Lee Hyun-woo

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Lee Hyun-woo
Lee Hyun-Woo (actor).jpg
Born (1993-03-23) March 23, 1993 (age 21)
Seoul, South Korea
Education Dongguk University - Theater and Film
Occupation Actor
Years active 2005-present
Agent KeyEast
Korean name
Revised Romanization I Hyeon-u
McCune–Reischauer I Hyŏn-u

Lee Hyun-woo (born March 23, 1993) is a South Korean actor. As a child actor, Lee built his filmography in television series such as The Return of Iljimae and Queen Seondeok. Upon reaching his teenage years, he became better known for his roles in Master of Study, Man from the Equator, To the Beautiful You, and particularly for the 2013 hit film Secretly, Greatly.


Lee Hyun-woo began his career as a child actor, building up his resume by playing roles in a number of large-scale productions, such as The Legend, King Sejong the Great, The Return of Iljimae, and Queen Seondeok.

After his profile rose as Chan-doo in Master of Study,[1][2] Lee took to the stage for the 2010 musical production of Footloose, where he played the leading role of Ren, played by Kevin Bacon in the original movie.[3]

In 2011 he and K-pop singer Yoon Doo-joon (from B2ST) began hosting music program Music on Top on cable channel jTBC.[4] He was then featured in IU's music video for the song "You and I."[5] Lee further expanded his acting scope in historical drama Gyebaek, revenge thriller Man from the Equator,[6][7] and made a guest appearance in medical drama Brain.[8]

In 2012, Lee was cast as the second male lead in To the Beautiful You, the Korean television adaptation of Japanese manga Hana-Kimi, with his role based on the character Shuichi Nakatsu.[9][10] As a member of celebrity football team FC Avengers, Lee performed his soccer scenes without the use of a stunt double. Despite low ratings during its domestic run, To the Beautiful You led to increased Korean wave exposure for Lee in countries such as Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan and China.[11][12] He and co-star Hwang Kwanghee were later designated as the new hosts of live music show The Music Trend (more popularly known as Inkigayo).[13]

His breakthrough continued when he landed a major role in 2013 box office hit Secretly, Greatly, an action-comedy film in which he played a North Korean undercover spy disguised as a high school boy.[14] Lee also sang "Ode to Youth" on the film's soundtrack.[15][16]

In 2014, he and real-life best friend Park Ji-bin (both were child actors and belong to the same agency) appeared in the travel/reality show Real Mate in Saipan.[17] Lee has also been cast as a hacker in the upcoming[when?] heist movie The Technicians.[18]


Television drama[edit]

Year Title Role Network Notes
2004 Oolla Boolla Blue-jjang KBS
2005 Spring Day SBS
2006 Hwarang Fighter Maru Seo Da-ham KBS2
2007 The Legend young Cheoro MBC
Lobbyist young Harry SBS
2008 King Sejong the Great Prince Choong-nyeong KBS1/KBS2
Things We Do That We Know We Will Regret KBS2 Episode 4: On a Night Sparkling with Stars
2009 The Return of Iljimae Cha Dol-yi MBC
Queen Seondeok young Kim Yushin MBC
What's for Dinner? Tommy MBC
2010 Master of Study Hong Chan-doo KBS2
2011 Gyebaek young Gyebaek MBC
Brain Park Dong hwa KBS2 Guest appearance in episodes 2, 3 and 4
2012 Man from the Equator young Kim Sun-woo KBS2
To the Beautiful You Cha Eun-gyul SBS Korean adaptation of Hana-Kimi


Year Title Role Notes
2005 Baribari Jjang
2006 Holiday
A Dirty Carnival young Min-ho
2007 Hwang Jin Yi young Nomi
2010 The Loneliness of Butcher Boy Tae-shik short film from Short! Short! Short!
2011 GLove Kim Jin-man
2013 Secretly, Greatly Rhee Hae-jin
2014 The Technicians Jong-bae

Music video[edit]

Year Song Title Artist
2011 "You and I" IU
2012 "First Love's Melody" Acoustic Collabo
2013 "I Love You" Akdong Musician

Music program[edit]

Date Title Role Network
December 8, 2011 - March 14, 2012 Music on Top Host jTBC
December 16, 2012 – January 26, 2014 The Music Trend Host SBS

Variety show[edit]

Year Title Network Notes
2012 Strong Heart SBS Appeared as guest in episode 142
Invincible Youth Season 2 KBS2 Appeared as guest in episode 26
2013 Running Man SBS Appeared as guest in episode 147
Hwasin – Controller of the Heart SBS Appeared as guest in episode 22
2014 Lee Hyun-woo and Park Ji-bin's Real Mate in Saipan QTV travel/reality show with Park Ji-bin

Musical theatre[edit]

Year Title Role
2010 Footloose Ren


Year Song Title From the Album
2013 "Ode to Youth" Secretly, Greatly OST

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2008 KBS Drama Awards Best Young Actor King Sejong the Great Won
2012 SBS Drama Awards New Star Award To the Beautiful You Won
KBS Drama Awards Best New Actor Man from the Equator Nominated
2013 22nd Buil Film Awards Best New Actor Secretly, Greatly Nominated
34th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best New Actor Nominated
2014 9th Asia Model Festival Awards New Star Award N/A Won


  1. ^ Wee, Geun-woo (22 February 2010). "Interview: Actor Lee Hyun-woo - Part 1". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-16. 
  2. ^ Wee, Geun-woo (22 February 2010). "Interview: Actor Lee Hyun-woo - Part 2". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-16. 
  3. ^ "'공부의 신' 이현우, 뮤지컬 '풋루즈'락 소년으로 캐스팅" [Lee Hyun-woo gets Footloose]. TV Daily (in Korean). 29 November 2010. Retrieved 2012-11-16. 
  4. ^ Hong, Lucia (6 December 2011). "BEAST Yoon Du-jun, Lee Hyun-woo to host new music program". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-16. 
  5. ^ Park Hyun-min, Elizabeth Eun (1 December 2011). "IU-Lee Hyun Woo's Hugging Scene Cut From MV". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2012-11-16. 
  6. ^ "Im Si Wan and Lee Hyun Woo To Have Confrontation in Man From the Equator". KBS Global. 24 February 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-16. 
  7. ^ Ho, Stewart (23 May 2012). "ZE:A's Im Si Wan, Lee Hyun Woo Makes a Return to The Equator Man". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2012-11-16. 
  8. ^ Jin, Young-ju (23 November 2011). "Lee Hyun Woo Transforms Into 'Batman' in Brain". KBS Global. Retrieved 2012-11-16. 
  9. ^ Hong, Lucia (13 June 2012). "Lee Hyun-woo to turn soccer player in SHINee Minho, f(x) Sulli's TV series". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-16. 
  10. ^ Hong, Grace Danbi. "Lee Hyun Woo and Others Confirmed for To the Beautiful You, Korean Hana Kimi Remake". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2012-11-16. 
  11. ^ Jeong, Ju-ri (16 March 2014). "Lee Hyun Woo visits China for his first solo fan meeting". StarN News. Retrieved 2014-03-22. 
  12. ^ Kim, Hye-in (17 March 2014). "Lee Hyun Woo successfully finishes his first solo China fan meeting". StarN News. Retrieved 2014-03-22. 
  13. ^ Lee, Hye-ji (11 December 2012). "Kwanghee, Lee Hyun-woo to Host K-pop TV Program". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-12-13. 
  14. ^ Sunwoo, Carla (6 May 2013). "Heartthrobs jazz up North Korean spy story". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2013-06-02. 
  15. ^ Kang, Jung-yeon (20 June 2013). "Lee Hyun-woo Sings Soundtrack for Secretly Greatly". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-06-20. 
  16. ^ Hong, Grace Danbi (20 June 2013). "Lee Hyun Woo Sings An Ode to the Youth for Secretly, Greatly". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2013-06-20. 
  17. ^ Hong, Grace Danbi (2 January 2014). "Lee Hyun Woo and Park Ji Bin Ooze with Cuteness for Real Mate in Saipan Teaser". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2014-02-05. 
  18. ^ Hwang, Sun-un (28 January 2014). "Kim Woo-bin, Lee Hyun-woo to Star in New Film". 10Asia. Retrieved 2014-02-02. 

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