Lee Se-young

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Lee Se-young
190718 이세영.jpg
Born (1992-12-20) December 20, 1992 (age 27)
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.



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 favorable reviews.[16] Her 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 historical drama The Crowned Clown playing the role of the Queen. The series is based on the 2012 Korean historical film Masquerade.[23][24] The same year, she starred in the horror film Lingering[25][26] and the medical drama Doctor John.[27]

In 2020, Lee is starred in the mystery thriller Memorist as a genius profiler.[28] The same year, she starred in MBC drama Kairos.[29] She was reunited with Shin Sung-rok, whom she had starred alongside six years ago in Trot Lovers.



Year Title Role Notes
2004 Dance with Solitude Young-hee [30]
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 cameo[31]
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 Role Network Notes
1997 The Brothers' River SBS
1998 The Path of the Great Dynasty Princess Cheongseon MBC
My Mother's Daughters SBS
1999 Did We Really Love? young Kang Jae-young MBC
Promise SBS
Sunday Best "위험한 자장가" Im Ja-min KBS2
2000 MBC Best Theater "송이야 놀자" Kang Song-yi MBC
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 [32]
TV로 보는 원작동화
"Robinson Crusoe in the Classroom"
Lee Hye-jung EBS
My Love Patzzi young Yang Song-yi MBC
Kitchen Maid
2003 Country Princess young Lee Eun-hee
Land of Wine young Lee Sun-hee SBS
Drama City "Queen of Disco" Kang Soo-ji KBS2
Merry Go Round young Sung Eun-kyo MBC
Dae Jang Geum young Choi Geum-young [33]
2004 Beijing My Love Jang Na-ra KBS2
2005 HDTV Literature "Sonaki" Girl [34]
Single Again Lee Soo-jin SBS
Sisters of the Sea young Song Choon-hee MBC [35]
2006 High Kick! Lee Se-young
(guest, episode 143)
2008 Kokkiri (Elephant) Gook Se-young [37]
2011 Drama Special
"Yeongdeok Women's Wrestling Team"
Cha Bong-hee KBS2 [38]
Bachelor's Vegetable Store Han Tae-in Channel A [39]
2012 Dream of the Emperor Chun Gwan-nyeo KBS1 [40][41]
Missing You Han Ah-reum MBC
2013 Goddess of Marriage Noh Min-jung SBS
Adolescence Medley Yang Ah-young KBS2
Drama Festival "Haneuljae's Murder" Mi-soo MBC [42]
2014 Trot Lovers Park Soo-in KBS2
2016 The Vampire Detective Han Gyeo-wool OCN
The Gentlemen of Wolgyesu Tailor Shop Min Hyo-won KBS2
2017 Hit the Top Choi Woo-seung
A Korean Odyssey Jin Bu-Ja / Jung Se-ra / Ah Sa-nyeo tvN
2019 The Crowned Clown Yoon So-woon
Doctor John Kang Shi-young SBS
2020 How Are U Bread Noh Mi-rae Naver TV Cast [43]
Memorist Han Sun-mi tvN
Kairos Han Ae-ri MBC [44]

Variety show[edit]

Year Show Network Role Notes
2017 King of Mask Singer MBC Contestant as "Kisses It's Nice to Meet Kissing Gourami" (episode 109)[45][46]
2018–2019 Weekend Playlist tvN Cast member [47]

Music video[edit]

Year Song Title Artist Notes
2002 "S.Ⅱ.S (Soul To Soul)" S.E.S
2008 "가슴아 그만" Black
2011 "Don't Touch My Girl" Boyfriend [48]
2014 "If I" Chung Dong-ha [49]
"I Feel on You" Lee Seung-hwan feat. Lee So-eun [50]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2004 12th Chunsa Film Art Awards Best Young Actress When I Turned Nine Won [51]
3rd Korean Film Awards Best New Actress Nominated
2005 41st Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actress (Film) Lovely Rivals Nominated
19th KBS Drama Awards Best Young Actress Rain Shower Won [52]
2016 30th KBS Drama Awards Best New Actress The Gentlemen of Wolgyesu Tailor Shop Won [53]
Best Couple (with Hyun Woo) Won
2017 53rd Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actress (Television) Won [18]
10th Korea Drama Awards Best New Actress Nominated
2019 12th Korea Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress The Crowned Clown Won [54]
27th SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award in Miniseries (Actress) Doctor John Won [55]
Best Couple (with Ji Sung) Nominated


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