When we think of Korea, we think of K-Pop and K-Dramas. At the beginning of this millennium, no one could have anticipated that Korean dramas would become a global talk. Emerging from South Korea, they have been successful in reaching the international entertainment industry. The admiration that the world has shown towards K-Dramas is shown towards Korean celebrities as well. Due to their growing popularity, these celebrities have bagged one show after the other. Today, we’ve prepared a list of some of the most popular present-day stars with the highest number of Korean Dramas and Movies! (Disclaimer: This list does not include the guest appearances of the actors/actresses.)
1. Nam Joo Hyuk
Believed to be among the most loved and popular television actors, Nam Joo Hyuk, had made his breakthrough with the drama “The Great Battle” which won him the award for “The Best New Actor” in 2018. Altogether, Nam Joo Hyuk has acted in 16 Korean dramas and movies.
2. Jun Ji Hyun
Actress Jun Ji Hyun, popularly known by her English name Gianna Jun, is one of the leading actresses of the South Korean Film Industry. She debuted in 1999 and soon made her breakthrough with the movie “The Sassy Girl.” Jun Ji Hyun has been cast in more films in comparison with dramas, with around 19 castings in total!
3. Park Bo Gum
Known for his variety of performances and diversity of roles, he made his big break with the drama “Reply 1988” in 2015, which gave him greater recognition in the film industry. He has played interesting characters like “A psychopathic lawyer” and “A genius Go player”. Park Bo Gum has acted in around 21 Korean films and dramas combined.
4. Park Seo Jun
From his debut music video of Bang Yong-Guk's single "I Remember," to his first breakthrough in 2015; Park Seo Jun caught the limelight and became a sensation in a reasonable amount of time. Presently, he has acted in 22 Korean dramas and movies and he continues to be among one of the most in-demand actors in the Korean Entertainment Industry.
5. Lee Min Ho
Coming in sixth place on this list is one of the top and most influential actors in the South Korean Film Industry, Lee Min Ho. This International sensation was ranked as the ‘Best and Most Popular Korean Actor’ amongst international audiences by the ‘Korean government's Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.’ He has acted in 22 Korean films and dramas.
6. Lee Jong Suk
Lee Jong Suk is popularly known for his dramas “Romance is a Bonus Book,” “I Hear Your Voice” and “Pinocchio”. He made his debut as a runway model in Seoul Fashion Week, thus becoming the youngest participant. His role as a school student in the show “School 2013” got him his big break. He has currently been cast in around 26 movies and dramas.
7. Kim Soo Hyun
Actor Kim Soo Hyun had his breakthrough in 2012 with the drama 'Moon Embracing the Sun’, which helped him achieve excellent viewer ratings and earned the show the status of 'national drama.' By now, he has starred in 26 dramas and movies combined, and his popularity continues to linger high.
8. Gong Yoo
Gong Yoo is one of the leading actors in the Korean Film Industry. He is famous not only in Korea but also worldwide, who entered the limelight entirely because of his hard work and talent. He holds the fourth position on this list by having starred in 28 on-screen movies and dramas combined. Some of his famous works include “Train to Busan” and “Silenced.”
9. Song Joong Ki
Song Joong Ki’s most famous works include “The Innocent Man” and the film “A Werewolf Boy.” He has worked in internationally famous K-dramas such as “Vincenzo,” “Descendants of the Sun,” and “Reborn Rich”. Song Joong Ki was successfully able to solidify his position as a star at the box office all because of his excellent acting skills. His present-day movie and drama stars count up to a total of 29.
10. Song Hye Kyo
At the top of the list is the international sensation Song Hye Kyo. She got her big break with the drama “Autumn in My Heart” in 2000, which made her a household name all over South Korea. She is one of the leading Korean actresses who stand amongst one of the highest-paid celebrities in South Korea. Song Hye Kyo has acted in a total of 33 Korean movies and dramas and continues to be one of Korea’s most renowned personalities.