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Lee Hye-ri
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Lee at a fan signing event in Seoul, September 2016
Native name 이혜리
Born Lee Hye-ri
(1994-06-09) June 9, 1994 (age 23)
Gwangju, Gyeonggi, South Korea
Education Konkuk University
  • Singer
  • actress
Musical career
Genres K-pop
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2010–present
Labels Dream Tea Entertainment
Associated acts Girl's Day
Korean name
Hangul 이혜리
Hanja [1]
Revised Romanization I Hye-ri
McCune–Reischauer Yi Hyeri

Lee Hye-ri (born June 9, 1994),[2] better known mononymously as Hyeri, is a South Korean singer and actress. She is the youngest member of girl group Girl's Day and is known for her leading roles in television dramas Reply 1988 (2015) and Entertainer (2016).

Hyeri ranked 3rd in Forbes Korea Power Celebrity list in 2016.[3][4]

Early life and education[edit]

Hyeri was born in Gwangju, Gyeonggi, South Korea.[5] She has a sister, Hye-rim, who is two years younger.[6]

When she was in middle school, Hyeri was scouted by Dream Tea Entertainment and consequently joined Girl's Day.[7] She later attended Seoul School of Performing Arts, and is currently majoring in Film at Konkuk University.[8][9]


2010–present: Girl's Day[edit]

In September 2010, Hyeri was announced as a new member of Girl's Day alongside Yura when Jiin and Jisun left the group, just two months after the group debuted.[10][11]

In January 2014, Hyeri was hospitalised after fainting on stage during "Something" promotions.[12]

2012–2014: Acting debut and rising popularity[edit]

In 2012, Hyeri made her acting debut in the SBS weekend drama Tasty Life, where she played the youngest in a family of four daughters.[13]

After her 4-day long appearance on Real Men in August 2014, a brief clip of her showing aegyo at her instructor went viral in South Korea, reaching one million views in a day.[14][15][16]

At a promotional concert for Lotte Gimhae Water Park, July 2014

Hyeri was later cast as one of the main characters in Seonam Girls High School Investigators, which began airing on cable channel jTBC in December 2014.[17] She played a looks-obsessed member of a detective club.

In late 2014, she was cast in the drama Hyde, Jekyll, Me, which began airing on SBS in January 2015.[18]

2015–present: Leading roles[edit]

In 2015, Hyeri was cast as the lead of the tvN drama Reply 1988.[19] The drama premiered in November and went on to become a success with audience ratings peaking at 18.8%, making it the highest rated drama in Korean cable television history. Hyeri received critical and audience acclaim for her award-winning portrayal of Sung Duk-seon.[20]

In March 2016, Hyeri was hospitalised after being diagnosed with meningitis due to busy schedules and lack of rest.[21][22][23] Later that month, she was cast as the lead in the SBS drama Entertainer along with actor Ji Sung and CNBLUE member Kang Min-hyuk, which began airing on April 20 and for which she won "New Star Award" at 2016 SBS Drama Awards.[24]

Hyeri was appointed as the ambassador for 'Free Semester Program' by the Ministry of Education in September, 2016.[25] In February 2017, Hyeri was appointed as one of the ambassadors for the Count Every Child birth registration campaign as part of her NGO partnership with Plan Korea.[26][27][28]

In March 2017, Dream Tea confirmed that Hyeri would make her big screen debut in Monster, where she will be playing the female lead; filming began in April.[29][30]

In the media[edit]

At Reply 1988 fan signing event in Ssangmun-dong, February 2015


The success of Reply 1988 combined with Hyeri's status as an icon of aegyo led to her becoming one of the most in-demand advertising models in South Korea.[31][32][33] By the start of 2016, she had shot over 30 advertisements for brands such as Puma, Lotte Confectionery's Ghana, Bohae, Amore Pacific's Happy Bath, and was consequently given the title of "₩10 billion girl (ko: 100억 소녀)" by the South Korean media.[34][35][36]

The sales of products such as 7-Eleven lunch boxes and Nongshim ramen increased by 78% and 50% respectively after Hyeri's endorsement.[37][38][39] Similarly, the page views of Dabang (ko: 다방), a mobile app that Hyeri has endorsed since 2015, grew from 5 million to 15 million, and weekly active users increased from 600,000 to 1.5 million after a new ad featuring Hyeri as Harley Quinn was released in 2017.[40]

Following her appointment as the model for Albamon (ko: 알바몬), a part-time job recruiting site, Hyeri was awarded with the plaque of appreciation by the Ministry of Employment and Labour for "promoting minimum wage awareness and compliance" in March, 2015.[41] In January 2017, Albamon received "Consumer Choice Best Brand Award" for "its efforts to improve the rights of the public by providing high quality part-time job announcements" after an ad featuring Hyeri and Im Chang-jung reached over 10 million views in just a month after its release.[42][43][44]

Charity work[edit]

On the Lunar New Year of 2016, Hyeri donated ₩50 million to Community Chest of Korea towards improving elderly welfare.[45][46] Later that year, she donated ₩50 million to Korea Disaster Relief Organisation for the victims of the Seomun Market fire.[47]

Personal life[edit]

Hyeri began a relationship with H.O.T member Tony An in March 2013, but broke up after eight months. The relationship attracted media attention due to their 16-year age difference.[48]




Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2017 Monster Myung Lead [29][30]

Television series[edit]

Year Title Network Role Notes Ref.
2012 Tasty Life SBS Jang Mi-hyun Supporting [13]
2014–15 Seonam Girls High School Investigators JTBC Lee Ye-hee [17]
2015 Hyde, Jekyll, Me SBS Min Woo-jung [18]
2015–16 Reply 1988 tvN Sung Duk-seon/Sung Soo-yeon Lead [19]
2016 Entertainer SBS Jung Geu-rin [24]

Variety shows[edit]

Year Title Network Roles Notes Ref.
2014 Real Men MBC Cast Real Men: Women’s Army Special (Season 1) [49][50]


Year Title Network Notes
2011 The Show SBS MTV with B.A.P's Himchan (Season 1)
2014 MBC Gayo Daejejeon MBC with Kim Sung-joo, Jun Hyun-moo, Soyou (Sistar), Lee Yoo-ri
2014–15 The Show SBS MTV with T-ara's Jiyeon, Jung Wook (Season 3) and Super Junior-M's Zhou Mi (Season 4)
2015 4th Gaon Chart K-Pop Awards KBS2 with Leeteuk (Super Junior)
2016 Idol Star Athletics Championships MBC with Jun Hyun-moo, Lee Soo-geun (Chuseok Special), Jo Kwon (Lunar New Year Special)
15th KBS Entertainment Awards KBS2 with Lee Hwi-jae and You Hee-yeol

Music video appearances[edit]

Year Song Title Artist Role
2013 "Shaking Heart" C-Clown Herself
"Tarzan" Wonder Boyz Jane
"My Student Teacher" NC.A Herself
2015 "I Am Korea" Various Artists

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated Work Result Ref.
2014 MBC Entertainment Awards Best Female Newcomer Real Men Female Special Won
2015 Daum Awards Rising Idol Actress N/A Won [51]
2016 8th Style Icon Asia Idol Actress Award N/A Won [52]
Style Icon N/A Nominated [53]
52nd Paeksang Arts Awards Best New Actress (TV)
Reply 1988
Nominated [54]
4th Annual DramaFever Awards
Best Kiss (with Park Bo-gum) Won [55]
5th APAN Star Awards Best New Actress Won
9th Korea Drama Awards Nominated
tvN10 Awards Made in tvn, Actress in Drama Nominated
Rising Star Award, Actress Won
Best Kiss (with Park Bo-gum) Nominated
1st Asia Artist Awards Most Popular Actress Nominated
6th Hallyu Awards Acting Award Won [56]
SBS Drama Awards New Star Award Entertainer Won
Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Romantic-Comedy Drama Nominated


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