With all the great dramas that Korean has given use, it is pretty sure that you could notice some leading actors and outstanding casts that you would want to know more about them. If you are curious about how well some South Korean actor could earn and who are the highest paid actors in Korean film industry, this article is the answer to your quest. With the combination of their talent, experience and success, all the actors mentioned in this article have been ranked as the top highest paid South Korean actors.
1.Kim Soo Hyun
Kim Soo Hyun is one top the list when it comes to highest paid Korean actor. Soo hyun has been in many amazing and successful drama including the hit drama called “MY love from another star”, “the moon that embraces the sun” and “producer”. Despite being an introvert child back in middle school, no one has expected Soo Hyun to decide to be a part of film industry. However, he has worked through the hardship and has became one successful Korean actor that everyone loves.
Hyung Bin, comes on the second on this list, he is a 37 years old South Korean actor and he is best known for his leading role in several films such as My name is Kim sam soon, Worlds within, Secret garden, memories of Alhambra and many more. He first debuted as an actor in 2003 by appearing in a television series called Bodyguard. In 2005, he appeared in a romance comedy series Sam-Soon that this series has become a massive hit and by appearing in this series Hyun Bin has won his “Top excellence award” at MBC.
3.Ji Chang Wook
Was born in 1987, Chang Wook is a famous South Korean actor that rose to fame and gained his recognition through participating in a drama called “Smile again”. Chang Wook started his acting career in musical theatre. In 2006, he made his first onscreen debut in a film called “Days” and in 2008 he played a minor role in one television drama called “you stole my heart”. His has gained more and more of his recognition since 2010 by appearing in a drama called “smile again”. In addition, Chang Wook’s breakthrough has arrived when he played Ta Hwan in one historical drama called “Empress Ki”
4.Song Joong Ki
Joong Ki is handsome and talented actor who has gained his recognition after his play in the historical drama called “Sungyunwan Scandal”. Back in 2010, when running premiered, Joong Ki was also one of the original casts. Moreover, Joong Ki played his very first TV leading role in the drama called “the innocent man”. He also appeared in a box office film “A werewolf boy” back in 2010. In 2016, Joong Ki had played a lead role in KBS’ drama called “Descendant of the sun” which was the pan-Asia hit drama and the role in this drama has also gained a status as a top Hallyu star.
5.Lee Jong Suk
A very talented young man, Jong Suk started his career in entertainment industry as a model. Later on, he has gone ahead and started to join the film industry. Jong Suk has gained his recognition especially through his works as an actor. He is also one of the youngest models that has participated in Seoul fashion week. Jong Suk has played his very first role in a film called “Sympathy”. His has made his career breakthrough as an actor after appearing in several K-dramas such as doctor stranger, School 2013, Pinocchio, I can hear your voice and many more hit K-dramas.
Lee Minho is a South Korea singer, model and actor who has gained his recognition across Asia and other countries. Minho is a talented his fame through playing a lead role in K-drama called “Boys over flower” back in 2019. Minho has won a best new actor award by his lead role in this K-drama. Other than his first success, Minho later on has also appeared in many notable dramas such as City hunter, the heirs, and the legend of the blue sea. His success by appearing in those dramas has gained him a status as a top Hallyu star. Besides from his work in television series, Minho has also played in several films as well.
7.Lee Seung Gi
Lee Seung Gi is indeed a talented entertainer. He is a South Korean singer, actor and host. Seung Gi has gained his fame through appearing in many hit dramas such as” because you are my woman”, “will you marry me”, and “return”. Besides, he has also gained his recognition outside Asia by playing in as a lead role in several popular dramas such as brilliant legacy, my girlfriend is a nine-tailed fox, the king 2 heart and more. Recently, he has appeared in an action K-drama which has aired on Netflix called “Vagabond”. The drama has gained great success by its amazing and cliff-hanging storyline.
Goo Yoo or also known as Gong Ji-cheol is a South Korean actor who have started hi career in an entertaining industry since he began as an art student. He is a very well-known actor who is best known for his role in several K-dramas such as Coffee prince, Guardian: the lonely and the great god and train to Busan. He appeared in his very first drama in 2005 in a drama called “Hello my teacher” and Goo Yoo was cast to play in MBC’s drama called “Coffee prince” which is his breakout role. Also, goblin was a massive hit drama and by appearing in this drama, Goo Yoo has won his best actor award.
9.Jo In Sung
In Sung is a 35 years old actor who has earned his reputation by appearing in the television series such as Wind blows, what happened in Bali, that winter and many more. As one of the highest paid Korean actors, In sung charges almost 67300 USD per episode. Besides from his acting and appearing in TV series, In Sung has also appeared in a number of films which have earned him great reputation. All those notable films including public toilet, the classic, Madeleine, the king and more.
10.Yoo Ah In
Yoo Ah in has gained his reputation and popularity by appearing in a TV series called Sungkyunkwan Scandal (2010). Moreover, he also became best known by playing a leading role in several films such as Punch, secret love affair, Veteran, and more. Other than that, he has also played in a film called “Burning” that has received universal acclaim competing for “Palme d’Or” at 2018 Canness film festival. Throughout his work in TV series as well as films, Ah in has won the best actor award and in 2016 he has also been ranked second in Forbes Korea power celebrity list.