Clara Lee

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Clara in 2013
Born Lee Sung-min
(1985-01-15) 15 January 1985 (age 32)
Bern, Switzerland
Alma mater El Camino College
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 2005–present

Korea: Koreana Clara

International: East West Artists (EWA)
Parent(s) Lee Seung-kyu (father)
Korean name
Hangul 클라라
Revised Romanization Keulrara
McCune–Reischauer K'ŭllara
Birth name
Hangul 이성민
Revised Romanization I Seong-min
McCune–Reischauer I Sŏng-min

Clara Lee (Hangul클라라 리) (born Lee Sung-min (Hangul이성민) on 15 January 1985), better known by her mononym, Clara (Hangul클라라), is a Swiss-born British actress and model active in South Korea.[1]


Clara (born Lee Sung-Min,李成敏) made her entertainment debut under her birth name in 2005 and starred in her first film in 2009, Five Senses of Eros. In January 2012, she adopted Clara as her stage name, which was announced at a press conference for the drama series, Take Care of Us, Captain. Reasons given for the name change included the fact that her birth name, Sung-min, was "male-sounding" and that her English name had always been Clara.[2]

In May 2013, Clara became an overnight sensation online after throwing a ceremonial first pitch in a professional baseball game dressed in form-fitting leggings.[3] She has since been hailed as an up-and-coming star and a sex symbol.[4][5] In September 2013, Clara drew criticism from South Korean netizens for apparently contradicting herself on television by saying she liked to eat chicken and drink beer in one program and stating the contrary in another. Consequently, she closed down her Twitter and Facebook accounts.[6][7] Afterwards, she again played supporting roles in the television series Goddess of Marriage (2013) and Emergency Couple (2014), followed by a leading role in the sex comedy film Casa Amor: Exclusive for Ladies (2015).[8][9][10][11]

In December 2014, she filed a lawsuit against her agency Polaris Entertainment to nullify her contract on the grounds of being sexually harassed by its president Lee Kyu-tae; Polaris denied those allegations and countered that Clara had been blackmailing the agency to end her contract which is due to expire in 2018.[12] In July 2015, prosecutors cleared Clara of the blackmail allegations and indicted Lee for making threats against her that implied physical violence.[13][14][15][16]

On 18 September 2015 Clara dropped her suit against Polaris Entertainment, bringing their legal battle to an end.[17]


Clara is the daughter of South Korean singer Lee Seung-kyu, a former member of the bilingual band, Koreana.[18]



Year Title Role
2009 Five Senses of Eros Lee Yoon-jung (segment "Believe in the Moment")
2013 Ask This of Rikyu Joseon noblewoman
2015 Casa Amor: Exclusive for Ladies Oh Nan-hee
2016 Line Walker assassin
2016 Some Like It Hot Yoyo (korean actress)
2017 The Jade Pendant[19] Chinese immigrant's wife

Television drama[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2006 Invisible Man, Choi Jang-soo Cha Hye-jin KBS2
2006-2007 High Kick! Kim Yoon-joo (ep.64) MBC
2009 Hilarious housewives Lee Sung-min MBC
Creating Destiny Shin Jin-hee MBC
2010 A Good Day for the Wind to Blow Choi Mi-ran KBS1
2011 Baby Faced Beauty Chae Seul-ah KBS2
2012 Take Care of Us, Captain Hong Mi-joo SBS
Tasty Life Min Young-woo SBS
2013 Goddess of Marriage Cynthia Jung SBS
Reckless Family - Season 3 Clara Park MBC Every 1
Love For Ten - Generation of Youth Kim Yang Mobile drama[20]
2014 Emergency Couple Han Ah-reum tvN
Fated to Love You Hye-jin (ep.1) MBC
America's Next Top Model Herself (season 21 ep.14) The CW
2016 Entourage Herself (ep.2) tvN
2017 Strong Woman Do Bong-soon Lee Bong Soon/Dental Hygienist (ep.16) JTBC

Variety show[edit]

Year Title Network Notes
We Got Married - Season 2 MBC Guest (episode 28-29)
2010–2011 Star King SBS Regular guest
2012–2013 Singles Trend Maker MBC Every 1 Regular guest
Singles - Season 2 MBC Every 1 Regular guest
Saturday Night Live Korea - Season 4 tvN Cast (episode 20-38)
Star Diving Show: Splash MBC Regular guest
Happy Together KBS2 Guest
Fashion King Korea - Season 2 SBS Cast
Kangxi Lai Le CTi Variety Guest (episode 2670)
I Am a Man KBS2 Guest (episode 18)

Music video[edit]

Year Song Title Artist
2007 "Same Pillow" Tei
"Love Song"
2009 "Empty Bet" Kim Joon
"Toy" Moon Hee-joon
2010 "Nothing to Lose" Juno
"Shout to the World" December
"Dazzling Tears"
2013 "Joah" Jay Park
"Invitation" House Rulez
2014 "Gwiyomi Song 2" Clara

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2004 1st Foce Digital Ulzzang Photo Contest N/A N/A Won
2013 Men's Health Cool Guy Contest Vital Woman Award[21] N/A Won
6th Style Icon Awards Chevrolet Find New Star Award N/A Won
6th Korea Drama Awards Hot Star Award Goddess of Marriage Won


  1. ^ Ock, Hyun-ju (January 13, 2014). "Is Clara turning into a Korean sex symbol?". The Korea Herald. Retrieved January 15, 2014. 
  2. ^ 클라라, 개명이유 "본명 이성민, 남자가 너무 많아". My Daily (in Korean). January 3, 2012. Retrieved September 15, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Pororo Beats Psy and Other Celebrities in Google Search Results". The Chosun Ilbo. July 2, 2013. Retrieved September 15, 2013. 
  4. ^ Ahn, Joo-hee (July 5, 2013). "Clara shows off her bikini body for High Cut". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved September 15, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Clara Makes Generous Pledge to Breast Cancer Patients". The Chosun Ilbo. September 13, 2013. Retrieved September 15, 2013. 
  6. ^ Im, Woo-jung (September 11, 2013). "After series of gaffes, Clara swears off SNS". The Korea Herald. Retrieved September 15, 2013. 
  7. ^ Lee, Sun-min (September 12, 2013). "Clara uses Internet to quit Internet". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved September 15, 2013. 
  8. ^ Bae, Sun-young (June 25, 2013). "PREVIEW: SBS weekend drama Goddess of Marriage". TenAsia. Retrieved September 15, 2013. 
  9. ^ Lee, Sun-min (August 16, 2013). "Clara ranks baby-daddies". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved September 15, 2013. 
  10. ^ Oh, Jean (January 21, 2014). "Clara to show her true self". The Korea Herald. Retrieved January 24, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Clara Speaks Out About Enduring Harsh Criticism". The Chosun Ilbo. January 23, 2015. Retrieved January 23, 2015. 
  12. ^ Kim, Se-jeong (January 15, 2015). "Clara claims sexually harassment by agency owner". The Korea Times. Retrieved January 23, 2015. 
  13. ^ Choi, Hee-suk (July 15, 2015). "Prosecution clears Clara of blackmailing, indicts Polaris chief". The Korea Herald. Retrieved July 16, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Ilgwang group chairman accused of threatening actress". The Korea Times. July 15, 2015. Retrieved July 16, 2015. 
  15. ^ Jin, Min-ji (July 16, 2015). "Court sides with Clara in lawsuit". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved July 16, 2015. 
  16. ^ "Actress Cleared of Blackmail". The Chosun Ilbo. July 16, 2015. Retrieved July 22, 2015. 
  17. ^ "Clara drops her suit against Polaris Entertainment". Allkpop. September 21, 2015. 
  18. ^ Park, Si-soo (March 7, 2014). "Stars and outstanding parents". The Korea Times. Retrieved March 11, 2014. 
  19. ^ Frater, Patrick (May 18, 2017). "Cannes: China’s ‘Jade Pendant’ Set for North American Release (EXCLUSIVE)". Retrieved June 17, 2017. 
  20. ^ Kang, Jung-yeon (August 19, 2013). "INFINITE Sung Yeol, 4minute Jihyun to Pair Up in Drama". TenAsia. Retrieved September 15, 2013. 
  21. ^ Ahn, Joo-hee (July 2, 2013). "Clara wins awards, reps games". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved September 15, 2013. 

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