Lee Dong-hae, widely recognized as Donghae, has etched his name in the annals of the Korean entertainment industry with his multifaceted talents as a singer, songwriter, and actor. As a key member of the globally beloved Korean boy band Super Junior, Donghae has been instrumental in the K-pop wave that has swept across international borders.
Commencing his musical journey with Super Junior’s debut album, “Twins”, in 2005, Donghae went on to co-write several of the band’s biggest hits, including “Mirror” and “Beautiful”. He also featured in a sub-unit of Super Junior, Super Junior-M, which further expanded his popularity in the Mandarin-speaking world. In 2011, Donghae made his acting debut with a leading role in the Korean television series, “It’s Okay, Daddy’s Girl”, followed by other significant roles in dramas like “Ms Panda and Mr Hedgehog” and “God’s Quiz Season 4”. His film portfolio boasts of the acclaimed movie, “The Youth”, which showcased his acting prowess beyond television dramas.
Donghae’s collaborations with a diverse array of artists have been integral in shaping his career and broadening his musical influence. He has co-written tracks with bandmate Eunhyuk for their successful sub-unit, Super Junior-D&E, as well as collaborated with prominent artists like Henry Lau, Zhou Mi, and Yesung for various projects. Other significant collaborations include working with renowned artists like Kyuhyun, Ryeowook, Siwon, and Heechul.
In 2007, Donghae and Super Junior received the “Daesang” (Grand Prize) at the Golden Disk Awards, the highest honor in Korean music. His acting prowess also earned him the “New Star Award” at the 2012 SBS Drama Awards for his role in “Panda and Hedgehog”. Furthermore, his efforts with Super Junior-D&E led to the duo winning the “Best Asian Group” at the 2014 Huading Awards.