Lee Ji-ah Biography, Career, Age, Family, Spouse and Net Worth

This article will answer every question you have about Lee Ji-ah. Below are some of the frequently asked questions about her.

  1. What does Lee Ji-ah do for a living?
  2. Who are Lee Ji-ah’s parents and siblings?
  3. What are Lee Ji-ah’s interests and hobbies?
  4. Is Lee Ji-ah married or does she have a girlfriend/ boyfriend?
  5. Does Lee Ji-ah have any children?
  6. Where is Lee Ji-ah now?
  7. How tall is Lee Ji-ah?
  8. How much money does Lee Ji-ah earn?
  9. What is Lee Ji-ah’s net worth?

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 Who is Lee Ji-ah?

Kim Sang-Eun, professionally known as Lee Ji-ah is a famous South Korean actress. Ji-ah rose to popularity with her role in the television drama The Legend (2007). She went on to appear in Beethoven Virus (2008), Athena: Goddess of War (2010), Me Too, Flower! (2011), Thrice Married Woman (2013), My Mister (2018), and The Penthouse: War in Life (2020-2021).

Lee Ji-ah Career


She made her acting debut in the fantasy television series The Legend alongside Bae Yong-Joon in 2007. The high-profile, big-budget production rose her immediately to stardom. She then won the Best New Actress award, Popularity award, and Best Couple award(alongside Bae) at the year-end MBC Drama Awards. Lee then earned the Best New Actress for TV at the Baeksang Arts Awards the following year. She starred in 2008’s Beethoven Virus wherein she played a violinist who gets diagnosed with a disease that leads to complete hearing loss.

Lee was then cast in Style, a TV series based on the 2008 chick-lit novel of the same title. She was inspired by The Devil Wears Prada and played a hardworking assistant to a perfectionist fashion magazine editor played by Kim Hye-soo. Lee later starred in the Korean-Japanese romance movie The Relation of Face, Mind, and Love together with Kang Ji-hwan, which marks Lee’s big-screen debut. She joined the 7-part ”Telecinema” series, which brought together Korean stars and directors, and Japanese writers in late 2009. Each ”Telecinema” was launched in movie theaters and also aired on television on SBS.

She co-starred together with Jung Woo-sung, Soo Ae, and Cha Seung-won in the 2010 spy series Athena: Goddess of War, a spin-off to 2009’s Iris. Lee then starred in the television drama Me Too, Flower! portraying an ill-tempered police officer who falls in love with a young millionaire masquerading as a parking attendant in 2011. When her five-year deal with Bae’s agency KeyEast expired on December 21, 2011, Lee signed with Will Entertainment in March 2012. She then took on the leading role in Thrice Married Woman in 2013.


She signed up with a new management agency, HB Entertainment in April 2014. This was followed by a 3-picture deal with Hollywood indie outfit Maybach Film Productions as a screenwriter. She starred in the two-episode fantasy drama Snow Lotus Flower in 2015. She made her big screen comeback in the action thriller movie Musudan in 2016. In May of the same year, she exited HB Entertainment and signed with the new management agency BH Entertainment. In 2018, following a 3-year hiatus, she made her comeback to the small screen in the melodrama My Mister. She was then cast in the horror mystery drama The Ghost Detective the same year. In 2020, Lee starred in the TV series The Penthouse: War in Life aired on SBS TV from October 26, 2020, to September 10, 2021.

A photo of Lee Ji-ah
A photo of Lee Ji-ah

How old is Lee Ji-ah?

Lee Ji-ah, officially known as Kim Sang-Eun is aged 44 as of 2022, having been born on August 6, 1978, in South Korea. Lee moved back to Korea in early 2005 and legally changed her name from Kim Sang-Eun to Kim Ji-ah and adopted the stage name Lee Ji-ah. She shares her birthday with famous people including Nessa Barrett, Morgz, Veronica Merrell-Burriss, Vanessa Merrell, Yung Filly, Charlotte McKinney, Michelle Yeoh, Robin van Persie, Melissa George, David Robinson, and George Jung, among others.

Lee Ji-ah Family

Who are Lee Ji-ah’s parents?

Kim Sang-Eun was born in South Korea to her parents Kim Sa-young and his spouse. Her father was a businessman while her grandfather is educator Kim Soon-Heung (his pro-Japanese activities during the 1940s are controversial) and among the patrons for the creation of Seoul Arts High School and chairman of Kyunggi High School. Her family moved to the U.S. when she was in the 6th grade, and stayed there for 10 years.

Does Lee Ji-ah have siblings?

She has not disclosed much information about her family to the media and it is not known if she has any siblings.

Lee Ji-ah Education

Ji-ah attended Pasadena Art Center College of Design majoring in graphic design.

Lee Ji-ah Spouse

Lee was married privately to Korean pop/rock icon Seo Taiji from 1997 to 2006 when they split. The news about that marriage later surfaced on April 21, 2011after Sports Seoul broke the story, which was then confirmed by many media outlets. Their divorce case then surfaced in 2011 and they finally reached an out-of-court settlement through mediation in July 2011, which consisted of a non-disclosure agreement. In 2011 she confirmed that she was dating Athena co-star Jung Woo-sung after a photo was taken by a tourist on March 2011 of them on a date in Paris, surfaced on the internet.

Lee Ji-ah Kids

Ji-ah does not have any children of her own despite being married once in her life.

Lee Ji-ah Height

Ji-ah has a beautiful, sexy, and curvaceous body with an average height of 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m) and a weight of 55 kg (121 lbs).

Lee Ji-ah Net Worth

South Korean actress Lee Ji-ah has been active in the film industry from 2007 to the present. She has appeared in numerous films and has gathered an estimated net worth of $5 million as of 2022.



Year Title Role Notes
2009 The Relation of Face, Mind and Love Wang So-jung
2011 Athena: The Movie Han Jae-hee
2016 Musudan Shin Yoo-hwa
2020 Swimming Bird Eun-chae Short Film
2022 It’s Alright TVING Shorts Film

Television series

Year Title Role
2007 The Legend Sujini / Saeoh
2008 Beethoven Virus Du Ru-mi
2009 Style Lee Seo-jung
2010 Athena: Goddess of War Han Jae-hee
2011 Me Too, Flower! Cha Bong-sun
2013 Thrice Married Woman Oh Eun-soo
2015 Drama Special : Snow Lotus Flower Han Yeon-woo
2018 My Mister Kang Yoon-hee
The Ghost Detective Sun Woo-hye
2020–2021 The Penthouse: War in Life Shim Su-ryeon / Na Ae-kyo
2023 First Lady Hong Tae-ra

Television show

Year Title Role Notes
2021 Sea of Hope Cast member Head Chef
The Home Narrator Space Grand Documentary Project
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