Top Image Lee Yeon-hee Korean Actress
Lee Yeon-hee (Hangul: 이연희; born January 9, 1988) is a South Korean actress. She is most known for her work in the television series East of Eden (2008), Phantom (2012), Miss Korea (2013), Reunited Worlds (2017); and in the films A Millionaire’s First Love (2006), M (2007) and Detective K: Secret of the Lost Island (2015).
Lee was born in the Haenam County, South Korea and grew up in Bundang. In 2002, Lee successfully signed a contract with S.M. Entertainment after she won the category of “Best Feature” in the S.M. Entertainment Best Youth contest. For the contest, she acted out a monologue, singing to Dana The Grace’s “Until the End of the World”, and also did freestyle modeling poses. After she joined the company, she began intense training lessons on acting, singing, and dancing.
Soon after she joined S.M. Entertainment, Lee began her career by starring in music videos for SM artists, such as boy band TVXQ, Moon Hee-jun, Kangta, Shinhwa, and Fly to the Sky, overtaking SM artists Kim Bomi (of M.I.L.K.) and Lee Jiyeon (commonly known as LinA, of CSJH The Grace) as “The SM music video girl”. In the span of two years, she starred in eight music videos.
Though Lee had relatively steady work between modelling in magazines, commercial ads and appearing in music videos, she did not officially debut until late 2004. In November 2004, she starred as the younger version of the main character in the hit historical drama Emperor of the Sea, and appeared in the latter episodes of the daily drama My Lovely Family. Lee had her first major role in television in MBC’s mini-series One Fine Day (2006).