How To Say “Actor” in Korean

Today, we’re diving into the world of entertainment, to learn how to say “actor” in Korean. When we’re done, you’ll be able to tell your Korean friends who your favorite actor is!

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Different ways to say “actor” in Korean

The word for “actor” in Korean is 배우 (baeu). This can largely be used for both male actors and female actresses.

 배우 (baeu)


Differentiating “Actor” vs “Actress” in Korean

To distinguish male and female actors, you can say 남자배우 (namjabaeu | male actor) or 여자배우 (yeojabaeu | female actor). You might hear these categories if you’re watching a Korean movie award show.

 남자배우 (namjabaeu)

male actor

 여자배우 (yeojabaeu)

female actor

Example sentences:

요즘 한국에서 제일 인기 많은 배우가 누군가요? (yojeum hangugeseo jeil ingi maneun baeuga nugungayo?)

Who’s the most popular actor in Korea these days?

제 꿈은 세계적으로 유명한 배우로 될 것이에요. (je kkumeun segyejeogeuro yumyeonghan baeuro doel geosieyo.)

My dream is to become a worldwide famous actor.

세계에서 제일 좋아하는 배우가 누구야? ( segyeeseo jeil joahaneun baeuga nuguya?)

Who’s your favorite actor in the world?

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“Actress” in Korean

On occasion, actresses may specifically be referred to as 여배우 (yeobaeu), 여 (yeo) being the indication for “woman,” but even if you can only remember the word 배우 (baeu), you are already doing a very good job with learning how to say “actor” in Korean.

Both words are quite useful, especially if you’re into watching K-dramas or Korean movies.

If you’re interested in a particular male actor or a particular female actor, check out our articles for our favorites and let us know who yours are!

You also don’t necessarily need to differentiate between a movie actor or a television actor, especially now when most actors often do both movies and TV shows.

“Movie actors” in Korean

However, if you are curious to know these terms, movie actors (or film actors) are called 영화배우 (yeonghwabaeu).

The term “movie actor” is formed simply by combining the Korean words for “movie” and “actor” into one.

“Television actors” in Korean

Television actors in Korea are largely called 드라마배우 (deuramabaeu).

However, literally translated, a television actor is actually not that but a “drama actor” instead.

That is because TV series are called dramas rather than television shows in Korea. But if you prefer to say 텔레비전배우 (tellebijeonbaeu | TV actor), this is also correct.

“Theatre actor” in Korean

If you’re referring to a theatre actor, you can say 연극배우 (yeongeukbaeu), 연극 (yeongeuk) meaning “stage.”

You might notice that many of these words are just combining a specific category + 배우 (baeu | actor) to specify an actor in that category. This is a common pattern in Korean vocabulary which makes learning general words like this very rewarding and valuable!

Below are more words related to “actor” in Korean.

comedian희극 배우 (huigeuk baeu)
musical actor뮤지컬 배우 (myujikeol baeu)
voice actor성우 (seongu)
movie director영화 감독 (yeonghwa gamdok)
music director음악 감독 (eumak gamdok)
singer가수 (gasu)
celebrity연예인 (yeonyein)

A word of caution about Romanization

While it is possible for you to study the words in this article simply by reading their Romanized versions, it will come in handy for you to be able to read Hangeul if you ever wish to come to Korea. Hangeul is the Korean alphabet, and not difficult to learn. In fact, you can learn it in just 90 minutes.

When you’ve become familiar with Hangeul, your life in Korea will be much easier, and the country won’t appear so foreign to you. So, if you’re serious about learning Korean, why not learn Hangeul today?

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Wrap Up

Now that you know how to say “actor” in Korean, share with your Korean friends who your favorite actor is, and find out who theirs is. Also, watching your favorite actor in Korean movies can even help you learn Korean! Let us know how it goes in the comments below!

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