Lee Young-ah

Lee Young-ah (Korean이영아; 李英雅) is a South Korean actress and model. She is best known for playing the role of Nguyen Jin Joo in Golden Bride,[1] a 2008 drama that was extended by 14 episodes due to its popularity.[2] It was in the Top 3 Korean Dramas of the South Korean Nielson Ratings during January–February 2008 and the Top 7 for TNmS Ratings.

Lee Young-ah
Lee Young-ah in 2013
Lee Young-ah in 2013
Born (1984-10-23) October 23, 1984 (age 37)
EducationHanyang University (B.A. Dance, 2003)
Years active2003 – present
Korean name
Revised RomanizationI Yeong-a
McCune–ReischauerI Yŏng-a

She is also known for her role in the drama King of Baking, Kim Tak Goo as Yang Mi-sun, the love interest of main character, Kim Tak-goo. She won the 2010 KBS Drama Awards "Best Couple Award" for this role together with Yoon Shi-yoon.[3][4]


Lee Young Ah began acting when she was 19 years old. She first appeared in the SBS TV Drama I Love You, My Enemy as well as The Youth in Bare Foot, Golden Apple and Wedding. In the 42nd Baeksang Arts Awards, she won the Best New Actress Award for her role as the young Kyung Sook in Golden Apple.[5]

She also put in cameo appearances in movies such as Ghost Story, Caramel, Two Faces of My Girlfriend and lent her voice in Dachimawa Lee.[6]

In 2006, she got her first lead in a TV series, Love Can't Wait, where she plays a 19-year-old senior in a girls' school who falls in love with a poor college law student played by Hong Kyung-min. In the same year, she appeared in a music video by Eru, titled Black Glasses along with Kim Hyun-joong.

Her next lead role in a drama was Golden Bride in 2007, where Lee plays a young bride from Vietnam. In order to appease her blind mother, she marries a Korean man to search for her father in Korea. The drama acquired high TV Ratings which led to the addition of 14 more episodes.[2]

In 2008, she was cast as the second female lead in the drama Iljimae where she played Bong Soon, a funny and silly swindler related to the past of the male lead. She co-stars with Han Hyo-joo, Lee Joon-gi and Park Si-hoo.[7]

In 2009, she was in the drama Empress Chun Chu where she played Empress Dae Mok.

In 2010, she was again one of the main leads in King of Baking, Kim Tak Goo as Yang Mi-sun.[8] She sang a song in the series titled Love Is. The series earned high ratings and was also shown in the Philippines, Vietnam and other countries.[9]

After her success in King of Baking, Kim Tak Goo, she joined the main cast in Vampire Prosecutor and again in Vampire Prosecutor 2 as prosecutor, Yoo Jung-In.[10][11]

In 2013, she starred in the short 10 episode drama Unemployed Romance along with Namkoong Min. The drama follows the love story of an unemployed drama screenwriter who ends up meeting and then falling in love with, the worker at the unemployment benefits center responsible for distributing her unemployment checks.[12]

Personal lifeEdit

In November 2018, it was confirmed by their respective agencies that Lee and her Love to the End co-star Kang Eun-tak have been dating since October 2018.[13] In April 2019, it was confirmed by their respective agencies that Lee and Kang Eun-tak had ended their relationship earlier that year.[14][15]

Lee Young-ah is due to be married to her non-celebrity boyfriend in March 2020 originally, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic in South Korea, the wedding was postponed to the end of the year. On 23 August 2020, Lee's agency announced that Lee had given birth to her first child, a son.[16][17]


Television seriesEdit

Year Title Role Network
2005 I Love You, My Enemy Kim Mi-hyang SBS
The Barefooted Youth MBC
Wedding KBS2
Golden Apple young Kyung-sook KBS2
2006 Love Can't Wait Seo Eun-min MBC
2007 Golden Bride Nguyen Jin-joo SBS
2008 Iljimae Bong-soon SBS
2009 Empress Cheonchu Empress Daemok KBS2
2010 King of Baking, Kim Takgu (Bread, Love and Dreams) Yang Mi-sun KBS2
2011 Vampire Prosecutor Yoo Jung-in OCN
2012 Natural Burials Chung-ah MBN
Dream of the Emperor Queen Seungman KBS1
Vampire Prosecutor 2 Yoo Jung-in OCN
2013 Unemployed Romance Im Seung-hee E Channel
2014 Drama Special "Bomi's Room" Gong Eon-joo KBS2
Run, Jang-mi Baek Jang-mi SBS
2015 Cheo Yong - Season 2 Kim Yoo-ri
(guest, episode 1)
2018 Love to the End Han Ka-young KBS2


Year Month Date Title Role
2006 A Ghost's Story
2007 Two Faces of My Girlfriend Glamor girl
2008 Dachimawa Lee Navigation voice (cameo)
2011 Julie's Land Adventures (animated) Julie (Korean dubbing)
2012 Natural Burials Chung-ah
2015 Snow in Sea Breeze Sun-mi
2018 03 15 Notebook from My Mother Daughter

Variety showsEdit

Year Month Date Title Network Notes
2003 Kang Ho-dong's Soulmates MBC
2010 06 24 Happy Together3 KBS2 Guest(Je-bbang-wang Kim-tak-goo's Special Edition)
09 05 Shinee Guest(Je-bbang-wang Kim-tak-goo's Special Edition)
09 12 Guest(Je-bbang-wang Kim-tak-goo's Special Edition)
2011 Home Sweet Home (Dalgona) SBS Host[18][19]
Comedy Big League Season 1 tvN
10 20 Happy Together3 KBS2 Guest(Vampire Prosecutor's Special Edition)
2011-2012 Comedy Big League Season 2 tvN
2012 Love Cook SBS
2014 Law of the Jungle in Borneo SBS Cast member[20]
2015 02 19 Happy Together3 KBS 2 Guest (New Year's Special Edition)

Music videosEdit

Year Song Title Artist Co-star
2006 "Black Glasses" Eru Kim Hyun-joong
2009 "Why Did You Call..." Shin Hye-sung


Year Track Album
2010 Love Is King of Baking, Kim Takgu OST

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2006 42nd Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actress (TV) Golden Apple Won
2008 SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Drama Special Iljimae Nominated
35th Korean Broadcasting Awards Best New Actress Won
2009 45th Baeksang Arts Awards Most Popular Actress (TV) Nominated
2010 KBS Drama Awards Best Couple Award with Yoon Shi-yoon King of Baking, Kim Takgu Won
2015 SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Serial Drama Run, Jang-mi Nominated
2018 KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Daily Drama Love to the End Nominated


  1. ^ "Cinema Bridges Korea, Vietnam". 19 May 2008. Retrieved 30 April 2014.
  2. ^ a b "인기행진 SBS '황금신부' 연장방송 결정". 21 November 2007. Retrieved 30 April 2014.
  3. ^ 이영아 탤런트, 영화배우. Naver (in Korean). 3 September 2010. Retrieved 6 August 2011.
  4. ^ "이영아 - Daum 영화" (in Korean). Daum. Retrieved 27 April 2014.
  5. ^ "Official BaekSang Arts Awards Website". Retrieved 30 April 2014.
  6. ^ "Hancinema Entry for Dachimawa". Retrieved 30 April 2014.
  7. ^ "Drama 'Iljimae' has tough act to follow". 20 May 2008. Retrieved 30 April 2014.
  8. ^ "Lee Yeong-ah comes back in a year with Yeon Jeong-hoon". Hancinema. p. http://news.nate.com/view/20110822n06464?mid=e0101. Retrieved 27 April 2014.
  9. ^ ""Bread, Love and Dreams" set to rise in Asians' hearts". 2 September 2010. Retrieved 30 April 2014.
  10. ^ "Lee Yeong-ah comes back in a year with Yeon Jeong-hoon". 21 August 2011. Retrieved 30 April 2014.
  11. ^ "Vampire Prosecutor 2 begins filming". 25 July 2012. Retrieved 30 April 2014.
  12. ^ "Lee Yeong-ah and Nam Goong-min in "Unemployed Romance"". 7 August 2013. Retrieved 30 April 2014.
  13. ^ [공식입장] '끝까지 사랑' 이영아♥강은탁, 커플 탄생…"서로 알아가는 중". Xportsnews (in Korean). 11 November 2018.
  14. ^ 강은탁 측 "이영아와 올해 초 결별, 각자의 길 걷기로" [공식입장]". Naver (in Korean). 24 April 2019.
  15. ^ 이영아 측 "강은탁과 결별했다" [공식입장]". Naver (in Korean). 24 April 2019.
  16. ^ "Actress Lee Young Ah Gives Birth To First Child". Soompi. Retrieved 1 September 2020.
  17. ^ "Actress Lee Young Ah to marry non-celebrity office worker". Soompi. Retrieved 1 September 2020.
  18. ^ "TVXQ's Yunho to introduce his ulzzang sister for the very first time". 14 April 2011. Archived from the original on 2 May 2014. Retrieved 30 April 2014.
  19. ^ "[Celebrity News Station] Lee Yeong-ah first MC for variety show "Dalgona"". 29 March 2011. Retrieved 30 April 2014.
  20. ^ "'Law' draws celebs to 'Jungle'". 20 January 2014. Retrieved 30 April 2014.

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