South Korean actress Lee Bo-young began her acting career in the early 2000 and worked in television series like ‘Escape from Unemployment’, ‘Long Live Love’ (both 2003), ‘People of the Water Flower Village’, ‘Jang Gil-san’ and ‘Save the Last Dance for Me’ (all 2004). The last of these series had her in the role of the antagonist Yoon Soo-jin. The same year, she also made her film debut with the drama film ‘My Brother’. The next year, she played the lead role in the drama series ‘My Sweetheart My Darling’ which bagged her the Best New Actress award at the ‘KBS Drama Awards’. This was followed by the role of Princess Seonhwa of Silla in the period drama series ‘Ballad of Seodong’ which was telecasted in 2005-2006. Her other projects from 2005 to 2007 include tv series ‘Encounter’ (2005), ‘Mr. Goodbye’ (2006), ‘Queen of the Game’ (2006-2007) as well as the neo-noir action film movie ‘A Dirty Carnival’ (2006), which won her the Best New Actress award at the ‘Chunsa Film Art Awards’.
Lee Bo-young’s first big film role came in the year 2008 when she was cast as Haruko /Chun-ja in the heist comedy film ‘Once Upon a Time in Corea’. In this movie, along with actor Park Yong-woo, she played the role of a swindler who sets out to steal a priceless diamond from the Japanese army. For her work in the film, she earned the Best New Actress – Film nomination at the ‘BaekSang Art Awards’.
In 2009, she had two film releases – the drama film ‘I am Happy’ co-starring Hyun Bin and the romance drama movie ‘More Than Blue’ co-starring Kwon Sang-woo. In 2010, she played the lead role in two television series – ‘Becoming a Billionaire’ (as Lee Shin-mi) and ‘Golden House’ (Yoon Seo-rin) and made a guest appearance in another television series ‘Athena: Goddess of War’ (Jo Soo-young).
Lee Bo-young next starred in the role of Kang Jae-Mi in the romance comedy drama series ‘Hooray for Love’ (2011-2012) and as Han Ji-won in the revenge drama series ‘Man from the Equator’ (2012). While the first series won her the Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries at the ‘MBC Drama Awards’, the latter series won her the Excellence Award, Actress in a Mid-length Drama at the ‘KBS Drama Awards’.
She was then cast in the title role in the family comedy drama ‘My Daughter Seo Young’ (2012-2013). The series, wherein she played the role of the daughter who has a broken relationship with her father, gained massive popularity and became the highest rated Korean drama of the year 2013. It was also the biggest hit of her career at that time. This was followed by another popular series, the fantasy comedy drama ‘I Can Hear Your Voice’ (2013) wherein she portrayed the character of Hye-Sung Jang, a materialistic public defender who later learns to let go of her desire for money. The two series together won her the Top Excellence Award, Actress at the ‘APAN Star Awards’ and Grand Prize (Daesang) award at the ‘Korea Drama Awards’. Additionally, for her performance in ‘My Daughter Seo Young’, she won nominations at the ‘Baeksang Arts Awards’ (best actress - television) and the ‘KBS Drama Awards’ (Excellence Award, Actress in a Serial Drama). ‘I Can Hear Your Voice’, on the other hand, won her the Best Actress award at the ‘Baeksang Arts Awards’ and ‘Grimae Awards’ as well as the Grand Prize (Daesang) at the ‘SBS Drama Awards’.
Lee Bo-young was next seen in the role of Kim Soo Hyun, a mother who travel backs in time to bring her dead young daughter back to life in the fantasy mystery thriller series ‘God's Gift: 14 Days’ (2014) and as Shin Young-joo, the dismissed chief of criminal division who works as an undercover at a law firm in the legal thriller drama ‘Whisper’ (2017). During this time, she also did a minor voice role in the tv series ‘Pinocchio’ (2014). In 2018, she was seen in the mystery drama series ‘Mother’ wherein she played the role of Kang Soo Jin, an elementary school teacher who, in order to rescue a child abused by her family, kidnaps her and tries to become her mother. Lee Bo-young’s performance won her the Best Actress award at the ‘Seoul International Drama Awards’ and nominations at the ‘Baeksang Arts Awards’ (Best Actress-TV) and APAN Star Awards (Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries).
In 2020, she starred in the romance drama ‘When My Love Blooms’ and the following year was seen in black comedy series ‘Mine’.