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Lee Dong-wook (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 Guardian: The Lonely and Great God (2016-2017).

Lee Dong-wook
Lee Dong-wook in 2016.jpg
Born (1981-11-06) November 6, 1981 (age 35)
Seoul, South Korea
Education Joongbu University – Broadcasting and Media Arts
Occupation Actor
Years active 1999–present
Agent King Kong Entertainment
Korean name
Hangul 이동욱
Hanja 李棟旭
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]


Television seriesEdit

Year Title Role Network
1999 MBC Best Theater "길밖에도 세상은 있어" Sung-joon MBC
School 2 Lee Kang-san KBS1
2000 School 3 Lee Kang-san KBS1
Secret Kang Hyun-soo MBC
2001 Pure Heart Jang Ho-gu KBS2
A Dreaming Family KBS
Drama City "Happier Than Heaven" KBS2
This Is Love Jae-hyun KBS1
That's Perfect! Dong-wook SBS
2002 Let's Go! Dong-wook SBS
Loving You Lee Min KBS2
Honest Living Lee Dong-wook SBS
2003 Land of Wine Song Do-il SBS
Merry Go Round Park Sung-pyo MBC
2004 Island Village Teacher Jang Jae-doo SBS
Precious Family Ahn Jung-hwan KBS2
2005 Hanoi Bride Park Eun-woo SBS
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 Mu-yeol KBS2
2013 The Fugitive of Joseon Choi Won KBS2
2014 The Story of Kang-gu Kim Kyung-tae SBS
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 Wang Yeo, Grim Reaper tvN


Year Title Role
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

Variety showEdit

Year Title Network Notes
2006 Wowowee ABS-CBN guest
Sang Sang Plus – Generation
to Generation: Old & New
KBS2 guest, episode 84
Come to Play MBC guest, episode 102
2007 Hey Hey Hey – Season 2 SBS guest, episode 9
Come to Play MBC guest, episode 126
2008 Happy Together KBS2 guest, episode 68
2011 Healing Camp, Aren't You Happy SBS guest, episode 11
2012-2013 Strong Heart SBS MC
2012 SBS Drama Awards SBS MC
2013 Happy Together KBS2 guest, episode 295
Running Man SBS guest, episodes 133-134, 136
Infinity Challenge MBC guest, episode 360
2014 Running Man SBS guest, episodes 179-180
2014-2015 Roommate SBS cast member, seasons 1-2
2014 Entertainment Weekly KBS2 guest, episode 1539
2015 Running Man SBS guest, episode 263
2016 The Return of Superman KBS guest, episode 126,127,137,138
2016 My Bodyguard OnStyle MC

Music video appearancesEdit

Year Song Title Artist Notes
2005 "Bye Bye Bye" Monday Kiz
2006 "Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter" Suho feat. Kim Tae-woo
2007 "Lost in the Forest of Love" Jed
2008 "As Much as We Loved" Suho
2009 "Missed Call" Suho feat. Kim Bum-soo
2010 "Dandelion" Zozo Lee Dong-wook also
directed this music video[25]
2011 "Replay" Kim Dong-ryul
2013 "Cosmic Girl" Kim Tae-woo

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
1999 V-NESS Screen Award N/A N/A Won
2003 SBS Drama Awards New Star Award Land of Wine Won
2009 KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Partner Nominated
2011 8th Cosmo Beauty Awards Most Attractive Actor in Asia N/A Won
18th Han Il Culture Awards Grand Prize, Cultural Diplomacy category N/A Won
SBS Drama Awards[26] Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Weekend Drama Scent of a Woman Won
Top 10 Stars Won
2012 SBS Entertainment Awards Best Newcomer, MC category Strong Heart Won
Best Couple Award with Shin Dong-yup Won
KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Wild Romance Nominated
2013 KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Mid-length Drama The Fugitive of Joseon Nominated
2014 9th Asia Model Festival Awards Fashionista Award N/A Won
3rd APAN Star Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Serial Drama Hotel King Nominated
MBC Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Special Project Drama Nominated
2017 5th Annual DramaFever Awards[27] Best Supporting Actor Guardian: The Lonely and Great God Won


  1. ^ "Kim Bum, Lee Kwang-soo and Lee Dong-wook, third generation Hallyu Stars". Hancinema. 27 April 2015. 
  2. ^ "Lee Dong-wook stars in Sweet Life a new MBC TV drama currently in production". MBC Global Media. 24 April 2008. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  3. ^ Han, Sang-hee (23 June 2009). "Friends, Lawyers to Hit Small Screen". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  4. ^ Oh, Jean (24 June 2009). "Legal wars and blood brothers hit TV". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2013-07-10. 
  5. ^ Park, So-jung (1 June 2011). "Kim Suna, Lee Dong-wook and Um Ki-joon cast in new drama". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-12-01. 
  6. ^ "ONE Exclusive Interview – Lee Dong Wook". ONE TV ASIA. December 2011. Retrieved 2013-08-04. 
  7. ^ Hong, Lucia (1 January 2012). "Lee Dong-wook pulled off all action scenes for new series because of Lee Si-young". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  8. ^ Lee, Jin-ho (2 January 2012). "Lee Dong Wook On Action Scenes with Lee Si Young". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2013-07-08. 
  9. ^ "KBS showcases Fugitive of Joseon cast". Korea JoongAng Daily. 18 April 2013. Retrieved 2013-04-18. 
  10. ^ An, So-hyoun (17 April 2013). "Lee Dong Wook Says He'll Become a Convincing Father in Heavens Order". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 2013-04-17. 
  11. ^ Lee, Kyung-nam (13 February 2014). "Lee Dong Wook to Reunite with Lee Da Hae in New Drama Hotel King". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2014-02-13. 
  12. ^ Lee, Min-ji (27 March 2014). "Hotel King Lee Dong Wook and Lee Dae Hae Praise Each Other". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2014-03-30. 
  13. ^ "Lee Dong Wook Explodes in Transformation into Angry ‘Iron Man’". enewsWorld. 25 August 2014. 
  14. ^ "Acting pair to share the screen again". Korea JoongAng Daily. 23 July 2015. 
  15. ^ Hong, Lucia (22 November 2011). "Lee Dong-wook signs with a new talenthouse". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-12-01. 
  16. ^ Hong, Lucia (15 March 2012). "Lee Dong-wook becomes new host of SBS' Strong Heart". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  17. ^ Choi, Eun-hwa (15 March 2012). "Lee Dong Wook to be New Host for Strong Heart". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  18. ^ Ho, Stewart (9 April 2012). "Lee Dong Wook Successfully Completes First Shoot for Strong Heart". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  19. ^ Lee, Dong-hyun (11 April 2012). "Lee Dong Wook Debuts as Strong Heart MC". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  20. ^ "Mighty Heart talk show to go silent". Korea JoongAng Daily. 11 January 2013. Retrieved 2013-01-11. 
  21. ^ Jeon, Su-mi (13 February 2013). "Lee Dong Wook Says He Learned More about Variety on the Last Episode of Strong Heart". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2013-02-13. 
  22. ^ "Cast confirmed for ‘Roommate’". Korea JoongAng Daily. 28 March 2014. 
  23. ^ Kim, Min-jin (4 June 2014). "Roommate reveals its additional posters". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2015-06-09. 
  24. ^ "Actor Lee Dong-wook prepares for Asian tour". The Korea Times. 25 January 2017. 
  25. ^ 이동욱, 뮤비 감독 데뷔…조조 '민들레' 제작 [Lee Dong-wook makes his directorial debut]. Segye (in Korean). 13 April 2010. Retrieved 2012-11-23. 
  26. ^ Kim Ji-yeon (1 January 2012). "Han Seok Gyu Takes Home the Grand Prize at SBS Drama Awards". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  27. ^ "'Guardian' sweeps DramaFever Awards". The Korea Times. 28 April 2017. 

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