Lee Seo-jin

Lee Seo-jin (born January 30, 1971) is a South Korean actor. He is best known for the reality shows Three Meals a Day and Grandpa Over Flowers. As an actor, he came to prominence with his leading roles in television series Damo (2003), Phoenix (2004), Lovers (2006), Yi San (2007) and Marriage Contract (2016).

Lee Seo-jin
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Lee Seo-jin in August 2019
Born (1971-01-30) January 30, 1971 (age 50)
Other namesLee Suh-jin
Alma materNew York University
Years active1999–present
AgentHook Entertainment
Korean name
Revised RomanizationI Seo-jin
McCune–ReischauerI Sŏchin


Lee Seo-jin made his acting debut in 1999 in the television series House Above the Waves. After several supporting roles on TV, he rose to fame in the 2003 hit period drama Damo, followed by the also popular contemporary drama Phoenix in 2004.[1][2] Lee then landed his first big screen leading role in the 2005 action blockbuster Shadowless Sword.[3]

Lee played a vampire in the cable series Freeze (2006), a gangster in Lovers (2006),[2] and a criminal profiler in Soul (2009).[4][5] But he would become best known for his portrayals of Korean historical characters King Jeongjo of Joseon in Yi San (2007),[6] and General Gyebaek of Baekje in Gyebaek (2011).[7][8]

Other activitiesEdit

Lee comes from a family with strong ties in the financial sector, and believed to be involved in the banking, transportation and tourism industries, among others. He has a Business Management degree from the New York University Stern School of Business. In 2011, Lee joined the company Ask Veritas Assets Management, which specializes in intellectual property and real estate investment. He was appointed as managing director for the firm's second global contents division.[9][10][11]

A regular volunteer of Habitat for Humanity since 2006, he was appointed its Goodwill Ambassador for Korea in 2008.[12][13] Together with the Nippon Foundation and South Korean food franchise Genesis, Lee established the "Let's Tree Fund" in 2010 to conduct reforestation activities.[14] In 2011, Lee joined relief efforts for victims of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami.[15] Like many celebrities, Lee also publicly protested the forced repatriation of North Korean defectors.[citation needed]


Television seriesEdit

Year Title Role Network Notes Ref.
1999 House Above the Waves SBS
Wang Cho (The Boss) MBC
2001 Her House Lee Joon-hee
New Nonstop guest
Sunday Best "A Good Man, Lee Young-woo" KBS
2002 Since We Met Kang Min-suk MBC
2002–2003 Shoot for the Stars Do-hyun SBS
2003 Damo Commander Hwangbo Yoon MBC
2004 Phoenix Jang Sae-hoon
2006 Freeze Baek Joong-won CGV
2006–2007 Lovers Ha Kang-jae SBS
2007–2008 Yi San Yi San (King Jeongjo) MBC [16]
2008 On Air Himself SBS cameo, ep 9
2009 Soul Shin Ryu MBC
2011 Gyebaek Gyebaek
2014 Wonderful Days Kang Dong-seok KBS2 [17]
The Best Future Choi Kang-ja Naver TV Cast
2016 Marriage Contract Han Ji-hoon MBC [18][19]
2019 Trap Kang Woo-hyun OCN [20]
2021 Times Lee Jin-woo [21]


Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2000 Ghost Taxi Gil-nam
2001 I Love You Jin-sung
2005 Shadowless Sword Dae Jeong-hyun, the last prince of Balhae
2015 Love Forecast Lee Dong-jin
The Shameless
2018 Intimate Strangers Joon-mo [22]
2019 Trap: Director's Cut Kang Woo-hyun

Variety showEdit

Year Title Role Network
2013-2015 Grandpas Over Flowers Cast member tvN
2014-2015 Three Meals a Day
2016 Talents for Sale KBS
2016 Three Meals a Day: Fishing Village 3 tvN
2017–2018,2021 Youn's Kitchen
2017 Three Meals a Day: Sea Ranch
2018 Grandpas Over Flowers Returns
2019 Little Forest SBS
2020 Friday Joy Package tvN
2021 Youn's Stay

Music videoEdit

  • Forever (SKY, 1999)
  • Lieblich (Boohwal, 2000)
  • Goodbye (Jung Jae-wook, 2001)
  • Where Are You? (Yim Jae-beom for Ditto 3 compilation album, 2004)


  • Shakespearean Love Method (2000)


Year Award Category Nominated Work Result
2001 MBC Drama Awards Best New Actor Her House Won
2003 MBC Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor Damo Won
Popularity Award, Actor Nominated
Best Couple Award with Ha Ji-won Won
2004 MBC Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor Phoenix Won
Popularity Award, Actor Nominated
Best Couple Award with Lee Eun-ju Won
2006 SBS Drama Awards Netizen Popularity Award, Actor Lovers Won
Top 10 Stars Won
2007 MBC Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor Yi San Won
Popularity Award, Actor Nominated
Best Couple Award with Han Ji-min Nominated
2008 44th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actor (TV) Nominated
2013 10th Style Icon Awards Style Icon N/A Won
2014 3rd APAN Star Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Serial Drama Wonderful Days Nominated
KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Serial Drama Nominated
Netizen Award, Actor Nominated
Best Couple Award with Kim Hee-sun Nominated
2016 tvN10 Awards Grand Prize (Daesang), Variety Performer Three Meals a Day: Jeongseon Village,
Grandpas Over Flowers
Variety Icon Three Meals a Day: Jeongseon Village Nominated
MBC Drama Awards Grand Prize (Daesang) Marriage Contract Nominated
Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Special Project Drama Won
Best Couple Award with Uee Nominated
2019 National Tax Service Presidential Commendation N/A Won[23]


Name of publisher, year listed, name of listicle, and placement
Publisher Year Listicle Placement Ref.
Forbes 2015 Korea Power Celebrity 25th [24]


  1. ^ "Actor Lee Seo-jin to Hold First Fan Meeting in Japan". KBS Global. June 5, 2006. Archived from the original on July 2, 2013. Retrieved May 28, 2013.
  2. ^ a b Cho, Chung-un (December 11, 2006). "HERALD INTERVIEW: Actor Lee Seo-jin seeks versatility". The Korea Herald via Hancinema. Retrieved April 27, 2013.
  3. ^ "무영검 (Shadowless Sword) Production Meeting Report". Twitch Film. September 27, 2005. Archived from the original on October 10, 2012. Retrieved April 2, 2013.
  4. ^ Lee Hyo-won, Han Sang-hee (August 4, 2009). "Let Horror Take Control of Summer Heat". The Korea Times. Retrieved April 2, 2013.
  5. ^ Oh, Jean (August 5, 2009). "New horror special to chill summer nights". The Korea Herald. Retrieved April 2, 2013.
  6. ^ Lee, Hyo-won (September 18, 2007). "TV Falls in Love with Epic Dramas". The Korea Times. Retrieved April 2, 2013.
  7. ^ Kim, Heidi (May 2, 2011). "Actor Lee Seo-jin cast in new historical drama". 10Asia. Retrieved April 2, 2013.
  8. ^ Ko, Min-seok (October 13, 2011). "Actors raise money for preservation". Korea JoongAng Daily. Archived from the original on April 11, 2013. Retrieved April 2, 2013.
  9. ^ Kim, Da-ye (January 31, 2011). "Actor tries lot as financier". The Korea Times. Retrieved April 2, 2013.
  10. ^ "Actor Lee Seo-jin Turns Hand to Finance". The Chosun Ilbo. January 31, 2011. Retrieved April 2, 2013.
  11. ^ "Actor Lee to direct asset management firm". The Korea Herald. February 6, 2011. Retrieved August 24, 2010.
  12. ^ "South Korean actor Lee Seo-Jin helps build homes and awareness with Habitat for Humanity during the annual Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project". Habitat.org. November 16, 2009. Archived from the original on November 17, 2012. Retrieved August 24, 2010.
  13. ^ Kang, Seung-hun (October 14, 2009). "Actor Lee to build houses with Jimmy Carter". 10Asia. Retrieved April 2, 2013.
  14. ^ "Lets Tree Fund will Plant Trees, Educate Kids". Nippon Foundation. January 15, 2010. Archived from the original on December 24, 2013. Retrieved August 24, 2010.
  15. ^ Hong, Lucia (May 18, 2011). "Actor Lee Seo-jin makes donation for Japan earthquake relief". 10Asia. Retrieved April 2, 2013.
  16. ^ Lee Hyo-won (September 18, 2007). "TV Falls in Love with Epic Dramas". The Korea Times. Retrieved June 26, 2021.
  17. ^ an0ya (February 24, 2014). "Kim Hee Sun and Lee Seo Jin's "Wonderful Days" Off to a Successful Start with Ratings Over 30%". Soompi. Retrieved June 26, 2021.
  18. ^ Bahk Eun-ji (December 28, 2015). "Lee Seo-jin returns to small screen". The Korea Times. Retrieved June 26, 2021.
  19. ^ Park Hyun-taek (May 11, 2016). "Triumphant return to the drama scene". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved June 26, 2021.
  20. ^ "OCN, 영화X드라마 컬래버 프로젝트…이서진·성동일 주연 '트랩'". Ilgan Sports (in Korean). September 14, 2018.
  21. ^ Lee Gyu-lee (February 17, 2021). "Lee Seo-jin returns with another OCN mystery series 'Times'". The Korea Times. Retrieved June 26, 2021.
  22. ^ "Lee Seo-jin, the reluctant heartthrob: Playing a womanizer in 'Intimate Strangers' was no easy task for the actor". Korea JoongAng Daily. October 27, 2018.
  23. ^ "Singer IU, Actor Lee Seo-jin Honored as Faithful Taxpayers". Chosun. March 4, 2020.
  24. ^ Choi, Eun-kyung; Lim, Chae-yeon (February 23, 2015). 2015 KOREA POWER CELEBRITY 40 - 엑소, 한국 최고의 파워 셀러브리티 [2015 KOREA POWER CELEBRITY 40 - EXO, Korea's best power celebrity]. JoongAng Ilbo (in Korean). Archived from the original on March 5, 2015. Retrieved May 22, 2021 – via Joins.

External linksEdit

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