The Korean entertainment industry has many hidden gems and many amazingly talented Korean actors who are yet to gain the attention they deserve overseas.

Today we’re going to talk about some Korean actors who found success in South Korea but are yet to be recognized properly within the international kdrama community.





Note: this isn’t a comprehensive list. If you have an actor you’d like to add please let me know in the comment section below.

Lee Je Hoon

Lee Je Hoon is a talented actor who is also drop-dead gorgeous. Despite his amazing acting skills, he’s yet to gain the level of recognition he deserves among international kdrama fans.

The reason for his lack of popularity overseas could be due to the fact that he focuses mostly on movies and takes his time in between drama productions. Many international fans prefer watching dramas to movies.





Lee Je Hoon gained fans when he led the immensely popular series “Signal” and also gained many international fans when he starred opposite Shin Min Ah who has a dedicated fanbase overseas. But I definitely feel he’s underrated and often overlooked when international fans discuss their favorite Korean actors.

Lee Je Hoon has already confirmed his plans for his next drama project to air exclusively on Netflix; hopefully, he gains more international fans with his next drama project.

Joo Won

You might be surprised to see him on this list because he’s known within the kdrama community, but I feel that Joo Won still isn’t getting the same amount of recognition as his peers despite his killer acting skills.

Joo Won is the type of actor that many within the international kdrama community are aware of but not necessarily interested in.

The reason behind it could be that he never really targeted the type of kdramas the international community is attracted to. He gained recognition for his acting in “Good Doctor” and “Yongpal” but still hasn’t reached the level of success he deserves overseas.

Joo Won has an upcoming drama called “Alice” that is set to air in the first half of 2020; hopefully, he finds more success with his first post-military project.

Choi Woo Sik

Choi Woo Sik is one of my personal favorite Korean actors of all time, I am always sad to see that he’s not getting the attention he deserves overseas or in South Korea, that is until recently. It’s definitely changing especially after his role in the Oscar-winning film “Parasite.”

Choi Woo Sik is known among kpop and kdrama fans as Park Seo Joon and BTS V friend. He’s been acting since 2011 but he always plays small roles. He caught my attention in 2015 when he appeared in Day6 debut MV but I’ve been watching him in dramas for a while before I paid attention to him.





Choi Woo Sik is a versatile actor who can pull off the bad boy image and the good image with ease. It is sad that he still hasn’t led his own drama despite his amazing acting skills.

He’s currently focusing on movies and in fact, has an upcoming movie alongside Lee Je Hoon that is set to be released later this February. He’s definitely worth checking out, hopefully, he gets the chance to lead his own drama in the near future.

Yoo Ah In

Yoo Ah In is considered one of the best Korean actors in South Korea, many Koreans; whether they love or hate his character; would agree to this statement. Despite his controversial image and often misunderstood social media posts, he managed to attract a lot of attention when he played the bad guy role in the immensely popular movie “Veteran.” His acting is often the center of attention; he fully immerses himself in his roles and often plays interesting complex characters that many actors around his age would usually avoid.





Just like Lee Je Hoon, Yoo Ah In focuses more on movies. He started out acting in dramas since 2003 but focused on movies since 2010. He gained many international fans through the historical drama “Sungkyunkwan Scandal” playing Song Joong Ki’s character best friend, but his other drama projects found varying levels of success since then.

His last drama project “Chicago Typewriter” was in 2017 and he’s currently preparing to shoot for his upcoming movie. Due to his unusual choices in projects, he hasn’t been able to capture the same attention other Korean actors similar to his age have.

These are only some of the Korean actors who I think deserve more attention from the international kdrama community. Do you guys agree with me? Who would you want to add to this list?