Lee So-yeon (actress)

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Lee So-yeon
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Born (1982-04-16) April 16, 1982 (age 33)
Seoul, South Korea
Education Hanyang University - Theater and Film
Occupation Actress
Years active 2002-present
Agent Fantagio
Korean name
Hangul 이소연
Revised Romanization I So-yeon
McCune–Reischauer I Soyŏn

Lee So-yeon (born April 16, 1982) is a South Korean actress. She is best known for her roles in the films Untold Scandal (2003) and Feathers in the Wind (2004), and the television series Temptation of an Angel (2009) and Dong Yi (2010).


Lee So-yeon first drew notice in the period film Untold Scandal, playing the Cécile role in the 2003 Korean adaptation of Les Liaisons dangereuses. She has since played villains in several television dramas, namely Super Rookie,[1] Spring Waltz,[2] Temptation of an Angel, and in her most high-profile yet, Korean history's famous femme fatale Jang Hui-bin in Dong Yi.[3] Seemingly a victim of typecasting on TV, Lee was finally given her first leading role in the romantic comedy Why Did You Come to Our House? (also known as Wanted: Son-in-Law). More lighthearted fare followed with My Life's Golden Age (about a family of siblings), and My Love By My Side in which she played a cheerful single mother. In 2012 she returned to period dramas as a gisaeng in Dr. Jin, followed by the contemporary daily dramas The Birth of a Family and Ruby Ring.

Unlike her TV series, Lee's films are a more diverse mix of mainstream and indie. Feathers in the Wind in particular brought her critical raves, with Darcy Paquet of Koreanfilm.org crediting Lee's "considerable screen presence" in making her character "memorable."[4]

Lee counts pansori and jazz dancing among her hobbies. In 2007, she was chosen to be the ambassador for the Jecheon International Music & Film Festival.[5]

From September 2013 to March 2014, Lee appeared on the fourth season of reality/variety show We Got Married, in which celebrities are paired together as fake wedded couples; Lee's partner was pianist Yoon Han.[6][7] She returned to acting in the cable drama Wild Chives and Soy Bean Soup: 12 Years Reunion in 2014.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Lee is engaged to marry an IT entrepreneur on September 12, 2015.[9][10][11][12]


Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2005 Spring Day Kim Kyung-ah SBS
Super Rookie Seo Hyun-ah MBC
Let's Get Married[13] Kwon Eun-sun MBC
2006 Spring Waltz Song Yi-na KBS2
2008 Why Did You Come to Our House? Han Mi-soo SBS
My Life's Golden Age[14] Lee Geum MBC
2009 Temptation of an Angel Joo Ah-ran SBS
2010 Dong Yi Jang Hui-bin MBC
2011 My Love By My Side Do Mi-sol SBS
2012 Dr. Jin Choon-hong MBC
The Birth of a Family Lee Soo-jung SBS
2013 Ruby Ring Jung Ruby/Jung Runa KBS2
2014 Wild Chives and Soy Bean Soup: 12 Years Reunion Jang Gook/Jang Dal-rae jTBC


Year Title Role Notes
2002 Unborn But Forgotten
2003 Summer Story[15]
Untold Scandal Lee So-ok
2004 Joy of Love short film[16]
Feathers in the Wind So-yeon
2006 One Shining Day Go-ny segment: "The Beautiful Strangers"[17]
2007 Highway Star Cha Seo-yeon
Bravo My Life Kim Yoo-ri
2011 The Dog and Key short film

Music video[edit]

Year Song title Artist
2007 "Wintering" Eru

Variety show[edit]

Year Title Network Notes
2006 Happy Sunday - Heroine 6 KBS2
2006-2007 Music Bank KBS2 Host
2009 Living Beauty: Paris Hair Sketch
with Lee So-yeon
Olive TV
2011 Dugeun Dugeun Studio of Love MBC
2012-2013 The Track MBC Music
2013-2014 We Got Married - Season 4 MBC Cast member
2014 Running Man SBS Guest, episode 207

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2007 China Golden Rooster Awards
and Hundred Flowers Awards
Best Actress in a Foreign Film Bravo My Life Won
2008 MBC Drama Awards Best New Actress My Life's Golden Age Won
2009 SBS Drama Awards New Star Award Temptation of an Angel Won
2010 MBC Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress Dong Yi Won
2011 SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Weekend/Daily Drama My Love By My Side Won
2012 MBC Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Dr. Jin Nominated
2013 MBC Entertainment Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Variety Show We Got Married Won
SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in Weekend/Daily Drama The Birth of a Family Nominated
KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Daily Drama Ruby Ring Won


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