Im Si Wan Biography

Im Si Wan is a South Korean singer, actor, and TV show host. He gained popularity as a member of the boyband group ZE: A, where he served as the leader and lead vocalist. Si Wan’s talent extends beyond music, as he is also skilled in playing the violin. Throughout his young age, his musical abilities helped shape his career. Additionally, Si Wan showcased his acting prowess in the cable TV series ‘Misaeng’ (also known as ‘Incomplete Life’) in 2014, receiving critical acclaim. His film ‘The Attorney’, released in 2013, further solidified his reputation as a talented actor. Si Wan gravitates towards roles that highlight his perfect looks, manners, and lifestyle. Notable works include ‘A Melody To Remember’ and ‘Waiting for Love’.

Quick Facts

  • Born Country: South Korea
  • K-Pop Singers
  • South Korean Men
  • Height: 5’9″ (175 cm), 5’9″ Males
  • Education: Pusan National University, Dong-ah Institute of Media and Arts, Woosong Information College
  • Awards:
    • 2015 · Misaeng – Baeksang Arts Award for Best New Actor in TV
    • 2014 – Grand Bell Award Popularity Award
    • 2014 – PaekSang Arts Award for LF Fashionista
    • 2014 – Blue Dragon Film Award Popular Star Award – Male

Childhood & Early Life

Im Si Wan was born on 1st December 1988 in Busan, South Korea. His birth name was Im Woong Jae. He showed an interest in music and arts from a young age and decided to pursue a career in the music industry. He studied at Busan Gudeok High School before attending Busan National University. After graduating, he went on to study at the University of East Broadcasting Arts and is currently studying at Woosong Information College. He is known by various names such as Lim Shi Wan, Im Si Wan, and Yim Si Wan, but his stage name is simply Si Wan.


Im was recruited by Star Empire as a trainee while attending the Chin Chin Song Festival in Busan. He joined a group called ‘Children Of Empire’ and trained with them for three years before debuting as a boyband named ZE: A in 2010. He gained recognition for his role in the period drama ‘Moon Embracing The Sun’ in 2012, which helped establish his career in the acting industry. He has since appeared in various dramas and films, including ‘The Attorney’ in 2013 and ‘Misaeng’ and ‘Triangle’ in 2014. In 2017, he took on different roles in the crime caper movie ‘One Line’ and the crime action film ‘The Merciless’.

Major Works

Im has been involved in various projects throughout his career. He played the role of Joseph in the Musical Theatre Play ‘Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ and was part of the variety show ‘Birth of a Family’ from 2011 to 2012. He has released major studio albums with ZE: A, including ‘Loveability’ and ‘Spectacular’, as well as single albums such as ‘Nativity’, ‘Leap for Detonation’, ‘Exciting’, and ‘Phoenix’. He has also appeared in numerous music videos for songs like ‘Aftermath’, ‘Breathe’, ‘Continue’, ‘My Only Wish’, and ‘Love Letter’.

Awards & Achievements

Im Si Wan has received several awards throughout his career. In 2012, he won the Best Newcomer in a Sitcom Award at the 12th MBC Entertainment Awards for his role in ‘Standby’. He also won the Best New Actor award at the 9th Max Movie Awards and the 3rd Marie Claire Film Awards in 2013. He has received awards for his roles in ‘The Attorney’, ‘Triangle’, and ‘Misaeng’, including the Best Fashionista Award at the 50th Baeksang Arts Awards and the Popularity Award at the 35th Blue Dragon Film Awards.

Personal Life

Not much is known about Im Si Wan’s personal life. He began his mandatory military service on 11th July 2017, which is scheduled to end on 10th April 2019. He is active on social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Before becoming famous, he managed an online clothing shop. He is around 175 cm tall and weighs approximately 55 kg.


Im Si Wan has appeared in the Chinese South Korean web drama ‘My Catman’ alongside Chae Soo Bin and Kim Myung Soo. He also played an ambitious crown prince in the historical melodrama ‘The King In Love’. In addition to his acting skills, he is proficient in playing the violin, guitar, and vocals.

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