Kim Jae Wook was born in Seoul, South Korea, but his family went to Japan later on. Kim Jae Wook grew up in Japan until he was 7 years old, then returned to Korea. He started out performing in a band, but when he was 17, he started to model.
In 2002, Kim Jae Wook debuted in the role of a member of an indie band, in the MBC drama Ruler of Your Own World. After the first role, he concentrated on his modeling career. In 2007, he auditioned for and won the role No Sun-ki in the 2007 hit drama series The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince which made him more popular in South Korea and several Asian countries. He later appeared in the 2008 drama The Kingdom of The Winds.
Kim Jae Wook served as the ambassador of goodwill for the 9th Jeonju International Film Festival (JIFF) in May, 2008.
Kim Jae Wook's first movie Antique Bakery grossed a total of $5,608,515 in South Korea, and invited to the 59th Berlin International Film Festival. In this movie, he plays the role Min Seon-woo, a gay chef of Antique cake shop. The role won him Best new actor award at 16th Korean Entertainment Awards. In 2009, he also won Special Model Award at Asia Model Festival Awards.
Kim Jae Wook worked as the Grand Mint Festival (GMF, one of Korea's representative music festivals) Guy in October, 2009. At the same time he formed a modern rock band 「Walrus」 and was in charge of the guitar and the vocals. The name of the group came from the Beatles single 「I am the Walrus」 released in 1967.
Kim Jae Wook played the leading part in Bee TV's first original Korean Drama 「キミの記憶をボクにください〜ピグマリオンの恋〜 (Please give me the memory of you~A Romance of Pygmalion~)」. The drama will be aired in March, 2010.
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