Lee Dong-wook

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Lee Dong-wook
Lee dong wook.jpg
Lee in 2019
Born (1981-11-06) November 6, 1981 (age 40)
Seoul, South Korea
EducationJoongbu University[1]
  • Actor
  • host
  • model
  • entertainer
Years active1999–present
AgentKing Kong by Starship[2]
Korean name
Revised RomanizationI Dong-uk
McCune–ReischauerI Tonguk
WebsiteOfficial website

Lee Dong-wook (Korean이동욱; Hanja李棟旭; born November 6, 1981 [3][4]) is a South Korean actor, host, model and entertainer. He is best known for his leading roles in the television dramas My Girl (2005), Scent of a Woman (2011), The Fugitive of Joseon , Hotel King (2014), Guardian: The Lonely and Great God (2016–2017), Life (2018), Touch Your Heart (2019), Hell Is Other People (2019), Tale of the Nine Tailed (2020), and Bad and Crazy (2021) in the titular role. Furthermore, he’s also known as the host of the talk show Strong Heart (2012-2013), boy group survival reality show Produce X 101 (2019), and his own American-style talk show Wook Talk (2019).


Lee made his acting debut in 1999 in an MBC single-episode drama after winning the grand prize in the V-NESS model contest the same year.[5][6] The PD of the drama saw Lee, and proceeded to cast him in the teen drama School 2.[7][8] Lee started to gain recognition with his performance in School 3.[9]

Lee hit stardom with 2005 romantic comedy My Girl.[10] The drama series became a hit during its run both domestically and across Asia, and made Lee a Korean Wave star.[11][12] The same year he enrolled in Joongbu University, majoring in media and broadcasting arts.[13]

He has since starred in noir Bitter Sweet Life (2008),[14] courtroom dramedy Partner (2009),[15][16] melodrama Scent of a Woman (2011),[17] baseball rom-com Wild Romance (2012),[18][19] period thriller The Fugitive of Joseon (2013),[20][21] and revenge drama Hotel King (2014), in which he reunited with My Girl co-star Lee Da-hae.[22][23] He then starred in fantasy-action series Blade Man (2014) and romance drama Bubble Gum (2015).[24][25]

Lee and comedian Shin Dong-yup took over as MCs of talk show Strong Heart from April 2012 to January 2013.[26][27][28][29][30][31] Lee also joined the reality show Roommate, which aired from 2014 to 2015.[32][33]

From 2016 to 2017, Lee starred alongside Gong Yoo in Kim Eun-sook's fantasy-romance drama Guardian: The Lonely and Great God playing a grim reaper.[34] The drama was a hit, and along with its success, helped in the resurgence of Lee's acting career.[35][36]

In 2018, Lee starred in the medical drama Life as a doctor who works at the ER Department.[37][38]

In 2019, Lee starred in the romance comedy drama Touch Your Heart alongside Guardian co-star Yoo In-na, playing a workaholic lawyer.[39][40] The same year, he was confirmed as the host for Produce X101, the fourth season of survival audition program Produce 101.[41] He then starred as the main antagonist in the thriller drama Hell Is Other People as a dentist in the morning but a psychopath in the evening..[42] He also started hosting his own talk show, Wook Talk, to celebrate his 20th anniversary since debut.[43][44]

In 2020, Lee was cast in the fantasy drama Tale of the Nine Tailed as a nine-tailed fox who used to be a mountain god, and is now working as a civil servant.[45] He is also confirmed to appear in the romantic comedy Single in Seoul alongside Im Soo-jung.

In 2021, he appeared in A Year-End Medley, a romantic comedy film by Kwak Jae-yong and[46] in an iQIYI original mystery drama Bad and Crazy, which aired on December 17, 2021.[47]

In 2022, Lee joined the UNIVERSE communication platform.[48]

Personal life[edit]

Lee enlisted in the military in August 2009, serving under the National Defense Public Relations Service.[49] He was discharged in June 2011.[50]


His parents are mainly of Korean descent.[51] In a Wook Talk episode that aired on January 22, 2020, guest and forensic professor Yoo Sung-ho revealed genealogical DNA test results for him and one of the show's producers. According to Lee's results, a significant part of his mother's genetic makeup matches that of Koryaks and Khakas people—both ethnic groups that are indigenous to Siberia (to be more specific, Kamchatka and Khakassia respectively).[52]


On March 11, 2022, Lee made a donation 50 millions to the Hope Bridge Disaster Relief Association to help the victims of the massive wildfire that started in Uljin, Gyeongbuk and has spread to Samcheok, Gangwon.[53]



Year Title Category Notes Ref.
2017 "For My Dear" Photo-book ISBN 9791162201565 [54]


Lee was chosen as an honorary ambassador for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics. Lee attended the honorary ambassador appointment ceremony for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games at the Taepyeongno Press Center in Seoul on January 12.[55]

Year Title Ref.
2018 Honorary Ambassador for the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games [56]
Tourism Ambassador of Gangwon Province [57]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
1999 V-NESS Model Awards Grand Prize Won [58]
2001 9th Korean Most Popular Entertainment Awards New Generation Actor Won
2002 10th Korean Most Popular Entertainment Awards Best New Actor (TV) Loving You Won
2003 SBS Drama Awards New Star Award Land of Wine Won [59]
Best Supporting Actor Nominated
2007 1st Korea Movie Star Awards Best New Actor The Perfect Couple Nominated [60]
2009 KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Partner Nominated [61]
2011 8th Cosmopolitan Beauty Awards in China Most Attractive Actor in Asia Won [62]
18th South Korea, Japan Culture Awards Grand Prize, Cultural Diplomacy category Won [63]
SBS Drama Awards Top 10 Stars Scent of a Woman Won [64]
Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Weekend Drama Won
2012 SBS Entertainment Awards Best Newcomer, MC category Strong Heart Won [65]
Best Couple Award
with Shin Dong-yup
KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Wild Romance Nominated [66]
2013 PC LADY & Tudou Fashion Awards Asia Fashion Star Award Won [67]
KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Mid-length Drama The Fugitive of Joseon Nominated [68]
2014 9th Asia Model Festival Awards Fashionista Award Won [69]
3rd APAN Star Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Serial Drama Hotel King Nominated [70]
MBC Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Special Project Drama Nominated [71]
2017 5th Annual DramaFever Awards Best Supporting Actor Guardian: The Lonely and Great God Won [72]
10th Korea Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor Nominated [73]
3rd Fashionista Awards Global Icon Nominated [74]
2018 6th APAN Star Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Life Nominated [75]
K-Star Award Nominated
Korea Fashion Photographers Association Photogenic Award of the year Won [76]
13th Annual Soompi Awards Best Supporting Actor Guardian: The Lonely and Great God Won [77]
2019 OCN Awards "Dangerously Attractive Character" Award Hell Is Other People Won [78]
2021 Korea First Brand Awards Best Actor Won [79]
2021 I-Magazine Fashion Face Award Asian Male Won [80]


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