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Kim Ji Ah, who is more known by her stage name Lee Ji Ah, is a South Korean actress.

She earned fame by starring in various Korean drama series, including The Legend (2007), Beethoven Virus (2008), My Mister (2018), and The Penthouse: War in Life (2020–2021).

Career

Despite being born in South Korea, Lee Ji Ah spent most of her childhood in the US. She went on to visit South Korea in 2004 and starred in LG Telecom commercial.

She then moved back to Korea permanently in 2005 to start her career in entertainment industry.

This Leo woman made her acting debut in 2007. She starred in the TV series The Legend. The series was an immediate hit and it quickly launched her into stardom.

She won various awards for her first role, including a Best New Actress for TV award at Baeksang Arts Award.

Ji Ah continued to star in many more hit series. Some of her works are Beethoven Virus (2008), Me Too, Flower! (2011), Thrice Married Woman (2013), and My Mister (2018).

This talented actress would also have her big screen debut in 2009. She starred in The Relation of Face, Mind and Love. In the series, she played one of the main roles.

In 2020, the woman from Seoul got another leading role in TV series. This time, she starred in Penthouse. The series was a huge hit and solidified Ji Ah spot in the entertainment industry.

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Profile

  • Real Name: Kim Ji Ah (김지아)
  • Stage Name: Lee Ji Ah (이지아)
  • Nickname: –
  • Birthday: August 6, 1978
  • Birthplace: South Korea
  • Zodiac Sign: Leo
  • Nationality: Korean
  • Religion: –
  • Profession: Actress
  • Education: Pasadena Art Center
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  • Instagram: @e.jiah
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Height, Weight, & Physical Appearances

  • Height: 168 cm (5’6″)
  • Weight: 48 kg (105 lbs)
  • Blood Type: A
  • Hair color: Brown
  • Eye color: Brown
  • Body Measurements: 32-23-33 (Bust -32, Waist -23, and Hips -33 inches)
  • Shoe Size: 8 (US)
  • Dress Size: –

Family

  • Father: –
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Boyfriend & Dating History

Seo Tai Ji 

In April 2011, South Korean media news outlet made a shocking reports that Lee Ji Ah had actually been married to Korean popular pop-rock artist Seo Tai Ji, before separating in 2006.

The pair met in 1993 in Los Angeles, California, US, where she studied and he had a concert that year. They had a long-distance relationship until 1996, where he moved to the United States and they married secretly in October 1997.

Throughout their marriage, they used to live Atlanta and Arizona.

The couple chose to get divorce in 2005 due to irreconcilable differences regarding personalities and lifestyles.

Jung Woo Sung

In March 2011, Lee Ji Ah went on a secret date with veteran actor Jung Woo Sung in Paris. A tourist spotted and took a photo of them, which made the couple to confirm their relationship.

They chose to part ways in June that year after a the actress’ scandal of marrying and divorcing Seo Tai Ji revealed to the public.

Net Worth

Jiah has an estimated net worth between $5 million to $10 million. She mainly earns from her career as an actress in the South Korean entertainment industry.

Plastic Surgery

Ji Ah’s agency confirmed that the actress did not do any surgery after being accused by netizens.

Facts

  • Ji Ah is signed under BH Entertainment since 2014.
  • Her birth name is Kim Sang Eun, but she legally changed it to Kim Ji Ah in 2005.
  • This Actress moved to the US when she was in sixth grade and lived there for ten years.
  • She has admitted to be a forgetful and clumsy person.
  • Growing up, she never really thought of becoming an actress.
  • This Leo woman thinks working in the entertainment industry is fun.
  • She can speak Korean, Japanese, and also English.
  • She has a degree in Graphic Design.
  • Ji Ah came from a wealthy family.
  • Her grandfather was a patron of Seoul Arts High School and the chairman of Kyunggi High School.
  • Her father is a businessman.
  • In 1997, she married the famous artist Seo Taiji while still in the US.
  • She kept the relationship secretive, even to her on family.
  • This secret caused her to stray away from her family.
  • Ji Ah and Seo Taiji got divorced in 2006.
  • Her past marriage was revealed to the public in 2011 and caused quite a bit of controversy.
  • She spent months hiding in her home because she didn’t feel strong enough to face the public.
  • While the news broke, she was in a relationship with Jung Woo Sung.
  • Despite eventually splitting up in 2011, Ji Ah and Woo Sung still have massive respect for one another.
  • Her ideal type is…

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Movies

  • Musudan (2016), as Shin Yoo-Hwa
  • The Relation of Face, Mind and Love (2009), as Wang So-Jung

Drama Series

  • Queen of Divorce (JTBC | 2024), as Kim Sa Ra
  • Pandora: Beneath the Paradise (tvN | 2023), as Hong Tae-Ra
  • The Penthouse 3 (SBS | 2021), as Shim Su-Ryeon
  • The Penthouse 2 (SBS | 2021), as Na Ae-Gyo / Shim Su-Ryeon
  • Penthouse (SBS | 2020-2021), as Shim Su-Ryeon
  • The Ghost Detective (KBS2 | 2018), as Sun Woo-Hye
  • My Mister (tvN | 2018), as Kang Yoon-Hee
  • The Woman Who Married Three Times (SBS | 2013-2014), as Oh Eun-Soo (second daughter)
  • Me Too, Flower! (MBC | 2011), as Cha Bong-Sun
  • Athena: Goddess of War (KBS2 | 2010-2011), as Han Jae-Hee
  • Style (SBS | 2009), as Lee Seo-Jung
  • Beethoven Virus (MBC | 2008)
  • The Story of the First King’s Four Gods (MBC | 2007)

TV Movies

  • Lucid Dream (SBS | 2015), as Han Yun-Hee

TV Shows

  • The Home (2021), as herself (narrator)
  • Sea of Hope (JTBC | 2021), as herself (cast member)

Music Video Appearances

  • Please Come Back to Me (2010) – Vibe

Awards

  • 2021 Korea Culture and Entertainment Awards – Grand Prize (Drama category) – The Penthouse: War in Life
  • 2020 SBS Drama Awards 2020 – Best Actress – The Penthouse: War in Life
  • 2008 Baeksang Awards – Best New Actress – The Story of the First King’s Four Gods
  • 2007 MBC Drama Awards – Best New Actress Award – The Story of the First King’s Four Gods
  • 2007 MBC Drama Awards – Best Couple Award With Yong-jun Bae – The Story of the First King’s Four Gods
  • 2007 MBC Drama Awards – Popularity Award – The Story of the First King’s Four Gods

Nominations

  • 2021 SBS Drama Awards – Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Genre/Fantasy Drama – The Penthouse: War in Life 2 and 3
  • 2021 Seoul International Drama Awards – Outstanding Korean Actress – The Penthouse: War in Life
  • 2014 APAN Star Awards – Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Serial Drama – Thrice Married Woman
  • 2014 Korea Drama Awards – Top Excellence Award, Actress – Thrice Married Woman
  • 2014 SBS Drama Awards – Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Serial Drama – Thrice Married Woman
  • 2011 SBS Drama Awards – Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Special Planning Drama – Athena: Goddess of War
  • 2009 SBS Drama Awards – Excellence Award, Actress in a Drama Special – Style
  • 2008 MBC Drama Awards – Excellence Award, Actress – Beethoven Virus

Quotes

“When I am acting a role, I can life as somebody else for a while. I think that is what makes me keep going as an actress.”

“As time went on, I became immersed into the character, until I’d spent a year and a half as Shim Soo Ryun. On our last shoot, it didn’t feel real that this would be the last time I would be her. I still don’t feel like ‘The Penthouse’ is over.”

“I know that people are more interested in my past private life than my acting career. I always feel the dilemma. But when people ask me if I am ready to talk about what they are curious about, I am still lost. It is not easy to change at once how you are being seen, but I have always longed for the communication with the public. So I am going to take a step by step approach.”

Pics of Lee Ji Ah

1. Ji Ah always looks so gorgeous and classy

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2. Soft colors fit her well

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3. She is killing it in this outfit

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4. Even in this pose you can see her beauty

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5. Ji Ah has great style

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FAQs 

Who is Lee Ji Ah?

She is a South Korean actress.

Who is Lee Ji Ah’s real name?

Her real name is Kim Ji Ah (김지아).

What makes Lee Ji Ah famous?

She earned fame by starring in various Korean drama series, including The Legend (2007), Beethoven Virus (2008), My Mister (2018), and The Penthouse: War in Life (2020–2021).

Where is Lee Ji Ah from?

She was born in South Korea.

How old is Lee Ji Ah?

She was born in 1978, and she is 47 years old as of 2025.

When does Lee Ji Ah celebrate her birthday?

She celebrates on the 6th of every August.

How tall is Lee Ji Ah?

Her height is 5’6″ or 168 cm.

Who are Lee Ji Ah’s parents?

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

Is Lee Ji Ah married?

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

Who is Lee Ji Ah’s ex-boyfriend?

Her ex-boyfriend is Jung Woo Sung.

Who is Lee Ji Ah’s ex-husband? 

Her ex-husband is Seo Tai Ji.

How rich is Lee Ji Ah?

Her net worth is around $5 million to $10 million.

What is Lee Ji Ah’s nationality?

Her nationality is South Korean.

Since the beginning, Lee Ji Ah has shown amazing talent in acting. It’s no wonder that she has become very popular.