Kim Hee-chul (born July 10, 1983), better known by the mononym Heechul, is a South Korean singer, composer, presenter and actor. He is a member of South Korean boy band Super Junior and has further participated in its subgroup, Super Junior-T as well as project group with TRAX's Jungmo, M&D. Aside from group activities, he participated in various television dramas, appeared as a radio DJ and television presenter.

Biography & Career


Kim Hee-chul was born in Hoengseong County, Gangwon Province, on July 10, 1983. In October 2002, he auditioned to become a singer through the Starlight Casting System, and was initially placed in a four-member group called "Four Seasons" along with Jaejoong, Yunho, and Kangin. While Jaejoong and Yunho went on to debut as TVXQ in December 2003, Heechul and Kangin joined ten other trainees under S.M. Entertainment to form the group "Super Junior 05", the first generation of Super Junior.

He's one of Idol Band’s Members who shots 300 commercials before his music debut as Super Junior. he attracting a lot of attention for his pretty boy image. His first acting role was in teen drama Sharp 2 alongside bandmate Kibum on 2005 before the debut of Super Junior. Shortly afterwards, he appeared in an episode of the series Loveholic and was a regular MC for the cable music show Show! Music Bank. He also plays piano and drums.

2005–07: Debut with Super Junior

On November 2, 2005, Super Junior 05 made their official debut as a twelve-member group on SBS's Popular Songs, performing their first single "TWINS (Knock Out)". Their debut album SuperJunior05 (Twins) was released on December 5 and debuted at #3 on the monthly MIAK K-pop album charts.

Following their debut, Heechul again appeared alongside Kibum for the sixth season of Nonstop, and also starred in Bad Family (2006) and Golden Bride (2007). He also appeared on entertainment programs such as Vitamin, Sponge, Xman, and Love Letter, and was a radio DJ on SBS Power FM Youngstreet with Park Hee-bon until mid-2006.

2007-11: Sub-group and MC

On February 23, 2007, he debuted as part of Super Junior sub-group, Super Junior-T , performing trot single "Rokuko!!!". That year Super Junior released their second album Don't Don, toured with the Super Show, and filmed the movie Attack on the Pin-Up Boys.

He appeared as a presenter on SBS music programme Inkigayo as a substitute for Andy of Shinhwa, going on to become a permanent host with Ku Hye-sun (23 April 2006 – 18 February 2007), Jang Keun-suk (25 February-7 October 2007) and Song Ji-hyo (11 November 2007 – 4 May 2008).

In 2008, he appeared in the S.M. Entertainment production of the musical Xanadu, playing the role of Sonny in rotation with bandmate Kangin. The production ran between 9 September-23 November 2008 at the Doosan Art Center, Yeonji-dong, Seoul. Casting was carried out via a reality television programme, To Be Kangin and Heechul. That year, he also appeared on the reality TV programmes Good Daddy and Band of Brothers. Kim co-MC the 2009 Dream Concert with Song Ji-hyo, which was held at the Seoul World Cup Stadium on 10 October. His first solo single, "초별" ("First Star"), was released on November 6, 2009, as part of the OST for the drama Loving You Ten Million Times.

He returned as a radio DJ for the first time in four years on SBS's "Heechul's Young Street" from March 29, 2010 until mid-2011. In May 2010, he became a regular cast member on the series Family Outing 2, but the show was cancelled two months later due to low ratings. On October 9, he created a personal Facebook account which received 5,000 friend requests within five minutes. He became a worldwide trending topic on Twitter for four days after the account's creation.

2011–14: M&D and Military Enlistment

In 2011, he formed a project group with label mate Kim Jungmo of TRAX called M&D (meaning "Midnight and Dawn" or "Miari and Dangae-dong", after the members' hometowns). They released their debut single, "Close Ur Mouth", in June. Heechul wrote the lyrics and directed the music video for the song, while Jungmo produced and performed the instrumental. Their first live performance was at Mnet’s summer awards ceremony 20’s Choice on July 7.

Kim Hee-chul carried out mandatory military service between 1 September 2011-30 August 2013. He served as a public service worker for 23 months after undergoing four weeks of basic training at the Nonsan military camp in Chungcheongnam-do. At the time that he enlisted, he had been appearing on KBS's Secret (시크릿) as well as the "Radio Star" segment of MBC's Radio Star, for which bandmate Kyuhyun took over the role.

Shortly after he had completed his military service, he featured on Kim Jang-hoon's single "Breakups are So Like Me". During live performances of the song on Music Bank and Show! Music Core, his part was performed by bandmates Yesung, Eunhyuk and Shindong.

2014-present: Solo Fanmeeting

In 2014, he appeared on the "Global Edition" spinoff of MBC reality television programme We Got Married, as an on-screen couple with Taiwanese girl group member Puff Guo. That year, he also played the role of a detective in the tvN drama Flower Grandpa Investigation Unit.

In late-2015, Heechul became a host on JTBC's variety show Knowing Bros.

In March 2016, Heechul was confirmed to become a temporary host for Weekly Idol.

In 23 July, he held his first solo fanmeeting "The Space Big Star Show" in Beijing, China.

Personal life

August 2006: Car accident

On 10 August 2006, Heechul was involved in a car accident while heading back to Seoul from Mokpo after attending the funeral of fellow Super Junior member Donghae’s Father. The tires malfunctioned while his car attempted to switch lanes. Heechul fractured his left leg in five places, including his femur, knee, and ankle, requiring him to be in surgery for six hours. He also sustained other injuries, including a tear in his tongue which required stitches.

Heechul was advised to stop all activities for a period of twelve weeks. He was released from the hospital on 13 September 2006 but he continued to receive out-patient care. He returned to the hospital to have a second surgery to remove some of the iron rods in his leg on October 10 and briefly returned to work in late October to film the final three episodes of an MBC youth sitcom while still in a cast and on a wheelchair. He made his comeback on 25 November of the same year during the Mnet KM Music Festival (MKMF) Awards. In late December Heechul officially returned to individual activities such as variety show appearances and hosting appearances.

In 2007, Heechul started to perform regularly despite still having a few rods that the doctors had attached to his leg. In late April and May 2007, he had recovered enough to be able to take part in Super Junior’s strenuous dance routines. The remaining rods in his leg were removed in 2008.

He attributes his survival and ability to recover to the fact that he wore his seat belt and has championed seat belt safety since, including after the September 2014 accident involving the entirety of Ladies' Code that killed Ladies' Code members Go Eunbi (EunB) and Kwon Rise (RiSe), during which EunB, who had not been wearing a seat belt, had died on impact and was pronounced dead on arrival.

June 2011: Chocoball club

On June 6th, Super Junior’s Kim Hee Chul tweeted a photo of his celebrity best friends along with the caption:

They call themselves “a bit psychotic, but more charming by the day.” The Chocoball club consists of AB blood-type celebrities like Kim Hee Chul, Lee Hong Ki, Simon D, Choi Jong Hoon, Yong Jun Hyung, Jang Geun Suk, Jo Sung Mo, Mithra Jin, Sang Choo, and a couple others. on August 2011 they appeared on MBC’s "Come to Play"


Soundtrack & Singles Contributions

2006Can It Be Love?Rainbow Romance OSTwith Kibum
2008Don't Walk AwayXanadu OSTwith Kim Sung Ki, Hong Ji Min, Kim Hee Won
2009First StarLoving You a Thousand Times OST Part 2
2010King Wang ZzangDigital Singlewith Defconn
2011Breakups are So Like Mewith Kim Jang-hoon
2013You Are A Miracle2013 SBS Gayo Daejun Friendship Projectwith Various Artists
2016NarcissusSM STATION - Narcissuswith Wheein


2005Twins"Believe"Korean Lyrics
Show Me Your Love"Show Me Your Love"Shindong, EunhyukRap written
2009Super Show 2"Spirit"Super Junior The 2nd Asia Tour Concert Album
2010Digital Single"King Wang Zzang"DefconnRap lyrics
2011A-CHa"Oops"Leeteuk, Shindong, Eunhyuk, Donghae, MisfitA-CHa (Repackage)
Orange Caramel"Shanghai Romance"
2015Magic"You Got It"Leeteuk, Eunhyuk, Team One SoundMagic (Repackaged Edition)
"Sarang♥"Team One Sound



2007Attack on the Pin-Up BoysThe Ultra Junior president
Alvin and the Chipmunks
(Korean voice-cover)
Voices Simon - with Kangin, Shindong
2010Super Show 3 3DHimself
2015SM Town The Stage

Television Drama

2005Sharp 2Baek Jin-wooKBSSupporting role
LoveholicYoung chefCameo
2005–07Rainbow RomanceHeechulMBCLeading role
2006Mystery 6HimselfMnetSupporting role
Bad FamilyGong MinSBS
2007–08Golden BrideKim Young-soo
2009Tae-hee, Hye-kyo, Ji-hyunHimselfMBCCameo (EP 116)
2009–10Loving You a Thousand TimesLee ChulSBSSupporting role
2010I am LegendHimselfCameo (EP 15)
2011Melody of YouthShen Tai YiCCTVSupporting role
2013The HeirsHimselfSBSCameo (EP 04)
2014Flower Grandpa Investigation UnitPark Jung-wootvNLeading role

Variety Shows

Music Video Appearance

2007“Flight Girl” (비행소녀)Magolpy ,Super Junior's Kangin & Shindong, JYJ's Park Yoo-chun, Eru
2010“Let You Go” (가슴이 차가운 남자)TRAX & Victoria Song
“Shady Girl” (가식걸, ”Gasikgeol”)Sistar
2013“Open The Door” (문을 여시오)Im Chang-jung
2015“CHOK CHOK DANCE (Everybody's CHOK CHOK DANCE)”Super Junior D&E

Other Work


2008XanaduSonnywith Kangin


2013"The ZZINPANG Family"SM TOWN‘s official homepage, ZZINPANG’s official Facebook, HOTTRACKS webtoon page, Kyobo Books webtoon pageThe Main Character is based on Himself

Radio Show


2005-2006Young Street Radio (영스트리트)SBS Power FMwith Park Heebon
2010-2011Heechul's Young Street
2012-2013Kim HeeChul's SungDong Cafe
2014Kiss the RadioKBS Cool FMSpecial DJ with EXO's Baekhyun on 01.04.14 / Ryeowook (Guest)
Special DJ On 02.10.14 / BTOB (Guests)
2015Special DJ on 12.10.15
20162 O’Clock Escape Cultwo ShowSBS Power FMOn August 23 in place of one of the regular DJs Kim Tae Gyun


2007Yesung's MIRACLE for Youwith Heebum (his cat) On 4 July 2007
Kiss the RadioKBS Cool FMSurprise Appearance On 16.02.07
2008Melon Chunji Radioon 14.03.08 / SNSD's Sunny & Sungmin (DJ)
Taeyeon's Chin Chin RadioMBC FM4U
Park Kyung Lim's Starry NightMBC FMOn "Textbook Quiz Cinema"
2009Park Myeong Soo's Dating at 2PMwith Kangin On 17.06.09
2013Kiss the RadioKBS Cool FMOn 02.09.13 / Ryeowook (DJ)
Shindong's ShimshimtapaMBC Standard FMOn 02.09.13 / Shindong (DJ)
Park So Hyun's Love GameSBS Power FMOn 03.10.13
2014Idol True ColorsMBC C-RadioOn 15.03.14 / Zhou Mi, Miss A's Fei & Jia (DJ)
2016Kiss the RadioKBS Cool FMOn August 21 for celebrated 10 years of hosting their KBS radio show “Kiss the Radio”

Events Shows Hosting

2005Show Music Tank
2006-2008SBS Inkigayowith Ku Hye-sun (23 April 2006 – 18 February 2007), Jang Keun-suk (25 February-7 October 2007) and Song Ji-hyo (11 November 2007 – 4 May 2008)
2008Dream Concert 2008with Song Ji Hyo
2009Dream Concert 2009
SBS Gayo Daejun 2009with CNBLUE's Jung Yonghwa, Park Shin-hye
2010SBS InkigayoSpecial MC with Leeteuk , Shindong / On 31 January - Vancouver Olympic special
Dream Concert 2010with 2PM's Taecyeon , Shin Se-kyung
SBS Gayo Daejun 2010with CNBLUE's Jung Yonghwa, 2AM's Jo Kwon , Hwang Jung Eum
2011Dream Concert 2011with Song Joong-ki , KARA's Hara
2013SBS Gayo Daejun 2013with 2NE1's Sandara Park , Sung Si-kyung
2014SBS InkigayoSpecial MC with Leeteuk / On 14.09.14
2015Special MC with Song Ji Hyo / On "Inkigayo” 800th Episode Special
2016Suwon K-Pop Super Concertwith Twice's Momo & Chaeyoung, Super Junior-M's Zhou Mi


2005-2006Otuggi Ramenwith Kim Ki-bum & Go Ara
2006Lotte Pepero
2006-2007IVY Clubwith Super Junior
20071677 Collect Callwith Kangin & Shindong
Sunkist Lemonadewith Kangin & Yoona
2009Yamahawith Siwon & Sungmin & Lee Donghae
2009-201112 Pluswith Super Junior
2016Ready (Ferrari CF)with Kangin & Leeteuk

Awards and nominations

YearAwardCategoryNominated workResultRef
2006MBC Entertainment AwardsBest New ComedianRainbow RomanceNominated
2007Mnet 20's Choice AwardsBest Flower BoyN/AWon
SBS Entertainment AwardsTV Star Award - Male MCN/ANominated
2010GoKpop Music AwardsBest use of social mediaN/AWon
Allkpop AwardsBest Social Network PersonalityN/AWon
2011MBC Entertainment AwardsShow Variety Rookie AwardRadio StarWon
2013Public Service Worker at the Seodong District officeExcellent Service as a Public Service WorkerN/AWon

Idol Ranking Chart Shows

MBC Section TV
20094D personalityRank #4
2010Flower Male BeautyRank #5
Mnet Wide News
2009Wide STYLERank #3
Weekly Idol Ranking
2011Idol You Want To Be CloseRank #1
2012President Of IdolsRank #4
Male Artist With Best CrossdressingRank #3
Idol Chart Show - Mnet
2011Idol From Mars - Martian SpecialRank #1Ranked Twenty Idols Aptly Labeled as Martians due to their 4D-like behavior
Top FashionistaRank #20
2012Star Marry UrgentRank #8
Arirang Star Ranking
2013Kpop Idols with the Most-Unique PersonalityRank #1
Super Idol Chart Show
2014Male Idols Prettier Than GirlsRank #4EP 08
Idols Ruining Your Own ImageRank #3EP 11
Idols With Special SkillsRank #7EP 22 - Crossdressing "Women's Dress"
Obsessions Of IdolsRank #4EP 24 - Anna de "Frozen"
Idols Fit To Be Judges In Superstar K6Rank #6EP 26
2015Male Idols Prettier Than GirlsRank #1


Kim Heechul 1st Asia Fanmeeting Tour
"Kim Heechul Universe Big Star show"
  • July 23
  • July 27
  • Aug 06