- January 13, 1987 (age 36)
- Actor, Singer, Master of Ceremonies
Lee Seung-gi (born: January 13, 1987) is a South Korean singer, actor, MC and entertainer. Lee is well known as a member of the first season of weekend variety show 1 Night 2 Days from November 2007 to February 2012, and the MC of talk show Strong Heart from October 2009 to April 2012.
Scouted by singer Lee Sun-hee, Lee Seung-gi trained for 2 years before debuting on 5 June 2004 at the age of 17. Because You're My Girl, his debut song from his first album The Dream Of A Moth, was a popular ballad which created a "liking older women" syndrome in South Korea. With this song, he won the "Best Newcomer" award in various music awards ceremonies in 2004 such as the M.net KM Music Festival and Seoul Music Awards. In 2007, he also won the "Best Male Solo Artist" award in the M.net KM Music Festival with his song White Lie from his third album Story Of Separation.
Lee released a digital single Will You Marry Me in 2009, which became a big hit in South Korea although there was no official promotion. With this single, he received the "Digital Single Bonsang" award in the 24th Golden Disk Awards. In 2010, he recorded a duet version of his 2007 song Smile Boy with South Korean figure skater Kim Yuna, and the song was the official 2010 FIFA World Cup commercial song in South Korea. He also received the "Digital Single Bonsang" award for the second consecutive time in the 25th Golden Disk Awards with his song Love Taught Me To Drink even though it was not promoted actively.
In 2005, Lee guest-starred in MBC's sitcom Nonstop 5. He then officially debuted as an actor in KBS's 2006 weekend drama The Infamous Chil Sisters.
In 2008, he was offered the lead role in MBC's historical drama The Return of Iljimae, but was forced to turn down the offer due to his tight schedule.
He was cast as the main male character in SBS's weekend drama Brilliant Legacy in 2009, starring with Korean actresses Han Hyo-joo and Moon Chae-won. The drama maintained its top spot in viewer ratings for ten consecutive weeks and ended on 26 July 2009 with its 28th episode attaining a high viewer rating of 47.1%. The huge success boosted Lee's popularity as an actor both locally and internationally. With this drama, he received the "Excellence in Acting" award, the "Top 10 Stars" award and the "Best Couple" award with Han Hyo-joo in the 2009 SBS Drama Awards.
His performance in 2010 SBS's Wednesday-Thursday drama My Girlfriend Is a Nine-Tailed Fox earned him his second "Excellence in Acting" award, "Top 10 Stars" award and "Best Couple" award with his co-star Shin Min-a in the 2010 SBS Drama Awards.
Lee took another acting challenge in 2014 with starring in SBS's drama You're All Surrounded airing from April 30, 2014 on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 21:55. The story revolves around rookie detectives working at a police station in Gangnam District, Seoul. His acting received many compliments for the detailed expression and emotions.
In July 18, after he finished his drama, his agency confirmed that Lee will be starring in the movie Love Forecast (also known as Today's Love). Beforehand, Lee continuously received proposals for film appearances, but it always ended up having scheduling conflicts, made Love Forecast as his first movie to debut in big screen.
Lee's family members consist of his father, mother and one younger sister. He's very conservative and private about his family personal life. In January 2014, Lee Seung-gi and Girls' Generation's Im Yoona were confirmed to be in a relationship since September 2013.
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