Actress Lee Young-ae gives birth to twins Tuesday February 22, 2011 Korea
Actress Lee Young-ae, widely popular across Asia, has given birth to twins, her agent here said Monday.
Lee, 40, became a mother of fraternal twins, a boy and a girl, at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at a Seoul hospital, said Storms Company.
"The mother and the babies are healthy," it said.
She was secretly married in 2009 in the United States to a Korean businessman, surprising fans everywhere.
Lee, considered one of the most influential actresses in South Korea with a broad fan base built on the Korean Wave throughout East and Southeast Asian countries, debuted in a television commercial in 1991. She started gaining stardom in TV dramas and movies with her composed image and acting prowess.
Lee's popularity exploded after her starring performance in the popular Korean drama "Jewel in the Palace (Dae Jang Geum)," about life of a court lady in the Joseon Dynasty, first released overseas in 2004 and quickly won a following. The fictional historical drama reached as far as Iranian television in 2007 and drew 86 percent of viewers in the Middle East nation, an unprecedented record for a Korean show.
After staring in the 2005 film "Sympathy for Lady Vengeance," directed by Park Chan-wook, she has kept a low profile over the past few years. (Yonhap)