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 , as well as for her work inSurgeon Bong Dal-hee,Fashion 70'sand49 Days.
Lee Yo-Won was born on April 4, 1980 in Seongnam City, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea. In 1997, during her sophomore year in high school, Lee Yo-Won applied for a modelling contest and was picked as the winner. After the contest she debuted in the monthly fashion magazine "Figaro" (휘가로) for its November issue. In 1998, Lee Yo-Won made her acting debut in the film "Scent of a Man". While acting for her first movie, Lee Yo-Won sometimes teared up because staff members only applauded the other actors for their work. Then some staff members noticed her tears and mentioned she was good at tearing up. That was the first time she positive words about her acting. With her confidence building and gaining more attention from the staff members Lee Yo-Won realized she wanted to pursue acting as a profession.
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For her second film, Lee Yo-Won played gas station attendent Galchi in the hit movie "Attack the Gas Station!" - which sold 2.4 million tickets. Thanks to the popularity of that film Lee Yo-Won started to gain recognition from the public. Lee Yo-Won then acted in several television dramas. In 2001, Lee Yo-Won's big breakthrough came in the KBS TV drama "Blue Love" (Pureun Angae). For the first time Lee Yo-Won played the lead character in a TV drama and the series became a big hit. The drama itself contained a controversial (for its time) storyline involving a woman in her early 20's becoming involved romantically with a married man in his 40's. In the same year, 2001, Lee Yo-Won acted as one of the three main characters in the critically praised indie film "Take Care of My Cat" directed by female director Jeong Jae-Eun. The film was chosen as one of the 5 best films of 2001 by "Cine Seoul" magazine. Lee Yo-Won would also mentioned in a 2009 interview with "Elle Korea" fashion magazine that "Take Care of My Cat" was her most memorable work.
In 2003, at the age of 22, Lee Yo-Won made the surprising announcement that she will marry. By the end of January, Lee Yo-Won married professional golfer & businessman Park Jin-Woo. Lee Yo-Won temporarily put her acting career on hold while she went to the U.S. with her husband to study. In 2004, Lee Yo-Won had her first child. In an interview with TV show "Section TV - S Diary" on MBC, Lee Yo-Won mentioned that at the time of her marriage she was tired of acting and the demands placed on her. In 2005, Lee Yo-Won made her acting comeback in the SBS drama series "Fashion 70's". She chose the role for three reason: because it was a historical drama, that it was directed by Lee Jae-Kyu (who previously directed popular female oriented detective drama "Damo: The Legendary Police Woman") and that it dealt with a woman's career and success rather than a pure love story.[5
After "Fashion 70's," Lee Yo-Won acted in various drama and movies. In 2009, Lee Yo-Won performed in another smash-hit television series, this time in the MBC historical drama "The Great Queen Seondeok". Lee Yo-Won played main characer Queen Seondeok, who possessed extraordinary intelligence and strength. In an interview with "Star News," Lee Yo-Won stated she was tired of playing woman who were fragile and weak and eagerly took the role of Queen Seondeok because of this. In 2010, Lee Yo-Won's next film "The Recipe" was released in late October. She appeared at the world premiere for "The Recipe" during the Pusan International Film Festival (in which AsianMediaWiki attended). During the question and answer session Lee Yo-Won stated she chose the film, because she wanted to work with another female director due to her great experience with "Take Care of My Cat." Although she was initially relunctant to take on another role of a "fragile woman," the movie's producer Jang Jin and movie director Lee Seo-Goon convinced her this would be the right role for her.
followed shortly, for which she received several newcomer awards. 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. After finishing the historical dramaDaemang, she announced her temporary retirement from the entertainment scene. She married professional golfer Park Jin-woo in 2003 and after giving birth to a daughter the following year, the family lived a quiet life in the United States for two years.
With the exception ofBad Love, Lee's recent television outings have gotten high ratings, including medical romanceSurgeon Bong Dal-hee, fantasy melodrama49 Days, and especially massive hitQueen Seondeok.
|2013||The Legendary Fist|
|2010||The Recipe||Jang Hye-jin|
|2007||May 18||Park Shin-ae|
|2005||When Romance Meets Destiny||Go Yun-kyung|
|2005||Yellow Flower||Mrs. Jang|
|2002||Surprise Party||Wang Ha-young|
|2001||Take Care of My Cat||Hye-ju|
|1999||Attack the Gas Station||Ggal-chi|
|1998||Scent of a Man|
|2012||Horse Doctor||Kang Ji-nyeong||MBC|
|2011||49 Days||Song Yi-kyung||SBS|
|2009||Queen Seondeok||Deokman/Queen Seondeok||MBC|
|2007||Bad Love||Na In-jung||KBS2|
|2007||Surgeon Bong Dal-hee||Bong Dal-hee||SBS|
|2005||Fashion 70's||Han Deo-mi||SBS|
|2002||Daemang(The Great Ambition)||Yoon Yeo-jin||SBS|
|2001||Pure Heart||Han Se-jin/Kang Hyun-joo||KBS2|
|2001||Blue Mist||Lee Shin-woo||KBS2|
|2000||Tough Guy's Love||Hun Ji-hye||KBS2|
|1999||School 2||Kim Yeon-jin||KBS|
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