Lee Jin-wook

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Lee Jin-wook
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Lee Jin-wook in June 2016
Born (1981-09-16) September 16, 1981 (age 36)
Cheongju, North Chungcheong Province, South Korea
Other names Lee Jin-uk
Occupation Actor
Years active 2003–present
Agent Glove Entertainment[1]
Korean name
Hangul 진욱
Revised Romanization I Jin-uk
McCune–Reischauer I Chinuk

Lee Jin-wook (born September 16, 1981) is a South Korean actor. He is best known for his leading role in the romance series Glass Castle, the time-traveling series Nine (2013), romance seriesThe Time We Were Not in Love and supporting role in the movie Miss Granny.


Lee Jin-wook was studying Environmental Engineering at Cheongju University when he dropped out to pursue acting. He began his entertainment career as a print model for Panasonic in 2003, then made his acting debut in My New Boyfriend, a 2004 short film directed by Hur Jin-ho. Roles in television dramas followed, namely: a good-natured stalker in Alone in Love, a baseball player in Smile Again, a private investigator in Someday, an Incheon Airport employee in Air City, a plastic surgeon in Before and After,[2] the president's son in Formidable Rivals, and a newly married chaebol in Glass Castle.

Lee then served his two-year mandatory military service from May 6, 2009 to March 7, 2011 at the Defense Media Agency of the Ministry of National Defense.[3][4][5] His comeback project was Myung-wol the Spy, in which he played a North Korean agent.[6][7]

After playing the heroine's on-and-off boyfriend in I Need Romance 2012,[8] Lee starred in his most high-profile role yet as a TV anchor in the time-traveling romance Nine.[9][10] The positive reception he gained from Nine led to his being cast in a supporting role in the comedy film Miss Granny,[11] followed by his first major big-screen role in The Target, a remake of French action movie Point Blank.[12]

Lee then reteamed with the writer and director of Nine in The Three Musketeers (2014), a period drama set during the Joseon era where he played Crown Prince Sohyeon.[13] He is set to star in two films in 2015, the comedy The Beauty Inside[14] and the thriller Time Renegade,[15] as well as the remake of Taiwanese drama In Time with You titled The Time We Were Not in Love.[16]

In 2016, Lee starred in the thriller, Goodbye Mr. Black, based on the manga of the same name.[17]

In 2017, Lee was cast in three films; indie films A Tiger in Winter and Road to Utah;[18] and romance thriller High Society.[19]

In 2018, Lee returned to the small screen with crime dramas Return and Voice 2.[20]

Personal life[edit]

After meeting on the set of Air City in 2007, Lee began dating actress Choi Ji-woo.[21] The couple broke up in 2011.[22]

In May, 2014 Lee reported dating actress Gong Hyo-jin. However, due to various disparities they broke up after few months of dating.[23]

On 14 July 2016, a woman came forth to sue Lee for rape; she had claimed that Lee followed her home after dinner with mutual friends and raped her.[24] However, Lee denied the claims and countersued her for false accusations.[25] In September 2016, Lee was found not guilty and discharged.[26]


Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2004 MBC Best Theater "Bad Girl" MBC
2005 Resurrection the real Steven Lee
(bit part, episode 23)
2006 Alone in Love Min Hyun-joong SBS
Smile Again Yoon Jae-myung
Someday Im Seok-man OCN
2007 Air City Kang Ha-joon MBC
2008 Before and After: Plastic Surgery Clinic Han Geon-soo
Powerful Opponents Kang Soo-ho KBS2
Glass Castle Kim Joon-sung SBS
2009 The Road Home Lee Jin-wook
(guest, episodes 21-22)
2011 Myung-wol the Spy Choi Ryu KBS2
2012 I Need Romance 2012 Yoon Seok-hyun tvN
2013 Nine Park Sun-woo
2014 The Three Musketeers Crown Prince Sohyeon
2015 The Time We Were Not in Love Choi Won SBS
2016 Goodbye Mr. Black Cha Ji-won MBC
2018 Return Dokgo Young SBS
Voice 2 Do Kang-woo OCN


Year Title Role
2004 My New Boyfriend (short film) Boyfriend
2014 Miss Granny Han Seung-woo
The Target Lee Tae-joon
2015 The Beauty Inside Woo-jin
Time Renegade Gun-woo
2018 A Tiger in Winter Gyeong-yu
High Society Shin Ji-ho
Road to Utah

Variety show[edit]

Year Title Network Notes
2007 I ♡ Broadway OCN
2008 My Style Road OnStyle

Music video[edit]

Year Song title Artist
2002 "In Case of My Love" Jung Jae-hyung
2004 "Misty Moon" Lim Hyung-joo
"Grabber" Kim Dong-ryool and Lee So-eun
2005 "Doo roo roo" Ahn Jae-wook
2009 "My Love" Shin Seung-hun

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2006 SBS Drama Awards New Star Award Alone in Love, Smile Again Won
2008 2nd Korea Drama Awards Netizen Popularity Award Glass Castle Nominated
SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Serial Drama Nominated
2013 7th Mnet 20's Choice Awards[27] 20's Drama Star - Male Nine Won
6th Korea Drama Awards Grand Prize (Daesang) Nominated
Best Couple Award with Jo Yoon-hee Nominated
2nd APAN Star Awards Excellence Award, Actor Nominated
2015 SBS Drama Awards Best Couple Award (with Ha Ji-won) The Time We Were Not in Love Nominated
Netizen Popularity Award Nominated
Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Nominated
2016 Korea Film Actors Association Awards[28] Grand Prize Time Renegades Won


  1. ^ "Lee Jin-uk signs with Glove Entertainment". Korea JoongAng Daily. 7 July 2018. 
  2. ^ "Lee Jin-wook and So Yi-hyun cast in MBC series "Before and After: Plastic Surgery Clinic"". Hancinema. 6 December 2007. 
  3. ^ "Farewell, my darling, I'm off to serve my country". Korea JoongAng Daily. 8 May 2009. Retrieved 2012-12-01. [permanent dead link]
  4. ^ Hong, Lucia (3 March 2011). "Lee Jae-won, Lee Jin-wook to be discharged from the military next week". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-12-02. 
  5. ^ "Lee Jin-wook Completes Military Service". The Chosun Ilbo. 8 March 2011. Retrieved 2012-12-01. 
  6. ^ Kim, Jessica (16 May 2011). "Lee Jin-wook joins Han Ye-seul drama". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  7. ^ Kwon, Mee-yoo (10 July 2011). "Drama explores inter-Korean love story". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2012-12-01. 
  8. ^ Hong, Lucia (8 May 2012). "Kim Ji-seok, Lee Jin-wook's new tvN series to hit airwaves on June 20". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  9. ^ Lee, Hye-ji (8 January 2013). "Lee Jin-wook, Cho Youn-hee Cast in Fantasy Melodrama". 10Asia. Archived from the original on 14 April 2014. Retrieved 2013-01-09. 
  10. ^ Jin, Eun-soo (12 June 2013). "10 hottest celebrities in South Korea". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2013-07-03. 
  11. ^ "Age meets youth with comedy 'Miss Granny'". Korea JoongAng Daily. 20 December 2013. 
  12. ^ Tae, Sang-joon (7 November 2013). "Korean POINT BLANK Remake Goes Into Production". Korean Film Council. Retrieved 2014-01-30. 
  13. ^ Park, Ji-ryun (23 May 2014). "Lee Jin Wook Finalizing Details for Big-Scale Drama The Three Musketeers". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2014-06-13. 
  14. ^ "20 Actors Cast for One Single Lead Character for BEAUTY INSIDE". Korean Film Biz Zone. 5 November 2014. 
  15. ^ "Romance-thriller 'Time Renegades' takes the lead". Korea JoongAng Daily. 19 April 2016. 
  16. ^ Jin, Min-ji (16 April 2015). "Lee Jin-wook to star opposite Ha Ji-won in summer drama, agency confirms". Kpop Herald. 
  17. ^ "Moon Chae-won, Lee Jin-uk star in new TV drama". The Korea Times. 15 September 2016. 
  18. ^ "LEE Jin-wook Joins A WINTER GUEST SCARIER THAN A TIGER". Korean Film Biz Zone. 14 February 2017. 
  19. ^ "Su Ae, PARK Hae-il, and LEE Jin-wook to Perform Together in High Society". Korean Film Biz Zone. 9 November 2017. 
  20. ^ "Ko Hyun-jung, Lee Jin-wook to Star in New Crime TV Series". The Chosun Ilbo. 4 January 2018. 
  21. ^ Kwon, Mee-yoo (28 December 2009). "Innocent Cougars?". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2012-12-01. 
  22. ^ Ko, Kyoung-seok (28 April 2011). "Choi Ji-woo and Lee Jin-wook breakup". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-12-01. 
  23. ^ Jones, Julie (17 September 2014). "Gong Hyo Jin And Lee Jin Wook End Their Relationship". enewsWorld. Retrieved 8 December 2016. 
  24. ^ "Another Celebrity Accused of Rape". The Chosun Ilbo. 18 July 2016. 
  25. ^ "Actor Lee Jin-wook denies sexual assault allegations". The Korea Times. 18 July 2016. 
  26. ^ "Lee Jin-wook found not guilty of rape". Hancinema. 27 September 2016. 
  27. ^ "[20′s Choice] 2NE1′s CL, Infinite, Shinhwa and More Win Big at 2013 20′s Choice Awards". enewsWorld. 18 July 2013. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. 
  28. ^ "2016 Korea Movie Stars Awards". Star MBN. 15 July 2016. 

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