Shin Won-ho is a South Korean singer, actor, and one of the members of a boy band called ‘Cross Gene.’ He debuted as a singer for the band in 2012. Since then he has been an important member of the multinational idol band. Base in South Korea, the band consists of five members. Apart from being a singer, Shin is also an actor. He made his acting debut in 2011 with the TV series, ‘Bachelor’s Vegetable Store.’ He made his big screen debut in 2012 when he was featured in the movie ‘Run 60 – Game Over.’ Although he gained recognition in 2012 when he starred in the TV series ‘Big,’ he wasn’t considered a successful actor until 2016 when he was roped in for the hit South Korean TV series, ‘Legend of the Blue Sea.’ He then took a break from acting for four years before making a comeback with the same hit series, ‘Legend of the Blue Sea.’ Shin has also appeared in a number of variety shows like, ‘1 vs. 100’ (2012), ‘Pops in Seoul’ (2014), ‘Dating Alone’ (2015), ‘Law of the Jungle in Sumatra’ (2017), and ‘Weekly Idol’ (2017).
Childhood & Early Life
Shin was born in Seoul, South Korea, on October 23, 1991. Shin was raised by his father and mother. He doesn’t have any siblings. Both his parents are public service workers.
He attended an all-boys school. He then went to Dong-ah Institute of Media and Arts in Anseong, South Korea.
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Shin began his career as a commercial model in 2011. He made his acting debut with the 2011 television drama, ‘Bachelor’s Vegetable Store.’
In 2012, he played the role of Park Hong-ki in the MBS series ‘Run 60.’ He also worked in the KBS2’s variety show ‘1 vs. 100.’
In the same year, he also joined the multinational boy idol group, ‘Cross Gene.’ The band debuted with its mini-album, ‘Timeless: Begins.’ The mini-album ended up claiming the eighth spot in the Gaon Weekly Album Chart.
The year 2012 turned out to be an important one in Shin’s career. His role in KBS2’s romantic comedy, ‘Big,’ earned him a lot of recognition as an actor.
In 2014, he worked in a movie titled ‘ZEDD.’ He also appeared in a host of variety shows like ‘Cross Battle,’ ‘Global We Got Married – Season 2,’ ‘Pops in Seoul,’ ‘Idol School,’ and ‘Let’s Go Dream Team! Season 2.’
In 2015, he appeared in the 25th episode of the Japanese television series ‘Shuriken Sentai Ninninger.’ He was also cast in ‘Secret Message,’ in which he played the role of Choi Kang.
In 2015, he appeared in another South Korean variety show titled ‘Dating Alone.’ He also appeared in ‘Music on TV’ and ‘Quiz to Change the World.’
After appearing in a number of variety shows and series, Shin took a break from acting to tone his acting skills. Also, he believed that he deserved a break as he had worked really hard in the TV series ‘Big.’
In 2016, he starred alongside Jun Ji-hyun in the fantasy series ‘Legend of the Blue Sea.’ The South Korean TV series was a major hit and Shin finally had his breakthrough role.
He then starred in a Japanese manga series titled ‘Happy Marriage!?’ In 2016, he went on to become a successful performer.
In 2017, he was cast in another South Korean series titled ‘20th Century Boy and Girl.’ The first episode of the series was aired in MBC on October 9, 2017.
He also appeared in a number of variety shows like ‘Law of the Jungle in Sumatra,’ ‘Yang Se Chan’s Best 10,’ ‘Boat Horn Clenched Fist,’ ‘Weekly Idol’ and ‘Korean Butlers.’
Awards & Achievements
He won the Best Male Model Advertising and Best Rookie Actor Award for ‘Big’ in 2012.
Shin is a secretive person and has never revealed anything about his past relationships. He is single as of now.