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Top 15 Greatest Korean Drama Actors 2016-2017

Updated on December 12, 2017

Korea is famous for having great actors and actresses, that's why many people love Korean entertainment. They are famous for being hot, sexy, handsome, and promising. But more than being popular, they have proven themselves talented, successful, intelligent, versatile, and passionate. May they be a hero or a villain, we can see the burning desire for acting in their eyes, and that makes them effective actors. They're not just good in making us feel the love in romance dramas, or making us laugh in comedy dramas, but they are so good in sharing us the pain in tragedy, crying our eyes in melodrama, and feeling the thrill in suspense.

Considering their good looks, acting skills, talent, success, fame, and love life, here's the top 15 greatest Korean drama actors of 2016-2017.

15. Hyun Bin

A Hot, Manly Actor

Who wouldn't fall in love with Hyun Bin? He is one of the hottest actors in Korea! With his good looks and manly physique, he successfully captured the hearts of people from his famous role as Hyun Jin-heon in My Name is Kim Sam Soon, and in the 2010 phenomenal hit drama, Secret Garden as Kim Joo-won with his co-lead Ha Ji-won. He is also a hot Hallyu star who has enthralled us with romance melodramas. And oh, have you seen his acting as Robin, a man with split personality and wearing different glasses in his recent drama, Hyde, Jekyll, and Me? That's the more reason we love him. Even without putting so much expression, his acting is simply amazing to make the ladies fall in love over and over again. It is also reported that even some of his female co-actors are attracted to him!

14. Rain

A True Pop star

He's not just an actor who can be seen on the small and big screen. He can also conquer the stage with this voice. One of the most popular actors from Korea is the singer and actor Rain, who rose into fame in his role as Lee Young-jae in 2004 hit drama, Full House. This handsome, multi-talented man has been one of the top star and idol through the years. His success in acting and singing made him a world icon of Korean entertainment. He is also known to have worked for several American films, in which he appeared alongside Bruce Willis, Jason Patric, and John Cusack in the film The Prince. He's really a big deal, isn't he? What's more, he had been dating Kim Tae Hee since 2013, who is known as the Nation's Goddess and the most beautiful actress in Korea.

13. Jang Geun-suk

Naturally Handsome and Talented

From the moment we saw him in the 2009 popular drama, You're Beautiful, we've fallen for him from head to toe. Another talented actor is Jang Geun-suk, who started working as a child model at the age of five. His natural handsome face without plastic surgery, and his talent in acting made him a famous actor. No wonder why he looks familiar because he had also appeared as a child actor in some drama series since 1998. He also found success in music industry, as he pursued a career in singing. At a young age, he already received many achievements, which proves that he is really great! And just recently, he became a family in tvN's new reality show, My Ear's Candy. Have you watched it? If not, you'll be surprised how he admitted falling in love with actress Yoo In-na!

12. Lee Seung-gi

The Triple Threat Entertainer

A man who found success in acting, singing, and hosting is indeed a Triple Threat Entertainer! Lee Seung-gi is a talented actor who is popular for his leading roles in dramas, including the romantic comedy 2010 hit, My Girlfriend is a Nine Tailed Fox, with Shin Min-Ah. He was also a member of KBS' variety show, 2 Days and 1 Night in the first season, and later he became a host of talk show Strong Heart from 2009-2012. If you've seen him in 2D1N, you'll find out that he is really entertaining! In the handsome poll, he was ranked first, but he is nicknamed Heodang in the show because he's always empty-headed. This jolly, funny man had been dating Yoona of SNSD in 2014, but they ended their relationship in 2015 due to busy schedule. This year, he began his 21 months of mandatory military service.

11. Ji Sung

A Lovable Actor

Another lovable actor in the Korean entertainment is Ji Sung, who is known for his leading roles in drama series since 2003. The moment we saw him in Save the Last Dance for Me, we know already that he is brilliant. We can say that he's one of the most promising actors because we can always sympathize with his roles easily. One of the most memorable dramas of him is Kill Me, Heal Me, where he took the role of a man with a history of child abuse and multiple personality disorder. You'd want to give him a hug in that drama! No doubt about it, he's one of the most heartwarming actors on screen. If you're following him on Instagram, you'll see that he's a very lovely guy. We hope his happiness together with his wife Lee Bo-young and may he became a good daddy!

10. Kim Soo-hyun

A Passionate Young Actor

He was once a very shy child, but now, he is one of the most popular, top Hallyu stars in Korea. Yes, he's the most handsome alien in the world. He is Do Min-joon in the 2014 phenomenal hit drama, My Love From the Star. But before he raised his profile internationally, Kim Soo-hyun was known for his other roles in the teen drama, Dream High, and as King Lee Hwon in Moon Embracing the Sun. He's also played the role of a village idiot in the movie Secretly, Greatly as part of his mission as a top agent. Pretty cool, right? His talent in acting brought him several recognition as the youngest actor to win the Best Actor award, which is a heavy responsibility as an actor. But of course, we all know that he had proven his talent, and that he is worthy of all the awards he received.

9. Kim Woo-bin

The Handsome Model and Actor

He's tall, sexy, and charismatic. With his hot and handsome appearance, you'll never doubt that he's a model and actor. Kim Woo-bin, one of the most beloved actors, became well-known after the success of his breakthrough dramas in the romantic comedy, A Gentleman's Dignity, in the teen drama School 2013, and in the hit drama, The Heirs, where he experienced a surge in popularity overseas. After several supporting roles which made him internationally recognized, he took on his first leading role in the 2016 drama Uncontrollably Fond with Miss A's Bae Suzy. He is also a model since 2009. He appeared in an ad campaign for Calvin Klein Watches + Jewelry, making him the first East Asian model for the brand. Right now, he is dating the Gumiho actress, Shin Min-ah, and they have confirmed their relationship since July 22 last year. We wish them all the best!

8. Lee Min-ho

A Top Hallyu Star

When it comes to popularity and fame, Lee Min-ho will always be in the list. You might have seen him anywhere as a model of many prestigious brands in the shopping malls, magazines, and commercials. Not only he is a top Hallyu star, he is also one of the highest paid Korean actors today. He is also popular not only in Korea, but also around the world. He is known for being the handsome leading man in most Korean dramas, which always turned out to be successful and famous. He started gaining popularity with his role as the handsome Gu Jun-pyo, the leader of F4 in Boys Over Flowers in 2009, and later became even more famous after his role as a rich son of a conglomerate in the hit 2013 drama, The Heirs. He's also talented and athletic, with football being his favorite sports. There's just no reason for you not to love this handsome actor!

7. Lee Jong-suk

An Amazing Young Actor

Lee Jong-suk is definitely a great actor. He is considered one of the most popular Hallyu stars working today. He is a recognizable face in K dramas, because he's always the intelligent, handsome leading man with a problematic background story. With his previous lineups of dramas and films, he made us laugh, cry, and feel cheesy in love. Did you fell for his smarty image in the drama, I Can Hear Your Voice? Were you also convinced and persuaded that he's an incredible genius in his 2014 drama, Doctor Stranger? How about his melodramatic acting skills with Park Shin-hye in Pinocchio? What's more, he starred once again in the 2016 drama, W - Two Worlds, together with Han Hyo-joo where they made us cry and laugh and burst into tears. But before he made us feel those roller-coaster of emotions, he started in entertainment as a runway model for Seoul Fashion Week. He's simply amazing, right?

6. So Ji-sub

From Tough Guy to Charming Guy

For many years, So Ji-sub never fails to entertain us with his films and dramas. He's the hot guy who had the roles of a sad and gloomy man, to a tough and brave man, and later became a charming and lovable man. Who would believe that he was an introvert during his teenage days? He made us cry a thousand tears as a heroic man with tragic life in the 2004 melodrama, I'm Sorry, I Love You. Then, he made a thrilling and exciting action dramas such as Road No. 1, Phantom, and Cain and Abel. After having so many tragic dramas and films, he started working on romantic comedy genre, where he gained the profile of being an arrogant, charming, and loving guy. He is brilliant in 2014 rom-com horror drama, The Master's Sun, and later in 2015, he starred in Oh My Venus. He's really talented and versatile, and he's one of the highest-paid actors of today!

5. Gong Yoo

The Actor Who Rose Into Fame Once More

Who wouldn't forget his memorable role in 2016 zombie apocalypse blockbuster film, Train to Busan? From an arrogant but romantic guy in Coffee Prince and a childish man in Big, he became so mature in his role as a loving dad who sacrificed himself for his daughter's life in the said movie. The scene, which moved millions of viewers into tears, proved how brilliant Gong Yoo is. Even before he became popular in his hit dramas, you'll see how passionate he is in his old dramas, such as the Biscuit Teacher and Star Candy in 2005. No doubt, he's a very good actor with great personality and character. What's even more good is now that he's physically fit and mature! Doesn't he look more attractive and manly now? We hope to see more of him in the future, may it be in the small or big screen!

4. Joo Won

The Most Versatile Actor

When it comes to acting skills and talent, we cannot argue over the fact that Joo Won is one of the best. Have you seen how intense he is as Lee Kang-to in Bridal Mask? His crying scene when his mother died is really praiseworthy! How about his heartwarming cuteness as an autistic genius doctor in Good Doctor? Aww, you'd definitely want to hug him there! You wouldn't believe that he's the same person you used to hate in King of Baking, Kim Takgu. Usually, actors who play protagonist will always be protagonist, and antagonist will always be antagonist. But guess what, he can be both! True enough, he can be an intense villain and a beloved hero at once. He's really a passionate and talented actor who can play any role. Really versatile, right? Besides, he is also a good singer and dancer. He was also a member of variety show 2D1N, and if you watch him there, you'll see how great he is!

3. Yoo Ah-in

The Most Handsome Bad Boy Actor

When Yoo Ah-in's name is mentioned, the first image that comes into mind is his handsome, bad boy image. He is the actor with a strong rebellious atmosphere but remains hot and lovable! He started to become popular after his revolutionary image in 2010 drama, Sungkyunkwan Scandal was established. Since then, he became best known for his rebellious bad boy roles. Have you watched him act as Crown Prince Sado in the 2015 tragic film, The Throne? You can't help but love and feel sorry for him as he nailed the role of a son who begs for a father's affection. How about his intense action in the 2016 period drama, Six Flying Dragons? Surely, he's not just a top Hallyu star with a handsome image, but definitely talented as well. He's also one of the most successful actors, being one of the highest paid after his three films, Punch, Veteran and The Throne, made it in the list of highest-grossing films ever.

2. Park Bo-gum

A True Rising Star

Did you have a second lead syndrome when you saw him in the music drama Cantabile Tomorrow? Doesn't he look hot when he's playing the cello? Did you also searched for him on the internet to find his name? Recently, we've been seeing this cute, sweet, lovely, and handsome face in Korean dramas. Who's the new star? He's Park Bo-gum, one of the youngest actors with so much potential in acting. At a young age, he had already gained popularity with his diverse range of roles such as a psychopathic lawyer in Hello Monster, a genius Go player in Reply 1988, and Crown Prince Lee Yeong in Love in the Moonlight. He is also one of the most talented actors - he can play the piano, he is good in singing, and he is a competitive swimmer. How can he be so cute and handsome at once? No wonder, even Song Ji-hyo in Running Man is fangirling over him! His smile alone is enough to brighten your day!

1. Song Joong-ki

The Most Popular Actor of 2016

Words are not enough to describe how Song Joong-ki captured millions and billions of hearts with his recent role as a handsome and brave soldier in Descendants of the Sun. Actually, DOTS is his comeback drama after his military service, and fans had a full-blown surprise with his more matured look and short hairstyle. Before his service, he is known for his pretty boy, baby-face image in his dramas. He used to be an elegant playboy in Sungkyunkwan Scandal, a handsome teenager in royal robes in Deep Rooted Tree, and later, a revengeful man in The Innocent Man. He also did a very good portrayal of a feral boy in the movie, A Werewolf Boy, and it became the most successful Korean melodrama film of all time. He's definitely a man who portrays many emotions in romance, drama, and comedy. He was also a cast member of the variety show, Running Man, where he is nicknamed 'Brainy Joong-ki' because of his smart image. He's not only handsome, but intelligent as well! How can we not fall for him?

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      Carmen 13 days ago

      1.Ji Chang Wook

      2. Gong Yoo

      3. Lee Jong-suk

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      Grace 6 months ago

      Lee joon gi is my favorite

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      Sulatri 8 months ago

      1. Kim Soo Hyun

      2. Park Bo Gum

      3. Gong Yoo