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Sang Heon Lee

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BornMay 21, 1996 (28 years old)

Seoul, South Korea

NationalitySouth Korea[1]
Other namesDaniel Lee
Alma materUniversity of Northampton
Years active2023–present
RelativesGia Kim (sister)
Korean name


Revised RomanizationI Sangheon
McCune–ReischauerI Sanghŏn

Sang Heon Lee (Korean: 이상헌; born May 21, 1996) is a South Korean actor with a multicultural background.[1][2][3][4]

Lee rose lớn prominence from his acting debut by playing Min Ho in XO, Kitty (2023–present),[5] Netflix spin-off series from To All the Boys I've loved before films (2018–2021) based on the Young Adult best selling trilogy by American author Jenny Han.[6][7]

He made his film debut in the coming-of-age sports drama film, Gran Turismo (2023) in August 2023.[8]

Early life and education[edit]

Sang Heon Lee was born on May 21, 1996, in Seoul, South Korea. He has a sister, Gia Kim, who is four years older phàn nàn him.[3] Kim also is an actress portraying a fellow main character, Yuri, in XO, Kitty.[4][9][10] His sister uses a stage name, explaining them having different last names.[11][12] He spent most of his childhood and teenage years in Hong Kong because of his father's work.[13] During a podcast interview, Gia Kim states that their father was in the construction industry.[14] While living in Hong Kong, he attended an international school with his sister.[3][12]

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Lee began having an interest in acting from taking drama classes during high school years in Hong Kong,[2] which subsequently led him lớn major in Drama at the University of Northampton in England for his undergraduate study.[15] He attended the University of Northampton from năm trước lớn năm nhâm thìn.[3]

After graduating from the University of Northampton in năm nhâm thìn, Lee returned lớn South Korea lớn fulfill his military duty for two years.[2][3][16]


Upon finishing the mandatory military service, Lee did modeling gigs for a year and a half and worked various jobs.[11] His sister, Gia Kim, suggested Lee submit an audition tape for XO, Kitty, which became his first official audition for a major acting role. Before landing his debut breakout role as Min Ho, Lee appeared in a few projects as a background character and a reenactment actor in documentaries.[1][3][11]

Shortly after appearing in XO, Kitty, Lee plays a small role in a biographical film, Gran Turismo (2023), based on Jann Mardenborough's life and career as a professional race xế hộp driver, alongside David Harbour, Orlando Bloom, and Archie Madekwe, mix lớn be released on August 11, 2023.[8][17]

On June 14, 2023, Netflix announced the renewal of XO, Kitty for the season two; Lee will reprise his role as Min Ho.[18][19]

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Personal life[edit]

Lee is an avid rock climber, and has a separate Instagram trương mục dedicated lớn his climbing activity.[2][11]

During XO, Kitty press interviews, he mentions that he shares an affinity towards food, cooking, valuing friendships, and traveling with his character Min Ho.[3][13]

He taught himself how lớn cook properly by watching Gordon Ramsay YouTube videos during his undergraduate years in the UK living with his roommates trying lớn live on a budget while learning lớn eat healthy. Therefore, his cooking skills are more equipped towards Western cuisine phàn nàn Korean. He also is a self-professed foodie.[2]



Year Title Role Notes Ref(s)
2023 Gran Turismo Joo-Hwan Lee Film debut [8]


Year Title Role Ref(s)
2023–present XO, Kitty Min Ho [20]


  1. ^ a b c Yoon, HyoJeong (2023-06-04). "한국 담은 '엑스오, 키티' 유치한데 빠져드는 'K미드' [OTT 화제작]". 뉴스1 (in Korean). Retrieved 2023-06-11.
  2. ^ a b c d e Bergado, Gabe (2023-05-18). "XO, Kitty's Sang Heon Lee Is Your New Favorite Brash Heartthrob". Teen Vogue. Retrieved 2023-06-07.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Bradley, Faye (2023-05-18). "XO, Kitty's Hong Kong-raised Sang Heon Lee on his acting debut – interview". South Trung Quốc Morning Post. Retrieved 2023-06-07.
  4. ^ a b Kim, ChunWoong (2023-05-23). "'엑스오, 키티', 이상헌 프로필". 금강일보 (in Korean). Retrieved 2023-06-11.
  5. ^ McNab, Kaitlyn (2022-04-06). "Meet the Cast of "To All the Boys" Spinoff Series "XO, Kitty"". Teen Vogue. Retrieved 2023-06-07.
  6. ^ Zara, Janelle (2023-05-18). "XO, Kitty review – convoluted but charming Netflix teen series". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2023-06-07.
  7. ^ Oh, Kibbeum (2023-03-23). "'내가 사랑했던 모든 남자들에게' 키티의 컴백". Vogue korea (in Korean). Retrieved 2023-06-11.
  8. ^ a b c Grobar, Matt (2022-11-17). "'Gran Turismo' Film From Sony, PlayStation Productions Adds Four". Deadline. Retrieved 2023-06-07.
  9. ^ Delgado, Sara (2023-05-30). "Sang Heon Lee Wanted lớn Bar Sister Gia Kim From Set for This "XO, Kitty" Scene". Teen Vogue. Retrieved 2023-06-07.
  10. ^ Hwang, HyeJin (2023-06-09). "'엑스오 키티' 최민영 "이상헌·김지아 실제 친남매, 호흡 잘 맞아 행운"[EN:인터뷰②]". 뉴스엔 Newsen: Retrieved 2023-06-11.
  11. ^ a b c d Moon, Kat (2023-05-23). "XO, Kitty's Sang Heon Lee on How He 'Lived Life' Before First Major Acting Role, Minho and Kitty's Relationship, and Climbing". Retrieved 2023-06-07.
  12. ^ a b Jung, Jinyoung (2023-06-01). "[IS비하인드] 유리랑 민호가 친남매였어? '엑스오 키티' A lớn Z". (in Korean). Retrieved 2023-06-11.
  13. ^ a b Bentley, Jean (2023-05-18). "Meet Kitty Song Covey's New Squad in 'XO, Kitty'". Netflix Tudum. Retrieved 2023-06-11.
  14. ^ Fun With Dumb (2023-05-24). "XO Dummy featuring Gia Kim & Lee Sang Heon - Fun With Dumb - Ep. 237". YouTube.
  15. ^ "These Two "XO, Kitty" Stars Are Real-Life Siblings". Teen Vogue. 2023-05-18. Retrieved 2023-06-07.
  16. ^ Lee, ChangKyu (2023-05-22). "'엑스오, 키티' 출연진, 알고보니 남매?..."캐스팅 디렉터도 몰랐어" [엑's 할리우드]". (in Korean). Retrieved 2023-06-11.
  17. ^ Jacob, Teena (2023-05-18). "Meet your latest K-drama crush, Sang Heon Lee of XO, Kitty". Cosmopolitan Middle East. Retrieved 2023-06-11.
  18. ^ Gonzales, Erica (2023-06-14). "'XO, Kitty' Season 2 Is Officially on the Way". ELLE. Retrieved 2023-06-15.
  19. ^ Campione, Katie (2023-06-14). "'XO, Kitty' Renewed For Season 2 At Netflix". Deadline. Retrieved 2023-06-15.
  20. ^ LeGardye, Quinci (2023-05-18). "'XO, Kitty' Is Every Bit as Sweet As You've Heard—Get lớn Know the Cast". Marie Claire Magazine. Retrieved 2023-06-07.

External links[edit]

  • Sang Heon Lee at IMDb