Lee Elijah

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Lee Elijah
Lee in 2019
Born (1990-02-19) February 19, 1990 (age 30)
EducationSeoul Institute of the Arts – Department of Acting
Years active2013–present
Korean name
Revised RomanizationI Elriya
McCune–ReischauerYi Elriya

Lee Elijah (born February 19, 1990) is a South Korean actress. She debuted with leading role in 2013 tvN's drama Basketball. After several years in major supporting roles, she was cast as lead again with JTBC's The Good Detective (2020). She mostly played villainous and poisonous woman roles.

Early life[edit]

Lee Elijah was born into a Protestant family. Her parents named her after the prophet Elijah in the Old Testament.[1] Lee learned horse riding, taekwondo, ballet, vocal music when she was a child.[2] She studied acting from high school (Korean Arts High School) to college (Seoul Institute of the Arts).[3]


Lee Elijah debuted as the female lead in 2013 period sport series, Basketball.[4]

Lee spent the next few years acted as major supporting roles in diverse genres. Some of the notable ones were her performance in 2018-2019 titles such as legal drama Ms. Hammurabi,[5] modern monarchy The Last Empress,[6] political thriller Chief of Staff.[7]

Lee debuted in film with a starring role for 2019 romantic comedy My Bossy Girl [ko].[8]

In 2020, Lee returns to lead role in series with crime procedural The Good Detective.[9]



Year Title Role Ref.
2019 My Bossy Girl [ko] Hye-jin [10]

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network Ref.
2013 Basketball Choi Shin-young tvN
2014 Wonderful Days Kim Ma-ri KBS2 [11]
2015 The Return of Hwang Geum-bok Baek Ye-ryung SBS [12]
Heroes Park Hae-mil JTBC [13]
2016 Uncontrollably Fond Kim Yoo-na (guest) KBS2 [14]
2017 Fight for My Way Park Hye-ran [15]
2018 Children of a Lesser God Baek A-hyeon OCN [16]
Ms. Hammurabi Lee Do-yeon JTBC
The Last Empress Min Yoo-ra SBS
2019 Chief of Staff Yoon Hye-won JTBC
2020 The Good Detective Jin Seo-kyung [9]
2021 Delayed Justice Cameo SBS [17]

Variety show[edit]

Year Title Network Notes Ref
2017 King of Mask Singer MBC Contestant

as "Secret Garden" (episodes 137–138)


Music video[edit]

Year Song title Artist Ref.
2013 "Hate" Baek Ji-young [19]
"Going Crazy" GB9 [ko] [20]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2015 SBS Drama Awards New Star Award The Return of Hwang Geum-bok Won
2018 SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Wednesday-Thursday Drama The Last Empress Nominated


  1. ^ "이엘리야 "이름 본명이다, 성경에 나오는 인물"". Hankook Ilbo (in Korean). August 4, 2017. Retrieved July 24, 2019.
  2. ^ "DA:인터뷰 이엘리야, 이런 사람인지 몰랐어요". Sports Donga (in Korean). 2017-07-29. Retrieved May 31, 2020.
  3. ^ "'쌈,마이웨이' 이엘리야 "무용→연기, 서울예대 1등으로 갔어요"". Newsen (in Korean). 2017-07-24. Retrieved May 31, 2020.
  4. ^ "Rookie Lee Elijah in "Basketball"". Hancinema. Money Today. May 24, 2013. Retrieved February 25, 2018.
  5. ^ Shin, Na-ra. "'미스함무라비' 고아라x엘x성동일x 류덕환x이엘리야, 황금 라인업 완성 [공식]". Naver (in Korean). TV Report. Retrieved February 2, 2018.
  6. ^ "[공식] 이엘리야, SBS '황후의 품격' 출연···매력적인 악녀 변신". Seoul Economic Daily (in Korean). October 1, 2018.
  7. ^ "Lee Elijah to Star in Kwak Jeong-hwan's "The President's Aide"". Hancinema. March 27, 2019.
  8. ^ "TV star Lee Eliajah debuts on big screen as lead in 'My Bossy Girl'". koreaherald. Oct 24, 2019.
  9. ^ a b "Son Hyun-joo, Jang Seung-jo and Lee Elijah Confirm JTBC's Latest "A Model Detective"". Hancinema. January 13, 2020.
  10. ^ "영화 '너의 여자친구', TV로 볼 수 있다". chosun (in Korean). December 11, 2019. Retrieved September 12, 2020.
  11. ^ "이엘리야, '참 좋은 시절' 캐스팅… 택연과 '로맨스' 선사". 10Asia (in Korean). January 6, 2014. Retrieved February 25, 2018.
  12. ^ "Lee Elijah in "The Return of Hwang Geum-bok"". Hancinema. MK News. June 7, 2015. Retrieved February 25, 2018.
  13. ^ "이엘리야, JTBC 청춘극 '영웅들' 주연발탁..홍진호와 호흡". Osen (in Korean). Retrieved November 28, 2017.
  14. ^ "이엘리야, '함부로 애틋하게' 깜짝출연... 이경희 작가와 특별한 인연". JoongAng Ilbo (in Korean). June 6, 2017. Retrieved February 25, 2018.
  15. ^ "Lee Elijah to star in "Fight My Way"". Hancinema. Sports Donga. April 6, 2017. Retrieved February 25, 2018.
  16. ^ "Shim Hee-seop and Lee Elijah Join OCN drama "Children of a Lesser God"". Hancinema. News1. December 15, 2017. Retrieved February 25, 2018.
  17. ^ Kim Jin-seok (January 13, 2021). "[단독]이엘리야도… 이정재와 '날아라 개천용' 특별출연". isplus.joins (in Korean). Retrieved January 13, 2021.
  18. ^ Jung Ahn-ji (September 3, 2017). "'복면가왕' 김나영X청하X심현섭X이보람, 오늘잠시만, 안녕 [종합]". Sports Choun (in Korean). Retrieved March 23, 2020.
    Lee Yi-jin (November 19, 2017). "[종합] '복면가왕' 청개구리왕자 2연승…괘종시계는 고영배". Xports News (in Korean). Retrieved March 23, 2020.
  19. ^ "백지영 '싫다' 속 '몽환적 그녀' 이엘리야는 누구?". Asiae (in Korean). January 7, 2013. Retrieved September 13, 2020.
  20. ^ "신예 이엘리야 과거 '팜므파탈 연기' 화제, 청순매력 돋보여". Sportsworldi (in Korean). October 27, 2013. Retrieved September 13, 2020.

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