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Your Ultimate Hyun Bin Drama Guide

From global sensation ‘Crash Landing on You’ to the ever-classic ‘Secret Garden,’ Hyun Bin is a true K-drama star. Here, we round up all 11 of his dramas to catch him in!

Having been a fixture in the entertainment industry since making his debut in seventeen years ago, Hyun Bin is a true star in both Korean TV and film. Plus, his most recent project, Crash Landing on You, was a smash hit worldwide, gaining the actor the most-deserved admiration and love from fans from all corners of the globe.

Hyun Bin in 'Memories of the Alhambra,' 'Crash Landing on You,' and 'Hyde Jekyll, Me' | tvN, SBS

Hyun Bin’s first official role as an actor was in the 2003 television series Bodyguard. After, he worked on a sitcom and a romance drama. He set his sights, as well, towards the movies—making his film debut the same year in Spin Kick, a youth sports movie. However, it was with romantic comedy series My Lovely Sam Soon (2005) with Kim Sun-a, one of the highest-rated K-dramas of all time, which marked his genuine success in the industry. The role of Sam-sik was an instant hit and made Hyun Bin incredibly popular beyond South Korea, making him a household name in other Asian countries, as well.

The actor then pursued projects that would allow him to expand his acting profile. These include Hyun Bin’s first film as a lead actor in A Millionaire’s First Love, underrated TV drama The Snow Queen (which earned him his first nomination at the Baeksang Arts Awards), and more. Then, his popularity skyrocketed further with his role in hit drama Secret Garden, where he played CEO Kim Joo-won who fell in love with Gil Ra-im (Ha Ji-Won), a charming stunt woman. This character created a “Hyun Bin Syndrome” and also garnered him recognition at the 2010 SBS Drama Awards and the 47th Baeksang Arts Awards. He also contributed to the OST of Secret Garden with track “That Man”—which reached number one in eight Korean music portals.

Hyun Bin and Ha Ji-Won in 'Secret Garden'
Hyun Bin and Ha Ji-Won in 'Secret Garden' | SBS

Then, in 2011, Hyun Bin appeared in two films—Come Rain, Come Shine and Late Autumn. Both were received well by critics who were impressed by his talent and skill. Later that year, he walked the red carpet at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival, where both films had been selected to be screened. He described this honor as one of his happiest achievements. After these back-to-back films, Hyun Bin began his 21-month mandatory military service as a soldier in the Marine Corps. He was discharged on December 6, 2012, with a citation for being an exemplary soldier.

His acting comeback was in 2014 for The Fatal Encounter, his first period film, playing the role of King Jeongjo. His return to the Korean drama scene (after a total of four years!) was in romantic comedy Hyde Jekyll, Me in 2015. His career then enjoyed a resurgence in 2017 onwards, with his roles in films such as Confidential Assignment, The Swindlers, and The Negotiation (across Son Ye-jin), as well as hit K-dramas, of course!

Hyun Bin as Captain Ri in 'Crash Landing on You' | tvN, Netflix

Hyun Bin is indeed a true success story in the Korean entertainment business, continually surprising audiences through the course of his prolific acting career with choice roles and projects which are equal parts special and memorable. Below, we list all 11 of his dramas which show off this K-drama heartthrob's undeniable talent and versatility!

We have so much love for this multi-awarded actor who has genuinely stole our hearts with his talent, charm, and dashing good looks! From this list of dramas, which ones are your favorites? Let us know!