First-time Golden Globe nominee Lee Jung-jae was born on December 15, 1972, in Seoul, South Korea. He received his first Golden Globe nomination for the Netflix smash hit, Squid Game. One of the most notable South Korean actors, Jung-jae mesmerizes the audience whether on television or the big screen with his time-tested acting skills and distinctive presence. Jung-jae debuted as a fashion model then began his acting career on television, as a supporting role of the drama series Sandglass (1995).
His acting breakthrough came in the award-winning film An Affair (1998) and City of the Rising Sun (1998) which he received Best Actor at the domestic Blue Dragon Awards.
Over the years Jung-jae took on a diverse range of roles in multiple high-grossing films as well as TV drama series in South Korea. In 2010 he burst back into screens throughout the world with a leading role in The Housemaid (2010), competing for the Palme d‘Or at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. As a movie star he played the lead in multiple movies including The Thieves (2012), New World (2013), Assassination (2015), Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds (2017), Along With the Gods: The Last 49 Days (2018), Svaha: The Sixth Finger (2019).