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Namkoong Min (Namgoong Min)

Actor Namgoong Min (Namgoong Min) Profile, Drama, Facts, and TMI

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Namkoong Min Profile

  • Birth Name: 남궁민 (Namkoong Min)
  • Stage Name: Namkoong Min/ Namgoong Min
  • Nationality: South Korean
  • Date of Birth: 1978.03.12
  • Zodiac Sign: Pisces
  • Chinese Zodiac: Horse
  • Height: 173.5 cm (5’6)
  • Weight: 77 kg
  • Blood Type: B
  • Agency: 935 Entertainment
  • Personal Social Media: Instagram, Twitter

Namkoong Min Facts & TMI

  • Namkoong Min was born and grew up in Seoul.
  • His family consists of mother, father, and a younger brother Namgoong Yoon (born 1982).
  • He doesn’t have a religion.
  • He debuted in 2001 through movie Bungee ‘Jumping of Their Own’.
  • His father who was a school principal wanted Namgoong Min to enroll in a department where he could get a job at a big company or become a researcher.
  • Because of his father’s encouragement, he enrolled in the College of Engineering, Chung Ang University.
  • Namkoong Min himself didn’t think that engineering was a good fit for him. Therefore when he saw the MBC talent recruitment announcement on TV at the time, he immediately applied for it, though he didn’t pass the audition.
  • After partook in the audition, he realized that he wanted to go for an acting career and dropped out from university.
  • During his early career, he earned the nickname “Little Bae Yong Joon” for his resemblance with the senior actor.
  • After several supporting role gigs, he started gaining public recognition for his performance in the movie ‘A Dirty Carnival’ in 2006.
  • He was called up for compulsory duty as a public service worker as staff at Goyang City Hall from August 31st, 2006 to October 17th, 2008.
  • Despite possessing all the qualities for a great actor, his career went on slump post-military service until 2015.
  • Namkoong Min’s career has skyrocketed since 2015 thanks to his convincing acting as a dirty-tempered psycho Nam Gyu Man in the drama ‘Remember’.
  • Namkoong Min showed his wit in variety show during his appearance as a cast member in ‘We Got Married’ alongside trot singer Hong Jin Young.
  • His 2017’s drama ‘Chief Kim’ achieved huge success and became one of the dramas with the best viewership rating in 2017.
  • His chemistry with ‘Chief Kim’ second male lead Lee Junho (Junho of 2PM) earned him the best couple award at KBS Drama Awards 2017.
  • Following the success of ‘Chief Kim’, his dramas ‘Falsify’ (2017), ‘Dr. Prisoner’ (2019) and ‘Hot Stove League’ (2020) subsequently got positive results.
  • Namkoong Min received two excellent actor awards from both KBS and SBS Drama Awards 2017 for his performance in ‘Chief Kim’ and ‘Falsify’.
  • ‘Hot Stove League’ also received critical acclaim and awards, including a grand prize at ‘Baeksang Arts Awards 2020’.
  • He won the grand prize award from SBS Drama Awards 2020 for his portrayal of Baek Seung Soo in ‘Hot Stove League’.
  • He looks way younger than his real age.
  • He put on 17 kg for his role as Han Ji Hyuk in MBC special drama ‘The Veil‘.
  • Besides working as an actor, he also directed and wrote screenplays.
  • He has quite a rare surname “Namkoong”. Because of this reason, many people thought that his surname is “Nam”.
  • His close acquaintances sometimes do call him “Koong Min” instead of “Min”, but his parents were displeased when people mistook his surname.
  • He seems to have a good eyes for picking script.
  • He had a kiss (or peck?) scene with Junho in ‘Chief Kim’.
  • He loves wearing watches.
  • Namkoong Min owns several luxury cars including Bentley Continental, Audi R8, and Range Rover.
  • Among the characters he played, the most memorable character to him is Jang Jun Ha/ Bong Maru in ‘Can You Hear My Heart’.
  • He is friends with actor Lee Si Eon who was his co-actor in ‘Remember’.
  • Someone who went to the same school as Namkoong Min uploaded a post saying that Namkoong Min was an ordinary, diligent, and quiet student.
  • He has a great body that looks great in suits despite his average height.
  • Namkoong Min has been publicly dating actress Jin Ah Reum since 2016.
  • He married his long-time girlfriend Jin Ah Reum in a private ceremony on October 7, 2022.


‘Bungee Jumping of Their Own’ as Kim Sung Chul (2001)
‘Bad Guy’ as Hyun Soo (2002)
‘A Dirty Carnival’ as Min Ho (2006)
‘Beautiful Sunday’ as Min Woo (2007)
‘Hot Service: A Cruel Hairdresser’ (2015/ Credited as production staff)
‘Light My Fire’ (2015/ Short film, credited as director/ screenwriter)
‘Moonlit Motive’ as Chowbei (2016/ Chinese film)
‘Part-Time Spy’ as Min Seok (2017)

TV Series

‘Dae Bak Family’ as Namkoong Min (SBS/ 2002)
Rose Fence’ as Han Dong Hyun (KBS2/ 2003)
‘Drama City: To William’ as Yoon Joon Ho (KBS2/ 2003)
‘Wedding Story – My Love My Oppa’ as Sung Soo (KBS2/ 2003)
‘Pearl Necklace’ as Hwang Joon Ho (KBS2/ 2003)
‘HDTV Literature: Mould Flower’ as Ki Hoon (KBS1/ 2003)
‘Drama City: After Love’ as Eun Jae (KBS2/ 2004)
‘My Lovely Family’ as Ahn Jin Gook (KBS1/ 2004)
‘My Rosy Life’ as Dr. Ji Bak Sa (KBS2/ 2005)
‘One Fine Day’ as Kang Dong Ha (MBC/ 2006)
‘Iris’ (KBS2/ 2009/ Cameo)
‘Becoming a Billionaire’ as Chu Woon Seok (KBS2/ 2010)
‘Listen to My Heart’ as Jang Joon Ha/ Bong Ma Roo (MBC/ 2011)
‘Drama Special: Still Picture’ as Kim Hyun Soo (KBS2/ 2012)
‘Cheongdam-dong Alice’ as So In Chan (SBS/ 2012/ Special appearance, episodes 1–3)
‘Hur Jun, the Original Story’ as Yoo Do Ji (MBC/ 2013)
‘Unemployed Romance’ as Kim Jong Dae (E Channel/ 2013)
‘I Need Romance 3’ as Kang Tae Yoon (tvN/ 2014)
’12 Years Promise’ as Yoo Joon Soo (JTBC/ 2014)
‘My Secret Hotel’ as Jo Sung Gyeom (tvN/ 2014)
‘A Girl Who Sees Smells’ as Kwon Jae Hee (SBS/ 2015)
‘Remember’ as Nam Gyu Man
‘Beautiful Gong Shim’ as Ahn Dan Tae/ Seok Joon Pyo (2016)
‘The Doctors’ as Nam Ba Ram (SBS/ 2016/ Special appearance, episodes 13–15)
‘Good Manager’ as Kim Sung Ryong (KBS2/ 2017)
‘Man to Man’ (JTBC/ 2017/ Cameo)
‘Falsify’ as Han Moo Young (SBS/ 2017)
‘Drama Special: You Are Closer Than I Think’ (KBS2/ 2017/ Cameo)
‘The Undateables’ as Hoon Nam (SBS/ 2018)
‘Doctor Prisoner’ as Na Yi Jae (KBS2/ 2019)
‘Hot Stove League’ as Baek Seung Soo (SBS/ 2019–2020)
‘Awaken’ as Do Jung Woo (tvN/ 2020–2021)
The Veil‘ as Han Ji Hyuk (MBC/ 2021)

Hosting & Variety Show

‘Happy Together Season 1’ (KBS2/ 2004)
‘X-Man’ (SBS/ 2004)
‘Music Bank’ (KBS2/ 2004-2005/ Host with So Yi Hyun)
‘SangSang Plus’ (KBS2/ 2005)
‘YaShimManMan’ (SBS/ 2005)
‘Happy Together Friends’ (KBS2/ 2005)
‘Come to Play’ (MBC/ 2006/ Guest, episode 80)
‘Baek Ji Yeon’s People Inside’ (tvN/ 2012/ Guest, episode 208)
‘We Got Married’ (MBC/ 2014/ Paired with Hong Jin Young))
‘Radio Star’ (MBC/ 2014 & 2016/ Guest, episode 370 & 472)
‘How To Eat and Live Well’ (SBS/ 2016/ Guest, episode 89)
‘Happy Together Season 3’ (KBS2/ 2016 & 2017/ Guest, episode 439 & 498)
‘Saturday Night Live Korea Season 7’ (tvN/ 2016/ Host, episode 3)
‘Singing Battle’ (KBS2/ 2016-2017/ Host, episode 1-21)
‘Human Documentary Love’ (MBC/ 2017/ Narration)
‘Gag Concert’ (KBS2/ 2017/ Guest, episode 900)
‘I Live Alone’ (MBC/ 2017, 2019, 2021/ Guest episode 213, 298, 299, 322, 323, 413)
‘Life Bar’ (tvN/ 2017/ Guest, episode 42)
‘KBS Drama Awards 2017’ (KBS2/ 2017/ Host with Lee Yoo Ri, Park Soo Hong)
‘Pyeongchan Winter Olympics Dream Girls’ (KBS2/ 2018/ Narration)
‘Happy Together Season 4’ (KBS2/ 2019/ Guest, episode 23)
‘Knowing Bros’ (JTBC/ 2019)
‘I-Land’ (Mnet/ 2020/ Storyteller)
‘My Little Old Boy’ (SBS/ 2021/ Special host, episode 229)


‘백설공주를 사랑한 난장이’ by Cool (2002)
‘작년, 오늘’ by Cool (2002)
‘The Thing That I Forget You’ by Lee Jung Bong (2006)
Cheer Up’ as Hong Jin Young (2014)
‘Sketch’ by Hyomin (2016)

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