Song Joong-ki Biography


Birthday: September 19, 1985 (Virgo)

Born In: Secheon-dong, Daejeon, South Korea

Song Joong-ki is a popular South Korean actor, who became popular with his role in 'Sungkyunkwan Scandal' a popular South Korean historical drama series. Born in Dong District, South Korea, Song got the opportunity to begin his acting career while he was just a high school graduate. However, as he was still confused about his career path, he began acting full-time much later, when he was in his third year of university. He made his acting debut with 'A Frozen Flower', a South Korean historical film directed by Yoo Ha. The film was a hit and won several awards. He rose to fame after his appearance in the South Korean historical drama 'Sungkyunkwan Scandal'. The series earned a lot of popularity and won several awards as well. Later, Song joined the cast of the South Korean variety show 'Running Man'. However, he quit after a short time. Over the years, his popularity grew and he appeared in several films playing important roles. He played a main role in the South Korean fantasy romance film 'A Werewolf Boy'. The film was a monumental success. Other than acting, he has also released a book titled 'Beautiful Skin Project', which was a health and beauty guide for men. The book became a bestseller.

Quick Facts

South Korean Celebrities Born In September

Age: 38 Years, 38 Year Old Males


siblings: Song Seul-ki, Song Seung-ki

Born Country: South Korea

Actors South Korean Men

Height: 5'10" (178 cm), 5'10" Males

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awards: 2016 · Descendants of the Sun - Baeksang Arts Award for Most Popular Male in Television
2016 · Descendants of the Sun - Best Couple Award
2016 · Descendants of the Sun - Grand Prize (Daesang)

2016 - Paeksang Arts Award for IQIYI Star
2016 · Descendants of the Sun - Asia Best Couple

Childhood & Early Life

Song Joong-ki was born on September 19, 1985, in Dong District in Daejeon in South Korea. He is the second of three siblings.

During his school days, Song used to be an enthusiastic speed skater. He represented his hometown in the national games. Later, he quit skating after an injury and focused only on his studies. As a student, he excelled in his studies and was brilliant academically.

He got the opportunity to begin his acting career right after he passed high school. However, his parents did not want him to pursue a career in acting. Therefore, he attended university where he majored in Business Administration. It was during his third year of college that Song started his full-time acting career.

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Song Joong-ki's acting career began with a supporting role in the 2008 South Korean historical film 'A Frozen Flower'. Directed by Yoo Ha, the movie was loosely based on the reign of King Gongmin of Goryeo who ruled in Korea during the 14th century. The film was a commercial success and won multiple awards.

After doing several small roles, Song gained popularity in 2010, after he appeared in the historical drama 'Sungkyunkwan Scandal'. Directed by Kim Won-seok, the movie was based on The Lives of Sungkyunkwan Confucian Scholars, a bestselling novel by Jung Eun-gwol. The movie revolved around a woman who had to disguise herself as a man to earn a living, as during that time women were not allowed to work. The film was a commercial success and won several awards.

The same year, Song also started appearing in the variety show 'Running Man'. However, he quit the show just after a year. In 2011, he appeared in the romantic comedy film 'Penny Pinchers', playing the role of a jobless deadbeat. The film was directed by Kim Jung-hwan. Though the film was not a huge success commercially, Song received appreciation for his performance. That same year, Song also played a key role in the TV series 'Deep Rooted Tree'.

In 2012, he gained further popularity after appearing in the main role in the hit fantasy romance film 'A Werewolf Boy'. Directed by Jo Sung-hee, the film became the most successful Korean melodrama ever. That same year, Song also gained praise for his appearance in 'The Innocent Man', a South Korean TV series, where he played the lead role.

From August 2013 to May 2015, he enlisted for his mandatory military service. After his discharge from the army, he appeared in 'Descendants of the Sun', a South Korean TV series, playing the lead role. The show was a hit, earning huge popularity. It also won numerous awards.

In 2017, he starred as ‘Park Moo-young’ in the South Korean period action film, 'The Battleship Island'. The film was a commercial success but was met with mostly average reviews.

Song last appeared in the 2021 South Korean space Western film ‘Space Sweepers’ directed by Jo Sung-hee. The film was released on Netflix and received generally positive reviews from critics, earning a 69% approval score on Rotten Tomatoes. Song is all set to appear in the upcoming South Korean crime drama film, ‘Bogota: City of the Lost.’

Major Works

‘Penny Pinchers’, one of the important works in Song’s career, is a 2011 South Korean romantic comedy film that was written and directed by Kim Jung-Hwan. The film’s plot revolves around the misadventures of an unemployed college graduate who is struggling to find a job, and shows how his encounters with different people make an impact on his life. The film earned a nomination at the ‘48th Baeksang Arts Awards’ for ‘Best Director’.

‘A Werewolf Boy’, one of Song’s most successful works, is a 2012 South Korean fantasy romance film, directed by Jo Sung-hee. The film revolves around the romance between a teenage girl and a feral boy whom she meets. The film, which was released in September 2012, was not only a huge success commercially, but it also became the most successful Korean melodrama of all time. The film also won several awards and nominations.

Song played the lead role in the South Korean TV series ‘The Innocent Man’. Directed by Kim Jin-won and Lee Na-jeong, the series was a dark melodrama that involved themes of betrayal and romance. The series revolved around a smart medical student who was in love with his neighbor who worked as a news reporter. However, desperate to escape poverty, she turns her back on him after she meets a rich CEO. The series won multiple awards.

‘Descendants of the Sun,’ another one of Song’s most successful works, is a South Korean TV Series that aired in 2016. Directed by Lee Eung-bok and Baek Sang-hoon, the series starred Song in the lead role, playing the head of a fictional elite Special Forces team. The series was a huge hit in South Korea and won numerous awards as well. It was also broadcast in several other countries such as Indonesia, China, and Greece.

Awards & Achievements

Throughout his career, Song Joong-ki has won numerous awards and nominations. The awards he has won include eight ‘KBS Drama Awards,’ one ‘SBS Drama Award’, and one ‘Korean Producer Award.’

In 2016 alone, he became the face of more than 30 brands, for which he became the recipient of the ‘Brand of the Year’ award presented by the Korean Consumer Forum Awards.

Personal Life

Song Joong-ki was engaged to South Korean actress Song Hye-kyo, with whom he co-starred in ‘Descendants of the Sun’. They got married on October 31, 2017. However, in 2019, the couple got divorced. In January 2023, Song announced his marriage to British actress, Katy Louise Saunders. The couple is currently expecting their first child.

He was appointed the Honorary Ambassador of Korean Tourism by the Korean Tourism Organization with the intent to promote Korean tourism internationally.

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