Lee Tae-hwan (Korean이태환; Hanja李泰煥; born February 21, 1995) is a South Korean actor, model and singer. Since his acting debut in 2013, he has starred in television dramas and web series, notably Pride and Prejudice (2014) [1] and W. He is a member of 5urprise.

Lee Tae-hwan
Lee Tae-hwan in January 2020.
Born (1995-02-21) February 21, 1995 (age 29)
Seoul, South Korea
EducationSungkyunkwan University - Acting Arts
  • Actor
  • singer
  • model
Years active2013–present
AgentMan of Creation (M.O.C)
Korean name
Revised RomanizationI Tae-hwan
McCune–ReischauerI T'aehwan



In 2013, at the age of eighteen, Lee Tae-hwan made his official acting debut in the short TV series titled After School: Lucky or Not together with the members of 5urprise.[2] He next starred in High School King of Savvy, portraying an ice hockey player;[3] and also played the younger version of Lee Deok-wa in the 2-episode SBS drama Wonderful Day in October.[4]

In 2014, Lee starred in MBC drama Pride and Prejudice, where he played an investigator and former taekwondo athlete.[5][6] Lee's then starred in his first period drama, Splendid Politics in which he played young Prince Gwanghae.[7]

In 2016, Lee became known for his role in Come Back Mister, where he played a former gangster and bodyguard.[8] He next starred in MBC fantasy thriller W, playing a martial arts instructor.[9] The same year, he was cast in the Korean-Chinese web-drama Thumping Spike, where he played a volleyball captain.[10] Lee also made his big screen debut in the Su Saek, a film depicting about the friendship among young men.[11]

From 2016 to 2017, Lee was cast in MBC's weekend drama Father, I'll Take Care of You, a 50-episode family drama in which he portrayed one of the unmarried sons.[12] He then starred in another weekend drama My Golden Life from 2017 to 2018, playing an industrial design student.[13] The drama was a hit with over 40% ratings, and led to a rise in popularity for Lee.[14]

In 2018, Lee was cast in tvN's romantic comedy drama What's Wrong with Secretary Kim, playing a famous author.[15]

In 2019, Lee starred in SBS youth drama Farmers' Academy, playing a first year student at the Department of Food crops.[16][17]

Personal life


Military service


On June 21, 2022, Lee's agency announced that he will enlist for the mandatory military service on June 27 without disclosing the location and time.[18]




Year Title Role Ref.
2016 Su Saek Won-sun
2023 Mount CHIAK Jeong Isaac [19][20]

Television series

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2014 Wonderful Day in October young Lee Shin-jae
High School King of Savvy Oh Tae-seok
Pride and Prejudice Kang Soo
2015 Splendid Politics young Prince Gwanghae [21]
2016 Come Back Mister Choi Seung-jae [22]
W Seo Do-yoon
2016–2017 Father, I'll Take Care of You Han Sung-joon
2017–2018 My Golden Life Sunwoo Hyuk
2018 What's Wrong with Secretary Kim Lee Sung-yeon [23]
2019 Farming Academy Ha Joo-seok
2020 Touch Kang Do-jin [24]
Graceful Friends Joo Kang-san Cameo (episode 1–4)
2020–2021 Royal Secret Agent Sung Yi-beom [25]
2022 Thirty-Nine Park Hyun-joon [26][27]
2024 DNA Lover Seo Kang-hoon [28]

Web series

Year Title Role Ref.
2013 After School: Lucky or Not Han Jae-hee
2014 After School: Lucky or Not - Season 2 Han Jae-hee
2016 Thumping Spike Baek Woo Jin

Television shows

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2017 Living Together in Empty Room Cast member With Han Eun-jung and Block B's P. O (Episodes 8–11) [29]
Law Of the Jungle in Komodo Episodes 278–282 [30]
2019 Urban Cops [31]
Urban Cops: KCSI [32]
2020 Sea Police 2 [33]
2022 All Table Tennis! [34]

Web shows

Year Title Role Ref.
2018 Photo People in Tokyo Cast member [35]

Awards and nominations

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.
Asia Model Awards 2011 Best New Model Won [36]
KBS Drama Awards 2017 Best New Actor My Golden Life Nominated [37]
MBC Drama Awards 2016 W Nominated [38]


  1. ^ "Lee Tae Hwan, Park Bo Gum & Kim Young Gwang rising hot among many drama fans". StarN News. Retrieved 2015-02-21.
  2. ^ Choi, Eun-hwa (28 August 2013). "Actor Group 5urprise to Debut with Dramatoon After School Bokbulbok". enewsWorld. Archived from the original on 21 February 2015. Retrieved 2015-02-21.
  3. ^ ""High School King" Lee Tae Hwan Received an Offer to Play Ice Hockey on Celebrity Team". Top Star News (in Korean). 24 July 2014.
  4. ^ 시월의 어느 멋진 날에, 배우 이덕화 아역 배우는 서프라이즈의 '이태환'. Chosun (in Korean). 1 February 2014.
  5. ^ "Rookie Lee Tae-hwan to star in MBC "Pride and Prejudice"". Hancinema. 30 September 2014.
  6. ^ "Lee Tae-hwan, "I want to be like Cha Seung-won"". Hancinema. 19 January 2015.
  7. ^ ""Splendid Politics" Lee Tae-hwan, "Honored to be young Cha Seung-won"". Hancinema. 9 April 2015.
  8. ^ ""Please Come Back, Mister" Lee Tae-hwan's outstanding looks". Hancinema. 9 March 2016.
  9. ^ ""W" to feature Lee Tae-hwan, Lee Si-eon, Jung Yoo-jin". Hancinema. 12 May 2016.
  10. ^ "Lee Tae-hwan cast in "Thumping Spike"". Hancnema. 31 August 2015.
  11. ^ "Press Preview of the Movie 'Su Saek' Was Held". Yahoo. 16 March 2016.
  12. ^ Shim, Sun-ah (10 November 2016). "New MBC drama to depict story of 'unwanted' large family". Yonhap News Agency. Retrieved 6 December 2016.
  13. ^ "Park Si-hoo, Shin Hye-sun and Lee Tae-hwan to star in "My Golden Life"". Hancinema. 15 June 2017.
  14. ^ "'My Golden Life' gave Lee Tae-hwan the boost he needed". Korea JoongAng Daily. 30 March 2018.
  15. ^ "Lee Tae-hwan to star in 'What's Wrong With Secretary Kim?'". Kpop Herald. 11 April 2018.
  16. ^ "Yoon Bo-mi, Lee Min-ji, Lee Tae-hwan Cast in Drama "Farmers' Academy"". Hancinema. 11 November 2018.
  17. ^ "Drama depicts smart farming, young romance". The Korea Times. 31 March 2019.
  18. ^ Lee Da-gyeom (June 21, 2022). "이태환, 27일 육군 현역 입대..."시간·장소 비공개"[공식]" [Lee Tae-hwan, enlists in the army on the 27th ... “Time and place not disclosed” [Official]] (in Korean). Maeil Economic Daily. Retrieved June 21, 2022 – via Naver.
  19. ^ Lee Seul (March 4, 2021). "[단독]윤균상·김예원·이태환·연제욱·배그린, 영화 '치악산' 라인업" [[Exclusive] Yoon Kyun-sang, Kim Ye-won, Lee Tae-hwan, Yeon Je-wook, Bae Green, lineup for the movie 'Chiaksan']. nc.asiae (in Korean). Retrieved March 4, 2021.
  20. ^ Jeong, Jae-hyun (September 13, 2023). "[리뷰] '치악산', 공포를 추동하지 못하는 공포영화의 관습들" [[Review] 'Chiaxan', horror film conventions that can't keep up with the horror] (in Korean). Cine 21. Retrieved September 14, 2023 – via Naver.
  21. ^ Kim Hyun-rok (February 14, 2015). "[단독]'오만과 편견' 이태환, '화정'으로 컴백..차승원 아역" [[Exclusive] 'Pride and Prejudice' Lee Tae-hwan, comeback with 'Hwajeong'... Child role of Cha Seung-won] (in Korean). MT Star News. Retrieved June 30, 2022 – via Naver.
  22. ^ Hong Se-young (December 22, 2015). "[단독] 이태환, '안녕, 내 소중한 사람' 출연…비 등과 호흡" [[Exclusive] Taehwan Lee to appear in ‘Hello, My Precious Person’… rain and breathing] (in Korean). Sports Donga. Retrieved June 30, 2022 – via Naver.
  23. ^ Park Gwi-im (March 23, 2018). "[단독] 이태환, tvN '김비서' 남주 낙점…박서준 만난다" [[Exclusive] Taehwan Lee, tvN’s ‘Secretary Kim’ male lead… Meet Park Seo-joon] (in Korean). TV Report. Retrieved June 30, 2022 – via Naver.
  24. ^ "주상욱X김보라X한다감X이태환, '터치' 라인업...내년 1월 첫방(공식)". YTN (in Korean). October 1, 2019.
  25. ^ "김명수·권나라, KBS 코믹 사극 '암행어사' 주연 발탁". hankyung (in Korean). 10 September 2020. Retrieved 2020-09-10.
  26. ^ Kim Sung-hyun (July 29, 2021). "[단독] 이태환, 손예진·전미도 '서른,아홉' 합류… 연하남 새 계보 잇는다" [[Exclusive] Lee Tae-hwan, Son Ye-jin and Jeon Mi-do join 'Thirty Nine'... Younger man inherits new genealogy]. YTN (in Korean). Naver. Retrieved July 29, 2021.
  27. ^ Jung Han-buyl (August 6, 2021). "연우진·이무생·이태환, '서른, 아홉' 합류…손예진 만난다" [Yeon Woo-jin, Lee Mu-saeng, and Lee Tae-hwan join 'Thirty, Nine'... Meet Son Ye-jin]. Hankook Ilbo (in Korean). Naver. Retrieved August 6, 2021.
  28. ^ Yoon, Yeo-jung (April 8, 2024). 유전자로 사랑 찾을 수 있을까…최시원·정인선 'DNA 러버' 주인공 [Can we find love through genes...Choi Si-won and Jung In-sun ‘DNA Lover’ main characters] (in Korean). News1. Retrieved April 19, 2024 – via Naver.
  29. ^ 조선일보 (2020-07-21). "'발칙한 동거' 이태환, 형·누나 사로잡은 '188cm 포켓남'". 조선일보 (in Korean). Retrieved 2021-11-07.
  30. ^ "'정글의법칙' 홍빈X이태환X예린, 바다 수영으로 옆 섬 이동". 뉴스1 (in Korean). 2017-09-15. Retrieved 2021-11-07.
  31. ^ "[공식]이태환, '도시경찰' 막내 경찰 낙점…장혁X조재윤과 시민 안전 책임진다". Sports Chosun (in Korean). 21 December 2018.
  32. ^ 서울경제 (2019-08-03). "'도시경찰 : KCSI' 이태환, 퇴근 3분 전 사건 현장 출동..현장에선 열정 폭발". 서울경제 (in Korean). Retrieved 2021-11-07.
  33. ^ 서울경제 (2020-11-18). "이태환, '바다경찰2'로 경찰 시리즈 재도전…허당 막내의 매력 발산". 서울경제 (in Korean). Retrieved 2021-11-07.
  34. ^ Moon Ji-yeon (February 15, 2022). "올 탁구나!' 이진호·강승윤·신예찬·이태환, 멤버 완성..포스터 공개" ['All table tennis!' Lee Jin-ho, Kang Seung-yoon, Shin Ye-chan, Lee Tae-hwan, members completed.. Poster released] (in Korean). Sports Chosun. Retrieved February 15, 2022 – via Naver.
  35. ^ "'포토피플 인 도쿄' 이태환, 첫방송부터 '프로 중재남' 등극". 스타투데이 (in Korean). 2018-07-10. Retrieved 2021-11-07.
  36. ^ "Will Lee Tae-hwan become the next Kim Woo-bin or Lee Jong-suk?". Hancinema. 10 November 2014. Retrieved 2015-02-21.
  37. ^ "2017 KBS 연기대상' 우도환-이태환-준호 등 男 신인상 두고 각축전" [2017 KBS Acting Awards' Competition for Rookie of the Year awards including Woo Do-hwan, Lee Tae-hwan, and Lee Jun-ho]. Naver (in Korean). December 29, 2017. Archived from the original on December 29, 2017. Retrieved November 27, 2020.
  38. ^ Hong, Se-young (December 30, 2016). "[2016 MBC 연기대상] 남주혁X류준열, 남자 신인상 공동 수상" [[2016 MBC Drama Awards] Nam Joo-hyuk X Ryu Jun-yeol, jointly awarded the Best New Actor Award] (in Korean). Sports Donga. Retrieved September 8, 2022 – via Naver.