Lee Dong-wook - Updated Jun 2024

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Lee Dong-wook

Lee Dong-Wook is a famous South Korean actor, model, host, and entertainer. Lee Dong-Wook is currently famous for his roles in the fantasy dramas “Goblin” and “Tale of the Nine-Tailed”. Other than this, the veteran actor has worked on around 40 TV dramas and 5 films altogether from 1999 to 2020.

Early Life and Childhood

Lee Dong-Wook was born on November 6, 1981, and he is currently 41 years old. He hails from Seoul, South Korea. Likewise, his name is written in Korean as 이동욱 and in Hanja as 李棟旭.

Talking about his educational journey, he enrolled at Joongbu University in the year 2005 and he majored in media and broadcasting arts.


The talented actor was awarded the V-NESS Screen Award early in his career in 1999. This was supported by the SBS Drama, New Star Award for his role in ‘Land of Wine’.

He even became the Most Attractive Actor in Asia and Grand Prize (Cultural Diplomacy) Award at the 8th Cosmo Beauty Awards and 18th Han II Cultural Awards ceremonies respectively.

Likewise, his performance in the serial ‘Scent of a Woman’ got him the Top Excellence Award and Top 10 Stars at the SBS Drama Awards ceremony in 2011.

He received the Best Newcomer (MC) and Best Couple (with Shin Dong-yup) at the SBS Entertainment Awards in 2012 for his role as MC in ‘Strong Heart.’

Furthermore, he received the Fashionista Award as recognition of his overall performance at the 9th Asia Model Festival Awards ceremony in 2014.

In 2017, he won the Best Supporting Actor Award at the 5th Annual Drama Fever Awards ceremony for his role in ‘Guardian: The Lonely and Great God’.

Personal Life

Lee Dong-Wook enlisted in the military in August 2009. He was 27 years old at the time of enlistment. Moreover, the actor served under the National Defense Public Relations Service. Later in June 2011, the actor was discharged from the military service.

Talking about the actor’s relationship status, he is most probably single at present.

There have been no confirmed romantic relationships linked to the actor and he also has not shared photos indicating or confirming his romantic affairs on the internet. He also might be busy with his acting and modeling schedules to focus on dating.

Professional Life

Professionally, Lee Dong-Wook is a popular South Korean actor, model, entertainer, and host.

He is most popular for his leading roles in TV dramas like My Girl, Scent of a Woman, The Fugitive of Joseon, Hotel King, Guardian: The Lonely and Great God, Life, Touch Your Heart, Hell Is Other People and Tale of the Nine-Tailed.  

In recent years, he garnered immense fame for his role as a grim reaper in the drama Goblin (also called Guardian: The Lonely and Great God).

Likewise, he also hosted the talk show, Strong Heart, from 2012 to 2013, the boy group survival reality show Produce X 101 in 2019, and also his American-style talk show Wook Talk in 2019.

Goblin – Net Worth 2023

Moving on, he has a net worth estimation of approximately $10 million.

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Caption: Lee Dong-Wook in the poster of K-drama Life. Source: Instagram

The Beginning

Lee Dong-wook had his acting debut with the 1999 KBS2 drama Sunday Best “Coaching” and MBC drama Best Theater “There’s a World Outside of the Road” playing the role of Lee Sung-Joon.

The latter is a single-episode drama. He bagged the role after winning the grand prize in the V-NESS model contest the same year.

The PD proceeded to cast him in the teen drama School 2 which aired from 1999–2000 on KBS1. In this drama, he played the role of Lee Kang-san. He then started gaining fame and recognition with his performance in School 3.

Moreover, he rose to stardom with My Girl. It is a 2005 romantic comedy that became a hit during its run both domestically and across Asia. This eventually made him a Korean Wave star.

More TV shows and Films

Since then, he has appeared in a total of 40 TV dramas and 5 films.

The five films that he starred in are Arang in 2006 as Lee Hyun-ki; The Perfect Couple in 2007 as Kang Jae-hyuk; Heartbreak Library in 2008 as Kim Joon-oh; The Recipe in 2010 as Kim Hyun-soo; and The Beauty Inside in 2015 as Kim Woo-jin.

Moreover, he also appeared in the noir Bitter Sweet Life, courtroom dramedy Partner, melodrama Scent of a Woman, baseball rom-com Wild Romance, period thriller The Fugitive of Joseon, and revenge drama Hotel King.

In Hotel King, he reunited with My Girl co-star Lee Da-Hae. Additionally, the prominent actor also appeared in the fantasy-action series Blade Man and the romance drama Bubble Gum.

He also worked together with comedian Shin Dong-yup as the host of the talk show Strong Heart from April 2012 to January 2013. Later on, he also joined the reality show Roommate which aired from 2014 to 2015.

From 2016 to 2017, he once again shot to global fame with the drama Goblin aka Guardian: The Lonely and Great God. It is Kim Eun-sook’s fantasy-romance drama.

Moreover, Dong-Wook worked alongside Gong Yoo and played the role of a grim reaper. He also played the dual role of characters, Wang Yeo, from the past, and Kim Woo Bin from the present.

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Caption: Lee Dong-Wook photographed with the other male leads of the K-drama Goblin. Source: Pinterest

More Details

Then in 2018, Lee Dong-wook starred in the medical drama Life. His role in this drama is that of a doctor who works in the ER Department.

Later in 2019, he starred in the romance comedy drama Touch Your Heart alongside his costar from Goblin Yoo In-na. For this drama, he played the role of a workaholic lawyer.

The same year, he became the host of Produce X101. It is the fourth season of the popular survival audition program Produce 101.

Following this, he starred in the thriller drama Hell Is Other People as a dentist and also hosted his talk show called Wook Talk. He hosted his talk show to celebrate his 20th anniversary since his debut as an actor.

At the time of writing this biography (November 2020), he is playing the role of Lee Yeon in the fantasy drama Tale of the Nine-Tailed. Lee Yeon is a nine-tailed fox, a former mountain spirit, and guardian of Baekdudaegan.

This interesting drama also stars popular actors like Kim Bum, Jo Bo-Ah, Kim Jung-nan, Lee Tae-Ri, Hwang Hee, and Kim Yong-Ji among many others.

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Caption: Lee Dong-Wook in the poster of the K-drama Tale of the Nine-Tailed. Source: allkpop

Lee Dong-Wook – Body Measurements

Lee Dong-Wook stands tall at a height of 184 cm or 6 feet. Likewise, his weight is around 72 kg. Other than this, there is no information about his chest-waist-hip measures, biceps, dress size, shoe size, etc. Moreover, he has dark brown hair and eyes of the same color.

Lee Dong-Wook – Social Media

Talking about his social media visibility, Lee Dong-wook is available on the photo-sharing app Instagram under the username @leedongwook_official.

At the time of writing this biography (November 2020), the actor has shared 722 post shares and earned over 8.3 million followers. Likewise, he also has a Facebook page with over 325K followers at present. He is also available on Weibo.