On Sunday Ji-Hun and his sword will swing into action in Legend of the Sea Devils, but who is the actor that plays him – Arthur Lee?

There’s only a couple of days left before Doctor Who is back on TV with Legend of the Sea Devils. But before the Sea Devils rise once more from the deep to reclaim the planet that was originally theirs, there’s time to look at another of the exciting guest cast for the episode. When the Doctor, Yaz and Dan arrive in 19th century China they encounter the mysterious Ji-Hun played by Arthur Lee. While we know very little about Ji-Hun so far, other than his being plainly skilled with a sword, Arthur Lee is an actor with a growing resume.

Born is Westminster to a British-Korean family, Lee grew up mainly in London. However, he spent a number of years in Korea as well. There he developed his understanding of Korean culture and language, which has then fed back into his acting roles in the UK. He’s also studied Chinese and Japanese accents and dialects, further expanding his range. In fact, having also mastered flawless American accents, Lee’s vocal work essentially circumnavigates the globe.


Arthur Lee stars as Ji-Hun in this Spring's Legend of the Sea Devils - (C) BBC Studios - Photographer: James Pardon Doctor Who
Arthur Lee stars as Ji-Hun in this Spring’s Legend of the Sea Devils – (C) BBC Studios – Photographer: James Pardon

Small roles in films like Greta and Age of Ultron have been balanced by lead roles in stylish short films

Lee’s also no stranger to action based drama. His first major television role was in Strike Back: Legacy, as a member of the sinister North Korean covert action group Action 39, who has a dramatic rooftop stand of with the members of Britain’s own Section 20. Small roles around this time included a London cab driver in The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret. Other TV parts included a Hong Kong news reporter in Strangers, starring John Simm. Meanwhile he was one half of a Korean couple in psychological thriller Greta, and had a small role in the Korean scenes in The Avengers: Age of Ultron.

More significantly he was a recurring character Stan Lee’s Lucky Man on Sky One. He appeared in four episodes as Rui Hirota, a man with mysterious links to James Nesbitt’s mystical bracelet. And like many of the actors and directors for recent episodes, he’s honed his craft in the world of shorts. He starred in Blood Type, a story of parallel romances across time, playing both a modern Londoner encountering a strangely familiar woman, and a prisoner aboard one of Stalin’s ‘death trains’ trying desperately to ensure the woman he loves survives. While in the stylish Hurt’s Rescue he negotiates the release of man kept in modern day slavery on a farm.

You can see more of Arthur Lee’s work thanks to his professional show reel below.


The Sea Devils: their flag means death (c) BBC Studios Doctor Who Legend of the Sea Devils
The Sea Devils: their flag means death (c) BBC Studios

Doctor Who returns with Legend of the Sea Devils on Easter Sunday, at 7.10pm on BBC One in the UK, and 2pm on BBC America in the US

In a swashbuckling special adventure, the Doctor, Yaz and Dan come face to fin with one of the Doctor’s oldest adversaries, the Sea Devils. Why has legendary pirate queen Madam Ching come searching for a lost treasure? What terrifying forces lurk beneath the oceans of the 19th century? And did Yaz really have to dress Dan up as a pirate?

The episode will be available on iPlayer once the episode has aired on BBC One


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