L (South Korean singer)
L in 2019
March 13, 1992
|Alma mater||Daekyung University|
|Revised Romanization||Gim Myeong-su|
Kim Myungsoo was born on March 13, 1992 in Seoul, South Korea. He has a younger brother who is two years younger than him. Kim attended Duk-soo High School and graduated from Daekyung University on February 15, 2013, majoring in practical music.
2010–2016: Infinite F and acting activities
In June 2010, L officially made his debut as vocalist and visual of boy group Infinite. In 2011, he made his acting debut in Japanese drama Jiu Keishicho Tokushuhan Sousagakari, which aired on TV Asahi in July. In 2012, he was cast in tvN's romance comedy series Flower Band, as a guitarist of a rock group. He was also cast in MBC's sitcom What's The Deal, Mom?.
On May 15, 2013, L released a photo essay book titled L's Bravo Viewtiful, showing photos taken by him on a 93-day journey. The book was a best-seller, and reached #1 in pre-orders on online bookstores such as YES24 and Kyobo. In August 2013, he had a cameo in SBS's Master's Sun, playing the younger version of So Ji-sub's character.
With bandmates Sungyeol and Sungjong he comprised the subgroup Infinite F, which released a single album, Koi No Sign, in Japan on November 19, 2014, and a Korean album, Love Sign, in December 2014.
In 2015, he was cast in his first film Mister Shark, about a boy who befriends a shark.
2017–present: Rising popularity
In 2017, L starred in MBC's historical drama The Emperor: Owner of the Mask. His portrayal of a commoner who stands in for the king earned viewers' approval, and he was named Actor of the Month in June by MBC Dramanet.
In 2020, L is set to star in the fantasy romance drama Welcome as a cat who turns into a human male.
|Title||Year||Peak chart position||Sales||Album|
|As lead artist|
|"It's All For You"||2013||—||N/A||Non-album single|
|"Love U Like U"
(with Kim Yerim)
||Flower Band OST|
|"It's Okay Even If It's Not Me" (내가 아니어도 좋아)||2017||—||N/A||The Emperor: Owner of the Mask OST|
|"The Nights That I Miss You" (널 그리는 밤)||2019||TBA||Angel's Last Mission: Love OST|
|"Go Get Her" (그녀를 잡아요)
(with Park Jae-jung)
|2016||—||N/A||King of Mask Singer Ep. 63|
|"In the Rain" (빗속에서)||—||N/A|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.|
Songwriting and producing credits
|2013||Non-album single||L||"It's All For You"||Yes||—||Yes||—|
|2018||Top Seed||L||"Reminisce"||Yes||Jeong Min-ji||No||—|
|Welcome to the Wara Store||Himself||Tooniverse||Voice only|||
|2012||Flower Band||Lee Hyun-soo||tvN|||
|Salamander Guru and The Shadows||Himself||SBS||Cameo, Ep. 3|||
|What is Mom?||Kim Myung-soo||MBC|||
|2013||Master's Sun||Joo Joong-won (young)||SBS|||
|2014||Cunning Single Lady||Gil Yo-han||MBC|||
|My Lovely Girl||Shi-woo||SBS|||
|2015||The Time We Were Not in Love||Ki Sung-jae||Cameo, Ep. 2–4|||
|2016||The Day After We Broke Up||Yoo Tan||KBS2, KBS Japan & Netflix||Drama special|||
|My Catman||Jung Ho-yeon||Tencent & MBC||Web drama (unreleased)|||
|2017||The Emperor: Owner of the Mask||Lee Sun||MBC|||
|2018||Ms. Hammurabi||Im Ba-reun||JTBC|||
|2019||Angel's Last Mission: Love||Kim Dan||KBS2|||
|2013||L's Bravo Viewtiful||Tokyo|||
|L's Bravo Viewtiful Part. 2||Tokyo|
Awards and nominations
|2013||Korea Drama Awards||Best Young Actor||Master's Sun||Nominated|
|2017||Seoul Webfest Awards||Best Rising Star||My Catman||Nominated|
|Korea Drama Awards||Best New Actor||The Emperor: Owner of the Mask||Nominated|
|The Seoul Awards||Popularity Award, Actor||Nominated|
|MBC Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries||Nominated|
|Best New Actor||Nominated|
|Popularity Award, Actor||Won|||
|Best Character Award, Fighting Spirit Acting||Won|
|Korea First Brand Awards||Male Acting Idol||N/A||Nominated|
|2018||6th APAN Star Awards||Best New Actor||Ms. Hammurabi||Nominated|||
|3rd Asia Artist Awards||Best Icon||N/A||Won|||
|2019||12th Korea Drama Awards||Best New Actor||Angel's Last Mission: Love||Nominated|||
- "Infinite profile". Woollim Entertainment. Archived from the original on 2017-07-30. Retrieved 2015-10-05.
- Mark Russell (29 April 2014). K-Pop Now!: The Korean Music Revolution. Tuttle Publishing. p. 63. ISBN 978-1-4629-1411-1.
- "5 Infinite Members to Graduate from University Together". enewsWorld. 15 February 2013.
- 포토엔,인피니트,긴장되는 첫 무대~ (in Korean). Newsen. June 9, 2010. Retrieved March 15, 2010.
- "인피니트 엘, 일드 시청률 1위 日 시끌". The Chosun Ilbo (in Korean). 9 August 2011.
- Lee, Nancy (6 January 2012). "Infinite's L Rocks Out in Flower Boy Band Still Cuts". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Archived from the original on 3 July 2013. Retrieved 30 May 2013.
- "INFINITE's L may land a role in MBC sitcom". TenAsia. 3 September 2012.
- "인피니트 엘 포토에세이, 하루만에 베스트셀러 등극". Star Daily (in Korean). 16 May 2013.
- Lee, Eun-ah (17 July 2013). "INFINITE's L to Make Cameo Appearance in So Ji-sub Drama". TenAsia. Archived from the original on 28 March 2014.
- Jeong, Jee-won (20 January 2014). "Infinite's L Cast in Cunning Single Lady with Lee Min Jung and Joo Sang Wook". enewsWorld. Archived from the original on 22 January 2014. Retrieved 2014-02-21.
- "'My Lovely Girl' blends K-pop eye-candy and romance". Kpop Herald. 15 September 2014.
- "Infinite F unveils first Korean EP 'Love's Sign'". Kpop Herald. 15 December 2014.
- "Infinite L to make silver screen debut". Kpop Herald. 18 August 2015.
- "'마이캣맨' 임시완X엘, 채수빈 놓고 아슬아슬 삼각로맨스 '포착'". Xports News (in Korean). 24 September 2016.
- "인피니트 측 "엘, 단막극으로 연기돌 도전…연기연습 중"". Osen (in Korean). 10 October 2016.
- "Infinite's L to star in drama as Yoo Seung-ho's double". Kpop Herald. 24 November 2016.
- "Korean actor Kim Myung Soo has crushes on anime characters with long, wavy hair". The Straits Times. 28 September 2017.
- "'Miss Hammurabi' to search for warmhearted justice". Kpop Herald. 21 May 2018.
- "JTBC '미스 함무라비' 고아라X김명수X성동일 캐스팅 확정". JTBC (in Korean). 15 January 2018.
- "Kim Myung-soo receives praise for role in 'Miss Hammurabi'". Kpop Herald. 19 July 2018.
- "A career shift: From Infinite to beyond : After first lead role in a drama, Kim Myung-soo is ready to take on more". Korea JoongAng Daily. 23 July 2018.
- "[Interview] "Miss Hamurabi's" Kim Myung-soo (L) Talks about His Future as an Actor and Solo Music". Mwave. 18 July 2018.
- "김명수, '단, 하나의 사랑' 출연 확정…천사 된다 [공식]". TV Report (in Korean). 17 December 2018.
- "울림 측 "엘, 전속계약 종료‥인피니트 해체 NO"(공식입장 전문)". MBN (in Korean). 19 August 2019.
- "L Confirms Role in KBS's "Welcome"". Hancinema. 26 August 2019.
- Charted songs:
- "Love U Like U". March 2012.
- "Gaon Download Chart – March, 2012". Retrieved 2017-04-14.
- "인피니트 엘, '와라! 편의점' 애니 캐릭터로 더빙도전". Ilgan Sports (in Korean). 14 January 2012.
- Lee, Nancy. "Infinite Members Become Voice Actors for 'Wara! Store' Cartoon". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2015-05-31.
- "용준형 도롱뇽도사 카메오, 인피니트 엘+민호와 '꽃도둑 3인방'". The Star (in Korean). 8 February 2012.
- "Infinite's L talks about his role in weekend drama". Kpop Herald. 6 July 2015.
- "'서울웹페스트 2017' 수상 후보 발표.. 30개국 124개 작품 경합". TenAsia (in Korean). 7 July 2017.
- "Winners of the 2017 MBC Drama Awards". Hancinema. 30 December 2017.
- "이병헌·손예진·아이유 APAN스타어워즈 노미네이트". Star News (in Korean). 27 September 2018.
- "BTS win the Daesang at Asia Artist Awards 2018 – and are among Artists Of The Year". Metro. 28 November 2018.
- "'2019코리아드라마어워즈(KDA)' 연기대상 후보..김해숙·최수종·염정아·조정석 등". Sedaily (in Korean). September 27, 2019.
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