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Kim Sang-bum

July 7, 1989 (1989-07-07) (age 32)
Mapo, Seoul, South Korea
Education Chung-Ang University
Occupation Actor, singer
Years active 2006–present
Agent King Kong by Starship
Korean name
Hangul 김범
Revised Romanization Gim Beom
McCune–Reischauer Kim Pŏm
Birth name
Hangul 김상범
Revised Romanization Gim Sang-beom
McCune–Reischauer Kim Sangpŏm

Kim Sang-bum (Hangul: 김상범; Hanja: 金尚汎; born July 7, 1989), known professionally as Kim Bum (alternatively Kim Beom), is a South Korean actor, dancer, singer and model. He is best known for his television roles as F4 member So Yi-jung in Boys Over Flowers (2009), guardian angel Lee Gook-soo in Padam Padam (2011), villainous CEO Lee Ro-joon in Mrs. Cop 2 (2016), half-blood gumiho Lee Rang in Tale of the Nine Tailed (2020), and Han Joon Hwi in Law School (2021).

Early life and education

Kim Sang-beom was born in Seoul, South Korea on July 7, 1989. He attended Chung-ang University, majoring in Film and Theater.


2006–2007: Beginnings

Kim joined the "Survival Star Audition", and was placed 6th out of hundreds of contestants. However, because he was under 20, he could not proceed in the competition. "Survival Star Audition" opened many opportunities for Kim, and he received multiple roles in television series. Kim made his acting debut in the sitcom High Kick!.

2008–2011: Rising popularity

Kim first gained recognition for his scene-stealing role in MBC's anniversary drama East of Eden, winning the Netizen Popularity Award at the Korea Drama Awards. He rose to prominence in 2009 after playing the role of So Yi-jung in the hit drama Boys Over Flowers. He achieved further recognition with his supporting role in fantasy melodrama Padam Padam (2011), written by Noh Hee-kyung.

2012–2015: Solo debut and overseas activities

Kim released his first studio album, Hometown, on June 20, 2012. He performed his first solo concert, Kim Beom Japan Live 2012, at the Stellar Ball in Tokyo's Shinagawa Prince Hotel.

In 2013, Kim reunited with Noh in romance melodrama That Winter, The Wind Blows (2013). He made his Chinese film debut in Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon directed by Tsui Hark, which became one of the highest grossing Chinese films of the year. He then starred in the thriller Miracle Hands by Kwon Ho-young. The same year, he took on his first historical drama Goddess of Fire which co-stars Moon Geun-young.

In 2014, Kim was cast in his first Chinese television drama V Love, also known as the Chinese version of Gossip Girls. Kim subsequently starred in two Chinese films; romantic comedy Lovers & Movies and suspense film The Beloved.

2015–present: Comeback to Korea

Kim made his small-screen comeback in tvN's crime thriller Hidden Identity in 2015. He starred in another crime thriller Mrs. Cop 2, and earned praise for his portrayal of a villain.

In 2018, Kim appeared in Detective K: Secret of the Living Dead, the third installment in the comedy-mystery Detective K film series, marking his return to Korean cinemas after four years.

In 2020, he starred in the fantasy drama Tale of the Nine Tailed alongside Lee Dong-wook and Jo Bo-ah.

In 2021, he starred in legal drama Law School.

On June 30, 2021, Kim was for cast for the series Ghost Doctor, acting alongside Rain.

Personal life

In February 2012, Kim's agency announced that he was suffering from degenerative arthritis due to the dramatic weight-loss he experienced after training for his role in the JTBC cable drama Padam Padam.

Kim is close friends with fellow actors Lee Min-ho and Jung Il-woo.

It was revealed on November 1, 2013, that Kim was dating his Goddess of Fire co-star, Moon Geun-young. On May 15, 2014, media outlets reported that they had ended their 7-month-long relationship. Agencies of both actors confirmed the news stating: "They did break up not too long ago but have decided to remain good friends and supportive colleagues".

On March 29, 2018, it was confirmed that Kim is in a relationship with actress Oh Yeon-seo. However, after a few months of dating they were reported to have parted ways.



Year Title Role Notes
2008 Hellcats Lee Ho-jae
Death Bell Kang Hyeon
2009 Flight Park Si-beom
2013 Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon Yuan Zhen
The Gifted Hands Kim Joon
Hello Seoul Kim Kyung-woo Promotional web short film
produced for MIOGGI Hong Kong
2015 Lovers and Movies Lin Jun
The Beloved Jiang Suying
2018 Detective K: Secret of the Living Dead Cheon-moo

Television series

Year Title Role Notes
2006 Rude Women Jeong Hyeon-jun
Unstoppable High Kick Kim Bum
2008 East of Eden Lee Dong-cheol (15 years old)
2009 Boys Over Flowers So Yi-jung
Dream Lee Jang-seok
High Kick Through the Roof Ja-ok's nephew Cameo (episode 72)
2010 The Woman Who Still Wants to Marry Ha Min-jae
Haru: An Unforgettable Day in Korea Photographer Produced by the Korea National Tourism Organization.
2011 Padam Padam Lee Gook-soo
2012 High Kick 3 Cameo (episode 108)
2013 That Winter, the Wind Blows Park Jin-sung
Goddess of Fire Kim Tae-do
2014 The Micro Era of Love Ou Hui
2015 Hidden Identity Cha Gun-woo
2016 Mrs. Cop 2 Lee Ro-joon
2020 Tale of the Nine Tailed Lee Rang
2021 Law School Han Joon-hwi
Ghost Doctor Go Seung-tak



Title Album details Peak chart positions
Christmas Eve's Sky (聖夜の空)
  • Released: December 16, 2009
  • Label: Glory Entertainment
Home Town
  • Released: June 20, 2012
  • Label: Pony Canyon

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref
2007 1st Mnet 20's Choice Awards Best Couple Award with Kim Hye-sung Unstoppable High Kick Won
2008 2nd Korea Drama Awards Netizen Popularity Award East of Eden Won
2009 45th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actor (TV) Nominated
3rd Mnet 20's Choice Awards Hot Male Drama Star Boys Over Flowers Nominated
Andre Kim Best Star Awards Male Star Award N/A Won
KBS Drama Awards Best New Actor Boys Over Flowers Nominated
SBS Drama Awards New Star Award Dream Won
2013 49th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actor (Film) The Gifted Hands Nominated
SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries That Winter, the Wind Blows Nominated
2016 SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Genre Drama Mrs. Cop 2 Nominated


Name of publisher, year listed, name of listicle, and placement
Publisher Year Listicle Placement Ref.
Forbes 2010 Korea Power Celebrity 24th
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