Lee Joon-gi Wiki, Age, Biography, Height, Girlfriend, Family, Images, And More

Lee Joon-gi Wiki, Age, Biography, Height, Girlfriend, Family, Images, And More

Lee Joon-gi is a South Korean actor, singer, dancer, and model who was born on April 17, 1982. He rose to prominence in his first leading role as a clown in the critically acclaimed film The King and the Clown (2005), and later in the romantic comedy My Girl (2005-06). He has since expanded into other genres such as historical dramas (sageuk) and action thrillers. He has also appeared in Iljimae (2008), Arang and the Magistrate (2012), Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo (2016), Lawless Lawyer (2018), and Flower of Evil (2017). (2020).

His work's popularity overseas, particularly in Asia, has established him as a top Hallyu star.

Lee Joon-gi was born in Busan and spent his school years in nearby Changwon. As a high school student, he became interested in the performing arts after seeing a performance of Hamlet. After graduating from high school, he defied his parents' wishes and moved to Seoul to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. Lee worked at various part-time jobs such as waiting tables while auditioning for roles for the next several years before making her debut as a print and commercial model in 2001. He received a scholarship to Seoul Arts College and graduated in 2007.

2005: King and the Clown and rising star

Lee had his first major acting role in the 2005 film The King and the Clown, in which he played the historical figure Gong-gil, an effeminate clown in the Joseon Dynasty, after appearing in several dramas and films in bit parts. The film's critical and commercial success catapulted the then-unknown actor into Asia-wide stardom. Lee won Best Actor at the Max Movie Awards in addition to numerous Best Newcomer awards at the Korean Film Awards, Grand Bell Awards, and Baeksang Art Awards.

Producer Lee Joon-ik revealed how, despite being an unknown and relatively new actor, he chose Lee for The King and the Clown by simply seeing him do handstands, saying, "Just because of handstands, Lee Joon-gi became the person he is today." Following the release of the film, Lee became "an icon" of the South Korean "pretty boy" trend. Lee has since attempted to downplay this kkonminam image, claiming that his character Gong-gil in the film felt like he was in foot-irons and wanted to get away from it: "Whether or not it was my intention, I found myself at the forefront of the 'pretty boy' trend after my performance in The King and the Clown. People were suddenly interested in me, and I was receiving both praise and criticism. Everything was just too much. I felt as if I were floating on air."

Lee was opposed to halving South Korean screen quotas, which allow foreign films to be shown in theatres on certain days while domestic films are given another number of days. He believed that without screen quotas, The King and the Clown would not have competed as well against foreign films.

2006-2007: International recognition

Lee was then cast alongside Lee Da-hae and Lee Dong-wook in SBS's My Girl. During its run, the romance comedy series was a hit both domestically and in Asia, propelling Lee further into Korean Wave stardom.

He was reportedly paid $100 million for his follow-up film Fly, Daddy, Fly, directed by Choi Jong-tae and produced by Dyne Film-Guardtec, which was relatively low given his rising popularity following King and the Clown. This is due to the fact that the contract was signed in early December, prior to the film's release, when Lee was a relatively unknown actor. The film received a lot of attention and media coverage in China.

Lee co-starred in the 2007 Korean-Japanese film Virgin Snow with Japanese actress Aoi Miyazaki as a Korean exchange student. Virgin Snow was a box office success, finishing ninth and setting a new ticket admissions record for a Korean film released in Japan. Lee was later named the 27th Hawaii International Film Festival's Rising Star. The following year, he appeared in the film May 18, which is based on the events surrounding the 1980 Gwangju Massacre. 18 May performed well at the box office and was later named the Gold Orchid Best Feature Film of 2007. However, both of these films, along with Fly, Daddy, Fly, were criticised for "either falling short of box office expectations or casting Lee in minor roles."

Lee also had his first leading role in an MBC action drama, Time Between Dog and Wolf, as a vengeful NIS agent with a violent streak. For his performance, he received the Excellence Award at the 2007 MBC Drama Awards. Director Kim Jin-min later stated that the role was a watershed moment for Lee because it allowed him to shed his "pretty boy" image while also highlighting his martial arts background.

Tourism ambassadorship and contractual dispute in 2008-2009

Lee starred in SBS's Iljimae, a period-action drama based on Chinese folklore from the Ming dynasty about a masked Robin Hood-like character during the Joseon era, from April to July 2008. The final episode received a 31.4% viewership rating, and Lee was later awarded the Top Excellence Award at the 2008 SBS Drama Awards. The drama was also broadcast on TV Tokyo in Japan.

Lee was named the Ambassador for the 2008 Seoul Hallyu Festival on July 29, 2008. In addition, to commemorate the Government Legislation Agency's 60th anniversary, he was named the first Honorary Legal System Officer since its inception.

Lee had a contractual dispute with his agency Mentor Entertainment in September 2008, where he had been under an exclusive five-year contract since March 2004. Lee was being sued for $500 million for breach of contract and for allegedly attempting to "establish his own agency in association with his manager." Lee countered that he "suffered significant financial harm because the company was inept in dealing with tax affairs and profit distribution," and that he notified them of contract cancellation in February.

Lee was named the Korea Tourism Organization's promotional ambassador on August 5, 2009. The same year, he played a reporter in the comedy-action drama Hero.

Military service, 2010-2012

Lee signed with JG Company, a newly established independent agency, after his contract with Mentor Entertainment expired in February 2010.

Lee enlisted in the Republic of Korea Army on May 3, 2010, to fulfil his mandatory military service. He first went through five weeks of basic training at the Nonsan military training camp, where he excelled in marksmanship, before being drafted into active duty. He was assigned to the Ministry of National Defense's public relations department. He had initially requested a postponement because he was in the middle of filming Grand Prix with actress Kim Tae-hee and had been cast in the television drama Faith. He was also chosen as a goodwill ambassador for Korea at the 2010 Shanghai Expo. However, the Military Manpower Administration declined and sent a final enlistment notice, forcing him to withdraw from both projects.

Lee co-starred with fellow actor Ju Ji-hoon in the military musical Voyage of Life, which was released in August to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Korean War. The musical was also co-produced by the Ministry of National Defense and the Korea Musical Theatre Association, and it was performed at the National Theater of Korea from August 21 to August 29. Lee was discharged from the Defense Media Agency in Yongsan-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul on February 16, 2012, after serving 21 months of active duty. Lee held a fan meeting called "Reunion JG" at the Sangmyung Art Center in Seoul on the day he was discharged. This was followed by a fan event tour of Japan titled Coming Back, which took place from March 16 to 19 in Nagoya, Yokohama, and Osaka.

2012-2013: Revival

Lee co-starred with Shin Min-a in MBC's period horror-romance Arang and the Magistrate in May 2012, his first project after being released. The series was a success, and it became MBC's most expensive drama sold to Japan. Lee was later honoured at the Seoul International Drama Awards, where he was named Outstanding Korean Drama Actor.

Lee Joon Gi's JG Style premiered on Mnet Japan on September 27, 2012, documenting Lee's return to the entertainment industry. Later, at the Skapa Award 2012 in Japan, the series was awarded the Grand Prize in the Korean wave category.

Lee starred in the 2013 action thriller Two Weeks as a father fighting a murder charge while trying to save his daughter from leukaemia. At the 2nd APAN Star Awards, he received the Top Excellence Award in the male category.

2014–present: Action roles and historical dramas

Namoo Actors is Lee's new management company. He then starred in the period drama Gunman in Joseon (2014), for which he received critical acclaim for his acting and action scenes, and he was named Outstanding Korean Drama Actor for the second time at the Seoul International Drama Awards. The drama dominated its time slot and gained international attention, particularly in China, where it surpassed 200 million views in a month on Tencent QQ's video-viewing platform. The vampire romance series Scholar Who Walks the Night followed in 2015, earning Lee a "Top Ten Stars" award at the MBC Drama Awards. He was cast in his first Chinese film, Never Said Goodbye, the same year.

Lee was cast as Wang So in Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo, a Korean remake of the Chinese television series Scarlet Heart, in January 2016. The 20-episode drama, with a budget of US$13 million, premiered on August 29, 2016. The production was not well received in the United States, but it received 100 million cumulative views per episode during its simulcast on the Chinese video hosting site Youku, propelling Lee's popularity in China. Lee held a free fan meeting titled "My Love Lee Joon-gi" on November 1st, where fans were able to watch the final episode of Moon Lovers with him in attendance.

Lee signed on as a new model for Lotte Duty Free Shop in October 2016. He also appeared in the company's promotional web drama 7 First Kisses. Lee then made his Hollywood debut in Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, the sixth and final installment of the Resident Evil series, which was released worldwide in January 2017.

Lee starred in the tvN crime procedural drama Criminal Minds, based on the American series of the same name, in 2017. His convincing performance as a criminal profiler earned him praise from critics and viewers alike.

Lee returned to tvN in 2018 and was cast in Lawless Lawyer, his first legal drama and first time playing a lawyer. He reunited with director Kim Jin-min, with whom he previously collaborated on Time Between Dog and Wolf.

Lee reteamed with Criminal Minds co-star Moon Chae-won in the tvN thriller melodrama The Flower of Evil in 2020. He was praised for his on-screen chemistry with Moon as a married couple. According to Good Data Corporation, Lee's name was the most searched keyword on domestic search engines for three weeks in a row. Lee was nominated for Best Actor - Television at the 57th Baeksang Arts Awards for his performance.

Lee returned to television in 2022 with the SBS drama Again My Life, his first return to terrestrial television in six years.

In his spare time, Lee enjoys learning and practising various types of martial arts. As a child, his father enrolled him in martial arts lessons to keep him out of trouble, and he continued practising into adulthood, mostly to prepare for specific roles. He rarely uses a stunt double for fight scenes due to his proficiency in taekwondo and several other forms of martial arts, and is regarded as one of the country's top action stars.



2004The Hotel VenusBoyJapanese production
Flying BoysDong-wan
2005The King and the ClownGong-gil
2006Fly, Daddy, FlyGo Seung-suk
2007May 18Kang Jin-woo
Virgin SnowKim MinKorean and Japanese co-production
2016Never Said GoodbyeJun-hoChinese production
Resident Evil: The Final ChapterCommander ChuInternational co-production

Television series

2003Nonstop 4HimselfCameo
2004Drama City – What Should I Do?Seong-hoCameo, (episode 234)
Star's EchoChan-gyu
2005My GirlSeo Jung-woo
2006The 101st ProposalHimselfCameo (episode 1)
2007Time Between Dog and WolfLee Soo-hyun / Kay
2008IljimaeYong / Lee Geom
2009HeroJin Do-hyuk
2012Arang and the MagistrateKim Eun-oh
2013Two WeeksJang Tae-san
2014Gunman in JoseonPark Yoon-kang / Hasegawa Hanjo
2015The Scholar Who Walks the NightKim Sung-yeol
She Was PrettyHimselfCameo (episode 9)
2016Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo4th Prince Wang So
2017Criminal MindsKim Hyun-joon
2018Lawless LawyerBong Sang-pil
2019Hotel Del LunaExorcistCameo (episode 3)
2020Flower of EvilBaek Hee Sung / Do Hyun Soo
2022Again My LifeKim Hee-woo
2023Arthdal ChroniclesAdult Eun-seom / SayaSeason 2

Web series

20167 First KissesHimselfEpisode 1–2
2018Secret Queen MakersEpisode 6

Reality show

2009World Special "LOVE" – Indonesia with Lee Joon-gi and Kim Ha-neulMarch 21 and 28
2012Lee Joon-Gi's JG Style
2013Lee Joon-Gi's JG World
2018Lee Joon-Gi's JG Island


2010Voyage of Life



YearNameTrack listing
2006My Jun, My Style
  1. "One Word"
  2. "Don't Know Love"
  3. "Foolish Love" (Babo Sarang)
Nam Hyun-joon - One & Only
  1. "Fly High" feat. Seo In-young
2009J Style
  1. "J Style"
  2. "Soliloquy"
  3. "I'm Ready"
  4. "Selfless Dedicated Tree"
  5. "Fiery Eyes" (Japanese album)


Released: 16 March (limited edition)
25 April (regular edition)

  1. "Together"
  2. "The Rain"
  3. "Born Again"
  4. "Sweet Memory"

CBC / Case by Case[123]

Released: 29 January

  1. "The Answer (Intro)"
  2. "Tonight"
  3. "Case By Case"
  4. "Closer"
  5. "Lost Frame"

My Dear[124]

Released: 10 December

  1. "Fever"
  2. "My Dear"
  3. "Fiery Eyes (New ver.)"
  4. "Foolish Love (New ver.)"
  5. "Selfless Dedicated Tree (New ver.)"


Released: 21 November

  1. "Ma Lady"
  2. "U"
  3. "For A While"
  4. "Bring Da Beat" (Feat. Yoo Seung-chan)
  5. "Ma Lady (Inst.)"
  6. "For A While (Inst.)"

Thank You[126]

Released: 3 December

  1. "Thank You"
  2. "Now"
  3. "We Wish You a Merry Christmas"


Released: 10 December

  1. "Accepted"
  2. "For Us"
  3. "Can't Be Slow"


"One Day"2012Arang and the Magistrate OST part 6


2009"Lee Joon-gi Sawasdee Khrab"PhotobookISBN 978-8996333319
2010"Hello Korean 1 with Lee Joon-gi" (Korean, English, Chinese, Japanese edition)Korean Textbooks + Audio CDISBN 978-8994011141 Korean Edition
2011"O'boy - for Splendid 2wenties of Lee Joon-gi" (Published in Japan)PhotobookISBN 978-4903323527
2012"Time Between Dog and Wolf with Lee Joon-gi"Drama making bookISBN 928-9201878
2013"Hello Korean 2 with Lee Joon-gi" (Korean, English, Chinese, Japanese edition)Korean Textbooks + Audio CDISBN 978-8994011332 Korean Edition
2014"Hello Korean 3 with Lee Joon-gi" (Korean, English, Chinese, Japanese edition)Korean Textbooks + Audio CDISBN 978-8994011417 Korean Edition


2006Honorary Ambassador for the 10th Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival
2007Honorary PR Ambassador for the exhibition of 'Immortal painter'-Van Gogh
Honorary Ambassador for anti-piracy film
2008Goodwill Ambassador for cultural exchange between Korea and China
Honorary Ambassador for Seoul Hallyu Festival
2008–2009Honorary Legal System Officer (名譽法制官)
2009–2010Honorary Tourism Ambassador for the Korea Tourism Organization
2010Honorary PR Ambassador for the 2010 Shanghai Expo: Korea Pavilion in Shanghai, China
2015–2016Promotional ambassador of Ritz-Carlton Seoul

Awards and nominations

Name of the award ceremony, year presented, category, nominee of the award, and the result of the nomination

Award ceremonyYearCategoryNominee / WorkResult
Andre Kim Best Star Awards2007New and Superior Star AwardLee Joon-giWon
APAN Star Awards2013Top Excellence AwardTwo WeeksWon
2021Popular Star Award, ActorFlower of EvilNominated
KT Seezn Star AwardNominated
Asia Artist Awards2017Fabulous AwardCriminal MindsWon
2020Asia CelebrityFlower of EvilWon
Best Artist AwardWon
Asia Model Awards2007K-Wave Special AwardLee Joon-giWon
Baeksang Arts Awards2006Best New Actor – FilmKing and the ClownWon
InStyle Fashionista AwardLee Joon-giWon
2007Most Popular ActorFly, Daddy, FlyWon
2009Best Actor – TelevisionIljimaeNominated
2014Most Popular Actor (TV)Two WeeksNominated
2017Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart RyeoNominated
2021Best Actor – TelevisionFlower of EvilNominated
Most Popular Actor (TV)Nominated
Blue Dragon Film Awards2006Best New ActorKing and the ClownNominated
Popular Star AwardWon
Best On-Screen Couple Award (with Kam Woo-sung)Won
Busan International Film Festival2006Male Rising Star AwardLee Joon-giNominated
China Fashion AwardsSouth Korean Artist of the YearWon
Chunsa Film Art Awards2006Best New ActorKing and the ClownNominated
Golden Cinema Film festivalWon
Grand Bell Awards2006Won
Popularity AwardWon
Korean Wave Popularity AwardWon
Hawaii International Film Festival2007Rising Star AwardLee Joon-giWon
KBS Drama Awards2014Top Excellence AwardGunman in JoseonNominated
Excellence AwardWon
Best Couple Award (with Nam Sang-mi)Won
Korean Film Awards2006Best New ActorKing and the ClownWon
Korean Martial Arts Federation2009Martial Arts Actor AwardTime Between Dog and WolfIljimaeWon
Korea Youth Film Festival2006Best New ActorLee Joon-giWon
Max Movie AwardsBest ActorKing and the ClownWon
MBC Drama Awards2007Excellence AwardTime Between Dog and WolfWon
2009Top Excellence AwardHeroNominated
Popularity AwardWon
2012Top Excellence AwardArang and the MagistrateNominated
Best Couple Award (with Shin Min-a)Won
2013Excellence AwardTwo WeeksNominated
2015Top Excellence AwardScholar Who Walks the NightNominated
Top 10 Stars AwardWon
Mnet 20's Choice Awards2007Best Pretty BoyLee Joon-giNominated
2008Hot Global StarNominated
Hot Drama Star, MaleIljimaeNominated
Mnet KM Music Festival2006Best Actor in a Music VideoGrace (by Lee Soo-young)Won
SBS Drama Awards2008Top Excellence AwardIljimaeWon
Netizen Popularity AwardWon
Top 10 StarsWon
2016Grand Prize (Daesang)Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart RyeoNominated
Top Excellence AwardNominated
Hallyu Star AwardWon
Top 10 Stars AwardWon
Best Couple Award (with Lee Ji-eun)Won
2022Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Genre/Fantasy DramaAgain My LifeWon
Grand Prize (Daesang)Nominated
Seoul International Drama Awards2008Most Popular ActorTime Between Dog and WolfWon
2013Outstanding Korean ActorArang and the MagistrateWon
2015Gunman in JoseonWon
Shanghai International Film Festival2007Overseas Star AwardLee Joon-giWon
Skapa Awards2012Grand Prize, Korean wave categoryLee Joon-gi's JG StyleWon
Soompi Annual Awards2018Actor Of The YearCriminal MindsWon
StarHub's Night of Stars AwardsBest Male Asian StarLawless LawyerWon
Taiwan's KKTV Awards2016Actor of The YearMoon Lovers: Scarlet Heart RyeoWon
Tourism Authority of Thailand2009Special plaque of AppreciationLee Joon-giWon

Lee Joon-gi Biography

NameLee Joon-gi
Date of Birth17-Apr-1982
Age in 202341
Birth PlaceBusan, South Korea
CountrySouth Korea
NationalitySouth Korean
Height1.78 (m)
WeightUnknown (KGs)
ProfessionSouth Korean Actor
HeightIn Centimeters: 178 cm.
In Meters: 1.78 m.
In Feet Inches: 5'10"
WeightIn KG: Not known
In Pound: Not known
Eye Color-
Hair Color-
Marital StatusYet to update

Some FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) about Lee Joon-gi.

  1. What is the Net Worth of Lee Joon-gi?

The Net Worth of Lee Joon-gi is $100,000 -.

  1. What is the Height of Lee Joon-gi?

The height of Lee Joon-gi is 1.78.

  1. Where is the birthplace of Lee Joon-gi?

The birthplace of Lee Joon-gi is Busan, South Korea

  1. What is the Date of Birth of Lee Joon-gi?

The birthday of Lee Joon-gi is on 17-Apr-1982.

  1. Is Lee Joon-gi Married?

The marital status of Lee Joon-gi is: Yet to update.

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