D.O. (entertainer)

This is a Korean name; the family name is Do.

D.O. in October 2016
Born Do Kyung-soo
(1993-01-12) January 12, 1993
Gyeonggi Province, South Korea
  • Singer
  • actor

Musical career

Genres K-pop
Years active 2012—present
Labels S.M. Entertainment
Associated acts
Korean name
Hangul 도경수
Revised Romanization Do Gyeong-su
McCune–Reischauer To Kyŏng-su
Stage name
Hangul 디오
Revised Romanization Dio
McCune–Reischauer Tio

Do Kyung-soo (born January 12, 1993), better known by his stage name D.O., is a South Korean singer and actor. He is a member of the South Korean-Chinese boy group EXO and its sub-group EXO-K.

Early life

D.O. was born in Goyang, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea, on January 12, 1993 to a painter father and a hairdresser mother.[1][2] 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.[3] 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.[3]


2012–15: Debut and acting career beginnings

Main article: EXO (band)

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.[4] 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 in the movie Cart, playing the supporting role of Choi Tae-young, 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 of Han Kang-woo in the SBS drama It's Okay, That's Love, which starred Gong Hyo-jin and Jo In-sung in the lead roles.[5] For his performance in the drama, D.O. was later nominated for the Best New Actor and Male TV Popularity awards at the 51st Baeksang Arts Awards.[6]

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 the psychopath Lee Joon-young. His acting drew high praise from netizens, critics, and industry insiders.[7][8] 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.[9]

2016–present: Lead roles

In January 2016, D.O. was announced as a lead in the cast of voice actors for the feature-length animated film Underdog, which is slated to premiere in 2017. He will voice Moongchi, a stray dog who is separated from his owner.[10] 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 drama movie Pure Love.[11]

In April 2016, he was cast in Kim Yong-hwa's film With God, a blockbuster adaptation of the same-titled webtoon about a court in the afterlife where the deceased undergo multiple trials for 49 days. He will act alongside A-List actors Ha Jung-woo, Cha Tae-hyun and Ju Ji-hoon.[12] In October 2016, D.O. starred as the male lead alongside actress Chae Seo-jin in Positive Physique, a web drama produced by Samsung.[13] On October 25, 2016, he was announced to have been cast in a mystery thriller film titled Room #7, which is set to begin filming in January, 2017.[14] In November 2016, D.O. starred as Doo-young, a national level Judo athlete, alongside Jo Jung-suk and Park Shin-hye in the film My Annoying Brother.[15] D.O. and Jo Jung-suk also recorded the ending theme song, titled "Don’t Worry", for the movie.[16]

Personal life

On September 24, 2016, it was announced that D.O. would stop accepting gifts from fans.[17]


Main article: Exo discography


Title Year Peak chart positions Sales



As lead artist
"Tell Me What Is Love" 2014 44 2
  • KOR: 29,668
Exology Chapter 1: The Lost Planet
"Tell Me (What Is Love)"
(with Yoo Young-jin)
2016 12 2 non-album single
As featured artist
"Goodbye Summer"
(f(Amber+Luna+Krystal) featuring D.O.)
2013 7 17 Pink Tape
Soundtrack appearances
"Dear My Family"
(with SM Town)
2012 N/A I AM. OST
"Scream" 2014 22 Cart OST
"Don’t Worry"
(with Jo Jung-suk)
2016 100 My Annoying Brother OST
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.
"*" Billboard Korea K-Pop Hot 100 was introduced in August 2011 and discontinued in July 2014.


Main articles: Exo videography and Exo filmography


Year Title Role Notes
2014 Cart Choi Tae-young Supporting role
2016 Pure Love Beom-sil Lead role
My Annoying Brother Doo-young Lead role
2017 Underdog Moongchi (voice) Lead role
With God Won Il-byung Lead role
Room #7 TBA Lead role

TV series

Year Title Network Role Notes
2012 To The Beautiful You SBS Himself Cameo with EXO-K members (episode 2)
2014 It's Okay, That's Love SBS Han Kang-woo Supporting role
2015 EXO Next Door Naver TV Cast Himself Main role - Web drama
Hello Monster KBS2 Teenage Lee Joon-young Guest appearance (episodes 1-2, 8, 10, 11 and 16)
2016 Be Positive Naver TV Cast Hwan-dong Main role - Web drama

Variety shows

Year Title Network Role Notes
2013 Challenge 1000 Songs SBS Guest with Chanyeol and Chen
Beatles Code 2 Mnet with Xiumin, Suho, Lay, Baekhyun and Sehun
Immortal Songs 2 KBS Episodes 116, 118 and 119
Star Face-Off SBS with Lay, Chanyeol and Chen
Super Hit Mnet with Lay, Baekhyun, Chen and Luhan
2014 Entertainment Weekly KBS with Yum Jung-ah, Moon Jeong-hee & Kim Young-ae
2015 You Hee-yeol's Sketchbook KBS2 Ep. 277 with EXO
2016 Fantastic Duo SBS Ep. 3 and 4 with Chanyeol, Suho, Baekhyun Xiumin and Chen
Cool Kiz On The Block 阳光艺体能 HBTV with Chanyeol, Suho, Xiumin, Chen and Baekhyun
Running Man SBS Ep. 327 with Jo Jung-suk; to be aired on November 27.

Radio shows

Year Title Role Station Notes
2013 Sukira Kiss the Radio Guest KBS Cool FM with Lay, Baekhyun, Chen and Chanyeol
Shim Shim Tapa MBC Standard FM with Suho
Cultwo Show SBS Power FM with Lay, Baekhyun, Kris, Chanyeol, Suho, Xiumin and Kai
Lee Sora's Gayo Plaza Radio KBS Cool FM with Baekhyun and Chen
K.Will's Youngstreet SBS Power FM
2014 Sukira Kiss the Radio KBS Cool FM with Chanyeol and Sehun
2015 Cultwo Show SBS Power FM with Baekhyun, Sehun, Chen, Chanyeol, Suho, Xiumin and Kai
Kpop Planet Radio Special DJ KBS Cool FM with Chen
Shim Shim Tapa MBC Standard FM with Suho
2016 Cultwo Show Guest SBS Power FM with Kim So-hyun


Year Title Role Network Date(s) Notes
2013 Music Bank Special MC KBS 7/6/2013 with Xiumin
12/7/2013 with Chanyeol

Music videos appearances

Year Title Artist Notes
2012 "Dear My Family" SM Town with Luhan, Chen and Baekhyun
2014 "I'm Your Girl" S.E.S. EXO 90:2014 Remake MV
"Scream" D.O. Cart OST

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
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 10th Max Movie Awards Best New Actor Cart Nominated
9th Asian Film Awards Best Newcomer Nominated
51st Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actor (TV) It's Okay, That's Love Nominated
Most Popular Actor (TV) Nominated
52nd Grand Bell Awards Best Supporting Actor Cart Nominated
Popularity Award Nominated
2016 Max Movie Best Films Awards Rising Star N/A Won
52nd Baeksang Arts Awards Most Popular - Actor (Film) Pure Love Won


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