Lee El

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Lee El - Biography, Profile, Facts, and Career

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
  • Height: 168 cm (5’5″)
  • Weight: 53 kg (116 lbs)
  • Blood Type: AB
  • Religion: Christian
  • Profession: Actress
  • Education: Sungkyunkwan University (Majored in Acting)
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  • 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

  • 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


  • Blue Dragon Film Awards 2021 – Best Supporting Actress – The Call
  • KBS Drama Awards 2018 – Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries – Matrimonial Chaos
  • MBC Drama Awards 2016 – Golden Acting Award, Actress in a Special Project Drama – Monster
  • Grand Bell Awards 2016 – Best Supporting Actress – Inside Men

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


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