Lee Sang-yoon

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Lee Sang-yoon
Lee Sang-yoon.jpg
Born (1981-08-15) August 15, 1981 (age 37)
Alma materSeoul National University - Physics
Years active2004–present
Korean name
Revised RomanizationI Sang-yun
McCune–ReischauerI Sangyun

Lee Sang-yoon (Hangul이상윤; born August 15, 1981) is a South Korean actor. He is best known for his starring roles in Life Is Beautiful (2010), The Duo (2011), My Daughter Seo-young (2012), Goddess of Fire (2013), Angel Eyes (2014), Liar Game (2014), On the Way to the Airport (2016) and Whisper (2017).


Lee Sang-yoon was picked out of a crowd on the streets of Yeouido by his former agency director at the age of 24. Making his entertainment debut in 2005 in a Hite Beer commercial, he went on to star in several television series. He won Best New Actor at the 2010 MBC Drama Awards for Home Sweet Home.[1]

Lee earned recognition with his role in the family weekend drama My Daughter Seo-young (2012),[2] which recorded a peak viewership rating of 47.6%, making it the highest rated Korean drama of 2013.[3]

In 2013, Lee graduated from the prestigious Seoul National University with a degree in Physics.[4][5] He had entered as a freshman in 2000, but his acting career and mandatory military service had caused him to take several years of leave from SNU, resulting in his delayed graduation.[6][7]

Lee returned to the screen with period drama Goddess of Fire, playing Prince Gwanghae.[8]

Lee starred in his first big screen leading role in the 2014 romance film Santa Barbara.[9][10] The same year, he also played lead roles in the medical drama Angel Eyes and mystery thriller series Liar Game.[11][12]

In 2015, Lee starred in romantic comedy series Second 20s.[13]

In 2016, Lee starred in romance melodrama On the Way to the Airport.[14] He had his second big screen leading role in the thriller film Insane.[15]

In 2017, Lee starred in SBS' legal drama Whisper, playing an elite judge.[16][17]

In 2018, Lee is set to star in fantasy melodrama About Time alongside Lee Sung-kyung.[18]


Television series[edit]

Year Title Hangul Role Network
2007 Drama City "Transformation" 드라마시티 - 변신 Charles KBS2
Air City 에어시티 Kim Jung-min MBC
Drama City "Sky Lovers" 드라마시티 - 하늘 연인 Moon Ui-sik KBS2
Likeable or Not 미우나 고우나 Seo Woo-jin KBS1
2008 The Scale of Providence 신의 저울 Kim Woo-bin SBS
I Love You, Don't Cry 사랑해, 울지마 Jang Hyun-woo MBC
2009 Heading to the Ground 맨땅에 헤딩 Jang Seung-woo MBC
2010 Jejungwon 제중원 Ji Seok-young (cameo) SBS
Life Is Beautiful 인생은 아름다워 Yang Ho-sub SBS
Home Sweet Home 즐거운 나의 집 Kang Shin-woo MBC
2011 The Duo 짝패 Gwi-dong MBC
2012 My Daughter Seo-young 내 딸 서영이 Kang Woo-jae KBS2
2013 Goddess of Fire 불의 여신 정이 Prince Gwanghae MBC
2014 Angel Eyes 엔젤 아이즈 Park Dong-joo/Dylan Park SBS
Liar Game 라이어 게임 Ha Woo-jin tvN
2015 Unkind Ladies 착하지 않은 여자들 Top star
(cameo, episode 3)[19]
Second 20s 두번째 스무살 Cha Hyun-seok tvN
2016 On the Way to the Airport 공항 가는 길 Seo Do-woo KBS2
2017 Whisper 귓속말 Lee Dong-joon SBS
2018 About Time 멈추고 싶은 순간: 어바웃타임 Lee Do-ha tvN


Year Title Hangul Role
2007 Sex Is Zero 2 색즉시공 2 Gi-jo
2014 Santa Barbara 산타바바라 Jung-woo
2016 Insane 날, 보러와요 Na Nam-Soo

Variety show[edit]

Year Title Hangul Role
2017–present All The Butlers 집사부일체 Cast member

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2009 36th Korea Broadcasting Awards Best Newcomer, TV Actor category I Love You, Don't Cry Won
2010 MBC Drama Awards[20] Best New Actor Home Sweet Home Won
2012 20th Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards Popularity Award, Actor in a Drama My Daughter Seo-young Won
KBS Drama Awards Best Couple Award with Lee Bo-young Won
2013 8th Asia Model Festival Awards BBF Popular Star Award N/A Won
49th Baeksang Arts Awards[21] Best Actor (TV) My Daughter Seo-young Nominated
6th Korea Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor My Daughter Seo-young, Goddess of Fire Nominated
2nd APAN Star Awards Excellence Award, Actor My Daughter Seo-young Nominated
MBC Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Special Project Drama Goddess of Fire Nominated
2014 SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Drama Special Angel Eyes Nominated
Best Couple Award with Ku Hye-sun Nominated
2015 4th APAN Star Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Liar Game, Twenty Again Nominated
2016 37th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best New Actor Insane Nominated
53rd Grand Bell Awards Best New Actor Nominated
KBS Drama Awards[22] Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries On the Way to the Airport Won
Top Excellence Award, Actor Nominated
Best Couple Award with Kim Ha-neul Won
2017 SBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Monday–Tuesday Drama Whisper Nominated


  1. ^ Lee, Seung-Han (October 22, 2010). "Kim Hye-soo will "not feel inch of regret" over Home Sweet Home". TenAsia. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  2. ^ Jeon, Ji-young (26 October 2012). "Lee Sang-yoon and Park Hae-jin Open Golden Age of Innocent Man". KBS Global. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  3. ^ "My Daughter Seo-yeong is the highest rated drama this year". Hancinema. December 26, 2013. Retrieved 2014-03-30.
  4. ^ Kwon, Ji-youn (30 August 2013). "Actor Lee Sang-yoon finally graduates from SNU". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-08-30.
  5. ^ Lee, Hye-ji (2 September 2013). "Actor Lee Sang-yoon Celebrates University Graduation". TenAsia. Archived from the original on 20 June 2014. Retrieved 2013-09-05.
  6. ^ Cho, Jae-eun (26 October 2011). "Lee Sang-yun goes back to school". Korea JoongAng Daily. Archived from the original on 12 July 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  7. ^ "Celebrities Who Went to SNU". SNU Media. 20 July 2012. Retrieved 2013-01-26.
  8. ^ "Lee Sang Yun and Moon Geun Young to be Play The Love of Lord Gwanghae and a Potter". TenAsia. April 17, 2013. Archived from the original on March 29, 2014.
  9. ^ Lee, Eun-ah (April 9, 2013). "Lee Sang-yoon and Yoon Jin-Seo to Come Back to the Big Screen". TenAsia. Archived from the original on 2014-07-14.
  10. ^ "Lee Sang-yun to Make Film Debut". The Chosun Ilbo. June 19, 2014. Retrieved 2014-06-20.
  11. ^ "New Drama, 'Angel Eyes' Reveals Its Official Poster". TenAsia. April 3, 2014.
  12. ^ "Lee Sang Yoon, Kim So Eun, Shin Sung Rok and More Gear Up for Drama 'Liar Game'". Mwave. September 23, 2014.
  13. ^ ""Twenty Again"Lee Sang-yoon, the next romantic comedy king". Hancinema. August 20, 2015.
  14. ^ "'On the Way to the Airport' stars share on melodrama roles". Kpop Herald. September 21, 2016.
  15. ^ "A successful shift from TV to movies". Korea JoongAng Daily. April 12, 2016.
  16. ^ "SBS drama 'Whisper' announces cast of stars". Korea JoongAng Daily. January 27, 2017.
  17. ^ "[INTERVIEW] Actor sheds golden boy image in 'Whisper'". The Korea Times. May 31, 2017.
  18. ^ "Lee Sang-yoon, Lee Sung-kyung take roles in tvN drama 'About Time'". Kpop Herald. January 11, 2018.
  19. ^ "Lee Sang-yoon to cameo in Unkind Women". Hancinema. 16 February 2015. Retrieved 2015-06-17.
  20. ^ Hong, Lucia (31 December 2010). "Kim Nam-joo, Han Hyo-joo win grand prize at MBC Acting Awards". 10Asia. Retrieved 2014-10-07.
  21. ^ Hicap, Jonathan M. (5 April 2013). "49th Baeksang Arts Awards nominees revealed". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved 2013-04-11.
  22. ^ "Winners of the 2016 KBS Drama Awards". Asia Pacific Daily. 3 January 2017.

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