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The Best K-pop Idol Actors & Actresses

Updated June 22, 2020 72.3k votes 8.9k voters 28.9k views49 items

List RulesNo cameos. Only Kpop idols in supporting or lead roles.

Although many K-pop idols appear on variety shows and make cameos in Korean dramas, only the most talented Kpop stars became successful actors. Whether it was a lead role in a K-drama or the comedic supporting role in a movie, this list of the best Kpop actors includes older and current South Korean artists. Who are the top K-pop idols-turned-actors?

After making her acting debut in Reply 1997, Apink's Eunji has starred in multiple dramas, even landing the lead role as Elle Woods in South Korea's production of the Legally Blonde musical. Other good idol-turned-actresses include Hyeri from Girl's Day, Yoona from Girls' Generation, and Seolhyun from AOA. If you want to watch your favorite handsome idol-turned-actors, check out BTS' V, Rain and Highlight's Yoo Doo-joon of the Let's Eat series.

Vote up the best K-pop actors and actresses who have successfully broke into TV and film. 

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    V is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best K-pop Idol Actors & Actresses
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    Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth (2016)

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    Cha Eun-woo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best K-pop Idol Actors & Actresses

    My ID Is Gangnam Beauty (2018), Rookie Historian Goo Hae-Ryung (2019), Sweet Revenge (2017), Top Management (2018)

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    Kim Hyun-joong is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best K-pop Idol Actors & Actresses

    Boys Over Flowers (2009), Mischievous Kiss (2010), Inspiring Generation (2014), When Time Stops (2018), Barefoot Friends (2013)

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    IU is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best K-pop Idol Actors & Actresses
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    Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo (2016), Hotel Del Luna (2019), My Mister (2018), Dream High (2011), The Producers (2015)

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    Joy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best K-pop Idol Actors & Actresses
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    Tempted (2018), The Liar and His Lover (2017)

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    D.O. is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best K-pop Idol Actors & Actresses
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    100 Days My Prince (2018), Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds (2017), Along With the Gods: The Last 49 Days (2018), Swing Kids (2018), My Annoying Brother (2016)

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    Henry Lau is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best K-pop Idol Actors & Actresses

    A Dog's Journey (2019), Oh My Venus (2015), Double World (2019), Persevere, Goo Hae-Ra (2015), Final Recipe (2013)

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    Kwon Nara is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best K-pop Idol Actors & Actresses

    Itaewon Class (2020), Dr. Prisoner (2019), My Mister (2018), Suspicious Partner (2017), Your Honor (2018)

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    Hyung Sik is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best K-pop Idol Actors & Actresses
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    Strong Girl Bong-soon (2017), Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth (2016), Suits (2018), Heirs (2013), The Juror (2019)

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    Jinyoung is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best K-pop Idol Actors & Actresses
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    He Is Psychometric (2019), Legend of the Blue Sea (2016), A Stray Goat (2017), Dream High (2012), When My Love Blooms (2020)

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    Minho is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best K-pop Idol Actors & Actresses
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    Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth (2016), Illang: The Wolf Brigade (2018), Medical Top Team (2013), Derailed (2016), The Princess and the Matchmaker (2018)

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    Yook Sungjae is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best K-pop Idol Actors & Actresses
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    Guardian: The Lonely and Great God (2016), Mystic Pop-up Bar (2020), Who Are You: School 2015 (2015), The Village: Achiara's Secret (2015), Plus Nine Boys (2014)

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    Krystal Jung is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best K-pop Idol Actors & Actresses
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    Heirs (2013), Prison Playbook (2017), The Bride of Habaek (2017), High Kick! (2011), My Lovely Girl (2014)

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    Rain is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best K-pop Idol Actors & Actresses
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    Full House (2004), I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK (2006), Sketch (2018), Speed Racer (2008), Ninja Assassin (2009)

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    Bae Suzy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best K-pop Idol Actors & Actresses
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    Dream High (2011), Gu Family Book (2013), The Sound of a Flower (2015), Uncontrollably Fond (2016), While You Were Sleeping (2017)

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    Yoona is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best K-pop Idol Actors & Actresses
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    Love Rain (2012), The K2 (2016), Exit (2019), The Prime Minister and I (2013), The King Loves (2017)

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    Onew is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best K-pop Idol Actors & Actresses
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    Welcome to Royal Villa (2013)Descendants of the Sun (2016)

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    Eunji is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best K-pop Idol Actors & Actresses
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    Reply 1997 (2012), That Winter, the Wind Blows (2013), Sassy, Go Go (2015), Untouchable (2017), Trot Lovers (2014)

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    Siwon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best K-pop Idol Actors & Actresses
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    Oh! My Lady (2010), The King of Dramas (2012), She Was Pretty (2015), Dragon Blade (2015), Revolutionary Love (2017)

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    Jinyoung is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best K-pop Idol Actors & Actresses
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    She Is Wow (2013), Miss Granny (2014), Warm and Cozy (2015), Love in the Moonlight (2016)

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    T.O.P is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best K-pop Idol Actors & Actresses
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    Nineteen (2009), Iris (2009), 71: Into the Fire (2010), Commitment (2013), Tazza: The Hidden Card (2014)

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    Key is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best K-pop Idol Actors & Actresses
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    Drinking Solo (2016), The Guardians (2017)

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    Taecyeon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best K-pop Idol Actors & Actresses
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    Bring It On, Ghost (2016), Dream High (2011), Who Are You (2013), Save Me (2017), The Game: Towards Zero (2020)

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    Seo In Guk is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best K-pop Idol Actors & Actresses

    Reply 1997 (2012), Hello Monster (2015), Master's Sun (2013), The Smile Has Left Your Eyes (2018), Shopping King Louie (2016)

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    Sandara Park is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best K-pop Idol Actors & Actresses

    Cheese in the Trap (2018), The Return of Iljimae (2009), One More Happy Ending (2016), One Step (2017)

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