Know the Cast: ‘Squid Game’

Squid Game Cast - Every Performer and Character in the Netflix Series

The Squid Game cast includes Jung-jae Lee, Hoyeon Jung and Oh Yeong-su. This info article contains minor spoilers for the Korean Netflix series. Check out more streaming guides in Vague Visages’ Know the Cast section.

Squid Game follows a group of money-hungry individuals who compete in a secret and extremely dangerous competition. To begin, 456 contestants play a deadly round of “Red Light, Green Light,” which results in 201 survivors voting to end the game with a ₩45.6 billion (US$38.5 million) pot. Written and directed by Hwang Dong-hyuk, the series examines the moral dilemmas of various protagonists who decide that it’s worth continuing the game, even if they don’t know why it exists. Here’s every main performer and character in Squid Game.

Squid Game Cast: Jung-jae Lee as Seong Gi-hun

Squid Game Cast - Jung-jae Lee as Seong Gi-hun

Character Profile: A 47-year-old chauffeur. He owes money to loan sharks, and has a 10-year-old daughter. Gi-hun agrees to play the game with the hope that he’ll earn enough money to become a responsible adult and father.

Lee’s Resume: Prince Suyang in The Face Reader (2013), Lee Ja-sung in New World (2013), Yeom Seok-jin in Assassination (2015), Jang Tae Joon in Chief of Staff (2019), Ray in Deliver Us from Evil (2020)

Squid Game Cast: Hoyeon Jung as Kang Sae-byeok

Squid Game Cast - Hoyeon Jung as Kang Sae-byeok

Character Profile: A woman from North Korea. She was robbed by a broker who was supposed to help transport her family to South Korea. Sae-byeok conducts her own recon missions inside the game compound.

Jung’s Resume: A South Korean Fashion Model — Also, Herself in Korea’s Next Top Model (2013)

Squid Game Cast: Hae-soo Park as Sang-woo Park

Squid Game Cast - Hae-soo Park as Sang-woo Park

Character Profile: Gi-hun’s former business associate. He’s an investment banker who is charged with forgery and financial fraud. Sang-woo is known to be a true genius.

Park’s Resume: Yi Ji Ran in Yungnyong-i Nareusya (2015-16), Hong Dong Pyo in Legend of the Blue Sea (2016-17), Kim Je Hyuk in Prison Playbook (2017-18), Lee Chan-woo in By Quantum Physics: A Nightlife Venture (2019), Han in Time to Hunt (2020)

Squid Game Cast: Oh Yeong-su as Oh Il-nam

Squid Game Cast - Oh Yeong-su as Oh Il-nam

Character Profile: An elderly man with a brain tumor. He initially opts out of the game but returns because life is more exciting at the compound. Il-nam is the first person that Gi-hun meets.

Oh’s Resume: Screenwriter of Seashore Village (1965) and Anna’s Will (1975) — Also, Old Monk in Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring (2003), Monk Wol-Chun in The Great Queen Seondeok (2009)

Squid Game Cast: Heo Sung-tae as Jang Deok-su

Squid Game Cast - Heo Sung-tae as Jang Deok-su

Character Profile: A Korean gangster. He clashes with Sae-byeok because of his scheming behavior. Deok-su is targeted by the “Big Boss” before joining the game.

Heo’s Resume: Ha Il-Soo in The Age of Shadows (2016), Jang Chil Seong in Psychopath Diary (2019), Jang Hae Ryong in Watcher (2019), Lee Chang Jin in Beyond Evil (2021), Kim Jae-sun in The Silent Sea (2021)

Squid Game Cast: Tripathi Anupam as Abdul Ali

Squid Game Cast - Tripathi Anupam as Abdul Ali

Character Profile: A Pakistani man who works in Korea. He sends his wife and child away when he doesn’t receive payments from his boss. Abdul befriends Sang-woo, who helps him financially before a reunion at the game compound.

Anupam’s Resume: Sullivan’s Assistant in Space Sweepers (2021)

Squid Game Cast: Wi Ha-joon as Hwang Jun-ho

Squid Game Cast - Wi Ha-joon as Hwang Jun-ho

Character Profile: A cop whose brother disappears. He asks Gi-hun for information about the game. Jun-ho sneaks into the compound and looks for his sibling.

Wi’s Resume: Cha Myung-Ho in Bad Guys Always Die (2015), Ha-joon in Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum (2018), Woo-joon in Miss & Mrs. Cops (2019), Ye Ji Hoon in 18 Again (2020), Do Shik in Midnight (2021)


The Squid Game cast also includes Oh Young-soo, Kim Joo-ryoung, Yoo Sung-joo, Lee Yoo-mi, Kim Young-ok, Gong Yoo and Lee Byung-hun.

Q.V. Hough (@QVHough) is Vague Visages’ founding editor.

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