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He's a Bad Man. And by that, I mean he's great. Kim Nam Gil has recently caught the attention of the media and fans alike after his scene stealing performance in the 2009 historical drama Queen Seon Duk
. His bad boy attitude, and boy-next-door charm gave the epic new life, pulling in views, and stealing the hearts of drama watchers the world over. His skilled acting in Queen Seon Duk
landed him not one, not two, but three awards: Best Newcomer at the 46th Baeksang Awards, and Male Excellence and Best Couple Awards (with Lee Yo Won) at the 2009 MBC Drama Awards. Not bad. Not bad at all. But, you may be asking yourself, "Newcomer? Haven't I seen him before?" And you'd be right.
Kim Nam Gil debuted under the name Lee Han back in 2004, in the movie Low Life
. After his silver screen debut, Nam Gil had a minor supporting role in none other than the fan favorite My Lovely Sam Soon
opposite of Hyun Bin and Daniel Henney! His next drama had him starring in the romantic comedy Be Strong Geum Soon
as Noh Jung Wan. Then in 2006, Nam Gil made the move back to the silver screen, appearing in the movies Don't Look Back
and No Regrets
while also starring in the dramas Goodbye Solo
, and in 2007 he completed When Spring Comes
and Several Questions That Make Us Happy
After establishing himself, in 2008 he decided to use his birth name, and has been credited as such ever since. After his name change, Nam Gil continued working on the silver screen with the movies Kang Chul Jung: Public Enemy 1-1
(2008), Modern Boy
(2008), Portrait of a Beauty
(2008), a cameo in Hand Phone
(2009), and most recently Lovers Vanished
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His resume didn't stop at only movies, he's also racked up more drama roles and CF appearances. With such an extensive resume, Nam Gil had already developed a small following in his home country of South Korea. Newcomer? I think not! However, it wasn't until his role in Queen Seon Duk
that this talented actor's appeal when international.
Recently he has finished filming the mystery-melodrama Bad Guy
, which is currently airing on SBS in South Korea. As the main male lead, Nam Gil plays Shim Gun Wook, who plots revenge on Haeshin Group--and it's heir, Hong Tae Sung (played by Kim Jae Wook).
On the heels of his starring roll in Queen Seon Duk
, anticipation over this drama had fans on the edges of their seats, with pre-production news reports of possible cancellations, push backs, and rumors do to Nam Gil's entrance to the army. All has worked out, and with filming complete, the 29 year-old actor is set to enlist very soon.
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While his mandatory service will halt his film and television activities for two years, Kim Nam Gil's talent will not be forgotten. Already, fans are counting down the days until his service is over, and eager for his return to the screen, both small and big! If you want to catch him in action, watch Kim Nam Gil right here on DramaFever in Queen Seon Duk
, My Lovely Sam Soon
and Personal Preference
and as the narrator of the critically acclaimed Tears of the Amazon
SamSoon screenshot credits: allkoreangossip