Lee El: Profile, Plastic Surgery, and Dating Rumor with Kim Jae-wook

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Lee El, the Grandmother Samsin

Kim Ji-hyun, also known by Lee El, is a South Korean actress. She is best known for her supporting roles in some box office television series such as Guardian: The Lonely and Great God, A Korean Odyssey, Inside Men, It’s Okay, That’s Love, and many more. She also played the lead role in the film What a Man Wants. Lee El is playing as a Samshin Halmoni (Grandmother Samsin) in the Goblin drama. Grandmother Samsin is the triple goddess of childbirth and fate in Korean mythology.

Lee El’s Profile and Facts

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Full Profile

  • Birth Name: Kim Ji-hyun
  • Korean Name: Lee El
  • Hangul: 김지현 / 이엘
  • Birthdate: August 26, 1982
  • Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea
  • Height: 168 cm
  • Weight: 48 kg
  • Star Sign: Virgo
  • Profession: Actress
  • Talent Agency: Artist Company
  • Education: Performing Arts Major at Sungkyunkwan University
  • Social Media: Instagram – Lee El


  • She appeared in Knowing Bros episode 120 along with Song Ji-hyo.
  • Lee El is narrating a Goblin special on Gong Yoo and Kim Go-eun’s love story.
  • Lee El showed her pole dancing skill on Radio Star.
  • Lee El is an introvert.
  • She had a difficult time in high school and ended up dropping out.

Lee El’s Filmography

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Lee El’s Movie List

Year Title Role
2019 Call Young Sook’s mother
2018 What a Man Wants Jenny
2015 Inside Men Joo Eun-hye
2014 Man on High Heels Do Do
2014 Actress Is Too Much Sarah
2012 Masquerade Ahn Gae-shi
2012 Pacemaker Choi Min-kyung
2010 The Yellow Sea Joo Young (Tae Won’s mistress)
2009 Secret Young Suk


Lee El’s Drama Series

Year Title Role Network
2019 When the Devil Calls Your Name
Seo Ji-young tvN
2018 Matrimonial Chaos Jin Yoo-young KBS2
2017 A Korean Odyssey Ma Ji-young tvN
2017 Black Yoon Soo-wan OCN
2016 Goblin Birth Grandmother tvN
2016 Entourage herself (ep. 13-14) tvN
2016 Monster Ok Chae-ryung MBC
2015 Imaginary Cat Dokgo Soon MBC every1
2015 Hello Monster Ji Hyun-sook (cameo) KBS2
2015 My Beautiful Bride Son Hye-jung OCN
2015 Divorce Lawyer in Love Han Mi-ri SBS
2014 More Than a Maid Yoon Seo’s wife JTBC
2014 Liar Game Oh Jung-A (Jaime) tvN
2014 It’s Ok, This Is Love Se Ra SBS
2014 Mother’s Garden Kim Ja-kyung MBC
2013 Drama Festival – Swine Escape
Wol-hyang MBC
2013 7th Grade Civil Servant Park Soo-young MBC
2012 Wild Romance Mi Jin KBS2
2011 The Princess’ Man Mae Hyang KBS2
2011 Detective in Trouble Yoo Hye-min KBS2
2011 Drama Special Series: White Christmas Oh Jung-hye KBS2
2009 Cheer Up on Love Min Joo SBS


Lee El’s TV Shows

Year Title Network
2016 Life Bar tvN
2016 Lipstick Prince: Season 1 tvN

Lee El’s Theater List

Year Title Role
2011-2012 Return to Hamlet So Hee

Awards and Nominations

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Result Year Award Category Nominated Work
Nominated 2018 KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Matrimonial Chaos
Nominated 2016 35th MBC Drama Awards Golden Acting Award, Actress in a Special Project Drama Monster
Nominated 2016 53rd Grand Bell Awards Best Supporting Actress Inside Men