5 Korean Child Actors That Grew Up on TV


1) Park Shin Hye

You don’t have to be a fan of Korean dramas to know the 2003 hit Stairway to Heaven. But did you know, the pretty child actress who portrayed the younger version of the female lead is now one of Korea’s top actress Park Shin Hye. Having grown into a fine young lady, Park Shin Hye has shown her acting chops through the years and proven her talent in the industry. Her latest hit Pinocchio was even one of the most expensive Korean drama sold to China. (Credits: SBS, Ceci)

Watch Park Shin Hye play a reporter in Pinocchio


2) Yoo Seung Ho

Starting at a tender age of 7, Yoo Seung Ho won the hearts of many with his innocent and adorable face. He continued to shine as child actor and eventually taking on bigger roles as a teen like Master of Study. At the age of 19, he decided to enlist into the army, an uncommon age for Korean actors. He came back in 2014 and Remember marks his drama return on a major broadcasting station. Despite his hiatus, Yoo Seung Ho has once again earned praises from critics for his heart-wrenching performance in the show. (Credits: The Way Home, Grazia)

Watch Yoo Seung Ho play an attorney in Remember


3) Shin Se Kyung

Even though she only started acting at 14, Shin Se Kyung was already known to the Koreans for her appearance in the popular children show Ppo Ppo Ppo, which also starred Big Bang’s G-Dragon. However, it was only in 2009 that she saw a breakthrough in her career with the sitcom High Kick. Since then, she has taken on bigger acting projects like Deep Rooted Tree, When a Man Falls in Love alongside top stars. Her recent works include Six Flying Dragons, a 25th anniversary project by SBS. (Credits: MBC, Marie Claire)

Watch Shin Se Kyung in the period drama Six Flying Dragons


4) Moon Geun Young

Also known as the younger Eun Seo (acted by Song Hye Kyo) in Autumn in My Heart, Moon Geun Young is no stranger to acting having started since she was 12. With her role in horror film, A Tale of Two Sisters and a leading role in My Little Bride with Kim Rae Won, Moon Geun Young impressed many and was nicknamed the ‘nation’s little sister’. (Credits: KBS, Newsis)

Watch Moon Geun Young together with Jang Geun Suk in Mary is Out at Night


5) Lee Min Ho

Not to be confused with the Lee Min Ho, this younger Lee Min Ho is more commonly known for his role in Rooftop Prince as part of Park Yoo Chun’s entourage. He started acting since he was 5 and had roles in major productions like Prime Minister and I and Chinese movie, Bittersweet. (Credits: SBS, Newsen)

Watch Lee Min Ho as a scholar in Rooftop Prince