Lee Kyu-hyung

Lee Kyu-hyung (Korean: 이규형; born November 29, 1983) is a South Korean actor. Though primarily a musical actor, Lee has also appeared in a variety of Korean films and dramas. In 2017, Lee shot to fame with his portrayal of Yoo Han-yang in tvN's television series Prison Playbook (2017).[1][2][3] He is well known for portraying a wide spectrum of roles on stage and screen.[4]

Lee Kyu-hyung
2016.10.14 팬레터 커튼콜 이규형.jpg
Born (1983-11-29) 29 November 1983 (age 39)
South Korea
EducationJoongdong High School
Alma materDongguk University
Years active2001–present
AgentAce Factory
Korean name
Revised RomanizationI Gyu-hyeong
McCune–ReischauerYi Kyu-hyŏng

Early lifeEdit

Lee Kyu-hyung was born on November 29, 1983, in Seoul, South Korea.

His family consists of his parents and an older sister.

Lee's interest in acting was inspired by the 1999 Korean film Shiri, and he began to pursue roles in theater in hopes of becoming a movie star.[5]

Lee attended Joongdong High School in Seoul, where he was a part of the theatre club.[6]

He was accepted into Kyung Hee University's film and theatre department, but dropped out before completing his degree and later graduated from Dongguk University with a major in Theater Studies. Lee made the decision to transfer to Dongguk as it was the alma mater of Choi Min-sik, an actor he admired.[6]


Lee Kyu-hyung began his acting career in the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency's " Whistle Theater " whilst attending college and completing his mandatory military service. After graduating, he continued to act in theater, as well as appearing in musicals.[5]

Lee made his film debut in 2001 with a minor role in the movie Kick the Moon. He has since starred in various plays and musicals, most notably with recurring roles in Laundry, Fan Letter, and Gloomy Day.[7][8]

In 2013, he appeared in the film The Face Reader after receiving a phone call from a friend that the actor slated to appear had a flat tire and couldn't come to set.[5]

In 2017, he played the role of Yoon Se-won, chief of the prosecution's investigation team, in the tvN drama Stranger, raising his profile. He was then cast as Yoo Han-yang, a second-generation tycoon serving in prison for drug use, in tvN's television series Prison Playbook (2017).[1] Director Shin Won-ho and writer Lee Woo-jung asked him to audition for the role after seeing his performances in the play Come See Me and the musical Fan Letter.[5] Many viewers connected to his portrayal of the role, showcasing both cute and serious sides of the character, and it led to an increase in popularity for the actor both in Korea and overseas.[9] Speaking about the character's homosexuality, Lee expressed an awareness of homophobia in Korean society, but stated that he hoped his portrayal of the character could show a simple, human love that audiences could support.[5]

Lee was nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the 3rd Korean Musical Awards for his role as D'Ysquith in the 2018 production of the musical A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder. The role required him to play nine different members of the D'Ysquith family, with rapid costume changes throughout the performance.[10]

In 2019, Lee appeared as the titular character in the CJ Entertainment production of the musical Cyrano, alongside musical actors Ryu Jung-han, Choi Jae-woong, and Jo Hyung-gyun.[11] The production was met with praise, and was lauded as an improvement from the 2017 production, due in part to the various charms of its leading actors.[4] Following his appearance in Cyrano, Lee starred as Hedwig in the rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch, receiving critical acclaim for the powerful vocal performance and skillful acting.[12] In November 2019, Lee reprised his role as the writer Kim Hae-jin in the musical Fan Letter, a Korean musical set during Japanese occupation in the 1930s.

In 2020, Lee is slated to appear in the film Stellar, a fantasy comic drama directed by Kwon Soo-kyung.[13] And in 2022, he starred in the South Korean series, All of Us Are Dead.



Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2001 Kick The Moon
2009 Large and Small City
Castaway on the Moon Emergency worker
2013 The Face Reader New eunuch
Cat Girl Min-hyeok
2014 No Tears for the Dead Ventura Holdings team member 5
The Wicked Jae-wook
My Dictator Cheol-ju
2015 Love Copyright
You Call It Passion Young-hwa
2016 Seondal: The Man Who Sells the River Chief officer at tobacco guard post
2019 Innocent Witness Hee-joong
Romang Traffic police Cameo
Juror 8 Rehabilitation committee member
2020 Diva Diving coach [14]
2021 Handsome Guys Nam Sun Kyung
A Year-End Medley Prophet Special appearance; TVING Fim [15]
2022 Stellar Dong-sik [14][16]
Seoul Vibe Bok-nam Netflix Film [17] [18]
TBA Boss Tae-gyu [19]

Television seriesEdit

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2015 Unkind Ladies Jung Ma-ri's senior
2017 Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth Do-go
Guardian: The Lonely and Great God Lee Jung-hwa's husband Cameo (episode 11)
2017–20 Stranger Yoon Se-won Supporting (season 1)
Cameo (season 2; episode 5 and 16)
2017–18 Prison Playbook Yoo Han-yang
2018 Life Ye Seon-woo
2019 Doctor John Son Seok-ki
2020 Hi Bye, Mama! Jo Gang-hwa
Tale of the Nine Tailed Governor Cameo (episode 6, 15)
2021 Hospital Playlist Yoo Han-yang Cameo (season 2, episode 3) [21][22][23]
Voice Dong Bang-min Season 4 [24][25]
Racket Boys Park Jung-hwan Cameo (episode 16) [26][27]
Happiness Lee Seung-young Cameo (Episode 1–3, 8, 12) [28]
2023 Uncle Samsik Kang Seong-min [29]

Web seriesEdit

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2021 The Witch's Diner single father Cameo (Episode 1) [30]
Shall We Have A Cup of Coffee? Seong-min Cameo (Episode 3) [31][32]
2022 All of Us Are Dead Song Jae-ik [33]
May It Please the Court Jwa Si-baek [34][35]
Big Bet young Cha Mu-sik Cameo [36]

Television showEdit

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2022 Besties in Wonderland Cast Member [37]


Year title Role Ref.
2007 Heartbeat Endlessly Lonely Man
2008 Heartbeat Endlessy Lonely Man
2009 Laundry Sol Rong-Go [8]
2010 Laundry Sol Rong-Go [38]
Singles Lim Jung-Joon [39]
2011 Audition' Park Byung-Tae [40]
Laundry Sol Rong-Go [41]
2012 Oh! While You Were Sleeping Choi Byung-Ho [42]
2013 The March of Youth Wang Gyeong-Tae [43]
Laundry Sol Rong-Go
Triangle Do Yeon
Gloomy Day Man [8]
2014 My Bucket List Gang Gu
Beastie Boys Lee Jae-hyun
Gloomy Day Man
2015 The Great Gatsby [Re:Boot] Ha Un-do
The Goddess is Watching Sin Seok-gu
Death's Hymn Man
My Bucket List Gang-gu
Abboccato Yu Jae-min
2016 Fan Letter Kim Hae-jin
Beastie Lee Seung-woo
Secretly and with Greatness Won Ryu-hwan
2017 Fan Letter Kim Hae-jin
Death's Hymn Man
2018 A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder D'Ysquith
2019 Cyrano Cyrano de Bergerac
Hedwig and the Angry Inch Hedwig
Fan Letter Kim Hae-jin
2020 A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder D'Ysquith
2021 Hedwig and the Angry Inch Hedwig/Tommy [44]
2021–2022 Fan Letter (musical) Kim Hae-jin [45]
A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder D'Ysquith [46]
2022 Crash Landing on You Ri Jeong-hyuk [47][48]
2022–2023 Sweeney Todd Sweeney Todd [49]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Name of the award ceremony, year presented, category, nominee of the award, and the result of the nomination
Award ceremony Year Category Nominee / Work Result Ref.
Baeksang Arts Awards 2018 Best New Actor – Television Stranger Nominated
Korea Drama Awards 2019 Excellence Award, Actor Doctor John Won [50]
Korean Musical Awards 2019 Best Male Supporting Actor Gentleman's Guide Nominated
SBS Drama Awards 2019 Excellence Award in Miniseries (Actor) Doctor John Nominated [51]


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