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Lee Jong-suk (Hangul: 이종석, born 14 September 1989) is a South Korean actor and model. He debuted in 2005 as a runway model, becoming the youngest male model ever to participate in Seoul Fashion Week. Lee’s breakout role was in School 2013 (2012) and he is also well known for his roles in I Can Hear Your Voice (2013), Doctor Stranger (2014), Pinocchio (2014), W (2016), and While You Were Sleeping (2017).
Lee majored in Professional Motion Pictures and Art at Konkuk University and graduated from the university in 2016.
At 16, Lee began his modelling career at the Seoul Collection walkway in 2005, making him the youngest male model to debut in the Seoul Collection program at Seoul Fashion Week. Since then, he has walked in a number of fashion shows.
Lee trained as an idol group member for three months, and had signed on with an agency to debut. However, he quit after the agency broke their promise of debuting him as an actor. He took part in a selection for actors at SBS TV station when he was in middle school.
In 2010, Lee made his official acting debut in the South Korean TV series Prosecutor Princess. He also made his big-screen debut in the horror movie Ghost.
2011–2013: Rising popularity and Breakthrough
Lee started to gain recognition following his supporting role in the hit drama Secret Garden where he played a talented young composer with a surly attitude and a forbidden crush on the second male lead. In 2011, he appeared in MBC’s sitcom High Kick Season 3 where he gained further popularity. Lee also starred in the film R2B: Return to Base in 2012, a loose remake of the critically acclaimed 1986 film Top Gun.
Lee’s breakout role came as a high school student in the teen drama School 2013. He received his first acting award for the role at the 2012 KBS Drama Awards under the category Best New Actor. He also ranked fifth according to a survey entitled ‘Actors Who Lit Up 2013’ by Gallup Korea.
Following the success of School 2013, Lee starred in the critically acclaimed drama series I Can Hear Your Voice with Lee Bo-young. He played Park Soo-ha, an intelligent young man who can read minds. Originally slated for 16 episodes, the drama was extended by 2 episodes due to its successful ratings. He received the Excellence Award in the male category at the Korea Drama Awards for his performance. Lee then starred in the sports film No Breathing and had a supporting role in the box office hit The Face Reader.
2014–2015: Rising popularity in China
In 2014, he starred in teen romantic comedy Hot Young Bloods, playing a cheesy womanizer. Lee then starred in hit medical drama Doctor Stranger, playing a North Korean defector who works as a doctor in South Korea. The drama was a success in China, gaining 400 million views.
Lee next starred in Pinocchio opposite actress Park Shin-Hye. He played the protagonist Choi Dal-Po, a first-year reporter at a broadcasting company who struggles with the idea of justice and truth in a world where everyone wants to hide the facts. Pinocchio was another hit, with a reported revenue of 6.2 billion won (US$5.62 million) for broadcasting rights in just one year.
Lee’s performances in the dramas Doctor Stranger and Pinocchio earned him acting accolades, including the Male Top Excellence Award at the 8th Korea Drama Awards. He also became the youngest actor to win the Best Actor award at the 27th Grimae Awards, chosen by television cinematographers.
Due to Lee’s success in China, a wax figure of him went on display in Hong Kong’s Madame Tussauds, which the actor unveiled himself in a ceremony. Lee was also cast in his first Chinese drama entitled Jade Lovers alongside actress Zheng Shuang. The drama, filmed in Shanghai, is described as a fantasy romance series set in the 1930s. Lee later released a photobook titled 2014-2015 Asia Tour Story ~With~, comprising photos taken off Lee’s meetings with fans in seven Asian cities during a nine-month tour.
2016–present: New agency and continued success
In December 2015, Lee left his previous agency Wellmade Yedang and signed an exclusive contract with YG Entertainment on May 10, 2016.
In July 2016, Lee returned to the Korean small screen with MBC’s fantasy thriller W alongside Han Hyo-Joo. The drama topped popularity charts in Korea and Lee won the Daesang (Grand Prize) at the year-end MBC Drama Awards. The same year, he co-starred in the promotional web drama First Seven Kisses for Lotte Duty-Free.
In 2017, Lee starred in the crime film VIP, marking his first lead role as a villain. Lee then starred in the supernatural-procedural drama While You Were Sleeping alongside Bae Suzy in September.
In July of the same year, Lee was appointed Goodwill Ambassador for Korean tourism by the Korea Tourism Organization. The organization also released promotional videos featuring the actor, titled “8 Episodes of Korea”, which focused on tourist spots in 10 different regions including Seoul, Gyeonggi, Gangwon, Jeju, and Gyeongju.
In 2018, Lee was cast in the 2-episode drama Hymn of Death, a remake of the 1991 film Death Song.. Lee signed with new management agency YNK Entertainment once his contract with YG Entertainment ended.
Lee is best friends with fellow model-actor and School 2013 co-star Kim Woo-bin, whom he has known since their modeling days.