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Lee Min-jung (이민정; born February 16, 1982) is a South Korean actress. She began her career in Jang Jin's stage plays, and for a few years appeared in supporting roles on film and television. She became known after her appearance in Boys Over Flowers (2009), and landed her first lead role in family drama Smile, You (2009). Lee achieved widespread recognition for her leading role in the romantic comedy Cyrano Agency (2010). She also starred in Wonderful Radio (2012), Big (2012), Cunning Single Lady (2014) and Come Back Mister (2016).
Lee began her career in playwright/filmmaker Jang Jin's stage plays, then appeared in the Christian-themed indie Pruning the Grapevine, while doing minor roles on film and television. She became a household name in 2009 through her supporting role in the popular high school series Boys Over Flowers, which then landed her first leading role in the weekend drama Smile, You. The same year, she won the Best New Actress award at the Korean Association of Film Critics Awards for her performance in the mystery thriller White Night.
Lee's breakout role was in romantic comedy Cyrano Agency in 2010, where she swept Best New Actress awards at various local award-giving bodies.
Commercials and endorsements flooded in, and Lee gained a "goddess" label in the press. One of the challenges of her next film Wonderful Radio, was to strip her of that image. She successfully carried the film, with one review praising her as "expertly swinging from girly ditz, through self-centered pop diva (with memorable temper tantrums), to serious singer-songwriter." Co-star Lee Jung-jin said her actual personality is similar to the character's - "really upbeat and outgoing."
After playing a disillusioned fiancée to an ambitious fund manager in Midas, Lee returned to the romantic comedy genre in the body-swapping TV series Big written by the Hong sisters. In 2013 she starred in another rom-com series All About My Romance, about a secret relationship between two politicians of rival parties. This was followed by Cunning Single Lady in 2014, in which she played the titular character who schemes to win her ex-husband back now that he's rich and successful.
In 2018, Lee is scheduled to return with a SBS weekend drama Fates & Furies. She will re-unite with her former co-star Joo Sang-wook from Cunning Single Lady as main leads.
Her maternal grandfather was renowned painter Park No-soo, who led the first generation of modern traditional Korean ink painters who emerged after the country's liberation from Japanese rule. Park died on February 25, 2013, at the age of 86.
Lee married actor Lee Byung-hun on August 10, 2013 at the Grand Hyatt Seoul. The couple had briefly dated in 2006, then resumed their relationship in 2012. Lee gave birth to their first child, Lee Joon-hoo, a boy, on 31 March 2015.
|1999||The Gate of Destiny||Icarus member|
|2003||Wishing Stairs||Jin-sung's ballet dance double|
|2004||Someone Special||Yi-yeon's friend|
|2005||Wet Dreams 2||Second year student #3|
|2007||Pruning the Grapevine||Yoon Soo-ah / Helena|
|2009||Searching for the Elephant||Soo-yeon|
|White Night||Lee Si-yeong|
|2010||Cyrano Agency||Kim Hee-joong|
|2012||Wonderful Radio||Shin Jin-ah|
|2005||Love and Sympathy||Kim Young-joo||SBS|
|2006||Love Me When You Can||Ha Jung-hwa||MBC|
|2007||Kimcheed Radish Cubes||Lee Min-do||MBC|
|2008||Who Are You?||Yang Ji-sook||MBC|
|2009||Boys Over Flowers||Ha Jae-kyung||KBS2|
|Smile, You||Seo Jung-in||SBS|
|2010||Sunday Drama Theater "Lunch Box"||Hee-young||MBC|
|2013||All About My Romance||Noh Min-young||SBS|
|2014||Cunning Single Lady||Na Ae-ra||MBC|
|2016||Come Back Mister||Shin Da-hye/Han Hong-nan||SBS|
|2018-2019||Fates & Furies||Goo Hae-ra||SBS|
Music video appearances
|2006||"Like a Man"||Fly to the Sky|
|2008||"Violin + Miss You"||Zia||Jung Kyung-ho|
|"Doll + A Man's Love"|
|2009||"Girls Like Bad Boys"||December||Kim Seung-woo|
|2009||"I Don't Care"||2NE1|
|Clumsy People||Yoo Hwa-yi|
|2007||The Game of Love and Chance||Silvia|
|2010||Lee Min-jung and Park Shin-hye||"It Was You"||Cyrano Agency OST|
|2012||Lee Min-jung||"Again"||Wonderful Radio OST|
|Lee Min-jung||"Write the Truth"|
|Lee Min-jung, Seo Young and Ahn Mi-na||"You're My Angel"|
Awards and nominations
|2009||SBS Drama Awards||New Star Award||Smile, You||Won|
|2010||Baeksang Arts Awards||Best New Actress (TV)||Nominated|
|Korean Association of Film Critics Awards||Best New Actress||White Night||Won|
|Grand Bell Awards||Best New Actress||Cyrano Agency||Won|
|Popularity Award, Actress||Won|
|Style Icon Awards||Style Icon - Movie Actress||Won|
|Blue Dragon Film Awards||Best New Actress||Won|
|Korea Jewelry Awards||Ruby Award||N/A||Won|
|University Film Festival of Korea||Best New Actress||Cyrano Agency||Won|
|Director's Cut Awards||Best New Actress||Cyrano Agency||Won|
|2011||Baeksang Arts Awards||Best New Actress||Nominated|
|InStyle Fashionista Award||N/A||Won|
|SBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actress in a Special Planning Drama||Midas||Nominated|
|2012||5th Herald Donga TV Lifestyle Awards||Style Icon Award||N/A||Won|
|KBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries||Big||Nominated|
|2013||Seoul International Drama Awards||Outstanding Korean Actress||Nominated|
|2014||MBC Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries||Cunning Single Lady||Nominated|
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