Yoon Shi-yoon

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Yoon Shi-yoon
Yoon Shi Yoon 6th Fan-meeting Message.png
Yoon in July 2017
Native name 윤시윤
Born Yoon Dong-gu
(1986-09-26) September 26, 1986 (age 31)
Suncheon, South Jeolla Province, South Korea
Alma mater Kyonggi University, Majoring Arts
Occupation Actor
Years active 2009–present
Korean name
Hangul 윤시윤
Hanja 尹施允
Revised Romanization Yun Si-yun
McCune–Reischauer Yun Siyun
Birth name
Hangul 윤동구
Hanja 尹東久
Revised Romanization Yun Dong-gu
McCune–Reischauer Yun Tonggu

Yoon Shi-yoon (Hangul윤시윤; born Yoon Dong-gu on September 26, 1986)[1] is a South Korean actor and television personality. He is best known for his leading roles in King of Baking, Kim Takgu (2010), Flower Boys Next Door (2013) and Hit the Top (2017). In 2016, he became a member of the variety show 2 Days & 1 Night.

Early life

Yoon was born as Yoon Dong-gu, a name he used until an official change of name upon his entry into college, in a small town in Suncheon. He is the only child of his family. When he was a little boy he was raised by his grandparents. At the time, while the peers of his age went to kindergarten and learned English, Yoon went to seodang, a traditional school that taught Confucianism and learned Chinese characters.[2][1] Yoon's unique childhood was then unveiled through his song "Grandpa's Bicycle" for Barefooted Friends.[3]


2009–2010: Rising popularity and breakthrough

Yoon debuted in the daily sitcom High Kick Through the Roof and rose to fame for his role as a semi-rebellious teenage boy.[4] He was nominated for Best New Actor in TV at the Baeksang Arts Awards, and won MBC's Best Couple award with his co-star Shin Se-kyung.

The following year, Yoon was cast as the main character in the slice-of-life television series King of Baking, Kim Takgu. The drama's writer, Kang Eun-kyung, saw Yoon in High Kick Through the Roof and picked him for the role.[5] The series was one of the most watched shows in South Korea in 2010 with a final episode viewership rating of 50.8%; and Yoon became a household name in Korea.[6][7][8][9] Due to the drama's popularity, Yoon and co-star Lee Young-ah were named promotional ambassadors for North Chungcheong Province.[10]

The same year, Yoon had his first big screen debut with a leading role in the horror movie Death Bell 2: Bloody Camp.[11][12]

2011–2014: Leading roles

In 2011, Yoon was cast over Kim Jaewon, who suffered from multiple injuries, in the romantic-comedy Me Too, Flower!. He played a millionaire masquerading as a parking attendant and entering into relationship with an abrasive female police officer (Lee Ji-ah).[13] However, the drama scored low viewership ratings and had to be pre-empted.

In 2012, Yoon starred in the Japanese web drama Brand Guardians, based on a story about a Korean youth who travels to Japan to make it as a fashion stylist. The project was orchestrated by the JAFIC (Japan Apparel-Fashion Industry Council) to increase awareness of Japanese fashion.[14] He then filmed his first Chinese drama Happy Noodles.[15] On December 8, Yoon won the Popular Star Prize in China at the 2012 Asia Top 10 Popular Star Awards by CETV.[16]

In 2013, he starred in the cable series Flower Boys Next Door, the third installment of tvN 's "flower boy" series. Yoon plays a genius game developer, who accidentally enters into the life of a modern Rapunzel (played by Park Shin-hye).[17][18] The series was the highest sold cable drama ever to Japan.[19] Yoon then became a cast member of Barefooted Friends, which was his first variety show.[20] In October, Yoon was cast in KBS's romantic comedy series Prime Minister and I alongside Lee Beom-soo and Girls' Generation's Yoona.[21]

In 2014, Yoon starred opposite Yeo Jin-goo in the film Mr. Perfect, where he plays a professional golfer who loses everything but later becomes a golf coach.[22]

2016–present: Comeback from military service

After completing military service, Yoon starred in JTBC's historical fantasy drama Mirror of the Witch, playing Joseon's famous doctor Hur Jun. The drama is a fiction story about Hur Jun in his young age and his journey to lift a curse for a princess (played by Kim Sae-ron), whom he later fell in love with.[23] Since May 2016, he became a regular cast member of the third season of popular variety show 2 Days & 1 Night.[24]

In October 2016, Yoon was cast in a 3-episode miniseries, Romance Full of Life, which is part of MBC's 9-episode miniseries, Three Color Fantasy. The drama premiered in March 2017.[25] The same year, Yoon starred in KBS2's youth drama Hit the Top.[26]

In 2018, Yoon starred in the historical romance melodrama Grand Prince.[27][28] He was then cast in the legal drama Dear Judge, where he would be playing double roles.[29]

Personal life

Yoon is addicted to books. He has over 2000 books at home.[30]

On April 28, 2014, Yoon secretly enlisted into the Republic of Korea Marine Corps.[31] Yoon had previously expressed his desire to enlist secretly, in order to avoid harming other soldiers.[32] On January 27, 2016, Yoon completed his military service.[33]



Year Title Role
2010 Death Bell 2: Bloody Camp Kwan-woo
2014 Mr. Perfect Baek Se-jin

Television series

Year Title Role Network Notes
2009 High Kick Through the Roof Jung Joon-hyuk MBC
2010 King of Baking, Kim Takgu Kim Tak-gu KBS2
Once Upon a Time In Saengchori Park Shi-yoon tvN cameo
2011 Me Too, Flower! Seo Jae-hee MBC
2011-2012 High Kick: Revenge of the Short Legged Yoon Shi-yoon cameo, ep 88
2012 Brand Guardians Ha Woo-joo ep 1-13
2013 Flower Boys Next Door Enrique Geum tvN
Happy Noodles Xiu Can ZJSTV
2013-2014 Prime Minister and I Kang In-ho KBS2
2016 My Horrible Boss new recruit Yoon Shi-yoon JTBC cameo, episode 16
Mirror of the Witch Heo Jun
2017 Three Color Fantasy - Romance Full of Life So In-sung MBC
Three Color Fantasy - Queen of the Ring So In-sung cameo
Hit the Top Yoo Hyun-jae KBS2
2018 Grand Prince Lee Hwi / Prince Eun Sung TV Chosun
Dear Judge Han Kang-ho / Han Su-ho SBS


Year Title Network Notes
2012 Fanfare of the Little Band[34] KBS1

Variety show

Year Title Network Notes
2013 Barefooted Friends SBS Main cast
2016- 2 Days & 1 Night KBS2
2018 Law of the Jungle in Sabah[28] SBS


Year Title Network
2013 KBS Song Festival[35] KBS
2018 Dream Concert[36] N/A



Year Album Track
2010 High Kick Through The Roof OST "The Road to Me (내게 오는 길)"
King of Baking, Kim Takgu OST "Only You (너 하나만)"
2013 Flower Boys Next Door OST[37] "I want to date you (사귀고 싶어)"
Barefooted Friends My Song, My Story "Grandpa's bicycle (할아버지의 자전거)" (ft Juniel, Tablo)
2017 Hit the Top OST "말해봐(Say it)" (J2, with Hong Kyung-min)
2018 Digital single[38] "You Are Just Like the Spring"
"I Will Tell You"

Music video

Year Track Artist
2009 "Lonely Voyage" Kim Dong-ryool
2010 "I Promise You" Park Hyo-shin
2017 "Still There" Shin Hye-sung

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2009 MBC Entertainment Awards Best New Actor in Comedy/Sitcom High Kick Through the Roof Nominated
Best Couple Award with Shin Se-kyung Won [39]
2010 46th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actor in TV Nominated
3rd Korea Drama Awards Best New Actor King of Baking, Kim Takgu Won
18th Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards Popularity Award, Actor Won [40]
11th Korean Entertainment Culture Awards Male Grand Prize (Daesang) for Drama Won
KBS Drama Awards Best Couple Award with Lee Young-ah Won [41]
Popularity Award, Actor Nominated
Best New Actor Nominated
Excellence Award, Actor in a Special Production Drama Won [41]
2011 47th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actor in TV Nominated
2012 2012 Asia Top 10 Popular Star Awards Top Ten Asian Stars N/A Won [16]
2016 KBS Entertainment Awards Rookie Award in Variety 2 Days & 1 Night Won


  1. ^ a b "My Name Is... Yoon Si-yoon". 10Asia. 8 December 2009. 
  2. ^ "Actor Yoon Si Yoon talks about his childhood "I didn't go to kindergaten"". Korea.com. 26 December 2012. Archived from the original on 29 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "Barefoot Friends, Kim Hyun Joong and Yoon Si Yoon's seaside camping". Korea.com. 12 August 2013. Archived from the original on August 14, 2013. Retrieved 12 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "Actor Yoon Si-yoon of High Kick Through the Roof Top". 10Asia. 18 March 2010. 
  5. ^ "Writer Kang Eun-kyeong: 'Yoon Si-yoon Is Miraculous Actor'". KBS World. 17 September 2010. 
  6. ^ "[INTERVIEW] Actor Yoon Si-yoon - Part 1". 10Asia. 8 October 2010. 
  7. ^ "[INTERVIEW] Actor Yoon Si-yoon - Part 2". 10Asia. 8 October 2010. 
  8. ^ "[INTERVIEW] Actor Yoon Si-yoon - Part 3". 10Asia. 8 October 2010. 
  9. ^ "Who Grabbed the Spotlight in 2010?". The Chosun Ilbo. 31 December 2010. 
  10. ^ "Actors from Hit Soap Tapped to Promote North Chungcheong Province". The Chosun Ilbo. 15 September 2010. 
  11. ^ "Kim Su-ro says "Yoon Si-yoon is truly remarkable"". 10Asia. 19 July 2010. 
  12. ^ "School horror sequel offers few reasons to scream". Korea JoongAng Daily. 30 July 2010. 
  13. ^ "Yoon Si-yoon cast as male lead in upcoming E Ji-ah TV series". 10Asia. 14 October 2011. 
  14. ^ "Yoon Si-yoon to star in Japanese internet movie". Korea JoongAng Daily. 8 May 2012. 
  15. ^ "Yoon Shi Yoon cast in Chinese drama 'Happy Noodles'". enewsWorld. 26 March 2013. 
  16. ^ a b "Yoon Si Yoon receives Popular Star Prize in China". Star News. 9 December 2012. 
  17. ^ "Park Shin-hye, Yoon Si-yoon to Pair Up in New Rom-com Drama". 10Asia. 31 October 2012. 
  18. ^ "At 26, Yoon Si-yoon breaks out of his shell". Korea JoongAng Daily. 6 March 2013. 
  19. ^ "'Flower Boys Next Door' Is Sold to Japan for Record Amount". enewsWorld. 28 January 2013. 
  20. ^ "Super Junior′s Eunhyuk, Kim Hyun Joong, Yoon Shi Yoon and More to Join Kang Ho Dong in New SBS Show". enewsWorld. 27 March 2013. 
  21. ^ "Yoon Si-yoon, Chae Jung-an Join YoonA's New Drama". 10Asia. 23 October 2013. 
  22. ^ "Actor Yoon Si-yoon to shoot new film starting tomorrow". 10Asia. 28 January 2011. 
  23. ^ "A new twist on a historical role". Korea JoongAng Daily. 16 May 2016. 
  24. ^ "Yoon Shi-yoon to cohost 'Two Days, One Night'". Kpop Herald. 15 April 2016. 
  25. ^ "MBC, '세가지색 판타지'로 색다른 실험…내년 초 방송 예정". Xports News (in Korean). 27 October 2016. 
  26. ^ "윤시윤·김민재, 유호진PD 신작 '최고의 한방' 주연 확정". Hankyung (in Korean). 16 March 2017. 
  27. ^ "3 Stars Go Back in Time in Period Drama". The Chosun Ilbo. 1 March 2018. 
  28. ^ a b "'The King' wants to enter the jungle : After breaking ratings records, Yoon Si-yoon isn't ready to take a rest". Korea JoongAng Daily. 21 May 2018. 
  29. ^ "Will Yoon Shi-yoon repeat past success with 'Dear Judge'?". Kpop Herald. 14 May 2018. 
  30. ^ "Yoon Shi Yoon searches for Little Prince and shares his love for books". enewsWorld. 28 February 2013. 
  31. ^ "Yoon Si-yoon heads to military duty". Korea JoongAng Daily. 29 April 2014. 
  32. ^ "[Exclusive] Yoon Shi Yoon Secretly Enlist in Marine". enewsWorld. 28 April 2014. 
  33. ^ "Yoon Shi-yoon discharged from military". Kpop Herald. 27 January 2016. 
  34. ^ "Yoon Shi Yoon to Narrate a Documentary on Children′s Band". enewsWorld. 29 December 2012. 
  35. ^ "miss A's Suzy, Yoon Shi Yoon and Lee Hwi Jae Confirmed as MCs for '2013 KBS Music Festival'". enewsWorld. 13 December 2013. 
  36. ^ "윤시윤-설인아, '2018 드림콘서트' MC 발탁". Ilgan Sports (in Korean). 16 April 2018. 
  37. ^ "Yoon Shi Yoon Lends his Voice for 'Flower Boys Next Door'". enewsWorld. 8 February 2013. 
  38. ^ "Yoon Si Yoon Releases Another Solo Track That Melts Your Heart". SBS News. 1 June 2018. 
  39. ^ "Yoo Jae-seok wins grand prize at MBC Entertainment Awards". 10Asia. 30 December 2009. 
  40. ^ "The 18th Korean Culture Entertainment Awards". Hancinema. KBS World. 16 December 2010. 
  41. ^ a b Cho, Bum-ja (3 January 2011). "Jang Hyuk scores top prize at KBS Drama Awards". 10Asia. Retrieved 2014-09-06. 

External links

  • Moa Entertainment Profile (in Korean)
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