20 Hottest Male Model-Turned-Actors

There has been a flood of model-turned-actors into the K-drama industry recently, making their names with starring roles and charismatic acting. From Cha Seung Won to Kim Woo Bin, the history of models turning into actors is a long one, since models tend to have the looks, height, and stage presence that is desired for the small screen. Models turning into actors is not a recent phenomenon but their names have been one of the most sought after in the past year. Let’s take a look at some of the hottest model turned actors gracing our screen. They have been ordered from tallest to shortest, according to their Naver profiles.

Lee Kwang Soo

Date of Birth: July 14, 1985

Height: 190cm (6ft 3 in)

Representative project: “Running Man

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Daniel Henney

Date of Birth: November 28, 1979

Height: 188cm (6ft 2in)

Representative project: “My Name is Kim Sam Soon

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Yoo Min Kyu

Date of Birth: September 18, 1987

Height: 188cm (6ft 2in)

Representative project: “Shut Up Flower Boy Band

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Cha Seung Won

Date of Birth: June 7, 1970

Height: 188cm (6ft 2in)

Representative project: “The Greatest Love

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Kim Woo Bin

Date of Birth: July 16, 1989

Height: 187cm (6ft 2in)

Representative project: “The Heirs

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Sung Joon

Date of Birth: July 10, 1990

Height: 187cm (6ft 2in)

Representative project: “Shut Up Flower Boy Band

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Kim Young Kwang

Date of Birth: January 11, 1987

Height: 187cm (6ft 2in)

Representative project: “Can We Really Marry?”

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Joo Ji Hoon

Date of Birth: May 16, 1982

Height: 187cm (6ft 2in)

Representative project: “Princess Hours” (aka “Goong”)

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Ahn Jae Hyun

Date of Birth: July 1, 1987

Height: 186cm (6ft 1in)

Representative project: “Man from the Stars

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Kang Dong Won

Date of Birth: January 18, 1981

Height: 186cm (6ft 1in)

Representative project: “Temptation of the Wolves

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Lee Jong Suk

Date of Birth: September 14, 1989

Height: 186cm (6ft 1in)

Representative project: “I Hear Your Voice

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Lim Joo Hwan

Date of Birth: May 18, 1982

Height: 186cm (6ft 1in)

Representative project: “Tamra Island

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Jung Eui Chul

Date of Birth: April 19, 1985

Height: 186cm (6ft 1in)

Representative project: “Boys Over Flowers

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Lee Chun Hee

Date of Birth: February 19, 1979

Height: 186cm (6ft 1in)

Representative project: “Family Outing

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Lee Soo Hyuk

Date of Birth: May 31, 1988

Height: 184cm (6ft)

Representative project: “Tree with Deep Roots

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Kim Jae Wook

Date of Birth: April 2, 1983

Height: 183cm (6ft)

Representative project: “Coffee Prince Shop No.1

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Lee Min Ki

Date of Birth: January 16, 1985

Height: 183cm (6ft)

Representative project: “Dalja’s Spring

Admittedly, some of the photo in here don’t represent these model-turned actors at their hottest, but they do show them during their modeling days, doing their best to showcase what was given to them to wear. 

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Hong Jong Hyun

Date of Birth: January 7, 1990

Height: 182cm (6ft)

Representative project: “Dating Agency: Cyrano

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So Ji Sub

Date of Birth: November 4, 1977

Height: 182cm (6ft)

Representative project: “What Happened in Bali

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Song Jae Rim

Date of Birth: February 18, 1985

Height: 180cm (5ft 11in)

Representative project: “Moon Embraces the Sun

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The modeling industry isn’t that big in Korea, which means a lot of these model-turned-actors are friends.

From left to right: Lee Min Ki, Lee Gwang Ho, Joo Ji Hoon

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Kim Woo Bin, Kim Young Kwang, and Sung Joon made a special appearance on episode 4 of Lee Soo Hyuk and Hong Jong Hyun’s weekly fashion program, “Style Log.”

From left to right: Kim Woo Bin, Lee Soo Hyuk, Hong Jong Hyun, Kim Young Kwang, Sung Joon

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Watch the drama “White Christmas” to see Kim Woo Bin, Lee Soo Hyuk, Hong Jong Hyun, Kim Young Kwang, and Sung Joon all in one drama. “White Christmas” (2011) takes place over eight days in a private, elite high school deep in the mountains. Seven students and a teacher remain at school for the winter break, and they soon realize a murderer is in their midst. “White Christmas” is mystery, psychologically drama that grapples with the question of whether “monsters” are created or if they are born? It’s a must-watch.

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