Lee Yoon-ji

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Lee Yoon-ji
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Born (1984-03-15) March 15, 1984 (age 36)
EducationChung-Ang University - Theatre and Film (bachelor's and master's degree)[1][2]
Years active2003–present
AgentNamoo Actors
Jeong Han-wool
(m. 2014)
Korean name
Revised RomanizationI Yun-ji
McCune–ReischauerI Yunji

Lee Yoon-ji (born March 15, 1984) is a South Korean actress. After making her acting debut in the sitcom Nonstop 4, Lee has starred in the television series Pure 19 (2004), Princess Hours (2006), Dream High (2011), The King 2 Hearts (2012), and Wang's Family (2013). She also appeared in season 1 reality-variety show We Got Married (2008-2009), as well as the romantic comedy film Couples (2011).


Lee made her acting debut in 2003 on the MBC sitcom Nonstop 4.[3] She has since starred in many small screen projects such as Pure 19 (KBS, 2004), Princess Hours (MBC, 2006), King Sejong the Great (KBS, 2008), Dream High (KBS, 2011), The King 2 Hearts (MBC, 2012),[4][5] and The Great Seer (SBS, 2012).[6][7]

The same year she was hosting the entertainment news program Entertainment Weekly on KBS, Lee was also partnered with Super Junior member Kang-in in season 1 of the reality show We Got Married.[8][9] She made her theater debut in the 2010 Korean staging of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Proof.[10]

In 2011 Lee landed her first big-screen leading role in romantic comedy Couples.[11][12]

She, Danny Park and Kim Eui-sung starred in 992, a 13-minute film made by Wonsuk Chin using the iPhone 4S.[13] The short, which premiered at the 2012 Macworld and was streamed on YouTube, is named after the New Balance running shoes favored by the late Apple CEO Steve Jobs.[14][15]

Lee stepped in to host the SBS talk show Healing Camp, Aren't You Happy for one episode, after the father of friend and agency mate Han Hye-jin died in November 2012.[16][17]

From 2013 to 2014, Lee played one of the leading roles in Wang's Family, an ensemble family drama that received high ratings, peaking at 48.3%.[18][19][20] She next starred in police procedural Dr. Frost (2014) and romantic comedy Ex-Girlfriends' Club.[21]

Personal life[edit]

Lee married a dentist on September 27, 2014, at the 63 Building in Yeouido, Seoul. On October 7, 2015, Lee gave birth to their daughter.[22][23][24][25][26]


Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2003 Nonstop 4 Lee Yoon-ji MBC
2004 Han River Ballad Yoon Da-young
2005 Biscuit Teacher and Star Candy Na Seon-jae SBS
Sisters of the Sea Song Choon-hee MBC
2006 Princess Hours Princess Hye-myung
Pure 19 Park Yoon-jung KBS1
2007 By My Side Seo Eun-joo MBC
2008 The Great King, Sejong Queen Soheon KBS1
HDTV Literature "Spring, Spring Spring" Hye-eun
2009 Children of Heaven Yoon Sa-rang SBS
Heading to the Ground Oh Yeon-yi MBC
2010 John and Rugalda, Two Virgin Spouses Lee Soon-yi/Rugalda PBC
Dandelion Family Park Hye-won MBC
2011 Dream High Shi Kyung-jin KBS2
Drama Special "Terminal" Yeon-soo
2012 The King 2 Hearts Lee Jae-shin MBC
The Great Seer Ban-ya SBS
2013 Dating Agency: Cyrano Ma Jae-in
(guest, episodes 1-3)
Wang's Family Wang Gwang-bak KBS2
2014 Drama Special "That Kind of Love" Yeon-soo
Dr. Frost Song Sun OCN
2015 Ex-Girlfriends' Club Jang Hwa-young tvN
2016-2017 Person Who Gives Happiness Im Eun-hee MBC
2017 Revolutionary Love Cameo, episode 1 tvN
2018 The Third Charm[27] Baek Joo-ran JTBC


Year Title Role Notes
2004 Dead Friend Eun-jung
2011 Social Network Interaction Movie - Episode X3 Ray BMW Korea short film
Couples Ae-yeon
2012 992 short film

Variety show[edit]

Year Title Network Notes
2003 Declaration of Freedom Saturday Big Operation - Rose War KBS2
2008-2009 We Got Married Season 1 MBC Cast (episodes 39-55)
2008-2010 Entertainment Weekly KBS2 Host;
2009 Love Tree 36.5 OnStyle
Big Star X-File KBS2
2013 Miss Korea Y-Star Host

Music video[edit]

Year Song Title Artist
2007 "Misery" Bay


Year Title Role
2010 Proof Catherine


Year Song Title Notes
2003 "Happy Days" track from Nonstop 4 OST
2006 "Here Comes Love" track from Pure 19 OST
2010 "Snow Falling in My Heart" track from Love Tree Project[28][29]
2011 "Our Love Shines"
(sung with Gong Hyung-jin, Kim Joo-hyuk,
Lee Si-young, Oh Jung-se)
track from Couples OST
2012 "I Long for You" track from The Great Seer OST
"First Love" track from The King 2 Hearts OST[30]
2014 "That Person" (duet with Han Joo-wan) track from Wang's Family OST

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2005 MBC Drama Awards Best New Actress Sisters of the Sea Nominated
2006 KBS Drama Awards[31] Pure 19 Won
2007 MBC Drama Awards Golden Acting Award, Actress in a Serial Drama By My Side Won
2008 KBS Drama Awards[32] Excellence Award, Actress in a Serial Drama King Sejong the Great Won
Excellence Award, Actress in a One-Act Drama/Special Spring, Spring Spring Nominated
2011 19th Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards[33] Best Actress Couples Won
4th Korea Drama Awards Best Supporting Actress Dream High Nominated
KBS Drama Awards[34] Won
2012 1st K-Drama Star Awards Acting Award, Actress[35] The King 2 Hearts Nominated
MBC Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Won
SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Drama Special The Great Seer Nominated
2013 KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Serial Drama Wang's Family Nominated
Best Couple Award with Han Joo-wan Nominated
2017 MBC Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Soap Opera Person Who Gives Happiness Nominated


  1. ^ Kim, Jessica (17 February 2010). "PHOTO: Lee Yoon-ji receives graduation diploma". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  2. ^ "Actress Lee Yoon-ji attends a graduation ceremony at Chungang University in Seoul on Wednesday". The Chosun Ilbo. 18 February 2010. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  3. ^ Kim, Heidi (2 June 2011). "Jung Gyu-woon, Lee Yoon-ji named PR ambassador for Jecheon Music Festival". 10Asia.
  4. ^ Ho, Stewart (14 May 2012). "The King 2Hearts Lee Yoon Ji Says Eun Shi Kyung is Close to Her Ideal Type". enewsWorld. Archived from the original on 8 February 2013. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  5. ^ Ko, Hong-ju (25 May 2012). "Lee Yoon Ji Doesn't Want to Let Go of The King 2Hearts". enewsWorld. Archived from the original on 29 January 2013. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  6. ^ Lee, Tae-ho (14 August 2012). "Lee Yoon-ji scores female lead role in SBS' new historical drama". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  7. ^ Cha, Hanna (14 November 2012). "Lee Yoon Ji dresses up as a beggar: "Not an ordinary one, but a pretty one!"". Star News. Archived from the original on 21 February 2014. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  8. ^ Ho, Stewart (24 October 2012). "Lee Yoon Ji Gave a Presentation to Get On We Got Married". enewsWorld. Archived from the original on 29 January 2013. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  9. ^ "Actress Lee Yun-ji Joins Voluntary Service in Cambodia". KBS Global. 20 February 2009. Archived from the original on 13 April 2013. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  10. ^ "Kang Hye-jung, Lee Yoon-ji to Share Stage Role in Proof". The Chosun Ilbo. 30 August 2010. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  11. ^ Elley, Derek (24 March 2012). "Couples". Film Business Asia. Archived from the original on 26 April 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  12. ^ Choi, Min-ji (26 October 2011). "Lee Yoon Ji Sheds Her Girl-Next-Door Image for Photo Spread". enewsWorld. Archived from the original on 28 January 2013. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  13. ^ Chin, Wonsuk (20 March 2012). "992". Cinema Forever. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  14. ^ "Korean Director Honors Steve Jobs with iPhone Movie". The Chosun Ilbo. 20 February 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  15. ^ Myers, Tony (24 February 2012). "Director Chin Wonsuk strikes perfect balance with 992 tribute to Jobs". Smart Movie Making. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  16. ^ Jeon, Su-mi (6 November 2012). "Lee Yoon Ji to Host Healing Camp for a Day for Han Hye Jin". enewsWorld. Archived from the original on 29 January 2013. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  17. ^ Sunwoo, Carla (7 November 2012). "Lee Yoon-ji to step in for friend Han Hye-jin". Korea JoongAng Daily. Archived from the original on 27 January 2013. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  18. ^ "King's Family Lee Yoon-ji Causes Stir with 'Dog Sounds'". KBS Global. 26 August 2013. Archived from the original on 20 May 2015. Retrieved 2014-03-14.
  19. ^ "Ratings Jump to 30.4% Thanks to Lee Yoon-ji and Han Joo-wan's Romance!". KBS Global. 15 October 2013. Archived from the original on 14 March 2014. Retrieved 2013-03-14.
  20. ^ "Star Interview: Lee Yoon-ji, "The Wang Family welcomed me to my 30's"". Hancinema. 26 February 2014. Retrieved 2014-03-14.
  21. ^ Kwon, Ji-youn (1 May 2015). "Meet members of Ex-girlfriend Club". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2015-05-20.
  22. ^ Lee, Sun-min (24 July 2014). "Lee Yun-ji to marry longtime friend". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-07-25.
  23. ^ "Lee Yoon-ji to Marry Old Friend". The Chosun Ilbo. 24 July 2014. Retrieved 2014-07-25.
  24. ^ Lee, Sun-min (25 July 2014). "Actress weds dentist she knew for 10 years". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-07-25.
  25. ^ "Actress Lee Yoon-ji Shows Off in Pre-Wedding Photos". The Chosun Ilbo. 23 September 2014. Retrieved 2014-09-29.
  26. ^ Lee, Sung-eun (23 September 2014). "Lee Yoon-ji marries non-celebrity". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-09-29.
  27. ^ "[단독] 이윤지, '제3의 매력' 주연 확정..서강준·이솜과 연기 호흡". Osen (in Korean). July 10, 2018. Retrieved July 13, 2018.
  28. ^ "Moon Geun-young: 'Our Warm Heart Included in the Album'". KBS Global. 11 January 2010. Archived from the original on 20 February 2014. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  29. ^ Ko, Jae-wan (18 January 2010). "Moon Geun-young and others shoot charity spread for Vogue". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  30. ^ 이윤지 처음사랑, 직접부른 음원공개 '설레임 가득 담은 곡'. StarN News (in Korean). 25 April 2012. Archived from the original on 8 March 2014. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  31. ^ "2006 KBS Drama Awards". Korean Broadcasting System (in Korean). Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  32. ^ "2008 KBS Drama Awards". Korean Broadcasting System (in Korean). Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  33. ^ Hong, Lucia (16 December 2011). "So Ji-sub, Park Hae-il, Lee Tae-gon win top prize at culture and entertainment ceremony". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  34. ^ Hong, Lucia (2 January 2012). "Shin Ha-kyun scores top prize at 2011 KBS Drama Awards". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  35. ^ Equivalent to Best Supporting Actress.

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