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Lee Sun Gyun (Korean Actor)

Updated on August 28, 2011

All about Lee Sun Gyun: His Bio, Photos, Films and Videos

You may know Lee Seon-gyoon (Lee Sun Gyun) as the cocky and difficult chef in Korean drama Pasta or the sweet and charming music producer in The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince but did you know that there's so much more to this versatile South Korean actor?

He has already acted in several movies and dramas and the diversity of the roles he has taken on is quite impressive. In 2010 he won the Best Actor award at the Las Palmas de Gran Canaria International Film Festival in Spain for his work in arthouse film Paju. He also won a Golden Acting Award at the 2007 MBC Drama Awards for his role in White Tower.

Learn more about this fine Korean actor, and see photos and videos of his TV series and commercials right on this page.

Photo courtesy of the Lee Sun Gyun Facebook Page

Who is Lee Sun Gyun? - A short biography of the talented Korean actor.

Lee Seon Gyeon
Lee Seon Gyeon

South Korean actor Lee Seon-gyoon was born on March 2, 1975. He took up acting and graduated from the Korea National University of Arts. In 2001, he debuted in the musical The Rocky Horror Show.

Lee graduated from the Korea National University of Arts and took up acting at the Seoul Unification Arts Institute. His acting debut was in the musical The Rocky Horror Show in 2001. Since then, he appeared in several dramas and movies in supporting roles but he finally attained lead actor status in 2007 with MBC's popular romantic TV series The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince and the critically-acclaimed medical drama White Tower.

Among his recent projects are the TV series Pasta in which he plays a tough and headstrong Italy-trained chef who falls in love with the kitchen assistant / junior cook; K-drama Triple which reunited him with Lee Yoon-jung (director of Coffee Prince and Taereung National Village); a Jeonju Digital Project short by arthouse director Hong Sang-soo; and Paju for which he won a Best Actor award at the Las Palmas de Gran Canaria International Film Festival in Spain.

According to the film's producer TPS Company, the film festival in Spain awarded Lee the best male actor for his restrained tone of acting which well expressed the agony of a man who has fallen in love with his wife's sister.

Lee was appointed as ambassador for the Health Insurance Review Agency in 2007 and he also won an award from the Korean Advertisers' Association in 2008.

Information sourced from Wikipedia and DramaWiki / Photo from HanCinema

Lee Seon Gyoon in his award-winning role as Joong-shik in "Paju" (2009)

Lee Seon Gyoon in his award-winning role as Joong-shik in "Paju" (2009)
Lee Seon Gyoon in his award-winning role as Joong-shik in "Paju" (2009)
Lee Seon Gyoon
Lee Seon Gyoon

Lee Sun Gyun's Profile and Filmography

Quick facts about this prolific South Korean actor

Name: Lee Sun Gyun (Lee Seon Kyoon)

Profession: Actor

Birthdate: March 2, 1975

Height: 180cm

Weight: 70kg

Star sign: Pisces

Blood type: A

Family: Wife - actress Jun Hye Jin and son (born 2009-Nov-25)

Talent agency: J & H Film


Psycho Drama (short, 1999)

Make It Big (2002)

Surprise Party (2002)

A Perfect Match (2002)

Boss X-File (2002)

Scent of Love (2003)

Show Show Show (2002)

Hitchhiking (short, 2004)

My Mother, the Mermaid (2004)

Love, So Divine (2004)

R-Point (2004)

Sa-kwa (2005)

Curry Rice Story (short, 2006)

The Customer is Always Right (2006)

A Cruel Attendance / Educating Kidnappers (2006)

Our Town (2007)

Romantic Island (2008)

Night and Day (2008)

Lost in the Mountains (Jeonju Digital Project short, 2009)

Paju (2009)

Oki's Movie (2010)

Petty Romance (2010)

TV Series

Lovers (MBC, 2001)

Thousand Years of Love (SBS, 2003)

Drama City: Sweet 18 (KBS, 2003)

Drama City: Semi-transparent (KBS, 2004)

Drama City: Innocent Love (KBS, 2005)

Drama City: Love of a Spider Woman (KBS, 2005)

Loveholic (SBS, 2005)

Best Theater: Taereung National Village (MBC, 2005)

Best Theater: Behind (MBC, 2006)

Fugitive Lee Doo Young (KBS, 2006)

White Tower (MBC, 2007)

The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince (MBC, 2007)

My Sweet Seoul (SBS, 2008)

Triple (MBC, 2009)

Pasta (MBC, 2010)

Drama Special: Our Slightly Risque Relationship (KBS, 2010)

Music videos

"You Remain in My Heart" (Lucid Fall, 2001)

"Arirang" (SG Wannabe, 2007)

"Between Hidden Time" (Yoon Gun, 2008)

Musical theater

The Rocky Horror Show (2001)

Grease (2003)

Information from Wikipedia and DramaWiki

Lee Sun Gyun as music director Choi Han Seong in "Coffee Prince" (2007)

Lee Sun Gyun as music director Choi Han Seong in "Coffee Prince" (2007)
Lee Sun Gyun as music director Choi Han Seong in "Coffee Prince" (2007)

Watch and listen to Lee Sun Gyun (as Choi Han Seong) singing "Ocean Travel" - A scene from the K-drama series "The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince"

Below is a video clip of a scene from The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince which shows Lee Sun Gyun (as music producer Choi Han Seong) singing Tearliner's tender ballad "Ocean Travel" to his girlfriend Han Yoo Joo (Chae Jung Ahn) on the phone. This is one of the sweetest, most memorable moments in the series.

Buy a DVD of The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince (with English Subtitles) - Lee Sun Gyun plays the charming music producer Han Seong in the series.

Coffee Prince is based on a romance novel titled Coffee Prince Ilhojeom by Seon-mi Lee. Go Eun Chan (Yoon Eun Hye) is a tomboyish girl who tries to make ends meet by taking on various jobs. She meets food mogul Choi Han Kyul (Gong Yoo) who mistakes her for a boy and hires her to work in his coffee shop. Hilarity and heartbreak ensues when they fall for each other before he even learns that she is a woman after all. Soft-spoken music producer Choi Han Seong (Lee Sun Gyun) enters the picture and forms a bizarre love triangle with the two although he has love problems of his own with his longtime sweetheart Han Yoo Joo (Chae Jung Ahn).

Korean Tv Series: Coffee Prince w/ English Subtitles
Korean Tv Series: Coffee Prince w/ English Subtitles

The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince is not the first Korean drama I saw but it's the first one I really loved. Watch it from beginning to end, you won't regret it!


Lee Sun Gyun as the hard-to-please Chef Choi Hyun-wook in "Pasta" (2010)

Lee Sun Gyun as the hard-to-please Chef Choi Hyun-wook in "Pasta" (2010)
Lee Sun Gyun as the hard-to-please Chef Choi Hyun-wook in "Pasta" (2010)

Watch Lee Sun Gyun in a cute scene from "Pasta" - Lee Sun Gyun plays head chef Choi Hyun-wook in this series.

Here's a video clip of one of the scenes from Korean drama Pasta, starring Lee Seon Gyoon and Kong Hyo-jin. It's the scene where Chef Hyun-wook admits to kitchen assistant / junior cook Yoo Kyung that he likes her back. Watch and revel in their amazing chemistry.

Buy a DVD of Pasta (Korean Drama) - Lee Sun Gyun plays the stuck-up head Chef Choi Hyun Wook in this TV series.

Pasta is a light and refreshing love story between a young kitchen assistant / junior cook and the big boss, their Italian restaurant's Head Chef. Lee Sun Gyun was so convincing as the cocky and difficult head chef Choi Hyun Wook that it was hard to believe that the tender & charming Choi Han Seong in Coffee Prince was played by the same person. Get a copy of the DVD, it's worth watching over and over.


A K-drama about a young kitchen assistant who dreams of becoming a top pasta chef and eventually falls in love with her head chef starring Lee Sun Gyun and Kong Hyo-jin.


A Lee Sun Gyun tribute video - A compilation of video clips featuring the actor in his various roles and photo shoots.

The following video is a tribute to Lee Sun Gyun and it shows clips and photos of him in his various movie and TV drama roles. Enjoy!

Lee Sun Gyun Photo Gallery - A collection of pics of the dashing Korean actor.

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Lee Sun Gyun TV Commercials - A collection of Korean ads featuring the actor.

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      3 years ago

      hai lee sun you super actor

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      your biggest fan 

      4 years ago

      Lee Sun Gyun you are perfect and the BEST actor i have ever known in the world! You changed my life. I wake up and sleep thinking of you. and only you. also you such beautiful person !!!!!!!!!!!!!! KAMSAHAMNIDA CHEFFF!!!!!

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      6 years ago

      SARANGHAE OPPA!!!! lol just kidding. i've heard its creepy for Korean guys to hear non-Korean girls say that to them..(like he's ever gonna see this comment. lol) but seriously. I LOVE YOU!!!

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      8 years ago from Sweden

      Such a good looking young man with a beautiful name!

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      8 years ago

      You've done a great job, nice tribute to him.


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