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Which actor plays Seong Gi-Hun in Squid Game on Netflix?

Amber Peake September 25, 2021
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Korean survival drama Squid Game seems to have been a hit following its release on Netflix last Friday (17 September). Some fans have since wondered more about the actors behind the characters featured throughout the series. We take a look at the career of the actor behind Squid Game’s Seong Gi-Hun.

Who is Seong Gi-Hun in Netflix’s The Squid Game?

Seong Gi-Hun is one of 456 contestants who participate in The Squid Game, which offers a large money prize to the final player.

Before entering the survival competition, the audience learns Gi-Hun is a divorced gambling addict who needs money to gain custody of his daughter, who is set to move to America with her mother and stepfather.

Gi-Hun, who makes a living through his job as a chauffeur, later chooses to risk everything and enter the competition to win the money for his family after he hears his elderly mother, who he lives with, needs surgery.

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Squid Game | Official Trailer | Netflix

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Who is the actor behind Squid Game’s Seong Gi-Hun?

Squid Game’s Seong Gi-Hun is played by South Korean actor Lee Jung-Jae who has appeared in roles across both TV and film.

Before going into acting, Jung-Jae is said to have initially pursued a career in modelling in the early 1990s. He later went on to make his on-screen debut in the 1994 film The Young Man.

Jung-Jae has since become an award-winning actor and, during his career, has won 14 awards and has been nominated for a further 17 accolades.

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What else has he been in?

Some of Lee Jung-Jae most notable roles are Prince Suyang in The Face Reader, Lee Ja-Sung in New World, and Yeom Seok-Jin in Assassination.

Before his appearance in Netflix’s The Squid Game, his most recent credits include films Deliver Us From Evil, Lakewood Plaza Turbo and TV series Cheif Of Staff.

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Amber is an entertainment journalist with a love for anything showbiz, celeb or reality TV. After graduating with a degree in Journalism at Brunel University she became a Showbiz Reporter at Having written for both HITC and The Focus, Amber is now a staff writer for The Focus covering the latest celeb and entertainment trends.