Birth name Choi Si-won
Born February 10, 1987 (1987-02-10) (age 23)
Seoul, South Korea
Genres Pop, dance, R&B
Occupations Singer, dancer, actor, model
Instruments drums, piano
Years active 2005–present
Labels SM Entertainment
Associated acts SM Town, Super Junior, Super Junior-M
Revised Romanization Choe Siwon
McCune–Reischauer Ch’oe Siwŏn
Choi Si-won (born February 10, 1987), also credited as Siwon, is a Korean pop singer and actor. He is a member of super boy band Super Junior and is part of its subgroup, Super Junior-M. Siwon is best known for his role in the 2006 Hong Kong historical action film A Battle of Wits as the young prince, Liang Shi. He is also one of the first four Korean artists to be on Chinese postage stamps.
Siwon was born and raised in an affluent, strict Christian family in Seoul, South Korea. Choi was scouted by a talent agent when he was 16, who recommended him to audition for the Starlight Casting System to become an entertainer. His parents disapproved him pursuing in an entertainment career, so Choi had to secretly audition. Choi successfully passed auditions, and after consideration, his parents allowed him to sign under the talent agency SM Entertainment. Choi said that although his father allowed him to sign the contract, he would not give any help to his son. Choi later moved into dormitories with fellow trainees and he was trained in areas of singing, acting, and dancing. He made his first appearance in a music video of The Grace’s Dana when she was still a solo singer in 2003. A year after, Choi made a brief appearance in the short drama, Precious Family. In 2005, Siwon made a brief appearance in the KBS drama Eighteen, Twenty-Nine as the young Kang Bong-man.
See also: Super Junior’s musical career
Not long after Siwon’s first television appearance, SM Entertainment released an announcement that he would officially debut as one of the twelve members in a boy band. This band later became officially known as Super Junior 05, the first generation of the rotational music group Super Junior. A few months before the debut of Super Junior 05, Siwon made his first official media appearance with band mate Han Geng as a runway model in a fashion show by Bum Suk.
Super Junior 05 officially debuted on November 6, 2005 on SBS’s music program Popular Songs, performing their first single, “TWINS (Knock Out)”. Their debut performance attracted over 500 fans and also garnered oversea viewers from both China and Japan. A full studio album was released a month later, which debuted at #3 on the monthly MIAK K-pop album charts.
In March 2006, SM Entertainment began to recruit new members for the next Super Junior generation. However, plans changed when the company added in a thirteenth member, Kyuhyun, and the company declared a halt in forming future Super Junior generations. The group dropped the suffix “05” and became officially credited as Super Junior. The re-polished group hit big after they released their first CD single “U” the following summer, which became Super Junior’s most successful single in the music charts until the release of “Sorry, Sorry” in March 2009.
In late 2007, Siwon was put into Super Junior-M, the Chinese subgroup version of Super Junior. Super Junior-M is the first international music group in the Chinese music industry to have members of both Chinese and Korean descent, and brought an influence in the mainland music industry to produce multi-national music groups. Super Junior-M debuted in China on April 8, 2008 at the 8th Annual Music Chart Awards with the release of their first single music video, “U”. The subgroup released their first Chinese-language studio album, Me on May 2, 2008 to critical success. The album debuted on Taiwan’s G-music combo charts as #2 and #1 on many of China’s and Thailand’s music charts.
After Siwon’s appearances in Eighteen, Twenty-Nine and “Precious Family”, he was casted in a larger role for the mini-series Spring Waltz, playing the supporting role Park Sang-woo, the teenage cousin of a diligent and working young woman. Not long after Siwon’s musical debut, he was casted in a large supporting role in the Hong Kong epic film A Battle of Wits starring opposite Andy Lau. The cast promoted the movie throughout China with a short tour of four cities in November 2006. While the film received mixed reviews, Siwon garnered positive notices for his performance. He also received praises from co-star Lau, stating that Siwon is a wonderful actor and that he sets a good example for young Hong Kong idols.
Half a year after the release of A Battle of Wits, Siwon starred in the high school mystery/comedy film Attack on the Pin-Up Boys with other Super Junior members. He played the lead role as a controlling and severe class president who was one of the popular possible subjects of being attacked by mysterious forces. Despite positive critical ratings, that film did not do well in the box-office, but all four versions of the film’s DVD were all sold out and broke chart records. Few months later, Siwon was cast in mini-drama Legend of Hyang Dan as the lead role, Lee Mong-ryong.
In January 2010, Siwon was confirmed to be a lead role in the upcoming SBS drama, Oh My Lady airing starting March 15. It is a romantic comedy about a top star who finds himself living with his manager, a 35 year old woman who is trying to earn money to have custody of her child. This is Siwon’s first lead role in about 2 years.
Siwon continued his education after his debut with Super Junior in 2005. He graduated from Hyun Dae High School in February 2006 and later went on to attend Inha University. For continuity of his role in A Battle of Wits, his company arranged him to travel to Beijing, China along with labelmate, Hyoyeon, in 2004 to learn about the country’s language and history and studied there for three months before his return to Korea to prepare for his debut in Super Junior a year later.
Siwon is also a drummer, having performed with his senior label mates TRAX in September 2006 on SBS’s music show Popular Songs due to the fact that their drummer, Rose, had left the band. He is skilled in Taekwondo and became the youngest in Korea holding the fourth rank in the black belt.
Main article: Super Junior discography
Main article: Super Junior filmography
Year Title Role Other notes
2006 A Battle of Wits
墨攻 Liang Shi
2007 Attack on the Pin-Up Boys
꽃미남 연쇄 테러 사건 himself limited release in South Korea
Year Title Role Network Other notes
2005 Eighteen, Twenty-Nine
열여덟 스물아홉 young Kang Bong-man KBS Cameo role
부모님 전상서 KBS
2006 Spring Waltz
봄의 왈츠 Park Sang-woo KBS
2007 Legend of Hyang Dan
봄의 왈츠 Lee Mong-ryong MBC
2009 Stage of Youth
青春舞台 himself CCTV2 Guest star (Ep. 12)
Music video appearances
* 2003: “What is Love” – DANA
* 2006: “Timeless” – Zhang Liyin (Feat. Xiah of TVXQ)
* 2008: “I WILL” – Zhang Liyin
* 2008: “The Left Shore of Happiness” – Zhang Liyin
* 2009: “Fireflies” – Ariel Lin
* 2009: “S.E.O.U.L.”