Jo In-sung

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Jo In-sung
Zo In Sung.jpg
Jo in 2011
Born (1981-07-28) July 28, 1981 (age 39)
Other namesZo In-sung
EducationDongguk University
Years active1998-present
AgentIOK Company
Korean name
Revised RomanizationJo In-seong
McCune–ReischauerCho Insŏng

Jo In-sung (born July 28, 1981) is a South Korean actor. He is best known for his leading roles in the television series What Happened in Bali (2004), That Winter, the Wind Blows (2013), and It's Okay, That's Love (2014), as well as the films The Classic (2003), A Dirty Carnival (2006), A Frozen Flower (2008), The King (2017) and The Great Battle (2018).

Early life[edit]

Jo In-sung was born and raised in Gangdong District, Seoul.[1][2]

Jo studied modeling and events management at Chunnam Techno University. He later enrolled as a Theater and Film major at Dongguk University, but was expelled in 2007 due to inadequate class attendance.[3]


1998–2002: Beginnings and rise to fame[edit]

Jo made his entertainment debut in 1998 as a model for clothing brand Ziozia.[2] He began his acting career in 1999 through the MBC sitcom Jump, and in 2000, starred in the teen drama School 3 and in the second season of the sitcom Nonstop.[4]

Jo first drew notice with a supporting role in the 2001 television drama Piano, co-starring Go Soo and Kim Ha-neul.[5] He was then cast in his first drama leading role in 2002, as an illiterate actor in Shoot for the Stars opposite Jeon Do-yeon.[6] The same year, he made his film debut in the movie Public Toilet.[7] He also starred in several music videos of popular boy band g.o.d, a fellow SidusHQ artiste at that time, and was directed by actor Jung Woo-sung.[8]

2003–2008: Mainstream popularity[edit]

In 2003, Jo starred in three romantic films, most notably Kwak Jae-yong's The Classic, with Son Ye-jin and Cho Seung-woo.[9]

In 2004, he returned to television in the melodrama What Happened in Bali, alongside Ha Ji-won and So Ji-sub.[10] What Happened in Bali was a huge success, with its final episode reaching a peak rating of 39.7%. Jo won Best Actor awards at both the Baeksang Arts Awards and SBS Drama Awards.[11]

In 2005, he starred opposite Go Hyun-jung in her comeback drama Spring Day, a remake of the Japanese drama Hoshi no Kinka ("Heaven's Coins").[12]

Jo collaborated with renowned director Yoo Ha in his next two films: 2006's A Dirty Carnival, in which he played a charismatic small-time gangster who seeks a happier life;[13][14] and 2008's A Frozen Flower, a Goryeo-period film where his royal bodyguard character is caught in a love triangle between the king and the queen.[15][16]

2009–2012: Enlistment[edit]

On April 7, 2009, Jo enlisted for his two-year mandatory military service; he reportedly wanted to join the Air Force to follow in the footsteps of his father, who served as a non-commissioned officer.[17][18][19] He served 25 months in the Air Force and the Air Force military band, and was discharged on May 4, 2011.[20][21]

Upon the expiry of his contract with talent agency SidusHQ, Jo joined IOK Company in March 2012.[22]

2013–present: Return to television and international recognition[edit]

In 2013, he co-starred in the melodrama That Winter, the Wind Blows alongside Song Hye-kyo, a remake of the Japanese drama Ai Nante Irane Yo, Natsu ("I Don't Need Love, Summer").[23][24] The drama placed number one in its timeslot during most of its run, and Jo and Song were praised for their performances.[25][26] A year later, Jo reunited with Winter's writer and director in SBS' medical melodrama It's Okay, That's Love opposite Gong Hyo-jin.[27][28] Jo won the Daesang (Grand Prize), the highest honor for television at the APAN Star Awards.[29]

In 2016, Jo was chosen as the ambassador of the National Tax Service alongside Choi Ji-woo.[30]

In 2017, Jo starred in the crime thriller The King alongside Jung Woo-sung, directed by The Face Reader director Han Jae-rim.[31] In 2018, he stars in the historical film The Great Battle[32][33]



Year Title Role Ref.
2002 Public Toilet Cho [7]
2003 Madeleine Kang Ji-suk [34]
The Classic Oh Sang-min [35]
Love Impossible Kim Chul-soo [36]
2006 A Dirty Carnival Kim Byung-doo [14]
2008 A Frozen Flower Hong-rim [16]
2017 The King Park Tae-soo [31]
2018 The Great Battle Yang Manchun [32]
TBA Mogadishu [37]
Smuggler [38]

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network Notes Ref.
1999 Jump MBC
2000 School 3 Kim Seok-joo KBS1 [39]
New Nonstop Jo In-sung MBC [40]
2001 Drama City "Love Me Tender" Joon-ho KBS2
Drama City "Like a Pure Comic" Kim Jung-hyun [41]
Piano Lee Kyung-ho SBS [5]
2002 Daemang (Great Ambition) young Lee Soo Cameo, episode 1 [42]
Shoot for the Stars Gu Sung-tae [6]
2004 Something Happened in Bali Jung Jae-min [10]
2005 Spring Day Go Eun-sup [12]
2013 That Winter, the Wind Blows Oh Soo [24]
2014 It's Okay, That's Love Jang Jae-yeol [28]
2016 Dear My Friends Seo Yeon-ha tvN Special appearance [43]

Variety show[edit]

Year Title Network Notes
2017 Happy Together KBS2 Guest Ep. 500–501
2021 Unexpected Business tvN MC with Cha Tae-hyun [44]

Music video appearances[edit]

Year Song title Artist Ref.
2000 "She's Leaving Me" Shin Seung-hun [45]
"Now" Fin.K.L [46]
2002 "Sad Love" g.o.d [47]
"You Don't Know"
2012 "Love" Kim C [48]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2000 14th KBS Drama Awards Best Young Actor School 3 Won [49]
2001 1st MBC Entertainment Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Comedy / Sitcom New Nonstop Won [50]
9th SBS Drama Awards New Star Award Piano Won [51]
2002 38th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actor (TV) Nominated
10th SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Special Planning Drama Shoot for the Stars Nominated
Netizen Popularity Award Won [52]
Top 10 Stars Won
2004 40th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actor (TV) Something Happened in Bali Won [53]
12th SBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor Won
Excellence Award, Actor in a Special Planning Drama Nominated
Top 10 Stars Won [54]
2005 41st Baeksang Arts Awards Most Popular Actor (TV) Spring Day Won [55]
13th SBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor Nominated
Excellence Award, Actor in a Special Planning Drama Nominated
Netizen Popularity Award Won [56]
Top 10 Stars Won
2006 27th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Leading Actor A Dirty Carnival Nominated
2nd Premiere Rising Star Awards Best Actor Nominated
2nd Pyeongtaek Film Festival Won
5th Korean Film Awards Won [57]
2007 4th Max Movie Awards Won [58]
43rd Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actor (Film) Nominated
45th Motion Pictures Day Most Promising Actor Won [59]
44th Grand Bell Awards Best Actor Nominated
1st Mnet 20's Choice Awards Won [60]
Most Photogenic Star N/A Won
Best CF Star Won
12th Busan International Film Festival Star Summit Asia – Curtain Call Won
1st Korea Advertising Festival Netizen's Choice for Best Male Model Won [61]
2011 Republic of Korea Air Force Honorary Citation from the Chief of Staff Won [62]
Korea Advertisers' Association Good Model Award Won [63]
2012 49th Savings Day Presidential Commendation Won [64]
2013 2nd APAN Star Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor That Winter, the Wind Blows Nominated
21st SBS Drama Awards SBS Special Award Won [65]
Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Nominated
Top 10 Stars Won
Best Couple Award with Song Hye-kyo Nominated
2014 2nd Sohu Fashion Awards Fashion Idol of the Year N/A Won [66][67][68]
7th Style Icon Awards Style Icon of the Year Won [69]
Top 10 Style Icons Won
11th Esquire Man at His Best Awards Most Popular Overseas Artist Won [70]
3rd APAN Star Awards Grand Prize (Daesang) It's Okay, That's Love Won [29]
Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Nominated
22nd SBS Drama Awards Nominated
Top 10 Stars Won [71]
Best Couple Award with Gong Hyo-jin Won [72]
2015 51st Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actor (TV) Nominated
2016 50th Taxpayers' Day Presidential Commendation N/A Won [73]
1st tvN10 Awards Best Kiss Award with Go Hyun-jung Dear My Friends 4th place
2017 54th Grand Bell Awards Best Actor The King Nominated
2nd Malaysia Golden Global Awards Nominated
38th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Leading Actor Nominated [74]
Popular Star Award Won [75]
2018 23rd KCA Consumer Day Awards Best Actor The Great Battle Won [76]


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