Do Kyung-soo (born January 12, 1993), better known by his stage name D.O., is a South Korean singer and actor. He is best known as a member and one of the main vocalists of the South Korean-Chinese boy group EXO. Apart from his group's activities, D.O. has also starred in various television dramas and movies such as Pure Love (2016) and My Annoying Brother (2016).
D.O. at Melon Music Awards on December 2, 2017.
January 12, 1993
Goyang, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea
|Revised Romanization||Do Gyeong-su|
D.O. was born in Goyang, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea, on January 12, 1993. He went to Goyang Poongsan Elementary School, Baekshin Middle School, and Baekseok High School. He has an older brother, Do Seungsoo, who is 3 years older than him. D.O. began singing in primary school and was an avid participant in local singing competitions throughout his high school career.
In 2010, he was advised to audition for S.M. Entertainment after winning a local singing contest. He subsequently became an S.M. Entertainment trainee during his last two years of high school. He performed Na Yoon-kwon's "Anticipation" and Brown Eyed Soul's "My Story" at his S.M. audition.
D.O. was formally introduced as the eighth member of EXO on January 30, 2012. The group officially debuted on April 8 with the extended play Mama. In July 2013, he was featured in the song "Goodbye Summer" from f(x)'s second studio album Pink Tape. In December 2013, D.O., along with fellow Exo members Baekhyun and Chen, sang the title track for the group's second EP Miracles in December.
In September 2014, D.O. made his acting debut with a supporting role in the movie Cart, playing a high school student and son of a grocery store worker and union member (played by Yum Jung-ah). The movie premiered at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. He also released an original soundtrack titled "Crying Out" for the movie. Later in 2014, D.O. made his small screen debut playing the supporting role in the SBS drama It's Okay, That's Love, which starred Gong Hyo-jin and Jo In-sung. D.O. was praised by film critic Heo Ji-woong for his performance in the series, and was later nominated for the Best New Actor award at the 51st Baeksang Arts Awards.
In 2015, it was revealed that D.O. was ranked number one by critics among 40 idol-actors who participated in dramas in 2014. In June 2015, D.O. appeared in KBS's drama Hello Monster, playing a psychopath. His acting drew high praise from netizens, critics, and industry insiders. In November 2015, D.O. was nominated for the Best Supporting Actor award at the 52nd Grand Bell Awards for his role as Tae-young in Cart.
In January 2016, D.O. was announced as one of the cast of voice actors for the feature-length animated film The Underdog, which is slated to premiere in 2017. He will voice Moongchi, a stray dog who is separated from his owner. In February 2016, he collaborated with Yoo Young-jin on a duet titled "Tell Me (What Is Love)" for S.M. Entertainment's Station music project. He had previously performed a short version of the song as a solo performance throughout Exo's first concert tour. Later in February, D.O. starred as the male lead alongside actress Kim So-hyun in the romantic film Pure Love.
In April 2016, he was cast in Kim Yong-hwa's film Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds, a blockbuster adaptation of the same-titled webtoon about a court in the afterlife where the deceased undergo multiple trials for 49 days. In October 2016, D.O. starred alongside Chae Seo-jin in Positive Physique, a web drama produced by Samsung. The series became the most watched web drama of all time. On October 25, 2016, he was cast in the thriller comedy film Room No.7, which is set to begin filming in January, 2017. In November 2016, D.O. starred alongside Jo Jung-suk and Park Shin-hye in the film My Annoying Brother, playing a national level Judo athlete. D.O. and Jo Jung-suk also recorded the ending theme song, titled "Don't Worry", for the movie.
On May 8, 2017, S.M. Entertainment has confirmed that D.O. will be taking on the lead role in Swing Kids, a film set in a concentration camp in North Korea during the Korean War. D.O. plays a North Korean soldier who falls in love with tap dancing in the midst of all the chaos.
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Sales
|As lead artist|
|"Tell Me What Is Love"||2014||44||N/A||—||
||Exology Chapter 1: The Lost Planet|
|"Tell Me (What Is Love)" (with Yoo Young-jin)||2016||12||N/A||2||
||S.M. Station Season 1|
|As featured artist|
|"Goodbye Summer" (f(x) featuring D.O.)||2013||7||N/A||—||
|"Dear My Family" (with SM Town)||2012||—||N/A||—||N/A||I AM. OST|
|"Don't Worry" (with Jo Jung-suk)||2016||100||19||—||
||My Annoying Brother OST|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.
Note: China's Alibaba Music Chart was first issued on July 31, 2016.
|Year||Korean title||English title||Role||Notes|
|형||My Annoying Brother||Go Doo-young|
|신과함께||Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds||Won Il-byung|
|2018||언더독||The Underdog||Moongchi||voice, post-production|
|스윙키즈||Swing Kids||Roh Ki-soo||filming|
|Year||Korean title||English title||Role||Network||Notes|
|2012||아름다운 그대에게||To The Beautiful You||Himself||SBS||cameo, ep.2|
|2014||괜찮아, 사랑이야||It's Okay, That's Love||Han Kang-woo||SBS|
|2015||우리 옆집에 엑소가 산다||EXO Next Door||Himself||Naver TV Cast||web drama|
|너를 기억해||Hello Monster||Teenage Lee Joon-young||KBS2||ep.1,2|
|2016||긍정이 체질||Be Positive||Hwan-dong||Naver TV Cast||web drama|
|2012||"Dear My Family"||as part of SM Town|||
|"I'm Your Girl" (remake; S.E.S.)||Himself|||
|2016||"Tell Me (What is Love)"||with Yoo Young-jin|
|2016||"Don't Worry"||with Jo Jung-suk|||
|2014||16th Seoul International Youth Film Festival||Best Young Actor||It's Okay, That's Love||Won|
|3rd APAN Star Awards||Best New Actor||Won|
|2015||51st Baeksang Arts Awards||Best New Actor (TV)||Nominated|
|10th Max Movie Awards||Best New Actor||Cart||Nominated|
|9th Asian Film Awards||Best Newcomer||Nominated|
|52nd Grand Bell Awards||Best Supporting Actor||Nominated|
|2016||11th Max Movie Awards||Rising Star Award||N/A||Won|||
|52nd Baeksang Arts Awards||Most Popular Actor (Film)||Pure Love||Won|
|2017||53rd Baeksang Arts Awards||Best New Actor (Film)||My Annoying Brother||Nominated|
|Most Popular Actor (Film)||Won|
|Korean Film Shining Star Awards||Newcomer Award (Film)||Won|||
|13th JIMFF Awards||Star Award||Won|||
|38th Blue Dragon Film Awards||Best New Actor||Won|||
|2nd Asia Artist Awards||Popularity Award - Actor||N/A||Won|||