Lee Min-ho (actor born 1987)
June 22, 1987
Seoul, South Korea
|Education||B.A. Film & Arts|
|Alma mater||Konkuk University|
|Occupation||Actor, Singer, Model|
|Notable work(s)||Boys Over Flowers (2009), City Hunter (2011), Faith (2012), The Inheritors (2013)|
|Height||1.87 m (6 ft 1 1⁄2 in)|
|Revised Romanization||I Minho|
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) as Gu Jun-pyo, the leader of a group of students known as F4, action drama City Hunter (2011), and romantic drama The Heirs (2013).
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, 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 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 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). Audition 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 Inheritors (also known as The Heirs). 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.
Lee was born in Heukseok-dong, Dongjak-gu, Seoul, South Korea on June 22, 1987 and has an older sister. He is majoring in Film & Art at Konkuk University. He is close friends with fellow costar Kim Bum from the cast of Boys Over Flowers. He likes sleeping, usually 10 hours a day, despite his busy work schedule. In August 2011, Lee Min Ho and Park Min-young (Kim Na Na from City Hunter) were seen spending time together after their drama,City Hunter, finished filming in July. It was rumored that the two developed a real relationship after getting to know each other on set. But the couple broke off their relationship in December and released the news to the public belatedly in January stating they are now just "encouraging colleagues" to one another. 
|2008||Public Enemy Returns||강철중: 공공의 적 1-1||Jung Ha-yeon|
|Our School E.T||울학교 이티||Oh Sang-hoon|
|2003||Sharp 1||성장드라마 반올림1||art institute student||KBS2|
|2005||Nonstop 5||논스톱 5||guest||MBC|
|Love Hymn (aka Recipe of Love)||사랑찬가||waiter||MBC|
|2006||Secret Campus||비밀의 교정||Park Du-hyun||EBS|
|2007||Mackerel Run||달려라 고등어||Cha Gong-chan||SBS|
|I Am Sam "I am your teacher"||아이엠샘||Heo Mo-se||KBS2|
|2008||Get Up||나도 잘 모르지만||Min Wook-gi||MBC|
|2009||Boys Over Flowers||꽃보다 남자||Gu Jun-pyo||KBS2|
|2010||Personal Taste||개인의 취향||Jeon Jin-ho||MBC|
|2011||City Hunter||시티헌터||Lee Yoon-sung||SBS|
|2012||Faith||신의 (神医)||Choi Young||SBS|
|2013||The Heirs||왕관을 쓰려는 자, 그 무게를 견뎌라 – 상속자들||Kim Tan||SBS|
|2010||Minoz Japan First Event||
|2011||Lee Min Ho 2009-2010 DVD||
|2012||Minoz Japan 2nd Event||
|2013||2012 MJ 3rd Event
-Lee Min Ho With Winter Symphony-
||This section of a biography of a living person does not include any references or sources. (October 2013)|
|12 Plus Shower Cream||2012||Thailand|
|Bang Bang||2010||with Han Ji-hye|
|Binggrae Banana Milk||2010|
|Cartier Love Summer Exhibition||2010|
|Cass 2X Beer||2009||with Sandara Park|
|Cass 2X Beer||2009||with Jessica Gomes|
|Eider||2011-2013||with Yoona & Jung Hae-in|
|Etude House||2009-2010||with Park Shin-hye|
|Hyundai Veloster||2011-2012||Korea, China|
|Levi's Signature||2009||with Moon Chae-won|
|LG Optimus One||2010|
|LG Teenring||2009||with Kim Bum and Ku Hye-sun|
|Lotte 7% Glucose Drink||2012||China|
|Lotte When lacking 2% Drink||2005||with Moon Geun-young|
|Pizza Hut||2006||with Park Min-young|
|Samsung Anycall Haptic Mission||2009||with Kim Hyun-joong, Kim Joon and Son Dam-bi|
|Samsung Anycall Magic Hole||2009||with Kim Hyun-joong and UEE|
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.
- 2009: "My Everything" --- Boys Over Flowers OST (F4 Special Edition)
- 2013: "Painful Love" --- The Heirs OST
- 2009: "Extreme" (with Jessica Gomes) --- Cass 2X Beer
Songs performed at fan meetings
- "Be My Last Love"
- "Say Yes"
Awards and nominations
|2009||45th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best New Actor||Boys Over Flowers||Won|
|Popularity Award, Actor||Nominated|
|MTN Broadcast Advertisement Festival||Most Popular Advertisement Model||Trugen Commercial||Won|
|14th Asian Television Awards||Best Drama Actor||Boys Over Flowers||Nominated|
|3rd Mnet 20's Choice Awards||Hot Male Drama Star||Nominated|
|Hot CF Star||Dunkin' Donuts||Nominated|
|Hot New Star||Lee Min Ho||Nominated|
|Hot Summer Heat Popularity Award||Nominated|
|Hot Character||Gu Jun-pyo
(Boys Over Flowers)
|4th Seoul International Drama Awards||Popularity Award, Actor||Boys Over Flowers||Nominated|
|KBS Drama Awards||Best New Actor||Won|
|Best Couple Award
with Ku Hye-sun
|Netizen Popularity Award||Nominated|
|2010||MBC Drama Awards||Second prize - Male||Personal Taste||Won|
|Best Couple Award
with Son Ye-jin
|Popularity Award, Actor||Nominated|
|2011||4th Korea Drama Festival Awards||Best Actor||City Hunter||Won|
|Hallyu Star Award||Won|
|5th Mnet 20's Choice Awards||Hot Male Drama Star||Nominated|
|Hot 20's Voice||Lee Min Ho||Nominated|
|SBS Drama Awards||Top Ten Stars Award||City Hunter||Won|
|Netizen Popularity Award||Won|
|Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Drama Special||Won|
|Best Couple Award
with Park Min-young
|2012||7th Seoul International Drama Awards||Outstanding Korean Actor||Nominated|
|5th Style Icon Awards||Men That Drive Us Crazy Award||Lee Min Ho||Nominated|
|SBS Drama Awards||Popularity Award, Actor||Faith||Nominated|
|Best Couple with Kim Hee Sun||Nominated|
|Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries||Won|
|Top 10 Stars Award||Won|
|2013||1st DramaFever Awards||Best Actor||Won|
|Best Couple with Kim Hee Sun||Won|
- Honorary Ambassador for UNICEF's Love Net campaign to fight malaria (2009-2010)
- PR ambassador for the Chilean campaign "Reforestemos Patagonia" organized by Minoz Chile (2013) 
- Naver Profiles
- "Lee Min Ho Interview" (in Korean). isPlus. Translation
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- "Star Diary: Lee Min-ho - Part 3". Asiae via Hancinema. Retrieved 2013-10-08.
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- "Star Diary: Lee Min-ho - Part 4". Asiae via Hancinema. Retrieved 2013-10-08.
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- "Personal Taste". Tenasia.co.kr. Retrieved 2013-07-28.
- "Actor Lee Min Ho to make small screen comeback with 'The Heirs". yahoo!. Retrieved 2013-10-08.
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- "Lee Min Ho and Moon Geun Young Will Not Graduate on Time in February". Soompi. Retrieved 2013-10-08.
- "Kim Bum Talks Losing Weight for "Padam Padam" Role, His Seniors and Lee Min Ho’s Love Life". Soompi. Retrieved 2013-10-08.
- "Minoz Japan First Event product info" CD Japan. Retrieved 2012-11-11.
- "Minoz Japan First Event product info" YesAsia. Retrieved 2012-11-11.
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- "Lee Min Ho 2009-2010 DVD product info" CD Japan. Retrieved 2012-11-11.
- "Lee Min Ho 2009-2010 DVD product info" YesAsia. Retrieved 2012-11-11.
- "Lee Min Ho 2009-2010 DVD product info" amazon Japan. Retrieved 2012-11-11. (Japanese)
- "Minoz Japan 2nd Event product info" CD Japan. Retrieved 2012-11-11.
- "Minoz Japan 2nd Event product info" YesAsia. Retrieved 2012-11-11.
- "Minoz Japan 2nd Event product info" amazon Japan. Retrieved 2012-11-11. (Japanese)
- "2012 MJ 3rd Event -Lee Min Ho With Winter Symphony- product info" CD Japan. Retrieved 2013-07-04.
- "2012 MJ 3rd Event -Lee Min Ho With Winter Symphony- product info" YesAsia. Retrieved 2013-07-04.
- "2012 MJ 3rd Event -Lee Min Ho With Winter Symphony- product info" amazon Japan. Retrieved 2013-07-04. (Japanese)
- "First Special Album, My Everything (Korea version, CD+DVD+photobook) product info". YesAsia. Retrieved 2013-07-04.
- "First Special Album, My Everything (Korea version, CD+DVD+photobook+poster) product info". YesAsia. Retrieved 2013-07-04.
- "My Everything (Japan version, limited ed. jacket A, CD+DVD) product info". YesAsia. Retrieved 2013-07-04.
- "My Everything (Japan version, limited ed. jacket B, CD+photobook) product info". YesAsia. Retrieved 2013-07-04.
- "My Everything (Japan version, limited editions) product info". IMX (Interactive Media Mix). Retrieved 2013-07-04.
- "My Everything (Japan version) product info". YesAsia. Retrieved 2013-07-04.
- "My Everything (Japan version) product info". Universal Music Japan store. Retrieved 2013-07-04.
- "Discography". Lee Min-ho's official Japanese website. Retrieved 2013-07-04.
- "F4 Special Edition product info" YesAsia. Retrieved 2012-11-11.
- "旅 Travel with MINHO product info" YesAsia. Retrieved 2012-11-11.
- "旅 Travel with MINHO product info" amazon Japan. Retrieved 2012-11-11. (Japanese)
- "45th Baeksang Arts Awards". Dramabeans. Retrieved 2013-10-08.
- Who’s hot this summer? MNet 20′s Choice Awards. allkpop. August 5, 2009.
- "2009 KBS Drama Awards". Dramabeans. Retrieved 2013-10-08.
- "Winners Announced at MBC Drama Awards". Soompi. Retrieved 2013-10-08.
- "Winners of the 2011 Korea Drama Awards". Visitkorea. Retrieved 2013-10-08.
- "Winners from the SBS 2011 Drama Awards". Allkpop. Retrieved 2013-10-08.
- SBS releases list of nominations for the best couple of ’2011 SBS Drama Awards’. allkpop. December 21, 2011.
- Polls Open for the 2012 Style Icon Awards. mnet. September 27, 2012.
- "Winners from the ‘SBS Drama Awards’". allkpop. 6Theory Media. 31 December 2012. Retrieved 2013-01-01.
- "Lee Min-ho Joins Campaign for Protecting Chile’s Environment". En.korea.com. Retrieved 2013-10-17.
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