Jo Hyun-jae

This is a Korean name; the family name is Jo.
Jo Hyun-jae
Born (1980-05-09) May 9, 1980
Seoul, South Korea
Education Myongji University
Dankook University - Theater and Film
Occupation Actor
Years active 1998–present
Agent HB Entertainment
Korean name
Hangul 조현재
Hanja 趙顯宰
Revised Romanization Jo Hyeon-jae
McCune–Reischauer Cho Hyǒn-chae

Jo Hyun-jae (born May 9, 1980) is a South Korean actor. Jo made his entertainment debut as a singer in the four-member K-pop boy band Guardian, which disbanded after releasing their self-titled album in 1998. In 2000, after he drew popularity when he appeared in a commercial for sports drink Pocari Sweat, Jo began acting. He is best known for his leading roles in Love Letter (2003), Only You (2005), Ballad of Seodong (2005), and 49 Days (2011).[1][2][3]

Personal Life

Jo Hyun jae was discharged from the Army on June 19, 2010. He admit that he was enjoying his time in the Army back then. After he was enlisted, he explains some of his duties: he received basic training and education and he had to patrol every night, which he finds it very difficult. In 2011, he gained his popularity after becoming the lead actor in the drama 49 days as Han Gang. From that drama Jo Hyun Jae received many loves from his fans around the world, especially from Japan. The latest news about him was that he created his personal Instagram account on 2015.


Television series

Year Title Role Network Notes
2000 KAIST Jang Dong-ha (episode 75) SBS
Golden Pond Art instructor SBS
2001 Father and Sons Jong-du SBS
That's Perfect! Hyun-jae SBS
2002 Daemang (The Great Ambition) Prince Somyeong SBS
2003 Love Letter Lee Woo-jin (Andrea/Andrew) MBC
First Love Han Young-woo SBS
2004 Star's Echo Yoo Sung-jae MBC
Sunlight Pours Down Jung Eun-sup SBS
Forbidden Love Kang Min-woo KBS2
2005 Only You Han Yi-joon SBS
Ballad of Seodong Seodong (King Mu of Baekje) SBS
2008 One Mom and Three Dads Han Soo-hyun KBS2
2011 49 Days Han Kang SBS
2013 Rouge Hegemon Xiao Wu Ke Hunan TV Chinese drama[4]
Ad Genius Lee Tae-baek Addie Kang[5] KBS2
The King's Daughter Crown Prince Myeongnong MBC
2014 Youth Storm Ye Zi Xuan Kunming5Ch. Chinese drama
2015 Yong-pal Han Do-joon SBS


Year Title Role Notes
2003 Untold Scandal Kwon In-ho
2004 Joy of Love Travis1984 Internet short film
2008  The Guard Post 1st Lt. Yoo Jeong-u
2014 The Actress Is Too Much Hong Jin-woo

Music video

Year Song Title Artist
2007 "Love's Greeting" SeeYa
"Ice Doll"


Album information Track listing
가디안 (Guardian)
  • Artist: Guardian
  • Album
  • Released: May 1, 1998
다른 공간, 같은 추억 (Different Space, Same Memory)
  • Artist: Jo Hyun-jae
  • Digital single
  • Label: DMS Communications
  • Released: March 30, 2009
단 하루를 살아도 (Even If I Live Just One Day)
  • Artist: Jo Hyun-jae
  • Track from 49 Days OST
  • Label: Star Entry Entertainment, Danal
  • Released: April 25, 2011

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2003 SBS Drama Awards New Star Award First Love Won
2005 SBS Drama Awards Top 10 Stars Only You, Ballad of Seodong Won
2006 42nd Baeksang Arts Awards Most Popular Actor (TV) Ballad of Seodong Won
2007 Andre Kim Best Star Awards Star Award N/A Won
2011 19th Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards Hallyu Star Award 49 Days Won
SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Drama Special Nominated
2013 MBC Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Serial Drama The King's Daughter Nominated


  1. "Jo Hyun Jae Profile & Portfolio". Hou Leng Jai. Retrieved 2012-08-10.
  2. Hong, Lucia (17 August 2010). "Jo Hyun-jae to hold fan meetings in Japan and Hong Kong". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-08-15.
  3. Hong, Lucia (30 March 2012). "Jo Hyun-jae joins Song Seung-heon and Lee Young-ae's agency". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-08-15.
  4. Hong, Lucia (19 October 2011). "Jo Hyun-jae cast as male lead in upcoming Chinese TV series". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-08-15.
  5. "Actor Jo Hyun-Jae will be joining new KBS Monday-Tuesday drama". Innolife. 14 January 2013. Retrieved 2013-08-15.

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