Lee Phillip
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Lee Phillip
Lee Phillip
Lee Kwang-hoon

(1981-05-26) 26 May 1981 (age 38)
Alma materBoston University
George Washington University
Years active2007-present
AgentKatalyst Entertainment
Korean name
Revised RomanizationI Pillip
McCune-ReischauerI Pillip
Birth name
Revised RomanizationI Gwang-hun
McCune-ReischauerI Kwang-hun

Lee Phillip (born 26 May 1981), sometimes referred to as Lee Philip or Philip Lee, is a Korean-American actor. He is best known for his roles in South Korean television series such as The Legend (2007) and Secret Garden (2010).

Early life

Lee Phillip was born Lee Kwang-hoon in the United States.[1] He earned a bachelor's degree from Boston University and a master's degree in engineering from George Washington University.[2] His father Simon S. Lee is the chairman of STG Inc., a government contracting firm headquartered in Virginia, which employs more than 1,300 workers and takes in over US$220 million in annual revenue.[3] This led to the actor later being labeled in the Korean press as the son of a chaebol.[4] Lee speaks three languages: English, Korean and Spanish.[1]


Using the stage name Lee Phillip, he began his entertainment career in South Korea as a model, then made his acting debut in the 2007 fantasy series The Legend.[5][6] For his performance as the masked warrior Cheoro, Lee was nominated as Best New Actor at the 2007 MBC Drama Awards and the 2008 Baeksang Arts Awards.

More supporting roles followed; he played a lawyer in the crime drama The Slingshot (2009),[7][8] and a martial arts choreographer in the romantic dramedy Secret Garden (2010).[9] In 2012, Lee was cast as a Goryeo-era doctor in the period drama Faith, his third time to work with screenwriter Song Ji-na after The Legend and The Slingshot.[10] But he had to leave the series before its finale due to an eye injury.[11]


Year Title Role Network
2007 The Legend Cheoro MBC
2009 The Slingshot Do Jae-myung KBS2
2010 Secret Garden Im Jong-soo SBS
2012 Faith Jang Bin SBS

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2007 MBC Drama Awards Best New Actor
The Legend
2008 44th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actor (TV) Nominated


  1. ^ a b '' "? !". Sports Seoul (in Korean). 19 December 2007. Archived from the original on 21 February 2014. Retrieved .
  2. ^ "Philip Lee profile". DramaFever. Retrieved .
  3. ^ "Celebrities born with silver spoons". The Korea Times. 19 May 2013. Retrieved .
  4. ^ , ? ?...? '2?' . TV Report (in Korean). 28 December 2010. Retrieved .
  5. ^ Bae, Ji-sook (28 October 2007). "Actress Choi Most Searched online". The Korea Times. Retrieved .
  6. ^ "Actress Park Si-yeon, Philip Lee Deny Dating". Korea Times. 26 November 2009. Retrieved .
  7. ^ "Dream Team of The Slingshot". KBS Global. 27 April 2009. Retrieved .
  8. ^ "The Slingshot Gets Viewers to Hold Breath". KBS Global via Hancinema. 4 May 2009. Retrieved .
  9. ^ Ko, Jae-wan (21 July 2010). "Ha Ji-won cast as female lead in new SBS drama". TenAsia. Retrieved .
  10. ^ Ho, Stewart (18 July 2012). "Lee Philip as a Goryeo Dynasty Physician for Lee Min Ho and Kim Hee Sun's Faith". enewsWorld. Retrieved .
  11. ^ Ho, Stewart (19 October 2012). "Lee Philip Exits Faith Due to an Eye Injury". enewsWorld. Retrieved .

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