Lee Chung-ah

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Lee Chung-ah
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Lee Chung-ah at the premiere of Flower Boy Ramen Shop, on October 27, 2011
Born (1984-10-29) October 29, 1984 (age 34)
Seoul, South Korea
NationalitySouth Korean
EducationHanyang University - Theater and Film
Years active2002-present
AgentC-Jes Entertainment[1]
Parent(s)Lee Seung-chul
Korean name
Revised RomanizationI Cheong-a
McCune–ReischauerI Ch'ŏng-a

Lee Chung-ah (born October 29, 1984) is a South Korean actress. She is best known for her leading roles in the movies Temptation of Wolves (2004) and My Tutor Friend 2 (2007), as well as the cable drama Flower Boy Ramen Shop (2011).


Lee Chung-ah began her acting career by playing supporting roles in the movies Resurrection of the Little Match Girl (2002) and Happy Ero Christmas (2003). In 2004, she landed her first leading role in Temptation of Wolves (2004), a film adaptation of an internet novel by Guiyeoni.[2] Lee played a country girl who moves to the city and attracts the attention of the two most popular boys in town, played by Jo Han-sun and Kang Dong-won. The movie made the two actors into breakout stars, but not Lee.[3]

She was cast as a lead actress in her first television drama Let's Go to the Beach (2005), where she and Lee Wan played bickering lifeguards who later fall in love. In 2006, Lee starred in the family drama Going Together and the omnibus film Ssunday Seoul.[4]

Lee then starred in My Tutor Friend 2 (2007), the sequel to the 2003 hit movie of the same title. She studied Nihongo for her role as a Japanese exchange student who goes to Korea in search of her first love, then meets a happy-go-lucky university student (Park Ki-woong) who becomes her Korean language tutor.[5] A year later, she was cast in Kim Jee-woon's kimchi western The Good, the Bad, the Weird (2008) in a small role as the foster sister of Jung Woo-sung's character. Lee said that she practiced horseback riding for this movie but those scenes were deleted in post-production. She later showed her horseback riding skills in Chosun Police Season 2, a series set during the reign of Emperor Gojong in which she played a damo with a dark past.

On television, Lee continued to appear in supporting roles in 2009 with the romantic comedy The Accidental Couple and family drama Jolly Widows. This was followed by the 2010 daily drama Pure Pumpkin Flower, where she played a pure-hearted girl who never loses hope even in difficult circumstances.[6]

In 2011, she starred in the leading role in cable romantic comedy series Flower Boy Ramen Shop.[7][8] Lee played a college girl preparing for teacher certification examination who unexpectedly inherits her father's ramen restaurant; she becomes involved in a love triangle with two of her employees, the arrogant heir to the biggest food conglomerate in Korea (Jung Il-woo) and a lazy but warm-heated genius chef (Lee Ki-woo).[9][10] Flower Boy Ramen Shop received solid ratings for a Korean cable drama, and became the first of tvN's "flower boy" programming, which included Dating Agency: Cyrano on which Lee made a guest appearance in 2013.[11][12][13]

Lee was in two variety shows in 2012. She hosted Cats and Dogs, a talk show in which pet owners shared information to foster a more mature pet culture.[14] Lee then appeared in the second season of Music and Lyrics, a reality show in which a celebrity pair write and compose a song together. She wrote the lyrics and actor Seo Ji-seok composed the music for the ballad "Looking Forward to It," which was sung by Heo Young-saeng and used as the theme song of Seo In-guk's character in the family drama The Sons.[15][16][17]

Lee reunited with Happy Ero Christmas costar Kim Sun-a in the 2013 revenge thriller The Five. Adapted from the webtoon of the same title, she played a detective with a delinquent credit history who helps kill a serial killer in exchange for an organ transplant for her ill mother.[18][19] Later in the year, she played a doormat wife in the weekend drama series Wonderful Mama.

Personal life[edit]

Her father is musical theatre actor Lee Seung-chul.[citation needed]

She began dating actor Lee Ki Woo in 2013; they were costars in the 2011 series Flower Boy Ramyun Shop.



Year Title Role Notes
2002 Resurrection of the Little Match Girl Girl in soju-bang
Tears Girl
2003 Happy Ero Christmas Lee Hae-min
2004 Twentidentity Girl segment: "Convenience Store
at 2:00 a.m."
Temptation of Wolves Jung Han-kyung
2005 The Dark Plan of Green Tea Planet S short film
2006 Ssunday Seoul Young-ja segment: "The Young Adventurer"
2007 My Tutor Friend 2 Kitano Junko
2008 The Good, the Bad, the Weird Song-yi
2010 The First Love Series Han Seo-yeon segment: "Paper Crane"
Finding Mr. Destiny Ji-hye
Oh! Happy Day Girl next door short film
Lee Chung-ah's Seoul Play short film
2013 The Five Park Jeong-ha
2014 First Love Struck Me One Day Yong-jae
Twinkle-Twinkle Pitter-Patter short film
2015 Northern Limit Line Captain Choi Yoon-jung
2017 Bluebeard Mi-yeon
2018 Spring, Again [20]

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2005 Let's Go to the Beach Yoon So-ra SBS
2006 Going Together Da-seul SBS
2008 Chosun Police Season 2 Han Da-kyung MBC Dramanet
2009 The Accidental Couple Goo Min-ji KBS2
Jolly Widows Han Soo-hyun KBS1
2010 Pure Pumpkin Flower Park Soon-jung SBS
2011 Flower Boy Ramen Shop Yang Eun-bi tvN
2013 Wonderful Mama Oh Da-jung SBS
Dating Agency: Cyrano Seol Yoo-jin
(guest, episode 1)
2014 High School King of Savvy Attractive woman
(cameo, episode 17)
Drama Special "Bride in Sneakers" Park Bo-kyung KBS2
2015-2016 Riders: Catch Tomorrow Yoon So-dam E Channel & DRAMAcube
2016 The Vampire Detective Yo-na OCN
Lucky Romance Seol-hee/Amy MBC
2017 Because This Is My First Life Go Jung Min tvN
2017-2018 The Best Moment to Quit Your Job Sun-hee Lifetime Asia

Variety show[edit]

Year Title Network Notes
2010 The Fox's Butler MBC Host
2012 Cats and Dogs tvN Host
Music and Lyrics - Season 2 MBC Music paired with Seo Ji-seok
2016 Battle Trip KBS2 Contestant with Seo Hyo-rim, episodes 27-30

Music video[edit]

Year Song Title Artist
2004 "We Were in Love" Lyn
2005 "Coward" Buzz
2008 "웃어도 눈물이" Ryu Joo-hwan
"Because of You"[21] Shin Hye-sung
2010 "Telephone" Electro Boyz (feat. Horan)
"Full Story" V.O.S
2013 "The Day to Love" Lee Seung-chul
2015 "The Only Thing I Can't Do" Gummy

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2005 28th Golden Cinematography Awards Best New Actress Temptation of Wolves Won
42nd Grand Bell Awards Best New Actress Won
2009 KBS Drama Awards Best New Actress The Accidental Couple, Jolly Widows Nominated


  1. ^ "Actress Lee Chung Ah Joins C-JeS Entertainment". Soompi. 13 February 2015. Retrieved 2015-02-13.
  2. ^ "Film Romance of Their Own to be made into TV series". 10Asia. 17 October 2011. Retrieved 2014-07-09.
  3. ^ Hong, Grace Danbi (25 July 2012). "Lee Chung Ah Was Cast in Dramas Because She's Lee Soo Man's Daughter?". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2014-07-09.
  4. ^ "Ssunday Seoul". LoveHKFilm.com. Retrieved 2014-07-09.
  5. ^ Kim, Tae-jong (19 April 2007). "Tutor Teaches No-Fun Lesson". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2014-07-09.
  6. ^ Kim, Sun-young (16 November 2010). "REVIEW: SBS daily series Happy Maker Soon-jung - 1st Episode". 10Asia. Retrieved 2014-07-09.
  7. ^ Lee, Kyung-nam (16 September 2011). "Lee Chung Ah Cast As Female Lead in Flower Boy Ramen Shop". enewsWorld. Archived from the original on 15 February 2016. Retrieved 2013-01-08.
  8. ^ Choi, Eun-hwa (27 October 2011). "Why Do Younger Men Have the Hots for Lee Chung Ah?". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2014-07-09.
  9. ^ Lee, Kyung-nam (21 October 2011). "Jung Il Woo and Lee Chung Ah for Flower Boy Ramen Shop". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2014-07-09.
  10. ^ "On the set of tvN TV series Cool Guys, Hot Ramen". 10Asia. 13 December 2011. Retrieved 2014-07-09.
  11. ^ Lee, Kyung-nam (21 December 2011). "Lee Chung Ah Says Goodbye to Flower Boys Ramen Shop". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2014-07-09.
  12. ^ Choi, Eun-hwa (8 November 2011). "Flower Boy Ramen Shop Still Number One in Viewer Ratings". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2013-01-08.
  13. ^ Hong, Grace Danbi (16 May 2013). "SHINee's Taemin, Lee Chung Ah, and Others to Cameo on Cyrano Agency". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2014-07-09.
  14. ^ Choi, Eun-hwa (23 March 2012). "Lee Chung Ah to Debut as Show Host with Cats and Dogs". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2014-07-09.
  15. ^ "Lee Chung-ah Becomes Seo Ji-suk's Muse". 10Asia. 12 October 2012. Retrieved 2014-07-09.
  16. ^ Ho, Stewart (12 October 2012). "Seo Ji Suk-Lee Chung Ah Joins Music and Lyrics and Will Write Seo In Guk's Theme Song". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2014-07-09.
  17. ^ Ho, Stewart (13 October 2012). "Lee Chung Ah Was Nervous Meeting Seo Ji Suk for Music and Lyrics". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2014-07-09.
  18. ^ Jeon, Hyung-hwa (30 January 2013). "Lee Chung Ah returns to the big screen with The Five". Star News. Archived from the original on 16 October 2013. Retrieved 2013-02-24.
  19. ^ Lee, Eun-ah (16 May 2013). "Actress Kim Sun-A's New Film Cranks Up". TenAsia. Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 2014-07-09.
  20. ^ "LEE Chung-ah and HONG Jong-hyun Wrap Timeloop Drama SPRING, AGAIN". Korean Film Biz Zone. 30 July 2018.
  21. ^ "Shin Hye-sung and Lee Chung-ah Appear in Music Video". KBS Global. 3 September 2008. Retrieved 2014-07-06.

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