Who Plays Gi-Hun In Squid Game?

Lee Jung-jae is the South Korean actor behind Gi-hun in Squid Game but who is he? Let's take a look at his age, Instagram and more...
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Lee Jung-jae is the actor who plays Gi-hun in the hit Netflix series Squid Game. Let’s take a look at everything we know about the star, from his age, Instagram, and girlfriend to other film and TV work. 

Seong Gi-hun, also known as Player 456, is a contestant in the 33rd Squid Game, held in 2020, and he’s attracted a lot of positive attention from viewers.

But attention has quickly turned to the man behind the character, as people have been left wondering who this actor is.

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Lee Jung-jae
Lee Jung-jae plays Seong Gi-hun in the hit Netflix series Squid Game. Credit: Alamy

So, who plays Gi-hun in Squid Game? And has the actor been in any other movies or TV shows? Read on to find out…

Who is Lee Jung-jae and what is his background?

Lee Jung-jae, 51, is a South Korean actor and filmmaker. Before reaching international fame as Seong Gi-hun, he worked as a successful fashion model in the 1990s.

He then made his inroads into the world of acting, with his breakout role in 1998’s award-winning film An Affair by E-J Yong, per IMDb.

Lee Jung-jae plays Seong Gi-hun in Squid Game, a former gambling addict who is facing crippling debts from loan sharks before he participates in and ultimately wins Squid Game.

Seong Gi-hun
Lee Jung-jae is a South Korean actor. Credit: Netflix

Opening up about playing the role, the actor told The Guardian: “…we had to express the experiences of these characters being pushed to those extremes.

“Doing that? It was terrible. The more beautiful the game set was, and the more childish and fun it seemed, the more horrific it was for the characters, and therefore us as actors.”

Is Lee Jung-jae married?

The actor is not married, however, he is in a relationship with Lim Se-ryung, who is the former wife of Samsung’s chairman, Lee Jae-yong.

Does Lee Jung-jae have Instagram?

Lee Jung-jae has an Instagram account where he goes by the username @from_jjlee.

He currently has over 4.1 million followers and his typical content is made up of red carpet snaps and editorial shots.

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Written by Annie Walton Doyle

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