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Jo Bo-ah: Wiki, Career, 5 Fun Facts & More

Biography of Jo Bo-ah

Jo Bo-ah is a South Korean actor, also known by the names Cho Bo-ah and Jo Bo-yoon. She was born in Daejeon, South Korea on 22 August 1991. Debuting in a minute role in the sitcom ‘I Live in Cheongdam-dong’, Jo Bo-ah has gained international recognition through K-dramas like Tale of the Nine Tailed (2020), Forest (2020), and Destined With You (2023). Despite dramas, Bo-ah has appeared in several web series and television shows.

Early Life and Education

Jo Bo-ah was born as the eldest daughter of her parents on 22 August 1991. She has a younger sister and her family belongs to the Changnyeong Jo clan. She learned Performing Arts at Sungkyunkwan University. Nevertheless, her dream to become a flight attendant compelled her to pursue the course Aviation and Tourism at Hanseo University. As part of her course at Hanseo University, she was included in the ‘Asiana Airlines Flight Attendant Experience class’, but later, she continued her Performing Arts studies at Sungkyunkwan University.

Kdramalive Image of Jo Bo-ah in 'Forest' (2020).
Image of Jo Bo-ah as Jung Young-jae in Forest (2020). Credit: Pinterest


Jo Bo-ah stepped into the South Korean entertainment industry through the sitcom television show ‘I Live in Cheongdam-dong’ in 2011. In 2012, she appeared as Im Soo-ah in the tvN series ‘Shut Up Flower Boy Band’. ‘The King’s Doctor’ was her second television series released in the same year.

In 2013, she became the MC of M Countdown, a weekly music show streamed on Mnet, along with Kim Woo-bin.

She made her big-screen debut in 2014 in the movie ‘Innocent Thing’. She gained wide recognition for giving life to the character of a teenage student who becomes extremely obsessed with her married sports teacher. Later, she played the role of a mermaid (Kim Ha-ni/Aileen) in the tvN series ‘The Idle Mermaid’.

In the 2015 drama ‘The Missing’, she appeared as a detective. She also starred in the drama ‘All About My Mom’ and the web series ‘Love Cells 2’ in the same year.

In 2016, Jo Bo-ah was featured in the melodrama ‘Monster’ and in the comedy series ‘Sweet Stranger and Me’. The next year, she appeared in the drama ‘Temperature of Love’.

She was critically acclaimed for appearing in the webtoon-based TV series ‘Goodbye to Goodbye’ released in 2018. The drama revolves around the lives of two ladies (Jung Hyo and Seo Young-hee), and Bo-ah plays the character of Jung Hyo. Later, she appeared in ‘My Strange Hero’.

Kdramalive Image of Jo Bo-ah as Nam Ji-ah in Tale of the Nine Tailed (2020)
Image of Jo Bo-ah as Nam Ji-ah in Tale of the Nine Tailed (2020)

2020 was a breakthrough year in the career of Bo-ah. She appeared in television drama series like ‘Forest’ and ‘Tale of the Nine Tailed’. Her fame rose internationally for her performance in ‘Tale of the Nine Tailed’. In the drama, she appeared as Nam Ji-ah, opposite Lee Dong-wook.

After expiring her contract with SidusHQ, she signed in with KeyEast in 2021.

She played the character of a military prosecutor in the 2022 drama ‘Military Prosecutor Doberman’. In the 2023 romantic fantasy drama ‘Destined With You’, she played the role of a civil servant.

Her contract with KeyEast expired at the end of January 2024. Therefore, she signed in with XYZ Studio on 16 February 2024.

Jo Bo-ah has joined hands with the cast of the upcoming Netflix series ‘Hong Rang.’ The drama is adapted from a novel of the same name. Kim Hong-sun will direct the drama penned by Kim Jin-ah. It will feature Lee Jae-wook and Jo Bo-ah in lead roles. Actors like Jung Ga-ram, Uhm Ji-won, and Park Byung-eun are included in the supporting cast.


Jo Bo-ah’s achievements include a handful of ambassadorships. She became the Public Relations Ambassador for the ’20th National Election Commission General Election Ambassador’ in 2016. In 2018, she was the Goodwill Ambassador for ‘Heart-Heart Foundation Ambassador’. In 2020, she was the Honorary Firefighter for ‘National Fire Agency’. In 2021, she was the Public Relations Ambassador for ‘Korea Sale Festa’. Later, in 2022, she became the Public Relations Ambassador for ‘the National Tax Service’. At present, she is the Public Relations Ambassador for the ‘National Heritage Visit Campaign’.

Kdramalive Image of Jo Bo-ah in Destined With You (2023)
Image of Jo Bo-ah as Lee Hong-jo as Lee Hong-jo in Destined With You (2023)

Personal Life

In 2015, the dating news between Jo Bo-ah and the South Korean actor On Joo Wan was confirmed by their agencies. However, in 2017, the couple broke up. Currently, no additional information is available regarding Jo Bo-ah’s relationship status.

Net Worth and Lifestyle

Jo Bo-ah is a prominent actress in South Korea. Through her amazing performance, she captivated the hearts of millions of fans around the world. Her prominent acting career rewards her with a good financial background. In addition, she has become an ambassador for several prestigious organisations. Therefore, her approximate financial worth ranges between $1 and $5 million US dollars.


  • KBS Drama Awards 2020
    Best Couple Award – Jo Bo-ah (with Park Hae-jin) ‘Forest’
    Netizen Award, Actress – ‘Forest’
  • MBC Drama Awards 2018
    Excellence Award, Actress in a Weekend Drama – ‘Goodbye to Goodbye’
  • SBS Entertainment Awards 2018
    Excellence Award in Variety Category – ‘Baek Jong-won’s Alley Restaurant’
  • The Seoul Awards 2018
    Best New Actress (Drama) – ‘Goodbye to Goodbye’
  • APAN Star Awards 2018
    Excellence Award, Actress in a Serial Drama – ‘Goodbye to Goodbye’
  • SBS Entertainment Awards 2017
    Best Challenge Award – ‘Law of the Jungle’
  • MBC Drama Awards 2016
    Best New Actress – ‘Monster’
  • Grimae Awards 2015
    Best New Actress – ‘All About My Mom’
  • KBS Drama Awards 2015
    Popularity Award, Actress – ‘All About My Mom’
Kdramalive image of Jo Bo-ah.
Image of Jo Bo-ah. Credit: Pinterest

Interesting Facts about Jo Bo-ah

  1. Cho Bo-ah is the other name of Jo Bo-ah.
  2. The role of Bo Jo-ah in ‘Shut Up Flower Boy Band’ (2012) as Im Soo-ah gave her recognition as an actress.
  3. Jo-ah is an ardent food lover and she has shared her experiences of eating different food varieties through her social media accounts.
  4. Jo-ah likes to spend her free time reading books and travelling.
  5. Jo-ah loves interacting with her fans and she often posts pictures about her personal life on her social media.


  1. When does Bo Jo-ah celebrate her birthday?
    Bo Jo-ah celebrates her birthday on 22 August.
  2. What is the Instagram ID of Bo Jo-ah?
  3. Is Bo Jo-ah married?
    No. Bo Jo-ah is not married.

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