Lee Jong Suk: Complete Guide To His Career, Dramas & Awards

Lee Jong Suk is one of the most famous actor known for his cuteness. Here are all the details about his personal life, career, awards, and achievements.

Lee Jong Suk is a South Korean actor and model who is best known for his romance and action dramas. He debuted in 2005 as a runway model, becoming the youngest male model ever to participate in Seoul Fashion Week.

He went to Konkuk University and studied Professional Film and Art. He graduated from the university in 2016. After three months of training as a member of an idol group, he signed with an agency to make his debut. But he quit after the agency broke their promise to make him an actor.

When he was in middle school, he tried out for an acting job at the SBS TV station. Lee’s first official role was in the South Korean TV show Prosecutor Princess, which aired in 2010. He also got his start on the big screen in the scary movie Ghost.

Hangul Name이종석
Date Of BirthSeptember 14, 1989
BirthplaceGyeonggi, South Korea
NationalitySouth Korean
AgencyHighZium Studio
Recent DramaBig Mouth

During a variety show, he said that he has Scopophobia, which means he is afraid of getting attention. When he’s in front of big crowds or at a press conference, his face gets red and he sweats a lot.

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On December 31, 2022, Lee’s agency said that he was dating singer and actress IU. The agency for IU also confirmed that the two were dating, which had been going on for four months before the official announcement.

Korean Dramas & Movies

Lee Jong Suk’s breakthrough role was as a high school student in the teen drama School 2013. For this role, he won his first acting award at the 2012 KBS Drama Awards in the category for Best New Actor.

1. Big Mouth

Chang Ho is an underperforming lawyer. He winds up in charge of a murder case that turns him overnight into a genius conman known as “Big Mouse.” In order to survive, he must expose a huge conspiracy among the privileged upper classes.

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Cast –

  • Lee Jong Suk as Park Chang Ho
  • Im Yoon Ah as Ko Mi Ho
  • Yang Kyung Won as Gong Ji Hoon
  • Kim Joo Heon as Choi Do Ha

No. Of Episodes – 16

Watch On – Disney+

2. Romance is a Bonus Book

Dan Yi is a copywriter trying to find a job. Finally, she gets a job at a publishing company by lying about her background. Eun Ho is the chief editor at that publishing company. As they become involved in each other’s life more than often, a love story begins to unfold.

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Cast –

  • Lee Na Young as Kang Dan Yi
  • Lee Jong Suk as Cha Eun Ho
  • Jung Yoo Jin as Song Hae Rin
  • Wi Ha Joon as Ji Seo Joon

No. Of Episodes – 16

Watch On – Netflix

3. The Hymn Of Death

Hangul: 사의 찬미

Year: 2018

During the time when Japan was in charge of Korea, a married man named Woo Jin falls in love with the first Korean singer, Shim Deok. She records “Praise of Death” in 1926, and it becomes the first Korean pop song. There fate ends tragically.

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3 5 star rating

Main Cast (Characters):

  • Lee Jong Suk as Kim Woo Jin
  • Shin Hae Sun as Yun Shim Deok
  • Park Seon Im as Jung Jum Hyo
  • Lee Ji Hoon as Hong Nan Pa

No. Of Episodes: 6 (35 min. each)

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4. While You Were Sleeping

Jae Chan, a prosecutor, decides to interfere in the course of events and ends up saving the lives of Hong Joo and Woo Tak. When the three of them start having dreams about one another, they realize that their lives are now somehow connected.

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Cast –

  • Bae Suzy as Nam Hong Ju
  • Lee Jong Suk as Jung Jae Chan
  • Jung Hae In as Han Woo Tak
  • Lee Sang Yeob as Lee Yu Beom

No. Of Episodes – 32

Watch On – Viki, Kocowa

5. W: Two Worlds

Yeon Joo, who starts to read a webtoon ‘W’ written by her father is pulled into the webtoon world of W. While she is in the webtoon, she saves Kang Cheol, and becomes entangled in a murder mystery.

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Cast –

  • Han Hyo Joo as Oh Yeon Joo
  • Lee Jong Suk as Kang Cheol
  • Kim Eui Sung as Oh Sung Moo
  • Lee Tae Hwan as Seo Do Yoon

No. Of Episodes – 16

Watch On – Netflix, Viki

6. Pinocchio

Hangul: 피노키오

Year: 2014

Choi In Ha becomes a broadcast journalist, especially when she suffers from a condition “Pinocchio syndrome” which makes her break out into hiccups whenever she lies. Her colleague reporters pursue justice as they try to discover themselves in the process.

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4 star rating

Main Cast (Characters):

  • Lee Jong Suk as Choi Dal Po
  • Park Shin Hye as Choi In Ha
  • Kim Young Kwang as Seo Beom Jo
  • Lee Yoo Bi as Yoon Yoo Rae

No. Of Episodes: 20 (58 min. each)

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7. Doctor Stranger

Hangul: 닥터 이방인

Year: 2014

In North Korea, Park Hoon is trained to become a doctor. He then flees to South Korea & begins to work as a doctor in South Korea’s top hospital, but he feels like a complete outsider. To bring his love from North Korea, he does anything to make money.

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3 star rating

Main Cast (Characters):

  • Lee Jong Suk as Park Hoon
  • Jin Se Yeon as Song Jae Hee
  • Kang So Ra as Oh Soo Hyun
  • Park Hae Jin as Han Jae Joon

No. Of Episodes: 20 (60 min. each)

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8. I Hear Your Voice

Hangul: 너의 목소리가 들려

Year: 2013

Hye Sung becomes a lawyer & comes to a realization about society and justice after meeting Soo Ha, a boy who reads other people’s thoughts, and Kwan Woo, an innocent lawyer who lives a disciplined life. Together they solve the toughest cases.

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4 star rating

Main Cast (Characters):

  • Lee Jong Suk as Park Soo Ha
  • Lee Bo Young as Jang Hye Sung
  • Yoon Sang Hyun as Cha Kwan Woo
  • Lee Da Hee as Seo Do Yeon

No. Of Episodes: 18 (60 min. each)

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9. School 2013

The drama revolves around the struggles that modern-day Korean youth face, such as bullying, suicides, school violence, deteriorating teacher-student relations, and other high school issues, all within one small classroom at Victory High School.

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Cast –

  • Lee Jong Suk as Go Nam Soon
  • Kim Woo Bin as Park Heung Soo
  • Choi Daniel as Kang Se Chan
  • Jang Na Ra as Jung In Jae

No. Of Episodes – 16

Watch On – Viki

10. High Kick! The Revenge of the Short Legged

Hangul: 하이킥! 짧은 다리의 역습

Year: 2011

The drama is about the lives of the Ahn family and their neighbours, who are down on their luck and trying to get back on their feet. When the husband’s business goes out of business, he and his wife move into the house of her brother, which causes trouble.

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3 5 star rating

Main Cast (Characters):

  • Ahn Nae Sang as Himself
  • Yoon Yoo Sun as Herself
  • Lee Jong Suk as Ahn Jong Suk
  • Park Ha Sun as Herself

No. Of Episodes: 123 (23 min. each)

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Besides Korean dramas, Lee Jong Suk has also appeared in various movies –

11. Decibel

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A former navy commander gets a call that bombs are being set up in locations filled with people. The bombs are called “sound bombs,” and they will go off when the sound gets more than 100 decibels. The commander tries to stop the attacks by terrorists.

12. V.I.P.

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Gwang Il arrives in South Korea through planning by the NIS in South Korea and the CIA in America. He becomes a suspect in a series of murders. Detective Yi Do knows by intuition that Gwang Il is the culprit, but NIS Agent Park Jae Hyuk protects him.

13. Hot Young Bloods

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The movie depicts the loves, rivalries, and friendships between four high school students Gwang Shik, leader of a male gang, Young Sook, leader of a female gang, Joong Gil, a playboy & So Hee, a new transfer student.

14. No Breathing

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Woo Sang and Won Il are two swimmers. Not only do they become rivals, but they also fall for the same girl. The two very different young men begin training for an upcoming swimming competition, battling for love and friendship.

15. The Face Reader

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By looking at a person’s face, Nae Kyung can figure out who they are, how they think, and what they do. This leads him to the royal courts, where he becomes involved in a power struggle between Prince Suyang and general Kim.

Awards & Achievements

Lee Jong Suk has received various awards such as Daesang, Baeksang, and more along with other achievements.

Big Mouth

  • Grand Prize (Daesang), Best Couple – 2022 MBC Drama Awards

While You Were Sleeping

  • Top Excellence Award, Best Couple – 2017 SBS Drama Awards

W: Two Worlds

  • Grand Prize (Daesang), Top Excellence, Best Couple – 2016 MBC Drama Awards


  • Most Popular Actor – 2015 Baeksang Arts Awards
  • Top Excellence Award – 2015 Korea Drama Awards
  • SBS Special Award, Best Couple, Top 10 Stars – 2015 SBS Drama Awards

I Can Hear Your Voice

  • Excellence Award, Top 10 Stars – 2013 SBS Drama Awards
  • Best Couple, Excellence Award – 2013 Korea Drama Awards
  • Best Couple – 2013 APAN Star Awards

School 2013

  • Best New Actor – 2012 KBS Drama Awards

Gallup Korea did a survey called “Actors Who Lit Up 2013,” and Lee Jong Suk was ranked fifth. The Korea Tourism Organization gave him the job of Goodwill Ambassador for Korean tourism in July of 2017.

Lee Jong Suk’s popularity in China led to a wax figure of him being put on display at Madame Tussauds in Hong Kong. Lee himself took part in a ceremony to unveil the figure.

Wrapping Up

This was the complete guide to help you get to know the actor Lee Jong Suk. He is loved by the audience around the world for his handsome face and fantastic acting, and this made him a popular hallyu star.

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