All About South Korean Actress Lee Tae-ran (Profile, Husband, Marriage, and Drama List)

Lee Taeran

Lee Tae-ran is a South Korean actress who has been active in the entertainment industry for twenty years. Her ethereal beauty and love for philanthropy have brought her steady fame and love from the public.

Complete Profile

Lee Taeran

Name: Lee Tae-ran (이태란)

Birthdate: March 25th, 1975

Birthplace: Yeonggwang County, South Jeolla

Blood Type: B

Height: 170 cm

Weight: 50 kg

Zodiac: Aries

Education: Haeseong International Convention High School, Hanyang University- College of Art (Theater and Film)

Entertainment Company: Yuleum Entertainment

Social Media: Instagram (@i_taeran)

Pre-Debut and Personal Life

Lee Tae-ran was born in Yeonggwang County, South Jeolla, South Korea, on March 25th, 1975. She was born into a small family and is the second child of two daughters. Although born in South Jeolla, Lee Tae-ran spent her childhood in Seoul as she moved to the region when she was a child.

She graduated from Haeseong International Convention High School and soon after worked for a company for three years. Besides her job in the company, she juggled with her part-time jobs at a cafe in Myeongdong and a Japanese restaurant in Daehangno. During her part-time jobs, she was discovered by an agent and was asked to play a minor role in a drama, thus starting her acting career.

In 2008, she enrolled in Hanyang University, College of Arts as a theater and film student. She enrolled in the university after expressing her sadness over her education. She revealed that she was sad that she was a mere high school graduate and wanted to get a higher education.

Drama and Movie Career

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Lee Tae-ran started her acting career through a minor role in an SBS drama after getting recruited by an agency while doing her part-time job in 1997. After appearing in her first drama, The Brother’s River, she entered the 1997 SBS Tope Talent Competition and won the grand prize. Her two first successes lead her to a flowery path in the acting industry. She starred in many different dramas and won her first award, The 1998 SBS New Star Awards, due to her performance in the drama Fascinate My Heart (1998). Only a year later,

she received another award, MBC New Star Award, for her role in Days of Delight (1999).

Her popularity only grew in the 2000’s when she starred in another drama, Who’s My Love (2002), as the character Lee Ha-na, a bubbly model. She was honored with the KBS Excellence in Acting Award for her amazing performance. In 2003, she received her first KBS Top Excellence in Acting Award due to her performance in Yellow Handkerchief (2003). In this drama, she played alongside Jo Min-ki, a fellow respectable actor, and played the character Yoon Ja-young.

Her fame is not only felt in Korea but also in its neighboring country China. In 2001, she became one of the most recognized actresses in China after successfully snatching a minor role as a Korean daughter-in-law who made it into a Chinese family. She gained her utmost fame in China after her drama Famous Princesses (2006) was aired on Hunan Television, which became a huge hit and was dubbed as the Overseas TV Drama of the Year. Her fame eventually led to her securing a lead role in the Chinese dramas The Lure of Cloud (2010), Di Jin (2011), For the Sake of Beauty (2012) and The Way We Were (2013).

Despite already having a numerous amount of films and dramas under her belt, in 2015, she took on three films and a drama for her latest works. She does all of this while also partaking in her philanthropic acts.

Drama List

Year Title Role TV Network Notes
1997 The Brothers’ River SBS TV debut
Over the Horizon Cho Soo-hee SBS
1998 Fascinate My Heart Eun Hee-soo SBS Won – SBS Drama Awards: New Star Award
Seven Brides SBS
1999 Love Now Jang Hye-ji SBS
Goodbye My Love Choi Hee-jung MBC
Days of Delight Goo Yoo-jung MBC Won – MBC Drama Awards: Best New Actress
2000 Soonpoong Clinic Oh Tae-ran SBS
More Than Love Seo Hee-joo MBC
All Above Eve MBC Cameo
2001 Hong Guk Young Ms Seo MBC
Navy Park So-yeon MBC
How Should I Be Yoo Ri MBC
Modern Family Park Yeon-hee CCTV&MBC
2002 Who’s My Love Lee Ha-na KBS2 Won – KBS Drama Awards: Excellence Award, Actress
2003 Yellow Handkerchief Yoon Ja-young KBS1 Won – KBS Drama Awards: Top Excellence Award, Actress
Long Live Love Lee Min-joo SBS
2004 The Woman Who Wants to Marry Jin Soon-ae MBC
2005 Best Mother Yoon So-young SBS
My Rosy Life Maeng Young-yi KBS2 Won – KBS Drama Awards: Popularity Award
2006 Famous Princesses Na Seol-chil KBS2 Won – KBS Drama Awards: Top Excellence Award, Actress
Won – KBS Drama Awards: Best Couple Award with Park Hae-jin
2007 Several Questions That Make Us Happy KBS2 Cameo
2008 My Precious You Jang In-ho KBS2 Nominated – KBS Drama Awards: Excellence Award, Actress
2010 Legend of the Patriots Lee Soo-kyung KBS1 Nominated – KBS Drama Awards: Excellence Award, Actress
The Lure of Cloud Shu Lin Hunan Television
2011 Di Jin Jin Yuan Shanghai East Movie Channel
2012 A Wife’s Credentials Hong Ji-sun jTBC
For the Sake of Beauty Han Yingzhu Zhejiang Television First aired on Shanghai TV Drama Channel
2013 The Way We Were Kazuko Miura Post-production
Goddess of Marriage Hong Hye-jung SBS
Wang’s Family Wang Ho-bak KBS2 Won – KBS Drama Awards: Excellence Award, Actress
2015 Make a Woman Cry Choi Hong-ran MBC


Movie List

Year Title Role Notes
1997 Story of a Man Hee-kyung Film debut
2006 My Boss, My Teacher Mi-ran’s sister Cameo
2007 Love Exposure Yoon Hee-soo Nominated – 28th Blue Dragon Film Awards (2007) for Best New Actress
Nominated – 45th Grand Bell Awards (2008) for Best New Actress
2013 My Boy I-cheon’s mother
2015 Granny’s Got Talent Mi-hee
Helios Yoon Hee-seon Cameo
Twenty Again Min-ha


Lee Tae-ran’s Private Wedding and Husband

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In 2014, Lee Tae-ran ended her single days with a private marriage at Villa de Bailey, Seoul. On March 1st, 2014, she held a private Christian wedding with her betrothed Shin Seung-wan, a businessman.

Despite having a private wedding, many reporters still gathered to see the beautiful star get married, and she greeted them all gracefully. Many of her co-stars also attended the wedding to give support on her happy day.