Lee Min-ho (Hangul: 이민호; hanja: 李敏鎬, born June 22, 1987) is a South Korean actor, singer and model. He is best known for his leading roles in Boys Over Flowers (2009), City Hunter (2011) and The Heirs (2013). Upcoming 1970s set movie Gangnam Blues will be the Lee's first lead role in the big screen.
As a young child, Lee hoped to become a professional football (soccer) player, but an injury in the 5th grade of elementary school put an end to his dream. Lee Min Ho, however, still keeps up with football and has stated that Cristiano Ronaldo is his favorite player.In his second year of high school, Lee turned to modeling and acting. After going through training, Lee started auditioning and landed small roles in several television dramas. His first role was in an EBS series, Secret Campus. Early in his career he used the stage name Lee Min because his agency thought his birth name was too ordinary. Finally he changed it back to his original name due to the Korean word imin (pronounced and written in Hangul in the same way) means "immigration" and thus internet search results for his stage name were poor.
In 2006, his acting career was put on hold for a year following a serious car accident in which he was severely injured. In 2008 he appeared in various roles on television (dramas Get Up and I Am Sam) and two movies, Public Enemy Returns and Our School's E.T.. During the shooting of the latter he became good friends with Kim Soo-ro, who later praised him on a variety show: "I recognize a star when I see one. When I was doing Our School's E.T., I knew that Lee Min-ho would become one of the top actors in the country".
His breakthrough came in 2009 with the lead role of Goo Jun-pyo in Boys Over Flowers (KBS2), the Korean adaptation of the popular Japanese television drama Hana Yori Dango, which was based on the popular Shōjo manga, Boys Over Flowers (花より男子 Hana Yori Dango). Competition for the role was so fierce Lee only got to know from a newspaper that he was cast.
In 2010 Lee followed up the success of Boys Over Flowers by starring in the MBC TV drama Personal Taste in which he played an ambitious perfectionist young architect who poses as a gay man to become roommates with a young woman leading to romantic complications. When asked about why he chose the role during an interview he responded "I think I would do a better job playing heavy and more defined roles when I am older. I think "Personal Taste" was perfect because it is bright, cheerful but you can also laugh and cry over it as well."
In 2011, he starred in the hit action drama City Hunter. The drama's popularity throughout Asia has also contributed to Lee's growing popularity in Asia, most notably in Japan, Philippines and China. On April 6, 2012, Lee announced on his Facebook page that he would appear in a new drama called Faith (Hangul: 신의, Rom.: Shinui), which aired from August to October 2012.
On March 29, 2013, Lee revealed that he will be returning to the small screen with a new drama titled The Heirs (also known as The Inheritors). This show began airing in Korea on SBS on October 9, 2013. His new project gained attention, because he worked with the writer of Secret Garden. He also released his first album and went on a 10-city fan meeting tour in Asia. In April 2013 his wax figure was unveiled at the Madame Tussauds in Shanghai.
On Jan 30, 2014, Lee became the first Korean celebrity to perform on China's CCTV's Lunar New Year gala. The show is known to be aired for more than a billion Chinese people across the world. He sang a song with Harlem Yu, the original singer of "Boys Over Flowers", originally from the Taiwanese version of drama 'Boys Over Flowers' OST. Lee's appearance on the show garnered great attention, since performing on the Lunar New Year gala is regarded as an honor among Chinese artists. Currently Lee is set to star in director Yoo Ha's upcoming 1970s set crime drama Gangnam Blues. The film marks Lee's first leading role in a film and he will also co-star with Kim Rae-won.
FilmYearTitleOriginal TitleRoleDistributor2008Public Enemy Returns강철중: 공공의 적 1-1Jung Ha-yeonCJ EntertainmentOur School's E.T.울학교 이티Oh Sang-hoonFinecut2014Gangnam Blues강남 블루스Kim Jong-daeTelevision dramaYearTitleOriginal TitleRoleNetwork2006Secret Campus비밀의 교정Park Du-hyunEBS2007Mackerel Run달려라 고등어Cha Gong-chanSBSI Am Sam (I Am Your Teacher)아이엠샘Heo Mo-seKBS22008Get Up나도 잘 모르지만Min Wook-giMBC2009Boys Over Flowers꽃보다 남자Gu Jun-pyoKBS22010Personal Taste개인의 취향Jeon Jin-hoMBC2011City Hunter시티헌터Lee Yoon-sungSBS2012Faith (The Great Doctor)신의 (神医)Choi Young2013The Heirs왕관을 쓰려는 자, 그 무게를 견뎌라 – 상속자들Kim TanDVDYearTitleDetailsTracklisting2010Minoz Japan First Event
- Release Date: March 20, 2010 (Japan)
- Format: 2DVD
- Length: 142 min.
Tracklisting[show]2011Lee Min Ho 2009-2010 DVD
- Release Date: February 2, 2011 (Japan)
- Format: 2DVD
- Length: 200 min.
Tracklisting[show]2012Minoz Japan 2nd Event
- Release Date: March 14, 2012 (Japan)
- Format: 1DVD
- Length: 99 min.
Tracklisting[show]20132012 MJ 3rd Event
-Lee Min Ho With Winter Symphony-
- Release Date: May 15, 2013 (Japan)
- Format: 2DVD
- Length: 131 min.
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In July 2012, Lee was chosen as the most attractive male celebrity in TV commercials for cosmetics brands. The community portal site DC Inside carried out a survey on “The most attractive male celebrities in TV commercials for cosmetics brands, who make women open their wallets” from June 26 to July 3. As a result, Lee ranked first. On July 4, DC Inside reported Lee had received 17,532 (38.9%) out of 45,049 votes.
Since Lee was selected as a model for Innisfree in February 2012, he has been active as a cosmetics brand model in and out of Korea. Before Innisfree launched the brand in China, Lee had shot a social movie called “Cho Ryun”, whose concept was “Anyone can be Lee Min Ho’s first love.” As soon as the movie was released, the hosting server went down several times because of the high number of people, that visited the site to watch it.
In 2014, a recent online community created a poll to crown the Asian Male God. Lee Min-ho won and ranked first place.
YearAlbum TitleDetailsTracklisting2013My EverythingKorea
- Released: May 22, 2013 (Online Release) : May 24, 2013 (CD Release)
- Label/Distributor: LOEN Entertainment
- Format: CD+DVD+photobook(+poster)
- Language: Korean
- Limited Editions
- Released: May 27, 2013
- Label/Distributor: IMX Inc.
- Format: CD+DVD (Jacket A), CD+photobook (Jacket B)
- Language: Japanese
- Regular Edition
- Released: June 5, 2013
- Label/Distributor: Universal Music Japan
- Format: CD
- Language: Japanese
- 2009: "My Everything" --- Boys Over Flowers OST (F4 Special Edition)
- 2013: "Painful Love" --- The Heirs OST
- 2009: "Extreme" (with Jessica Gomes) --- Cass 2X Beer
- Sandara Park - "Kiss" (2009)
- 2014: "You're so beautiful" --- "Lotte Duty Free"
Songs performed at fan meetings
- "Be My Last Love"
- "Say Yes"
- September 30, 2009: 旅 Travel with MINHO --- photobook
Awards and nominationsYearAwardCategoryNominated workResult200945th Baeksang Arts AwardsBest New ActorBoys Over FlowersWonPopularity Award, ActorNominatedMTN Broadcast Advertisement FestivalMost Popular Advertisement ModelTrugen CommercialWon14th Asian Television AwardBest Drama ActorBoys Over FlowersNominated3rd Mnet 20's Choice AwardsHot Male Drama StarNominatedHot CF StarDunkin' DonutsNominatedHot New StarLee Min HoNominatedHot Summer Heat Popularity AwardNominatedHot Character "(Gu Jun-pyo)"Boys Over FlowersNominated4th Seoul International Drama AwardsPopularity Award, ActorNominated2nd Style Icon AwardsViewers’ Best Popularity IconLee Min HoNominatedYahoo! Asia Buzz AwardsTop Buzz Star: Male CategoryNominatedASAP Pop Viewers' Choice AwardsPOP Kapamilya TV Character "(Gu Jun-pyo)"Boys Over FlowersWonKBS Drama AwardsBest New ActorWonBest Couple Award with Ku Hye-sunWonNetizen Popularity AwardNominated20104th Mnet 20's Choice AwardsHot ActorPersonal TasteWon3rd Style Icon AwardsPopularity AwardLee Min HoNominatedYahoo! Asia Buzz AwardsTop Buzz Star: Male ActorNominatedTop Buzz Star: Male CategoryNominatedKorean Updates AwardsBest ActorPersonal TasteNominatedMBC Drama AwardsExcellence Actor Award WonBest Couple AwardNominatedPopularity Award, ActorNominated20114th Korea Drama Awards Best ActorCity HunterWonHallyu Star AwardWon5th Mnet 20's Choice AwardsHot Male Drama StarNominatedHot 20's VoiceLee Min HoNominatedKorean Updates AwardsActor of the YearCity HunterWonBest Couple AwardNominatedSBS Drama AwardsTop 10 Stars AwardWonNetizen Popularity AwardWonTop Excellence Award, Actor in a Drama SpecialWonBest Couple Award Nominated201248th Baeksang Arts AwardsPopular Drama ActorNominated7th Seoul International Drama AwardsOutstanding Korean ActorNominatedPopularity AwardNominated5th Style Icon AwardsMen That Drive Us Crazy AwardLee Min HoNominatedKorean Updates AwardsBest ActorFaithWonSBS Drama AwardsPopularity Award, Actor NominatedTop Excellence Award, Actor in a MiniseriesWonTop 10 Stars Award Won201312th China Fashion AwardsBest Popular Asian Actor AwardLee Min HoWon1st DramaFever AwardsBest ActorFaithWonBest Couple with Kim Hee-sunWon49th Baeksang Arts AwardsPopular Drama ActorNominated8th Seoul International Drama AwardsPopularity AwardNominatedSohu Media AwardsBest Popular International ActorLee Min HoWonBaidu Feidian Awards Best Asian ActorThe HeirsWonKorean Updates AwardsBest ActorWonMost Favourite Couple with Park Shin-hyeWonGrand Awards / Daesang for DramaWonSBS Drama AwardsTop Excellence Award, Mid-length SeriesWonMost Popular Star AwardWonBest Couple Award with Park Shin-hyeWonBest DressedWonTop 10 Stars AwardWon20142nd DramaFever AwardsBest ActorWonBest Bromance with Kim Woo-binWon50th Baeksang Art AwardsMost Popular Actor (TV)NominatedSingapore Entertainment AwardsMost Popular Korean TV ArtisteLee Min HoPendingOMY Hot StarPendingSocial contributions
- Honorary Ambassador for UNICEF's Love Net campaign to fight malaria (2009-2010)
- PR Ambassador for Konkuk University (2010)
- Honorary Prosecutor or basically a PR ambassador for Korean Prosecutor (2012).
- PR ambassador for the Chilean campaign "Reforestemos Patagonia" organized by Minoz Chile (2013)
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- Jump up^ "Personal Taste". Tenasia.co.kr. Retrieved 2013-07-28.
- Jump up^ "Actor Lee Min Ho to make small screen comeback with 'The Heirs". yahoo!. Retrieved 2013-10-08.
- Jump up^ "Lee Min Ho to Return to TV with ‘Secret Garden’ Writer". Enewsworld.interest.me. 2013-03-29. Retrieved 2013-07-28.
- Jump up^ "Lee Min Ho to release an album and go on a 10-city tour around Asia". Allkpop. Retrieved 2013-10-08.
- Jump up^ "Lee Min-ho's wax figure unveiled at Madame Tussauds in Shanghai". Global Times. 2013-04-19. Retrieved 2013-11-10.
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- Jump up^ "First Special Album, My Everything (Korea version, CD+DVD+photobook) product info". YesAsia. Retrieved 2013-07-04.
- Jump up^ "First Special Album, My Everything (Korea version, CD+DVD+photobook+poster)product info". YesAsia. Retrieved 2013-07-04.
- Jump up^ "My Everything (Japan version, limited ed. jacket A, CD+DVD) product info".YesAsia. Retrieved 2013-07-04.
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- Jump up^ "Discography". Lee Min-ho's official Japanese website. Retrieved 2013-07-04.
- Jump up^ "F4 Special Edition product info" YesAsia. Retrieved 2012-11-11.
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- Jump up^ Who’s hot this summer? MNet 20′s Choice Awards. allkpop. August 5, 2009.
- Jump up^ "Winners Announced at MBC Drama Awards". Soompi. Retrieved 2013-10-08.
- Jump up^ "Winners of the 2011 Korea Drama Awards". Visitkorea. Retrieved 2013-10-08.
- Jump up^ "Winners from the SBS 2011 Drama Awards". Allkpop. Retrieved 2013-10-08.
- Jump up^ SBS releases list of nominations for the best couple of ’2011 SBS Drama Awards’. allkpop. December 21, 2011.
- Jump up^ Polls Open for the 2012 Style Icon Awards. mnet. September 27, 2012.
- ^ Jump up to:a b c "Winners from the ‘SBS Drama Awards’". allkpop. 6Theory Media. 31 December 2012. Retrieved 2013-01-01.
- Jump up^ Lee Min Ho and EXO to attend the '2013 Baidu Fei Dian Awards'
- Jump up^ "SBS Drama Awards 2013 Winners". Hancinema. 31 December 2013.
- Jump up^ "Lee Min-ho Joins Campaign for Protecting Chile’s Environment". En.korea.com. Retrieved 2013-10-17.