At the press conference of Saimdang, Memoir of Colors, January 2017
|Alma mater||Hanyang University|
(B.A. German Language and Literature)
Chung Ang University
(M.A. Theater and Film)
|Agent||Good People Entertainment|
(subsidiary of Creative Leaders Group Eight)
|Height||165 cm (5 ft 5 in)|
|Revised Romanization||I Yeong-ae|
Lee Young-ae (born January 31, 1971) is a South Korean actress. She is known for her appearances in the Korean historical drama Dae Jang Geum (2003), and as a revenge seeking single mother in Park Chan-wook's crime thriller film Sympathy for Lady Vengeance (2005).
Lee made her debut as a model in 1991. After appearing in television commercials, she debuted as an actress in the 1993 drama How's Your Husband?, which won her Best New Actress at the SBS Drama Awards.
In 2000, she starred in the mystery thriller film Joint Security Area, which became the highest-grossing Korean film at that time. She followed this with melodrama Last Present, where she received acclaim for her performance as a young woman facing the realities of an early death. Lee reunited with director Hur Jin-ho to star in his next film One Fine Spring Day, which won her Best Actress at the Busan Film Critics Awards. She also starred in the TV series Fireworks, which introduced Lee to Taiwan audiences.
Lee came to prominence in South Korea after starring in the historical drama Dae Jang Geum. It first aired from September 15, 2003 to March 23, 2004 on MBC, where it was the top program with an average viewership rating of 46.3% and a peak of 57.8% (making it the 10th highest rated Korean drama of all time. Lee won the Daesang (Grand Prize) award at the MBC Drama Awards, as well as the Top Excellence award. The show was then aired overseas in 91 countries and became exceptionally popular in Asia. The fame of Dae Jang Geum launched Lee into pan-Asia stardom as one of the biggest Hallyu stars. She has been invited to visit mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and Japan. In 2006, for the first time in 12 years, NHK had to use the NHK Hall to host the NHK show due to her popularity; and stamps featuring Lee was also released in Japan. She was also invited to the 2007 Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in China.
Lee then starred in the third installment in Park Chan-wook's The Vengeance Trilogy, titled Sympathy For Lady Vengeance. She was awarded Best Actress at the 2005 Blue Dragon Film Awards and 2006 Baeksang Art Awards for her performance in the film.
In 2006, Lee was invited sit on the jury bench of the International Berlin Film Festival, becoming the first Korean actress to be selected as a jury member of the international film festival.
In 2015, it was announced that Lee would be making her comeback to television in SBS historical series Saimdang, Memoir of Colors. She would be playing dual roles as Shin Saimdang, a famed Joseon-era artist and calligrapher as well as a modern-day Korean history lecturer. The drama premiered in January 2017.
In 2018, Lee was cast in the film Find Me, returning to the big screen after 13 years.
Besides her acting career, she has also been involved with several charities. In 1997 she went to Ethiopia as a NGO Goodwill Ambassador. She went to Thar Desert in 1999 to do a TV show about people in India's lowest social caste. Later in 2001, she published these experiences in her autobiography “A Most Special Love” with partial English and donated the income from the sale of the book to charity.
She was appointed a Goodwill Ambassador in 2004 by UNICEF and has since held several charity functions. She has made many donations to schools and hospitals, including the Chosun First Middle School in Harbin and an elementary school in China that was thereafter renamed Lee Young-Ae Elementary School. In 2012, she served as the celebrity spokesperson for the "Love Donation" project, hosted by Woman Chosun magazine. She donated a large sum of money which will be used to build a school in Myanmar.
In 2012, Lee launched a business handling organic and environmentally friendly products for children in Seoul.
In July 2014, Taiwanese media reported that Lee had privately assisted a pregnant Taiwanese woman who was vacationing with her husband in Seoul. The woman gave birth to her daughter prematurely and the infant had several complications. Lee found out about the couple through her friend and decided to pay their medical bills, which amounted to around NT$4 million (US$134,000) because the infant required two surgeries and constant medical care after she was born. Lee was subsequently given an award by Taiwan's Chou Ta-Kuan Cultural and Educational Foundation. In 2016, she helped a Vietnamese girl who came to Korea to treat her brain tumor, by donating a total of 37 million won to cover the operation and other medical bills.
Her popularity in Sri Lanka, known locally as "Changumi" (Sinhala: චංගුමී), ultimately led to the creation of the "Sujatha Diyani Scholarship Fund" in 2014 where she donated US$100 000. The fund aims at providing financial assistance to female students of low income families. Lee also became the first actress to join the "Chime for Change" campaign, which was created by Gucci to "raise funds and awareness for projects promoting education, health, and justice for girls and women" around the world.
In 2015, Lee was appointed to be a special envoy for the UNESCO Korean Commission. She works with the organization to promote the commission's activities such as fundraising and a campaign to render educational support to underdeveloped countries.
|Year||English title||Korean title||Role|
|1998||First Kiss||키스할까요||Min-joo (cameo)|
|2000||Joint Security Area||공동경비구역 JSA||Maj. Sophie E. Jean|
|2001||Last Present||선물||Park Jung-yeon|
|One Fine Spring Day||봄날은 간다||Han Eun-soo|
|2005||Lady Vengeance||친절한 금자씨||Lee Geum-ja|
|2019||Bring Me Home||나를 찾아줘||Seo Jung-yeon|
|Year||English title||Korean title||Role||Network|
|1993||How's Your Husband?||댁의 남편은 어떠십니까?||Do Do-hee||SBS|
|1995||Love and Marriage||사랑과 결혼||Oh Eun-ji||MBC|
|West Palace||서궁||Kim Gae Shi / Gae Ttong||KBS|
|Asphalt Man||아스팔트 사나이||Dong-hee||SBS|
|Their Embrace||그들의 포옹||Kim Seung-hye||MBC|
|1997||Medical Brothers||의가형제||Cha Min-ju|
|The Reason I Live||내가 사는 이유||Ae-suk|
|Because I Love You||사랑하니까||Eo Yu-na||SBS|
|2003||Jewel in the Palace||대장금||Seo Jang-geum||MBC|
|2017||Saimdang, Memoir of Colors||사임당, 빛의 일기||Shin Saimdang / Seo Ji-yoon||SBS|
|2018||Gangnam Beauty||내 아이디는 강남미인||Cameo||JTBC|
Awards and nominations
|1994||SBS Drama Awards||Best New Actress||How's Your Husband?||Won|
|1995||KBS Drama Awards||Popularity Award||West Palace||Won|
|1996||MBC Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actress||Their Embrace, Sibling Relations||Nominated|
|1997||The Reason I Live||Won|
|1998||SBS Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actress||Romance||Won|
|1999||KBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actress||Invitation||Nominated|
|2000||SBS Drama Awards||Big Star Awards||Fireworks||Won|
|Top Excellence Award, Actress||Nominated|
|21st Blue Dragon Film Awards||Best Leading Actress||Joint Security Area||Nominated|
|2001||2nd Korea Movie & Music Awards||Photogenic Prize for Actress||Won|
|38th Grand Bell Awards||Best Actress||Last Present||Nominated|
|Cine 21 Movie Awards||One Fine Spring Day , Last Present||Won|
|2nd Busan Film Critics Awards||One Fine Spring Day||Won|
|22nd Blue Dragon Film Awards||Best Leading Actress||Nominated|
|2002||38th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actress (Film)||Nominated|
|39th Grand Bell Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|25th Golden Cinema Film Festival||Most Popular Actress||Last Present||Won|
|2003||MBC Drama Awards||Grand Prize (Daesang)||Dae Jang Geum||Won|
|Top Excellence Award, Actress||Nominated|
|2004||40th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actress (TV)||Nominated|
|2nd Andre Kim Best Star Awards||Female Star Award||N/A||Won|||
|2005||Hong Kong Government Broadcasting Award||Hong Kong People's Choice||Won|
|China Synsis Bao||Most Influential Foreign Star||3rd place|
|26th Blue Dragon Film Awards||Best Leading Actress||Lady Vengeance||Won|||
|4th Korean Film Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|8th Director's Cut Awards||Won|||
|38th Sitges Film Festival||Won|||
|13th Chunsa Film Art Awards||Nominated|
|2006||38th Cinemanila International Film Festival||Won|||
|43rd Grand Bell Awards||Nominated|||
|Korean Wave Popularity Award||Won|
|42nd Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actress (Film)||Won|
|2007||15th Chunsa Film Festival||Korean Wave Contribution Award||N/A||Won|
|3rd Andre Kim Best Star Awards||Grand Prize||Won|||
|1st Hallyu Awards||Star (Drama) Award||Won|||
|44th Korean Broadcasters Association Day||Actor Award||Won|||
|Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism||Medal of Cultural Merit||Won|||
|2009||5th Andre Kim Best Star Awards||Female Star Award||Won|
|2015||10th Seoul International Drama Awards||10th Anniversary Hallyu Achievement Award||Won|||
|2017||22nd Consumers Day||Cultural Person Award||Saimdang, Memoir of Colors||Won|
|2017 SBS Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Wed-Thurs Drama||Nominated|
|2020||25th Chunsa Film Art Awards||Best Actress||Bring Me Home||Won|||
|29th Buil Film Awards||Nominated|
References and notes
- "Lee Young-ae to Earn Ph.D. from Hanyang University". KBS World. June 18, 2009.
- "이영애 Nate Profile". Archived from the original on October 19, 2013.
- "Lee Young-Ae plays dying wife in 'The Gift'". The Donga Ilbo. March 23, 2001.
- "Korean drama gains popularity in Taiwan". The Korea Times. August 21, 2011.
- "Sleepless in Seoul". The Chosun Ilbo. December 5, 2003.
- "Dae Jang Geum Frenzy Hits Japan". The Donga Ilbo. October 31, 2005.
- "Local Epic TV Dramas Going Global". The Korea Times. February 5, 2008.
- "Actress Gains Popularity in Asia". Hancinema. The Korea Times. December 21, 2005.
- "It's Official: Hong Kong Loves Lee". The Donga Ilbo. January 2, 2006.
- "Chinese Mainland in Thrall to 'Daejanggeum'". September 30, 2005.
- "Thousands Come Out to Meet Lee Young-ae in Japan". The Chosun Ilbo. May 9, 2006.
- "Stamps featuring Lee Young-ae to Be Released in Japan". China Daily. April 28, 2006.
- "李英愛將成為中國哈爾濱名譽市民". The Chosun Ilbo (in Chinese). December 28, 2006. Retrieved 2010-02-21.
- "She May Not Look Like a Killer". The Chosun Ilbo. July 22, 2015.
- "'Lady Vengeance' Bags Korea's Top Movie Honors". The Chosun Ilbo. November 30, 2005.
- "Lee Young-ae Snaps String of Bad Luck at Movie Awards". The Chosun Ilbo. November 30, 2005.
- "It's Official: Lee Young-ae Picked for Berlin Film Fest Jury". The Chosun Ilbo. January 10, 2006.
- "組圖：李英愛榮獲文化獎章". The Chosun Ilbo (in Chinese). September 3, 2007. Retrieved 2010-02-21.
- "In 'Saimdang' Lee Young-ae renders Korea's maternal icon human". Yonhap News Agency. 2017-01-23.
- Park Jin-hai (January 25, 2017). "'Dae Jang Geum' star returns with 'Saimdang' after 14 years". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2017-02-07.
- "Lee Young-ae to come back with new film 'Find Me'". Yonhap News Agency. February 21, 2018.
- us.yesasia.com A Most Special Love
- "李英愛向朝鮮族學校捐贈10萬元人民幣" (in Chinese). The Chosun Ilbo. January 6, 2007. Retrieved 2010-02-21.
- "Chinese School Named for Korean Star". The Donga Ilbo. March 22, 2016.
- "Actress Lee Young-ae Sets Up School In Myanmar". Hancinema. KBS World. August 29, 2012.
- "Lee Young-ae donation to help build a school in Myanmar". Korea JoongAng Daily. August 29, 2012.
- "Actress Lee Young-ae Launches Eco-Business". The Chosun Ilbo. October 11, 2012.
- "Lee Young-ae Pays Hospital Bills of Taiwanese Mother". The Chosun Ilbo. July 2, 2014.
- "Taiwanese Foundation to Honor Samaritan Lee Young-ae". The Chosun Ilbo. October 31, 2014.
- "Lee Young-ae sends aid to Vietnamese girl with brain tumor". Hancinema. 10Asia. March 24, 2016.
- "Initiating the "Sujatha Diyani Scholarship Fund" for Female Students of Low Income Families Following the New Technology Subject Stream". Office of the Cabinet of Ministers – Sri Lanka. January 30, 2014.
- "Lee Young-ae Joins Gucci's Global Campaign for Women's Empowerment". The Chosun Ilbo. March 18, 2014.
- "Lee Young-ae appointed as UNESCO special envoy". Yonhap News Agency. November 27, 2015.
- "Lee Young-ae to Promote Charitable Activities with UNESCO". The Chosun Ilbo. October 28, 2015.
- "Actress Lee Young-ae Secretly Married in U.S". The Chosun Ilbo. August 26, 2009. Retrieved 2010-02-21.
- "Actress Lee Young-ae gives birth to twins". The Korea Herald. February 22, 2011.
- "[단독] 이영애, '내아이디는강남미인' 카메오 깜짝출연..'데뷔 후 처음'". Osen (in Korean). July 24, 2018.
- "Fashion Designer Andre Kim Gives Out Best Star Awards". Hancinema. The Korea Times. November 16, 2004.
- "Young Korean directors present Directors' Cut Awards". Korean Film Biz Zone. December 30, 2005.
- "Lee Young-ae wins best actress at Sitges film festival". Hancinema. KBS World. October 19, 2005.
- "'Kubrador' wins grand prize in Cinemanila 2006". PEP. November 14, 2006.
- "43rd Crowns King and the Clown". Hancinema. Korean Film Biz Zone. July 26, 2006.
- "Top Stars Win Andre Kim Awards". The Korea Times. May 1, 2007.
- "Jang Dong-gun, Bae Yong-joon and others awarded at the First Annual Hallyu Awards". Hancinema. Broasia. May 16, 2007.
- "44th Broadcasting Day Ceremony". Arirang. September 3, 2007.
- "[The 10th Seoul Drama Award] Lee Young-ae and Lee Min-ho, co-recipients of Grand Prize of Hallyu Contribution". Hancinema. TV Report. September 10, 2015.
- Park, Ah-reum (June 19, 2020). "'춘사영화제' 이영애X이병헌X'봉오동 전투' 최고 영예 감격(종합)". Newsen (in Korean). Retrieved June 19, 2020.
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