Lee Hyun-woo (actor)

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Lee Hyun-woo
In January 2014
Born (1993-03-23) March 23, 1993 (age 24)
Seoul, South Korea
Education Dongguk University – Theater and Film
Years active 2005–present
Agent Content Y
Korean name
Revised Romanization I Hyeon-u
McCune–Reischauer I Hyŏn-u

Lee Hyun-woo (born March 23, 1993) is a South Korean actor and singer. He began his career as a child actor when he was nine, and later appeared in the television series The Return of Iljimae (2009) and Queen Seondeok (2009). He was also featured in Master of Study (2010) and To the Beautiful You (2012). Lee gained recognition with his role as a North Korean spy in the 2013 film Secretly, Greatly as well as a genius hacker in 2014's The Con Artists. In 2016, he landed his first leading role in KBS2's Moorim School.


2005-2011: Beginnings[edit]

Lee began his career as a child actor, building up his resume by playing roles in a number of large-scale productions, such as The Legend, King Sejong the Great, The Return of Iljimae, and Queen Seondeok.[2][3]

He rose to fame for his role in Master of Study, a Korean screen adaptation of Japanese manga Dragon Zakura.[4][5] The same year, Lee took to the stage for the 2010 musical production of Footloose, where he played the leading role of Ren.[6]

In 2011, he and K-pop singer Yoon Doo-joon (from B2ST) began hosting the music program Music on Top for cable channel jTBC.[7] He was then featured in IU's music video for the song "You and I".[8] Lee further expanded his acting scope in historical drama Gyebaek, revenge thriller Man from the Equator,[9][10] and made a guest appearance in medical drama Brain.[11]

2012: Rising popularity[edit]

In November 2013

In 2012, Lee co-starred in To the Beautiful You, the Korean television adaptation of Japanese manga Hana-Kimi, with his role based on the character Shuichi Nakatsu.[12][13] As a member of celebrity football team FC Avengers, Lee performed his soccer scenes without the use of a stunt double. Despite low ratings during its domestic run, To the Beautiful You led to increased Korean Wave exposure for Lee in countries such as Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan and China.[14][15] He and co-star Hwang Kwang-hee were later announced as the new hosts of live music show Inkigayo.[16]

His breakthrough continued when he landed a major role in 2013 box office hit Secretly, Greatly, an action-comedy film in which he played a North Korean undercover spy disguised as a high school boy.[17] Lee also sang "Ode to Youth" for the film's soundtrack.[18][19]

In 2014, he and real-life best friend Park Ji-bin (both were child actors and belong to the same agency) appeared in the travel/reality show Real Mate in Saipan.[20] Lee next played a hacker in the heist movie The Con Artists.[21][22]

He then starred in Northern Limit Line, a 2015 naval thriller about the Second Battle of Yeonpyeong.[23] The film sold 6,024,894 tickets (grossing US$38,945,231), making it the most-watched Korean film in 2015.[24]

In 2016, he starred in the fantasy youth drama Moorim School.[25] Initially slated for 20 episodes, the drama was reduced to 16 episodes instead due to low ratings. He was then cast in the Chinese web drama The Most Beautiful First Meeting.[citation needed]

In 2017, Lee starred in the drama The Liar and His Lover, the Korean remake of the Japanese manga Kanojo wa Uso o Aishisugiteru alongside Red Velvet's Joy.[26]


Television series[edit]

In January 2015
Year Title Role Network Notes
2004 Oolla Boolla Blue-jjang KBS
2005 Spring Day SBS
2006 Hwarang Fighter Maru Seo Da-ham KBS2
2007 The Legend young Cheoro MBC
Lobbyist young Harry SBS
2008 King Sejong the Great Prince Choong-nyeong KBS1/KBS2
Things We Do That We Know We Will Regret Lee Jung-wook KBS2 Episode 4: On a Night Sparkling with Stars
2009 The Return of Iljimae Cha Dol-yi MBC
Queen Seondeok young Kim Yushin
What's for Dinner? Tommy
2010 Master of Study Hong Chan-doo KBS2
2011 Gyebaek young Gyebaek MBC
Brain Park Dong-hwa KBS2 Guest appearance in episodes 1-4
2012 Man from the Equator young Kim Sun-woo
To the Beautiful You Cha Eun-gyul SBS Korean adaptation of Hana-Kimi
2015 Run Toward Tomorrow Kang Moon-jae Lunar New Year special
Scholar Who Walks the Night Prince Jeonghyeon MBC Cameo appearance in episode 1
2016 Moorim School Yoon Shi-woo KBS2
2017 The Liar and His Lover Kang Han-kyul tvN Korean remake
TBA The Most Beautiful First Meeting Gao Song Dragon TV Chinese web-drama


In April 2014
Year Title Role Notes
2005 Baribari Jjang
2006 Holiday
A Dirty Carnival young Min-ho
2007 Hwang Jin Yi young Nomi
2010 The Loneliness of Butcher Boy Tae-shik short film from Short! Short! Short!
2011 GLove Kim Jin-man
2013 Secretly, Greatly Rhee Hae-jin
2014 The Con Artists Jong-bae
2015 Northern Limit Line Park Dong-hyuk
The Beauty Inside Woo-jin

Music video appearances[edit]

Year Title Artist
2005 "Jump" Haha
2011 "You and I" IU
2012 "First Love's Melody" Acoustic Collabo
2013 "I Love You" Akdong Musician
2016 "Ordinary Love" KCM


Year Title Network
December 8, 2011 – March 14, 2012 Music on Top jTBC
December 16, 2012 – January 26, 2014 Inkigayo SBS

Variety show[edit]

In August 2013
Year Title Network Notes
2012 Invincible Youth Season 2 KBS2 Guest; Ep. 26
Strong Heart SBS Guest; Ep. 142&143
2013 Running Man Guest; Ep. 147
Hwasin – Controller of the Heart Guest; Ep. 22
2014 Lee Hyun-woo and Park Ji-bin's Real Mate in Saipan QTV
Running Man SBS Guest; Ep. 147 & 225
2015 Happy Together Season 3 KBS2 Guest; Ep. 401
2016 Hello Counselor KBS World Guest; Ep. 257


Year Title Role
2010 Footloose Ren McCormack



Title Year Peak chart position Sales Album

"Your Face" (with Louie of Geeks) 2016 54 Non-album singles
"Feel So Good" (with O Broject) N/A
As featured artist
"It's a Lie" (O Broject feat. Lee Hyun-woo & Bromance) 2015 N/A Non-album single
Soundtrack appearances
"Ode to Youth" 2013 N/A Secretly, Greatly OST
"One Thing" 2016 Moorim School OST
"I'm Okay" (Joy feat. Lee Hyun-woo) 2017 85 The Liar and His Lover OST
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2008 KBS Drama Awards[30] Best Young Actor King Sejong the Great Won
2012 Best New Actor Man from the Equator Nominated
SBS Drama Awards[31] New Star Award To the Beautiful You Won
2013 22nd Buil Film Awards Best New Actor Secretly, Greatly Nominated
34th Blue Dragon Film Awards Nominated
SBS Entertainment Awards Best Newcomer Award Inkigayo Nominated
2014 9th Asia Model Festival Awards New Star Award Secretly, Greatly Won
16th Seoul International Youth Film Festival Best Young Actor Nominated
2015 52nd Grand Bell Awards Best New Actor Northern Limit Line Nominated
30th Korea Best Dresser Swan Awards Rising Star Award Won
2016 49th WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival[32] Best Supporting Actor Award Won


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  5. ^ Wee, Geun-woo (22 February 2010). "Interview: Actor Lee Hyun-woo – Part 2". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-16. 
  6. ^ '공부의 신' 이현우, 뮤지컬 '풋루즈'락 소년으로 캐스팅 [Lee Hyun-woo gets Footloose]. TV Daily (in Korean). 29 November 2010. Retrieved 2012-11-16. 
  7. ^ Hong, Lucia (6 December 2011). "BEAST Yoon Du-jun, Lee Hyun-woo to host new music program". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-16. 
  8. ^ Park Hyun-min, Elizabeth Eun (1 December 2011). "IU-Lee Hyun Woo's Hugging Scene Cut From MV". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2012-11-16. 
  9. ^ "Im Si Wan and Lee Hyun Woo To Have Confrontation in Man From the Equator". KBS Global. 24 February 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-16. 
  10. ^ Ho, Stewart (23 May 2012). "ZE:A's Im Si Wan, Lee Hyun Woo Makes a Return to The Equator Man". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2012-11-16. 
  11. ^ Jin, Young-ju (23 November 2011). "Lee Hyun Woo Transforms Into 'Batman' in Brain". KBS Global. Retrieved 2012-11-16. 
  12. ^ Hong, Lucia (13 June 2012). "Lee Hyun-woo to turn soccer player in SHINee Minho, f(x) Sulli's TV series". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-16. 
  13. ^ Hong, Grace Danbi. "Lee Hyun Woo and Others Confirmed for To the Beautiful You, Korean Hana Kimi Remake". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2012-11-16. 
  14. ^ Jeong, Ju-ri (16 March 2014). "Lee Hyun Woo visits China for his first solo fan meeting". StarN News. Retrieved 2014-03-22. 
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  20. ^ Hong, Grace Danbi (2 January 2014). "Lee Hyun Woo and Park Ji Bin Ooze with Cuteness for Real Mate in Saipan Teaser". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2014-02-05. 
  21. ^ Kim, Ji-min (20 November 2014). "Criminal Designer draws attention with noted cast". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-12-15. 
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  24. ^ "Northern Limit Line, most-viewed Korean film of this year". Yonhap. 10 July 2015. Retrieved 10 July 2015. 
  25. ^ "Lee Hyun-woo, Lee Hong-bin gives glimpse of youths' lives in new TV series". The Korea Herald. 12 January 2016. 
  26. ^ "이현우, '그녀는 거짓말을 너무 사랑해' 男주인공 확정 [공식입장] : 스포츠동아". Sports Donga (in Korean). Retrieved 2017-01-14. 
  27. ^ Charted songs:
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  32. ^ "Best Supporting Actor Award for LEE Hyun-woo in Houston". Korean Film Council. 9 May 2016. 

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