Lee Min-ho (actor, born 1987)
June 22, 1987
Seoul, South Korea
|Education||B.A. Film & Arts|
|Alma mater||Konkuk University|
MYM EntertainmentStarhaus Entertainment (Korea)
IMX Inc. (Japan)
Huayi Brothers (China)
W Talent Management (Philippines)
|Notable work||Boys Over Flowers (2009)|
Personal Taste (2010)
City Hunter (2011)
The Heirs (2013)
Gangnam Blues (2015)
|Revised Romanization||I Minho|
Lee first gained widespread fame with Boys Over Flowers as Gu Jun-pyo in 2009. The role won him several awards, including the Best New Actor award in the category of television at the 45th Baeksang Arts Awards. He starred in two future television shows: City Hunter (2011) — in which he was nominated for Most Popular Actor in the category of television at the 48th Baeksang Arts Awards as well as Outstanding Korean Actor at the 7th Seoul International Drama Awards — and The Heirs (2013), which garnered him another nomination for Most Popular Actor at the 50th Baeksang Arts Awards. He is also known for his leading roles in the television dramas Personal Taste (2010) and Faith (2012). The box office hit Gangnam Blues featured Lee in his first leading role in a film.Bounty Hunter featured Lee in leading role in a chinese film.
Despite the release of two albums, My Everything (2013) and Song For You (2014), Lee has stated that he does not wish to pursue a singing career. During their respective releases, he embarked on a tour throughout Asia to meet his fans.
Early life and career
Lee Min Ho was born in Heukseok-dong, Dongjak-gu, Seoul. As a child, Lee had hoped to become a professional football player. He was selected for the youth football class of South Korean manager and former player Cha Bum-Kun, but an injury in the 5th grade of elementary school put an end to this aspiration. In his second year of high school, Lee turned to modelling and acting. After going through training, Lee started auditioning and landed minor roles in several television dramas such as Nonstop 5 and Recipe of Love. His official debut role was in an EBS series, Secret Campus. Early in his career Lee went by the stage name Lee Min because his agency thought his birth name was too ordinary. However, as his stage name was pronounced and written (Hangul) in the same way as the Korean word imin, which means "immigration", it made it hard for him to show up on internet search results. He eventually went back to using his original name.
In 2006, his acting career was put on hold for a year following a serious car accident in which he was severely injured and spent several months bedridden. Upon recovery, Lee received his first leading role in the high-school drama Mackerel Run in 2007, but the series was reduced to only eight episodes due to low viewership ratings. 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 Su-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".