Lee Dong Wook: Complete Guide To His Dramas, Career & Awards

Lee Dong Wook is one of the most popular and handsome actors. Here are all details about his life, dramas, career, and awards.

Lee Dong Wook is a South Korean actor and model who is known for his great acting. In 1999, he made his acting debut in a one-episode drama on MBC. Since then, he has become one of South Korea’s best-known actors and has been in many popular dramas and movies.

Lee Dong Wook has hosted a number of variety shows, including “Strong Heart,” and has also been a brand ambassador for a number of companies. His parents were both teachers, and he has an older brother. As a child, he was shy and kept to himself, but he loved acting very much.

With the 2005 romantic comedy My Girl, he became a big star. During its run, the drama was a big hit in Korea and across Asia, making him a Korean Wave star. He went to Joongbu University the same year and studied media and broadcasting arts.

Hangul Name이동욱
Date Of BirthFebruary 6, 1981
BirthplaceSeoul, South Korea
NationalitySouth Korean
AgencyKing Kong By Starship Entertainment
Recent DramaBad and Crazy

Lee Dong Wook joined the military in August 2009 and was discharged in June 2011. He worked for the National Defense Public Relations Service. He is well-known in South Korea and around the world because of his unique, deep voice and charming personality.

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Korean Dramas

Lee Dong Wook started his acting career in 1999. Since then, he has been in many dramas and movies. Goblin is one of his most well-known dramas. The drama was a hit, and its success helped his acting career get back on track.

1. Bad and Crazy

Hangul: 배드 앤 크레이지

Year: 2021

Soo Yeol has spent his whole life as a materialistic police detective. When he meets ‘K,’ a hero of this generation who fights injustice with a fist and doesn’t ask questions, he changes into a champion for justice and fights against police corruption.

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4 star rating

Main Cast (Characters):

  • Lee Dong Wook as Soo Yeil
  • Han Ji Eun as Hee Gyeom
  • Wi Ha Joon as ‘K’
  • Cha Hak Yeon as Oh Kyung Tae

No. Of Episodes: 12 (70 min. each)

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2. Tale Of The Nine-Tailed

A gumiho named Lee Yeon abdicates his position as the guardian mountain spirit of Baekdudaegan to search for the reincarnation of his one true love, Ah Eum. While working on a mission, Yeon met Nam Ji Ah, a smart and dauntless producer at TVC Station.

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Cast –

  • Lee Dong Wook as Lee Yeon
  • Jo Bo Ah as Nam Ji Ah / Ah Eum
  • Kim Bum as Lee Rang
  • Kim Yong Ji as Ki Yoo Ri

No. Of Episodes – 16

Watch On – Netflix, Viki, Prime Video

3. Strangers From Hell

Hangul: 타인은 지옥이다

Year: 2019

Jong Woo goes to Seoul from the country when his friend Jae Ho gives him a job offer. He finds a cheap hotel while looking for a place to live. He makes the decision to stay there for six months. But strange things start to happen with him.

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4 5 star rating

Main Cast (Characters):

  • Im Shi Wan as Yoon Jong Woo
  • Lee Dong Wook as Seo Moon Jo
  • Lee Jung Eun as Eom Bok Soon
  • Ahn Eun Jin as Seo Jung Hwa

No. Of Episodes :10 (60 min. each)

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4. Touch Your Heart

Yoon Seo has a scandal that damages her career. Later, she earns a chance to earn a major role in an upcoming drama. But, she must first take a job working as a secretary to a lawyer named Jung Rok. Eventually, they fall in love.

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Cast –

  • Lee Dong Wook as Kwon Jung Rok
  • Yoo In Na as Oh Yoon Seo
  • Lee Sang Woo as Kim Se Won
  • Son Sung Yoon as Yoo Yeo Reum

No. Of Episodes – 16

Watch On – Netflix, Viki

5. Life

The medical drama is about Ye Jin Woo, a doctor who values life above all else, doctor Goo Seung Hyo who values numbers above all else, and those around them who help or oppose them in their different approaches to medicine.

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Cast –

  • Lee Dong Wook as Ye Jin Woo
  • Cho Seung Woo as Gu Sung Hyo
  • Won Jin Ah as Lee No Eul
  • Lee Kyu Hyung as Ye Sun Woo

No. Of Episodes – 16

Watch On – Netflix

6. Goblin

Kim Shin (Goblin) is framed as a traitor and killed by the young king. Years after his death, he is cursed by the almighty to stay immortal forever. He meets Ji Eun Tak who claims to be his bride. The story revolves around four main characters.

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Cast –

  • Gong Yoo as Kim Shin
  • Kim Go Eun as Ji Eun Tak
  • Lee Dong Wook as Grim Reaper
  • Yoo In Na as Sunny

No. Of Episodes – 16

Watch On – Netflix, Viki, MX Player

7. Bubblegum

Ri Hwan and Haeng Ah are childhood friends. As the director of a hospital, Ri Hwan cares for his patients and his mother, while Haeng Ah is a feisty radio producer. Despite their differences and after all these years, they complement each other.

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Cast –

  • Jung Ryeo Won as Kim Haeng Ah
  • Lee Dong Wook as Park Ri Hwan
  • Lee Jong Hyuk as Kang Seok Joon
  • Park Hee Bon as Hong Yi Seul

No. Of Episodes – 16

Watch On – Free Streaming Sites

8. Blade Man

A wealthy man who develops a supernatural ability – his anger and pain manifest as knives sprouting from his body, meets a warmhearted girl who becomes entangled in his life and heals his heart and he learns to deal with his inner pain.

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Cast –

  • Lee Dong Wook as Joo Hong Bin
  • Shin Se Kyung as Song Se Dong
  • Kim Gab Soo as Joo Jang Won
  • Han Jung Soo as Go Ja Kyung

No. Of Episodes – 18

Watch On – Viki, YouTube

9. Hotel King

An heiress fights to keep her hotel working with the help of the general manager who attempts to take revenge on his father. While the two fall in love, they gradually learn about secrets surrounding the death of the late chairman.

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Cast –

  • Lee Dong Wook as Cha Jae Wan
  • Lee Da Hae as Ah Mo Nae
  • Im Seul Ong as Sun Woo Hyun
  • Wang Ji Hye as Song Chae Kyung

No. Of Episodes – 32

Watch On – Free Streaming Sites

10. The Fugitive Of Joseon

Set during the reign of King Injong, a royal family physician desperate to cure his ailing daughter becomes a fugitive when he gets involved in a plot to poison the crown prince, and fights to save both his daughter’s life and his own.

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Cast –

  • Lee Dong Wook as Choi Won
  • Kim Yoo Bin as Choi Rang
  • Song Ji Hyo as Hong Da In
  • Im Seul Ong as Lee Ho

No. Of Episodes – 20

Watch On – Free Streaming Sites

11. Wild Romance

Moo Yeol, a star baseball player who is arrogant with a temper gets into an incident with Eun Jae, an outgoing and quirky bodyguard which results in him hiring her as his private bodyguard despite the two hating each other.

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Cast –

  • Lee Dong Wook as Park Moo Yeol
  • Lee Si Young as Yoo Eun Jae
  • Kang Dong Ho as Kim Tae Han
  • Oh Man Suk as Jin Dong Soo

No. Of Episodes – 16

Watch On – Viki

12. Scent Of A Woman

A drama about a non-married, low-ranking office worker who is given numbered days to live. Yeon Jae is given the grim prognosis that she only has a short time left to live, so she decides to quit her job and live her life to the fullest.

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Cast –

  • Kim Sun Ah as Lee Yeon Jae
  • Lee Dong Wook as Kang Ji Wook
  • Uhm Ki Joon as Chae Eun Suk
  • Seo Hyo Rim as Im Se Kyung

No. Of Episodes – 16

Watch On – Viki, YouTube

Awards & Achievements

Lee Dong Wook hasn’t won much awards compared to other famous actors but is recognised by people all over the world.

Strangers From Hell

  • Dangerously Attractive Character Award – 2019 OCN Drama Awards


  • Best Supporting Actor – 2019 Annual Soompi Awards
  • Best Supporting Actor – 2019 Annual DramaFever Awards

Scent Of A Woman

  • Top 10 Stars, Top Excellence Award – 2011 SBS Drama Awards

Lee Dong Wook was chosen to be an honorary ambassador for the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang. On January 12, he went to the Taepyeongno Press Center in Seoul to be named an honorary ambassador for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Wrapping Up

That’s it! This was all the details that you need to know about Lee Dong Wook. He has a large following on social media and is considered one of the most handsome actors in South Korea. He is one of the most ideal oppa for girls.

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