Lee Se-young

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Lee Se-young
190718 이세영.jpg
Lee in July 2019
Born (1992-12-20) December 20, 1992 (age 29)
South Korea
EducationSungshin Women's University - Media Communications[1]
Years active1997–present
AgentPrain TPC
Korean name
Revised RomanizationI Se-yeong
McCune–ReischauerLee Seyŏng

Lee Se-young (Korean이세영; born December 20, 1992) is a South Korean actress. She is best known for her roles in The Crowned Clown, Doctor John, and The Red Sleeve.



Lee began her career as a child actress;[2] and was best known for the films When I Turned Nine,[3] Lovely Rivals,[4] and The Wonder Years.[5][6]

As she entered her early twenties, Lee also appeared in the television series Adolescence Medley,[7] Missing You[8] and Goddess of Marriage,[9] as well as films Horror Stories 2 and Hot Young Bloods.[10][11][12] Lee increasingly got larger roles in music romance drama Trot Lovers and fantasy mystery thriller The Vampire Detective.[13][14][15]

2016–present: Rising popularity[edit]

Lee gained increased popularity after starring in the family drama The Gentlemen of Wolgyesu Tailor Shop (2016), where she received favourable reviews.[16] She and co-star Hyun Woo were dubbed as The Ahchoo Couple by fans.[17] Lee also won the Best New Actress award in the television category at the Baeksang Arts Award for her performance.[18]

In 2017, Lee starred in her first leading role in free-to-air TV station with KBS2's youth drama Hit the Top.[19] Lee then starred in the fantasy romantic comedy drama A Korean Odyssey by the Hong sisters,[20] and was praised for her portrayal of three different characters.[21]

In 2018, Lee played her first big-screen leading role in the comedy film Duck Town.[22]

In 2019, Lee starred in the hit historical drama The Crowned Clown, based on the 2012 Korean historical film Masquerade,[23][24] where she played the role of Queen Yoo So-woon. The same year, she appeared in the horror film Lingering[25][26] and the medical drama Doctor John.[27]

In 2020, Lee starred in the mystery thriller Memorist as a genius profiler.[28] She then reunited with Shin Sung-rok, whom she previously worked with in Trot Lovers, for the MBC drama Kairos.[29]

In 2021, Lee played the role of Sung Deok-im in MBC hit historical romance drama The Red Sleeve, co-starring alongside Lee Jun-ho.[30]



Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2004 Dance with Solitude Young-hee [31]
When I Turned Nine Jang Woo-rim
Lovely Rivals Go Mi-nam
2005 All for Love Jasmine, an aspiring actress Cameo
2007 The Wonder Years Soo-ah
2012 All About My Wife Jang Sung-ki's stalker Cameo
Grape Candy Female bank customer [32]
2013 Horror Stories 2 Se-young Segment: "444"
2014 Hot Young Bloods So-hee
2018 Duck Town Hee-jung
2020 Hotel Lake Yoo-mi

Television series[edit]

Year Title Network Role Notes Ref.
1997 The Brothers' River SBS
1998 The Path of the Great Dynasty MBC Princess Cheongseon
My Mother's Daughters SBS
1999 Did We Really Love? MBC Kang Jae-young (young)
Promise SBS
Sunday Best "위험한 자장가" KBS2 Im Ja-min
2000 MBC Best Theater "송이야 놀자" MBC Kang Song-yi
MBC Best Theater
"그, 그녀에게 버림받다"
Foolish Princes Yeo Sat-byul
2001 I Want to See Your Face Lee So-dam
2002 Present Kim Da-hee [33]
TV로 보는 원작동화
"Robinson Crusoe in the Classroom"
EBS Lee Hye-jung
My Love Patzzi MBC Yang Song-yi (young)
Kitchen Maid
2003 Country Princess Lee Eun-hee (young)
Land of Wine SBS Lee Sun-hee (young)
Drama City "Queen of Disco" KBS2 Kang Soo-ji
Merry Go Round MBC Sung Eun-kyo (young)
Dae Jang Geum Choi Geum-young (young) [34]
2004 Beijing My Love KBS2 Jang Na-ra
2005 HDTV Literature "Sonaki" Girl [35]
Single Again SBS Lee Soo-jin
Sisters of the Sea MBC Song Choon-hee (young) [36]
2006 High Kick! Lee Se-young Cameo (Episode 143) [37]
2008 Kokkiri (Elephant) Gook Se-young [38]
2011 Drama Special
"Yeongdeok Women's Wrestling Team"
KBS2 Cha Bong-hee [39]
Bachelor's Vegetable Store Channel A Han Tae-in [40]
2012 Dream of the Emperor KBS1 Chun Gwan-nyeo [41][42]
Missing You MBC Han Ah-reum
2013 Goddess of Marriage SBS Noh Min-jung
Adolescence Medley KBS2 Yang Ah-young
Drama Festival "Haneuljae's Murder" MBC Mi-soo [43]
2014 Trot Lovers KBS2 Park Soo-in
2016 The Vampire Detective OCN Han Gyeo-wool
The Gentlemen of Wolgyesu Tailor Shop KBS2 Min Hyo-won
2017 Hit the Top Choi Woo-seung
A Korean Odyssey tvN Jin Bu-ja / Jung Se-ra / Ah Sa-nyeo
2019 The Crowned Clown Yoo So-woon
Doctor John SBS Kang Shi-young
2020 Memorist tvN Han Sun-mi
Kairos MBC Han Ae-ri [44]
2021 The Red Sleeve Seong Deok-im [45]

Web series[edit]

Year Title Platform Role Ref.
2020 How Are U Bread Naver TV Cast Noh Mi-rae [46]

Television shows[edit]

Year Title Network Role Notes Ref.
2017 King of Mask Singer MBC Contestant as "Kisses It's Nice to Meet Kissing Gourami" (Episode 109) [44][47]
2018 The Ultimate Watchlist xtvN Main host
2018–2019 Weekend Playlist tvN Cast member [48]

Music video[edit]

Year Song Title Artist Ref.
2002 "S.II.S (Soul To Soul)" S.E.S
2008 "가슴아 그만" Black
2011 "Don't Touch My Girl" Boyfriend [49]
2014 "If I" Chung Dong-ha [50]
"I Feel on You" Lee Seung-hwan feat. Lee So-eun [51]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Name of the award ceremony, year presented, category, nominee of the award, and the result of the nomination
Award ceremony Year Category Nominee / Work Result Ref.
Baeksang Arts Awards 2005 Best New Actress – Film Lovely Rivals Nominated
2017 Best New Actress – Television The Gentlemen of Wolgyesu Tailor Shop Won [18]
Chunsa Film Art Awards 2004 Best Young Actress When I Turned Nine Won [52]
KBS Drama Awards 2005 Best Young Actress Rain Shower Won [53]
2016 Best Couple Lee Se-young (with Hyun Woo)
The Gentlemen of Wolgyesu Tailor Shop
Won [54]
Best New Actress The Gentlemen of Wolgyesu Tailor Shop Won
Korea Drama Awards 2017 Best New Actress Nominated
2019 Excellence Award, Actress The Crowned Clown Won [55]
Korean Film Awards 2004 Best New Actress When I Turned Nine Nominated
MBC Drama Awards 2020 Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Monday-Tuesday Miniseries / Short Drama Kairos Nominated
Best Couple Award Lee Se-young (with Shin Sung-rok)
2021 Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries The Red Sleeve Won [56]
Best Couple Award Lee Se-young (with Lee Jun-ho)
The Red Sleeve
Won [57]
SBS Drama Awards 2019 Excellence Award in Miniseries (Actress) Doctor John Won [58]
Best Couple Lee Se-young (with Ji Sung)
Doctor John
Seoul International Drama Awards 2021 Outstanding Korean Actress Kairos Nominated [59][60]


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