|Born||March 2, 1983|
Seoul, South Korea
|Other names||Honey Lee|
|Alma mater||Seoul National University|
|Height||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|Beauty pageant titleholder|
|Revised Romanization||I Ha-nui|
Lee Hanee (Korean: 이하늬; born March 2, 1983), also known as Honey Lee, is a South Korean actress, model, classical musician as well as beauty pageant titleholder where she represented her country at Miss Universe 2007. She has acted in several films and television series.
Lee Hanee is the middle child of three, and has an older sister and a younger brother. Her father Lee Sang-eob was a high-ranking official with the National Intelligence Service. Her mother Moon Jae-suk has a PhD in Korean music history and is a professor at Ewha Womans University as well as music director of Gimhae City Gayageum Orchestra. Her sister is Lee Seul-gi, a member of the KBS Orchestra of Traditional Korean Music. Lee's maternal uncle is politician Moon Hee-sang (currently Speaker of the National Assembly).
Lee won the 2006 Miss Korea pageant and represented South Korea in the Miss Universe 2007. She managed to break into the Top 5 and was placed 3rd runner-up; Riyo Mori from Japan was crowned Miss Universe that year. Lee was also named Miss Grand Slam 2007.
Lee is a professional gayageum player, a Korean music instrument. She was named a gayageum prodigy by the Kumho Art Center, the most prestigious musical foundation in Korea. She has released four CDs and played in more than 25 countries, including concerts at Carnegie Hall in New York City. In 2017, she participated in the largest-ever mass performance of the gayageum as part of the two-day Uijeongbu International Gayageum Festival.
Film and television
In 2008, she made her acting debut in the musical Polaroid which opened at PMC Daehangno Jayu Theater in Hyehwa-dong, Jongno-gu. She has since starred in musicals Legally Blonde, playing Elle Woods and Chicago, playing Roxie Hart.
She also appeared in a comedy drama in 2014 called Mondern Farmer which is about a rock band called "Excellent Souls." The band consists of Lee Min-Ki (Lee Hong-Ki), Kang Hyeok (Park Min-Woo), Yoo Han-Cheol (Lee Si-Un) and Han Ki-Joon (Kwak Dong-Yeon). The band decides to move to the countryside. There, the drama series follows their dreams, loves and friendships.
Lee then played Queen Daemok in the 2015 historical drama Shine or Go Crazy, which depicts a fictional romance between a cursed Goryeo prince and the last princess of Balhae. The same year, she starred in the science fiction film Sori: Voice From The Heart.
In 2016, Lee starred in the comedy drama Please Come Back, Mister. Lee was praised for her chemistry with co-star Oh Yeon-seo, whom she has acted with in her previous project Shine or Go Crazy.
In 2017, Lee played famous gisaeng Jang Nok-su in the historical drama The Rebel. She won critical praise for her portrayal, and won several acting awards. The same year, she featured in crime thriller Heart Blackened and action comedy film The Bros.
In 2019, Lee starred in the comedy film Extreme Job as a narcotics detective. The film became the second-most successful Korean film ever with 16 million tickets sold. The same year, she starred in comedy crime drama The Fiery Priest as a prosector. The drama was a commercial success with over 20% in ratings. Both projects proved Lee's versatility and contributed to her rise in popularity.
In 2021, Lee starred another SBS drama One the Woman with Lee Sang-yoon, Jin Seo-yeon and Lee Won-keun, making a small screen comeback in two years.  She played dual roles as Jo Yeon-joo, a smart but corrupted prosecutor (which is similar to her previous drama The Fiery Priest) and Kang Mi-na, an illegitimate daughter of a chaebol who is abused by her family and her husband's family. The drama was a hit with the last episode achieving 3.2 million viewers and a rating of 17.8%. For her successful portrayal of dual character with polar opposite personality, she earned a top excellence award and daesang nomination at 2021 SBS Drama Awards.
Lee has been actively involved in voluntary work for several organizations such as UNICEF, Compassion and World Vision. She serves as the Goodwill Ambassador for Beauty Mind Charity and Korea Green Foundation.
Lee holds a third degree black belt in Taekwondo, and is a scuba diver and a competitive skier.
Relationship and marriage
On November 8, 2021, it was confirmed that Lee was dating a non-celebrity boyfriend. They have been dating since early 2021. On December 21, 2021, Saram Entertainment confirmed that Lee has married that day, and the wedding ceremony was held in Seoul where only family members attended. According to Lee’s agency, her husband is a Korean-American office worker.
|I Am the King||Soo-yeon|
|2013||Behind the Camera||herself|
|2014||Tazza: The Hidden Card||President Woo|
|2015||Sori: Voice From The Heart||Ji-yeon|
|2016||Lost in the Moonlight||Lady Maehwa||voice role|
|2017||Fabricated City||Min Cheon-sang's secretary|
|2019||Extreme Job||detective Jang Yeon-soo|
|Black Money||Kim Na-ri|
|2009||The Partner||Kim Jung-won|
|2011||Indomitable Daughters-in-Law||Kim Yeon-jung|
|2012||Immortal Classic||Seo Young-joo|||
|2014||Modern Farmer||Kang Yoon-hee|||
|2015||Shine or Go Crazy||Hwangbo Yeo-won|
|2016||Come Back Mister||Song Yi-yeon|
|2017||The Rebel||Jang Nok-su|
|2019||The Fiery Priest||Park Gyung-sun|
|Be Melodramatic||Actress||Cameo (Episode 1)|
|2021||One the Woman||Cho Yeon-joo / Kang Mi-na|||
|2007–2008||TV Entertainment Tonight||Host|
|2010||Honey Lee's My Sweet Canada|
|2011||Opera Star 2011|||
|2014||Four Sons and One Daughter - Season 1||Cast member|||
|2015–2017||Get it Beauty||Host|||
|2016||Saturday Night Live Korea|||
|LOVE Challenge 2||Cast member|
|2017||Shall We Walk|
|2018||The Secret and Great Private Lives of Animals|||
|2009–2010||Legally Blonde||Elle Woods|
|2013–2014||Guys and Dolls||Sarah Brown|||
Awards and nominations
|Award ceremony||Year||Category||Nominee / Work||Result||Ref.|
|APAN Star Awards||2015||Best Supporting Actress||Shine or Go Crazy||Nominated|
|2022||Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries||One the Woman||Nominated|||
|Baeksang Arts Awards||2015||Best New Actress – Film||Tazza: The Hidden Card||Nominated|
|2018||Best Supporting Actress – Film||Heart Blackened||Nominated|||
|Blue Dragon Film Awards||2014||Best Supporting Actress||Tazza: The Hidden Card||Nominated|
|Popular Star Award||Won|||
|BIFF Marie Claire Asian Star Awards||2019||Marie Claire Award||Won|
|Daegu Musical Festival||2013||Best Newcomer||Chicago||Won|||
|Golden Cinema Film Festival||2021||Best Actress||Black Money||Won|||
|Grand Bell Awards||2014||Best New Actress||Tazza: The Hidden Card||Nominated|
|2020||Best Supporting Actress||Extreme Job||Nominated|
|KBS Entertainment Awards||2018||Rookie Award, Variety||The Secret and Great Private Lives of Animals||Won|||
|Korea Drama Awards||2017||Top Excellence Award, Actress||The Rebel||Won|||
|Korea Film Actors Association Awards||2017||Best Supporting Actress||The Bros, Heart Blackened||Won|||
|Korea Jewelry Awards||2010||Sapphire Award||Lee Hanee||Won|||
|MBC Drama Awards||2011||Best New Actress||Indomitable Daughters-in-Law||Won|||
|2017||Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Monday-Tuesday Drama||The Rebel||Won|||
|Miss Korea Pageant||2006||Miss Korea - Jin||Lee Hanee||Won|
|Miss Universe Pageant||2007||Third runner-up||Won|
|Mnet 20's Choice Awards||2011||Hot Body Female||Won|||
|SBS Drama Awards||2014||Excellence Award, Actress in a Drama Special||Modern Farmer||Nominated|
|2016||Special Acting Award, Actress in a Fantasy Drama||Please Come Back, Mister||Nominated|
|2019||Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Mid-Length Drama||The Fiery Priest||Won|||
|2021||Grand Prize (Daesang)||One the Woman||Nominated|||
|Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Romance/Comedy Drama||Won|||
|Best Couple Award||Lee Hanee (with Lee Sang-yoon)
One the Woman
|Style Icon Asia||2016||Top 10 Style Icons||Lee Hanee||Won|||
|The Seoul Awards||2017||Best Supporting Actress||The Rebel||Won|||
|Country Or Organization||Year||Honor Or Award||Ref.|
|South Korea[note 1]||2019||The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism commendation|
|Forbes||2018||Korea Power Celebrity||26th|||
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