Ryu Jun-yeol Wiki, Age, Biography, Height, Girlfriend, Family, Images, And More

Ryu Jun-yeol Wiki, Age, Biography, Height, Girlfriend, Family, Images, And More

Ryu Jun-yeol (; born September 25, 1986) is a South Korean actor, activist, and photographer. Ryu began his acting career in independent films before breaking out with his breakthrough role in the critically acclaimed television series Reply 1988 (2015-2016), the highest-rated drama in Korean cable television history at the time, which earned him several Best New Actor Awards in South Korea. Since then, he has starred in box-office hits such as The King (2017), A Taxi Driver (2017), Little Forest (2018), Believer (2018), Money (2019), The Battle: Roar to Victory (2019), and The Night Owl (2022).

Throughout his career, Ryu has received numerous honors, including nominations for the Baeksang Arts Awards, Blue Dragon Film Awards, Buil Film Awards, Chunsa Film Art Awards, London East Asian Film Festival, and New York Asian Film Festival. Ryu is a social and environmental activist in addition to his film work. Forbes Korea named him one of the most powerful celebrities in South Korea for three years in a row, ranking fourteenth in 2017, thirty-sixth in 2018, and eleventh in 2019.

Childhood and education

Ryu was born in Suwon, South Korea, on September 25, 1986. He is the eldest, with a sister two years his junior. He received a scholarship to the University of Suwon, where he majored in film. Ryu worked as a pizza delivery person, a day laborer, an after-school tutor, and other odd jobs while attending university. Ryu was conscripted before making his acting debut. He was appointed as a public officer in 2007 and served until 2009.


2012-2014: The Beginning

Ryu began acting in short films and independent film productions in 2012 before landing a small role in the 2013 feature film INGtoogi: The Battle of Internet Trolls.

Rising popularity and breakthroughs in 2015-2017

Ryu first gained attention in 2015 for his breakout performance in his debut feature film, Socialphobia, which earned him the Rising Star award at the KAFA Film Festival as well as nominations from the Chunsa Film Art Awards. Later that year, Ryu rose to prominence as a cast member in the popular teen drama Reply 1988, alongside Lee Hye-ri, Park Bo-gum, Go Kyung-pyo, and Lee Dong-hwi. His portrayal of one of the main characters, Kim Jung-hwan, earned him numerous awards, including Best New Actor in TV at the 52nd Baeksang Arts Awards in 2016.

Ryu appeared in the coming-of-age film One Way Trip and the crime thriller No Tomorrow in 2016. The same year, he co-starred in the romantic comedy Lucky Romance with Hwang Jung-eum.

Ryu appeared alongside Jo In-sung and Jung Woo-sung in the 2017 political crime drama film The King, which became the seventh highest-grossing South Korean film of the year and earned him the Best New Actor in Film award at the 53rd Baeksang Arts Awards. The same year, he co-starred in the biopic A Taxi Driver alongside veteran actors Song Kang-ho and Yoo Hae-jin, which went on to become the highest-grossing Korean film of the year and the twelfth highest-grossing South Korean film in history. Ryu co-starred in the legal thriller Heart Blackened with Choi Min-sik and Park Shin-hye.

2018-present: Prominence in film and prominent roles

Ryu appeared in the critically acclaimed drama film Little Forest with Kim Tae-ri in 2018, as well as the crime action film Believer with Cho Jin-woong. Believer was a box-office success, becoming the first Korean film to gross more than $5 million in 2018. In South Korea, it was the fourth highest-grossing film of the year.

Ryu appeared in the action thriller film Hit-and-Run Squad with Gong Hyo-jin directed by Han Jun-hee, the crime film Money with Yoo Ji-tae, and the historical action film The Battle: Roar to Victory with Won Shin-yun in 2019. All three films did well at the box office, with The Battle: Roar to Victory and Money finishing as the fifth and ninth highest grossing Korean films of the year, respectively. Ryu's consistent success on the big screen has earned him a spot on Forbes Korea Power Celebrity for two years in a row, 36th in 2018 and 11th in 2019.

Ryu made his small screen comeback after five years in 2021 with JTBC's "Tenth Anniversary Special Project," a Hur Jin-ho melodrama television series Lost with Jeon Do-yeon.

Ryu starred in Choi Dong-sci-fi hoon's action fantasy film Alienoid in 2022, reuniting with Kim Tae-ri. The film will be released in July 2022. Despite the film's commercial failure, critics praised Ryu's performance. Ryu reteamed with Yoo Hae-jin in the historical thriller film The Night Owl in November.

Upcoming roles Ryu will co-star with actress Chun Woo-hee and actor Park Jeong-min in the psychological thriller drama Money Game, directed by Han Jae-rim.

Additional works


Ryu is a dedicated environmentalist. Ryu became interested in environmentalism while filming Youth Over Flowers: Africa in 2016 and began to campaign for environmental protection. Ryu was reported to have donated $10 million to Greenpeace, a non-governmental environmental organization, in December 2018. Since 2016, he has made regular contributions to various campaigns, including Save the Arctic. In response to the Australian wildfires in 2020, Ryu made yet another donation to Greenpeace and used his Instagram account to advocate for animal protection and immediate action to combat climate change.

Ryu spoke about environmental protection and the Greenpeace campaign to reduce plastic packaging in a video conference with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in 2021. In 2019, they returned to the DMZ Peace Trail to commemorate the first anniversary of the Panmunjom Declaration.


Ryu took a brief break from acting and relocated to the United States of America, where he lived in Los Angeles for several months from mid-2019 to early 2020 under the alias Anthony. He studied at the University of California, Los Angeles as part of a study abroad program. In addition to his studies, he did photography and vlogging in his spare time. He started a YouTube mini-vlog series called 'Ryu Jun Yeol's: Reportage' (Korean: ") that chronicled his life in Los Angeles. Ryu held his first photo exhibition in Seoul in November 2020, titled "Once Upon A Time... In Hollywood," which featured photos he took while living abroad.

Private life

Ryu has been dating singer and actress Lee Hye-ri since late 2016. They met on the set of Reply 1988, where he played the second lead who fell in love with his childhood best friend.

Ryu is a football fanatic. He is best friends with Tottenham Hotspur player Son Heung-min and has taken part in promotional activities for the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup in South Korea. Ryu competed in a five-a-side match against Argentine footballers Diego Maradona and Pablo Aimar before the official U-20 World Cup draw in Suwon.



2012Nowhere나우웨어A boyfriendShort film
2013INGtoogi: The Battle of Internet Trolls잉투기Gym manBit part
2014Midnight Sun미드나잇 썬Yong-hoonShort film
One-minded동心Club Dude
People in a Hurry급한 사람들Jae-hyun
Economic Love경제 사랑Ji-hoon
Son Na-rae Rescue Operation손나래구출작전Hyun-woo
Draw그리다Sang-hoonShort film
2016Sori: Voice from the Heart로봇, 소리Seedless strawberry
No Tomorrow섬. 사라진 사람들Ji-hoon
One Way Trip글로리데이Ji-gong
The Boys Who Cried Wolf양치기들Dong-chul
2017The King더 킹Choi Doo-il
A Taxi Driver택시운전사Goo Jae-sik
Heart Blackened침묵Kim Dong-myeong
2018Little Forest리틀 포레스트Jae-ha
Believer독전Seo Young-rak (Rak)
2019Hit-and-Run Squad뺑반Seo Min-jae
MoneyJo Il-hyun
The Battle: Roar to Victory봉오동 전투Lee Jang-ha
The Night Owl올빼미Kyung-soo
TBAAlienoid Part 2외계+인 2부Mureuk

Television series

2015The Producers프로듀사Joo Jong-hyunCameo (Ep. 1–2)
2015–16Reply 1988응답하라 1988Kim Jung-hwanLead role
2016Lucky Romance운빨로맨스Jae Su-ho
2021Lost인간실격Lee Kang-jae

Web series

TBAMoney Game머니게임

Television shows

2016Youth Over Flowers: Africa꽃보다 청춘 - 아프리카 편Cast member


202227th Busan International Film Festival Opening CeremonyWith Jeon Yeo-been

Music video appearances

YearSong TitleArtist
2014"Still I'm by Your Side"Clazziquai Project
2015소녀 (A Little Girl)오혁 (Oh Hyuk)



TitleYearPeak chart

"You" (어떻게)2017Mixxxture Project, Vol. 2[70]

Awards and nominations

Name of the award ceremony, year presented, category, nominee of the award, and the result of the nomination

Award ceremonyYearCategoryNominee / WorkResult
Asia Artist Awards2016Best Rookie Award, ActorReply 1988Won
2017Best Star Award – ActorA Taxi DriverWon
2018Artist of the YearRyu Jun-yeolWon
Popularity AwardWon
Baeksang Arts Awards2016Best New Actor – TelevisionReply 1988Won
2017Best New Actor – FilmThe KingWon
Blue Dragon Film Awards2017Best New ActorA Taxi DriverNominated
Buil Film Awards2017Best Supporting ActorThe KingNominated
Chunsa Film Art Awards2016Best New ActorSocialphobiaNominated
2018Best Supporting ActorA Taxi DriverNominated
Director's Cut Awards2023Best Actor in filmThe Night OwlNominated
Fashionista Awards2016Best Fashionista - TV DivisionRyu Jun-yeolWon
2017Best Fashionista – SNS DivisionNominated
Golden Cinema Film Festival2019Cinematographers’ Choice Popularity AwardBelieverWon
InStyle Star Icon2016New Generation Actor AwardSocialphobiaReply 1988Nominated
KAFA FILMS2015Rising StarSocialphobiaWon
Korean Cable TV Awards2016Rising StarReply 1988Won
Korea First Brand AwardsSpecial Award for FigureRyu Jun-yeolWon
Korea Minister of Health and Welfare2017Suicide Prevention Contribution AwardWon
Korea World Youth Film Festival2018Popular Actor AwardLittle ForestWon
Korea Youth Film Festival2019Best Actor AwardMoneyThe Battle: Roar to VictoryWon
London East Asia Film FestivalRising Star AwardMoneyWon
Max Movie Awards2016Best New ActorSocialphobiaWon
Rising StarWon
MBC Drama Awards2016Top Excellence Award, Actor in a MiniseriesLucky RomanceNominated
Best New ActorWon
New York Asian Film Festival2019Star Asia Rising Star AwardMoneyWon
The Seoul Awards2017Best New Actor (Film)The KingWon
tvN10 Awards2016Made in tvN, Actor in DramaReply 1988Nominated
Rising Star Award, ActorWon
Wildflower Film Awards2016Best New Actor / ActressSocialphobiaNominated

State honors

Name of country, year given, and name of honor

Country Or OrganizationYearHonor Or Award
South Korea[note 1]2019Minister of Culture, Sports, and Tourism's Commendation


Name of publisher, year listed, name of listicle, and placement

Cine212021Actors that will lead Korean Video Content Industry in 20226th [note 2]
Forbes2017Korea Power Celebrity14th

Ryu Jun-yeol Biography

NameRyu Jun-yeol
Date of Birth25-Sep-1986
Age in 202337
Birth PlaceSuwon
CountrySouth Korea
NationalitySouth Korean
Height1.83 (m)
WeightUnknown (KGs)
HeightIn Centimeters: 183 cm.
In Meters: 1.83 m.
In Feet Inches: 6'0"
WeightIn KG: Not known
In Pound: Not known
Eye Color-
Hair Color-
Marital StatusYet to update

Some FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) about Ryu Jun-yeol.

  1. What is the Net Worth of Ryu Jun-yeol?

The Net Worth of Ryu Jun-yeol is $1.5 Million.

  1. What is the Height of Ryu Jun-yeol?

The height of Ryu Jun-yeol is 1.83.

  1. Where is the birthplace of Ryu Jun-yeol?

The birthplace of Ryu Jun-yeol is Suwon

  1. What is the Date of Birth of Ryu Jun-yeol?

The birthday of Ryu Jun-yeol is on 25-Sep-1986.

  1. Is Ryu Jun-yeol Married?

The marital status of Ryu Jun-yeol is: Yet to update.

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