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Lee Dong-wook
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Lee in 2019
Born November 6, 1981 (1981-11-06) (age 39)
Seoul, South Korea
Education Joongbu University – Broadcasting and Media Arts
Occupation
  • Actor
  • Host
  • Model
  • Entertainer
Years active 1999–present
Agent King Kong by Starship
Korean name
Hangul 이동욱
Hanja
Revised Romanization I Dong-uk
McCune–Reischauer I Tonguk

Lee Dong-wook (Hangul: 이동욱; Hanja: 李棟旭; born November 6, 1981) is a South Korean actor, host, model and entertainer. He is best known for his leading roles in the television dramas My Girl (2005), Scent of a Woman (2011), The Fugitive of Joseon , Hotel King (2014), Guardian: The Lonely and Great God (2016–2017), Life (2018), Touch Your Heart (2019), Hell Is Other People (2019) and Tale of the Nine Tailed (2020) in the titular role. Furthermore, he’s also known as the host of the talk show Strong Heart (2012-2013), boy group survival reality show Produce X 101 (2019), and his own American-style talk show Wook Talk (2019).

Career

Lee made his acting debut in 1999 in an MBC single-episode drama after winning the grand prize in the V-NESS model contest the same year. The PD of the drama saw Lee, and proceeded to cast him in the teen drama School 2. Lee started to gain recognition with his performance in School 3.

Lee hit stardom with 2005 romantic comedy My Girl. The drama series became a hit during its run both domestically and across Asia, and made Lee a Korean Wave star. The same year he enrolled in Joongbu University, majoring in media and broadcasting arts.

He has since starred in noir Bitter Sweet Life (2008), courtroom dramedy Partner (2009), melodrama Scent of a Woman (2011), baseball rom-com Wild Romance (2012), period thriller The Fugitive of Joseon (2013), and revenge drama Hotel King (2014), in which he reunited with My Girl co-star Lee Da-hae. He then starred in fantasy-action series Blade Man (2014) and romance drama Bubble Gum (2015).

Lee and comedian Shin Dong-yup took over as MCs of talk show Strong Heart from April 2012 to January 2013. Lee also joined the reality show Roommate, which aired from 2014 to 2015.

From 2016 to 2017, Lee starred alongside Gong Yoo in Kim Eun-sook's fantasy-romance drama Guardian: The Lonely and Great God playing a grim reaper. The drama was a hit, and along with its success, helped in the resurgence of Lee's acting career.

In 2018, Lee starred in the medical drama Life as a doctor who works at the ER Department.

In 2019, Lee starred in the romance comedy drama Touch Your Heart alongside Guardian co-star Yoo In-na, playing a workaholic lawyer. The same year, he was confirmed as the host for Produce X101, the fourth season of survival audition program Produce 101. He then starred in the thriller drama Hell Is Other People as a dentist. He also started hosting his own talk show, Wook Talk, to celebrate his 20th anniversary since debut.

In 2020, Lee was cast in the fantasy drama Tale of the Nine Tailed as a nine-tailed fox who used to be a mountain god, and is now working as a civil servant. He is also confirmed to appear in the romantic comedy Single in Seoul alongside Im Soo-jung.

In 2021, he is cast in Happy New Year, a romantic comedy film by Kwak Jae-yong.

Personal life

Lee enlisted in the military in August 2009, serving under the National Defense Public Relations Service. He was discharged in June 2011.

Filmography

Ambassadorship

Lee was chosen as an honorary ambassador for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics. Lee attended the honorary ambassador appointment ceremony for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games at the Taepyeongno Press Center in Seoul on January 12.

Year Title Ref.
2018 Honorary Ambassador for the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games
Tourism Ambassador of Gangwon Province

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
1999 V-NESS Model Awards Grand Prize N/A Won
2001 9th Korean Most Popular Entertainment Awards New Generation Actor N/A Won
2002 10th Korean Most Popular Entertainment Awards Best New Actor (TV) Loving You Won
2003 SBS Drama Awards New Star Award Land of Wine Won
Best Supporting Actor Nominated
2007 1st Korea Movie Star Awards Best New Actor The Perfect Couple Nominated
2009 KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Partner Nominated
2011 8th Cosmopolitan Beauty Awards in China Most Attractive Actor in Asia N/A Won
18th South Korea, Japan Culture Awards Grand Prize, Cultural Diplomacy category N/A Won
SBS Drama Awards Top 10 Stars Scent of a Woman Won
Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Weekend Drama Won
2012 SBS Entertainment Awards Best Newcomer, MC category Strong Heart Won
Best Couple Award
with Shin Dong-yup
Won
KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Wild Romance Nominated
2013 PC LADY & Tudou Fashion Awards Asia Fashion Star Award N/A Won
KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Mid-length Drama The Fugitive of Joseon Nominated
2014 9th Asia Model Festival Awards Fashionista Award N/A Won
3rd APAN Star Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Serial Drama Hotel King Nominated
MBC Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Special Project Drama Nominated
2017 5th Annual DramaFever Awards Best Supporting Actor Guardian: The Lonely and Great God Won
10th Korea Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor Nominated
3rd Fashionista Awards Global Icon N/A Nominated
2018 6th APAN Star Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Life Nominated
K-Star Award Nominated
Korea Fashion Photographers Association. Photogenic Award of the year N/A Won
13th Annual Soompi Awards Best Supporting Actor Guardian: The Lonely and Great God Won
2019 OCN Awards “Dangerously Attractive Character” Award Hell Is Other People Won
2021 Korea First Brand Awards Best Actor N/A Won
2021 I-MAGAZINE Fashion Face Awards Year 2021 ’’Asian Male’’ Won
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