Lee Yo-won in 2017
April 9, 1980 |
Seongnam, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea
|Education||Dankook University - Theater and Film|
|Height||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|Spouse(s)||Park Jin-woo (m. 2003)|
|Revised Romanization||I Yo-won|
Lee Yo-won was a sophomore in high school when she won a modeling contest and first appeared as a model in the November 1997 issue of fashion magazine Figaro. This led to commercials, then to minor roles in television series and movies. Though she started getting recognized by the public after the box-office success of anarchic comedy Attack the Gas Station (1999), her first notable acting role was in controversial TV drama Blue Mist (2001), where she played a young woman in her 20s who becomes romantically involved with a married man in his 40s.
Critical darling Take Care of My Cat (2001) followed shortly, for which she received several newcomer awards. In a later interview with Elle Korea in 2009, she cited the film as her most memorable work.
But after starring in a number of big-screen star vehicles that weren't received well by audiences and critics, Lee felt mentally and physically exhausted. After finishing the historical drama Daemang (lit. "The Great Ambition", 2002), she made the surprising announcement that she was temporarily retiring from the entertainment scene.
Lee made a successful acting comeback in 2005, as the lead actress in period drama Fashion 70's, which she chose because she wanted to work with TV director Lee Jae-gyu (who had previously directed Damo), and because it was not a typical love story, but depicted a woman's success in life and career. A supporting role followed in romantic comedy When Romance Meets Destiny.
In 2007, Lee played the titular character in hit medical drama/romance Surgeon Bong Dal-hee, though her next series, melodrama Bad Love was less successful in the ratings. She then switched to more serious fare as part of the ensemble cast of May 18, a film about the Gwangju massacre and one of the highest grossing Korean films of all time.
Tired of playing fragile characters, Lee portrayed Queen Seondeok of Silla in the massively popular period drama Queen Seondeok (2009). Her follow-up, fantasy melodrama 49 Days (2011) in which she played dual roles as a woman possessed, also resonated with audiences. Afterwards she appeared in Horse Doctor (2012) about a Joseon-era veterinarian turned royal physician, and Empire of Gold (2013) which revolved around a power struggle over a chaebol.
On the big screen, Lee said after her enjoyable experience working with Jeong Jae-eun on Take Care of My Cat, she wanted to work with other female directors, so she starred in Anna Lee's romantic mystery The Recipe (2010) and Bang Eun-jin's crime thriller Perfect Number (2012). In contrast, she was cast in the only female starring role in Kang Woo-suk's Fists of Legend (2013), about middle-aged men who join a televised mixed martial arts tournament/reality show.
In 2016, Lee made a successful comeback to the small-screen with the quirky romantic-comedy Ms. Temper and Nam Jung-Gi. Her role as a hot-headed career woman was well-received, with many citing it as her "rediscovery role". She then participated in another film, titled Yes, Family, playing a reporter who is the oldest among-st four siblings. Lee also starred in the MBC drama Night Light, alongside Jin Goo and UEE.
|1998||Scent of a Man||young Eun-hye|
|1999||Attack the Gas Station||Ggal-chi|
|2001||Take Care of My Cat||Shin Hye-joo|
|Surprise Party||Wang Ha-young|
|2005||When Romance Meets Destiny||Go Yun-kyung|
|2007||May 18||Park Shin-ae|
|2010||The Recipe||Jang Hye-jin|
|2012||Perfect Number||Baek Hwa-sun|
|2013||Fists of Legend||Hong Gyu-min|
|2017||Yes, Family||Oh Soo-kyung|
|1998||I Hate You, But It's Fine||Lee Bit-na||SBS|
|School 2||Kim Yeon-jin||KBS2|
|2000||Tough Guy's Love||Heo Ji-hye||KBS2|
|2001||Blue Mist||Lee Shin-woo||KBS2|
|Pure Heart||Han Se-jin/Kang Hyun-joo||KBS2|
|2002||The Great Ambition||Yoon Yeo-jin||SBS|
|2005||Fashion 70's||Han Deo-mi||SBS|
|2007||Surgeon Bong Dal-hee||Bong Dal-hee||SBS|
|Bad Love||Na In-jung||KBS2|
|2009||Queen Seondeok||Princess Deokman/Queen Seondeok||MBC|
|2011||49 Days||Song Yi-kyung||SBS|
|2012||Horse Doctor||Kang Ji-nyeong||MBC|
|2013||Empire of Gold||Choi Seo-yoon||SBS|
|2016||Ms. Temper and Nam Jung-Gi||Ok Da-jung||JTBC|
|Night Light||Seo Yi-kyung||MBC|
|1998||"Please Baby Don't Cry"||Deep|
|1999||"Will You Forgive Me"||A4|
|"To Her Lover"||K2|
|2000||"I Love You"||Position|
|2001||"I Wish You Happiness (Joy Project - 1 Year of Love)"||WHY|
|2002||"울고 싶어지는 오후"||Ji Seo-ryeon|
|2009||"I'm Terrible in Love"||Shin Seung-hun|
|2012||"Love Is All the Same"||Yangpa|
|2009||"Bidam (A Sad Story)"||Track from Queen Seondeok Special OST Part 2|
Awards and nominations
|2001||Blue Dragon Film Awards||Best New Actress||Take Care of My Cat||Won|
|Chunsa Film Art Awards||Best Actress||Won|
|Director's Cut Awards||Best New Actress||Won|
|KBS Drama Awards||Popularity Award||Blue Mist||Won|
|2002||Baeksang Arts Awards||Best New Actress||Take Care of My Cat||Won|
|SBS Drama Awards||New Star Award||The Great Ambition||Won|
|2005||SBS Drama Awards||Top 10 Stars||Fashion 70's||Won|
|Excellence Award, Actress in a Special Planning Drama||Won|
|2007||Blue Dragon Film Awards||Best Actress||May 18||Nominated|
|SBS Drama Awards||Best Couple Award (with Lee Beom-soo)||Surgeon Bong Dal-hee||Won|
|Netizen Popularity Award||Won|
|Top 10 Stars||Won|
|Top Excellence Award, Actress||Won|
|KBS Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actress||Bad Love||Nominated|
|2009||Grimae Awards||Best Actress||Queen Seondeok||Won|
|Korea Visual Arts Festival||Photogenic Award||Won|
|MBC Drama Awards||Best Couple Award (with Kim Nam-gil)||Won|
|Top Excellence Award, Actress||Won|
|2010||Asia Model Festival Awards||Special Award for Asian Drama||Won|
|2011||Seoul International Drama Awards||Outstanding Korean Actress||49 Days||Nominated|
|SBS Drama Awards||Top 10 Stars||Won|
|Producers' Award, Actress||Won|
|Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Drama Special||Nominated|
|2012||MBC Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Special Project Drama||Horse Doctor||Nominated|
|2013||Korea Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actress||Empire of Gold||Nominated|
|SBS Drama Awards||Top 10 Stars||Won|
|Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Drama Special||Won|
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- Shin, Yong-ho (10 June 2001). "Lee Transforms, Playing Vixen or Angel". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
- Yoon, Tae-hee (15 December 2009). '선덕여왕' 이요원, 패션화보도 '여왕포스'. 10Asia (in Korean). Retrieved 2014-03-19.
- "Lee Yo-Won Talks 광식이 동생 광태 (When Romance Meets Destiny)". Film2.0 via Twitch Film. 2 December 2005. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
- Suh, Jung-bo (12 May 2005). "Weekend Date: Lee Yo-won". The Dong-a Ilbo. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
- "Dr. Drama". The Dong-a Ilbo. 4 January 2007. Retrieved 2013-07-30.
- "Lee Yo-won Conjures the Spirits of May 18". The Chosun Ilbo. 25 July 2007. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
- Lee, Hyo-won (10 July 2007). "May 18 Remembers Heroes of Gwangju". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2012-12-17.
- Han, Sang-hee (9 May 2009). "New Epic Drama to Bring Rivalry, Love to TV". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
- Lee, Ga-on (8 June 2011). "INTERVIEW: Actress Lee Yo-won - Part 1". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
- Lee, Ga-on (8 June 2011). "INTERVIEW: Actress Lee Yo-won - Part 2". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
- Nam, Woo-jeong (25 September 2012). "Horse Doctor Lee Yo Won talks about her relationship with Cho Seung Woo". StarN News. Retrieved 2014-03-19.
- Cho, Suyoun (24 January 2013). "Heroine of a hit series Empire of Gold Lee Yo won meets fashion magazine ELLE". BNTNews. Retrieved 2014-03-19.
- Hong, Lucia (16 May 2012). "Lee Yo-won to play a producer in Kang Woo-suk's new film". 10Asia. Retrieved 2014-03-19.
- "Lee Yo-won said that she became more muscular thanks to her husband". The Dong-a Ilbo via Hancinema. 18 October 2010. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
- "Actress Lee Yo-won ties knot with businessman" (in Korean). Naver. 10 January 2003. Retrieved 2014-04-22.
- "Lee Yo-Won and Family First Time Appearance Captured by Media Camera after 9 Years Marriage". Dispatch (in Korean). 9 August 2011.
- "Actress Lee Yo-won gives birth to her 2nd child". AJU Business Daily. 25 July 2014. Retrieved 2014-08-12.
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- "Actress Lee Yo Won revealed to have given birth to her third child". Allkpop. 19 May 2015. Retrieved 2015-05-19.
- "SBS Drama Awards 2013 Winners". Hancinema. 31 December 2013. Retrieved 2014-04-22.
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