Lee Kwang-soo

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Lee Kwang-soo
Lee Kwang-Soo at Malaysia for Running Man Fan Meeting Asian Tour 2014 - 1.jpg
In Malaysia, 2014
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
Korean name
Revised Romanization I Gwang-su
McCune–Reischauer I Kwang-su

Lee Kwang-soo (Hangul이광수; born 14 July 1985)[1] is a South Korean actor, entertainer and model. He is best known as a cast member of the 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, followed by High Kick Through the Roof.[2]

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.[3] 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.[4]

In 2012, Lee played supporting roles in the romantic comedies Wonderful Radio and All About My Wife, and thriller The Scent. 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.[5][6]

In 2013, after another supporting role in A Wonderful Moment, Lee voiced the lead character Marco in the animated movie Maritime Police Marco, opposite fellow Running Man regular Song Ji-hyo as the voice of Lulu.[7][8]

Lee had publicly stated that he wanted to play as 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.[9][10]

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.[11] He held another one in Malaysia on 4 January 2014, attended by almost 3,000 fans.[12]

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.[13][14][15][16][17][18] He then returned to television with the romantic comedy 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.[19] 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.[20]

In 2015, Lee played the protagonist in Collective Invention, whose condition is caused by side effects from a newly introduced drug.[21] 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. 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.[22] Lee has also made a cameo appearance during the first episode of the KBS hit series, Descendants of the Sun which was led by his real-life bestfriend, Song Joong Ki.

In 2016, Lee starred in tvN's Entourage, a South Korean remake of the American series. He was then cast in the KBS sitcom The Sound of Your Heart, based on the webtoon The Sound of Heart. The web drama was a success in both South Korea and China, gaining 100 million on Sohu TV and ranks No. 1 among Korean dramas on the site.[23] He has also made a special appearance in the series "Hwarang". His character was killed on the first episode.

In 2017, Lee is confirmed to portray a new character in the action comedy The Accidental Detective 2, a sequel to 2015's hit The Accidental Detective alongside the film's original cast stars Kwon Sang Woo and Sung Dong-il. The film will be released in 2018.



Year Title Role
2011 Battlefield Heroes Moon-di
Wonderful Radio Cha Dae-geun
The Scent Gi-poong
All About My Wife PD Choi
A Wonderful Moment Kim Jung-il
Maritime Police Marco Marco
Walking with Dinosaurs 3D [24][25] Patchi
Confession Min-soo
A Dynamite Family Constable Park
2015 Collective Invention Park Goo
The Accidental Detective 2

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2008 The Scale of Providence Oh Kwang-chul SBS
2008-2009 Here He Comes Oh Man-soo MBC
2009-2010 High Kick Through the Roof Lee Kwang-soo
2010 Dong Yi Park Young-dal[26]
2011 City Hunter Go Ki-joon SBS
2011-2012 Bachelor's Vegetable Store Nam Yoo-bong[27] Channel A
2012 The Innocent Man Park Jae-gil KBS2
Dating Agency: Cyrano Choi Dal-in (Cameo, Ep.6-8)[28] tvN
Goddess of Fire Prince Imhae MBC
Potato Star 2013QR3 Bo-young's first love (Cameo, Ep.18)[29] tvN
Secret Love Lee Tae-yang (Ep.7-8: "A Seven Day Summer") Dramacube
It's Ok, That's Love Park Soo-kwang SBS
The Girl Who Sees Smells Himself (Cameo, e


Puck! Jo Joon-man
Descendants of the Sun Toy gun range shooting shop worker (Cameo, Ep.1) KBS2
Dear My Friends Yoo Min-ho (Special Guest Appearance) tvN
Entourage Cha Joon
The Sound of Your Heart Jo Suk KBS2
Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth Mak-moon (Special Guest Appearance, Ep.1-2)
2017 The Best Hit Yoon-ki (Special Appearance, Ep.2)
2018 Live Yeom Sang-Soo tvN

Variety show[edit]

Year Title Notes Network
2009 Introducing a Star's Friend Guest - ep: 56-57 MBC
Star Golden Bell Guest - ep: 230 KBS2
2010 Come to Play Guest - ep: 286 MBC
Strong Heart Guest - ep: 25-26 SBS
2010–present Running Man Episode 1 – present
2011 Happy Together 3 Guest - ep: 229 KBS2
2012 Yoon Do-hyun's MUST Guest - ep: 54 Mnet
2013 Gag Concert Guest - ep: 681 KBS2
2014 Taxi Guest - ep: 336 tvN
Magic Eye Guest - ep: 1 SBS
Hurry Up, Brother Season 1 Guest (with Running Man) Zhejiang TV
2015 Perhaps Love/If You Love Cast - Season 2 (with Lynn Hung) Hubei Television
Yaman TV Guest - ep: 1 Mnet
Inkigayo Special MC SBS
Healing Camp Special appearance - ep: 195
The Amazing Race (China) Special guest - Season 2 (with Kim Jong-kook) Shenzhen TV
2016 We Kid (WE sing like a KID) Guest - ep: 1-5 Mnet, tvN
Hurry Up, Brother Season 4 Guest - Ep : 5 (with Running Man) Zhejiang TV

Music video[edit]

Year Song Title Artist
2011 "격산타우 (Kyuksantawoo)" LeeSsang
2012 "Oh Fresh Men" (The Bachelor's Vegetable Store OST) VF6DOLE (Ji Chang-wook, Kim Young-kwang,Lee Kwang-soo, 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
2016 "MOMOMO" Cosmic Girls

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
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
4th Asia Model Festival Awards
CF Model Award N/A Won
4th SBS Entertainment Awards
New Star Award Running Man Won
5th SBS Entertainment Awards
Best Newcomer in Variety Won
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
7th SBS Entertainment Awards
Friendship Award Running Man Won
Viewer's Choice: Most Popular Star Won
7th Korea Drama Awards
Excellence Award, Actor It's Okay, That's Love Won
3rd APAN Star Awards
Popular Star Award, Actor Won
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
Fashionista Awards[30]
Best Male Fashionista N/A Won
Sina Weibo Night Awards[31]
Asia Popularity Award N/A Won
Jumei Awards Ceremony
Variety Influence N/A Won
4th Annual DramaFever Awards
Best Bromance with Kim Jong-kook Running Man Won
7th Korean Popular Culture & Arts Awards
Prime Minister Award N/A Won
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
Annoying Guy Award Won


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