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Lee Yo-won
Lee Yo-won
(born April 9, 1980) is a South Korean actress. She is best known for her portrayal of Queen Seondeok in the eponymous hit period drama.


1 Career 2 Personal life 3 Filmography

3.1 Film 3.2 Television series 3.3 Variety 3.4 Music video

4 Discography 5 Awards and nominations 6 References 7 External links

Career[edit] Lee Yo-won
Lee Yo-won
was a sophomore in high school when she won a modeling contest and first appeared as a model in the November 1997 issue of fashion magazine Figaro. This led to commercials, then to minor roles in television series and movies. Though she started getting recognized by the public after the box-office success of anarchic comedy Attack the Gas Station (1999), her first notable acting role was in controversial TV drama Blue Mist (2001), where she played a young woman in her 20s who becomes romantically involved with a married man in his 40s.[2] Critical darling Take Care of My Cat
Take Care of My Cat
(2001) followed shortly, for which she received several newcomer awards. In a later interview with Elle Korea in 2009, she cited the film as her most memorable work.[3] But after starring in a number of big-screen star vehicles that weren't received well by audiences and critics, Lee felt mentally and physically exhausted.[4] After finishing the historical drama Daemang (lit. "The Great Ambition", 2002), she made the surprising announcement that she was temporarily retiring from the entertainment scene. Lee made a successful acting comeback in 2005, as the lead actress in period drama Fashion 70's, which she chose because she wanted to work with TV director Lee Jae-gyu (who had previously directed Damo), and because it was not a typical love story, but depicted a woman's success in life and career.[5] A supporting role followed in romantic comedy When Romance Meets Destiny.[4]

Lee Yo-won
Lee Yo-won
at the 49 days press conference in 2011.

In 2007, Lee played the titular character in hit medical drama/romance Surgeon Bong Dal-hee,[6] though her next series, melodrama Bad Love was less successful in the ratings. She then switched to more serious fare as part of the ensemble cast of May 18, a film about the Gwangju massacre and one of the highest grossing Korean films of all time.[7][8] Tired of playing fragile characters, Lee portrayed Queen Seondeok of Silla in the massively popular period drama Queen Seondeok (2009).[9] Her follow-up, fantasy melodrama 49 Days
49 Days
(2011) in which she played dual roles as a woman possessed, also resonated with audiences.[10][11] Afterwards she appeared in Horse Doctor
Horse Doctor
(2012) about a Joseon-era veterinarian turned royal physician,[12] and Empire of Gold (2013) which revolved around a power struggle over a chaebol.[13] On the big screen, Lee said after her enjoyable experience working with Jeong Jae-eun on Take Care of My Cat, she wanted to work with other female directors, so she starred in Anna Lee's romantic mystery The Recipe (2010) and Bang Eun-jin's crime thriller Perfect Number (2012). In contrast, she was cast in the only female starring role in Kang Woo-suk's Fists of Legend (2013), about middle-aged men who join a televised mixed martial arts tournament/reality show.[14] In 2016, Lee made a successful comeback to the small-screen with the quirky romantic-comedy My Horrible Boss. Her role as a hot-headed career woman was well-received, with many citing it as her "rediscovery role".[15] She then participated in another film, titled Yes, Family, playing a reporter who is the oldest among-st four siblings.[16] Lee also starred in the MBC drama Night Light, alongside Jin Goo
Jin Goo
and Uee.[17] In 2017, Lee starred in the black comedy series Avengers Social Club.[18] Personal life[edit] Lee married businessman and professional golfer Park Jin-woo on January 10, 2003.[19][20] The couple have two daughters & one son (born in Dec 2003, May 2014 and May 2015).[21][22][23][24] Filmography[edit] Film[edit]

Year Title Role

1998 Scent of a Man young Eun-hye

1999 Attack the Gas Station Ggal-chi

2001 Take Care of My Cat Shin Hye-joo

2002 A.F.R.I.K.A. Lee Ji-won

Surprise Party Wang Ha-young

2005 When Romance Meets Destiny Go Yun-kyung

2007 May 18 Park Shin-ae

2010 The Recipe Jang Hye-jin

2012 Perfect Number Baek Hwa-sun

2013 Fists of Legend Hong Gyu-min

2017 Yes, Family Oh Soo-kyung

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network

1998 I Hate You, But It's Fine Lee Bit-na SBS

1999 March Jung Yo-won

School 2 Kim Yeon-jin KBS2

2000 Tough Guy's Love Heo Ji-hye

2001 Blue Mist Lee Shin-woo

Pure Heart Han Se-jin/Kang Hyun-joo

2002 The Great Ambition Yoon Yeo-jin SBS

2005 Fashion 70's Han Deo-mi

2007 Surgeon Bong Dal-hee Bong Dal-hee

Cruel Love Na In-jung KBS2

2009 Queen Seondeok Princess Deokman/Queen Seondeok MBC

2011 49 Days Song Yi-kyung SBS

2012 Horse Doctor Kang Ji-nyeong MBC

2013 Empire of Gold Choi Seo-yoon SBS

2016 My Horrible Boss Ok Da-jung JTBC

Night Light Seo Yi-kyung MBC

2017 Avengers Social Club Kim Jung-hye tvN


Year Title Episode

2008 tvN World Special
"LOVE" Vietnam

Music video[edit]

Year Song title Artist

1998 "Please Baby Don't Cry" Deep


1999 "Will You Forgive Me" A4

"To Her Lover" K2

2000 "I Love You" Position

2001 "I Wish You Happiness (Joy Project - 1 Year of Love)" WHY

2002 "울고 싶어지는 오후" Ji Seo-ryeon

2006 "Liquor" Vibe

2007 "Love's Greeting" SeeYa

"Ice Doll"

2009 "I'm Terrible in Love" Shin Seung-hun

2012 "Love Is All the Same" Yangpa


Year Song title Notes

2009 "Bidam (A Sad Story)" Track from Queen Seondeok Special
OST Part 2

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result

2001 Blue Dragon Film Awards Best New Actress Take Care of My Cat Won

Chunsa Film Art Awards Best Actress Won

Director's Cut Awards Best New Actress Won

KBS Drama Awards Popularity Award Blue Mist Won

2002 Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actress Take Care of My Cat Won

SBS Drama Awards New Star Award The Great Ambition Won

2005 Top 10 Stars Fashion 70's Won

Excellence Award, Actress in a Special
Planning Drama Won

2007 Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Actress May 18 Nominated

SBS Drama Awards[25] Best Couple Award (with Lee Beom-soo) Surgeon Bong Dal-hee Won

Netizen Popularity Award Won

Top 10 Stars Won

Top Excellence Award, Actress Won

KBS Drama Awards Bad Love Nominated

2009 Grimae Awards[26] Best Actress Queen Seondeok Won

Korea Visual Arts Festival Photogenic Award Won

MBC Drama Awards[27] Best Couple Award (with Kim Nam-gil) Won

Top Excellence Award, Actress Won

2010 Asia Model Festival Awards Special
Award for Asian Drama Won

2011 Seoul International Drama Awards Outstanding Korean Actress 49 Days Nominated

SBS Drama Awards[28] Top 10 Stars Won

Producers' Award, Actress Won

Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Drama Special Nominated

2012 MBC Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Special
Project Drama Horse Doctor Nominated

2013 Korea Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress Empire of Gold Nominated

SBS Drama Awards[29] Top 10 Stars Won

Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Drama Special Won


^ " Lee Yo-won
Lee Yo-won
Talk". YouTube. Retrieved 2013-10-20.  ^ Shin, Yong-ho (10 June 2001). "Lee Transforms, Playing Vixen or Angel". Korea JoongAng Daily. Archived from the original on 23 July 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-18.  ^ Yoon, Tae-hee (15 December 2009). '선덕여왕' 이요원, 패션화보도 '여왕포스'. 10Asia (in Korean). Retrieved 2014-03-19.  ^ a b "Lee Yo-Won Talks 광식이 동생 광태 (When Romance Meets Destiny)". Film2.0 via Twitch Film. 2 December 2005. Retrieved 2012-11-18.  ^ Suh, Jung-bo (12 May 2005). "Weekend Date: Lee Yo-won". The Dong-a Ilbo. Retrieved 2012-11-18.  ^ "Dr. Drama". The Dong-a Ilbo. 4 January 2007. Retrieved 2013-07-30.  ^ " Lee Yo-won
Lee Yo-won
Conjures the Spirits of May 18". The Chosun Ilbo. 25 July 2007. Retrieved 2012-11-18.  ^ Lee, Hyo-won (10 July 2007). "May 18 Remembers Heroes of Gwangju". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2012-12-17.  ^ Han, Sang-hee (9 May 2009). "New Epic Drama to Bring Rivalry, Love to TV". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2012-11-18.  ^ Lee, Ga-on (8 June 2011). "INTERVIEW: Actress Lee Yo-won
Lee Yo-won
- Part 1". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18.  ^ Lee, Ga-on (8 June 2011). "INTERVIEW: Actress Lee Yo-won
Lee Yo-won
- Part 2". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18.  ^ Nam, Woo-jeong (25 September 2012). " Horse Doctor
Horse Doctor
Lee Yo Won talks about her relationship with Cho Seung Woo". StarN News. Retrieved 2014-03-19.  ^ Cho, Suyoun (24 January 2013). "Heroine of a hit series Empire of Gold Lee Yo won meets fashion magazine ELLE". BNTNews. Retrieved 2014-03-19.  ^ Hong, Lucia (16 May 2012). " Lee Yo-won
Lee Yo-won
to play a producer in Kang Woo-suk's new film". 10Asia. Retrieved 2014-03-19.  ^ " Lee Yo-won
Lee Yo-won
plays hard-headed career woman in drama". Korea JoongAng Daily. 25 March 2016.  ^ "Practice has made perfect for Lee Yo-won's career: The actress returns to the silver screen with 'My Little Brother'". Korea JoongAng Daily. 23 February 2017.  ^ "New MBC series 'Night Light' depicts world ruled by power, money and greed". Kpop Herald. 18 November 2016.  ^ " Lee Yo-won
Lee Yo-won
to lead star in "Buam-dong Avengers"". Hancinema. 15 August 2015.  ^ " Lee Yo-won
Lee Yo-won
said that she became more muscular thanks to her husband". The Dong-a Ilbo
The Dong-a Ilbo
via Hancinema. 18 October 2010. Retrieved 2012-11-18.  ^ "Actress Lee Yo-won
Lee Yo-won
ties knot with businessman" (in Korean). Naver. 10 January 2003. Retrieved 2014-04-22.  ^ "Lee Yo-Won and Family First Time Appearance Captured by Media Camera after 9 Years Marriage". Dispatch (in Korean). 9 August 2011.  ^ "Actress Lee Yo-won
Lee Yo-won
gives birth to her 2nd child". AJU Business Daily. 25 July 2014. Retrieved 2014-08-12.  ^ "Actress Lee Yo Won belatedly revealed to have given birth to her second child". Allkpop. 25 July 2014. Retrieved 2014-07-26.  ^ "Actress Lee Yo Won revealed to have given birth to her third child". Allkpop. 19 May 2015. Retrieved 2015-05-19.  ^ "2007 Year-end Korean drama
Korean drama
awards round-up". Hancinema. Star Money. 7 January 2007.  ^ "So Ji-sup, Lee Yo-won
Lee Yo-won
Named Best Actors". The Korea Times. 10 December 2009.  ^ "Ko Hyun-joung wins grand prize at MBC Acting Awards". 10Asia. 31 December 2009.  ^ "Han Suk-kyu reclaims glory at SBS Drama Awards". Asiae. 1 January 2012.  ^ Cory Lee (2 January 2014). "Lee Bo-young Grabs 1st Top Prize at the 2013 SBS Drama Awards". TenAsia. Archived from the original on 28 March 2014. Retrieved 2014-06-20. 

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Blue Dragon Film Award for Best New Actress

Moon Hee
Moon Hee
(1965) Nam Jeong-im (1966) Kim Chang-sook (1970) Kim Cheong-ja and Oh Yu-gyeong (1971) Na Ha-yeong (1972) Woo Yeon-jeong (1973) Choi Jin-sil
Choi Jin-sil
(1990) Kim Geum-yong (1991) Oh Yeon-soo
Oh Yeon-soo
(1992) Oh Jeong-hae (1993) Jung Sun-kyung (1994) Lee Ji-eun (1995) Lee Jung-hyun
Lee Jung-hyun
and Lee Hye-eun (1996) Jeon Do-yeon
Jeon Do-yeon
(1997) Kim Yeo-jin
Kim Yeo-jin
(1998) Lee Jae-eun (1999) Bae Doona
Bae Doona
(2000) Lee Yo-won
Lee Yo-won
(2001) Moon So-ri
Moon So-ri
(2002) Im Soo-jung
Im Soo-jung
(2003) Soo Ae
Soo Ae
(2004) Kim Ji-soo (2005) Go Ah-sung
Go Ah-sung
(2006) Jung Ryeo-won
Jung Ryeo-won
(2007) Han Ye-seul
Han Ye-seul
(2008) Park Bo-young
Park Bo-young
and Kim Kkot-bi
Kim Kkot-bi
(2009) Lee Min-jung
Lee Min-jung
(2010) Moon Chae-won
Moon Chae-won
(2011) Kim Go-eun
Kim Go-eun
(2012) Park Ji-soo (2013) Kim Sae-ron
Kim Sae-ron
(2014) Lee Yoo-young
Lee Yoo-young
(2015) Kim Tae-ri
Kim Tae-ri
(2016) Choi Hee-seo (2017)

Baeksang Arts Award for Best New Actress – Film


- (1965) - (1966) Moon Hee
Moon Hee
and Nam Jeong-im (1967) Yoon Jeong-hee (1968) Jeon Yang-ja (1969)


kim Ji-soo (1970) Kim Yun-jeong (1971) Na O-mi (1972) Park Ji-yeong and Choi Chong-min (1973) Jin Do-hee and Myeong Hui (1974) Mun Suk and Yang Jeong-hwa (1975) Kim Hyeong-ja (1976) Myeong Hyeon-suk and Yu Mi-na (1977) Jung Hee (1978) Lee In-ok (1979)


Won Mi-kyung (1980) Kim Min-hee and Lee Mi-sook
Lee Mi-sook
(1981) Ahn So-young and Na Young-hee (1982) Park Seon-hui (1983) Lee Bo-hee
Lee Bo-hee
(1984) Cho Yong-won (1985) Lee Hye-young (1986) Kim Hye-soo
Kim Hye-soo
(1987) Ha Hee-ra and Shin Hye-soo (1988) Jin Yeong-mi (1989)


Lee Mi-yeon (1990) Kim Sung-ryung and Ji Gyeong-won (1991) Lee Ah-ro (1992) Oh Yeon-soo
Oh Yeon-soo
(1993) Ji Su-won and Ryu Keum-sin (1994) Jung Sun-kyung (1995) Kim Sun-jae (1996) Lee Eun-jung (1997) Choi Ji-woo
Choi Ji-woo
(1998) Jun Ji-hyun
Jun Ji-hyun


Kim Gyu-ri, Park Ye-jin
Park Ye-jin
and Lee Young-jin (2000) Suh Jung
Suh Jung
(2001) Lee Yo-won
Lee Yo-won
(2002) Son Ye-jin
Son Ye-jin
(2003) Yoon Jin-seo
Yoon Jin-seo
(2004) Soo Ae
Soo Ae
(2005) Jung Yu-mi (2006) Park Si-yeon
Park Si-yeon
(2007) Han Ye-seul
Han Ye-seul
(2008) Park Bo-young
Park Bo-young


Jo An (2010) Shin Hyun-bin
Shin Hyun-bin
(2011) Bae Suzy
Bae Suzy
(2012) Han Ye-ri
Han Ye-ri
(2013) Kim Hyang-gi
Kim Hyang-gi
(2014) Chun Woo-hee
Chun Woo-hee
(2015) Park So-dam
Park So-dam
(2016) Lee Sang-hee (2017)

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