Song Joong-ki is one of the most popular South Korean actors of the current generation; he gained international recognition after his performance in the TV series Descendants of the Sun. A top Hallyu star, Song had become the face of more than 30 brands by 2016. Also known for his humanitarian efforts, Song provides financial support to treat cancer-stricken children.
Popularly known as the master of romantic comedy in South Korea, Park Seo-joon is an award-winning actor. Having played important roles in popular television dramas, such as She Was Pretty and What's Wrong with Secretary Kim, Park is the man of many women's dreams. His popularity increased when he made an appearance in the Academy Award-winning film Parasite.
4 Hyun Bin
Hyun Bin is one of the most popular actors from South Korea. Over the years, Hyun has used his fame to campaign against animal cruelty. One of the most important members of a group of private donors called Honor Society, Hyun donated 200 million won to an organization called Community Chest of Korea to fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
South Korean actor and singer, Ji Chang-wook, is best known for playing the lead role of Dong-hae in the daily drama series, Smile Again. Beginning his career in musical theater, he soon ventured into TV and films and made an impact with his role in the TV show Warrior Baek Dong-soo. He has also made a few music video appearances.
6 Gong Yoo
South Korean actor Gong Yoo is best known for his role in the television drama Coffee Prince. Interested in pursuing an acting career from a young age, he earned a B.A. degree in theater. He began his career as a video jockey and soon debuted as an actor. The talented actor is the winner of many awards.
From being a shy kid who found it difficult to speak in front of strangers to becoming one of the brightest stars in South Korean films and television, Kim Soo-hyun has come a long way. The internationally recognised and multiple award winning actor has given numerous hit performances like Dream High, Moon Embracing the Sun, The Thieves and Secretly, Greatly.
Cha Eun-woo is a South Korean model, actor, and singer. He achieved popularity as part of the famous boy band Astro. His popularity increased after playing Do Kyung-seok in a television series titled Gangnam Beauty, after which he was named in GQ Korea magazine's Men of the Year list in 2018.
10 Nam Joo-hyuk
11 Kim Woo-bin
South Korean model and actor, Kim Woo-bin, has appeared in many hit TV shows and films. Interested in modeling from the time he has in high school, he started working as a runway model when he was 20. He is a cancer survivor and a role model for young people struggling with the disease.
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13 Lee Min-ho
Lee Min-ho is a South Korean actor, model, and singer. He is best known for his portrayal of Gu Jun-pyo in the popular television series Boys Over Flowers, for which he received the prestigious Baeksang Arts Award. Widely regarded as a top Hallyu star, Lee Min-ho is one of South Korea's most-followed actors on social media.
South Korean actor and singer Lee Byung-hun is known for his work in a wide range of genres. His appearance in the critically acclaimed film Inside Men earned him many prestigious awards. He is also popular in USA and is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
16 Lee Joon-gi
Lee Joon-gi is a South Korean actor and model. His popularity overseas has established him as one of the top Hallyu stars. Since he is a martial arts practitioner, Lee Joon-gi seldom uses a stunt double and is recognized as one of Korea's top action stars. His ability to pull off dangerous fight scenes often inspires young talents in Korea.
18 Lee Seung-gi
Lee Seung-gi is a South Korean actor, host, and singer. Dubbed the Triple Treat entertainer, Seung-gi was named in Forbes' Korea Power Celebrity list in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2015. One of the top Hallyu stars, Lee Seung-gi is also one of the most popular celebrity endorsers and commercial models in South Korea.
20 John Cho
Kim Jong-in, better known as Kai, soared to stardom as part of the South Korean-Chinese boy band EXO. A trained dancer, he won the S.M. Youth Best Contest at 13. He later began performing as part of the K-pop supergroup SuperM. He also went solo with a mini-album later.
23 Ahn Jae-hyun
24 Do Kyung-soo
South Korean singer and actor, Do Kyung-soo, is best known for his association with the South Korean-Chinese boy group, Exo. Interested in singing from primary school, he joined Exo in 2012. As an actor, he has appeared in many TV shows and films. In 2019, he enlisted as an active duty soldier for his mandatory military service.
Lee Kwang-soo is a South Korean actor, model, and entertainer. He is best known for his work in the popular variety show Running Man, for which he has won several awards, such as SBS Entertainment Awards. He has also been honored with other prestigious awards like Korea Drama Award, APAN Star Award, and SBS Drama Award.
26 So Ji-sub
South Korean actor So Ji-sub is known for his leading role in the TV series What Happened in Bali. He began his career as a model in commercials and slowly worked his way up to acting. After playing a few supporting roles, he catapulted to fame with his performance in the TV series I'm Sorry, I Love You.
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28 Park Hae-Jin
29 Ji Soo
Ji Soo is a South Korean actor known for playing important roles in popular TV series, such as Angry Mom and Cheer Up. Also known for his work in films, Ji Soo received the Actor of the Year Award at the 2020 Busan International Film Festival for his portrayal of Chan Hee in the independent film, Our Joyful Summer Days.
31 Yoo Seung-ho
South Korean actor Yoo Seung-ho soared to stardom as a child actor, with the movie The Way Home. He then starred in series such as The Emperor: Owner of the Mask and movies such as Joseon Magician. He has won honors such as the KBS, MBC, and the SBS awards.
32 Kim Bum
Kim Bum is a South Korean actor, model, singer, and dancer. After finishing sixth in the reality TV competition series Survival Star Audition, Bum landed several roles in television series. He then gained attention for his performance in series like East of Eden, Boys Over Flowers, and Padam Padam. For his role in Padam Padam, Bum underwent severe weight-loss training.
33 Sung Hoon
Sung Hoon is a South Korean voice actor and actor best known for appearing in the popular television entertainment program I Live Alone, for which he has won many awards. Before becoming an actor, Sung Hoon was a swimming champion whose swimming career ended due to a spinal injury.
35 Jung Il-woo
36 Kang Ha-neul
37 Ma Dong-seok
38 Seo In-guk
Seo In-guk became a singing sensation after winning the Korean reality show Superstar K. As an actor, he has impressed audiences with series such as Reply 1997. A bone and cartilage disorder stopped his mandatory military service short. He is also trained in martial arts and has struggled with bulimia.
South Korean actor Choi Tae-joon soared to fame with his role of Do Kang-soo in the series Exit. He had begun his career as a child actor with the series Piano. He has also appeared on the shows We Got Married and Hello Counselor, and won two MBC Drama Awards.
Xiumin is a South Korean actor and singer, best known for his association with the popular South Korean-Chinese boy band, Exo. He is also part of Exo-M, the band's sub-group, and Exo-CBX, its sub-unit. Over the years, his band has won several prestigious awards, such as Asia Artist Awards, Gaon Chart Music Awards, and Golden Disc Awards.
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43 Yeo Jin-goo
44 Yoo Ah-in
45 Jo In-sung
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South Korean singer/actor Yook Sung-jae soared to fame as part of the boy band BtoB. Hr has also appeared in series such as The Village: Achiara's Secret and Master in the House. He also released solo tracks later and has been part of campaigns to support underprivileged children.