|Born||March 2, 1983|
Seoul, South Korea
|Other names||Honey Lee|
|Alma mater||Seoul National University|
|Height||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|Title||Miss Korea 2006|
Miss Universe 2007
|Predecessor||Kim Joo-hee (2005)|
|Successor||Lee Ji-sun (2007)|
|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 and beauty pageant titleholder. She represented her country at the global Miss Universe 2007, and won 3rd runner-up. 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 went in to 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.
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.
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.
|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||KBS2|
|2011||Indomitable Daughters-in-Law||Kim Yeon-jung|
|2012||Immortal Classic||Seo Young-joo||Channel A|||
|2014||Modern Farmer||Kang Yoon-hee||SBS|||
|2015||Shine or Go Crazy||Hwangbo Yeo-won||MBC|
|2016||Come Back Mister||Song Yi-yeon||SBS|
|2017||The Rebel||Jang Nok-su||MBC|
|2019||The Fiery Priest||Park Gyung-sun||SBS|
|Be Melodramatic||Actress (cameo, ep. 1)||JTBC|
|2021||One the Woman||Kang Mi-na / Cho Yeon-joo||SBS|||
|2007–2008||TV Entertainment Tonight||SBS||Host|
|2010||Honey Lee's My Sweet Canada||O'live TV|
|2011||Opera Star 2011||tvN||Host|
|2014||Four Sons and One Daughter - Season 1||MBC||Cast member|
|2015–2017||Get it Beauty||OnStyle||Host|
|2016||Saturday Night Live Korea||tvN|
|LOVE Challenge 2||MBC||Cast member|
|2017||Shall We Walk||tvN||Cast member|
|2018||The Secret and Great Private Lives of Animals||KBS2||Cast member|
|2009-2010||Legally Blonde||Elle Woods|
|2013-2014||Guys and Dolls||Sarah Brown|
Awards and nominations
|2006||Miss Korea Pageant||Miss Korea - Jin||N/A||Won|
|2007||Miss Universe Pageant||Third runner-up||N/A||Won|
|2010||2nd Korea Jewelry Awards||Sapphire Award||N/A||Won|||
|2011||5th Mnet 20's Choice Awards||Hot Body Female||N/A||Won|||
|MBC Drama Awards||Best New Actress||Indomitable Daughters-in-Law||Won|||
|2013||7th Daegu Musical Festival||Best Newcomer||Chicago||Won|||
|2014||SBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actress in a Drama Special||Modern Farmer||Nominated|
|51st Grand Bell Awards||Best New Actress||Tazza: The Hidden Card||Nominated|
|35th Blue Dragon Film Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|
|2015||51st Baeksang Arts Awards||Best New Actress (Film)||Nominated|
|4th APAN Star Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Shine or Go Crazy||Nominated|
|2016||8th Style Icon Asia||Top 10 Style Icons||N/A||Won|||
|SBS Drama Awards||Special Acting Award, Actress in a Fantasy Drama||Please Come Back, Mister||Nominated|
|2017||10th Korea Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actress||The Rebel||Won|||
|1st The Seoul Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Won|||
|MBC Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Monday-Tuesday Drama||Won|||
|6th Korea Film Actors Association Awards||Best Supporting Actress||The Bros, Heart Blackened||Won|||
|2018||54th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Supporting Actress (Film)||Heart Blackened||Nominated|||
|KBS Entertainment Awards||Rookie Award, Variety||The Secret and Great Private Lives of Animals||Won|||
|2019||2019 Korean Popular Culture and Arts Awards||The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism commendation||N/A||Won|
|SBS Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Mid-Length Drama||The Fiery Priest||Won|||
|7th BIFF Marie Claire Asian Star Awards||Marie Claire Award||Extreme Job||Won|
|55th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Supporting Actress (Film)||Nominated|||
|40th Blue Dragon Film Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|
|Popular Star Award||Won|
|2020||56th Grand Bell Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|
|2021||40th Golden Cinema Film Festival||Best Actress||Black Money||Won|||
|Forbes||2018||Korea Power Celebrity||26th|||
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