Lee Wan

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Lee Wan
Kim Hyung-soo

(1984-01-03) January 3, 1984 (age 35)
EducationKookmin University - Physical Education
Kookmin University Graduate School - Sports Management
Years active2003-present
Height1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
RelativesKim Tae-hee (sister)
Rain (brother-in-law)
Korean name
Revised RomanizationI Wan
McCune–ReischauerI Wan
Birth name
Revised RomanizationGim Hyeong-su
McCune–ReischauerKim Hyŏngsu

Lee Wan (born Kim Hyung-soo on January 3, 1984) is a South Korean actor.


Born as Kim Hyung-soo, he began his career in entertainment after starring in a music video alongside older sister, actress Kim Tae-hee.[1] Using the stage name Lee Wan, he made his acting debut in 2003. He first drew notice in a supporting role in the television drama Stairway to Heaven, followed by leading roles in romantic comedies Snow White: Taste Sweet Love and Let's Go to the Beach. He reunited with Stairway to Heaven costar Park Shin-hye in 2006 in the melodrama Tree of Heaven which was a joint Korean-Japanese production.[2] Lee also contributed the song "Where Farewells Don't Exist" to the drama's soundtrack.[3]

Lee's increased Korean Wave popularity led to him being cast in as the leading man in the Japanese film Veronika Decides to Die (based on the same-titled novel by Paulo Coelho), which screened at the 2005 Tokyo International Film Festival.[3] He also played the leading role opposite Ami Suzuki in the 2007 Japanese television drama Magnolia no Hana no Shita de ("Under the Magnolia"), which portrayed a romance between a Korean man and a Japanese woman who meet while studying in New York City.[4] Afterwards, he returned to Korean television with a supporting role in In-soon Is Pretty, as the protagonist's younger brother.[5]

In 2008, Lee starred in the Korean War film Once Upon a Time in Seoul.[6] He next played a villain in the gambling-themed series Swallow the Sun in 2009.[7]

Lee enlisted for mandatory military service on 12 July 2010, and was part of the entertainment soldiers unit of the Defense Media Agency under the Ministry of National Defense.[8] He was discharged on 23 April 2012.[9]

As his first post-army project, Lee appeared in the 2013 online drama It's Not Over Yet; it aired in 6-part 10-minute installments on social networking sites.[10][11] In 2015, he starred in Northern Limit Line, a naval thriller about the Second Battle of Yeonpyeong.


Television series[edit]


Variety show[edit]

Music video[edit]

  • Vibe - "While Looking at the Picture"
  • Vintage Blue - "Love Is"
  • Position - "You Just Being in This World"
  • Tei - "Same Pillow"
  • Tei - "Locked Up in Tears"


  • 2004 SBS Drama Awards: New Star Award (Little Women)
  • 2004 KBS Drama Awards: Best New Actor (Snow White: Taste Sweet Love)


  1. ^ "10 LINE: Kim Tae-hee". TenAsia. 28 October 2009. Retrieved 2014-04-30.
  2. ^ Shin, Hae-in (1 March 2006). "Tree of Heaven: a new tryout for a resurgence of Korean Wave". The Korea Herald via Hancinema. Retrieved 2014-04-30.
  3. ^ a b "Lee Wan's Fan Meetings Draw 2,000 Japanese Fans". KBS Global. 11 July 2006. Retrieved 2014-04-30.
  4. ^ "Lee Wan will lead the Japanese drama Magnolia Flower (목련꽃)". Soompi. 1 December 2006. Retrieved 2014-05-04.
  5. ^ "Lee Wan returns through the drama In-soon is Pretty". Hancinema. 22 August 2007. Retrieved 2014-05-04.
  6. ^ Lee, Eun-joo (22 October 2008). "Actors struggle for authenticity in Korean War roles". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-04-30.
  7. ^ Han, Sang-hee (7 July 2009). "Swallow the Sun to Capture Love, Revenge". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2014-04-30.
  8. ^ "Lee Wan enters Korean military today". TenAsia. 12 July 2010. Retrieved 2014-04-30.
  9. ^ "Lee Wan to be discharged from military today". TenAsia. 23 April 2012. Retrieved 2014-04-30.
  10. ^ Kang, Jung-yeon (17 July 2013). "Kahi, Lee Wan to be on SNS Drama". TenAsia. Archived from the original on 2 May 2014. Retrieved 2014-04-30.
  11. ^ Chung, Ah-young (13 October 2013). "New drama genres branch out from SNS, podcasts". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2014-04-30.

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