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Kim Soo Hyun (Kim Soohyun)

Actor Kim Soo Hyun (Kim Soohyun) Profile, Drama, Facts, and TMI

Kim Soo Hyun Profile

  • Birth Name: 김수현 (Kim Soo Hyun)
  • Stage Name: Kim Soo Hyun
  • Nationality: South Korean
  • Date of Birth: 1988.02.16
  • Zodiac Sign: Aquarius
  • Chinese Zodiac: Rabbit
  • Height: 180 cm (5’9″)
  • Weight: 65 kg (143.3 lbs)
  • Blood Type: AB
  • Agency: Gold Medalist
  • Debut: 2007
  • Personal Social Media: Instagram, Weibo

Kim Soo Hyun Facts & TMI

  • Kim Soo Hyun was born in Gangnam, Seoul.
  • His father was the lead singer of South Korea 80’s band called Seven Dolphins.
  • He has a younger stepsister who was a contestant in ‘Produce 101’ season 1 called Kim Juna.
  • He is a Christian.
  • He was said to have been extremely introverted, because of heart disease that he had suffered since childhood and loneliness that he grew up as an only child.
  • His mother was worried because Kim Soo Hyun was too introverted and passive, encouraged him to learn speech and acting when he was in the first grade of high school.
  • He eventually chose acting, and learn to act together with students of Yonsei University’s theater club.
  • He acted for the first time in a play titled ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ as Puck.
  • After 4th try, he was finally accepted into the Theater and Film Department, Chung Ang University.
  • According to his college mates back in university, Kim Soo Hyun was a diligent student. He often participated in student events and shows deep affection for his university, perhaps because he worked really hard to get admitted there.
  • He said that he suffered from insomnia when he was preparing for college entrance.
  • He made a TV debut in 2007 through MBC sitcom ‘Kimchi Cheese Smile’.
  • After portraying Song Samdong in the 2011 youth drama ‘Dream High’, he first received attention from viewers.
  • A year later, in 2012, became a superstar after getting his first leading role in the popular period drama ‘The Moon Embracing the Sun’ which recorded the highest viewership rating of 42.2%.
  • He came back in 2013 with another hit drama ‘You Who Came From the Stars’ alongside Jun Jihyun.
  • With the success  ‘Dream High’, ‘Moon Embracing the Sun’, and ‘You Who Came From the Stars’ he became one of the most prominent Hallyu actors with massive popularity in China, Japan, Taiwan, and Southeast Asia.
  • He loves sports. His hobbies are bowling, skiing, boxing, cycling, climbing, skin scuba, badminton, and tennis.
  • He took the professional bowling player qualification test in 2017.
  • He also loves singing.
  • He is left-handed.
  • He enlisted in the military from October 23, 2017, to July 1, 2019.
  • He was actually disqualified to serve as an active-duty soldier because of heart disease he suffered when he was a child, but with constant health treatment, he volunteered for a reexamination and received grade 1 active military service.
  • He wanted to join the special forces but there is an age restriction for the division, so he joined the frontline search battalion instead.
  • He has a notably small head size.
  • Another notable facial feature is his thick but small lips, fans nicknamed his lips “blood sausage lips”.
  • Kim Soo Hyun’s MBTI personality type is ENFP-T.
  • When receiving his first acting award (New Star Award in SBS Drama Awards 2010), he made a promise to be a good actor in the next 10 years in his acceptance speech. Since then, he always mentioned the 10 years promise he made at the award show.
  • He shared during his appearance in ‘Running Man’ that when he was a child, he didn’t really like his name that sounds somewhat girlish, so he made himself the nickname ‘Kim Soo-man’.
  • His Indian dimples will appear when he smiles.
  • When he was a child, he suffered from depression because his friends always teased him for having a scar on his head. It was a scar he got after he was involved in a car accident.
  • According to his middle and high school teacher, he was a very quiet student at school.
  • He attended all-boys middle and high school (Joongdong Middle & High School).
  • Since middle school, he has been receiving treatment steadily because of heart disease, and in 2010, he had surgery for tachycardia.
  • He mentioned Austrian actor Christoph Waltz as his role model.
  • He is widely known as a movie lover/ cinephile.
  • Kim Soo Hyun is known as a crying scene master, his crying scenes always creating buzz among netizens.
  • He almost appeared in ‘Boys Over Flower’ for the role of Shin Jaeha, but he stepped down from the drama due to a difference in opinions with one of the producers.
  • AMong his celebrity friends are Lee Hongki, Park Seojoon, Lee Hyunwoo, and IU.
    He became best friends with Jung Ilwoo and Song Jaerim who were his co-stars in ‘Moon Embracing the Sun’.
  • Although Kim Soo Hyun mostly appears with straight hair, he actually has naturally curly hair.
    To prevent the spread of coronavirus, in 2020 he donated 100.000.000 KRW or US$ 100.000.
  • He has a wax statue exhibited in Hongkong’s Madame Tussauds.
  • In 2018, he was spotted playing PUBG in a PC cafe during his military day off.
  • According to his friend Lee Hongki, Kim Soo Hyun is a fanboy of TWICE.
  • He was involved in a dating scandal with Seo Yeaji in 2021.
  • In 2020, he left Keyeast Entertainment after 10 years.
  • His nicknames are Do Minjoon, YeongGo Kim, Blood Sausage Lips.


‘Cherry Blossom’ as Han Hyunjoon (2008/ Short film)
‘Worst Friends’ as Kim Joonki (2009/ Short film)
‘The Thieves’ as Zampano (2012)
‘Secretly, Greatly’ as Won Ryuhwan/ Bang Donggu (2013)
‘Miss Granny’ as young Mr. Park (2014)
‘Real’ as Jang Taeyoung (2017)

Television Series

‘Kimchi Cheese Smile’ as Kim Soohyun (MBC/ 2007)
‘Jungle Fish’ as Han Jaeta (KBS2/ 2008)
‘Seven Years of Love’ as Chunjae (OBS/ 2009)
‘Will It Snow for Christmas?’ as teen Cha Kangjin (SBS/ 2009)
‘Father’s House’ as Kang Jaeil (SBS/ 2009)
‘Giant’ as teen Lee Sungmo (SBS/ 2010)
‘Dream High’ as Song Samdong (KBS2/ 2011)
‘Moon Embracing the Sun’ as King Lee Hwon (MBC/ 2012)
‘Dream High 2’ as Song Samdong (KBS2/ 2012/ Cameo)
‘My Love from the Star’ as Do Minjoon (SBS/ 2013-2014)
‘The Producers’ as Baek Seungchan (KBS2/ 2015)
‘Hotel del Luna’ as Owner of Hotel Blue Moon (tvN/ 2019/ Cameo)
‘Crash Landing on You’ as Bang Donggu (tvN/ 2019/ Cameo)
‘It’s Okay to Not Be Okay’ as Moon Gangtae (tvN/ 2020)
One Ordinary Day‘ as Kim Hyunsoo (Coupang Play/ 2021)


‘The Taste of Life’ (KBS/ 2008)
‘Boys & Girls Music Countdown’ (Mnet/ 2009)


‘Ending Scene’ by IU (2017)

Variety Show

‘Happy Together 3’ (KBS2/ 2010/ episode 177)
‘Live Talk Show Taxi’ (tvN/ 2012/ episode 233~234, 255)
‘Running Man’ (SBS/ 2012/ episode 102)
‘Master Chef Korea 2’ (Olive/ 2013/ episode 8)
‘Running Man’ (SBS/ 2013/ 147)
‘Infinity Challenge’ (MBC/ 2017/ episode 533, 535, 536)

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