Lee Joo-yeon

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Lee Joo-yeon (born March 19, 1987),[1] formerly known mononymously as Jooyeon, is a South Korean actress and singer. She is best known for being a former member of the girl group After School. Since leaving After School, she has focused primarily on acting. She made her acting debut in the drama Smile Again (2010) and has made several participation in other dramas since then.

Lee Joo-yeon
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Lee in April 2018
Lee Joo-yeon

(1987-03-19) March 19, 1987 (age 34)
Seoul, South Korea
EducationDongduk Women's University
  • Actress
  • singer
  • model
Years active2007–present
Musical career
Associated acts
Korean name
Revised RomanizationI Ju-yeon
McCune–ReischauerI Chuyŏn


2007-2014: Pre-debut and career beginningsEdit

In 2007, Jooyeon made a cameo in the movie My Tutor Friend 2, playing the role of Azumi. Before her debut, Jooyeon was famous on the internet for being an Ulzzang, or "best face" which consisted of her being well known for her natural beauty features.[2] She made her first unofficial appearance with After School's on December 29, 2008 at the SBS Song Festival, performing "Play Girlz" with Son Dam-bi.

On January 15, 2009, Jooyeon made her debut in South Korean girl group After School, with the release of their debut single "AH!" alongside their EP, New Schoolgirl.[3] On 17 January, the group made their live debut on MBC's, Music Core.[4] She was the vocalist and visual in the group.

In 2010, Jooyeon made her acting debut with the drama Smile Again and was a member of G7 in the variety show Invincible Youth. Over the years, she starred as supporting roles in various dramas and movies.

In 2011, she became the leader of A.S. Blue. The sub-unit debuted with the single "Wonder Boy" on July 20.

On December 31, 2014, Jooyeon's contract with Pledis Entertainment expired and she graduated from After School on June 30, 2015 after Japan promotions.[5][6] Jooyeon was the only member, along with Jungah, who was in the group for all promotional periods.

2015-present: Acting career and further rolesEdit

In January 2015, following her graduation from After School, Jooyeon signed with Better ENT to pursue her acting career.[7] She made her first appearance under her new company in the film Sorry, I Love You, Thank You, playing the role of Jung Hye-mi.[8] She has since gone on to star in a number of dramas, such as All Kinds of Daughters-In-Law.[9]

In 2017, Lee took on acting roles in crime flick The King and historical drama Saimdang, Memoir of Colors.[10] In 2018, Jooyeon's contract with Better ENT expired and she began looking for a new agency.[11] She subsequently signed with Mystic Story.[12] Later that year, Jooyeon took on supporting roles in The Undateables and Devilish Charm.[13][14][15]

Personal lifeEdit

On February 22, 2011 Jooyeon graduated from Dongduk Women's University with a major in broadcasting.[16]

On November 21, 2011, Jooyeon was admitted to the hospital with acute nephritis. On November 29, she was discharged and had resumed all group activities.[17]




Year Title Role
2007 My Tutor Friend 2 Azumi
2015 Sorry, I Love You, Thank You Jung Hye-mi
2017 The King Cha Mi-ryeon

Television seriesEdit

Year Title Network Role
2009 You're Beautiful SBS Before School member
2010–2011 Smile Again KBS Yoon Sae-young
2012 Salamander Guru and The Shadows SBS Shi-ra
Reply 1997 tvN Dr. Lee Joo-yeon
Jeon Woo-Chi KBS Eun-woo
2013 Monstar Mnet Ah-ri
Reply 1994 tvN Dr. Lee Joo-yeon
2014 A New Leaf MBC Lee Mi-ri
Hotel King MBC Chae-won
2016 Immortal Goddess Naver Soo-jung
The Facetale: Shinderiya oksusu Shin De-ri
Fantastic JTBC Actress
Entourage tvN Lee Joo-yeon
2017 Saimdang, Memoir of Colors SBS Princess Jeongsun
All Kinds of Daughters-In-Law MBC Hwang Geum-byul
2018 The Undateables SBS Su-ji[13][14]
Devilish Charm MBN, Dramax Lee Ha-yim[15]
2020 Hyena SBS Seo Jung-hwa[18]

Variety showsEdit

Year Title Network Role Note
2010 Invincible Youth KBS2 Regular cast
2012 Music and Lyrics MBC with Lee Tae-sung


  1. ^ "Profile After School" (in Japanese). Avex Japan. Archived from the original on August 3, 2018. Retrieved August 3, 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ 'Ulzzang' Jooyeon, Hot Topics.OSEN, 2006
  3. ^ "방과후처럼 Ah 5人5色 끼맘껏". Focus News Network (in Korean). 10 February 2009. Archived from the original on 22 July 2011. Retrieved 28 January 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ 태군-애프터스쿨, '쇼! 음악중심'서 첫 데뷔무대 가져. Sports Chosun (in Korean). 17 January 2009. Retrieved 4 January 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ Jackson, Julie (December 22, 2014). "Joo-yeon rumored to be leaving Afterschool". The Korea Herald. Retrieved January 2, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ Benjamin, Jeff (December 31, 2014). "Juyeon Announces Graduation From After School". Billboard K-Town. Retrieved January 2, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "'Jooyeon signs with 'Better ENT' as an actress'". Allkpop. January 18, 2015.
  8. ^ "이주연 측 "'마성의 기쁨' 출연 확정, 톱 여배우 역"(공식)" (in Korean).
  9. ^ "Lee Joo Yeon Joins Cast Of Romantic Comedy Drama With Choi Jin Hyuk And Song Ha Yoon". Soompi. June 7, 2018.
  10. ^ "In the new year, Lee Ju-yeon is primed to shine : The actor starts 2017 with promising roles in upcoming film, drama". Korea JoongAng Daily. January 9, 2017.
  11. ^ "애프터스쿨 출신 이주연, FA시장 나왔다…소속사 미정" (in Korean). January 17, 2018.
  12. ^ "Former After School Member Lee Joo Yeon Signs With Mystic Entertainment". Soompi. January 28, 2018.
  13. ^ a b "[공식]이주연 SBS '훈남정음' 캐스팅…남궁민-황정음과 호흡". Naver (in Korean). Sports Chosun. April 19, 2018.
  14. ^ a b "Lee Joo-yeon to become 'girl he knows' in 'Undateable'". Kpop Herald. June 13, 2018.
  15. ^ a b "[단독] 이주연, '마성의 기쁨' 주연 확정...최진혁·송하윤과 호흡". Osen (in Korean). June 7, 2018.
  16. ^ "After School's Jooyeon graduates from college". Allkpop. 22 February 2011. Retrieved 25 December 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  17. ^ "After School's Jooyeon discharged from the hospital, to resume activities this weekend". Allkpop. 29 November 2011. Retrieved 25 December 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  18. ^ Lee Joon-hyun (February 23, 2020). "'하이에나' 주지훈, 이주연 두고 김혜수에게 반격 시도". hankyung (in Korean). Retrieved January 27, 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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