Lee Kyu-hyung

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Lee Kyu-hyung
2016.10.14 팬레터 커튼콜 이규형.jpg
Born (1983-11-29) 29 November 1983 (age 36)
South Korea
OccupationActor
Years active2001–present
Korean name
Hangul
Revised RomanizationI Gyu-Hyeong
McCune–ReischauerI Kyu-Hyŏng

Lee Kyu-hyung (Korean 이규형; born November 29, 1983) is a South Korean actor. Though primarily a musical actor, Lee has also appeared in a variety of Korean films and dramas. In 2017, Lee shot to fame with his portrayal of Yoo Han-yang in tvN's television series Prison Playbook (2017).[1][2][3] He is well known for portraying a wide spectrum of roles on stage and screen.[4]

Among fans, Lee's nicknames include "Ggyu" and "290", pronounced Ee-Gu-Young in Korean.[5]

Early life[edit]

Lee Kyu-hung was born on November 29, 1983 in South Korea.

Lee's interest in acting was inspired by the 1999 Korean film Shiri, and he began to pursue roles in theater in hopes of becoming a movie star.[6]

Lee attended Middle East High School in Seoul, where he was a part of the theatre club.[7]

Lee was accepted to Kyung Hee University's film and theatre department, but dropped out before completing his degree. Lee graduated from Dongguk University with a major in Theater Studies. Lee made the decision to transfer to Dongguk as it was the alma mater of Choi Min-Sik, an actor he admired.[7]

Career[edit]

Lee Kyu-hyung began his acting career in the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency's " Whistle Theater " whilst attending college and completing his mandatory military service. After graduating, he continued to act in theater, as well as appearing in musicals.[6]

Lee Kyu-Hyung made his film debut in 2001 with a minor role in the movie Kick the Moon. Lee has since starred in various plays and musicals, most notably with recurring roles in Laundry, Fan Letter, and Gloomy Day.[8][9]

In 2013, Lee appeared in the film The Face Reader after receiving a phone call from a friend that the actor slated to appear had a flat tire and couldn't come to set.[6]

In 2017, he played the role of Yoon Se-won, chief of the prosecution's investigation team, in the tvN drama Stranger, raising his profile. He was then cast as Yoo Han-yang, a second-generation tycoon serving in prison for drug use, in tvN's television series Prison Playbook (2017).[1] Producer Sin Won-ho and writer Lee Woo-jeong asked him to audition for the role after seeing his performances in the play Come See Me and the musical Fan Letter.[6] Many viewers connected to his portrayal of the role, showcasing both cute and serious sides of the character, and it led to an increase in popularity for the actor both in Korea and overseas.[10] Speaking about the character's homosexuality, Lee expressed an awareness of homophobia in Korean society, but stated that he hoped his portrayal of the character could show a simple, human love that audiences could support.[6]

Lee was nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the 3rd Korean Musical Awards for his role as D'Ysquith in the 2018 production of the musical A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder. The role required Lee to play nine different members of the D'Ysquith family, with rapid costume changes throughout the performance.[11]

In 2019, Lee appeared as the titular character in the CJ Entertainment production of the musical Cyrano, along with musical actors Ryu Jung Han, Choi Jae Woong, and Jo Hyung Gyun.[12] The production was met with praise, and was lauded as an improvement from the 2017 production, due in part to the various charms of its leading actors.[4] Following his appearance in Cyrano, Lee starred as Hedwig in the rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch, receiving critical acclaim for the powerful vocal performance and skillful acting.[13] In November 2019, Lee reprised his role as the writer Kim Hae-jin in the musical Fan Letter, a Korean musical set during Japanese occupation in the 1930s.

In 2020, Lee is slated to appear in the film Stellar, a fantasy comic drama directed by Kwon Soo-Kyung.[14]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role
2001 Kick The Moon
2009 Large and Small City
Castaway on the Moon Emergency worker
2013 The Face Reader New eunuch
Cat Girl Min-hyeok
2014 No Tears for the Dead Ventura Holdings team member 5
The Wicked Jae-wook
My Dictator Cheol-ju
2015 Love Copyright
You Call It Passion Young-hwa
2016 Seondal: The Man Who Sells the River Chief officer at tobacco guard post
2019 Innocent Witness Hee-joong
Romang Traffic police (Cameo)
Juror 8 Rehabilitation committee member
TBA Diva[15] Diving coach
2020 Stellar[15] Dong-sik

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2015 Unkind Ladies KBS
2016 Guardian: The Lonely and Great God Lee Jung-hwa's husband tvN
Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth Do-go KBS2
2017 Stranger Yoon Se-won tvN
Prison Playbook Yoo Han-yang tvN
2018 Life Ye Seon-woo JTBC
2019 Doctor John Son Seok-ki SBS

Theater[edit]

Year Title Role
2007 Heartbeat Endlessly Lonely Man
2008 Heartbeat Endlessy Lonely Man
2009 Laundry[9] Sol Rong-Go
2010 Laundry[16] Sol Rong-Go
Singles[17] Lim Jung-Joon
2011 Audition[18] Park Byung-Tae
Laundry[19] Sol Rong-Go
2012 Oh! While You Were Sleeping[20] Choi Byung-Ho
2013 The March of Youth[21] Wang Gyeong-Tae
Laundry Sol Rong-Go
Triangle Do Yeon
Gloomy Day[9] Man
2014 My Bucket List Gang Gu
Beastie Boys Lee Jae Hyun
Gloomy Day Man
2015 The Great Gatsby [Re:Boot] Ha Un Do
The Goddess is Watching Sin Seok-gu
Death's Hymn Man
My Bucket List Gang-gu
Abboccato Yu Jae-min
2016 Fan Letter Kim Hae-jin
Beastie Lee Seung-woo
Secretly and with Greatness Won Ryu-hwan
2017 Fan Letter Kim Hae-jin
Death's Hymn Man
2018 Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder D'Ysquith
2019 Cyrano Cyrano de Bergerac
Hedwig and the Angry Inch Hedwig
Fan Letter Kim Hae-jin

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2018 54th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actor (TV) Stranger Nominated
2019 3rd Korean Musical Awards Best Male Supporting Actor Gentleman's Guide Nominated
14th Soompi Awards Best Male Supporting Actor Prison Playbook Nominated
12th Korea Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor Doctor John Won[22]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Mahamood, Neha (25 June 2019). "Korean drama has a long way to go". khaleejtimes.com. Retrieved 3 October 2019.
  3. ^ "[Showbiz Korea] More about the talented actor Lee Kyu-hyung(이규형)". www.arirang.com. 23 February 2018. Retrieved 3 October 2019 – via YouTube.
  4. ^ a b "뮤지컬 '시라노' 캐스팅 공개...류정한, 최재웅, 이규형, 조형균 출연". 공연·전시 매거진, 올댓아트. Retrieved 2019-10-29.
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  6. ^ a b c d e 이주현 (2018-02-02). "배우 이규형 - 자꾸 눈길이 간다". 씨네21. Retrieved 2019-11-03.
  7. ^ a b "공연의 모든 것 - 플레이DB". www.playdb.co.kr. Retrieved 2019-11-03.
  8. ^ "Prison Playbook Lee Kyu-hyung Talks About His Role and Drug Awareness". Hancinema. 24 January 2018. Retrieved 3 October 2019.
  9. ^ a b c Ghim, Sora (16 April 2015). "[bnt pictorial] Lee Kyu Hyung, A Man Of A Thousand Faces". BNTNews. Retrieved 2015-10-01.
  10. ^ "[인터뷰②]이규형 '해롱이 결말? 함정수사 이유로 감빵 안 갔으면'". 뉴스1 (in Korean). 2018-01-28. Retrieved 2019-10-29.
  11. ^ "1인 22역까지? 이규형·정상훈...뮤지컬 '멀티맨'의 계보". 공연·전시 매거진, 올댓아트. Retrieved 2019-11-03.
  12. ^ Herald, The Korea (2019-08-21). "[Herald Review] 'Cyrano' returns to stage with better visuals, but loses some poetic flair". www.koreaherald.com. Retrieved 2019-10-29.
  13. ^ "`헤드윅` 이규형, 기립박수와 환호 속 첫 공연 성료". hankyung.com (in Korean). 2019-10-10. Retrieved 2019-10-29.
  14. ^ "손호준, 영화 '스텔라' 주연 확정...이규형과 호흡 (공식)". hankyung.com (in Korean). 2019-09-05. Retrieved 2019-11-02.
  15. ^ a b "SON Ho-jun and LEE Kyu-hyung take a Ride in STELLAR". Korean Film Council. 24 September 2019. Retrieved 3 October 2019.
  16. ^ "더뮤지컬". www.themusical.co.kr. Retrieved 2019-10-29.
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  22. ^ "'하나뿐인내편' 최수종, 2019 코리아드라마 어워즈 대상 영예[공식]". Osen (in Korean). October 2, 2019.

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