Jo Seung Woo


Jo Seung-woo (born February 12, 1980) is a South Korean actor and musical star best known for his roles in Marathon, Tazza: The High Rollers and Jekyll and Hyde.

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 Jo Seung Woo's Career

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 and Junah(2001), plus leading roles inWho R. U.?(2002) and Kwak Jae-yong 's popularThe Classic(2003). Particularly afterThe Classichis popularity continued to grow, and in 2004 he appeared in Im Kwon-taek 's 99th filmLow Life, which flopped at the box office.

andJekyll and Hydethat 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 Rollers, the 2006 film adaptation of Huh Young-man 's manhwa , which went on to become one of the biggest Korean blockbuster hits of all time.He followed that withGo Go 70s, about a rock and roll band during the height of the Park Chung-hee military regime , andThe Sword with No Name, in which he played a fictional royal guard in love with Empress Myeongseong .

Jo's much-anticipated return to the stage was marked with controversy following reports that his salary would be the highest for any musical theater actor in Korean history. While producers fear that demands for similarly high fees could follow (which could eventually put them out of business), others say that the fee is justified, based on the hope that Jo will help spark a renaissance in a once vibrant but now stagnant musical theater 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 is scheduled to appear already sold out.


Jo made his small screen debut in MBC 'sHorse Doctor, a 2012 historical series based on a true story about a Joseon -era low-class veterinarian specializing in the treatment of horses who rises to become the royal physician.

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 Jo Seung Woo's Filmography

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 Jo Seung Woo's Musical theatre

  • Blood Brothers
  • The Last Empress
  • Line 1(2001, 2006)
  • The Sorrows of Young Werther
  • Carmen
  • Jekyll & Hyde(2004, 2005, 2006, 2010-2011)
  • Hedwig and the Angry Inch(2005, 2007, 2008)
  • Rent(2007)
  • Man of La Mancha(2007)
  • I Am Sam(2008)
  • Zorro(2011-2012)
  • Doctor Zhivago(2012)

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 Jo Seung Woo's Awards

  • 2002 Korea Musical Awards: Best New Actor
  • 2004 Korea Musical Awards: Best Actor
  • 2005 Baeksang Arts Awards : Best Actor (Marathon)
  • 2005 Grand Bell Awards : Popularity Award (Marathon)
  • 2005 Grand Bell Awards : Best Actor (Marathon)
  • 2005 Premiere Rising Star Award
  • 2005 Pusan Film Critics Awards : Best Actor (Marathon)
  • 2005 China Golden Rooster and Hundred Flowers Film Festival: Best Actor, International Film category (Marathon)
  • 2005 Blue Dragon Film Awards : Popularity Award (Marathon)
  • 2006 University Film Festival of Korea: Man of the Year Award
  • 2007 Korea Movie Star Awards: Best Actor (Tazza: The High Rollers)
  • 2007 Korea Musical Awards: Popularity Award
  • 2008 The Musical Awards: Best Actor (Man of La Mancha)

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 Jo Seung Woo's References

  1. "Actors and Actresses of Korean Cinema: Cho Seung-woo". Retrieved 2012-10-25.
  2. "'Jekyll & Hyde' Records Brisk Ticket Sales". KBS Global. December 21, 2004. 
  3. "Cho Seung-woo Plays Transvestite in Musical 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch'". KBS Global. February 21, 2005. 
  4. "Cho Seung-woo and Kang Hye-jeong Appear Together in Public". KBS Global. January 19, 2005. 
  5. "Movie Star Couple Cho, Kang Break Up". The Korea Times via Hancinema. February 11, 2007
  6. "Cho Seung-woo keeps army date quiet to avoid public attention". Korea JoongAng Daily. December 17, 2008.
  7. "Jo Seung-woo makes stealthy exit from military service". Dramabeans. October 24, 2010.
  8. "Cho Seung-woo set on starring in "Jekyll & Hyde" since '09". 10Asia. October 26, 2010.
  9. "Cho Seung-woo to Make Post-Army Comeback in 'Jekyll and Hyde'". The Chosun Ilbo. August 10, 2010.
  10. "Actor's record-breaking salary stokes conflict". Korea JoongAng Daily. November 11, 2010.
  11. "Leading man propelling 'Jekyll and Hyde' to success". Korea JoongAng Daily. December 15, 2010.
  12. "Actor Cho Seung-woo cast in a new baseball film". 10Asia. April 13, 2011.
  13. "Cho Seung Woo Says Baseball Legends Can’t be Compared". enewsWorld. December 13, 2011. 
  14. "Cho Seung Woo: 'I Want to Break Record of Other Baseball Movies'". KBS Global. December 19, 2011.
  15. "Interview: Actor Cho Seung-woo - Part 1". 10Asia. December 26, 2011.
  16. "Interview: Actor Cho Seung-woo - Part 2". 10Asia. December 26, 2011.
  17. "Musical "Zorro" prepping for Korea opening". 10Asia. July 12, 2011.
  18. "Cho Seung Woo Takes on Challenge of Major Musical". KBS Global. July 12, 2011.
  19. "Cho Seung-woo lands lead role in musical "Doctor Zhivago"". 10Asia. January 16, 2012.
  20. "Cho Seung-woo Fills Gap in 'Dr. Zhivago' Musical". The Chosun Ilbo. January 16, 2012. 
  21. "Actor steps in to save ‘Dr. Zhivago’". Korea JoongAng Daily. March 2, 2012. 
  22. "Cho Seung-woo wins 3rd best actor prize". The Korea Times. June 5, 2012. 
  23. "Cho Seung-woo Set to Return to the Big Screen". The Chosun Ilbo. February 24, 2011.
  24. "Koo Hye-sun presents conjoined twins tale on screen". The Korea Herald. October 25, 2012. 
  25. "Cho Seung-woo to make small screen debut in "Jewel in the Palace" director's next series". 10Asia. May 8, 2012.
  26. "Jo Seung-woo to star in MBC historical drama". The Korea Times. June 25, 2012. 
  27. "Star of screen, stage accepts drama challenge". Korea JoongAng Daily. October 4, 2012. 
  28. "Moon Geun-young, Cho Seung-woo Advertisers' Favorite". The Chosun Ilbo. September 21, 2005.
  29. "Cho Seung-woo and Cha Ji-yeon win at 5th Musical Awards". 10Asia. June 8, 2011.
  30. "'Seopyeonje' named best homegrown show at Musical Awards". The Korea Times. June 8, 2011.
  31. "Cho Seung-woo, Oak Joo-hyun winners at 6th Musical Awards". 10Asia. June 6, 2012.

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