Paul Sun-Hyung Lee

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Paul Sun-Hyung Lee
Paul Sun-Hyung Lee -b.jpg
Born (1972-08-16) August 16, 1972 (age 46)
Korean name
Revised RomanizationYi Seon-hyeong
McCune–ReischauerYi Sŏnhyŏng

Paul Sun-Hyung Lee (born August 16, 1972) is a Korean Canadian actor and television host. He is best known for his roles as Randy Ko in the soap opera Train 48 (2003-2005) and family patriarch Appa in the 2011 play Kim's Convenience, as well as its television adaptation (2016-present).

Early life[edit]

When Lee was three months old, his parents immigrated to Canada, living in London, Toronto and Calgary.[1] In 1990, he moved back to Toronto to attend the University of Toronto, where he attended but did not complete the drama programme at University College.[2]


He had a supporting role in the film Ice Princess (2005) playing Tiffany's father. Lee appeared in the horror film P2 and the thriller The Echo. In 2006 he took the role of Jung Park in the videogame Rainbow Six: Vegas and its 2008 sequel Rainbow Six: Vegas 2

Lee was part of the main cast of the Global Television nightly improvised soap opera Train 48 in the role of Randy Ko for the entire run of the series from 2003 to 2005.[3]

In 2012, Lee won the Best Actor citation from the Toronto Theatre Critics' Awards for his portrayal of Kim Sang-il in Kim's Convenience.[4] He played the role of Appa on stage in several Toronto productions of Kim's Convenience and on a national tour with the Soulpepper theatre company, as well as at an Off Broadway staging of the play.[3] He brought the role of Appa to television in 2016 when the show was adapted as a television series.[3] On January 11, 2017, he guest starred on an episode of This Hour Has 22 Minutes.

Lee has been nominated twice for the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male in a Principal Role, Large Theatre, for The Monster Under the Bed in 2010 and Kim's Convenience in 2012.[5] At the 2017 Canadian Screen Awards, he won the award for Best Actor in a Continuing Leading Comedic Role for his portrayal of Appa in the Kim's Convenience television series.[6] Lee was selected to host the fourth season of the reality competition show Canada's Smartest Person, entitled Canada's Smartest Person Junior and featuring children as contestants.[7]

Lee is also a playwright, with his own play Dangling premiering at Toronto's fu-GEN theatre festival in 2010.[8]




  1. ^ "Calgarian is ready to commute". Calgary Herald, June 2, 2003.
  2. ^ "Hit play a homecoming for actor Sun-Hyung Lee". Calgary Herald, September 19, 2013.
  3. ^ a b c "Actor Paul Sun-Hyung Lee, a former U of T drama student, stars in the CBC comedy 'Kim's Convenience'". U of T News, October 24, 2016.
  4. ^ Phan, Rachel (May 31, 2012). "Kim's Convenience gets five thumbs up at Toronto Theatre Critics Awards". National Post. Retrieved June 30, 2012.
  5. ^ "Women on top; Crash, Penelopiad top Dora nominations". National Post, June 6, 2012.
  6. ^ "'Orphan Black' Star Tatiana Maslany Dominates Canadian Screen Awards With Two Best Actress Wins". The Hollywood Reporter, March 12, 2017.
  7. ^ Liwanag, Robert (November 12, 2018). "15 Minutes with Paul Sun-Hyung Lee". Reader's Digest. Retrieved December 4, 2018.
  8. ^ "Hey, it's that guy from the IKEA ad and a TV show I never watched!". National Post, April 28, 2010.

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