas and 2 films. His current drama is Modern Farmer.

Eric Mun

Eric Mun

15. Eric Mun

Another idol who is also known in acting is Eric Mun of boy band Shinhwa. In 1996, he joined SM Entertainment as a trainee and he was also featured as a rapper on label mate girl groupS.E.S.'s single "I'm Your Girl" along with Andy. It was on March 24, 1998, that he debuted with Shinhwa with their single "해결사" (The Solver) on KM Music Tank.

He got his big break as an actor in the popular drama Phoenix. The huge success of Phoenix further launches Eric to super stardom. Most memorable line was the infamous super cheesy “Do you smell anything burning? My heart is burning” that is still currently being used, parodied in many dramas and shows.

As of 2014, Eric had been cast in almost 10 Korean dramas and 3 films. He had also won acting awards for the drama Phoenix, Super Rookie and Invincible Parachute Agent.

L (Kim Myung-soo)

L (Kim Myung-soo)

14. L (Kim Myung-soo)

Kim Myung-soo popularly known as L, is a vocalist of boy band Infinite. He made his debut as a singer with Infinite on 2010 with the single "Come Back Again".

The next year, L made his debut as an actor in 2011 with the Japanese drama Jiu which aired on TV Asahi.In 2012, he acted as guitarist Lee Hyunsoo in the TVN drama Shut Up Flower Boy Band and was part of the cast of the MBC sitcom "What's The Deal, Mom?".

He was also cast in the drama Master's Sun, Cunning Single Lady and My Lovely Girl. As of 2014, he had been cast in almost 7 Korean dramas.

Jung Yong-hwa

Jung Yong-hwa

13. Jung Yong-hwa

Jung Yong-hwa is a member of boy band CN Blue. It was in 2009, when he was cast in the drama You're Beautiful, it was his first acting role as Kang Shin-woo. The drama revolves around the life of a musical group, he played the role of the lead guitarist in the faux idol band A.N.Jell.

His first lead role in a drama was in Heartstrings along with his fellow bandmate Kang Min-hyuk. He is also known for the 2013 drama, Marry Him If You Dare with Yoon Eun-hye. And in 2014, he was cast in the drama The Three Musketeers.

As of 2014, he had been cast in almost 6 dramas. He also won different awards from the drama You're Beautiful and Heartstrings.

Kim Hyun-joong

Kim Hyun-joong

12. Kim Hyun-joong

Kim Hyun-joong is a member of the boy band SS501. He is well known for his role as Yoon Ji-hoo in the 2009 Korean drama Boys Over Flowers, and as Baek Seung-jo in Playful Kiss, for which he received the Popularity Awards at the 45th Baeksang Arts Awards for the former and at the Seoul International Drama Awards 2009 for the latter.

He appeared in almost 9 korean dramas and 2 films. His latest drama is Inspiring Generation.

Park Yoochun

Park Yoochun

11. Park Yoochun

Park Yoochun is best known as a member of the South Korean pop group JYJ, and was a former member of the boy band TVXQ. He left TVXQ in 2010, and he is now using Park Yoochun (JYJ) instead of Micky Yoochun (TVXQ).

Yoochun is best known for dramas Sungkyunkwan Scandal, Miss Ripley, Missing You and Three Days. He appeared in almost 9 korean dramas and 2 films. Yoochun is considered as one of the most successful idol who turned into actors, winning 26 different awards in acting.

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Kim Dong-jun

Kim Dong-jun

10. Kim Dong-jun

Kim Dong-jun (born February 11, 1992) is a member of South Korean idol group ZE:A (otherwise known as Children of Empire), which debuted on 7 January 2010 with the single Mazeltov. Kim Dong-jun is the most youthful and the lead vocalist out of the 9-membered boyband.

DongJun at first longed for turning into a pilot however his fantasy turned out to turn into an artist. He was just 17 years of age when he appeared under StarEmpire in January 2010 with ZE:A. He prepared under the mark at a youthful age and divided from his family in Busan to accomplish his fantasy. He cried when he got a shock feature from his family, and he additionally cried when his mom astonished him at a supper with his groupmates.

Lee Joon

Lee Joon

9. Lee Joon

Lee Chang-sun (born on February 7, 1988), better known by his stage name Lee Joon, is a South Korean idol vocalist, dance expert, performer and model. He was a member of the Korean male group MBLAQ until the end of November, 2014 when his agreement with J. Tune Camp formally finished.

Before turning into a piece of MBLAQ, Lee acted in CFs, had a little non-repeating part in the first scene of Korean sitcom That Person is Coming (그분이 오신다), which broadcast in 2008, and started and finished recording for the 2009 film, Ninja Assassin in which he depicted the Teenage Raizo.

Since his departure from MBLAQ, he has been effectively working as a performer despite the fact that he had no office around then as he was offered a lead part in an up and coming show from SBS, titled "I Heard It as a Rumour". In which he plays the young son of an affluent privileged family who coincidentally impregnates his lower class sweetheart. Amid the promotion of the show he stressed on the importance of sex education among teenagers.

Nam Woo-hyun

Nam Woo-hyun

8. Nam Woo-hyun

Nam Woo-hyun (born onFebruary 8, 1991), ordinarily known by his stage name Woohyun (우현) is a South Korean artist and performer. He is the main vocalist of the 7-member group Infinite under Woollim Entertainment.

In a meeting with 10asia, Woohyun uncovered he initially sought to be a soccer player. However, he couldn't seek after this fantasy and eventually realized his dream of turning into an artist when he was in secondary school. He then auditioned at Woollim Entertainment to seek a career in music as a performance singer. He passed the tryout with a spread of Stevie Wonder's "Lately" and was taken in as an idol trainee. He admitted being a little disappointed but worked hard to practice dancing instead.

No Min-woo

No Min-woo

7. No Min-woo

No Min-woo (born on May 29, 1986) is a South Korean singer and actor. He appeared as a drummer in TRAX in 2004, leaving the band after two years. In 2008, he started acting in different TV series and movies, including Pasta, My Girlfriend is a Nine-Tailed Fox and Full House Take 2, and he routinely adds to film and drama soundtracks. In 2013, he made a rebound as a vocalist under the stage name ICON.

He arrived his first driving part in the four-scene drama special Rock Rock Rock, a personal film about the life of Boohwal lead guitarist Kim Tae-won. Then for his part as a disease understanding in 2011's Midas, No lost 9.5 kilograms (21 pounds). His since quite a while ago postponed show Full House Take 2 (a detached spin-off of the 2004 hit) secured air dates on Japan's TBS and Korean link direct SBS Plus in 2012. No was given a role as the male lead in the Chinese TV arrangement Love Expiration Date, for which he will likewise serve as OST music executive, forming and composing tunes for the soundtrack.

Seo In-guk

Seo In-guk

6. Seo In-guk

Seo In-guk originated from a family in Ulsan. He began longing for turning into an artist at 10 years old, after listening to Korean rocker Kim Jung-min. The young Seo found his ability by standing in front of an audience at family social affairs and school occasions. He concentrated on Applied Music at Daebul University, and inevitably began to audition at talent agencies. After being over and again rejected and advised to lose in weight, he battled with bulimia, yet luckily, the vomiting only damaged his vocal cords temporarily.

Regardless of the setbacks, in 2009 he joined Mnet's talent reality show Superstar K. He won that first season of the show.

Yong Jun-hyung

Yong Jun-hyung

5. Yong Jun-hyung

Yong Jun-hyung was born on December 19, 1989. He is popularly known as Poppin Dragon or Joker. Jun-hyung is a member and the main rapper of the Korean boy group Beast. As of 2015, he appeared in almost 11 tv shows.

He was once a member of the boyband Xing along with Kevin from U-KISS. He was featured in various singles as a rapper for artists such as labelmates Hyuna's "Change"[ and G.NA's "Kkeojyeo Julge Jar Sara" (꺼져 줄게 잘 살아, lit. I'll Back Off So You Can Live Better), Young Jee's "Crazy, that's what love is",Navi's "Go Again" and Wheesung's "Words That Freeze My Heart"

Kang Min Hyuk

Kang Min Hyuk

4. Kang Min Hyuk

Kang Min Hyuk was born on June 28, 1991. He is the drummer of the boy band CN Blue which debuted in 2010. Before their debut in South Korea, they first debuted in Japan (2009) as an indie band and then made a major debut in October 2011 in Japan.

He began his acting career when he was cast in a film titled “Acoustic” together with his fellow bandmate Lee Jong-hyun. He then received another role in the SBS Drama, It's Okay, Daddy's Girl.

Yook Sungjae

Yook Sungjae

3. Yook Sungjae

Yook Sungjae was born on May 2, 1995 and is a member of the group BtoB. He was a cast member in the variety show Real Men.

Before his debut as a member of BtoB, he was cast in jTBC’s 'Living In Chungdamdong' as Invincible Chungdam No. 5 member, along with fellow members Seo Eunkwang, Lim Hyunsik, Jung Ilhoon, and former BtoB member Lee Minwoo (now C-Clown member T.K).

In 2014, he was cast in a main role in the television drama Plus Nine Boys. He played Kang Min-gu. He was a former cast member in the variety show Real Men in 2014 to 2015. In 2015, He acts as a male lead role in drama Who Are You: School 2015 as Gong Tae-kwang, alongside model and actor Nam Joo-hyuk. As of 2015, he appeared in 5 television shows already.

D.O. Kyungsoo

D.O. Kyungsoo

2. D.O. Kyungsoo

D.O. was born January 12, 1993. He is a member of the South Korean-Chinese boy band EXO as one of the main vocalists.

Do Kyungsoo was ranked number one by critics among 40 idol-actors who participated in dramas in 2014. On June 22, in KBS's new Monday-Tuesday drama Hello Monster, he played a coldblooded psychopath. His acting left a strong impression on the viewers, drawing high praise from netizens.

Yim Si Wan

Yim Si Wan

1. Yim Si Wan

Yim Si Wan was born on December 1, 1988 and is a member of the boy band ZE:A. As an actor, he is best known for starring in the film The Attorney (2013), and the cable series Misaeng (2014), which were both successful in the box office and ratings.

In January 2012, Siwan joined the cast of the period drama Moon Embracing the Sun, playing the young version of Heo Yeom, a high-ranking official scholar and Crown Prince's tutor.Later that year, Siwan was cast in the revenge drama Man from the Equator, playing a cold young man that has a sad story behind his negative outlook on life. This was followed by the sitcom Standby, in which he appeared from the 87th episode onwards as a high school student. As of 2015, he appeared in 11 tv dramas and 3 films already. He had also won 11 awards both films and tv shows and 10 nominations.

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Marwa from Iraq on August 22, 2018:

Nam Woohyun is an amazing actor and singer

I watched HSLO and it was amazing actually I couldn't watch another Kdrama after it because I felt disappoint when I learnt he doesn't have other dramas ,So I wish to see him in a drama soon

Lee Seuil bi on April 10, 2016:

Of course my vote goes to my Woohyun

Damiane on April 10, 2016:

My vote goes to Nam Woohyun

KT on January 01, 2016:

What!!!!!! I love baekhyun.

BoAlovers on December 29, 2015:

Park Yoo Chun is the one who got more awards in every where. Eric Mun is the only pioneer that already got triple crown in one ceremony award, Lee Joon and Im Siwan is the youger idol actor that is very recognized by many these days.

phi216 on December 29, 2015:

Eric Mun also won a triple crown (Excellent Acting award, Best Couple & Netizen's Award) in 2014 for Discovery of Romance Drama

Jacqueline on July 26, 2015:

Yah! Oppa Yong Hwa and Kang Min

Mimie Hellmy on July 09, 2015:

Myungie jjang!!

IInspirit on July 09, 2015:

Woohyun is so sexy..

L kim on July 09, 2015:

I like kim myung soo...his so gooď everything

DaddyL on July 08, 2015:

I Want L To Win. ♥♥

graymand06 on July 08, 2015:

the chronological listing is not fair tho Park Yuchun is on #11 he is the one most deserving to be on top of the list as he is the most awarded K-pop artist turned actor . . . it's not fair for him to be listed down below #1

L_ on July 08, 2015:

L Nam Woohyun.. My biased

Carol229 on July 08, 2015:

I watched "Jiu" and i found L has amazing acting skills, i can't forget that character, his glance was impressive and very expressive...conveys lots af different feelings. I thing L is a a very good actor and he will be a great actor because everytime time i look at him in a drama he is going better and better.

tớ là inspirit on July 08, 2015:

i like Kim Myung Soo