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Lee El - Biography, Profile, Facts, and Career

Lee El is a South Korean actress. She’s best recognized for her roles in various Korean drama series such as Guardian: The Lonely and Great God (2016–2017), A Korean Odyssey (2017-2018), My Liberation Notes (2022).


Lee El, one of the most charming Korean actresses, began her acting career starting from the previous 2009.

In that year, she debuted on television for the drama Cheer Up On Love and the movie Secret.

Later, this Virgo actress appeared in a drama special White Christmas (2011), which later was followed by her role in Detectives in Trouble (2011) and The Princess’ Man.

She gained slight recognition after appearing in the movies Masquerade (2012) and Man on High Heels (2014).

In 2015, Lee El appeared in some dramas, such as Divorce Lawyer in Love, My Beautiful Bride, and also Hello Monster.

Her popularity also became wider in that year caused of her role in Inside Men.

She then continued her acting career by becoming a supporting actress for Goblin (2016), which rewarded her with a lot of recognition from the public.

One year later, Lee El then acted in A Korean Odyssey (2017), which was continued by Matrimonial Chaos (2018) and When the Devil Calls Your Name (2019).

In 2020, she came back to the movie by acting in a thriller film, The Call, alongside Park Shin Hye.

That career then was followed by her appearance in the dramas Dr. Brain (2021) and My Liberation Notes (2022).

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  • Real Name: Kim Ji Hyun (김지현)
  • Stage Name: Lee El (이엘)
  • Nickname: Lee El
  • Birthday: August 26, 1982
  • Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea
  • Zodiac Sign: Virgo
  • Nationality: South Korean
  • Religion: Christian
  • Profession: Actress
  • Education: Sungkyunkwan University (Majored in Acting)
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Height, Weight, & Physical Appearance 

  • Height: 168 cm (5’6″)
  • Weight: 53 kg (116 lbs)
  • Blood Type: AB
  • Hair Color: Black
  • Eye Color: Black
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Boyfriend & Dating History

Lee Jae Wook

In May 2018, rumors that Lee El is dating Lee Jae Wook, her co-star in Amadeus, circulate on various online communities.

The reasons behind the spreading dating speculations was because she posted his sleeping photo on her Instagram page, but deleted immediately afterwards.

Artist Company, her representative agency, denied the rumors shortly after and claimed that she uploaded the photo “as a joke.”

Net Worth 

She has accumulated $1 million to $5 million of net worth, according to multiple sources.

She appears to earn most of her income through working as an actress in the South Korean entertainment industry.

Plastic Surgery

There is no known information on whether she has undergone any cosmetic surgery to change her appearance.


  • Lee El is under DPLAN.
  • She was successful in attending Sungkyunkwan University because she passed the Korean GED test when she was just 18 years old.
  • The reason why she used Lee El as her stage name was because her birth name, Kim Ji Hyun, is common in Korea.
  • Many people said she resembles Jin Kyung.
  • Lee El is a cat person.
  • She often posts her cats on her Instagram.
  • Lee El is an animal lover.
  • She cares for animals a lot.
  • She has some favorite songs, such as Over Your Shoulder from Chromeo, The Getaway from Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Le Plus Beau du Quartier from Carla Bruni.
  • Lee El enjoys eating tempeh an Indonesian traditional food
  • Her favorite movie is Miss Sloane.
  • Lee El often goes to Paris.
  • Her ideal type is…

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  • Yaksha: Ruthless Operations (2022), as Hee Won
  • Love and Leashes (2022), as Hye Mi
  • The Call (2020), as Oh Young Sook’s mother
  • Scent of Ghost (2019), as Ji Yeon
  • The Drug King (2018), as young business partner (cameo)
  • What a Man Wants (2018), as Je Ni
  • Inside Men (2015), as Joo Eun Hye
  • Man On High Heels (2014), as Do Do
  • One Thing She Doesn’t Have (2014), as Se Ra
  • Masquerade (2012), as Ahn Gae Shi
  • Pacemaker (2012), as Ph.d Choi
  • The Yellow Sea (2010), as Joo Young (Tae Won’s mistress)
  • Secret (2009), as Young Suk

Drama Series

  • Battle for Happiness | Haengbokbattle (ENA | 2023), as Jang Mi Ho
  • My Liberation Notes (JTBC | 2022), as Yeom Ki Jung
  • Dr. Brain (Apple TV+ | 2021), as Dr. Hyun Soo Jung
  • When the Devil Calls Your Name (tvN | 2019), as Ji Seo Young
  • Matrimonial Chaos (KBS2 | 2018), as Jin Yoo Young
  • A Korean Odyssey (tvN | 2017-2018), as Ma Ji Young
  • Black (OCN | 2017), as Yoon Soo Wan
  • Guardian: The Lonely and Great God (tvN | 2016-2017), as Birth Grandmother
  • Entourage (tvN | 2016), as herself
  • Monster (MBC | 2016), as Ok Chae Ryung
  • Imaginary Cat (MBC every1 | 2015-2016), as Dokgo Soon
  • Hello Monster (KBS2 | 2015), as Ji Hyun Sook (cameo)
  • My Beautiful Bride (OCN | 2015), as Son Hye Jung
  • Divorce Lawyer in Love (SBS | 2015), as Han Mi Ri
  • More Than a Maid (JTBC | 2014-2015), as Yoon Seo’s wife
  • Liar Game (tvN | 2014), as Oh Jung A (Jaime)
  • It’s Ok, This is Love (SBS | 2014), as Se Ra
  • Mother’s Garden (MBC | 2014), as Kim Ja Kyung
  • 7th Grade Civil Servant (MBC | 2013), as Park Soo Young
  • Wild Romance (KBS2 | 2012), as Mi Jin
  • The Princess’ Man (KBS2 | 2011), as Mae Hyang
  • Detectives in Trouble (KBS2 | 2011), as Yoo Hye Min
  • Drama Special Series: White Christmas (KBS2 | 2011), as Oh Jung Hye
  • Cheer Up On Love (MBC | 2009), as Min Joo


  • 2023 Baeksang Arts Awards – Best Supporting Actress (Television) – My Liberation Notes
  • 2022 APAN Star Awards – Best Supporting Actress – My Liberation Notes
  • 2021 Blue Dragon Film Awards – Best Supporting Actress – The Call
  • 2018 KBS Drama Awards – Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries – Matrimonial Chaos
  • 2016 MBC Drama Awards – Golden Acting Award, Actress in a Special Project Drama – Monster
  • 2016 Grand Bell Awards – Best Supporting Actress – Inside Men


“I debuted through the drama Good Job, Good Job in 2009. But after that, I kept failing my auditions. I started wondering if it was because of my appearance, so I even went to a plastic surgeon’s office.” 

“It was the hardest when I saw my friends grow and succeed. I had many financial problems.” 

“I wanted to play a role in stories that always seem to be around us that would scratch the itchy parts of the viewers or say what’s on their mind on behalf of them. On that note, I read the script of ‘My Liberation Notes,’ and as soon as I read the first page, I really wanted to do try it.”

“I’m more comfortable drinking alone or with just one really close friend.”

“People say I should manage the men around me, but there’s no man for me to manage.”


Who is Lee El?

She is a South Korean actress.

Who is Lee El’s real name?

Her real name is Kim Ji Hyun (김지현).

What makes Lee El famous?

She’s famous because of her roles in various Korean drama series such as Guardian: The Lonely and Great God (2016–2017), A Korean Odyssey (2017-2018), My Liberation Notes (2022).

Where is Lee El from?

She was born in Seoul, South Korea.

How old is Lee El?

She was born in 1982, and she is 42 years old as of 2024.

When does Lee El celebrate her birthday?

She celebrates on the 26th of every August.

How tall is Lee El?

Her height is 5’6″ or 168 cm.

Who are Lee El’s parents?

She did not reveal the names of her father and mother.

Is Lee El married?

She is not married. Furthermore, there is no information on whether she is in a relationship or not.

Who is Lee El’s ex-boyfriend?

Her ex-boyfriend is not known. However, she used to be rumored to date Lee Jae Wook.

How rich is Lee El?

Her net worth is around $1 million to $5 million.

What is Lee El’s nationality?

Her nationality is South Korean.

Lee El is a unique, stands out, and charming individual. No wonder many people admire her as one of the most influential Korean stars!