|Born||February 13, 1980|
Seoul, South Korea
Kim So-yeon (m. 2017)
|Revised Romanization||I Sang-u|
Lee Sang-woo (born February 13, 1980) is a South Korean actor. He rose to fame in the 2007 television drama First Wives' Club, and has since played leading roles on The Road Home (2009), Don't Hesitate (2009), Life Is Beautiful (2010) and Feast of the Gods (2012).
Lee Sang-woo launched his acting career in 2005, starring in a Drama City episode and a minor role in the television drama 18 vs. 29. This was followed by more supporting roles on television, including his big screen debut in Almost Love, a romantic comedy film headlined by Kwon Sang-woo and Kim Ha-neul. During this time, he also starred as one of the three leading actors of the independent film Don't Look Back (2006), which was the closing film of that year's Jeonju International Film Festival, and won a critic's prize at the Locarno International Film Festival.
Lee began his rise to fame with a supporting role in First Wives' Club, a popular drama which aired from 2007 to 2008 with a peak viewership rating of 41.3%. For his performance, he received a New Star Award at the SBS Drama Awards.
It was not until 2009 that Lee was cast in his first mainstream leading role, in The Road Home, followed soon after by another daily drama Don't Hesitate. In the same year, he also appeared as one of the leading actors in Searching for the Elephant, an erotic-psychological thriller about three thirty-something men struggling with schizophrenia, sex addiction and infidelity.
In 2010, Lee starred with Song Chang-eui in Life Is Beautiful as a gay couple. The drama is one of the few Korean dramas about an openly gay couple in Korean society, which have conservative views on sexuality. Despite the controversy, the show was successful in the ratings, and Lee would later work again with renowned screenwriter Kim Soo-hyun on A Thousand Days' Promise (2011) and Childless Comfort (2012).
After a supporting role in Believe in Love (also known as My Love, My Family, 2011), Lee was once again cast in the leading role in Feast of the Gods (2012). He later won the Excellence Award, Actor in a Special Project Drama at the MBC Drama Awards for Feast of the Gods and his supporting role in the period drama Horse Doctor.
In 2013, Lee joined the ensemble cast of Goddess of Marriage, followed by the adultery drama One Warm Word. Unlike his previous calm and quiet roles, in 2014 he was cast as the leading man in Glorious Day, a peculiar character which Lee said he looked forward to playing since it most resembles his real-life personality.
On September 6, 2016, it was confirmed that Lee and actress Kim So-yeon were in a relationship. The couple met on the set of Happy Home. On March 28, 2017, it was announced that Kim and Lee were getting married in June 2017.
"No One Loves Me"
|18 vs. 29||Kang Bong-kyu||KBS2|
|Can Love Be Refilled?||Lee Sang-woo||KBS2|
|2007||Two Outs in the Ninth Inning||Lee Joon-mo||MBC|
|First Wives' Club||Koo Se-joo||SBS|
|2009||The Road Home||Yoo Hyun-soo||KBS1|
|Don't Hesitate||Han Tae-woo||SBS|
|2010||Life Is Beautiful||Kim Kyung-soo||SBS|
|2011||Believe in Love||Han Seung-woo||KBS2|
|A Thousand Days' Promise||Jang Jae-min||SBS|
|2012||Feast of the Gods||Kim Do-yoon||MBC|
|Horse Doctor||Lee Sung-ha||MBC|
|Childless Comfort||Ha In-chul (cameo)||jTBC|
|2013||Goddess of Marriage||Kim Hyun-woo||SBS|
|One Warm Word||Kim Sung-soo||SBS|
|2014||Let's Eat||Kim Sung-soo
(cameo, episode 8)
|Glorious Day||Seo Jae-woo||SBS|
|2015||High Society||Jang Kyung-joon (cameo, episode 1-4, 15-16)||SBS|
|All About My Mom||Kang Hoon-jae||KBS2|
|2016||Happy Home||Seo Ji-geon||MBC|
|2017||20th Century Boy and Girl||Anthony / Lee Chul-min||MBC|
|2018||Marry Me Now||Jung Eun-tae||KBS2|
|2019||Touch Your Heart||Kim Se-won||tvN|
|Mother of Mine||Mi-ri's blinddate (cameo, episode 1)||KBS2|
|The Golden Garden||Cha Pil-seung||MBC|
|2006||Almost Love||Moon Young-hoon|
|Don't Look Back||Geun-woo|
|2008||Beyond All Magic||Jun|
|2009||Searching for the Elephant||Jin-hyuk|
|2017||It's Dangerous Beyond The Blankets||Main cast||MBC|
|2007||"Loving One Person"||Oh Hyun-ran|
|"My Angel"||Fly to the Sky|
|"Pretty Today Too"||Fly to the Sky|
Awards and nominations
|2008||SBS Drama Awards||New Star Award||First Wives' Club||Won|
|2009||45th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best New Actor (TV)||Nominated|
|Andre Kim Best Star Awards||Male Star Award||Won|
|KBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actor in a Daily Drama||The Road Home||Nominated|
|2011||SBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actor in a Special Planning Drama||A Thousand Days' Promise||Nominated|
|2012||MBC Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actor in a Special Project Drama||Feast of the Gods, Horse Doctor||Won|
|2013||SBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actor in a Weekend/Daily Drama||Goddess of Marriage||Nominated|
|2014||SBS Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Serial Drama||Glorious Day||Nominated|
|2015||4th APAN Star Awards||Excellence Award, Actor in a Serial Drama||All About My Mom||Nominated|
|2016||MBC Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Serial Drama||Happy Home||Won|
|2017||MBC Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actor in a Monday-Tuesday Drama||Children of the 20th Century||Nominated|
|2018||11th Korea Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actor||Marry Me Now||Nominated|
|6th APAN Star Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Serial Drama||Won|
|KBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actor in a Serial Drama||Won|
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- "Lee Sang-woo to star in "Happy Home" as genius doctor". Hancinema. January 20, 2016.
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- "Shin Dong-wook backs out of role". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved January 9, 2019.
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- "[2018 KBS 연기대상] 유동근 대상 "장미희 덕분인데 내가 왜..대하드라마 부활 기원"". 10Asia (in Korean). January 1, 2019.
- Lee Sang-woo at HM Entertainment