9 Roles Kim Seonho Performed For TV Dramas

From a breakout TV star to a soon-to-be movie actor, Kim Seonho continues to be one of the most buzzworthy Hallyu talents in Korean entertainment.

Even before his global fame, he was already a big star in theater who has participated in 17 stage plays within 12 years. It was only in 2017 when he started to appear on TV dramas and rose to stardom through his secondary yet well-loved role as Han Jipyeong in Start-Up (2020).

Here’s a rundown of Kim Seonho’s roles he performed for TV dramas from 2017 to 2021 (cameo roles are not included):

1. Rookie employee | Good Manager (2017)

After a rich experience and an outstanding record as a stage play actor for several years, Kim Seonho finally made his small screen debut through the drama, Good Manager (2017).

In this workplace series, he played as Seon Sang-tae, the cute rookie employee in the accounting department who gets bossed around by co-workers and has never been in a relationship.

He wears eye glasses, full bangs, acts nerdy, but always radiates sunshine in the office with his warmth, kindness, and adorable smile.

Genre: Workplace, Drama, Comedy
Synopsis: The former accountant of a gangster becomes a manager at a corrupt company and experiences a change of heart when tasked with embezzling a fortune.
No of episodes: 20
Starring: Namkoong Min, Nam Sang-mi, Lee Jun-ho, Jung Hye-sung
Written by: Park Jae-bum
Directed by: Lee Jae-hoon, Choi Yoon-suk
Original network: KBS2
Date: January 25 – March 30, 2017

2. Chaebol heir | Strongest Deliveryman (2017)

In the same year, Kim Seonho auditioned and was selected to portray a secondary role through Strongest Deliveryman (2017). He played as Oh Jin-gyu, a spoiled chaebol heir who loves car racing, talks harshly, and hates his father who abuses him physically and emotionally.

He appears to have a silly personality but he is quick to learn and able to adapt to changes. In fact, his world turned upside down from living a full life of luxury to living a life of misfortunes.

To survive, he worked as a deliveryman, read a lot of books about business, studied English, and managed a restaurant. He totally changed from being a dependent son to an independent man away from his rich family.

Genre: Slice-of-life, Drama, Romance
Synopsis: Two gutsy food delivery workers strive to overcome their socioeconomic disadvantages to achieve big goals, and they find love along the way.
No of episodes: 16
Starring: Go Kyung-pyo, Chae Soo-bin, Kim Seon-ho, Ko Won-hee
Written by: Lee Jeong-woo
Directed by: Jeon Woo-sung
Original network: KBS2
Date: August 4 – September 23, 2017

3. Con-artist | Two Cops (2017-2018)

Kim Seonho finally took a leading role through Two Cops (2017-2018), alongside Jo Jung-suk.

In this fantasy-comedy drama, he played as Gong Su-chang, a con artist and swindler who who tricks people with his sly techniques. His life changes when his soul begins to inhibit the body of a police detective.

This is the first TV drama that Kim Seonho won an acting award. He received the “Best New Actor” and “Excellence Award for Actor” at the 2017 MBC Drama Awards.

Genre: Romantic comedy, Fantasy, Mystery, Action
Synopsis: When a crook’s spirit inexplicably gets transplanted into the body of a violent crimes detective, it leads to a peculiar crime-solving partnership.
No of episodes: 32
Starring: Jo Jung-suk, Lee Hye-ri, Kim Seon-ho
Written by: Byun Sang-soon
Directed by: Oh Hyun-jong
Original network: MBC
Date: November 27, 2017 to January 16, 2018

4. Advisor to the Crown Prince | 100 Days My Prince (2018)

In the sageuk drama, 100 Days My Prince (2018), Kim Seonho played as Jung Jae-yoon, a magistrate and advisor to the Crown Prince.

He is the intelligent type, trustworthy, charming, and has a sense of humor. Yet he suffers from a condition called Prosopagnosia or face blindness that limits him to recognize faces, except the woman that he loves who likes another one.

100 Days My Prince is one of the highest-rated Korean dramas on cable television, attaining a nationwide viewership rating of 14.4% in its last episode.

Genre: Historical, Romance, Comedy
Synopsis: Crown prince Lee Yul falls off a cliff and nearly dies in an attempted assassination. He loses his memory and wanders for 100 days under a new name and personality. During this period, he meets Hong Sim, head of the first detective agency in Joseon.
No of episodes: 16
Starring: Do Kyung-soo, Nam Ji-hyun, Jo Sung-ha, Han Sohee, Kim Seonho, Kim Jae-young 
Written by: No Ji-sul
Directed by: Lee Jong-jae, Nam Sung-woo
Original network: tvN
Date: September 10 – October 30, 2018

5. Artist | You Drive Me Crazy (2018)

Kim Seonho played as Kim Rae-wan, a playboy artist and long-time friend in the mini-series, You Drive Me Crazy (2018).

His relationship with a woman he has been best friends with for 8 years changes after a night of sleeping together. His character will bring you to a rollercoaster of heart-thumping moments, confusion, and pain as he deals between friendship and love.

Their kissing scene which was uploaded by MBC Drama in YouTube went abuzz, drawing 14 million views.

Genre: Romance, Melodrama
Synopsis: A story about two long-time friends. The mini series follows their shift in dynamics and revisitations to their past regrets and feelings (that were put aside in the name of friendship).
No of episodes: 4
Starring: Lee Yoo-young, Kim Seon-ho, Kim Sung-joo, Kwon Do-woon
Written by: Park Mi-ryeong
Directed by: Hyun Sol-ip
Original network: MBC
Date: May 7–8, 2018

6. Aspiring Singer/Musician | Welcome To Waikiki 2 (2019)

Kim Seonho showed more versatility as an actor when he performed a comedic role, Cha U-sik, an aspiring singer who manages a guesthouse with his high school friends.

He is handsome, diligent, has a sense of humor and a silly older sister. He encounters his long-time secret crush dressed in a wedding gown and ends up helping her overcome life’s hurdles.

Genre: Comedy
Synopsis: Now successful in their respective fields, the previous owners of Waikiki have left with the exception of Lee Joon-ki. While struggling with his career, he tries to revive the guest house amidst a bankruptcy along with the help of high-school friends.
No of episodes: 16
Starring: Lee Yi-kyung, Kim Seon-ho, Shin Hyun-soo, Moon Ga-young, Ahn So-hee and Kim Ye-won
Written by: Kim Ki-ho, Song Ji-eun, Song Mi-so, Seo Dong-bum
Directed by: Lee Chang-min
Original network: JTBC
Date: March 25 to May 14, 2019

7. Police officer | Catch The Ghost (2019)

Kim Seonho as Go Ji-seok in Catch The Ghost (2019) is recognized as a handsome and upright police officer who strictly follows rules and avoids causing troubles at all costs.

He gets promoted as metro police chief but due to circumstances, he gets stationed at a subway and partnered with a lady officer whose principles differ from him. Together they will embark challenges as partners-in-crime, bickering and fighting.

Genre: Crime drama, Humor
Synopsis: The case files of Seoul city’s metro police investigative squad. Captain Go Ji-seok partners with police investigator Yoo, in-order to capture a serial-killer in a fight for justice.
No of episodes: 16
Starring: Moon Geun-young, Kim Seon-ho
Written by: So Won, Lee Young-joo
Directed by: Sin Yoon-seob
Original network: tvN
Date: October 21 – December 10, 2019

8. Investor/Director| Start-Up (2020)

In another tvN drama, Start-Up (2020), Kim Seonho played as Han Jipyeong, a perfectionist team leader at SH Venture Capital who sets a very high standard when it comes to investments and start-ups.

He grew up in an orphanage but managed to live a successful life due to his intelligence, wisdom, and determination. He may be sharp with his words but deep within lies a “good boy” who knows how to love, give, and get hurt.

Kim Seonho definitely stole the show with his outstanding performance which led him to global stardom. In fact, among the team from Start-Up, he was the only one who made it to 2021 Baeksang Arts Awards where he was nominated for “Best Supporting Actor” and bagged the “Most Popular Actor” award.

He also won the “Emotive Award” at the 2020 Asia Artist Award and “Character of the Year” at the 2021 Seoul International Drama Awards for his performance as Han Ji-pyeong.

Genre: Drama, Romance
Synopsis: The series revolves around a woman who has dreams of becoming an entrepreneur like Steve Jobs, and her love triangle between a man who is secretly her first love and another man who is pretending to be her first love.
No of episodes: 16
Starring: Bae Suzy; Nam Joo-hyuk; Kim Seon-ho; Kang Han-na
Written by: Park Hye-ryun
Directed by: Oh Choong-hwan
Original network: tvN, Netflix
Date: October 17 to December 6, 2020

9. Jack-of-all-trades | Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha (2021)

Chief Hong Dusik played by Kim Seonho in Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha (2021) is one of the most well-loved drama characters of all time.

He is a jolly and reliable handyman who assists everyone around the village with his tireless hands, adorable smile, and empathetic heart. He is kind but too nosy. And yet, he lived a life of undisclosed feelings of trauma and fear of abandonment, rooted from high stress producing situations.

Chief Hong is a relatable character that represents people who appear to have it all together but sometimes hide a lonely battle within. In the drama, he meets a strong yet warmhearted woman who loved him for who he is.

Kim Seonho was named by Gallup Korea as “TV Actor Of The Year” in 2021.

Synopsis: At a crossroads, a dentist moves to a seaside village where she meets a handyman intent on helping his neighbours.
Based on: 2014 Mr. Hong film by Kang Seok-beom and Shin Jung-goo
Genre: Romantic comedy, Slice of life
No of episodes: 16
Starring: Shin Min-a, Kim Seon-ho and Lee Sang-yi
Written by: Shin Ha-eun
Directed by: Yu Je-won
Date: August 28 – October 17, 2021
Network: TVN and Netflix