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Lee Sung-min

(1985-01-15) 15 January 1985 (age 38)
Bern, Switzerland
Alma mater El Camino College
  • Actress
  • model
Years active 2005–present
Agent CL ENM
Spouse(s) Samuel Hwang (m. 2019)
Parent(s) Lee Seung-kyu (father)
Korean name
Revised Romanization Keulrara
McCune–Reischauer K'ŭllara
Birth name
Revised Romanization I Seong-min
McCune–Reischauer I Sŏng-min

Clara Lee (Hangul: 클라라 리; born Lee Sung-min (Hangul: 이성민) on 14 January 1985), better known by her mononym Clara, is a Swiss-born British actress and model based in South Korea.


Clara (born Lee Sung-Min,李成敏) made her entertainment debut under her birth name in 2005 and starred in her first film in 2009, Five Senses of Eros. In January 2012, she adopted Clara as her stage name, which was announced at a press conference for the drama series, Take Care of Us, Captain. Reasons given for the name change included that her birth name, Sung-min, was "male-sounding" and that her English name had always been Clara.

In May 2013, Clara became an overnight sensation online after throwing a ceremonial first pitch in a professional baseball game dressed in form-fitting leggings. ..... In September 2013, Clara drew criticism from South Korean netizens for apparently contradicting herself on television by saying she liked to eat chicken and drink beer in one program and stating the contrary in another. Consequently, she closed down her Twitter and Facebook accounts. ..... In July 2015, prosecutors cleared Clara of the blackmail allegations and indicted Lee for making threats against her that implied physical violence.

On 18 September 2015 Clara dropped her suit against Polaris Entertainment, bringing their legal battle to an end.

Personal life

Clara is the daughter of singer Lee Seung-kyu, a former member of the bilingual band, Koreana.

In January 2019, she announced her marriage to a Korean-American businessman.



Year Title Role
2009 Five Senses of Eros Lee Yoon-jung (segment "Believe in the Moment")
2013 Ask This of Rikyu Joseon noblewoman
2015 Casa Amor: Exclusive for Ladies Oh Nan-hee
2016 Line Walker assassin
Some Like It Hot Yoyo (Korean actress)
2017 The Jade Pendant Ying Ying / Peony
2018 Fat Buddies Chinese immigrant's wife
Love Illusion
Killing Mobile Webcam model
2019 Bodies at Rest Ankie Cheng
Shenzhen Love
Jump Out of Primitive Tribe
Space Intellectual
Run Amuck AK Queen
2021 Kill the Monster
Big Red Envelope Ellie
Empathic Master
Double Patty foreign journalist
Detective Chinatown 3 photo-taking girl
Some Like It Hot 2

Television series

Year Title Network Role
2006 Invisible Man, Choi Jang-soo KBS2 Cha Hye-jin
2006-2007 High Kick! MBC Kim Yoon-joo (ep.64)
2009 Hilarious housewives Lee Sung-min
Creating Destiny Shin Jin-hee
2010 Happiness in the Wind KBS1 Choi Mi-ran
2011 Baby Faced Beauty KBS2 Chae Seul-ah
2012 Take Care of Us, Captain SBS Hong Mi-joo
Tasty Life Min Young-woo
2013 Goddess of Marriage Cynthia Jung
Reckless Family - Season 3 MBC Every 1 Clara Park
Love For Ten - Generation of Youth Mobile drama Kim Yang
2014 Emergency Couple tvN Han Ah-reum
You Are My Destiny MBC Hye-jin (ep.1)
America's Next Top Model The CW Herself (season 21 ep.14)
2016 Entourage tvN Herself (ep.2)
2017 Strong Woman Do Bong-soon JTBC Lee Bong-soon/Dental Hygienist (ep.16)
Meloholic OCN Yun Kyung-ae
2018 Happiness Chocolate Mango TV
The City of Chaos iQIYI Zheng Mengqi
2020 Detective Chinatown (web series) beauty in S1E9

Variety show

Year Title Network Notes
Saturday Night Live Korea - Season 4 tvN Cast (episode 20-38)
Fashion King Korea - Season 2 SBS Cast
The Taming of the Shrew 2 JTBC2

Music video

Year Song Title Artist
2007 "Same Pillow" Tei
"Love Song"
2009 "Empty Bet" Kim Joon
"Toy" Moon Hee-joon
2010 "Nothing to Lose" Juno
"Shout to the World" December
"Dazzling Tears"
2013 "Joah" Jay Park
"Invitation" House Rulez
2014 "Gwiyomi Song 2" Clara
"Fear" Clara ft. Yasu
2017 "Hitchhiking" Clara
"I Am Clara" (Chinese ver of Hitchhiking)

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2004 1st Foce Digital Ulzzang Photo Contest N/A N/A Won
2013 Men's Health Cool Guy Contest Vital Woman Award N/A Won
6th Style Icon Awards Chevrolet Find New Star Award N/A Won
6th Korea Drama Awards Hot Star Award Goddess of Marriage Won

See also

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