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 , 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.[1] 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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  • by hansukj  -  May 29, 2017 01:20 AM

    "Take Care of My Cat"

    Despite its mediocre accomplishments in S. Korean box office, "Take Care of My Cat" received great reviews and went on screening in a number of festivals around the world, winning a plethora of awards.The script revolves around five friends in the city of Incheon, who have recently graduat…

  • by askkpop  -  May 9, 2017 09:07 AM

    "Take Care of My Cat"

    Despite its mediocre accomplishments in S. Korean box office, "Take Care of My Cat" received great reviews and went on screening in a number of festivals around the world, winning a plethora of awards.The script revolves around five friends in the city of Incheon, who have recently graduat…

  • by heej0130  -  April 6, 2017 11:58 AM

    "My Little Brother"

    Seong-ho (played byJeong Man-sik), Soo-kyeong (played byLee Yo-won),�Joo-mi (played byEsom) and Nak-i (played byJeong Joon-won) are the brothers and sisters of a rural family that spans several decades. They all live in the city now, plying their various trades- Seong-ho is a daycare driver, Soo-k…

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 Lee Yo won's Biography

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.[4] 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.[6] 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.

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 Lee Yo won's Filmography


Year Title Role
2013 The Legendary Fist
2012 Perfect Number Hwa-sun
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
2002 A.F.R.I.K.A. Yo-won
2001 Take Care of My Cat Hye-ju
1999 Attack the Gas Station Ggal-chi
1998 Scent of a Man

TV series

Year Title Role Network
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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 Lee Yo won's Awards

  • 2011 SBS Drama Awards: PD Award (49 Days)
  • 2011 SBS Drama Awards: Top 10 Stars (49 Days)
  • 2010 Indosiar Mania Awards: Most Favorite Asian Actress
  • 2010 Asia Model Festival Awards: Special Award for Asian Drama
  • 2009 Korea Visual Arts Festival: "Photogenic" Award
  • 2009 MBC Drama Awards: Best Couple Award (with Kim Nam-gil for Queen Seondeok)
  • 2009 MBC Drama Awards: Female Top Excellence Award (Queen Seondeok)
  • 2009 Grime Awards: Best Actress (Queen Seondeok)
  • 2007 SBS Drama Awards: Top Excellence Award (Surgeon Bong Dal-hee)
  • 2007 SBS Drama Awards: Popularity Award for (Surgeon Bong Dal-hee)
  • 2007 SBS Drama Awards: Netizens' Choice Award (Surgeon Bong Dal-hee)
  • 2007 SBS Drama Awards: Top 10 Stars (Surgeon Bong Dal-hee)
  • 2007 SBS Drama Awards: Best Couple Award (with Lee Beom-soo for Surgeon Bong Dal-hee)
  • 2005 SBS Drama Awards: Best Actress, Special Project (Fashion 70s)
  • 2005 SBS Drama Awards: Top 10 Stars (Fashion 70s)
  • 2002 SBS Drama Awards: New Star Award (Daemang)
  • 2001 KBS Drama Awards : Most Popular Actress
  • 2001 Blue Dragon Film Awards : Best New Actress (Take Care of My Cat)
  • 2001 Baeksang Arts Awards : Best New Actress (Take Care of My Cat)
  • 2001 Chunsa Film Art Awards : Best Actress (Take Care of My Cat)

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