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Young Korean Actors:Next-Generation Icons

Young Korean Actors

The Korean entertainment industry is growing day by day. It has brought many talented and young Korean actors before the world who earned massive success by playing remarkable roles in K-Dramas and Korean movies. Many young Korean actors have gained international recognition in a very short time through their powerful performances.

A fresh generation of talent constantly rejuvenates the world of Korean entertainment. From heartthrobs to dynamic skills, these young Korean actors are redefining the industry with their charisma and versatility. Whether you’re a fan of the latest K-Drama sensations or eager to explore the future of Korean cinema, our exploration of these vibrant performers promises to be an exciting journey.

Explore their breakout roles, the stories behind their swift rise to stardom, and the characters that have left an indelible mark. We delve into their promising careers and their influence over global pop culture. As they continue to set the screen on fire, we’re here to introduce you to the next generation of entertainment icons.

Join us to shine a spotlight on young Korean actors, male and female, who are under 30 or in their 30s as they captivate audiences with their passion and skill.

Young Korean Actors under 30 and over 30

1. Kwak Dong-Yeon (South Korean TV actor)

young korean actors under 30

Born March 19, 1997
Birthplace Daejeon, South Korea
Age 26
Education In February 2016, graduated from the School of Performing Arts in Seoul
Occupations Actor, Musician
Years active 2012-Present
Drama Series My Husband Got a Family

Jang Ok Jung

Inspiring Generation

Splendid politics

The Flatterer

Love in The Moonlight

Fight for My Way

Radio Romance

Never Twice

It’s Okay Not to Be Okay

Vincenzo

Monstrous

Big Mouth

Movies Misbehavior

Man of Will

Heung Boo: The Revolutionist

Baseball Girl

6/45

Awards KBS Drama Awards

KOREA Drama Awards

Korea First Brand Awards

Scene Stealer Festival

Followers 3.5 Million followers on Instagram

2. Kim Min-Jae (South Korean actor and rapper)

young korean actors in their 30s

Born November 1, 1996
Birthplace Daegu, South Korea
Age 28
Education Piano-playing and composition
Occupations Actor, Rapper
Years active 2015-Present
Drama Series I Need Romance Season 3

The Producers

Twenty Again

My Little Baby

Dr. Romantic

Goblin

Hit The Top

Tempted

Dr Romantic Season 2

Bloodhounds

Movies LOVE+SLING

Feng Shui

Swing Kids

Awards KBS Drama Awards

SBS Drama Awards

Followers 2.4 Million followers on Instagram

3. Lee Do-hyun (South Korean actor)

korean actors under 30

Born April 11, 1995
Birthplace Seoul, South Korea
Age 29
Education Graduated from Chung-Ang University
Occupations Actor
Years active 2017-Present
Drama Series Prison Playbook

Thirty But Seventeen

Hotel del Luna

The Great Show

Sweet Home

18 Again

Beyond Evil

The Glory

Death’s Game

Movies Exhuma

Summer Night

Awards APAN Star Awards

Asian Academy Creative Awards

Asia Artist Awards

Baeksang Arts Awards

Brand of the Year Awards

KBS Drama Awards

SBS Drama Awards

Followers 9.4 Million followers on Instagram

4. Yeo Jin-goo (Nation’s Little Brother)

young korean actors

Born August 13, 1997
Birthplace Seoul, South Korea
Age 25
Education Theatre at Chung-Ang University
Occupations Actor
Years active 2005-Present
Drama Series I Want to Love

Gourmet

Tazza

Can Anyone Love

Swallow the Sun

Giant

Start-Up

Circle and many more…

Movies Sad Movie

Apple

No Mercy for The Rude

Santamaria

Antique Bakery

A Frozen Flower

Mr.Perfect

Hijacking

Ditto and many more…

Awards Blue Dragon Film Awards

KBS Drama Awards

SBS Drama Awards

Style Icon Awards and many more…

Followers 4.9 Million followers on Instagram

5. Park Bo-gum (South Korean actor)

young korean actors

Born June 16, 1993
Birthplace Seoul, South Korea
Age 30
Education Baccalaureate
Occupations Actor
Years active 2011-Present
Drama Series Hero

The Bridal Mask

Wonderful Mama

Wonderful Days

Hello Monster

Love in the Moonlight

Encounter

Record of Youth and many more…

Movies Blind

Runway Cop

A Hard Day

Coin Locker Girl

Seobok and many more…

Awards APAN Star Awards

Asia Artist Awards

Baeksang Arts Awards and many more…

Followers 4 Million followers on Instagram

6. Cha Eun-woo (South Korean singer)

young korean actors

Born March 30, 1997
Birthplace Gunpo, South Korea
Age 26
Education Arts
Occupations Actor, Singer
Years active 2015-Present
Drama Series To Be Continued

Hit the Top

My ID is Gangnam Beauty

Soul Plate

True Beauty and many more…

Movies My Palpitating Life

The Great Battle and many more…

Awards APAN Music Awards

Asia Artist Awards and many more….

Followers 38 Million followers on Instagram

7. Lee Jong Suk (South Korean actor & model)

young korean actors

 

Born September 14, 1989
Birthplace Yongin, South Korea
Age 33
Education Professional Motion Pictures and Art
Occupations Actor, Model
Years active 2005-Present
Drama Series Prosecutor Princess

School 2013

I Hear Your Voice

Dr. Stranger

Big Mouth and many more…

Movies Sympathy

Be With Me

As One

No Breathing

V.I.P and many more…

Awards APAN Star Awards 

Asia Model Awards

Baeksang Arts Awards and many more…

Followers 26.2 Million followers on Instagram

8. Ji Chang-Wook (South Korean actor & singer)

young korean actors

Born July 5, 1987
Birthplace Anyang, South Korea
Age 36
Education Arts
Occupations Actor, Singer
Years active 2006-Present
Drama Series You Stole My Heart

Hero

Smile, Dong Hae

Five Fingers

Healer

The Worst of Evil

Movies Sleeping Beauty

The Long Way Home

Confession

The Bros

Hard Hit and many more…

Awards APAN Star Awards

Asia Artist Awards

KBS Drama Awards and many more…

Followers 24.9 Million followers on Instagram

9. Kim Soo-Hyun (Highest paid actor)

young korean actors

Born February 16, 1988
Birthplace Seoul, South Korea
Age 35
Education Film and Theater
Occupations Actor
Years active 2007-Present
Drama Series Kimchi Cheese Smile

Jungle Fish

Giant

Dream High

Queen of Tears and many more…

Movies Cherry Blossoms

Worst Friends

The Thieves

Secretly Greatly

Miss Granny

Real

Awards Baeksang Arts Awards

Grand Bell Awards

Blue Dragon Film Awards

Followers 14 Million followers on Instagram

10. Park Seo-Joon (South Korean actor)

young korean actors

Born December 16, 1988
Birthplace Seoul, South Korea
Age 34
Education Arts from Seoul Institute of the Arts
Occupations Actor
Years active 2011-Present
Drama Series Dream High Season 2

Family

Mama

I Summon You, Gold!

Kill Me, Heal Me

Hwarang

Itaewon Class

Movies The Beauty Inside

Midnight Runner

The Divine Fury

Dream

Awards Top Excellence Award

Best Star Award

Fabulous Award and many more…

Followers 25 Million followers on Instagram

11. Gong Yoo (South Korean actor)

young korean actors

Born July 10, 1979
Birthplace Busan, South Korea
Age 44
Education Theatre
Occupations Actor
Years active 2001-Present
Drama  Coffee Prince

Goblin

Big

Silenced

Squid Game

The Silent Sea and many more…

Movies My Tutor Friend

Spy Girl

S Diary

Like a Dragon and many more…

Awards Baeksang Arts Awards and many more…
Followers 4 Million followers on Instagram

12. Kim Yoo-Jung (Nation’s Little Sister)

young korean actors

Born September 22, 1999
Birthplace Seoul, South Korea
Age 23
Education Arts
Occupations Actress, Model, Host
Years active 2003-Present
Drama Series Freezing Point

Thank You Life

Love Cells

My Demon and many more…

Movies 20th Century Girl

The 8th Night

Because I Love You and many, many more…

Awards APAN Star Awards

Asia Artist Awards and many more…

Followers 8 Million followers on Instagram

13. Lee Joon-gi (Top Hallyu star)

young korean actors

Born April 17, 1982
Birthplace Busan, South Korea
Age 41
Education Graduated from Seoul Arts College
Occupations Actor, Singer, Model
Years active 2001-Present
Drama Series Again My Life

Flower of Evil

Lawless Lawyer

Criminal Minds and many more…

Movies May 18

Never Said Goodbye

Virgin Snow and many more…

Awards New and Superior Star Award

Top Excellence Award

Followers 6.6 Million followers on Instagram

14.Kim So-hyun (Top Hallyu star)

young korean actors

Born June 4, 1999
Birthplace Australia
Age 24
Education Theatre
Occupations Actor, Model, Host
Years active 2006-Present
Drama Series My Lovely Liar

Is It Fate?

Love Alarm

Love Alarm Season 2 and many, many more…

Movies The Last Princess

Killer Toon

Unforgettable and many, many more…

Awards Best Young Actress

Emerging Celebrity and many more…

Followers 13 Million followers on Instagram

15. Jung Hae-in (South Korean actor)

young korean actors

Born April 1, 1988
Birthplace Seoul, South Korea
Age 35
Education Pyeongtaek University
Occupations Actor, Model
Years active 2013-Present
Dramas The Youth

Reply 1988

Snowdrop

Connect and many, many more…

Movies Unframed

Veteran 2

Start-Up and many, many more…

Awards APAN Star Awards

Asia Artist Awards and many more…

Followers 10 Million followers on Instagram

Sum Up

Young Korean Actors are rising through their talent in the Korean entertainment industry quickly. I just short-listed some rising young Korean actors, both male and female. I hope you enjoyed this.

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