Lee Yeon-hee

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Lee Yeon-hee
Lee Yeon-Hee in 2013.jpg
Born (1988-01-09) January 9, 1988 (age 28)
Sil-li (신리), Samsan-myeon, Haenam County, Jeollanam-do, South Korea
Other names Lee Yeoni
Occupation Actress
Years active 2001–present
Agent S.M. Entertainment
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Religion Christian
Korean name
Hangul 이연희
Hanja 李沇熹
Revised Romanization I Yeon-hui
McCune–Reischauer I Yŏn-hŭi

Lee Yeon-hee (born January 9, 1988) is a South Korean actress. She is most known for her work in the television series Phantom, Marriage Blue, Gu Family Book and Hello, Schoolgirl.

Early life[edit]

Lee was born in the Haenam County, South Korea and grew up in Bundang.[1]

In 2002, Lee successfully signed a contract with S.M. Entertainment after she won the category of "Best Feature" in the SM Entertainment Best Youth contest. For the contest, she acted out a monologue, singing to Dana The Grace's "Until the End of the World", and also did freestyle modeling poses. After she joined the company, she began intense training lessons on acting, singing, and dancing.


Soon after she joined SM Entertainment, Lee began her career by starring in music videos for SM artists, such as boy band TVXQ, Moon Heejun, KangTa, Shinhwa, and Fly to the Sky, overtaking SM artists Kim Bomi (of M.I.L.K.) and Lee Jiyeon (commonly known as LinA, of CSJH The Grace) as "The SM music video girl". In the span of one year, she starred in eight music videos within two years.

Though Lee had relatively steady work between modelling in magazines, commercial ads and appearing in music videos, she did not officially debut until late 2004.In November, she had undertaken a role in the popular historical drama Emperor of the Sea, and was featured a few months later in the latter episodes of the daily drama My Lovely Family.[2] Her subsequent role in Resurrection brought the number of her drama appearances to three. Lee kept busy throughout the rest of 2005 by filming many commercials and modelling for various magazines. Lee was also in the first line-up of Girls' Generation during the creation process of the group. After being cut from the group, she decided to continue her career as an actress.

Lee's big break came in the form of the movie A Millionaire's First Love where she played a lead role alongside popular actor Hyun Bin. Lee resolved to "act as hard as she can with all that she's learned" for her movie debut. Through the movie she also made her singing debut, singing "Do-Re-Mi" from The Sound of Music and Insa on the film's original soundtrack.

Lee's name as "music video girl" became more apparent after labelmate Zhang Liyin's 2006 "Timeless" music video, where she starred alongside Super Junior's Han Geng and Choi Siwon. Two years later, the trio reunited for Zhang's "I WILL" and "The Left Shore of Happiness", which were released in early 2008 in China and weeks later, Korea. Together, netizens commonly termed the trio as "The Timeless Cast". She once again reprised her title in 2010, playing an angel in the label's project group S.M. The Ballad's music video for their debut single "Miss You".

In 2009, she starred as one of the main cast in East of Eden. Unfortunately her acting in the series received overwhelming negative criticism and considered by many critics and audiences as weakest part of drama's ensemble . As a singer, she was featured on Super Junior's third album Sorry Sorry.[3]

She participated at the SMTown Live '10 World Tour. Her performances during the tour included a cover of the song "Slow Motion" which was originally sung by Karina Pasian.

Lee later starred opposite Jang Dong-gun, Joe Odagiri, and Fan Bing-bing in big budget film My Way and TV series Paradise Ranch co-starred label mate Chang-min in 2011. Both film and drama resulted with critical and commercial failures. In 2012, she reunited with U-Turn co-star, So Ji-sub in thriller crime drama Phantom. Despite the show's critical and rating success, Lee's acting again panned which cited her awkward and flat-line delivery, monotonous expression, and lack understanding of her character.

In 2013, Lee made special appearance in Gu Family Book drama. Later year she starred in ensemble romantic film Marriage Blue, which has modest box-office success but panned critically. She closed that year with Miss Korea , to positive reviews which considered by many as her best role to date, though suffered low rating because compete against mega-hit My Love from the Star.

She continued in 2015 with Detective K sequel which proven to commercial hit, her most financially successful film so far. Later she starred in MBC 54th Anniversary Drama, Splendid Politics (previously titled Hwajung) opposite many big names like Cha Seung-won and Kim Jae-won. However, Splendid Politics panned by critics and audiences and suffered low rating during its consecutive run.

In 2016, Lee confirmed to starred in JYP Entertainment produced drama Package opposite Jung Yong-hwa and Choi Woo-shik which aired in jTBC, thus making her first cable project in her career.



Year Title Role
2006 A Millionaire's First Love Choi Eun-hwan
2007 M Mi-mi
My Love So-hyeon
2008 Hello, Schoolgirl Han Soo-young
2011 My Way Kim Eun-soo
2013 Marriage Blue So-mi
2015 Detective K: Secret of the Lost Island Hisako

Television drama[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2004 Emperor of the Sea young Jung-hwa KBS2
My Lovely Family Yeon-ji KBS1
2005 Resurrection Kang Shin-young KBS2
2006 One Fine Day Goo Hyo-joo MBC
2008 U-Turn Yeon-hee OCN
East of Eden Gook Young-ran/Grace MBC
2011 Paradise Ranch Lee Da-ji SBS
2012 Phantom Yoo Kang-mi SBS
2013 Gu Family Book Yoon Seo-hwa MBC
Miss Korea Oh Ji-young MBC
2015 Splendid Politics Princess Jeongmyeong MBC
2016 Package Yoon So-so jTBC

Variety show[edit]

Year Title Network Notes
2011 Running Man SBS guest, episodes 61-62
2013 Running Man SBS guest, episode 139

Music video appearances[edit]

Year Song title Artist
2001 "Alone" Moon Hee-joon
"Our Story" Moon Hee-joon feat. Oh Sang-eun
"Thanks God" Kangta
2002 "Condition of My Heart" Fly to the Sky
"Hero" Shinhwa
"Memories" Kangta
"Pine Tree" Kangta
"Propose" Kangta
2003 "Habit" Fly to the Sky
2004 "My Little Princess" TVXQ
"The Way U Are" TVXQ
2005 "Persona" Kangta
2006 "Timeless" Zhang Liyin feat. Xia
2008 "Star Wish (I Will)" Zhang Liyin
"The Left Shore of Happiness" Zhang Liyin
"M-net Love Song 2008"
2009 "Wizard Of Oz" Clazziquai
2010 "Miss You" S.M. The Ballad


Year Song title Notes
2009 "Club No.1" Track 9 from Super Junior's album Sorry, Sorry

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2001 2nd SM Best Youth Contest Grand Prize N/A Won
2006 5th Korean Film Awards Best New Actress A Millionaire's First Love Nominated
2007 6th Korean Film Awards Best New Actress M Nominated
2008 5th Max Movie Awards Best New Actress Won
44th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actress (Film) Nominated
31st Golden Cinematography Awards Best New Actress Won
MBC Drama Awards Best Couple Award with Song Seung-heon East of Eden Won
Popularity Award, Actress Won
Best New Actress Won
2009 45th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actress (TV) Nominated
2012 7th Asia Model Festival Awards Fashionista Award N/A Won
SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Drama Special Phantom Nominated
2013 MBC Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Gu Family Book Nominated
2014 MBC Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Miss Korea Nominated
2015 Korean Film Actors' Guild Awards Popularity Award Detective K: Secret of the Lost Island Won


  1. ^ 해신 '정화'가 해남 출신이라니
  2. ^ "Lee Yeon-hee Poised to Make 2005 'Her Year'". KBS Global. 2 February 2005. 
  3. ^ "Lee Yeon-hee and TVXQ is featured in Super Junior's third album". Moneytoday (in Korean). 2009-03-09. Retrieved 2009-03-09. 

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