18 Celebrities Named Gallup Korea’s Actor Of The Year

Since 2007, Gallup Korea Research Institute or Gallup Korea has conducted a year-end public survey on the most prominent personalities of the year from film, television, music, politics, and sports.

To be named Gallup Korea’s Film Actor of the Year and/or Gallup Korea’s TV Actor of the Year is considered a notable recognition in the entertainment industry. Since it is based on opinion polls across South Korea, it means the works of an actor has created a significant impact to many.

Hence, here are 18 Korean actors who were most popular and influential on television and in movies:


1. Song Kang-ho

  • 2013 Film Actor of the Year with 22.5% of votes for his performance in Snowpiercer
  • 2017 Film Actor of the Year with 35.0% of votes for his performance in A Taxi Driver
  • 2019 Film Actor of the Year with 29.8% of votes for his performance in Parasite
  • 2020 Film Actor of the Year with 27.8% of votes for his performance in Parasite

2. Lee Byung-hun

  • 2012 Film Actor of the Year with 37.6% of votes for his performance in Masquerade
  • 2018 TV Actor of the Year with 12.9% of votes for his performance in Mr. Sunshine

3. Song Joong-ki

  • 2012 TV Actor of the Year with 18.2% of votes for his performance in The Innocent Man
  • 2017 TV Actor of the Year with 17.9% of votes for his performance in Descendants Of The Sun

4. Won Bin

  • 2010 Film Actor of the Year with 30.7% of votes for his performance in The Man From Nowhere
  • 2011 Film Actor of the Year with 11.3% of votes for his performance in The Man From Nowhere
(Source: Hancinema)

5. Choi Min-sik

  • 2014 Film Actor of the Year with 42.3% of votes for his performance in The Admiral: Roaring Currents
(Source: Hancinema)

6. Lee Jung-jae

  • 2021 Film Actor of the Year with 39.7% of votes for his performance in Squid Game

7. Park Bo-gum

  • 2016 TV Actor of the Year with 35.2% of votes for his performance in Love In The Moonlight

8. Go Hyun-jung

  • 2010 TV Actor of the Year with 29.5% of votes for her performance in Daemul
(Source: Hancinema)

9. Yoo Ah-in

  • 2015 Film Actor of the Year with 26.9% of votes for his role in Veteran

10. Hwang Jung-min

  • 2016 Film Actor of the Year with 21.2% of votes for his performance in The Wailing
(Source: Hancinema)

11. Ma Dong-seok

  • 2018 Film Actor of the Year with 19.9% of votes for his performance in 5 movies in 2018 including Along With The Gods: The Last 49 Days

12. Kim Soo-hyun

  • 2014 TV Actor of the Year with 19.6% of votes for his performance in My Love From The Star

13. Hwang Jung-eum

  • 2015 TV Actor of the Year with 14.4% of votes for her performance in Kill Me, Heal Me and She Was Pretty

14. Gong Hyo-jin

  • 2019 TV Actor of the Year with 12.4% of votes for her performance in When The Camellia Blooms

15. Lee Bo-young

  • 2013 TV Actor of the Year with 11.0% of votes for her performance in I Can Hear Your Voice
(Source: Hancinema)

16. Kim Hee-ae

  • 2020 TV Actor of the Year with 9.4% of votes for her performance in The World Of The Married

17. Hyun Bin

  • 2011 TV Actor of the Year with 9.2% of votes for his performance in Secret Garden

18. Kim Seonho

  • 2021 TV Actor of the Year with 7.8% of votes for his performance in Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha