January 9, 1988 |
Sil-li (신리), Samsan-myeon, Haenam County, Jeollanam-do, South Korea
|Other names||Lee Yeoni|
|Height||1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|Revised Romanization||I Yeon-hui|
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. 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.
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.
|2006||A Millionaire's First Love||Choi Eun-hwan|
|2008||Hello, Schoolgirl||Han Soo-young|
|2011||My Way||Kim Eun-soo|
|2015||Detective K: Secret of the Lost Island||Hisako|
|2004||Emperor of the Sea||young Jung-hwa||KBS2|
|My Lovely Family||Yeon-ji||KBS1|
|2006||One Fine Day||Goo Hyo-joo||MBC|
|East of Eden||Gook Young-ran/Grace||MBC|
|2011||Paradise Ranch||Lee Da-ji||SBS|
|2013||Gu Family Book||Yoon Seo-hwa||MBC|
|Miss Korea||Oh Ji-young||MBC|
|2015||Splendid Politics||Princess Jeongmyeong||MBC|
|2011||Running Man||SBS||guest, episodes 61-62|
|2013||Running Man||SBS||guest, episode 139|
Music video appearances
|"Our Story"||Moon Hee-joon feat. Oh Sang-eun|
|2002||"Condition of My Heart"||Fly to the Sky|
|2003||"Habit"||Fly to the Sky|
|2004||"My Little Princess"||TVXQ|
|"The Way U Are"||TVXQ|
|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|
|2009||"Club No.1"||Track 9 from Super Junior's album Sorry, Sorry|
Awards and nominations
|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|
- 해신 '정화'가 해남 출신이라니
- "Lee Yeon-hee Poised to Make 2005 'Her Year'". KBS Global. 2 February 2005.
- "Lee Yeon-hee and TVXQ is featured in Super Junior's third album". Moneytoday (in Korean). 2009-03-09. Retrieved 2009-03-09.