Lee Dong-wook

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Lee.
Lee Dong-wook
Born (1981-11-06) November 6, 1981 (age 34)
Seoul, South Korea
Education Joongbu University - Broadcasting and Media Arts
Occupation Actor
Years active 1999–present
Agent King Kong Entertainment
Religion Roman Catholic
Korean name
Hangul 이동욱
Hanja 李棟旭
Revised Romanization I Dong-uk
McCune–Reischauer I Tong'uk

Lee Dong-wook (born November 6, 1981) is a South Korean actor. He is best known for his leading roles in the television dramas My Girl (2005), Scent of a Woman (2011), and Hotel King (2014).


Lee Dong-wook made his acting debut in 1999, and went on to appear in a number of TV series before hitting stardom with 2005 romantic comedy My Girl. The drama series became a hit during its run both domestically and across Asia, and made Lee a Korean Wave star. He has since starred as the male lead in noir La Dolce Vita (2008),[1] courtroom dramedy Partner (2009),[2][3] melodrama Scent of a Woman (2011),[4] baseball rom-com Wild Romance (2012),[5][6] period thriller The Fugitive of Joseon (2013), and revenge drama Hotel King (2014).[7][8]

In November 2011, Lee signed with talent agency King Kong Entertainment, which also manages fellow actors Lee Kwang-soo, Park Min-young, Lee Chung-ah and Kim Sun-a.[9]

Lee and comedian Shin Dong-yup took over as MCs of talk show Strong Heart from April 2012 to January 2013.[10][11][12][13][14][15] Lee also joined the reality show Roommate, which aired from 2014 to 2015.[16][17]

In 2016, Lee was cast alongside Gong Yoo in Kim Eun-sook's fantasy-romance drama Goblin. The fantasy romance drama will air in November on tvN.


Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network
1999 MBC Best Theater "길밖에도 세상은 있어" Sung-joon MBC
School 2 Lee Kang-san KBS1
2000 School 3 Lee Kang-san KBS1
Secret Kang Hyun-soo MBC
2001 Pure Heart Jang Ho-gu KBS2
A Dreaming Family KBS
Drama City "Happier Than Heaven" KBS2
This Is Love Jae-hyun KBS1
That's Perfect! Dong-wook SBS
2002 Let's Go! Dong-wook SBS
Loving You Lee Min KBS2
Honest Living Lee Dong-wook SBS
2003 Land of Wine Song Do-il SBS
Merry Go Round Park Sung-pyo MBC
2004 Island Village Teacher Jang Jae-doo SBS
Precious Family Ahn Jung-hwan KBS2
2005 Hanoi Bride Park Eun-woo SBS
My Girl Seol Gong-chan SBS
2008 La Dolce Vita Lee Joon-soo MBC
2009 Partner Lee Tae-jo KBS2
2011 Scent of a Woman Kang Ji-wook SBS
2012 Wild Romance Park Mu-yeol KBS2
2013 The Fugitive of Joseon Choi Won KBS2
2014 The Story of Kang-gu Kim Kyung-tae SBS
Hotel King Cha Jae-wan MBC
Blade Man Joo Hong-bin KBS2
2015 Bubble Gum Park Ri-hwan tvN
2016 Goblin Wang Yeo tvN


Year Title Role
2006 Arang Hyun-ki
2007 The Perfect Couple Kang Jae-hyuk
2008 Heartbreak Library Kim Joon-oh
2010 The Recipe Kim Hyun-soo
2015 The Beauty Inside Woo-jin

Variety show[edit]

Year Title Network Notes
2006 Sang Sang Plus - Generation
to Generation: Old & New
KBS2 guest, episode 84
Come to Play MBC guest, episode 102
2007 Hey Hey Hey - Season 2 SBS guest, episode 9
Come to Play MBC guest, episode 126
2008 Happy Together KBS2 guest, episode 68
2011 Healing Camp, Aren't You Happy SBS guest, episode 11
2012-2013 Strong Heart SBS MC
2012 SBS Drama Awards SBS MC
2013 Happy Together KBS2 guest, episode 295
Running Man SBS guest, episodes 133-134, 136
Infinity Challenge MBC guest, episode 360
2014 Running Man SBS guest, episodes 179-180
2014-2015 Roommate SBS cast member, seasons 1-2
2014 Entertainment Weekly KBS2 guest, episode 1539
2015 Running Man SBS guest, episode 263
2016 The Return of Superman KBS guest, episode 126,127,137
2016 My Bodyguard OnStyle MC

Music video[edit]

Year Song Title Artist Notes
2005 "Bye Bye Bye" Monday Kiz
2006 "Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter" Suho feat. Kim Tae-woo
2007 "Lost in the Forest of Love" Jed
2008 "As Much as We Loved" Suho
2009 "Missed Call" Suho feat. Kim Bum-soo
2010 "Dandelion" Zozo Lee Dong-wook also
directed this music video[18]
2011 "Replay" Kim Dong-ryul
2013 "Cosmic Girl" Kim Tae-woo

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
1999 V-NESS Screen Award N/A N/A Won
2003 SBS Drama Awards New Star Award Land of Wine Won
2009 KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Partner Nominated
2011 8th Cosmo Beauty Awards Most Attractive Actor in Asia N/A Won
18th Han Il Culture Awards Grand Prize, Cultural Diplomacy category N/A Won
SBS Drama Awards Top 10 Stars Scent of a Woman Won
Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Weekend Drama Won
2012 SBS Entertainment Awards Best Couple Award with Shin Dong-yup Strong Heart Won
Best Newcomer, MC category Won
KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Wild Romance Nominated
2013 KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Mid-length Drama The Fugitive of Joseon Nominated
2014 9th Asia Model Festival Awards Fashionista Award N/A Won
3rd APAN Star Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Serial Drama Hotel King Nominated
MBC Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Special Project Drama Nominated


  1. ^ "Lee Dong-wook stars in Sweet Life a new MBC TV drama currently in production". MBC Global Media. 24 April 2008. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  2. ^ Han, Sang-hee (23 June 2009). "Friends, Lawyers to Hit Small Screen". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  3. ^ Oh, Jean (24 June 2009). "Legal wars and blood brothers hit TV". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2013-07-10. 
  4. ^ "ONE Exclusive Interview - Lee Dong Wook". ONE TV ASIA. December 2011. Retrieved 2013-08-04. 
  5. ^ Noh, Hyun-gi (3 January 2012). "Lee Si-young to play tomboy who falls in love". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  6. ^ Hong, Lucia (1 January 2012). "Lee Dong-wook pulled off all action scenes for new series because of Lee Si-young". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  7. ^ Lee, Kyung-nam (13 February 2014). "Lee Dong Wook to Reunite with Lee Da Hae in New Drama Hotel King". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2014-02-13. 
  8. ^ Lee, Min-ji (27 March 2014). "Hotel King Lee Dong Wook and Lee Dae Hae Praise Each Other". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2014-03-30. 
  9. ^ Hong, Lucia (22 November 2011). "Lee Dong-wook signs with a new talenthouse". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-12-01. 
  10. ^ Hong, Lucia (15 March 2012). "Lee Dong-wook becomes new host of SBS' Strong Heart". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  11. ^ Choi, Eun-hwa (15 March 2012). "Lee Dong Wook to be New Host for Strong Heart". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  12. ^ Ho, Stewart (9 April 2012). "Lee Dong Wook Successfully Completes First Shoot for Strong Heart". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  13. ^ Lee, Dong-hyun (11 April 2012). "Lee Dong Wook Debuts as Strong Heart MC". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  14. ^ "Mighty Heart talk show to go silent". Korea JoongAng Daily. 11 January 2013. Retrieved 2013-01-11. 
  15. ^ Jeon, Su-mi (13 February 2013). "Lee Dong Wook Says He Learned More about Variety on the Last Episode of Strong Heart". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2013-02-13. 
  16. ^ Kim, Min-jin (4 June 2014). "Roommate reveals its additional posters". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2015-06-09. 
  17. ^ "Lee Dong Wook comments on the end of SBS Roommate". Allkpop. 15 April 2015. Retrieved 2015-06-09. 
  18. ^ 이동욱, 뮤비 감독 데뷔…조조 '민들레' 제작 [Lee Dong-wook makes his directorial debut]. Segye (in Korean). 13 April 2010. Retrieved 2012-11-23. 

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