Prior to being an actress, LEE Ha-neui (aka Honey LEE) won the Miss Korea contest in 2006 and eventually earned third place in the Miss Universe contest in 2007. She also attended the prestigious Seoul National University. As a screen performer she debuted on the small screen in TV dramas in 2009, appearing in programs such as <Partner> (2009) and <Pasta> (2010). Her silver screen break came in 2011, when she featured in the action-thriller <Hit>. Her next role was as part of the principal cast of the smash hit 2012 disaster thriller <Deranged>, with KIM Myung-min. That same summer she also appeared in the Joseon Era period comedy <I Am a King>. After appearing in E J-yong’s ensemble mockumentary <Behind the Camera>, which screened at the Busan and Berlin International Film Festivals, among others. LEE was back in commercial fare with the highly anticipated sequel <Tazza: The Hidden Card> in 2014. That year she received a Popular Star Award from the Grand Bell (Daejong) Film Awards, and the next year was also nominated for the Best New Actress awards from the Grand Bell and Baeksang Arts Film Awards. Continuing to shed her image as merely a pretty face, LEE was next seen alongside LEE Sung-min in a role that required her both to speak Korean and English jn <Sori: Voice from the Heart>, which bowed during the Lunar New Year holiday in early 2016.
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