Lee Kwang-soo’s Appearance in Variety Show
Aside from being an actor, Lee Kwang-soo is well known as a comedian. He is very witty and has a good humor sense. He was always labeled as a ‘dumber’ or ‘betrayer’ in Running Man.
Lee began his career in variety shows through the popular variety show called Running Man. He was chosen as one of the cast members along with his best friend Song Joong-ki. Unfortunately, Song Joong-ki left Running Man on April 2011. But, Kwangsoo is still a cast member even till today.
In 2015, he was chosen as a cast member in Perhaps Love Season 2, where he was coupled with Lynn Hung.
In 2018, Netflix announced that they will release a variety show called Busted!. Lee was chosen as a cast member for that program along with his co-worker in Running Man, Yoo Jae-suk.
|2010–present||Running Man||Cast member||SBS|
|2015||Perhaps Love Season 2||Cast member (with Lynn Hung)|
Lee Kwang-soo’s Appearances in Music Videos
Lee Kwang-soo is also known as a model. He has starred in 10 music videos so far. He began his career as a model for MV through LeeSsang’s격산타우 MV in 2011. In the same year, he also appeared in VF6DOLE’s “Oh Fresh Men” (The Bachelor’s Vegetable Store OST) MV along with Ji Chang-wook, Kim Young-kwang, Shin Won-ho and Sung Ha.
In 2012, he appeared in Skull and HaHa’s “Busan Vacance” MV, Fanta CF, Fanta Idol Season 1, and Fanta Idol Season 2.
In 2013, he appeared in Byul’s “You Are the Best”teaser and KARA’s “Runaway” MV. Two years later, he was chosen as a model of his friend group TURBO’s “Again” MV. His latest appearance in Music Video was Cosmic Girls’s “MOMOMO” MV.
|2012||Oh Fresh Men (The Bachelor’s Vegetable Store OST)||VF6DOLE (with Ji Chang-wook, Kim Young-kwang, Shin Won-ho and Sung Ha)|
|Busan Vacance||Skull and HaHa|
|Fanta CF||Baek Jin-hee and Kang Seung-yoon (WINNER)|
|2013||Fanta Idol Season 1||Jung Eun-ji and Niel (Teen Top)|
|Fanta Idol Season 2||Niel (Teen Top) and Jung Eun-ji|
|You Are the Best’s Teaser||Byul|
Lee Kwang-soo’s Achievement in Awards Shows
During his career from 2008 until now, Lee has been nominated in several awards shows whether because of his acting or his variety skill.
The first award that he received was Hot CF Star from 2nd Mnet 20’s Choice Awards in 2008. A year later, he won CF Model Award at the 4th Asia Model Festival Awards. In 2011, he got his first award in the variety show category as Best Newcomer in Variety at the 5th SBS Entertainment Awards.
Lee Kwang-soo also received a lot of recognition from the public in 2014. He won four different categories of awards at that time. He won Excellence Award, Actor at the 7th Korea Drama Awards, Popular Star Award, Actor at the 3rd APAN Star Awards, Excellence Award in Variety at the 8th SBS Entertainment Awards, and Special Award, Actor in a Miniseries at the 22nd SBS Drama Awards.
2016 was the year that Kwangsoo’s career reached its highest peak. He won six awards at the time. He won Variety Influence at the Jumei Awards Ceremony, Prime Minister Award at the 7th Korean Popular Culture & Arts Awards, Best Couple with Jung So-min at the 15th KBS Entertainment Awards, Top Excellence Award in Variety Show at the 10th SBS Entertainment Awards and Top Entertainer Award at the 6th Korea Film Actors Association Awards.
|2008||2nd Mnet 20’s Choice Awards||Hot CF Star||N/A||Won|
|8th MBC Entertainment Awards||Best Newcomer in Comedy / Sitcom||Here He Comes||Nominated|
|2009||4th Asia Model Festival Awards||CF Model Award||N/A||Won|
|2010||4th SBS Entertainment Awards||New Star Award||Running Man||Nominated|
|2011||5th SBS Entertainment Awards||Best Newcomer in Variety||Won|
|2012||48th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best New Actor||Wonderful Radio||Nominated|
|33rd Blue Dragon Film Awards||All About My Wife||Nominated|
|26th KBS Drama Awards||Best Supporting Actor||The Innocent Man||Nominated|
|2013||7th SBS Entertainment Awards||Friendship Award||Running Man||Won|
|Viewer’s Choice: Most Popular Star||Won|
|2014||7th Korea Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actor||It’s Okay, That’s Love||Won|
|3rd APAN Star Awards||Popular Star Award, Actor||Won|
|8th SBS Entertainment Awards||Excellence Award in Variety||Running Man||Won|
|22nd SBS Drama Awards||Special Award, Actor in a Miniseries||It’s Okay, That’s Love||Won|
|2015||Hong Kong’s YouTube Ads Leaderboard||2015 Season One Best Commercial Award||Nestle’s Fruitips Ad||Won|
|Fashionista Awards||Best Male Fashionista||N/A||Won|
|2016||Sina Weibo Night Awards||Asia Popularity Award||N/A||Won|
|Jumei Awards Ceremony||Variety Influence||N/A||Won|
|7th Korean Popular Culture & Arts Awards||Prime Minister Award||N/A||Won|
|15th KBS Entertainment Awards||Best Couple with Jung So-min||The Sound of Your Heart||Won|
|10th SBS Entertainment Awards||Top Excellence Award in Variety Show||Running Man||Won|
|2017||6th Korea Film Actors Association Awards||Top Entertainer Award||N/A||Won|
|11th SBS Entertainment Awards||Best Couple Award with Jeon So-min||Running Man||Won|
Lee Kwang-soo’s Income is More Than 1 Billion Won
Lee Kwang-soo is one of the most popular actors in South Korea. Not only popular in Korea however, he also reached popularity with an overseas audience. Due to his popularity domestically and abroad, people are questioning how much is Kwang-soo’s income?
On Septermber 2017, Asiae reported about Kwang-soo’s income. It is said that he was paid 800,000 won after debuting and his income has risen up to 200 million won in the five year span of his career.
He will get 50 million won to 100 million per episode and 400 million won for his CF deals. The article also said that it seems that he gets billions of won just from China alone.
On Nate Pann, Lee Kwang-soo is ranked number one along with Big Bang, EXO and SHINee for the highest CF income. He receives 1 billion won (900,000 USD) for one CF deal.