Lee Sang-yoon

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Lee Sang-yoon
Born (1981-08-15) August 15, 1981 (age 38)
Alma materSeoul National University - Physics
Years active2004–present
Korean name
Revised RomanizationI Sang-yun
McCune–ReischauerI Sangyun

Lee Sang-yoon (Korean이상윤; 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][2]

Lee earned recognition with his role in the family weekend drama My Daughter Seo-young (2012),[3] which recorded a peak viewership rating of 47.6%, making it the highest rated Korean drama of 2013.[4]

Lee returned to the screen with period drama Goddess of Fire, playing Prince Gwanghae.[5]

Lee starred in his first big screen leading role in the 2014 romance film Santa Barbara.[6][7] The same year, he also played lead roles in the medical drama Angel Eyes and mystery thriller series Liar Game.[8][9]

In 2015, Lee starred in romantic comedy series Second 20s.[10]

In 2016, Lee starred in romance melodrama On the Way to the Airport.[11] He had his second big screen leading role in the thriller film Insane.[12]

In 2017, Lee starred in SBS' legal drama Whisper, playing an elite judge.[13][14] In December, Lee confirmed to appear in the variety show Master in the House as a fixed cast member.[15]

In 2018, Lee starred in the fantasy melodrama About Time alongside Lee Sung-kyung.[16]

Lee will make his silver screen comeback in 2019 with the action comedy Okay Madam. He is set to play a charismatic North Korean spy who hijacks a family.[17]. The same year he will return to small screen with the office mystery drama VIP starring together with Jang Na-ra.[18]

Personal life[edit]

In 2013, Lee graduated from the prestigious Seoul National University with a degree in Physics.[19][20] 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.[21][22]


Television series[edit]

Year Title Hangul Role Network
2007 Drama City "Transformation" 드라마시티 - 변신 Charles[23] KBS2
Air City 에어시티 Kim Jung-min[24] MBC
Drama City "Sky Lovers" 드라마시티 - 하늘 연인 Moon Ui-sik KBS2
Likeable or Not 미우나 고우나 Seo Woo-jin[25] KBS1
2008 The Scale of Providence 신의 저울 Kim Woo-bin[26] SBS
Don't Cry My Love 사랑해, 울지마 Jang Hyun-woo[27] MBC
2009 Heading to the Ground 맨땅에 헤딩 Jang Seung-woo[28]
2010 Jejungwon 제중원 Ji Seok-young (cameo)[29] SBS
Life Is Beautiful 인생은 아름다워 Yang Ho-sub[30]
Home Sweet Home 즐거운 나의 집 Kang Shin-woo MBC
2011 The Duo 짝패 Gwi-dong[31] 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)[32]
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
2019 VIP Park Sung-joon SBS


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
2019 Okay Madam 오케이! 마담 Chul Seung

Variety show[edit]

Year Title Hangul Role
2017–present Master in the House 집사부일체 Cast member
2020–present Handsome Tigers 진짜 농구, 핸섬타이거즈 Cast member

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2009 36th Korea Broadcasting Awards Best Newcomer, TV Actor category Don't Cry My Love Won [33]
2010 MBC Drama Awards Best New Actor Home Sweet Home Won [34]
2012 20th Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards Popularity Award, Actor in a Drama My Daughter Seo-young Won [35]
KBS Drama Awards Best Couple Award with Lee Bo-young Won [36]
2013 8th Asia Model Festival Awards BBF Popular Star Award N/A Won [37]
49th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actor (TV) My Daughter Seo-young Nominated [38]
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 Nominated
KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries On the Way to the Airport Won [39]
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
2018 12th SBS Entertainment Awards Rookie Award in Male Category Master in the House Won [40]
2019 13th SBS Entertainment Awards Excellence Award in Show/Variety Category Won [41]
2019 SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award in Miniseries VIP (South Korean TV series) Won


  1. ^ "[PREVIEW] MBC TV series "Home Sweet Home"". TenAsia. October 22, 2010.
  2. ^ Lee, Seung-Han (October 22, 2010). "Kim Hye-soo will "not feel inch of regret" over Home Sweet Home". TenAsia. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ "My Daughter Seo-yeong is the highest rated drama this year". Hancinema. December 26, 2013. Retrieved 2014-03-30.
  5. ^ "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.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ "Lee Sang-yun to Make Film Debut". The Chosun Ilbo. June 19, 2014. Retrieved 2014-06-20.
  8. ^ "New Drama, 'Angel Eyes' Reveals Its Official Poster". TenAsia. April 3, 2014.
  9. ^ "Lee Sang Yoon, Kim So Eun, Shin Sung Rok and More Gear Up for Drama 'Liar Game'". Mwave. September 23, 2014.
  10. ^ ""Twenty Again"Lee Sang-yoon, the next romantic comedy king". Hancinema. August 20, 2015.
  11. ^ "'On the Way to the Airport' stars share on melodrama roles". Kpop Herald. September 21, 2016.
  12. ^ "A successful shift from TV to movies". Korea JoongAng Daily. April 12, 2016.
  13. ^ "SBS drama 'Whisper' announces cast of stars". Korea JoongAng Daily. January 27, 2017.
  14. ^ "[INTERVIEW] Actor sheds golden boy image in 'Whisper'". The Korea Times. May 31, 2017.
  15. ^ Lee Mi-yeong (December 22, 2017). "'집사부일체', 31일 첫 방송…이승기 日 예능 출격". Joy News (in Korean).
  16. ^ "Lee Sang-yoon, Lee Sung-kyung take roles in tvN drama 'About Time'". Kpop Herald. January 11, 2018.
  17. ^ Yeo Ye-rim (January 10, 2019). "'Okay! Madam' announces its cast". Korea JoongAng Daily.
  18. ^ Lee Yae-eun (June 5, 2019). "'VIP' 장나라·이상윤·이청아·곽선영·표예진 출연…오피스 멜로 온다 [공식]". My Daily (in Korean).
  19. ^ Kwon, Ji-youn (30 August 2013). "Actor Lee Sang-yoon finally graduates from SNU". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-08-30.
  20. ^ 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.
  21. ^ 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.
  22. ^ "Celebrities Who Went to SNU". SNU Media. 20 July 2012. Retrieved 2013-01-26.
  23. ^ "'남자 김태희'로 주목 이상윤, KBS드라마시티 주연으로 발탁". Segye (in Korean). 15 June 2007.
  24. ^ "'남자 김태희'로 주목 이상윤, KBS드라마시티 주연으로 발탁". Segye (in Korean). June 15, 2007.
  25. ^ "`미우나 고우나` 이상윤 깜짝 프러포즈". TV Report (in Korean). March 14, 2008.
  26. ^ "이상윤 '신의 저울' 주인공 꿰차..냉혈한 연기 파격변신". Newsen (in Korean). August 14, 2008.
  27. ^ "'엄친아' 이상윤, 드라마 '사랑해, 울지마'에 출연". Yonhap News (in Korean). November 6, 2008.
  28. ^ "이상윤, '맨땅에 헤딩'서 정윤호와 맞대결 "지지 않겠다"". Asiae (in Korean). August 28, 2009.
  29. ^ "이상윤, '제중원'서 조선의사 지석영으로 깜짝 출연". Asiae (in Korean). February 16, 2010.
  30. ^ "송창의·이상윤, '인생은 아름다워'로 다시 의기투합". Nocutnews (in Korean). April 6, 2010.
  31. ^ "[PREVIEW] MBC TV series "The Duo"". 10Asia. June 1, 2010.
  32. ^ "Lee Sang-yoon to cameo in Unkind Women". Hancinema. 16 February 2015. Retrieved 2015-06-17.
  33. ^ "[한국방송대상] 이상윤, 신인탤런트상 "많이 부족한 데 큰상 주셔서 감사"". Osen (in Korean). September 3, 2009.
  34. ^ Hong, Lucia (December 31, 2010). "Kim Nam-joo, Han Hyo-joo win grand prize at MBC Acting Awards". 10Asia. Retrieved 2014-10-07.
  35. ^ "'완벽남'의 아이콘 이상윤의 네버엔딩 스토리date=December 4, 2013". Hankyung (in Korean).
  36. ^ "유준상·김남주外3팀, KBS연기대상 베스트 커플상". Star News (in Korean). December 31, 2012.
  37. ^ "[사진]이상윤,'드라마 더 열심히 할게요'". Osen (in Korean). January 15, 2013.
  38. ^ Hicap, Jonathan M. (April 5, 2013). "49th Baeksang Arts Awards nominees revealed". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved 2013-04-11.
  39. ^ "Winners of the 2016 KBS Drama Awards". Asia Pacific Daily. January 3, 2017.
  40. ^ "[SBS 연예대상] 이상윤·강경헌, 신인상 수상 "예능 처음이라 챙겨준 듯"". Star News (in Korean). December 28, 2018.
  41. ^ "'SBS연예대상' 유재석, 대상+'런닝맨' 6관왕 싹쓸이…백종원 공로상[종합]". TV리포트. Retrieved 2019-12-29.

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