1. Song Joong Ki
Joong Ki played the role of Yoo Si Jin, the Captain and team leader of Alpha Team, an elite special forces team.
Following the popularity of Descendants of the Sun, he became a leader of the Hallyu wave and was appointed Korean Tourism Honorary Ambassador by the Korea Tourism Organization.
He married co-star Song Hye Gyo about a year after the drama aired!
Unfortunately, they divorced in June 2019 due to irreconcilable differences. Following his divorce, he continued his acting promotions in Arthdal Chronicles and his movie The Victory is slated to be released in 2020.
2. Kim Ji Won
Kim Ji Won played the gorgeous and capable First Lieutenant Yoon Myung Ju, an army doctor and daughter of the Special Forces Brigade’s commander.
She was already rising in popularity with her roles in The Heirs and Gap-dong, however, after her performance in Descendants she became a Hallyu star.
She was cast in her first leading role in Fight for My Way which was a huge success and solidified her status as a leading lady.
She also reunited with Song Joong Ki in Arthdal Chronicles.
Before the drama, Onew starred in various musicals and had cameo roles in dramas as well.
This was his first full role in a drama, and he was awarded the “Newcomer Scene Stealer Award” at the 2016 Scene Stealer Festival for his performance.
Currently, Onew is serving his mandatory military service.
4. Kim Byeong Cheol
Kim Byeong Cheol was another hilarious scene stealer, as Lieutenant Colonel Park Byung Soo.
He continued to appear in Director Kim Eun Sook’s works like Goblin as the vengeful ghost of the evil eunuch Park Joong Hoon and former slave hunter Il Shik in Mr.Sunshine.
Most famously though, he played Cha Min Hyuk in the mega-popular drama, SKY Castle.
5. Park Hwan Hee
Park Hwan Hee became known as the cute nurse Choi Minji in the popular drama.
After the drama she also featured in Jealousy Incarnate and landed her first leading role for Are You Human Too?
She is also known as the mother of Hyeong Seop, her 8-year-old son with ex-husband rapper Bill Stax (fomerly known as Vasco).
6. Cho Tae Gwan
Also known as Jasper Cho, he played the handsome doctor Daniel Spencer.
He has been a talent in Canada since 2007 and broke into the Korean industry by competing in Superstar K 6 back in 2014.
Descendants of the Sun was his first acting role and since then he was cast as the host of Showbiz Korea.
He also joined the cast of MBC’s variety show My Loving Husband.
7. Kim Min Seok
Playing the troublemaker-turned-soldier Kim Ki Bum, he stole many hearts with his adorable demeanour.
In the same year Descendants of the Sun was released, he also starred in The Doctors and won the Best New Actor award at the Baeksang Arts Awards.
He’s gone on to act in many projects on the big screen and silver screen, while also appearing on variety shows like Law of the Jungle and It’s Dangerous Beyond the Blankets.
Currently, he is serving his mandatory military service.
8. Jin Goo
Jin Goo debuted back in 2003, and in 2009 his role in the film Mother earned him recognition from the Grand Bell Awards, the Blue Dragon Film Awards, and the University Film Festival of Korea.
He was recognized for his performance in Descendants of the Sun by the Indonesian Television Awards, APAN Star Awards, Asia Artist Awards, and the KBS Drama Awards.
He went on to star in several films and dramas like Night Light, One Line, Untouchable, and Legal High.
9. Song Hye Kyo
Song Hye Kyo has been in many internationally famous works like Autumn in my Heart and Full House, making her a pioneer of the Hallyu wave.
Descendants of the Sun re-established her as a leader of Hallyu and won a Daesang at the 2016 KBS Drama Awards, along with co-star and husband Song Joong Ki.
Sadly, Song Hye Kyo and Song Joong Ki divorced in June 2019. Following her divorce, she starred in Encounter alongside Park Bo Gum, and continues to remain a historical ambassador for Korea.