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Ryu Jun-yeol: All You Need to Know About This Korean Actor

Last Updated: June 4, 2024By Tags: ,

Ryu Jun-yeol (born September 25, 1986) is a South Korean actor, activist, and photographer. He rose to fame with “Reply 1988” (2015-2016) and has starred in notable films like “The King” (2017), “A Taxi Driver” (2017), and “The Night Owl” (2022). He also appeared in the action films “Alienoid” (2022) and its sequel.

Ryu studied film at the University of Suwon and completed military service before starting his acting career. His breakout role was in “Socialphobia” (2015). He has been featured on the Forbes Korea Power Celebrity 40 list, ranking 14th in 2017, 36th in 2018, and 11th in 2019.

As an environmental activist, Ryu supports Greenpeace and other causes. He also pursues photography, holding an exhibition in 2020. Ryu was in a relationship with actress Lee Hye-ri from 2016 to 2023 and is friends with Tottenham Hotspur player Son Heung-min.

His latest work is The 8 Show series released on May 17, 2024 from Netflix.

Ryu Jun-yeol Biography

Name Ryu Jun yeol
Alternative
Name
Ryoo Joon-Yeol

Jun-yeol Ryu

Nationality South Korean
Date of Birth Sep 25, 1986
Age 37 years
(in 2024)
Birth Place
Suwon
Career Actor
Activist
Photographer
Religion N/A
Zodiac Sign Libra
(the scales)

Physical Stats

Height 6′ (1.83 m)
Weight ~ 70 kg (154 lbs.)
Eye Color Dark Brown
Hair Color Black

Education

Field of Study Film
College
or
University
University
of
Suwon

Known For:

Film Poster
Title
A Taxi Driver film poster
A Taxi Driver
(Movie)
(2017)
7.9/10
The King film poster
The King
(Movie)
(2017)
6.9/10
Socialphobia film poster
Socialphobia
(Movie)
(2014)
6.4/10
Believer film poster
Believer
(Movie)
(2018)
6.6/10

Ryu Jun-yeol TV Series & Movies

Film

  • 2013 | INGtoogi: The Battle of Internet Trolls | Role: Gym man
  • 2015 | Socialphobia | Role: Yang-ge
  • 2016 | Sori: Voice from the Heart | Role: Seedless strawberry
  • 2016 | No Tomorrow | Role: Ji-hoon
  • 2016 | One Way Trip | Role: Ji-gong
  • 2016 | Canola | Role: Cheol-heon
  • 2016 | The Boys Who Cried Wolf | Role: Dong-chul
  • 2017 | The King | Role: Choi Doo-il
  • 2017 | A Taxi Driver | Role: Goo Jae-sik
  • 2017 | Heart Blackened | Role: Kim Dong-myeong
  • 2018 | Little Forest | Role: Jae-ha
  • 2018 | Believer | Role: Seo Young-rak
  • 2019 | Hit-and-Run Squad | Role: Seo Min-jae
  • 2019 | Money | Role: Jo Il-hyun
  • 2019 | The Battle: Roar to Victory | Role: Lee Jang-ha
  • 2022 | Alienoid | Role: Mureuk
  • 2022 | The Night Owl | Role: Kyung-soo
  • 2024 | Alienoid: Return to the Future | Role: Mureuk
  • TBA | Revelation |

Short film

  • 2012 | Nowhere | Role: A boyfriend
  • 2014 | Midnight Sun | Role: Yong-hoon
  • 2014 | One-minded | Role: Club Dude
  • 2014 | People in a Hurry | Role: Jae-hyun
  • 2014 | Economic Love | Role: Ji-hoon
  • 2014 | Son Na-rae Rescue Operation | Role: Hyun-woo
  • 2015 | Draw | Role: Sang-hoon

Television series

  • 2015 | The Producers | Role: Joo Jong-hyun
  • 2015–16 | Reply 1988 | Role: Kim Jung-hwan
  • 2016 | Lucky Romance | Role: Jae Su-ho
  • 2021 | Lost | Role: Lee Kang-jae

Web series

  • 2024 | The 8 Show | Role: 3F (Jin Soo)

Television shows

  • 2016 | Youth Over Flowers: Africa | Role: Cast member
  • 2019 | Traveler | Role: Cast member

Hosting

  • 2022 | 27th Busan International Film Festival Opening Ceremony | with Jeon Yeo-been

Music video appearances

  • 2014 | “Still I’m by Your Side” | Artist: Clazziquai Project
  • 2015 | “A Little Girl” | Artist: Oh Hyuk

Singles

  • 2017 | “You” | Album: Mixxxture Project, Vol. 2

Ryu Jun-yeol Photos

Ryu Jun-yeol: Actor of the role of “3F” in the Korean series “The 8 Show”

Ryu Jun-yeol in The 8 Show Netflix series with other cast

Lee Joo-young, Chun Woo-hee & Ryu Jun-yeol in The 8 Show Netflix series with other cast

“The 8 Show” is a 2024 South Korean dark comedy thriller television series directed and written by Han Jae-rim. Starring Ryu Jun-yeol, Chun Woo-hee, Park Jeong-min, Lee Yul-eum, Park Hae-joon, Lee Joo-young, Moon Jeong-hee, and Bae Seong-woo, the series is based on the Naver webtoons “Money Game” and “Pie Game” by Bae Jin-soo. It follows eight participants trapped in a secret space divided into eight floors, engaging in a deadly game where they accumulate money over time. The game only ends with a death, in a place where social infrastructure is absent. Released worldwide on Netflix on May 17, 2024.

Ryu Jun-yeol stands out in his role as the character located on the 3th Floor (Jin Soo), bringing depth and intrigue to the series with his performance.

Ryu Jun-yeol in The 8 Show Netflix series

Ryu Jun-yeol in The 8 Show Netflix series

Awards

Wins

2015 | KAFA FILMS | Rising Star | Socialphobia

2016 | Asia Artist Awards | Best Rookie Award, Actor | Reply 1988
2016 | Baeksang Arts Awards | Best New Actor – Television | Reply 1988
2016 | Fashionista Awards | Best Fashionista – TV Division | Ryu Jun-yeol
2016 | Korean Cable TV Awards | Rising Star | Reply 1988
2016 | Korea First Brand Awards | Special Award for Figure | Ryu Jun-yeol
2016 | Max Movie Awards | Best New Actor | Socialphobia
2016 | Max Movie Awards | Rising Star | Socialphobia
2016 | MBC Drama Awards | Best New Actor | Lucky Romance
2016 | tvN10 Awards | Rising Star Award, Actor | Reply 1988

2017 | Asia Artist Awards | Best Star Award – Actor | A Taxi Driver
2017 | Baeksang Arts Awards | Best New Actor – Film | The King
2017 | The Seoul Awards | Best New Actor (Film) | The King

2018 | Asia Artist Awards | Artist of the Year | Ryu Jun-yeol
2018 | Asia Artist Awards | Popularity Award | Ryu Jun-yeol
2018 | Korea World Youth Film Festival | Popular Actor Award | Little Forest

2019 | Golden Cinema Film Festival | Cinematographers’ Choice Popularity Award | Believer
2019 | Korea Youth Film Festival | Best Actor Award | Money, The Battle: Roar to Victory
2019 | London East Asia Film Festival | Rising Star Award | Money
2019 | New York Asian Film Festival | Star Asia Rising Star Award | Money

2023 | Baeksang Arts Awards | Best Actor – Film | The Night Owl
2023 | Golden Cinema Film Festival | Best Actor | The Night Owl
2023 | Korean Association of Film Critics Awards | Best Actor | The Night Owl

Nominations

2016 | Chunsa Film Art Awards | Best New Actor | Socialphobia
2016 | InStyle Star Icon | New Generation Actor Award | Socialphobia, Reply 1988
2016 | MBC Drama Awards | Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries | Lucky Romance
2016 | tvN10 Awards | Made in tvN, Actor in Drama | Reply 1988
2016 | Wildflower Film Awards | Best New Actor / Actress | Socialphobia

2017 | Blue Dragon Film Awards | Best New Actor | A Taxi Driver
2017 | Buil Film Awards | Best Supporting Actor | The King
2017 | Fashionista Awards | Best Fashionista – SNS Division | Ryu Jun-yeol

2018 | Chunsa Film Art Awards | Best Supporting Actor | A Taxi Driver

2023 | Blue Dragon Film Awards | Best Actor | The Night Owl
2023 | Buil Film Awards | Best Actor | The Night Owl
2023 | Director’s Cut Awards | Best Actor in film | The Night Owl
2023 | Grand Bell Awards | Best Actor | The Night Owl

Listicles

2017 | Forbes | Korea Power Celebrity 40 | 14th
2018 | Forbes | Korea Power Celebrity 40 | 36th
2019 | Forbes | Korea Power Celebrity 40 | 11th

Family

Relation
Name
Photo
Father
N/A
Mother
N/A
Siblings
N/A

Ryu Jun-yeol Relationships

Past dating

Dating
Photo

1- Lee Hyeri

(2016 – 2023)

Separated

Lee Hyeri

2- Han So-hee

(2023 – 2024)

Separated

Han So-hee

Current dating

Dating
Photo
He is currently single.

Social Network Pages

Profile
ID
Instagram 
ryusdb
Facebook ryujunyeol.v

FAQ

  • The 8 Show | Netflix | Released May 17, 2024

This role is played by “Ryu Jun-yeol”.

He is currently single.

His previous girlfriends were Lee Hyeri and Han So-hee. But now he is single.

Note: The information provided is sourced from reliable websites. In case there are any contradictions in the text, readers are encouraged to point them out in the comments.

References: Wikipedia, IMDB

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