February 15, 1994
Busan, South Korea
|Education||Dong Ji High School|
|Agent||King Kong by Starship|
|Revised Romanization||I Jong-hwa|
In high school, Lee planned to become a professional Judo competitor. However, due to an ankle injury he had to give his dreams up and decided to pursue a career in entertainment.
He was a backup dancer in Lee Hyori's "Bad Girls" music video and promotions.
Lee debuted with the South Korean boy group Madtown in October 2014, under his stage name Jota. In December 2015, he auditioned for Our Neighborhood Arts and Physical Education where he was chosen for judo and was announced as the new ace due to his professional judo skills. He won many matches with experienced judo players. In early January 2016, it was confirmed that he would be a cast member of the Law of the jungle in Tonga. In May 2016, he joined the fourth season of We Got Married, appeared with model Kim Jin-kyung.
|2015-2016||Let's Go! Dream Team Season 2||KBS2||Fixed member||Jota won 2nd place in the episode 259,1st place in 267,278,317,329|
|Cool Kiz on the Block||Cast member||Judo (Episodes 131–143, 168, 170)
Volleyball (Episodes 146–163)
Wrestling (Episodes 166-167)
|2016||Law of the Jungle in Tonga||SBS||Cast member||Episodes 203–207|
|We Got Married||MBC||Cast member||with Kim Jin-kyung (Episodes 321–350)|
|Real Men (TV series)||MBC||Cast member||Manly Men Special|
|King of Mask Singer||MBC||Contestant||as "Sexy Brain Scarecrow" (Episode 85)|
|2017||Idol Acting Competition – I'm an Actor||K Star||Main cast||Episode 1-12|
|2018||Law of the Jungle in Mexico||SBS||Cast member||Episodes 314 - 320|
|2016||Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-Joo||MBC||Choi Tae-hoon||Cameo (Episodes 1, 15)|
|2019||Touch Your Heart||tvN||Lee Jong-hwa||Intern Jong-hwa (Episodes 8)|
|2019||The Running Mates: Human Rights||OCN||Lee Sung Woo||Cameo (Episodes 7, 8)|
Awards and nominations
|2016||SBS Entertainment Awards||Law of the Jungle in Tonga||Bromance Best Couple Award (with Seo Kang-joon)||Nominated|
|MBC Entertainment Awards||We Got Married||Best couple (with Kim Jin-kyung)||Nominated|
- "매드타운 조타→이종화, 킹콩과 전속계약…'연기 활동 시작' [공식입장]". Naver (in Korean). OSEN. October 9, 2018.