Lee Sungmin

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Lee.
Birth name Lee Sung-min
Born (1986-01-01) 1 January 1986 (age 28) [1]
Ilsan, Goyang, Gyeonggi, South Korea
Origin Seoul, South korea
Genres K-pop, Dance, R&B
Occupations Singer, Dancer, Actor
Instruments Guitar, Bass, Piano
Years active 2005–present
Labels SM Entertainment
Associated acts Super Junior
Super Junior-T
Super Junior-H
Super Junior-M
SM Town
Website superjunior.smtown.com
Korean name
Revised Romanization I Seong-min
McCune–Reischauer I Sŏngmin

Lee Sung-min (Hangul: 이성민; hanja: 李晟敏; born 1 January 1986),[1] mononymously credited as Sungmin (Hangul: 성민; hanja: 晟敏) is a South Korean singer, dancer, DJ and Musical theatre actor. He is best known as a member of the K-pop boy band Super Junior and its sub-groups Super Junior-T, Super Junior-H and Super Junior-M.



Sungmin was born in the Ilsan district of Goyang, Gyeonggi. He has a younger brother, Lee Sungjin. Sungmin's father Lee Chun-hwa, is the CEO of two companies: SendBill, which creates e-tax software, and Network Mania, an analytics company.

In 2001, he entered the SM Youth Best Contest and jointly won first place for the Best Outward Appearance award with future band mate Donghae. Together, they signed a contract with SM Entertainment and received training in singing, dancing, and acting.

Sungmin was placed in a project R&B group with Junsu and future band mate Eunhyuk. In 2002, along with Typhoon, Rose and Attack, the six of them made their first television appearance in a show called Heejun vs. Kangta, Battle of the Century: Pop vs. Rock. Moon Hee-jun taught Typhoon, Rose and Attack on to sing rock while Sungmin, Xiah, and Eunhyuk were taught other singing techniques by Kangta. The six trainees separated a year later, then Typhoon, Rose, and Attack debuted as members of rock band TRAX. The trio separated when Junsu went on to debuted as a member of TVXQ.[2] Then Sungmin and Eunhyuk joined ten other trainees and formed Super Junior 05, the first generation of rotational boy band Super Junior.

In 2005, before Super Junior's debut, he played young Kang Dong-shin in MBC drama Sisters of the Sea.

2005-2006: Debut with Super Junior[edit]

Sungmin officially debut as part of 12-member rotational group Super Junior 05 on 6 November 2005 on SBS's music programme Inkigayo, performing their first single, "Twins (Knock Out)".[3][4] Their debut album SuperJunior05 (Twins) was released a month later on 5 December 2005 and debuted at #3 on the monthly MIAK K-pop album charts.[5]

In March 2006, SM Entertainment began to recruit new members for the next Super Junior generation. However, plans changed and the company declared a halt in forming future Super Junior generations. Following the addition of thirteenth member Kyuhyun, the group dropped the suffix "05" and became officially credited as Super Junior.[6] The re-polished group's first CD single "U" was released on 7 June 2006, which was their most successful single until the release of "Sorry, Sorry" in March 2009.[7]

Sungmin guest starred in SBS's Banjun Theatre drama Finding Lost Time and played Yoochun's high school friend.

2007-2009: Acting and sub-groups[edit]

In February 2007, Sungmin was placed in sub-group trot-singing Super Junior-T.[8] In July, Sungmin's took part with fellow Super Junior members in Attack on the Pin-Up Boys, a SM Pictures production. He played the role of a pretty school boy who gets attacked by an unknown criminal.[9] He replaced band mate Kangin as one of the DJs at Reckless Radio, with Girls' Generation members from June 2007 to July 2008.

In 2008, he became a member of sub-group Super Junior-H and participated in a short half-hour drama Super Junior Unbelievable Story with Leeteuk. Sungmin played himself, a member of Super Junior-T who is constantly overshadowed by his members.

In 2009, he starred as male lead, Ro, in musical Akilla at the Hanjeon Art Center in Seoul from 9 October to 8 November.[10]

2010-2011: DJ and musical theatre[edit]

In 2010, Sungmin starred in the title role of musical Hong Gil Dong, alongside group mate Yesung who also played the historical figure Hong Gildong. It played at the Woori Financial Art Hall at the Olympic Park from 18 February 2010 for two months.[11]

In October, Sungmin was one of 20 South Korean singers who recorded the theme song, "Let's Go", for the 2010 G-20 Seoul summit. He provided vocals along with labelmates Seohyun, Jonghyun and Luna.[12] In December He starred in KBS drama The President as Jang Sungmin, the ambitious son of Jang Il Joon the president.[13]

In January 2011, he was placed in Mandopop sub-group Super Junior-M, as one of two new members along with Eunhyuk. Then spend the next few months promoting their third EP Perfection in Taiwan and China. For July and August, Sungmin performed as male lead Daniel, rotating with Ahn Jae-wook, Um Ki Joon, and Lee Ji-hoon, in musical Jack the Ripper at Chungmu Arts Hall.[14]

2012: Comeback with Super Junior[edit]

In 2012, Sungmin took part in We Got Married's spin-off program with Sistar's Hyorin called "Pit-a-Pat Shake" to air as a Lunar Year special.[15] Sungmin along with band mate Ryeowook, took over Super Junior's Kiss the Radio, when former DJs Leeteuk and Eunhyuk left due to their busy schedules. On 29 March 2012, Sungmin released his first solo digital single, "Oh Wa", the ending theme song for KBS sitcom, We Need a Fairy.[16]

For the month of September 2012, Sungmin reprise his role of Daniel, with Ahn Jae-wook, in musical Jack the Ripper at Aoyama Theater in Tokyo, Japan. [17]

In June 2012, Sungmin reunited with his Super Junior band mates for their sixth studio album, Sexy, Free & Single for released on 4 July. On 25 June his teaser photo was released showing a side-profiled Sungmin with a feminized look and long blond hair holding a large bouquet of baby’s breath flowers.[18]

2013-Present: Comeback with Super Junior-M[edit]

On January 7, 2013, Super Junior-M released their second album, Break Down, along with the music video for the lead single of the same name. A press conference took place in Beijing on January 7, and they will promote the album in China.[19]



Year Album Track Artist
2007 Student's Cheer song "소중한 열매" (Power) Sungmin
2008 ROCK&GO "明日のために" (For Tomorrow) Sungmin feat Japanese duo Moeyan
2008 Sanggeunie's Hope album "지금 만나러 가요" (Now We Go to Meet) Yesung & Sungmin

Soundtrack contributions[edit]

Year Title Track
2007 Homicide Investigation Team OST
2010 Haru OST "Angel"
The President OST "Biting My Lips"
2012 We Need a Fairy OST "Oh Wa"



Year Title Role
2007 Attack on the Pin-Up Boys Flower Boy
2010 Super Show 3 3D Himself
2012 I AM. - SM Town Live World Tour in Madison Square Garden Himself [20]
2013 Super Show 4 3D Himself

Television dramas[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2005 Sisters of the Sea young Kang Dong-shin MBC
2005 Charnel House Boy young baseball player boy KBS
2006 Banjun Theater: Finding Lost Time Yoochun's bestfriend SBS
2008 Super Junior Unbelievable Story
main role / Himself MBC [21]
2010 President Jang Sung-min KBS

Variety shows[edit]

Year Title Network
2007 Hello Chat Mnet
Idol World
2008 Idol Show Season 1 MBC
Unbelievable Outing S3
2009 Miracle Show KBS
Intimate Note
Oppa Band MBC
2011 Happy Together S3 KBS
2012 Come to Play[22] MBC
Shinhwa Broadcast[23] JTBC
Hello KBS

Musical theatre[edit]

Year Title Role
2009 Royal Musical Akilla Ro
2010 Hong Gildong Hong Gildong
2011-2013 Jack the Ripper Daniel
2013-2014 Summer Snow Jinha
2013-2014 The Three Musketeers D'Artagnan

Radio shows[edit]

Year Name
2007-2008 Chunji Reckless Radio (천방지축 라디오)
2011–2013 Super Junior Kiss the Radio (Sukira)

Music videos[edit]

Year Track Artist
2010 "Let's Go" 2010 G-20 Seoul summit
2012 "Oppa, Oppa" Donghae & Eunhyuk


Year Award Result
1st SM Youth Best Selection
Best Outward Appearance Won


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