Lee Kwang-soo

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Lee Kwang-soo
Lee Kwan Soo at Guerisson event.jpg
Lee Kwang-soo at GUÉRISSON event in April 2017
Born (1985-07-14) 14 July 1985 (age 32)
Namyangju, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea
Education Dong-ah Institute of Media and Arts (Broadcasting)
Occupation Actor, entertainer, model
Agent King Kong Entertainment[1]
Korean name
Revised Romanization I Gwang-su
McCune–Reischauer I Kwangsu

Lee Kwang-soo (Hangul이광수; born 14 July 1985)[2] is a South Korean actor, entertainer and model. He made his acting debut in the sitcom "Here He Comes" (2008). He then received further recognition for his roles in the medical melodrama It's Okay, That's Love (2014), the neo-noir film Confession (2014), the black comedy film Collective Invention (2015), the one-act play Puck! (2016), and the sitcom The Sound of Your Heart (2016).

Besides acting, Lee is also known for being one of the regular cast members of the South Korean variety show Running Man since 2010.


Lee began his entertainment career as a model in 2007. He made his acting debut in the 2008 sitcom Here He Comes,[3] which was followed by High Kick Through the Roof.[4][5]

Lee's popularity increased after joining SBS's Good Sunday variety show Running Man, gaining the nickname "Prince of Asia" due to his large number of overseas fans.[6][7] In 2010 and 2011, Lee won back-to-back awards at the SBS Entertainment Awards for "New Star Award" and "Best Newcomer in Variety" respectively.[8]

In 2012, Lee played supporting roles in the romantic comedies Wonderful Radio and All About My Wife,[9] and thriller The Scent.[10][11] Later in the year, he reunited onscreen with his former Running Man co-star and real-life best friend Song Joong-ki in the TV melodrama The Innocent Man.[12]

In 2013, after another supporting role in A Wonderful Moment,[13] Lee voiced the lead character Marco in the animated movie Maritime Police Marco, opposite fellow Running Man regular Song Ji-hyo, who voiced for Lulu.[14][15]

Lee had publicly stated that he wanted to play an antagonist in TV or film, and he got his wish when he was cast as Prince Imhae (villainous brother to King Gwanghae) in the 2013 period drama Goddess of Fire.[16][17] While filming Goddess of Fire, he participated in an energy conservation campaign alongside child actress Kim Yoo-bin.[18]

On 17 August 2013, Lee held his first ever solo fan meeting of his career in Singapore. Attended by 2,000 fans, it was considered a success.[19] He held another one in Malaysia on 4 January 2014, attended by almost 3,000 fans.[20]

In 2014, Lee played his first major role on the big screen in Confession. The neo-noir film is about three friends (played by Ji Sung, Ju Ji-hoon and Lee) whose friendship gets destroyed after getting involved in a murder case.[21][22][23] He then returned to television with the medical melodrama It's Okay, That's Love, playing a patient suffering from Tourette syndrome, a neurological disorder characterized by repetitive, stereotyped, involuntary movements and vocalizations called tics.[24] Lee and Hwang Chansung (of boyband 2PM) then starred in the film A Dynamite Family, about five bickering brothers living in the village of Deoksu.[25]

In 2015, Lee played the protagonist in Collective Invention, whose condition is caused by side effects from a newly introduced drug.[26] Collective Invention was screened in the Vanguard section of the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, marking Lee's first red carpet appearance at an international film festival.[27] He also starred in the two-episode drama Puck!, where he played a loan shark who joins a college ice hockey club. The one-act play was aired on 1 January 2016.[28] The same year, he was appointed ambassador of the “2015 Korea Brand & Entertainment Expo” and received commendation from the trade minister for boosting the Korean Wave industry.[29]

In 2016, Lee starred in tvN's Entourage, a South Korean remake of the American series.[30] He was then cast in the KBS sitcom The Sound of Your Heart, based on the webtoon of the same name.[31] The web drama was a success in both South Korea and China, gaining 100 million on Sohu TV and ranked No. 1 among Korean dramas on the site.[32]

In 2017, Lee was cast in the action comedy The Accidental Detective 2, a sequel to the 2015 film. [33] In September 2017, It was confirmed that Lee will be a fixed cast member in Netflix's variety show Busted!.[34]

In 2018, he starred in Noh Hee-kyung's drama Live.[35] The same year, he was cast in the comedy film My Exceptional Brother.[36]



Year Title Role Ref.
2011 Battlefield Heroes Moon-di
2012 Wonderful Radio Cha Dae-geun [9]
The Scent Gi-poong [10]
All About My Wife PD Choi
2013 A Wonderful Moment Kim Jung-il [13]
Maritime Police Marco Marco [14][15]
Walking with Dinosaurs 3D Patchi [37][38]
2014 Confession Min-soo [22]
A Dynamite Family Constable Park [25]
2015 Collective Invention Park Goo [26]
2018 The Accidental Detective 2 Yeo Chi [33]
2019 My Exceptional Brother Dong-goo [36]

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network Ref.
2008 The Scale of Providence Oh Kwang-chul SBS
2008–2009 Here He Comes Oh Man-soo MBC [3]
2009–2010 High Kick Through the Roof Lee Kwang-soo [5]
2010 Dong Yi Park Young-dal [39]
2011 City Hunter Go Ki-joon SBS [40]
2011–2012 Bachelor's Vegetable Store Nam Yoo-bong Channel A [41]
2012 The Innocent Man Park Jae-gil KBS2 [12]
2013 Dating Agency: Cyrano Choi Dal-in (Cameo, ep 6-8) tvN [42]
Goddess of Fire Prince Imhae MBC [16]
Potato Star 2013QR3 Bo-young's first love (Cameo, ep 18) tvN [43]
2014 Secret Love Lee Tae-yang (ep 7-8: "A Seven Day Summer") Dramacube
It's Ok, That's Love Park Soo-kwang SBS [24]
2015 The Girl Who Sees Smells Himself (Cameo, ep 1)
2016 Puck! Jo Joon-man [28]
Descendants of the Sun Toy gun range shooting shop worker (Cameo, ep 1) KBS2 [44]
Dear My Friends Yoo Min-ho (Guest) tvN [45]
Entourage Cha Joon [30]
2016–2017 The Sound of Your Heart Jo Suk KBS2 [31]
Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth Mak-moon (Guest, ep 1-2) [46]
2017 The Best Hit Yoon-ki (Cameo,ep 2) [47]
2018 Live Yeom Sang-soo tvN [35]

Variety show[edit]

Year Title Notes Network Ref.
2010–present Running Man Cast member SBS
2015 Perhaps Love Season 2 Cast member (with Lynn Hung) Hubei Television [48]
2018 Busted! Cast member Netflix [49][34]

Music video appearances[edit]

Year Song Title Artist Ref.
2011 "격산타우 (Kyuksantawoo)" LeeSsang
2012 "Oh Fresh Men" (The Bachelor's Vegetable Store OST) VF6DOLE (with Ji Chang-wook, Kim Young-kwang, Shin Won-ho and Sung Ha)
"Busan Vacance" Skull and HaHa
"Fanta CF" Baek Jin-hee and Kang Seung-yoon (WINNER)
2013 "Fanta Idol Season 1" Jung Eun-ji and Niel (Teen Top)
"Fanta Idol Season 2" Niel (Teen Top) and Jung Eun-ji
"You Are the Best" Teaser Byul
"Runaway" KARA
2015 "Again" Turbo [50]
2016 "MOMOMO" Cosmic Girls [51]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2008 2nd Mnet 20's Choice Awards Hot CF Star N/A Won
8th MBC Entertainment Awards Best Newcomer in Comedy / Sitcom Here He Comes Nominated
2009 4th Asia Model Festival Awards CF Model Award N/A Won [52]
2010 4th SBS Entertainment Awards New Star Award Running Man Nominated
2011 5th SBS Entertainment Awards Best Newcomer in Variety Won [8]
2012 48th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actor Wonderful Radio Nominated
33rd Blue Dragon Film Awards All About My Wife Nominated
26th KBS Drama Awards Best Supporting Actor The Innocent Man Nominated
2013 7th SBS Entertainment Awards Friendship Award Running Man Won
Viewer's Choice: Most Popular Star Won
2014 7th Korea Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor It's Okay, That's Love Won [53]
3rd APAN Star Awards Popular Star Award, Actor Won [54]
8th SBS Entertainment Awards Excellence Award in Variety Running Man Won
22nd SBS Drama Awards Special Award, Actor in a Miniseries It's Okay, That's Love Won
2015 Hong Kong’s YouTube Ads Leaderboard 2015 Season One Best Commercial Award Nestle’s Fruitips Ad Won [55]
Fashionista Awards Best Male Fashionista N/A Won [56]
2016 Sina Weibo Night Awards Asia Popularity Award N/A Won [57]
Jumei Awards Ceremony Variety Influence N/A Won
7th Korean Popular Culture & Arts Awards Prime Minister Award N/A Won [58]
15th KBS Entertainment Awards Best Couple with Jung So-min The Sound of Your Heart Won
10th SBS Entertainment Awards Top Excellence Award in Variety Show Running Man Won [59]
2017 6th Korea Film Actors Association Awards Top Entertainer Award N/A Won [60][61]
11th SBS Entertainment Awards Best Couple Award with Jeon So-min Running Man Won [62]


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