Lee Yo Won initially began her entertainment career after winning a modeling contest during high school year.
In November 1997, she debuted as model for a fashion magazine Figaro, which later gave her a lot of opportunities to get various commercials.
Her acting debut started in 1998 when she played in a movie called Scent of a Man and a TV series entitled I Hate You, But It’s Fine.
Even though Yo Won already debuted in 1998, her notable starting point in the acting industry was her acting in Attack the Gas Station (1999) and a TV drama Blue Mist (2001).
This Aries actress later continued his acting career by appearing in Take Care of My Cat (2001) which earned her various newcomer awards.
After that, she starred in many big-screen movies that unfortunately weren’t well-received by audiences, so after filming The Great Ambition (2002), she temporarily retired from the entertainment world.
Yo Won then came back in 2005 by starring in a period drama entitled Fashion 70’s which later was followed by Surgeon Bong (2007) and Bad Love (2007).
Her massive career breakthrough began after she portrayed Queen Seondeok in Queen Seondeok (2009) and 49 Days (2011) which earned her a lot of awards and nominations.
In the following years, Yo Won then appeared in Horse Doctor (2012) and Empire of Gold (2013).
Three years later, she made a successful comeback for My Horrible Boss (2016) and Night Light (2016).
That success then was followed by her comeback in Avengers Social Club (2017), Different Dreams (2019), and Green Mothers Club (2022).
- Real Name: Lee Yo Won (이요원)
- Stage Name: Lee Yo Won (이요원)
- Nickname: Yo Won
- Birthday: April 9, 1980
- Birthplace: Seongnam, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
- Zodiac Sign: Aries
- Nationality: South Korean
- Height: 172 cm (5’8″)
- Weight: 48 kg (105 lbs)
- Blood Type: B
- Religion: –
- Profession: Actress
- Education: Dankook University (Majored in Theater and Film)
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- Parents: Lee Man Hee (father)
- Sibling: –
- Husband: Park Jin Woo (Married 2003)
- Children: 2 daughters, 1 son
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- Instagram: @yowon_official
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- Her most memorable work for her was Take Care of My Cat (2001).
- Yo Won has a husband who is businessman and professional golfer.
- Many fans admire her anti-ageing beauty.
- Yo Won is under Management Koo.
- Australia is her favorite holiday destination.
- Her favorite colors are pink and red.
- Yo Won loves to eat chicken tenders.
- During her free time, she loves hiking.
- Her ideal type is…
- My Little Brother (2017), as Oh Soo Kyung
- Fists of Legend (2013), as Hong Kyu Min
- Perfect Number (2012), as Hwa Sun
- The Recipe (2010), as Jang Hye Jin
- May 18 (2007), as Park Shin Ae
- When Romance Meets Destiny (2005), as Ko Yoon Kyung
- Surprise Party (2002), as Wang Ha Yeong
- Afrika (2002), as Yo Won
- Take Care of My Cat (2001), as Hye Joo
- Attack the Gas Station! (1999), as Ggal Chi
- Scent of a Man (1998), as young Eun Hye
- Green Mothers’ Club (JTBC | 2022), as Eun Pyo
- The Running Mates: Human Rights (OCN | 2019), as Han Yoon Seo
- Different Dreams (MBC | 2019), as Lee Young Jin
- Avengers Social Club (tvN | 2017), as Kim Jung Hye
- White Nights (MBC | 2016-2017), as Seo Yi Kyung
- My Horrible Boss (JTBC | 2016), as Ok Da Jung
- Empire of Gold (SBS | 2013), as Choi Seo Yoon
- Horse Doctor (MBC | 2012-2013), as Kang Ji Nyeong
- 49 Days (SBS | 2011), as Song Yi Kyung
- The Great Queen Seondeok (MBC | 2009), as Queen Seondeok
- Cruel Love (KBS2 | 2007-2008), as Na In Jung
- Surgeon Bong (SBS | 2007), as Bong Dal Hee
- Fashion 70’s (SBS | 2005), as Du Mi
- Great Ambition (SBS | 2002-2003), as Yoon Yeo Jin
- Blue Love (KBS | 2001), as Lee Shin Woo
- Pure Heart (KBS2 | 2001), as Han Se Jin / Kang Hyun Joo
- Tough Guy’s Love (KBS | 2000), as Heo Ji Hye
- School 2 (KBS | 1999), as Kim Yeon Jin
- March (SBS | 1999), as Jung Yo Won
- I Hate You, But It’s Fine (SBS | 1998), as Lee Bit Na
Music Video Appearances
- Love Is All the Same (2012) – Yangpa
- I’m Terrible in Love (2009) – Shin Seung Hun
- Ice Doll (2007) – SeeYa
- Love’s Greeting (2007) – SeeYa
- Liquor (2006) – Vibe
- 울고 싶어지는 오후 (2002) – Ji Seo Ryeon
- I Wish You Happiness (2001) – WHY
- I Love You (2000) – Position
- To Her Lover (1999) – K2
- Will You Forgive Me (1999) – A4
- WAYO!WAYO! (1998) – O.P.P.A
- Please Baby Don’t Cry (1998) – Deep
- SBS Drama Awards 2013 – Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Drama Special – Empire of Gold
- SBS Drama Awards 2013 – Top 10 Stars – Empire of Gold
- SBS Drama Awards 2011 – Producers’ Award, Actress – 49 Days
- SBS Drama Awards 2011 – Top 10 Stars – 49 Days
- Asia Model Festival Awards 2010 – Special Award for Asian Drama – Queen Seondeok
- MBC Drama Awards 2009 – Top Excellence Award, Actress – Queen Seondeok
- Grimae Awards 2009 – Best Actress – Queen Seondeok
- SBS Drama Awards 2007 – Top 10 Stars – Surgeon Bong
- SBS Drama Awards 2007 – Netizen Popularity Award – Surgeon Bong
- SBS Drama Awards 2007 – Top Excellence Award, Actress – Surgeon Bong
- SBS Drama Awards 2005 – Top 10 Stars – Fashion 70’s
- SBS Drama Awards 2005 – Excellence Award, Actress in a Special Planning Drama – Fashion 70’s
- SBS Drama Awards 2002 – New Star Award – The Great Ambition
- Baeksang Arts Awards 2002 – Best New Actress (Film) – Take Care of My Cat
- Director’s Cut Awards 2001 – Best New Actress – Take Care of My Cat
- Blue Dragon Film Awards 2001 – Best New Actress – Take Care of My Cat
- Chunsa Film Art Awards 2001 – Best Actress – Take Care of My Cat
- KBS Drama Awards 2001 – Popularity Award – Blue Misty
- MBC Drama Awards 2019 – Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Monday-Tuesday Miniseries – Different Dreams
- Korea Drama Awards 2013 – Top Excellence Award, Actress – Empire of Gold
- MBC Drama Awards 2012 – Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Special Project Drama – Horse Doctor
- SBS Drama Awards 2011 – Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Drama Special – 49 Days
- KBS Drama Awards 2007 – Top Excellence Award, Actress – Bad Love
- Blue Dragon Film Awards 2007 – Best Leading Actress – May 18
Lee Yo Won is one of the most influential actress in the Korean entertainment industry. Well, she is really an iconic character. isn’t she?