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 33)
EducationDong-ah Institute of Media and Arts (Broadcasting)
  • Actor
  • entertainer
  • model
Years active2007–present
AgentKing Kong by Starship[1]
Korean name
Revised RomanizationI Gwang-su
McCune–ReischauerI 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 medical melodrama It's Okay, That's Love (2014), neo-noir film Confession (2014), black comedy film Collective Invention (2015), one-act play Puck! (2016), sitcom The Sound of Your Heart (2016) and drama Live (2018).

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' 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 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 September 2017, it was confirmed that Lee would be a fixed cast member in Netflix's variety show Busted!.[33]

In 2018, Lee starred in crime comedy The Accidental Detective 2: In Action, a sequel to the 2015 film,[34] and Noh Hee-kyung's drama Live.[35] The same year, he was cast in human comedy My Exceptional Brother and gambling film Tazza 3.[36] [37]

Personal life[edit]

Lee has been dating actress Lee Sun-bin since July 2018.[38][39][40]


Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2008 2nd Mnet 20's Choice Awards Hot CF Star N/A Won [41]
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 [42]
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 [43]
Best Couple Award (with Ji Suk-Jin) Nominated
Viewer's Most Popular Award (with Running Man members) Won
2014 7th Korea Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor It's Okay, That's Love Won [44]
3rd APAN Star Awards Popular Star Award, Actor Won [45]
8th SBS Entertainment Awards Excellence Award in Variety Running Man Won [46]
2014 SBS Drama Awards Special Award, Actor in a Miniseries It's Okay, That's Love Won [47]
2015 Hong Kong’s YouTube Ads Leaderboard 2015 Season One Best Commercial Award Nestle’s Fruitips Ad Won [48]
Fashionista Awards Best Male Fashionista N/A Won [49]
2016 Sina Weibo Night Awards Asia Popularity Award N/A Won [50]
Jumei Awards Ceremony Variety Influence N/A Won [51]
4th Annual DramaFever Awards Best Bromance (with Kim Jong-Kook) Running Man Won [52]
7th Korean Popular Culture & Arts Awards Prime Minister Award N/A Won [53]
15th KBS Entertainment Awards Hot Issue Variety Award The Sound of Your Heart Won [54]
Best Couple Award with Jung So-min Won [55]
10th SBS Entertainment Awards Top Excellence Award in Variety Show Running Man Won [56]
Annoying Guy Award Won [57]
2017 6th Korea Film Actors Association Awards Top Entertainer Award N/A Won [58][59]
11th SBS Entertainment Awards Best Couple Award with Jeon So-min Running Man Won [60]
Global Star Award (with Running Man members) Won
2018 2018 Korea Best Star Awards Best Popular Star Award The Accidental Detective 2: In Action Won [61]
12th SBS Entertainment Awards Best Couple Award with Jeon So-min Running Man Nominated [62][63]
Popularity Award Won


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