Lee Ha-nui

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Lee.
Lee Ha-nui
Lee Ha-Nui in 2011.jpg
Born (1983-03-02) March 2, 1983 (age 31)
Seoul, South Korea
Other names Honey Lee
Alma mater Seoul National University
Occupation Actress
Agent King Kong Entertainment (2012-2014)
Saram Entertainment (2014-present)
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight 51 kg (112 lb)
Title Miss Korea 2006
Miss Universe 2007 (3rd runner up)
Korean name
Hangul 이하늬
Revised Romanization I Ha-nui
McCune–Reischauer I Hanŭi

Lee Ha-nui (Hangul: 이하늬; born March 2, 1983), better known as Honey Lee in the Western media, is a South Korean beauty pageant titleholder, classical musician, gayageum player, and actress. She is also one of the most well-known vegetarians in Korea with her TV show, Lee Ha-Nui's Vegan Recipe. She represented her country at the Miss Universe 2007 pageant in Mexico City.[1]

Family background[edit]

Lee Ha-nui is the middle child of two daughters and one son. Her father was a high-ranking official with the National Intelligence Service.[2]

Her mother is a Ph.D in Korean Music History and is a professor at Ewha Womans University, has exclusive performances, leads a Gayagum Concert group, and was designated the title of Human Cultural Asset No. 23 in Korea due to her superb musical skills.[3] She is also a music director of Gimhae City Gayageum Orchestra, trustee of the Yegahoe Corporation, and visiting scholar at New York University in 2008 to 2009.

Lee's older sister also graduated with a degree in Korean traditional music from Seoul National University. She has released three albums since 2005 ― "The Song of String," "In the Green Cafe?" and "Blossom." She is a member of the KBS Orchestra of Traditional Korean Music and has received the President's Award from Korea's National Classical Music Institute. Currently a doctoral student in Korean classical music at Seoul National University, she has performed at such venues as Sejong Center for the Performing Arts, KBS Hall, the University of California, Los Angeles and Carnegie Hall.

Lee, like her mother and older sister, is also a professional gayageum player, and was named a gayageum prodigy by the Kumho Art Center, the most prestigious musical foundation in Korea. She has released 4 CDs and played in more than 25 countries worldwide, including concerts at Carnegie Hall in New York City.[4] She has been involved in volunteer work for UNICEF, Compassion, World Vision and is the Goodwill Ambassador for Beautiful Mind Charity and Korea Green Foundation.[5] She also holds a 3rd degree black belt in Taekwondo, is a scuba diver, and a competitive skier.[4]


Miss Korea 2006[edit]

Lee competed in the 50th Miss Korea pageant as Miss Seoul, which she won. She got her bachelor's degree from the prestigious Seoul National University, with high honors, after taking up Korean traditional music.[6] She received her masters degree from the same university. She has also appeared on many Korean talk shows.[7]

Post-Miss Universe[edit]

Lee Ha-nui co-hosted Real Time TV Entertainment, on the national TV network SBS, a 12-year-old show focusing on show business, beginning July 18.[8] She is now an endorsed model for Tommy Hilfiger Korea[9] and DAKS and Vogue.[10]

She has been advertising for a series of SK Telecom's campaign for CF and prints.[11] CT&T entrusted her as public affairs person.[12]

From 3 to 24 August 2008, she made her musical debut in the musical Polaroid alongside Shinhwa member Andy Lee at PMC Daehangno Jayu Theater in Hyehwa-dong, Jongno-gu[13] Honey Lee garnered a lot of attention as she starred in the law drama series "The Partner", which aired on KBS 2TV, as a femme fatale attorney, which is a bit of a departure from her pretty, smiley image. She also made her second stage lead role as Elle Woods in the Korean production of Legally Blonde: the Musical, alternating with Jessica Jung from the popular Korean girl group Girls' Generation and veteran musical actress Kim Ji-woo. The production opened on November 14, 2009 at Seoul Samsung-dong CoEX Atrium, marking the country's first production of the show. In January 2010, she played in MBC TV drama Pasta as celebrity chef Oh Sae-young.

She is close friends with famous actress Kim Tae Hee and called herself "Kim Tae Hee's Bodyguard" when they were studying in the prestigious Seoul National University[14]


Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2009 Partner Han Jung-won KBS2
2010 Pasta Oh Sae-young MBC
2011 Indomitable Daughters-in-Law Kim Yeon-jung MBC
2012 Immortal Classic Seo Young-joo Channel A
2013 Shark Jang Young-hee KBS2
2014 Modern Farmer Kang Yoon-hee SBS


Year Title Role
2011 Hit Fairy
2012 Deranged Yeon-joo
I Am a King Soo-yeon
2013 Behind the Camera
2014 Tazza: The Hidden Card President Woo

Variety show[edit]

Year Title Network Notes
2007-2008 Night of TV Entertainment SBS Host
2010 Honey Lee's My Sweet Canada O'live TV
2011 Opera Star 2011 tvN Host
2014 Four Sons and One Daughter - Season 1 MBC Cast member

Musical theatre[edit]

Year Title Role
2008 Polaroid Lee Se-yeon
2009-2010 Legally Blonde Elle Woods
2013 Chicago Roxie Hart
2013-2014 Guys and Dolls Sarah Brown

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2006 Miss Korea Pageant Miss Korea - Jin N/A Won
2007 Miss Universe Pageant Third runner-up N/A Won
2011 MBC Drama Awards Best New Actress Indomitable Daughters-in-Law Won
2014 51st Grand Bell Awards Best New Actress Tazza: The Hidden Card Nominated
Hana Financial Group Star Award
(Popularity Award)
35th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated

See also[edit]


External links[edit]

Preceded by
Kim Joo-hee
Miss Korea
Succeeded by
Lee Ji-sun