Ryu Deok-hwan was born in 1987 and started his acting career on stage at age 6. He appeared in numerous TV programs including an ongoing role for 8 years in a popular TV drama.
While he had appeared in minor roles in several films, it was his breakout lead performance in Like A Virgin that saw him win the Best New Actor Award at both the Blue Dragon Film Awards and the Pusan Film Critics Awards, as well as a Best Actor nomination from the Korean Film Awards. He gained 28kg in three months to play the role truthfully. His has since shot My Son and Our Town.