Lee Jong-suk

Lee Jong-suk

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Updated On November 23, 2021
Yongin , South Korea
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Yongin , South Korea

Lee Jong-suk is one of the top Hallyu stars from South Korea. Lee Jong-suk is a remarkable actor and model. He has appeared in many popular films and TV dramas like Pinocchio, VIP, Hot Young Blood, As One, Doctor Stranger, W, etc.

Early Life

Lee Jong-suk was born on 14 September 1989 and he is currently 31 years old. He is a native of Yongin, South Korea, and his zodiac sign is Virgo. His name is written in his native language as 이종석 and in Hanja as 李鍾碩. While translating his name from Korean to English, it can be spelled as I Jong Seok or Yi Chongsŏk among others.

There is no information regarding his parents, siblings, and other personal details. Talking about his educational journey, Jong-suk graduated from Konkuk University in the year 2016. There, he obtained a degree in Professional Motion Pictures and Art.

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Caption: Lee Jong-suk referring to actress Ha Ji-won as ‘the greatest person to me’ on his Instagram post. Source: Instagram

Career and Professional Life

Lee Jong-suk is one of the top Hallyu Stars. Jong-suk is a remarkable actor as well as a model. The popular actor made his debut in the South Korean entertainment industry as a runway model in the year 2005. Back then, Jong-suk became the youngest male model who participated in Seoul Fashion Week.

Jong-suk then made his official acting debut with the 2010 TV series Prosecutor Princess. The same year, he played the role of Baek Hyun Wook in the movie Ghost. The actor began gaining attention after he played the role of Han Tae-sun in the drama Secret Garden. It is a 2010-2011 TV drama starring the popular South Korean actors Ha Ji-won, Hyun Bin, Yoon Sang Hyun, and Kim Sa-rang in the lead roles.

Moreover, with his appearance in drama series High Kick Season 3, My Prettiest Moments, Potato Star 2013QR3, and films As One, R2B: Return to Base, The Face Reader, No Breathing, Hot Young Bloods, and V.I.P, his fame reached a new height.

Likewise, he gained wider fame as an actor with his role as Go Nam-soon in the 2012-2013 TV drama School 2013. For this role, Jong-suk bagged his 1st acting award. He took home the “Best New Actor” at the 2012 KBS Drama Awards. The same year, he ranked #5 in Gallup Korea’s sure Actors Who Lit Up 2013. 

Subsequently, Jong-suk appeared in I Can Hear Your Voice alongside actors  Lee Bo-young, Yoon Sang Hyun, and Lee Da-hee. For this role, Jong-sook bagged the “Excellence Award” in the male category. This was at the Korea Drama Awards.

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Caption: Lee Jong-suk appearing in the poster of the drama Doctor Stranger. Source: Finance Rewind

Wider Recognition

Moreover, Lee Jong-suk is also recognized for his roles in Doctor Stranger, Pinocchio, W, While You Were Sleeping, The Hymn of Death, and Romance Is a Bonus Book. He won the title “Top Excellence Award, Actor” for his role in Pinocchio at the 27th Grimae Awards in 2014. At this award ceremony, Jong-suk became the youngest actor to win the “Best Actor” chosen by TV cinematographers.

The young actor took home numerous awards for his role as Park Hoon in Doctor Stranger and as Choi Dal Po/Ki Ha Myung in Pinocchio including “Most Popular Actor”, “Top 10 Stars”, “Top Excellence Award, Actor”, “SBS Special Award”, and “Best Couple Award” among others.

Additionally, he also received the Grand Prize (Daesang) award at the 2015 Korea Brand Stars. He won this award again in the year 2016 at the MBC Drama Awards and also at the 2017 SBS Drama Awards.

Furthermore, he also sang the OST songs Come To Me (내게 와) and Would You Know (그대는 알까요) for the 2017 TV drama While You Were Sleeping. Besides his career in the entertainment industry, he is also an entrepreneur who owns the dining cafe 89Mansion, located in Sinsa-dong, Seoul, South Korea.

Furthermore, he also worked alongside the Chinese actress Zheng Shuang for the Chines drama Jade Lovers. As he gained success and fame in China, his wax figure went on display in Hong Kong’s Madame Tussauds. The actor himself unveiled his wax figure in a ceremony. VIP marked Jong-suk’s lead role as a villain.

Then in July 2017, the Korea Tourism Organization appointed him the Goodwill Ambassador for Korean tourism. The Korean Tourism Organization released promotional videos featuring him called 8 Episodes of Korea. 

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Caption: Lee Jong-suk playing the lead role of a villain in VIP. Source: Twitter

Personal Life

Lee Jong-suk is famous for his close friendship with the fellow actor and model Kim Woo-bin. The two are the co-stars of the TV drama School 2013. Even before working together on this drama, Woo-bin and Jong-suk knew each other since their modeling days.

Talking about the actor’s relationship status, he is single at present. There are no confirmed past relationships and affairs either. However, Jong-suk has been involved in numerous rumors related to this dating life. Many have speculated that Jong-suk was romantically involved with his on-screen lovers in his real life too.

Some actresses that he has been linked with in the past are his co-stars Bae Suzy, Jin Se Yeon, Park Shin-Hye, and Han Hyo-Joo. Besides his co-stars, there was also a rumor in August 2019 that he was romantically involved with Kwon Nara. He and Kwon share the same talent management agency, A-Man Project.

This rumor was quite shocking as the two remarkable actors never shared on-screen romances like other previous rumors of Jong-suk. However, their agency strongly denied this rumor and confirmed that he and Kwon share a junior-senior relationship within the agency.

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Caption: Lee Jong-suk photographed during his fan meeting in August 2018. Source: Instagram

Military Enlistment

He enlisted for the mandatory national military service on 8 March 2019. Due to his car accident at the age of 16 years, he tore his anterior cruciate ligament. As a result, the actor was deemed unfit for an active-duty soldier for his military service. Therefore, he worked as a public service officer. The actor was actually expected to complete his service on 31 December 2020. However, Jong-suk discharged from the military on 2 January 2021.

Body Measurements

Lee Jong-suk’s height is 6 feet 1 inch or 1.85 meters and his weight is around 72 kgs. Other than this, the actor’s other body measurements like his chest-waist-hip measures, dress size, shoe size, biceps, etc are unknown. Moreover, Jong-suk has dark brown eyes and hair of the same color.

Social Media and Net Worth

Talking about the actor’s social media presence, Lee Jong-suk is available on Instagram under the username @jongsuk0206. As of April 2021, Jong-suk has earned over 18.8 million followers. Besides this, Jong-suk also has an official account on the Chinese social media site – Weibo. Other than this, we can find updates about this famous actor on his official website lee-jongsuk.com. 

Moving on, he is one of the highest-paid South Korean actors. Jong-suk reportedly earns around $50,000 per episode. Further, his net worth is estimated at approximately $50 million US dollars or more.