Lee Young-ah (Korean: 이영아; 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, a 2008 drama that was extended by 14 episodes due to its popularity. 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.
|Education||Hanyang University (B.A. Dance, 2003)|
|Years active||2003 – present|
|Revised Romanization||I Yeong-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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
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. In April 2019, it was confirmed by their respective agencies that Lee and Kang Eun-tak had ended their relationship earlier that year.
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.
|2005||I Love You, My Enemy||Kim Mi-hyang||SBS|
|The Barefooted Youth||MBC|
|Golden Apple||young Kyung-sook||KBS2|
|2006||Love Can't Wait||Seo Eun-min||MBC|
|2007||Golden Bride||Nguyen Jin-joo||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|
|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|
|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)|
|2015||Snow in Sea Breeze||Sun-mi|
|2018||03||15||Notebook from My Mother||Daughter|
|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|
|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|
|2014||Law of the Jungle in Borneo||SBS||Cast member|
|2015||02||19||Happy Together3||KBS 2||Guest (New Year's Special Edition)|
|2006||"Black Glasses"||Eru||Kim Hyun-joong|
|2009||"Why Did You Call..."||Shin Hye-sung|
|2010||Love Is||King of Baking, Kim Takgu OST|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|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|
- "Cinema Bridges Korea, Vietnam". 19 May 2008. Retrieved 30 April 2014.
- "인기행진 SBS '황금신부' 연장방송 결정". 21 November 2007. Retrieved 30 April 2014.
- "이영아 - Daum 영화" (in Korean). Daum. Retrieved 27 April 2014.
- "Official BaekSang Arts Awards Website". Retrieved 30 April 2014.
- "Hancinema Entry for Dachimawa". Retrieved 30 April 2014.
- "Drama 'Iljimae' has tough act to follow". 20 May 2008. Retrieved 30 April 2014.
- "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.
- ""Bread, Love and Dreams" set to rise in Asians' hearts". 2 September 2010. Retrieved 30 April 2014.
- "Lee Yeong-ah comes back in a year with Yeon Jeong-hoon". 21 August 2011. Retrieved 30 April 2014.
- "Vampire Prosecutor 2 begins filming". 25 July 2012. Retrieved 30 April 2014.
- "Lee Yeong-ah and Nam Goong-min in "Unemployed Romance"". 7 August 2013. Retrieved 30 April 2014.
- [공식입장] '끝까지 사랑' 이영아♥강은탁, 커플 탄생…"서로 알아가는 중". Xportsnews (in Korean). 11 November 2018.
- 강은탁 측 "이영아와 올해 초 결별, 각자의 길 걷기로" [공식입장]". Naver (in Korean). 24 April 2019.
- 이영아 측 "강은탁과 결별했다" [공식입장]". Naver (in Korean). 24 April 2019.
- "Actress Lee Young Ah Gives Birth To First Child". Soompi. Retrieved 1 September 2020.
- "Actress Lee Young Ah to marry non-celebrity office worker". Soompi. Retrieved 1 September 2020.
- "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.
- "[Celebrity News Station] Lee Yeong-ah first MC for variety show "Dalgona"". 29 March 2011. Retrieved 30 April 2014.
- "'Law' draws celebs to 'Jungle'". 20 January 2014. Retrieved 30 April 2014.