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Kim Nam-gil (김남길) born March 13, 1980. He is a South Korean actor. He is best known for playing Bidam in the hit period drama Queen Seondeok (2009). Kim Nam-gil began his acting career on television with a minor role in the 1999 KBS youth drama School 1. Four years later, he won the 2003 Talent Audition conducted annually by MBC, and appeared in various minor roles on the network’s shows, such as Be Strong, Geum-soon!. During this time, he was using the stage name Lee Han, which he made up to give himself a more sophisticated image (The name Nam-gil is considered to be somewhat old fashioned).
In 2009, Kim was cast as one of the supporting characters in the historical drama Queen Seondeok, in a role that would soon change his life. It became one of the highest-rated TV series of that year (reaching a peak of over 40%), and Kim became a household name and the series’ breakout star. For his portrayal of the playful but tragic Bidam, Kim said he was inspired by comic book characters such as Han Bi-kwang in Ruler of the Land, Miyamoto Musashi in Vagabond, and Kang Baek-ho in Slam Dunk. The writers rewrote the script to respond to Bidam’s popularity with the viewing audience, giving the character more screen time and emphasizing his romance with the titular Seondeok (despite the incredible historical inaccuracy), until there were two main male leads in the series. A horse-riding-related injury on set, and a brief hospitalization due to H1N1 flu, were minor negatives compared to the impact the series had on Kim’s career. He won several awards for his performance, gained more local and international fans, received advertisement offers, and was flooded with film and TV scripts.
Another side benefit of Kim’s newfound popularity post-Seondeok was the theatrical release in 2010 of his indie Lovers Vanished, a relationship drama which the director described as a “Korean Leaving Las Vegas.” Kim then returned to television as an antihero in Bad Guy, a dark melodrama about revenge, ambition, and fatal love. But while still in the middle of filming, Kim received his draft notice for mandatory military service. He tried to ask for deferment in order to wrap up the shoot for the series, but it was not granted. Kim shot as much as he could (his scenes were reduced, and a body double was also used) then entered the army two days later on July 15, 2010. He received four weeks of basic training at Nonsan, and served for two years as a public service worker.
Following his discharge from the army in 2012, Kim produced the film Ensemble, a music mockumentary about a group of classical musicians who form a group and take to the streets to perform outside their usual concert halls, showing their youthful passion in making music accessible. It premiered at the Jecheon International Music & Film Festival. He then published a book titled Way Back to the Road, his memoir of the past two years, which contained photos Kim had taken himself. It also featured New Zealand scenery captured by photographer Cho Nam-ryong, and contributions from writer Lee Yoon-chul.
He was also one of four celebrities in 2013 who directed a short film using smartphone Samsung Galaxy S4 with the theme “Meet a Life Companion”; his short Hello, Mom depicted the love between a mother and her daughter, and evoked the warm feeling of an analog film.Kim then starred in the revenge TV series Shark (also known as Don’t Look Back), from the makers of Resurrection and The Devil. This was followed by the 2014 period adventure film The Pirates, which reunited him with Shark costar Son Ye-jin.
Kim released his debut single in Japan in July 2013. The title track is a cover of Kōji Tamaki’s “Roman,” and the single also included Kim’s two songs from the Queen Seondeok soundtrack. He next starred opposite award-winning actress Jeon Do-yeon in the 2015 thriller The Shameless; Kim played a detective who falls for the girlfriend of the murderer he is investigating. Kim was next cast as powerful nobleman Heungseon Daewongun whose concubine takes up pansori in the period film The Sound of a Flower.