“Squid Game” premiered on September 17, 2021 and became an instant worldwide hit for Netflix. The Korean-language survival drama tells the story of 456 down-on-their-luck citizens who agree to play a series of children’s games in order to win a monumental cash prize. The twist is that the games come with deadly consequences for those who lose … and most of them lose. On January 12, 2022, the cast was nominated for the best drama ensemble prize at the SAG Awards, a first for a non-English language TV series. Two of the show’s stars, Lee Jung-jae and Jung Ho-yeon, were recognized for their individual performances as Seong Gi-hun and Kang Sae-byeok, respectively.
In all, 10 “Squid Game” cast members received bids as part of the ensemble. Meet the nominees by scrolling through our photos above. (Editor’s note: We are using the specific spellings of the actors’ and characters’ names as they appear on the SAG Award ballot.)
LEE JUNG-JAE as Seong Gi-hun (#456), the heroic protagonist who agrees to risk his life in the game in order to pay off his gambling debts and gain custody of his estranged daughter.
PARK HAE-SOO as Cho Sang-woo (#218), a former classmate to Gi-hun who is now up to his eyeballs in bad investments; he’ll do anything in his power to be the last man standing.
WI HA-JUN as Hwang Jun-ho, a police officer who sneaks into the game and pretends to be a guard in order to track down his missing brother.
JUNG HO-YEON as Kang Sae-byeok (#067), an introverted pickpocket who wants to use the prize money to rescue her parents from rival country North Korea.
OH YOUNG-SOO as Oh Il-nam (#001), a wise man dealing with a brain tumor who possesses a secret about the Squid Game that no one else knows.
HEO SUNG-TAE as Deok-su (#101), a bullish gang leader who joins the game as a way to pay off his enormous debts from gambling and thievery.
ANUPAM TRIPATHI as Ali (#199), a selfless Pakistani migrant worker who requires money to help provide for his young family after being cheated by his boss.
KIM JOO-RYOUNG as Mi-nyeo (#212), a boisterous con artist who keeps the others on their toes with her wild and manipulative ways.
LEE BYUNG-HUN as Front Man, the ultimate villain and the overseer of the games; he has a mysterious connection to police officer Hwang Jun-ho.
JUN YOUNG-SOO as Game Operator Voice, the faceless audio announcer who directs the players inside the Squid Game.
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