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Kang Min-hyuk
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In August 2016
Born Kang Min-hyuk
(1991-06-28) June 28, 1991 (age 27)
Ilsan-gu, Goyang, South Korea
Alma mater Digital Seoul Culture Arts University[1]
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • drummer
  • actor
Years active 2009–present
Website fncent.com
Kang Min-hyuk
Revised Romanization Gang Min-hyeok
McCune–Reischauer Kang Minhyŏk

Kang Min-hyuk (Hangul강민혁; born on June 28, 1991)[2][3][4] is a South Korean musician, singer-songwriter, and actor. He is the drummer of South Korean rock band CNBLUE.


2009–present: CNBLUE[edit]

Kang became a member of CNBLUE in 2009. The group debuted in Japan with the mini album Now or Never on August 19, 2009 with an indie label AI Entertainment.[5][6] They officially debuted in Korea in 2010 with the mini album Bluetory, and the title track "I'm a Loner" became an instant hit in Korea.[7]

2010–present: Acting roles and solo activities[edit]

In 2010, Kang began his acting career in an omnibus film Acoustic alongside his fellow CNBLUE member Lee Jong-hyun.[8][9] He then made his small-screen debut in the SBS drama It's Okay, Daddy's Girl.[10]

In 2011, he was cast in MBC's youth melodrama Heartstrings, which stars fellow CNBLUE member Jung Yong-hwa.[11][12] He sang an OST for the drama, titled "Star".[citation needed]

In 2012, he starred in KBS's weekend family drama My Husband Got a Family,[13] and gained recognition for his role as a playboy.[14] The series topped the weekly ratings chart for 25 consecutive weeks and reached a ratings peak of 45.8 percent (TNmS) and 52.3 percent (AGB Nielsen),[15] making it the highest rated Korean drama in 2012.[16]

Kang continued to gain more popularity after starring in The Heirs (2013), a teen drama penned by Kim Eun-sook.[17][18][19] Along with his co-star Krystal Jung, they were voted as the Best Onscreen Couple at the 2013 DramaFever Awards.[20]

In 2015, Kang became a fixed cast of KBS's reality-variety show Brave Family,[21] and became a host of JTBC's show Mum is Watching.[22]

After a three-year hiatus, Kang made his television comeback in SBS's musical drama Entertainer in 2016,[23][24] for which he won an Excellence Award at the SBS Drama Awards.[25] The same year, he became a host of KBS's live music show Music Bank with Laboum's Solbin from July 2016 to November 2016.[26][27]

In 2017, Kang was cast in his first lead role, playing a doctor in MBC's medical drama Hospital Ship.[28][29][30][31]

In 2018, Kang had a supporting role in the period comedy film, The Princess and the Matchmaker. The film was shot back in 2015.[32][33]


Kang enlisted in his military service on July 31, 2018.[34][35]


Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network Ref.
2010 It's Okay, Daddy's Girl Hwang Yun-doo SBS [10]
2011 Heartstrings Yeo Joon-hee MBC [11]
2012 My Husband Got a Family Cha Se-gwang KBS2 [13]
2013 The Heirs Yoon Chan-young SBS [17]
2016 Entertainer Jo Ha-neul [23]
2017 School 2017 Jong-geun (cameo) KBS2 [36]
Hospital Ship Kwak Hyun MBC [28]


Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2010 Acoustic Kim Hae-won segment: Bakery Attack [8]
2017 I Am a Cat Narrator [37]
2018 The Princess and the Matchmaker Kang Hwi [32]

Variety show[edit]

Year Title Network Notes Ref.
2015 Brave Family KBS Fixed cast [21]
Our Neighborhood Arts and Physical Education KBS2 Regular cast; swimming segment [38]
I Live Alone MBC Regular cast [39][40]


Year Title Network Notes Ref.
2014 2014 K-Pop World Festival in Changwon KBS with Jung Eun-ji [41]
2015 Mom is Watching JTBC [22]
2016 Music Bank KBS2 with Solbin [26]



Year Title Peak positions Album

2010 "High Fly" (with Lee Jong-hyun) 102 Acoustic OST
2011 "Star" 66 Heartstrings OST
2016 "I See You" Entertainer OST

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref
2012 5th Korea Drama Awards Best New Actor My Husband Got a Family Nominated
20th Korean Culture & Entertainment Awards Best New Actor (TV) Nominated
1st K-Drama Star Awards Rising Star Award Won [43]
26th KBS Drama Awards Best New Actor Nominated
s 2013 21st SBS Drama Awards New Star Award The Heirs Won [44]
2014 50th Baeksang Arts Awards Most Popular Actor (TV) Nominated [45]
2nd DramaFever Awards Best Couple with Krystal Jung Won [20]
2016 5th APAN Star Awards Best New Actor Entertainer Nominated [46]
24th SBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Romantic Comedy Drama Won [25]
2017 36th MBC Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Hospital Ship Nominated [47]
Popularity Award, Actor Nominated


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  2. ^ Mark Russell (April 29, 2014). K-Pop Now!: The Korean Music Revolution. Tuttle Publishing. p. 56. ISBN 978-1-4629-1411-1. 
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  7. ^ "CNBLUE tops TV music charts". 10Asia. 1 February 2010. 
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  9. ^ "Pop idols not enough for 'Acoustic'". Hancinema. The Korea Times. 28 October 2010. 
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  11. ^ a b "CNBLUE member Min-hyuk cast in Jung Yong-hwa drama". 10Asia. 21 March 2011. 
  12. ^ "Campus romance to pull at Heartstrings". The Korea Times. 28 June 2011. 
  13. ^ a b "CNBLUE Kang Min-hyuk to play womanizer in new KBS weekend series". 10Asia. 6 February 2012. Archived from the original on 6 August 2017. 
  14. ^ "CN Blue's Kang Min Hyuk Charms as a Player on 'Unexpected You'". enewsWorld. 29 April 2012. 
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  27. ^ "강민혁, 오늘(4일) 끝으로 '뮤직뱅크' MC 하차…후임은 이서원". Xports News (in Korean). 4 November 2016. Retrieved 2017-11-23. 
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  29. ^ "Kang Min-hyuk, Lee Seo-won to team up with Ha Ji-won to play doctor roles". Kpop Herald. 4 July 2017. 
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  31. ^ "Kang Min-hyuk is learning how to be a leading man : CNBlue drummer has discovered there's more to making a drama than acting". Korea JoongAng Daily. 16 November 2017. 
  32. ^ a b "SHIM Eun-kyoung and LEE Seung-gi' MARITAL HARMONY Began Shooting". Korean Film Biz Zone. 15 September 2015. 
  33. ^ "Director says 'The Princess and the Matchmaker' is exhilarating period comedy-drama". Yonhap News Agency. 31 January 2018. 
  34. ^ "CNBLUE Kang Min Hyuk to Join the Military on the Same Day as Lee Jung Shin". SBS News. 6 July 2018. 
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