Lee Sang-yeob

Lee Sang-yeob (born May 8, 1983) is a South Korean actor.[2] He is best known for starring in the sitcom Living Among the Rich (2011–12), the melodrama The Innocent Man (2012), the period drama Jang Ok-jung, Living by Love (2013), and the fantasy drama While You Were Sleeping (2017). Lee was cast in his first leading role in the weekend drama A Little Love Never Hurts (2013). He recently gained immense recognition for portraying the role of Yoon Gyu-jin in the weekend drama Once Again (2020).

Lee Sang-yeob
Lee Sang-yeob 2020.jpg
Lee Sang-yeob in April 2020
Born (1983-05-08) May 8, 1983 (age 40)
EducationHanyang University – Theater and Film
  • Actor
  • Entertainer
Years active2007–present
Korean name
Revised RomanizationI Sang-yeop
McCune–ReischauerI Sangyŏp

Personal lifeEdit

Lee is the only grandson of the late businessman Kim Jong-jin, who served in executive positions at POSCO and Dongkuk Steel.[3][4] In August 2013, he admitted he had been in a relationship with Gong Hyun-joo for half a year and affection began when they were colleagues in the same agency. In August 2016, the agency announced they broke up due to personal reasons. They changed agencies respectively after their break-up.[5]



Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2008 A Man Who Was Superman Soo-jung's boyfriend [6]
Lovers of Six Years Yoon-seok
2011 Penny Pinchers Yang Gwan-woo [6]
2012 The Nutcracker in 3D N.C., the Nutcracker voice, Korean dubbed [7]
2013 The Flu Byung-woo [8]
2014 Ex-Files Park Eun-ho [9]
2018 The Villagers Ji-sung [10]
2020 The Day I Died Hyung-joon [11]

Television seriesEdit

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2007 A Happy Woman
2008 King Sejong the Great Crown Prince Hyang [12]
Kokkiri (Elephant) Joo Sang-yeob [13]
The Art of Seduction Sung-il
Here He Comes
2009 Her Style Yoon Seok-woo
2011 Midas Han Jang-seok [14]
Miss Ripley Ha Cheol-jin [15]
Can't Lose Yeon Hyung-joo Cameo (Episode 9)
Living Among the Rich Lee Sang-yeob [16]
2012 Koisuru Maison ~Rainbow Rose~ Han Sae-woo Japan series [17]
The Innocent Man Park Joon-ha [18][19]
2013 Jang Ok-jung, Living by Love Prince Dongpyeong [20]
The Greatest Thing in the World John Harrison [21]
A Little Love Never Hurts Jung Jae-min [22]
2015 House of Bluebird Jang Hyun-do [23]
2016 Signal Kim Jin-woo Cameo (Episode 9–11) [24]
The Master of Revenge Park Tae-ha [25]
The Doctors Kim Woo-jin Cameo (Episode 15–16, 18, 20) [26]
Drama Special – Home Sweet Home Kang Sung-min one act-drama [27]
Listen to Love Ahn Joon-young [28]
2017 While You Were Sleeping Lee Yoo-bum [29]
Drama Special – You're Closer Than I Think Choi Woo-jin one act-drama [30]
2018 The Hymn of Death Kim Hong-ki [31]
Top Star U-back Choi Ma-dol [32]
2019 Love Affairs in the Afternoon Yoon Jung-woo [33]
2020 Once Again Yoon Gyu-jin [34]
Good Casting Yoon Seok-ho
Drama Special – Traces of Love Jung Ji-sub one act-drama [35]
2021 On the Verge of Insanity Han Se-kwon [36]
2022 Sh**ting Stars Do Ji-hyuk Cameo (Episode 11) [37]
Eve Seo Eun-pyeong [38][39]
2023 Pure Boxer Kim Tae-young [40]

Web seriesEdit

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2021 Nara's Marvelous Days Ex-boyfriend Cameo

Television showEdit

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2015 Law of the Jungle in Samoa Cast member Episodes 192–194 [41]
2018 Reckless but Happy Host [42]
2019 My Little Old Boy Special Host Episode 158.
Prison Life of Fools Cast member [43]
Trans-Siberian Pathfinders [44]
2020 Three Idiots with Yang Se-chan , Hwang kwang-hee [45]
2021 National Bang Bang Cook Cook [46]
New Life for Children Co-host with Kim Hee-ae [47]
2021–2022 Sixth Sense Cast Member Season 2–3 [48]
2022 Artistock Game Host [49]

Web showsEdit

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2022 Saturday Night Live Korea Host Episode 16 – Season 2 [50]


Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2020 2020 KBS Drama Awards Host with Do Kyung-wan [ko] and Jo Bo-ah (part 2) [51]

Soundtrack appearancesEdit

Year Title Album
2020 "Red Bag" (빨간 책가방) Good Casting OST Part 4


  • Ambassador of Public Relations for the Anti-Conflict of Interest Act (2022)[52]

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.
APAN Star Awards 2013 Best New Actor Jang Ok-jung, Living by Love Nominated
2021 Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Serial Drama Once Again Won [53][54][55]
KBS Drama Awards 2012 Best Supporting Actor The Innocent Man Nominated
2015 Best Couple Award Lee Sang-yeob with Chae Soo-bin
House of Bluebird
2020 Excellence Award, Actor in a Mid-length Drama Once Again Won [56]
Netizen Award, Actor Won [57]
Best Couple Award Lee Sang-yeob with Lee Min-jung
Once Again
Won [58]
Best Actor in a One-Act/Special/Short Drama Drama Special – Traces of Love Nominated
Korea Best Star Award 2019 Best Drama Star Love Affairs in the Afternoon Won
Korea Cultural Entertainment Awards 2019 Best Actor (TV) Won [59]
MBC Drama Awards 2013 Best New Actor A Little Love Never Hurts Won [60]
2021 Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries On the Verge of Insanity Won [61]
SBS Drama Awards 2017 Excellence Award, Actor in Wednesday - Thursday Drama While You Were Sleeping Won [62]
Character of the Year Nominated
2020 Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Action Drama Good Casting Nominated [63]


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  31. ^ "[SBS Star] Lee Sang-yeob Joins 'Hymn of Death' with Lee Jong Suk". SBS News. 27 March 2018.
  32. ^ 이상엽, '톱스타 유백이' 캐스팅…한국의 잭스패로우 최마돌 役 [공식입장]. Asia Economy (in Korean). 19 July 2018.
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  38. ^ Ha Ji-won (November 9, 2021). "[단독] 이상엽, 차기작은 '이브의 스캔들'…열일 이어간다" [[Exclusive] Lee Sang-yeop's next project is 'Eve's Scandal'... ten days to go] (in Korean). Xports News. Retrieved November 9, 2021 – via Naver.
  39. ^ Moon Ji-yeon (January 11, 2022). "[공식] 이상엽, '이브' 합류 확정..서예지와 호흡" [[Official] Lee Sang-yeop confirmed to join 'Eve'... Breathing with Seo Ye-ji] (in Korean). Sports Chosun. Retrieved January 11, 2022 – via Naver.
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  45. ^ "이상엽·양세찬·황광희, '세얼간이' 10월 23일 출격 "생방송 예능" (in Korean). Retrieved 2020-09-30.
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  49. ^ Hong Se-young (September 19, 2022). "이상엽 '아티스탁 게임' 인생 첫 단독 MC "영광" (일문일답) [공식]" [Lee Sang-yeop ‘Artistock Game’ first solo MC in life “Glory” (Q&A) [Official]] (in Korean). Sports Donga. Retrieved September 19, 2022 – via Naver.
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  59. ^ "191129 이상엽/윤소이 - 문화연예대상 드라마부문 남여최우수상" [191129 Lee Sang-yeop / Yoon So-yi - Culture and Entertainment Awards Best Male and Female Drama]. Korean Pop Culture YouTube Channel (in Korean). 3 December 2019.
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  61. ^ Lee Seung-rok (December 30, 2021). "이상엽·장영남, 미니시리즈 우수연기상 [MBC연기대상]" [Lee Sang-yeop and Jang Young-nam, Excellence Award for Miniseries [MBC Acting Awards]] (in Korean). My Daily. Retrieved December 30, 2021 – via Naver.
  62. ^ "[SBS 연기대상]이상엽·남지현, 수목극 부문 우수상" [[SBS Acting Awards] Lee Sang-yeop and Nam Ji-hyun, Excellence Award in Wed-Thurs Drama]. Ilgan Sports (in Korean). 31 December 2017.
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