Everything You Need to Know About ‘Priest’ Actor Yeon Woo-jin


South Korean Model and Actor, Yeon Woo-jin

Yeon Woo-jin (born Kim Bong-hoe on July 5, 1984) is a South Korean actor. He began in the entertainment industry as a model and gained recognition as an actor with his role in Charcoal and Magistrate (2012) which earned him the nomination for the Best New Actor. He expanded his acting repertoire with the main roles in Marriage, Not Dating (2014), Divorce Lawyers in Love (2015), Introverted Boss (2017), Queen for Seven Days (2017) and Judge vs. Judge (2017).

Profile and Facts of Yeon Woo-jin


Yeon Woo-jin’s Profile

  • Name: Yeon Woo-Jin
  • Hangul: 연우진
  • Birth Name: Kim Bong-Hwe (김봉회)
  • Born: July 5, 1984
  • Birthplace: South Korea
  • Height: 182 cm

Interesting Facts About Yeon Woo-jin

  1. One of Yeon Woo-jin’s most iconic roles was Gong Gi-tae, a silly and rather irritating specialist in plastic surgery in the drama Marriage, Not Dating. Two years later, he returned to playing Gong Gi-tae, but this time as a lawyer in a short appearance in another drama, Oh Hae-young Again.


  1. Yeon Woo-jin was born with the name Kim Bong-hoe. When did he debuted in the film Just Friends? in 2009, he used the famous name Seo Ji-hoo. For some reason, the agency later changed his stage name to Yeon Woo-jin.


  1. Yeon Woo-jin is thrown into the role of a mysterious villain in the historical drama Arang and the Magistrate. He also won the Best New Actor nomination from the 2012 MBC Drama Awards.


  1. Even though he now works as an actor, Yeon Woo-jin is actually a graduate of Civil and Environmental Engineering from Sejong University.


  1. Yeon Woo-jin doesn’t only appear as a cameo or guest star in several TV dramas, but also in films, such as in the latest Seondal film: The Man Who Sells the River where he plays King Hyojong.



Yeon Woo-jin’s Filmography

TV Series

Year Title Role Network
2010 Cinderella’s Sister Dong-soo KBS2
2010–2011 All My Love For You Bang Woo-jin MBC
2011–2012 Ojakgyo Family Hwang Tae-pil KBS2
2012 Just an Ordinary Love Story Han Jae-gwang
Arang and the Magistrate Choi Joo-wal MBC
2013 When a Man Falls in Love Lee Jae-hee
2013–2014 My Love from the Star Lee Han-kyung SBS
2014 Secret Love Jang Hyun-jin Dramacube
Marriage, Not Dating Gong Gi-tae tvN
2015 Divorce Lawyer in Love So Jung-woo SBS
2016 Another Miss Oh Gong Gi-tae tvN
2017 Introverted Boss Eun Hwan-gi
Queen for Seven Days Lee Yeok KBS2
Judge vs. Judge Sa Eui-hyeon SBS
2018 Priest Oh Soo-min OCN


Year Title Role
2009 Just Friends? (short film) Kang Min-soo
2011 We Fly High (short film) Seung-gi
2014 Tunnel 3D Dong-joon
2015 Revivre Kim Min-soo
2016 Seondal: The Man Who Sells the River King Hyojong
2017 The Table Un-chul
2018 The Princess and the Matchmaker Yoon Si-kyung
Mongolian Love Story (short film)

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2012 KBS Drama Awards Best Actor in a One-Act/Short Drama Just an Ordinary Love Story Won
MBC Drama Awards Best New Actor Arang and the Magistrate Nominated
2013 6th Korea Drama Awards Excellence Award, actor When a Man Falls in Love Nominated
2015 SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Divorce Lawyer in Love Nominated
2017 SBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Wednesday–Thursday Drama Judge vs. Judge Nominated


Yeon Woo-jin’s Top Dramas



Priest (Hangul: 프리스트; RR: Peuriseuteu) is a 2018 South Korean television series starring Yeon Woo-jin, Jeong Yu-mi and Park Yong-woo. It aired on OCN from November 24, 2018 to January 20, 2019 every Saturday and Sunday at the 22.20 (KST) time slot. The story is about doctors and exorcists who protect people in Catholic hospitals in Seoul. Yeon Woo-jin’s role is Oh Soo-min, an obedient, but careless, Catholic priest who is a member of the 643 Regia. Twenty years before the series begins, Soo-min and his father, along with pastor Moon Ki-seon, witnessed his mother’s death at a young age, where she was possessed and killed by demons because his father’s refusal to believe in the exorcism prevented her from receiving one. Under the supervision of Pastor Moon, he became an exorcist.


Queen for Seven Days

Queen for Seven Days (Hangul: 7 일 의 왕비; RR: 7 Ileui Wangbi; lit 7 Day Queen) is a South Korean television series starring Park Min-young as titular Queen Dangyeong of Joseon, with Yeon Woo-jin and Lee Dong- gun. It aired on KBS2 every Wednesday and Thursday at 22:00 (KST) from May 31, 2017 to August 3, 2017. The story is about the tragic love story between real-life King Jungjong (Yeon Woo-jin) and his wife, Queen Dangyeong (Park Min-young), who was crowned and overthrown from the throne within seven days. Yeon Woo-jin’s role is as Lee Yeok, also known as Prince Jinseong-daegun and Nak-chun.


Introverted Boss

Introverted Boss (Hangul: 내성적 인 보스; RR: Naeseongjeogin Boseu) is a South Korean television series from 2017 starring Yeon Woo-jin and Park Hye-su. It aired on the cable network TVN every Monday and Tuesday at 23:00, starting on January 16, 2017. The story is about Eun Hwan Ki (Yeon Woo Jin), the CEO of a public relations company, who is very shy. Because of her personality, her employees don’t know her well. Chae Ro Woon (Park Hye Soo) starts working at Eun Hwan Ki’s company. She is very energetic and receives recognition for her good work, but she is interested in CEO Eun Hwan Ki and plans to reveal who she really is. Yeon Woo-jin plays the role of Eun Hwan-Ki, “Silent Monster”, CEO of public relations company Brain. He looks cold and thorny, but is actually very shy and sensitive, and avoids as many people as possible by hiding in a penthouse office or by covering himself in black clothes and wearing a veil.


Marriage, Not Dating

Marriage, Not Dating (Hangul: 연애 말고 결혼; RR: Yeonae Malgo Gyeolhon) is a 2014 South Korean television series starring Yeon Woo-jin, Han Groo, Jeong Jinwoon, Han Sunhwa, Han Sunhwa, Heo Jung-min, and Yoon So -hee. It was aired on TVN from July 4 to August 23, 2014 on Friday and Saturday at 20.40 p.m. for 16 episodes. The story is about a rich plastic surgeon named Gong Gi-tae. He’sis not interested in getting married; marriage is the dream of all shop girls about Joo Jang-mi.

In an effort to free his parents from a series of blind dates and prospects for marriage, Gi-tae deliberately takes Jang-mi home to meet his parents posing as his girlfriend, convinced that they will never agree. This romantic comedy depicts a man who does not want to get married, and a woman who is not lucky with the prospect of a potential marriage. Yeon Woo-jin has the role of Gong Gi-tae, a successful 33-year-old plastic surgeon with an abrasive personality. Gi-tae enjoys too much solitude to settle down, too much for his parents.


When a Man Falls in Love

When a Man Falls in Love (Hangul: 남자 가 사랑할 때; RR: Namjaga Saranghal Ddae) is a South Korean television series from 2013 starring Song Seung-heon, Shin Se-kyung, Chae Jung-an, and Yeon Woo-jin. This story revolves around a tired gangster in the world when his love life is intertwined with three other people, and how their life journeys change completely based on one moment of burning passion.

It was aired on MBC from April 3 to June 6, 2013, on Wednesday and Thursday at 21:55 for 20 episodes. The story is about Han Tae-sang (Song Seung-heon), a successful businessman who is cold-blooded and unstoppable once he decides to do or get something. He was once a smart young man full of potential, but his dreams ended when he was forced to work as a gangster for the same moneylender who destroyed his family. Since then, he has built a successful business through his own blood, sweat, and tears, and everything he gets in his life has been hard-earned.

Then one day, what should be a simple blackmail job turns into a coincidental meeting with Seo Mi-do (Shin Se-kyung), the daughter of a simple bookstore owner. Mi-do is a troubled young woman full of encouragement and ambition; he was determined to improve his life and forget the hardships of his poverty-stricken childhood. In Mi-do, Tae-sang sees so much of his own personality that he is attracted to her fire and her passion. When he starts falling in love with her, he realizes that he will do anything to protect her and try to give her a better life, and maybe, even, to redeem himself.

As the plot continues, Mi-do meets Lee Jae-hee (Yeon Woo-jin) who falls in love with her. The next story is about how Han Tae-sang, Seo Mi-do, and Lee Jae-hee deal with their love and mutual relationships. Yeon Woo-jin’s role is as Lee Jae-hee, a young, confident man who is used to winning in everything. Tae-sang supports him through post-secondary education but his friendship with Tae-sang turns into competition when the two fall in love with Mi-do.