Lee Jong-hwa (actor)

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Lee Jong-hwa
Native name
Lee Jong-hwa

(1994-02-15) February 15, 1994 (age 25)
Busan, South Korea
EducationDong Ji High School
  • Actor
  • singer
  • model
AgentKing Kong by Starship
Height177 cm (5 ft 9 12 in)
Musical career
Years active2014–present
Associated actsMadtown
Korean name
Revised RomanizationI Jong-hwa
McCune–ReischauerYi Chonghwa

Lee Jong-hwa (born February 15, 1994), also known as Jota, is a South Korean actor, singer and model. He is a former member of South Korean boy group Madtown.[1]

Early life[edit]

In high school, Lee planned to become a professional Judo competitor. However, due to an ankle injury he had to give his dreams up and decided to pursue a career in entertainment.[2]

He was a backup dancer in Lee Hyori's "Bad Girls" music video and promotions.


Lee debuted with the South Korean boy group Madtown in October 2014, under his stage name Jota. In December 2015, he auditioned for Our Neighborhood Arts and Physical Education where he was chosen for judo and was announced as the new ace due to his professional judo skills. He won many matches with experienced judo players. In early January 2016, it was confirmed that he would be a cast member of the Law of the jungle in Tonga.[3] In May 2016, he joined the fourth season of We Got Married, appeared with model Kim Jin-kyung.[4]

In October 2018, it was announced that he signed an exclusive contract with King Kong by Starship to promote as an actor under his real name.[1]


Variety show[edit]

Year Title Network Role Notes
2015-2016 Let's Go! Dream Team Season 2 KBS2 Fixed member Jota won 2nd place in the episode 259,1st place in 267,278,317,329
Cool Kiz on the Block Cast member Judo (Episodes 131–143, 168, 170)
Volleyball (Episodes 146–163)
Wrestling (Episodes 166-167)
2016 Law of the Jungle in Tonga SBS Cast member Episodes 203–207
We Got Married MBC Cast member with Kim Jin-kyung (Episodes 321–350)
Real Men (TV series) MBC Cast member Manly Men Special
King of Mask Singer MBC Contestant as "Sexy Brain Scarecrow" (Episode 85)
2017 Idol Acting Competition – I’m an Actor K Star Main cast Episode 1-12
2018 Law of the Jungle in Mexico SBS Cast member[5] Episodes 314 - 320


Year Title Network Role Notes
2016 Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-Joo MBC Choi Tae-hoon Cameo (Episodes 1, 15)
2019 Touch Your Heart tvN Lee Jong-hwa Cameo (Episodes 8)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Nominated work Category Result
2016 SBS Entertainment Awards Law of the Jungle in Tonga Bromance Best Couple Award (with Seo Kang-joon) Nominated
MBC Entertainment Awards We Got Married Best couple (with Kim Jin-kyung) Nominated


  1. ^ a b "매드타운 조타→이종화, 킹콩과 전속계약…'연기 활동 시작' [공식입장]". Naver (in Korean). OSEN. October 9, 2018.
  2. ^ http://www.kpopstarz.com/articles/266591/20160116/madtown-jota-judo.htm
  3. ^ http://www.allkpop.com/article/2016/01/laws-of-the-jungle-in-tonga-confirms-its-full-lineup
  4. ^ http://www.allkpop.com/article/2016/05/who-is-the-mystery-husband-to-model-kim-jin-kyung-on-we-got-married
  5. ^ Broadcast using actual name Lee Jong-hwa