Lee in March 2016
January 9, 1988 |
Sil-li (신리), Samsan-myeon, Haenam County, Jeollanam-do, South Korea
|Height||1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|Revised Romanization||I Yeon-hui|
Lee Yeon-hee (Hangul: 이연희; born January 9, 1988) is a South Korean actress. She is most known for her work in the television series East of Eden (2008), Phantom (2012), Miss Korea (2013) and in the films A Millionaire's First Love (2006), M (2007) and Detective K: Secret of the Lost Island (2015).
Lee was born in the Haenam County, South Korea and grew up in Bundang. 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 two years, she starred in eight music videos.
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 2004, she starred as the younger version of the main character in the hit historical drama Emperor of the Sea, and appeared in the latter episodes of the daily drama My Lovely Family. Lee then had a minor role in Resurrection. Meanwhile, she kept busy throughout the rest of 2005 by filming many commercials and modelling for various magazines, and was 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 starred came in the romance film A Millionaire's First Love, where she starred alongside Hyun Bin. She also made her singing debut for the film, singing "Do-Re-Mi" from The Sound of Music and Insa for the film's original soundtrack. But the film had disappointing critical review and underwhelm at box office. Lee followed this with moderately successful film, M alongside Kang Dong-won.
In 2008, she starred as one of the main cast in 47th MBC Anniversary Project East of Eden. Despite high rating, her acting in the series received overwhelming negative criticism and considered by many critics and audiences as the weakest part of the drama's ensemble. Lee spent between 2009-2010 with pictorial and attending SM Town 2010-2011 Concert.
In 2011, Lee starred opposite Jang Dong-gun, Joe Odagiri, and Fan Bing-bing in Kang Je-gyu's big budget film My Way, and in Pre-produced drama series Paradise Ranch which produced by SM Entertainment alongside label-mate Shim Chang-min of boy band TVXQ. However, both works were critical and commercial failures. In 2012, Lee reunited with U-Turn co-star So Ji-sub in the crime thriller Phantom, however her acting received criticism for inadequate acting and lack understanding of character . Nonetheless, Phantom was rating success.
In 2013, Lee made special appearance in the historical drama Gu Family Book. She closed that year with the television series Miss Korea, to positive reviews, with many considering her role as her best performance to date. However, the drama suffered low rating due to competition from the mega-hit series My Love from the Star.
Lee followed her small-screen success with the commercial hit film Detective K: Secret of the Lost Island in 2015. She then starred in MBC's 54th anniversary drama, Splendid Politics which suffered low rating and her acting panned by critics and audiences alike.
|2006||A Millionaire's First Love||Choi Eun-hwan||Lotte Entertainment|
|2008||Hello, Schoolgirl||Han Soo-young||CJ Entertainment|
|2011||My Way||Kim Eun-soo||CJ Entertainment|
|2015||Detective K: Secret of the Lost Island||Hisako||Showbox /Mediaplex|
|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|
|2017||Reunited Worlds||Eom Hyeon-soo||SBS|
|The Package||Yoon So-so||jTBC|
|2011||Strong Heart||SBS||guest, episode 61-62|
|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|
|MBC Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actress in a Special Project Drama||Splendid Politics||Nominated|