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Lee Dong-wook (Hangul이동욱; Hanja李棟旭, born November 6, 1981) is a South Korean actor. He is best known for his leading roles in the television dramas My Girl (2005), Scent of a Woman (2011), Hotel King (2014), and Goblin: The Lonely and Great God (2016-2017).

Lee Dong-wook
Lee Dong Wook 2017 PFW 3.jpg
In October 2017
Born (1981-11-06) November 6, 1981 (age 36)
Seoul, South Korea
Education Joongbu University – Broadcasting and Media Arts
Occupation Actor
Years active 1999–present
Website Official website
Korean name
Hangul 이동욱
Revised Romanization I Dong-uk
McCune–Reischauer I Tong'uk



Lee Dong-wook made his acting debut in 1999, and went on to appear in a number of TV series before hitting stardom with 2005 romantic comedy My Girl. The drama series became a hit during its run both domestically and across Asia, and made Lee a Korean Wave star.[1] He has since starred in noir La Dolce Vita (2008),[2] courtroom dramedy Partner (2009),[3][4] melodrama Scent of a Woman (2011),[5][6] baseball rom-com Wild Romance (2012),[7][8] period thriller The Fugitive of Joseon (2013),[9][10] and revenge drama Hotel King (2014), in which he reunited with My Girl co-star Lee Da-hae.[11][12] He then starred in fantasy-action series Blade Man and romance drama Bubble Gum.[13][14]

In November 2011, Lee signed with talent agency King Kong Entertainment, which also manages fellow actors Lee Kwang-soo, Lee Chung-ah and Kim Sun-a.[15]

Lee and comedian Shin Dong-yup took over as MCs of talk show Strong Heart from April 2012 to January 2013.[16][17][18][19][20][21] Lee also joined the reality show Roommate, which aired from 2014 to 2015.[22][23]

From 2016-2017, Lee starred alongside Gong Yoo in Kim Eun-sook's fantasy-romance drama Guardian: The Lonely and Great God. The drama was a hit, and along with its success, helped in the resurgence of Lee's acting career.[24]

In 2018, he is set to star in medical drama Life.[25]


Television seriesEdit

Year Title Role Network Notes Ref.
1999 Sunday Best "Coaching" KBS2 Extra
Best Theater "There's a world outside of the road" Lee Sung-joon MBC
1999-2000 School 2 Lee Kang-san KBS1 Ep. 32 to 42
2000 Secret Kang Hyun-soo MBC
2000-2001 School 3 Lee Kang-san KBS1
2001 Family Month Special Drama "A Dreaming Family" Hong-chan KBS2
Four Sisters Lee Han-soo MBC Ep. 1
Golbangi Dong-wook SBS Ep. 167 to 247
Best Theater "Fish at the End of the Sea" Byung-se MBC
Pure Heart Jang Ho-goo KBS2
Drama City "Hide-and-seek" Detective Han KBS2
The Unstoppables Park Sung-jin SBS Ep. 252
2001-2002 This Is Love Jae-hyun KBS1
2002 That's Perfect! Dong-wook SBS Ep. 36 to 74
Drama City "Happier Than Heaven" Park Joon-young KBS2
Let's Go Dong-wook SBS
Loving You Lee Min KBS2
2002-2003 Honest Living Lee Dong-wook SBS Ep. 1 to 123
Cameo, Ep. 232
2003 Land of Wine Song Do-il SBS
2003-2004 Merry Go Round Park Sung-pyo MBC
2004 Island Village Teacher Jang Jae-doo SBS
2004-2005 Precious Family Ahn Jung-hwan KBS2
2005 Hanoi Bride Park Eun-woo SBS
2005-2006 My Girl Seol Gong-chan SBS
2008 La Dolce Vita Lee Joon-soo MBC
2009 Partner Lee Tae-jo KBS2
2011 Scent of a Woman Kang Ji-wook SBS
2012 Wild Romance Park Moo-yeol KBS2
2013 The Fugitive of Joseon Choi Won KBS2
2014 The Story of Kang-goo Kim Kyung-tae SBS The world's first 3D television series [26]
Hotel King Cha Jae-wan MBC
Blade Man Joo Hong-bin KBS2
2015 Bubble Gum Park Ri-hwan tvN
2016-2017 Guardian: The Lonely and Great God Grim Reaper / Wang Yeo / Lee Hyuk tvN
2017 Love is Lee Dong-wook OnStyle Promotional web series
produced for Tiffany & Co. Korea
2018 Life Ye Jin-woo JTBC


Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2006 Arang Hyun-ki
2007 The Perfect Couple Kang Jae-hyuk
2008 Heartbreak Library Kim Joon-oh
2010 The Recipe Kim Hyun-soo
2015 The Beauty Inside Woo-jin


Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2013 Creative Show directed by Jang Jin Theatre director Promotional performance
produced for Samsung Galaxy Note

Music video appearancesEdit

Year Song Title Artist Notes Ref.
2005 "I love you" Lee Jae-Hoon
"Bye Bye Bye" Monday Kiz
2006 "Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter" Suho feat. Kim Tae-woo
2007 "Lost in the Forest of Love" Jed feat. Im Chang-jung
"Bad Boy" Jed feat. Bobby Kim
2008 "As Much as We Loved" Suho feat. Park Sang-joon
2009 "Missed Call" Suho feat. Kim Bum-soo
2010 "Dandelion" Zozo feat. Park Ji-heon Also directed this music video [29]
2011 "Replay" Kim Dong-ryool
2013 "Cosmic Girl" Kim Tae-woo
2017 "I Still" Soyou, Sung Si-kyung [30]

Hosting and Variety showEdit

Year Title Role Network Notes Ref.
2007 8th Jeonju International Film Festival Closing Ceremony Host N/A with So Yi-hyun
May 4
2009 Good morning DJ Friends FM Oct 22 to Nov 7
Fun economy to learn on TV "White paper on the economy" Cast KFN TV Nov 11 to Dec 30
Fun economy to learn on TV "Quiz battle Economy training school" Host KFN TV with On Joo-wan
Dec 16, 23
2009-2010 Kim Jeong-hoon's Voice Mail "Two cynical men's talk" DJ Friends FM with Kim Jeong-hoon
once a week
18 Nov 2009 to 25 Mar 2010
2010 Economic eye toward the future "White paper on the economy" Cast KFN TV Jan 6 to Apr 6
Tony An's The heart you want to give, the story you want to hear Special DJ Friends FM Feb 17, 18, 20
Kim Jeong-hoon's Voice Mail Friends FM with Lee Jin-wook
Mar 8
2nd ROK-US Army band concert Host N/A with Yang Se-hyung
Mar 25
Kim Jae-won and Lee Dong-wook's The heart you want to give, the story you want to hear DJ Friends FM with Kim Jae-won
Apr 5 to Nov 26
6.25 war 60th anniversary Photo exhibition "On the line" Docent N/A with Lee Joon-gi
Jun 25 to Aug 20
Open pineapple "Junior Quiz contest about Copyright law" Host CMB with Han-young
Sep 6
7th Korea Defense Daily Comrade Marathon N/A Oct 16 [36]
2010-2011 Culture is good KFN TV with Boom
20 Jan 2010 to 6 Apr 2011
2011 ROK Army band concert with Daegu Citizens N/A with Kang Mi-kyung
Mar 16
Cultural and Art performances with Chunma Army Base N/A Apr 1 [39]
Shin Mi-sik's NLL Photo exhibition "Colors of the Sea" Docent N/A with Lee Dong-gun
Apr 21 to 24
2012 2012 SBS Drama Awards Host SBS with Jung Ryeo-won
Dec 31
2012-2013 Strong Heart SBS with Shin Dong-yup
10 Apr 2012 to 12 Feb 2013
2014-2015 Roommate Cast SBS Season 1, 2
4 May 2014 to 14 Apr 2015
2015 10th Seoul International Drama Awards Host MBC with Kim Jung-eun
Sep 10
2016 The Body Show 3 : My Body Guard OnStyle with Jo Yoon-hee, Jo Se-ho
Apr 28 to Jun 30
Jo Yoon-hee's Volume Up Special DJ KBS Cool FM Oct 6 to 7 [46]
2017 Goblin Special Host tvN with Yoo In-na
Feb 3 to 4
6th Edaily W Festa(World Woman Forum 2017) Epilogue Special Speaker N/A with Kim Eun-sook
Oct 25
2017–2018 Lee Dong-wook's On the air DJ V LIVE every 12th day
12 Apr 2017 to 12 Jan 2018


Year Song Title Album Notes Ref.
2007 "The Perfect Couple" The Perfect Couple OST with Hyun Young
2008 "One day a year (skit)" All About U Suho narration by Lee Dong-wook [50]
2011 "Us Again" Scent of a Woman OST with Kim Sun-a


Year Title Category Notes Ref.
2017 "For My Dear" Photo-book ISBN 9791162201565 [51]


Year Title Notes Ref.
2018 Honorary Ambassador for the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games [52]
Tourism Ambassador of Gangwon Province [53]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
1999 V-NESS Model Awards Grand Prize N/A Won
2001 9th Korean Most Popular Entertainment Awards New Generation Actor N/A Won
2002 10th Korean Most Popular Entertainment Awards Best New Actor (TV) Loving You Won
2003 SBS Drama Awards New Star Award Land of Wine Won [54]
Best Supporting Actor Nominated
2007 1st Korea Movie Star Awards Best New Actor The Perfect Couple Nominated [55]
2009 KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Partner Nominated [56]
2011 8th Cosmopolitan Beauty Awards in China Most Attractive Actor in Asia N/A Won [57]
18th South Korea, Japan Culture Awards Grand Prize, Cultural Diplomacy category N/A Won [58]
SBS Drama Awards Top 10 Stars Scent of a Woman Won
Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Weekend Drama Won [59]
2012 SBS Entertainment Awards Best Newcomer, MC category Strong Heart Won [60]
Best Couple Award
with Shin Dong-yup
KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Wild Romance Nominated [61]
2013 PC LADY & Tudou Fashion Awards Asia Fashion Star Award N/A Won [62]
KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Mid-length Drama The Fugitive of Joseon Nominated [63]
2014 9th Asia Model Festival Awards Fashionista Award N/A Won [64]
3rd APAN Star Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Serial Drama Hotel King Nominated [65]
MBC Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Special Project Drama Nominated [66]
2017 5th Annual DramaFever Awards Best Supporting Actor Guardian: The Lonely and Great God Won [67]
10th Korea Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor Nominated [68]
3rd Fashionista Awards Global Icon N/A Nominated [69]


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  35. ^ CMB, 청소년 저작권 퀴즈대회 개최. moneytoday (in Korean). 2010-08-31. 
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  38. ^ 육군2작전사 군악연주회 16일 개최. newsis (in Korean). 2011-03-10. 
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  41. ^ 이동욱·정려원, 연말 SBS 연기대상 남녀 MC 낙점. mydaily (in Korean). 2012-12-11. 
  42. ^ 신동엽-이동욱, '강심장' 투톱 MC 확정. sbs (in Korean). 2012-03-23. 
  43. ^ 이동욱 룸메이트 종영 소감 "1년 동안 같이 지낸 가족들 고맙다, 응원하겠다". segye (in Korean). 2015-04-15. 
  44. ^ [단독] 이동욱·김정은, '서울드라마어워즈' MC 발탁. osen (in Korean). 2015-07-24. 
  45. ^ [단독] 이동욱·조세호·조윤희..'마이 보디가드' 새 MC 발탁. osen (in Korean). 2016-03-15. 
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  67. ^ "Announcing the winners of the 5th Annual DramaFever Awards". DramaFever. 27 April 2017. 
  68. ^ 2017 코리아드라마어워즈(KDA) 최종 후보작 공개...한석규VS김상중VS차인표VS김영철VS최민수. seoul economy daily (in Korean). 2017-09-27. 
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