Lee Hanee

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Lee Hanee
Lee Ha-Nui in 2010.jpg
Lee in 2010
Born (1983-03-02) March 2, 1983 (age 35)
Seoul, South Korea
Other names Honey Lee
Alma mater Seoul National University
Occupation Actress, model
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Weight 56 kg (123 lb)
Title Miss Korea 2006
Miss Universe 2007
(3rd Runner-Up)
Term 2006
Predecessor Kim Joo-hee (2005)
Successor Lee Ji-sun (2007)
Korean name
Revised Romanization I Ha-nui
McCune–Reischauer I Hanŭi

Lee Hanee[2] (Hangul이하늬; born March 2, 1983), better known as Honey Lee, is a South Korean actress, model, classical musician, gayageum player and a beauty pageant titleholder. She represented her country at the Miss Universe 2007 pageant at Mexico City and placed 3rd runner-Up behind the grand winner Riyo Mori of Japan.

Early life[edit]

Lee Hanee is the middle child of two daughters and one son. Her father Lee Sang-eob was a high-ranking official with the National Intelligence Service. Her mother Moon Jae-suk has a Ph.D 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 president Moon Jae-in's special envoy to Japan).

Lee graduated from Seoul National University with high honors in traditional Korean music.[3] She received her master's degree from the same university.[4]


Beauty pageant[edit]

Lee won the 2006 Miss Korea pageant and was the 3rd runner-up in the Miss Universe pageant in 2007.[5] She was named Miss Grand Slam 2007.[6]


Lee is a professional gayageum player,[7] and was named a gayageum prodigy by the Kumho Art Center, the most prestigious musical foundation in Korea.[8] 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.[9]


Lee Hanee co-hosted Real Time TV Entertainment, on the national TV network SBS, a 12-year-old show focusing on show business, beginning July 18.[10]

In 2008, she made her acting debut in the musical Polaroid which opened at PMC Daehangno Jayu Theater in Hyehwa-dong, Jongno-gu[11] She has since starred in musicals Legally Blonde', playing Elle Woods and Chicago, playing Roxie Hart.[12][13]

In 2009, Lee starred in her first television series The Partner, playing a femme fatale attorney.[14] She next starred in the romantic comedy series Pasta (2010), playing a celebrity chef.[15]

Lee won her first acting accolade at the MBC Drama Awards, the Best Newcomer award for her performance in the family drama Iron Daughters-in-law (2011).[16]

In 2011, Lee was cast in her first big screen role in action film, Hit.[17] She also featured in the disaster film Deranged[18] and period comedy I Am a King (2012).

After appearing in E J-yong’s ensemble mockumentary Behind the Camera (2013), Lee starred in the gambling film 'Tazza: The Hidden Card (2014), playing a rich widow.[19]

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.[20] The same year, she starred in the science fiction film Sori: Voice From The Heart.[21]

In 2016, Lee starred in the comedy drama Please Come Back, Mister.[22] 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.[23]

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.[24] The same year, she featured in crime thriller Heart Blackened[25] and action comedy film The Bros.[26] Lee is set to star next in the comedy film Extreme Job.[27]

Personal life[edit]

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.[28]

Lee holds a third degree black belt in Taekwondo, and is a scuba diver and a competitive skier.[citation needed]

In February 2013, it was confirmed that Lee was in a relationship with South Korean actor and singer Yoon Kye-sang.[29]

Lee performed at the closing ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics, where she reinterpreted '춘행무(Chunaengmu)', one of the royal dances of the Joseon dynasty.[30]



Year Title Role
2011 Hit Seon-nyeo
2012 Deranged Yeon-joo
I Am the King Soo-yeon
2013 Behind the Camera
2014 Tazza: The Hidden Card President Woo
2015 Sori: Voice From The Heart Ji-yeon
2017 Fabricated City Min Cheon-sang's secretary
Heart Blackened Yoo-na
The Bros Aurora
2018 Extreme Job

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2009 The Partner Kim Jung-won KBS2
2010 Pasta Oh Se-young MBC
2011 Indomitable Daughters-in-Law Kim Yeon-jung MBC
2012 Immortal Classic Seo Young-joo Channel A
2013 Shark Jang Young-hee KBS2
2014 Modern Farmer Kang Yoon-hee SBS
2015 Shine or Go Crazy Hwang Bo Yeo-won MBC
2016 Come Back Mister Song Yi-yeon SBS
2017 The Rebel Jang Nok-su MBC

Variety show[edit]

Year Title Network Notes
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[31] MBC Cast member
2015–2017 Get it Beauty[32] OnStyle Host
2016 Saturday Night Live Korea[33] tvN

Musical theatre[edit]

Year Title Role
2008 Polaroid Lee Se-yeon
2009-2010 Legally Blonde Elle Woods
2013 Chicago Roxie Hart
2013-2014 Guys and Dolls Sarah Brown

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2006 Miss Korea Pageant Miss Korea - Jin N/A Won
2007 Miss Universe Pageant Third runner-up N/A Won
2011 MBC Drama Awards[34] Best New Actress Indomitable Daughters-in-Law Won
2014 51st Grand Bell Awards Best New Actress Tazza: The Hidden Card Nominated
Hana Financial Group Star Award
(Popularity Award)[35]
35th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated
SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Drama Special Modern Farmer Nominated
2015 51st Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actress Tazza: The Hidden Card Nominated
4th APAN Star Awards Best Supporting Actress Shine or Go Crazy Nominated
2016 8th Style Icon Asia[36] 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[37] Top Excellence Award, Actress The Rebel Won
1st The Seoul Awards[38] Best Supporting Actress (Drama) Won
MBC Drama Awards[39] Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Monday-Tuesday Drama Won
2018 54th Baeksang Arts Awards[40] Best Supporting Actress (Film) Heart Blackened Nominated


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  11. ^ "Polaroid snapshots capture complex love triangle". Korea JoongAng Daily. July 17, 2008. 
  12. ^ "Legally Blonde Sparkles With Starry Cast". The Korea Times. September 16, 2009. 
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  19. ^ "'Tazza 2' set for release soon". Korea JoongAng Daily. January 6, 2014. 
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