Lee Seo-jin

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Lee Seo-jin
Lee Seo-jin in January 2019
Born (1971-01-30) January 30, 1971 (age 48)
Seoul, South Korea
Other namesLee Suh-jin
Alma materNew York University
OccupationActor, television host
Years active1999–present
AgentHook Entertainment
Korean name
Revised RomanizationI Seo-jin
McCune–ReischauerI Sŏchin

Lee Seo-jin (born January 30, 1971) is a South Korean actor and television host. He is best known for the reality shows Three Meals a Day and Grandpa Over Flowers. As an actor he came to prominence with his leading roles in the historical dramas Damo (2003), Yi San (2007), Gyebaek (2011), and the contemporary drama Marriage Contract.


Lee Seo-jin made his acting debut in 1999 in the television series House Above the Waves. After several supporting roles on TV, he rose to fame in the 2003 hit period drama Damo, followed by the also popular contemporary drama Phoenix in 2004.[1][2] Lee then landed his first big screen leading role in the 2005 action blockbuster Shadowless Sword.[3]

Lee played a vampire in the cable series Freeze (2006), a gangster in Lovers (2006),[2] and a criminal profiler in Soul (2009).[4][5] But he would become best known for his portrayals of Korean historical characters King Jeongjo of Joseon in Yi San (2007),[6] and General Gyebaek of Baekje in Gyebaek (2011).[7][8]

Other activities[edit]

Lee comes from a family with strong ties in the financial sector, and believed to be involved in the banking, transportation and tourism industries, among others. He has a Business Management degree from the New York University Stern School of Business. In 2011, Lee joined the company Ask Veritas Assets Management, which specializes in intellectual property and real estate investment. He was appointed as managing director for the firm's second global contents division.[9][10][11]

A regular volunteer of Habitat for Humanity since 2006, he was appointed its Goodwill Ambassador for Korea in 2008.[12][13] Together with the Nippon Foundation and South Korean food franchise Genesis, Lee established the "Let's Tree Fund" in 2010 to conduct reforestation activities.[14] In 2011, Lee joined relief efforts for victims of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami.[15] Like many celebrities, Lee also publicly protested against the forced repatriation of North Korean defectors.[citation needed]


Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network
1999 House Above the Waves SBS
Wang Cho (The Boss) MBC
2001 Her House
New Nonstop "찍고 또 찍고" guest
Sunday Best "A Good Man, Lee Young-woo" KBS
2002 Since We Met MBC
Shoot for the Stars SBS
2003 Damo Commander Hwangbo Yoon MBC
2004 Phoenix Jang Sae-hoon
2006 Freeze Baek Joong-won CGV
Lovers Ha Kang-jae SBS
2007 Yi San Yi San (King Jeongjo) MBC
2008 On Air cameo, ep 9 SBS
2009 Soul Shin Ryu MBC
2011 Gyebaek Gyebaek
2014 Wonderful Days Kang Dong-seok KBS2
2016 Marriage Contract Han Ji-hoon MBC
2019 Trap[16] Kang Woo-hyun OCN


Year Title Role
2000 Ghost Taxi
2001 I Love You
2005 Shadowless Sword Dae Jeong-hyun, the last prince of Balhae
2015 Love Forecast Lee Dong-jin
2018 Intimate Strangers[17] Joon-mo

Variety show[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2013-2015 Grandpas Over Flowers Cast member tvN
2014-2015 Three Meals a Day
2016 Talents for Sale KBS
2016 Three Meals a Day: Fishing Village 3 tvN
2017–2018 Youn's Kitchen
2017 Three Meals a Day: Sea Ranch
2018 Grandpas Over Flowers Returns
2019 Little Forest SBS

Music video[edit]

  • Forever (SKY, 1999)
  • Goodbye (Jung Jae-wook, 2001)
  • Where Are You? (Yim Jae-beom for Ditto 3 compilation album, 2004)


  • Shakespearean Love Method (2000)



  1. ^ "Actor Lee Seo-jin to Hold First Fan Meeting in Japan". KBS Global. 5 June 2006. Retrieved 2013-05-28.
  2. ^ a b Cho, Chung-un (11 December 2006). "HERALD INTERVIEW: Actor Lee Seo-jin seeks versatility". The Korea Herald via Hancinema. Retrieved 2013-04-27.
  3. ^ "무영검 (Shadowless Sword) Production Meeting Report". Twitch Film. 27 September 2005. Retrieved 2013-04-02.
  4. ^ Lee Hyo-won, Han Sang-hee (4 August 2009). "Let Horror Take Control of Summer Heat". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-04-02.
  5. ^ Oh, Jean (5 August 2009). "New horror special to chill summer nights". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2013-04-02.
  6. ^ Lee, Hyo-won (18 September 2007). "TV Falls in Love with Epic Dramas". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-04-02.
  7. ^ Kim, Heidi (2 May 2011). "Actor Lee Seo-jin cast in new historical drama". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-04-02.
  8. ^ Ko, Min-seok (13 October 2011). "Actors raise money for preservation". Korea JoongAng Daily. Archived from the original on 11 April 2013. Retrieved 2013-04-02.
  9. ^ Kim, Da-ye (31 January 2011). "Actor tries lot as financier". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-04-02.
  10. ^ "Actor Lee Seo-jin Turns Hand to Finance". The Chosun Ilbo. 31 January 2011. Retrieved 2013-04-02.
  11. ^ "Actor Lee to direct asset management firm". The Korea Herald. 6 February 2011. Retrieved 2010-08-24.
  12. ^ "South Korean actor Lee Seo-Jin helps build homes and awareness with Habitat for Humanity during the annual Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project" Archived 2012-11-17 at the Wayback Machine. Habitat.org. 16 November 2009. Retrieved 2010-08-24.
  13. ^ Kang, Seung-hun (14 October 2009). "Actor Lee to build houses with Jimmy Carter". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-04-02.
  14. ^ "Lets Tree Fund will Plant Trees, Educate Kids". Nippon Foundation. 15 January 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-24.
  15. ^ Hong, Lucia (18 May 2011). "Actor Lee Seo-jin makes donation for Japan earthquake relief". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-04-02.
  16. ^ "OCN, 영화X드라마 컬래버 프로젝트…이서진·성동일 주연 '트랩'". Ilgan Sports (in Korean). September 14, 2018.
  17. ^ "Lee Seo-jin, the reluctant heartthrob: Playing a womanizer in 'Intimate Strangers' was no easy task for the actor". Korea JoongAng Daily. October 27, 2018.

External links[edit]

Media related to Lee Seo-jin at Wikimedia Commons