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So Ji-sub clinches first top acting award

All Headlines 10:56 December 31, 2018

SEOUL, Dec. 31 (Yonhap) -- So Ji-sub has won his first top acting award from major television networks for his lead role in the successful MBC drama series "My Secret Terrius."

The 41-year-old lifted the top prize of the 2018 MBC Drama Awards held at the broadcasting firm's headquarters in Sangam-dong, western Seoul, on Sunday.

It was So's first top acting award from one of the three key broadcasting channels since he stormed onto the scene by winning the Rookie of the Year award from SBS in 2000. Previously, he took three best acting awards from SBS and one best acting award from KBS, the second-highest level among acting awards.

So Ji-sub speaks during a red-carpet event ahead of the 2018 MBC Drama Awards on Dec. 30, 2018. (Yonhap)

In MBC's "My Secret Terrius," So plays Kim Bon, a secret agent at the National Intelligent Service (NIS) who helps a woman living next door find the truth behind her husband's involvement in a mega conspiracy.

Appearing on the small screen for the first time in three years after "Oh My Venus" on KBS 2TV, So comically depicts the competent agent who becomes helpless around the children of the widower whom he gets romantically involved with.

The series was the best-performing drama piece of the year for MBC, claiming more than 10 percent of the total audience.

"I have been very happy and grateful, while I was shooting 'My Secret Terrius,'" So said as he lifted his trophy. "I learned a lot and got to sincerely respect all the actors and actresses who came before or after me."

In the same award events, the series was also selected as the best viewers-picked drama of the year, while So also took home the best male acting award.

So Ji-sub speaks during the 2018 MBC Drama Awards on Dec. 30, 2018. (Yonhap)

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