Lee Bo-young

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Lee Bo-young
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Lee Bo-young at the press conference for Whisper (2017)
Born (1979-01-12) January 12, 1979 (age 40)
Seoul, South Korea
Alma mater Seoul Women's University (B.A. in Korean Literature) [1]
Years active2002–present
AgentFly Up Entertainment
Ji Sung (m. 2013)
Korean name
Revised Romanization I Bo-yeong
McCune–Reischauer I Poyŏng

Lee Bo-young (Hangul : 이보영; born January 12, 1979) is a South Korean actress. She is best known for starring in the television dramas My Daughter Seo-young (2012), I Can Hear Your Voice (2013), Whisper (2017) and Mother (2018). [2]

Hangul Native alphabet of the Korean language

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Korean drama Television program genre

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<i>I Can Hear Your Voice</i> 2013 South Korean television series

I Can Hear Your Voice is a 2013 South Korean television series starring Lee Bo-young, Lee Jong-suk, Yoon Sang-hyun and Lee Da-hee. It aired on SBS from June 5 to August 1, 2013, on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 21:55 for 18 episodes.



Lee Bo-young began her career in the industry with winning the Daejeon entry for the Miss Korea beauty pageant in 2000. [3] Having majored in Korean literature at Seoul Women's University, she originally dreamed of becoming a news presenter. She was one of 15 finalists in MBC's annual recruitment drive in 2002, but ended up not getting the job. [4] Instead, she turned to modeling, and was chosen as the exclusive advertising model for Asiana Airlines, considered a gateway to stardom.

Daejeon Metropolitan City in Hoseo, South Korea

Daejeon is South Korea's fifth-largest metropolis. Daejeon had a population of over 1.5 million in 2010. Located in the central region of South Korea, Daejeon serves as a hub of transportation and is at the crossroads of major transport routes. The capital Seoul is about 50 minutes away by KTX high-speed train.

Miss Korea beauty contest

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Seoul Womens University

Seoul Women's University is a private university in Nowon-gu, Seoul, South Korea. The university comprises five colleges and is a doctorate degree-granting institution.

Lee made her acting debut in 2003, and among her early roles were in People of the Water Flower Village (2004) opposite Song Il-gook, [5] and as the antagonist in Save the Last Dance for Me (2004). [6]

Song Il-gook South Korean actor

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<i>Save the Last Dance for Me</i> (TV series) television program

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In 2005, Lee played her first leading role in the daily drama My Sweetheart, My Darling, [7] followed by the Silla-set historical epic Ballad of Seodong with Jo Hyun-jae. [8] She spent the next several years in television dramasMr. Goodbye with Ahn Jae-wook, [9] Queen of the Game with Joo Jin-mo, [10] and Becoming a Billionaire with Ji Hyun-woo [11] — but none struck a chord with audiences or critics.

Silla Old kingdom of Korea

Silla was a kingdom located in southern and central parts of the Korean Peninsula. Silla, along with Baekje and Goguryeo, formed the Three Kingdoms of Korea.

<i>Ballad of Seodong</i> 2005–2006 South Korean television series

Ballad of Seodong is a South Korean television series starring Jo Hyun-jae, Lee Bo-young and Ryu Jin. It aired on SBS from September 5, 2005 to March 21, 2006 on Mondays and Tuesdays at 21:55 for 55 episodes.

Jo Hyun-jae South Korean actor

Jo Hyun-jae is a South Korean actor. Jo made his entertainment debut as a singer in the four-member boy band Guardian, which disbanded after releasing their self-titled album in 1998. In 2000, after he drew popularity when he appeared in a commercial for sports drink Pocari Sweat, Jo began acting. He is best known for his leading roles in Love Letter (2003), Only You (2005), Ballad of Seodong (2005), and 49 Days (2011).

Lee Bo-Young in 2012 Choi Ki-Hwan and Lee Bo-Young (cropped).jpg
Lee Bo-Young in 2012

After playing the love interest in My Brother (2004) and A Dirty Carnival (2006), [12] [13] Lee was cast in her first major big screen role in Once Upon a Time (2008). The heist comedy is set during colonial rule in the 1940s, and she and Park Yong-woo played notorious swindlers out to steal a diamond from the Japanese army. [14]

<i>My Brother</i> (2004 film) 2004 film

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<i>A Dirty Carnival</i> 2006 film directed by Yoo Ha

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<i>Once Upon a Time</i> (2008 film) 2008 film by Jeong Yong-gi

Once Upon a Time is a 2008 South Korean film, directed by Jeong Yong-ki and adapted from a screenplay by Cheon Seong-il. The film is a heist comedy film set in 1940s Korea, and stars Park Yong-woo and Lee Bo-young as a con artist and a jazz singer, respectively, who each plot to steal a valuable diamond from the Japanese authorities. Once Upon a Time was the first major investment by SK Telecom's film division, established late 2007, and was released in South Korea on January 30, 2008, under the company's CH Entertainment banner.

Her two films released in 2009 were both melodramas. In More Than Blue , Lee plays the soulmate of a terminally ill man (Kwon Sang-woo), but their love ends in a tragedy undercut with a poetic sparseness. [15] [16] While in I Am Happy, Lee played a nurse who falls for a patient in the psychiatric ward (Hyun Bin), and in each other they find consolation to see them through their harsh and miserable reality. [17]

Kwon Sang-woo South Korean actor

Kwon Sang-woo is a South Korean actor. He rose to stardom in 2003 with the romantic comedy film My Tutor Friend and the melodrama series Stairway to Heaven.

Hyun Bin South Korean actor

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Lee returned to television in 2010, playing a seductress in the quirky cable drama Golden House opposite Shin Ha-kyun. [18] She then had a guest arc as the president's daughter in spy series Athena: Goddess of War , [19] followed by post-divorce romance series Bravo, My Love! with Lee Tae-sung, [20] and revenge drama Man from the Equator (2012) with Uhm Tae-woong. [21]

She then played the titular character in My Daughter Seo-young , a career woman who is angry at her father (Chun Ho-jin), whose gambling addiction led to her mother's death, yet she struggles to keep the family together and make ends meet. [22] Lee said playing Seo-young required a greater depth of emotion than any of her previous roles, which left her drained but also feeling a greater sense of achievement. [4] The family drama was the biggest hit yet of Lee's career; it dominated the weekly ratings chart for 22 straight weeks, and recorded a series high of 47.6% on its last episode, the highest Korean drama rating in 2013. [23]

Her follow-up series I Can Hear Your Voice (2013) was also popular during its run. [24] In it, Lee played a materialistic public defender who testified on behalf of a boy with supernatural abilities (Lee Jong-suk) a decade ago after she witnessed the boy's father being murdered. [25] Critics said with her stubborn and argumentative character, Lee was able to break free of her previous calm and elegant image. [26] She won several awards for her performance, including the Daesang ("Grand Prize"), the highest honor at the SBS Drama Awards. [27] [28] Lee was named Actress of the Year by Gallup due to the success of her works. [29]

In 2014, Lee played a mother who travels back in time two weeks before her daughter's kidnapping and murder in God's Gift - 14 Days . [30] [31]

In 2017, Lee starred in SBS's legal thriller Whisper . [32] She took the role of a section chief of criminal division who gets dismissed from the police and later on disguise herself and work as an undercover at a law firm. [33]

In 2018, Lee starred in the Korean adaption of the Japanese drama Mother, playing the titular character. [34] [35] [36]

Other activities

Lee is active in environmental causes, including the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification. [37] [38] She and husband Ji Sung also makes donations to charitable causes regularly. [39] [40]

While on acting hiatus in 2015 during her pregnancy, she published the book Time of Love, a collection of essays on 23 books with themes of love, consolation and growth that have impacted Lee throughout her childhood and adulthood; they include The Little Prince , José Mauro de Vasconcelos's My Sweet Orange Tree, and Alain de Botton's Essays in Love. [41]

Lee was confirmed to host 2017 SBS Drama Awards together with Shin Dong-yup. [42] Previously, Lee has emceed the same award ceremony in 2013 together with Lee Hwi-jae and Kim Woo-bin. [43]

Personal life

Lee met actor Ji Sung on the set of 2004 TV series Save Last Dance for Me , and they confirmed their relationship in 2007. [44] [45] [46] [47] On August 2, 2013, they announced their engagement by uploading handwritten letters on their respective official fan sites. [48] [49] [50] [51] [52] [53] [54] [55] They married at Aston House, W Seoul Walkerhill Hotel on September 27, 2013. [56] [57] [58] Their first child, daughter Kwak Ji-yoo was born on June 12, 2015. [59] [60] Their second child, a son named Kwak Bo-ah, was born on February 4, 2019. [61]



2004 My Brother Mi-ryung
2006 A Dirty Carnival Hyun-joo
2008 Once Upon a Time Haruko / Choon-ja
2009 More Than Blue Eun-won ("Cream")
I Am HappySoo-kyung

Television series

2003Escape from Unemployment [62] Cha Mi-rim SBS
Long Live Love [63] Se-ryung
2004People of the Water Flower VillageYoo Yeo-kyung MBC
Jang Gil-san [64] Kwi-rye SBS
Save the Last Dance for Me Yoon Soo-jin
2005Encounter [65] Choi Eom-ji MBC
My Sweetheart, My DarlingYoo In-young KBS1
Ballad of Seodong Princess Seonhwa of Silla SBS
2006Mr. GoodbyeChoi Young-in KBS2
Queen of the GameKang Eun-seol SBS
2010 Becoming a Billionaire Lee Shin-mi KBS2
Golden House Yoon Seo-rin tvN
Athena: Goddess of War Jo Soo-young
(guest appearance, episodes 3-5)
2011 Bravo, My Love! Kang Jae-mi MBC
2012 Man from the Equator Han Ji-won KBS2
My Daughter Seo-young Lee Seo-young
2013 I Can Hear Your Voice Jang Hye-sung SBS
2014 God's Gift - 14 Days Kim Soo-hyun
Pinocchio Hye-sung car navigation
(voice cameo, episode 3)
2017 Whisper Shin Young-joo
2018 Mother Su-jin tvN

Variety show

2007She's Olive - Lee Bo-young
from Grasse to Paris
O'live TV
2013eat CITY - Lee Bo-young's Italian Cafe [66]

Music video appearances

YearSong titleArtist
2011"Crying, Calling" [67] Zia & 4Men

Awards and nominations

YearAwardCategoryNominated workResultRef.
2005 SBS Drama Awards New Star Award Ballad of Seodong Won [68]
Top 10 StarsWon [69]
KBS Drama Awards Best New ActressMy Sweetheart, My DarlingWon [70]
200614th Chunsa Film Art Awards Best New Actress A Dirty Carnival Won [71]
SBS Drama Awards Top 10 StarsQueen of the GameWon [72]
KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, ActressMr. GoodbyeNominated
20073rd Andre Kim Best Star AwardsFemale Star AwardN/AWon [73]
2008 44th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actress (Film) Once Upon a Time Nominated
20094th Andre Kim Best Star AwardsFemale Star AwardN/AWon [74]
2010 KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Mid-length Drama Becoming a Billionaire Nominated
2011 MBC Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Bravo, My Love! Won [75]
2012 KBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress My Daughter Seo-young ,
Man from the Equator
Excellence Award, Actress in a Mid-length Drama Man from the Equator Won [76]
Excellence Award, Actress in a Serial Drama My Daughter Seo-young Nominated
Best Couple Award with Lee Sang-yoon Won [76]
2013 49th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actress (TV)Nominated
7th Mnet 20's Choice Awards 20's Drama Star - Female My Daughter Seo-young,
I Can Hear Your Voice
6th Korea Drama Awards Daesang (Grand Prize)Won [77] [78]
Best Couple Award with Lee Jong-suk I Can Hear Your Voice Won
6th Style Icon Awards Top Ten Style IconsNominated
2nd APAN Star Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress My Daughter Seo-young,
I Can Hear Your Voice
Won [79]
Best Couple Award with Lee Jong-suk I Can Hear Your Voice Won
26th Grimae Awards Best ActressWon [80]
SBS Drama Awards Daesang (Grand Prize)Won [27]
Top Excellence Award, Actress in a MiniseriesNominated
Producer's AwardWon
Top 10 StarsWon
2014 50th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actress (TV)Won [81]
SBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries God's Gift - 14 Days Nominated
2017 1st The Seoul Awards Best Actress (Drama) Whisper Nominated [82]
SBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Monday-Tuesday DramaWon [83]
2018 54th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actress (TV) Mother Nominated [84]
13th Seoul International Drama Awards Best ActressWon [85]
6th APAN Star Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress in a MiniseriesNominated [86]

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