Lee Sung-kyung

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Lee Sung-kyung
Lee Sung-kyung at 32nd Golden Disc Awards, 10 January 2018.jpg
Lee at the 32nd Golden Disc Awards in January 2018
Born (1990-08-10) August 10, 1990 (age 29)
Goyang, Gyeonggi, South Korea
Other namesLee Sung-kyoung
EducationDongduk Women's University
OccupationModel, actress
Years active2008–present
AgentYG Entertainment
Height175 cm (5 ft 9 in) [1]
Korean name
Revised RomanizationI Seong-gyeong
McCune–ReischauerI Sŏnggyŏng

Lee Sung-kyung[2] (born August 10, 1990) is a South Korean model and actress. She acted in the television dramas Cheese in the Trap (2016) and The Doctors (2016) before taking her first leading role as the titular character in Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo (2016).

Early life and education[edit]

Lee was born on August 10, 1990 in Goyang city, Gyeonggi, South Korea.[3]

On February 22, 2016, Lee graduated from Dongduk Women's University.[4]


Lee began her entertainment career as a model where she competed at the local Super Model Contest in 2008 placing 11th and won the Lex Prize, and the International Asia Pacific Super Model Contest in 2009 placing 5th and won the Unix Hair New Style Prize.[3][5]

In 2014, Lee made her acting debut with a supporting role in television drama It's Okay, That's Love, being the first model-actress promoted under the joint venture of YG Entertainment and K-Plus.[6][7] This was followed by weekend drama, Flower of Queen in 2015.[8] She won "Best New Actress" in a Special Project Drama at the MBC Drama Awards for her role.[9]

In January 2016, Lee featured in tvN's college romance series, Cheese in the Trap.[10] On April 28, 2016, Lee released a collaboration single with Eddy Kim, which is a cover of Sharp's "My Lips like Warm Coffee".[11] Lee then starred in the SBS's prime-time medical drama, The Doctors as a neurosurgeon.[12] The same year, she took on her first leading role in Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo, a youth sports drama inspired by the real life story of Olympic weightlifting champion Jang Mi-ran.[13]

In 2017, Lee was cast in the romance film Love+Sling, directed by first-time director Kim Dae-woong.[14]

In 2018, Lee starred in the fantasy melodrama About Time.[15] The same year, she was cast in the action comedy film Girl Cops.[16][17]

In 2020, Lee is set to star in the second season of hit medical drama Romantic Doctor, Teacher Kim, playing a cardiosurgery surgeon.[18]



Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2017 Trolls Poppy (voice) Korean dub [19]
2018 Love+Sling Ga-young [14]
2019 Girl Cops Jo Ji-hye [17]

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network Notes Ref.
2014 It's Okay, That's Love Oh So-nyeo SBS [6]
2015 Flower of Queen Kang Yi-sol MBC [8]
2016 Cheese in the Trap Baek In-ha tvN [10]
The Doctors Jin Seo-woo SBS [12]
Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo Kim Bok-joo MBC [13]
2017 While You Were Sleeping SBS Cameo (Ep. 21) [20]
2018 About Time Choi Michaela tvN [15]
2020 Romantic Doctor Kim Season 2 Cha Eun-jae SBS [18]

Variety show[edit]

Year Title Network Notes Ref.
2008 Super Model S Diary SBS Plus MC
2009 Entertainment Weekend Express E!TV
Music n Movie OBS
2014 Bible TV ICON TV / YouTube Cast member
2015 King of Mask Singer MBC Contestant as Flower Crab Holding Flowers, Episode 19 & 20 [21]
2018 Now Playing in Theaters: Childish Bromance KBS2 Cast member [22]

Music video appearances[edit]

Year Song title Artist Ref.
2011 "Stay Cool" Simon D feat. Zion.T
2012 "Because It's You" Lee Hyun
2013 "I Love You" The Papers X Lee Sung-kyung
"Wild and Young Kang Seung-yoon
2015 "Two One Two" Urban Zakapa [23]
2016 "My Lips like Warm Coffee" Eddy Kim X Lee Sung-kyung
"Re-Bye" Akdong Musician [24]
2017 "When We Were Two" Urban Zakapa [25]
2018 "I Can't Say That" Kim Na-young [26]


Year Song title Artist Album Ref.
2013 "I Love You" The Papers X Lee Sung-kyung 랑의 단상 Chapter 4: You and Me Song
2016 "My Lips like Warm Coffee" Eddy Kim X Lee Sung-kyung N/A [11]
2017 "Last Scene" Psy feat. Lee Sung-kyung 4X2=8 [27]
2018 "My Only One Person"
"I Am What I Am"
"Tomorrow will be a better day!"
Lee Sung-kyung About Time (Official TV Soundtrack) Musical Special [28]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2008 17th Super Model Contest Lex Prize N/A Won [29]
2009 2nd Asia Pacific Super Model Contest Unix Hair New Style Prize N/A Won [30]
2014 CFDK Fashion Awards Best Female Fashion Model of the Year N/A Won [31][32]
2015 8th Korea Drama Awards Best New Actress Flower of Queen Nominated
4th APAN Star Awards Nominated
34th MBC Drama Awards Best New Actress in a Special Project Drama Won [9]
2016 11th Max Movie Awards Rising Star Award N/A Won [33]
52nd Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actress (TV) Queen's Flower Nominated
35th MBC Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo Won [34]
24th SBS Drama Awards Special Award, Actress in a Genre Drama The Doctors Nominated
2018 3rd Asia Artist Awards Artist of the Year N/A Won [35]
Best Emotive Won
2019 24th Chunsa Film Art Awards Special Popularity Award Miss & Mrs. Cops Won [36]


  1. ^ "'Radio Star' Lee Sung Kyung, "When the height is 174cm tall ... Model and grow up"". chosun.com.
  2. ^ "LEE SUNG-KYOUNG". YG Entertainment.
  3. ^ a b Lee, Ji-hye (17 September 2014). "Spotlight 이성경:②이성경's story" [Spotlight Lee Sung-kyung: Lee Sung-kyung's story]. Ize (in Korean). Retrieved 2014-11-17.
  4. ^ "Stars are students, too". Kpop Herald. 5 February 2017.
  5. ^ Nawael, Khelil (5 February 2015). "Lee Sung Kyung, The Neo-Shooting Star". BNTNews. Retrieved 2015-03-27.
  6. ^ a b "Top Model LEE SUNG KYUNG Makes Drama Debut in It's OK, It's Love". YG Family. 9 April 2014. Retrieved 2014-11-17.
  7. ^ Park, Ji-ryun (4 October 2014). "Interview: Lee Sung Kyung Expresses Love and Respect for Cast of It's Okay, It's Love". enewsWorld. Archived from the original on 24 June 2015. Retrieved 2015-03-27.
  8. ^ a b "[단독] 윤박·이성경 '적도의 꽃' 합류…JYP·YG 신예들 조우". TV Report (in Korean). 16 December 2014.
  9. ^ a b "2015 MBC Drama Awards roundup". Kpop Herald. 31 December 2015.
  10. ^ a b "Lee Sung Kyung Joins ′Cheese in the Trap′". enewsWorld. 2 September 2015. Archived from the original on 18 May 2017. Retrieved 19 April 2017.
  11. ^ a b "Lee Sung-kyung, Eddy Kim to form duo". Kpop Herald. 21 April 2016.
  12. ^ a b "Lee Sung-kyung to be Park Shin-hye's rival in 'Doctors'". Kpop Herald. 25 April 2016. Retrieved 2017-02-27.
  13. ^ a b "Newcomer actors mature through 'Kim Bok-joo'". The Korea Times. 16 January 2017.
  14. ^ a b "YOO Hae-jin, LEE Sung-kyoung, and KIM Min-jae Starring Love+Sling Finishes Filming". Korean Film Biz Zone. 9 November 2017.
  15. ^ a b "Lee Sang-yoon, Lee Sung-kyung take roles in tvN drama 'About Time'". Kpop Herald. 11 January 2018.
  16. ^ "Lee Sung-kyung to feature as detective in 'Girl Cops'". Kpop Herald. 24 April 2018.
  17. ^ a b "LEE Sung-kyoung Confirmed to Star in GIRL COPS". Korean Film Biz Zone. 17 May 2018.
  18. ^ a b "'낭만닥터 김사부 시즌2' 한석규-이성경-안효섭 캐스팅 확정, 내년 1월 첫방송[공식]". Star News (in Korean). 18 September 2019.
  19. ^ "Lee Sung-kyung, Park Hyung-sik show off dubbing skills with 'Trolls'". Kpop Herald. 9 February 2017.
  20. ^ "[단독] 윤균상X이성경, '당잠사' 특별출연…이종석+'닥터스' 의리". TV Report (in Korean). 21 June 2018.
  21. ^ '복면가왕' 꽃게 이성경 "노래를 하도 부르니 주위에서 권유했다". Sports Kyunghyang (in Korean). 16 August 2015.
  22. ^ "KBS 새해 첫 新예능 '절찬상영중' 9일 첫방 확정(공식)". Star Money (in Korean). 3 January 2018.
  23. ^ "어반자카파, 신곡 '둘 하나 둘' MV 촬영현장 공개". TenAsia (in Korean). 26 May 2015.
  24. ^ "[네이버 연예스페셜] 악동뮤지션 'RE-BYE' 뮤직비디오 촬영기". YG Life (in Korean). 6 May 2016.
  25. ^ "이성경X최태준, 어반자카파 응원 "뮤비 촬영 내내 울었다…꼭 들어달라"". 10Asia (in Korean). 1 November 2017.
  26. ^ '이성경 뱀파이어 연기' 김나영 '그 한마디' 뮤비 호평. edaily (in Korean). 19 November 2018.
  27. ^ 이성경, 싸이 8집 '피처링'에 참여한다. Insight (in Korean). 6 May 2017.
  28. ^ "'어바웃타임' OST 정규 앨범 발매, 이성경 뮤지컬곡 삽입(공식)". Newsen (in Korean). 10 July 2018.
  29. ^ "'2008 슈퍼모델' 선발대회 1위에 김라나씨". Hankook Ilbo (in Korean). 19 September 2008.
  30. ^ 이성경, 유닉스 헤어스타일뉴스타상 수상. Yonhap News Agency (in Korean). 20 June 2009.
  31. ^ Council of Fashion Designers of Korea.
  32. ^ 이성경·남주혁, 다정한 투샷..."대세 남녀" [Lee Sung-kyung and Nam Joo-hyuk pose for a friendly shot together... 'The trendiest man and woman']. TV Report (in Korean). 20 December 2014. Retrieved 2014-12-21.
  33. ^ "Winners of '2016 Max Movie Best Film Awards'". Mwave. 26 February 2016. Archived from the original on 7 May 2018. Retrieved 7 May 2018.
  34. ^ 기사입력2016.12.31 오전 12:30 (31 December 2016). "[MBC 연기대상] 이종석, 대상 영예 안았다 (종합) :: 네이버 TV연예". MBN News (in Korean). Retrieved 2017-01-29.
  35. ^ "BTS win the Daesang at Asia Artist Awards 2018 – and are among Artists Of The Year". Metro. November 28, 2018.
  36. ^ "BONG Joon-ho Wins Best Director at Chunsa Film Art Awards". Korean Film Biz Zone. 25 July 2019.

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