Lee So-yeon (born April 16, 1982) is a South Korean actress. She is best known for her roles in the films Untold Scandal (2003) and Feathers in the Wind (2004), and the television series Spring Waltz (2006), Temptation of an Angel (2009) and Dong Yi (2010).
Lee So-yeon first drew notice in the period film Untold Scandal, playing the Cécile role in the 2003 Korean adaptation of Les Liaisons dangereuses. She has since played villains in several television dramas, namely Super Rookie, Spring Waltz, Temptation of an Angel, and in her most high-profile yet, Korean history's famous femme fatale Jang Hui-bin in Dong Yi. Seemingly a victim of typecasting on TV, Lee was finally given her first leading role in the romantic comedy Why Did You Come to Our House? (also known as Wanted: Son-in-Law). More lighthearted fare followed with My Life's Golden Age (about a family of siblings), and My Love By My Side in which she played a cheerful single mother. In 2012 she returned to period dramas as a gisaeng in Dr. Jin, followed by the contemporary daily dramas The Birth of a Family and Ruby Ring.
Unlike her TV series, Lee's films are a more diverse mix of mainstream and indie. Feathers in the Wind in particular brought her critical raves, with Darcy Paquet of Koreanfilm.org crediting Lee's "considerable screen presence" in making her character "memorable."
Lee counts pansori and jazz dancing among her hobbies. In 2007, she was chosen to be the ambassador for the Jecheon International Music & Film Festival.
From September 2013 to March 2014, Lee appeared on the fourth season of reality/variety show We Got Married, in which celebrities are paired together as fake wedded couples; Lee's partner was pianist Yoon Han. She returned to acting in the cable drama 12 Years Promise in 2014.
Lee married an IT entrepreneur on September 12, 2015. In May 2018, it was reported that the couple were divorcing.
Awards and nominations
|2005||MBC Drama Awards||Best New Actress||Super Rookie||Nominated|
|2007||China Golden Rooster Awards
and Hundred Flowers Awards
|Best Actress in a Foreign Film||Bravo My Life||Won|
|2008||MBC Drama Awards||Best New Actress||My Life's Golden Age||Won|
|2009||SBS Drama Awards||New Star Award||Temptation of an Angel||Won|
|2010||MBC Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actress||Dong Yi||Won|
|2011||SBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actress in a Weekend/Daily Drama||My Love By My Side||Won|
|2012||MBC Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries||Dr. Jin||Nominated|
|2013||MBC Entertainment Awards||Excellence Award, Actress in a Variety Show||We Got Married||Won|
|SBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actress in Weekend/Daily Drama||The Birth of a Family||Nominated|
|KBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actress in a Daily Drama||Ruby Ring||Won|
|2016||MBC Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Serial Drama||Beautiful You||Nominated|
|2017||MBC Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries||Man Who Dies to Live||Nominated|
|2019||MBC Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Weekend/Daily Drama||Blessing of the Sea||Nominated|