Cho Seung-woo

조승우 / Cho Seung Woo (Jo Seung Wu)

Jo Seung-woo(born March 28, 1980) is a South Korean actor. He is best known for his leading roles in the filmsThe Classic,Marathon,Tazza: The High Rollers, andInside Men, as well as in the stage musicalsJekyll & Hyde,Hedwig and the Angry InchandMan of La Mancha.

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 Cho Seung-woo's Career

2000-2004: Acting debut[edit]

Chunhyang, and he ended up winning the part from among a field of 1,000 actors.Chunhyangwould screen as the first Korean film in competition at Cannes , although domestically it failed to attract much of an audience.

andThe Last Empress. Soon he was drawn back into the film industry, however, with a key supporting role inWanee & Junah(2001), a villainous turn inH(2002), plus a leading role inWho R. U.?(2002). In 2003, Jo acted in Kwak Jae-yong 's romanceThe Classicopposite Son Ye-jin and Jo In-sung , receiving good reviews for his sincere acting. His popularity continued to grow, and in 2004 he appeared in Im Kwon-taek's 99th filmLow Life, which flopped at the box office.

2005: Breakthrough withMarathonandJekyll & Hyde[edit]

that had fans scrambling to find tickets.His success at pursuing both film and musicals make him an unusual case among contemporary actors.


He then headlinedTazza: The High Rollerswith Kim Hye-soo , the 2006 film adaptation of Huh Young-man 's same-titled manhwa , which went on to become one of the biggest Korean blockbuster hits of all time and won numerous awards.Jo played Goni, who loses his family's entire savings after being swindled by professional gamblers, so to take his revenge, he sets out to become one himself. He followed that withGo Go 70sopposite Shin Min-a , about a rock and roll band during the height of the Park Chung-hee military regime , andThe Sword with No Nameopposite Soo Ae , in which he played a fictional royal guard in love with Empress Myeongseong .

2010 - present[edit]

Jo's much-anticipated return to the stage was marked with controversy following reports that his salary would be the highest for any musical theatre actor in Korean history. While producers feared that demands for similarly high fees could follow (which could eventually put them out of business), others said that the fee was justified, based on the hope that Jo would help spark a renaissance in a once-vibrant but now-stagnant musical theatre industry.And true enough, when tickets went on sale, the demand was so high that the online reservation server broke down after 15 minutes, with all of the performances in which Jo was scheduled to appear already sold out.



Horse Doctor,then returned to the stage in 2013 inHedwig, reprising one of his most memorable musical roles.

Crow's-Eye Viewon the single-episode anthologyDrama FestivalJo then starred in the 2014 time travel thrillerGod's Gift - 14 Days, playing a private investigator who helps a mother ( Lee Bo-young ) save her child.

broke out on its debut in November 19, 2015, drawing more than 2 million viewers in just six days, a record for an R-rated film.The film grossed more than 7 million admissions, becoming Jo Seung Woo's highest-grossing film.Director's cut version of the film, Inside Men: The Original grossed more than 2 million admissions, aggregating 9.1 million admissions for Inside Men, making the film the top grossing R-rated movie of all-time at Korean Box Office.

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 Cho Seung-woo's Personal life

Jo dated actress Kang Hye-jung from 2004 to 2007. Unlike most Korean celebrity couples, Jo and Kang went public with their relationship and starred together inLove Phobia(2006). They broke up in 2007.

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 Cho Seung-woo's Filmography


2000 Chunhyang Lee Mongryong
2001 Ahmijimong(SBSi) Ahn Ji-hoon
Wanee & Junah Lee Young-min
2002 Who R. U.? Ji Hyung-tae
YMCA Baseball Team (cameo)
H Shin Hyun
2003 The Classic Oh Joon-ha
2004 Low Life Choi Tae-woong
2005 Marathon Yoon Cho-won
2006 Love Phobia Cha Jo-kang
Tazza: The High Rollers Kim Go-ni
2008 Go Go 70s Im Sang-kyu
2009 The Sword with No Name Mu-myeong
2011 Perfect Game Choi Dong-won
2012 The Peach Tree Choi Sang-hyun
2015 Assassination Kim Won-bong(cameo)
Inside Men Woo Jang-hoon


2012–2013 Horse Doctor Baek Gwang-hyun MBC
2013 Drama Festival"Crow's-Eye View"
(aka "Yi Sang, That Yi Sang" or "More and More")
Yi Sang MBC
2014 God's Gift - 14 Days Ki Dong-chan SBS

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2005 "Another Side of Memory"Boohwal
"Prayer to Overcome Sadness"
2008 "The Flame of Youth" Jo Seung-woo and The Devils

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 Cho Seung-woo's Musical theatre

2000 Blood Brothers Beggar/Narrator
2000-2001 The Last Empress King Gojong
2001 Subway Line 1
2002 The Sorrows of Young Werther Werther
2003 Carmen Don José
2004-2005 Jekyll & Hyde Jekyll/Hyde
2005 Hedwig and the Angry Inch Hedwig
2006 Jekyll & Hyde Jekyll/Hyde
Subway Line 1
2007 Hedwig and the Angry Inch Hedwig
Rent Roger Davis
Man of La Mancha Miguel de Cervantes / Don Quixote
2010–2011 Jekyll & Hyde Jekyll/Hyde
2011–2012 Zorro Don Diego de la Vega/ Zorro
2012 Doctor Zhivago Yuri Zhivago
2013 Hedwig and the Angry Inch Hedwig
2013–2014 Man of La Mancha Miguel de Cervantes / Don Quixote
2014 Hedwig and the Angry Inch Hedwig
2014–2015 Jekyll & Hyde Jekyll/Hyde
2015 Man of La Mancha Miguel de Cervantes / Don Quixote
2015–2016 Werther Werther
2016 Hedwig: New Makeup Hedwig
Sweeney Todd Sweeney Todd

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 Cho Seung-woo's Discography

YearTitle / TrackAlbumNotes
2001 "아미의 꿈" AhmijimongOST
2002 "어쩌나 이마음"
"사랑하고 있다면"
"무례와 사랑"
"번갯불에 쏘인 것처럼"
The Sorrows of Young Werthercast recording withChu Sang-mi, Choi Min-chul, and Kim Pub-lae
"투명인간 친구 narr."
"라이브 스피커 켜 narr. "
"진짜 내 모습을 보여주고 싶어 narr."
Who R. U.?OST withLee Na-young
"마리아의 목욕 (Maria's Bath)" HOST withJi Jin-hee&Yum Jung-ah
2003 "Fly Me to the Moon(에반게리온)" 내 인생의 영화음악
(영화에게 띄우는 14인의 러브레터)
Various artists
2004 "별 (The Stars)"
"어머니 (Mother)"
"코르니유 영감의 비밀 (Master Cornille’s Secret)"
"마지막 수업 (The Last Lesson)"
별 (The Stars) Audiobookread by Jo Seung-woo. Stories written byAlphonse Daudet.
"There Is No Choice"
"This Is the Moment"
"The Transformation"
"The Way Back"
Jekyll & Hydecast recording
"축복의 길"
내게로 오세요 Ha Kyung-hyealbum
2005 "작은 너에게 (A Little Thing for You)" 서정 (抒情) Boohwal10thalbum
"Tear Me Down"
"Wig in a Box"
"Angry Inch"
Hedwig and the Angry Inchcast recording withOh Man-seok,Kim Da-hyun& Song Yong-jin
2006 "Lost In The Darkness"
"I Must Go On"
"Take Me As I Am"
"This Is the Moment"
"Now There Is No Choice"
"The Transformation"
"Alive 1"
"His Work and Nothing More"
"Alive 2"
"Streak of Madness"
"It’s A Dangerous Game"
"The Way Back"
"Lucy’s Dream"
"The Wedding"
Jekyll & Hydecast recording with Lee Hye-kyung, Kim Sung-ki, Kim Bong-hwan & Kim Sun-young
2007 "Man of La Mancha"
"Golden Helmet of Mambrino"
"The Impossible Dream"
"The Impossible Dream Reprise"
Man of La Manchacast recording with Lee Hoon-jin & Kim Sun-young
2008 "청춘의 불꽃 (The Flame of Youth)"
"위 아 데블스 (We’re Devils)"
"신이 나는 청춘 (Proud Mary)"
Go Go 70sDigital SingleJo Seung-woo and The Devils
"Intro : We’re Devils"
"Mustang Sally"
"I’ve Been Loving You too Long (to Stop Now)"
"U Got Me Bad"
"청춘의 불꽃 (The Flame of Youth)"
"신이 나는 청춘 (Proud Mary)"
"Fungky Tone"
"Land of 1000 Dances"
"고고춤을 춥시다"
"One of kind"
Go Go 70sOST
2009"이 길 위에 서서 (Standing on The Road)" Lee Young-mi 1st Single
2011 Love Universe Lee Young-mialbum
"오 놀라운 구세주 예수 내 주 (A Wonderful Saviour Is Jesus My Lord)" I Am Melody, Vol. 2 Various artists
2012 "복숭아나무 (The Peach Tree)" The Peach TreeOST
2013 "Tear Me Down"
"The Origin of Love"
"Sugar Daddy"
"Angry Inch"
"Random Number Generation"
"Wig in a Box"
"Wicked Little Town"
"The Long Grift"
"Hedwig's Lament"
"Exquisite Corpse"
"Wicked Little Town (Reprise)"
"Midnight Radio"
"The Origin of Love (Acoustic ver)"
Hedwig and the Angry Inchcast recording with Lee Young-mi and Angry Inch Band
2015 "꽃이 피고 지듯이" The ThroneOST
"금단의 꽃"
"어쩌나 이마음"
"사랑을 전해요"
"두려워 말어"
"하룻밤이 천년"
"반가운 나의 사랑"
"발길을 뗄 수 없으면"
"알 수가 없어"
"번갯불에 쏘인 것처럼"
"꽃을 사세요"
"오, 카인즈"
"구원과 단죄"
"다만 지나치지 않게"
"자적산의 전설 Rep."
"발길을 뗄 수 없으면 Rep."
Werthercast recording with Jeon Mi-do, Moon Jong-won, Choi Na-rae, Kang Seong-wook, Song Na-young
2016 "Intro"
"Tear Me Down"
"The Origin of Love"
"Scene: Hansel Meets Luther (East Berlin, 1988)"
"Sugar Daddy"
"Angry Inch"
"Wig in a Box"
"Wicked Little Town"
"The Long Grift"
"Hedwig's Lament"
"Exquisite Corpse"
"Wicked Little Town (Reprise)"
"Midnight Radio"
"In Your Arms Tonight"
Hedwig: New Make UpLive Album withSeomoon Takand Angry Inch Band

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 Cho Seung-woo's Commercials

2002 Crencia
2003 Maxwell House
2004 Korea Post
2004–2005 Cambridge's The Suit House
2005 KT&G
Haitai Green Tea
Hi-Car Insurance
Maru Casual
2005–2006 Hankook P&G Oral-B
2006 Hankook Tire Driving Emotion
Hanjin Heavy Industries Haemoro
2007 The One Card
Us and Them
Digital Cable TV (DV)
LG Bonin Household & Health Care
2008 Hyundai Card
2012 NIX Korea

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 Cho Seung-woo's Concerts

2004 Autumn Night Concert
KT & G Family Concert with The Seoul Shinmun
2005 Hedwig and the Angry Inch Concert
2007 Love Sonata in Tokyo
A Gospel Event with Korean Celebrities that was held by Love Sonata Organization and sponsored by Onnuri Community Church
2008 HEDWIG 10th Anniversary! Hedwig Concert with John Cameron Mitchell and Oh Man-seok
Musical Concert (I Am 남 Sam)
30th Anniversary of Nam Kyung-eup’s Musical Life
2011 Hakchon Repertoire : from Line 1 to Gochujang Tteokboki
A Musical Concert was held to celebrate 20th anniversary of Hakchon Theater

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 Cho Seung-woo's Awards and nominations

YearAwardCategoryNominated workResult
2000 37th Grand Bell Awards Best New ActorChunhyangNominated
21st Blue Dragon Film Awards Best New ActorNominated
2002 8th Korea Musical Awards Best New Actor The Sorrows of Young WertherWon
2004 10th Korea Musical Awards Best Actor Jekyll & HydeWon
Moscow International Love Film Festival Best Couple Award with Son Ye-jin The ClassicWon
2005 41st Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actor (Film)MarathonWon
28th Golden Cinematography Awards Most Popular ActorWon
42nd Grand Bell Awards Best ActorWon
Popularity AwardWon
1st Premiere Rising Star Awards Best ActorWon
6th Busan Film Critics Awards Best ActorWon
25th China Golden Rooster and Hundred Flowers Film Festival Best Actor, International Film categoryWon
26th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best ActorNominated
Popular Star AwardWon
4th Korean Film Awards Best ActorNominated
Korea Advertisers Association N/AWon
1st Golden Ticket Awards Best Musical Actor Jekyll & HydeWon
2006 2nd University Film Festival of Korea Man of the YearTazza: The High RollersWon
27th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best ActorNominated
2007 1st Korea Movie Star Awards Best ActorWon
10th Newport Beach Film Festival Jury Award Best ActorWon
43rd Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actor (Film)Nominated
6th Korean Film Awards Best ActorNominated
1st The Musical Awards Best ActorJekyll & HydeNominated
13th Korea Musical Awards Popularity AwardWon
3rd Golden Ticket Awards Best Musical ActorMan of La ManchaWon
2008 2nd The Musical Awards Best ActorWon
2011 5th The Musical Awards Jekyll & HydeWon
6th Golden Ticket Awards Best Musical ActorWon
17th Korea Musical Awards Best ActorNominated
2012 6th The Musical Awards Doctor ZhivagoWon
18th Korea Musical Awards Best ActorNominated
Korean Popular Culture & Art Awards N/AWon
MBC Drama Awards Daesang (Grand Prize)Horse DoctorWon
Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Special Project DramaWon
2013 49th Baeksang Arts Awards Most Popular Actor (TV)Nominated
19th Korea Musical Awards Hedwig and the Angry InchWon
2014 50th Baeksang Arts Awards Most Popular Actor (TV)God's Gift - 14 DaysNominated
SBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor in a MiniseriesNominated
Netizen Popularity AwardNominated
Best Couple Award with Lee Bo-youngNominated
2016 52nd Baeksang Arts Awards Most Popular Actor (Film) Inside Men

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 Cho Seung-woo's Goodwill Ambassador

2004 PR Ambassador of Hope Broadcast 희망방송 (HMN)
2010 Honorary Police Officer Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency with Ryu Soo-young
2012 PR Ambassador for 6th The Musical Awards The Musical Awards with Cha Ji-yeon
2013 PR Ambassador for Sapsaree campaign The Korean Sapsaree Foundation

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 Cho Seung-woo's References

  1. His birth date is March 28, 1980 according to the Gregorian calendar and February 12, 1980 according to the Lunar calendar.
  2. "Cho Seung-woo and Sister Join Musical". KBS Global. November 1, 2006. 
  3. "Sibling stars join up to sing for their Rent". Korea JoongAng Daily. November 6, 2006. 
  4. "Actors and Actresses of Korean Cinema: Cho Seung-woo". Retrieved 2012-10-25.
  5. "Jekyll & Hyde Records Brisk Ticket Sales". KBS Global. December 21, 2004. 
  6. "Cho Seung-woo Plays Transvestite in Musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch". KBS Global. February 21, 2005. 
  7. "Actor Cho picks his poison". Korea JoongAng Daily. May 30, 2007. 
  8. "Star Couple Tackles Love on Big Screen". The Korea Times via Hancinema. April 3, 2006. 
  9. "Cho Seung-woo keeps army date quiet to avoid public attention"
  10. "Cho Seung-woo set on starring in Jekyll & Hyde since '09". 10Asia. October 26, 2010.
  11. "Cho Seung-woo to Make Post-Army Comeback in Jekyll and Hyde". The Chosun Ilbo. August 10, 2010.
  12. "Actor's record-breaking salary stokes conflict". Korea JoongAng Daily. November 11, 2010.
  13. "Leading man propelling Jekyll and Hyde to success". Korea JoongAng Daily. December 15, 2010.
  14. "Actor Cho Seung-woo cast in a new baseball film". 10Asia. April 13, 2011.
  15. "Cho Seung Woo Says Baseball Legends Can't be Compared". enewsWorld. December 13, 2011. 
  16. "Cho Seung Woo: 'I Want to Break Record of Other Baseball Movies'". KBS Global. December 19, 2011.
  17. "Interview: Actor Cho Seung-woo – Part 1". 10Asia. December 26, 2011.
  18. "Interview: Actor Cho Seung-woo – Part 2". 10Asia. December 26, 2011.
  19. "Musical Zorro prepping for Korea opening". 10Asia. July 12, 2011.
  20. "Cho Seung Woo Takes on Challenge of Major Musical". KBS Global. July 12, 2011.
  21. "Cho Seung-woo lands lead role in musical Doctor Zhivago". 10Asia. January 16, 2012.
  22. "Cho Seung-woo Fills Gap in Dr. Zhivago Musical". The Chosun Ilbo. January 16, 2012. 
  23. "Actor steps in to save Dr. Zhivago". Korea JoongAng Daily. March 2, 2012. 
  24. "Cho Seung-woo wins 3rd best actor prize". The Korea Times. June 5, 2012. 
  25. "Cho Seung-woo Set to Return to the Big Screen". The Chosun Ilbo. February 24, 2011.
  26. "Koo Hye-sun presents conjoined twins tale on screen". The Korea Herald. October 25, 2012. 
  27. "Cho Seung-woo to make small screen debut in Jewel in the Palace director's next series". 10Asia. May 8, 2012.
  28. "Jo Seung-woo to star in MBC historical drama". The Korea Times. June 25, 2012. 
  29. "Star of screen, stage accepts drama challenge". Korea JoongAng Daily. October 4, 2012. 
  30. "Big Winners of 2012 Announced at Drama Awards Ceremonies of Major Broadcasters". 10Asia. January 1, 2013. 
  31. "Jo Seung-woo returning to musicals". Korea JoongAng Daily. April 29, 2013. 
  32. "Cho Seung-woo and Lee Bo-young smile at a press event for their TV series in Seoul". The Chosun Ilbo. February 28, 2014. 
  33. 10주년 뮤지컬 '지킬앤하이드'…초연배우 류정한·조승우 컴백. Munhwa News (in Korean). September 22, 2014. 
  34. "'[선데이뉴스]뮤지컬 "지킬앤하이드", 1만 8700석 10분 만에 매진'". News Sunday. October 6, 2014. 
  35. "[굿바이 2014] BIG 30". Herald Corp (in Korean). December 23, 2014. 
  36. "Cho steps up in Inside Men". Korea JoongAng Daily. November 20, 2015. 
  37. '男부러운' 몸값…송강호·하정우 7억원대. Hankyung (in Korean). December 11, 2014. 
  38. "'Inside Men' draws record 2 million in six days". The Korean Times. November 25, 2015. Retrieved December 19, 2015. 
  39. "Box Office All Time". Korean Film Biz Zone. Retrieved November 19, 2015. 
  44. "Moon Geun-young, Cho Seung-woo Advertisers' Favorite". The Chosun Ilbo. September 21, 2005.
  45. "Cho Seung-woo and Cha Ji-yeon win at 5th Musical Awards". 10Asia. June 8, 2011.
  46. "Seopyeonje named best homegrown show at Musical Awards". The Korea Times. June 8, 2011.
  47. "Cho Seung-woo, Oak Joo-hyun winners at 6th Musical Awards". 10Asia. June 6, 2012.
  48. "Exclusive: 2012 Korean Popular Culture & Art Awards Recipients + Performances". Soompi. November 23, 2012.
  49. "Kim Junsu, Ock Joo Hyun, Jo Seung Woo and Kim So Hyun Win Popularity Award for Korea Musical Awards". Soompi. October 7, 2013.

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