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 39)
Other namesLee Jin-uk
Years active2003–present
AgentBH Entertainment[1]
Korean name
Revised RomanizationI Jin-uk
McCune–ReischauerI 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 series The Time We Were Not in Love and a supporting role in the comedy film 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.[2] Roles in television dramas followed, namely: a good-natured stalker in Alone in Love,[3] a baseball player in Smile Again,[4] a private investigator in Someday,[5] an Incheon Airport employee in Air City,[6] a plastic surgeon in Before and After,[7] the president's son in Formidable Rivals,[8] and a newly married chaebol in Glass Castle.[9]

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.[10][11][12] His comeback project was Myung-wol the Spy, in which he played a North Korean agent.[13][14]

After playing the heroine's on-and-off boyfriend in I Need Romance 2012,[15] Lee starred in his most high-profile role yet as a TV anchor in the time-traveling romance Nine.[16][17] The positive reception he gained from Nine led to his being cast in a supporting role in the comedy film Miss Granny,[18] followed by his first major big-screen role in The Target, a remake of French action movie Point Blank.[19]

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.[20][21] He starred in two films in 2015, the romance comedy The Beauty Inside[22] and the thriller Time Renegade.[23] He then returned to the small screen in Taiwanese drama In Time with You titled The Time We Were Not in Love.[24]

In 2016, Lee starred in the thriller, Goodbye Mr. Black, based on the manga of the same name.[25]

In 2017, Lee was cast in three films; indie films A Tiger in Winter and Road to Utah;[26][27] and romance thriller High Society.[28]

In 2018, Lee returned to the small screen with crime dramas Return and Voice 2.[29][30]


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)[31]
2011 Spy Myung-wol 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
2019 Voice 3
2020 Sweet Home Pyeon Sang-wook Netflix


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 [32]
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[33] 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[34] 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[35] Grand Prize Time Renegades Won
2018 SBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Wednesday-Thursday Drama Return Nominated


  1. ^ "Lee Jin-uk signs with Glove Entertainment". Korea JoongAng Daily. 7 July 2018.
  2. ^ 김성수 감독, "류승범은 가진 게 많은 배우". Yonhap News (in Korean). 5 October 2004.
  3. ^ '연애시대' 손예진 상대역에 이진욱. Yonhap News (in Korean). 3 March 2006.
  4. ^ "이진욱 SBS '스마일 어게인' 캐스팅". Yonhap News (in Korean). 20 April 2006.
  5. ^ "OCN드라마 '썸데이' 주인공 이진욱". Yonhap News (in Korean). 3 October 2006.
  6. ^ 이진욱, ‘에어시티’서 최지우 이정재와 삼각관계. Osen (in Korean). 7 February 2007.
  7. ^ "Lee Jin-wook and So Yi-hyun cast in MBC series "Before and After: Plastic Surgery Clinic"". Hancinema. 6 December 2007.
  8. ^ “‘강적들’ 이진욱 까칠해도 좋아”, 시청자들 환호. Osen (in Korean). 3 May 2008.
  9. ^ "SBS드라마 '유리의성' 이진욱 "여복 많아도 키스신 난생처음"". The Donga Ilbo (in Korean). 13 August 2008.
  10. ^ "Farewell, my darling, I'm off to serve my country". Korea JoongAng Daily. 8 May 2009. Archived from the original on 26 January 2013. Retrieved 2012-12-01.
  11. ^ Hong, Lucia (3 March 2011). "Lee Jae-won, Lee Jin-wook to be discharged from the military next week". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-12-02.
  12. ^ "Lee Jin-wook Completes Military Service". The Chosun Ilbo. 8 March 2011. Retrieved 2012-12-01.
  13. ^ Kim, Jessica (16 May 2011). "Lee Jin-wook joins Han Ye-seul drama". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  14. ^ Kwon, Mee-yoo (10 July 2011). "Drama explores inter-Korean love story". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2012-12-01.
  15. ^ 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.
  16. ^ 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.
  17. ^ Jin, Eun-soo (12 June 2013). "10 hottest celebrities in South Korea". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2013-07-03.
  18. ^ "Age meets youth with comedy 'Miss Granny'". Korea JoongAng Daily. 20 December 2013.
  19. ^ Tae, Sang-joon (7 November 2013). "Korean POINT BLANK Remake Goes Into Production". Korean Film Council. Retrieved 2014-01-30.
  20. ^ Park, Ji-ryun (23 May 2014). "Lee Jin Wook Finalizing Details for Big-Scale Drama The Three Musketeers". enewsWorld. Archived from the original on 16 December 2014. Retrieved 2014-06-13.
  21. ^ "tvN's New Drama 'The Three Musketeers' Is About To Come". BNT News. 13 August 2014.
  22. ^ "20 Actors Cast for One Single Lead Character for BEAUTY INSIDE". Korean Film Biz Zone. 5 November 2014.
  23. ^ "Romance-thriller 'Time Renegades' takes the lead". Korea JoongAng Daily. 19 April 2016.
  24. ^ Jin, Min-ji (16 April 2015). "Lee Jin-wook to star opposite Ha Ji-won in summer drama, agency confirms". Kpop Herald.
  25. ^ "Moon Chae-won, Lee Jin-uk star in new TV drama". The Korea Times. 15 September 2016.
  26. ^ "LEE Jin-wook Joins A WINTER GUEST SCARIER THAN A TIGER". Korean Film Biz Zone. 14 February 2017.
  27. ^ "[HanCinema's Film Review] "Road to Utah"". Hancinema. 29 July 2017.
  28. ^ "Su Ae, PARK Hae-il, and LEE Jin-wook to Perform Together in High Society". Korean Film Biz Zone. 9 November 2017.
  29. ^ "Ko Hyun-jung, Lee Jin-wook to Star in New Crime TV Series". The Chosun Ilbo. 4 January 2018.
  30. ^ "A new perspective on crime drama: After the success of the first season, 'Voice 2' promises more thrills". Korea JoongAng Daily. 9 August 2018.
  31. ^ 이진욱, '집으로 가는 길' 카메오 출연. Yonhap News (in Korean). 6 February 2009.
  32. ^ 이진욱, 뉴욕 '브로드웨이' 탐방기 눈길. Osen (in Korean). 24 July 2004.
  33. ^ "이진욱 윤상현 강지섭, SBS 뉴스타상 수상". My Daily (in Korean). 31 December 2016.
  34. ^ "[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.
  35. ^ "2016 Korea Movie Stars Awards". Star MBN. 15 July 2016.

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