L (South Korean singer)

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2019 아시아모델어워즈 김명수 (2).jpg
L in 2019
Born
Kim Myung-soo

(1992-03-13) March 13, 1992 (age 27)
Alma materDaekyung University
Occupation
Musical career
Genres
Instruments
Years active2010–present
LabelsWoollim Entertainment
(2010–2019)
Associated acts
Korean name
Hangul
김명수
Hanja
金明洙
Revised RomanizationGim Myeong-su
McCune–ReischauerKim Myŏng-su

Kim Myung-soo (born March 13, 1992), known professionally as L, is a South Korean singer and actor. He is a member of the boy group Infinite[1] and its sub-group Infinite F.

Biography[edit]

Kim Myungsoo was born on March 13, 1992[2] 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.[3]

Career[edit]

2010–2016: Infinite F and acting activities[edit]

In June 2010, L officially made his debut as vocalist and visual of boy group Infinite.[4] In 2011, he made his acting debut in Japanese drama Jiu Keishicho Tokushuhan Sousagakari, which aired on TV Asahi in July.[5] In 2012, he was cast in tvN's romance comedy series Flower Band, as a guitarist of a rock group.[6] He was also cast in MBC's sitcom What's The Deal, Mom?.[7]

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.[8] In August 2013, he had a cameo in SBS's Master's Sun, playing the younger version of So Ji-sub's character.[9]

In 2014, he was cast in supporting roles in MBC's Cunning Single Lady and SBS's My Lovely Girl.[10][11]

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.[12]

In 2015, he was cast in his first film Mister Shark, about a boy who befriends a shark.[13]

In 2016, L was cast in the Korean-Chinese web drama My Catman.[14] He also starred in the drama special The Day After We Broke Up, which was his first lead role.[15]

2017–present: Rising popularity[edit]

In 2017, L starred in MBC's historical drama The Emperor: Owner of the Mask.[16] 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.[17]

In 2018, L starred in the legal drama Ms. Hammurabi portraying a judge.[18][19] His performance in the series was well-received, earning him increased recognition.[20][21][22]

In 2019, L starred in the fantasy romance drama Angel's Last Mission: Love.[23] In August 2019, L left Woollim Entertainment although he remains as a member of Infinite.[24]

In 2020, L is set to star in the fantasy romance drama Welcome as a cat who turns into a human male.[25]

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart position Sales Album
KOR
[26]
As lead artist
"It's All For You" 2013 N/A Non-album single
"Reminisce" 2018 N/A Top Seed
Soundtrack appearances
"Love U Like U"
(with Kim Yerim)
2012 27 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
Compilation
"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[edit]

Year Album Artist Song Lyrics Music
Credited With Credited With
2013 Non-album single L "It's All For You" Yes Yes
2018 Top Seed L "Reminisce" Yes Jeong Min-ji No

Filmography[edit]

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network Notes Ref.
2011 Jiu Jiu TV Asahi [5]
Welcome to the Wara Store Himself Tooniverse Voice only [28][29]
2012 Flower Band Lee Hyun-soo tvN [6]
Salamander Guru and The Shadows Himself SBS Cameo, Ep. 3 [30]
What is Mom? Kim Myung-soo MBC [7]
2013 Master's Sun Joo Joong-won (young) SBS [9]
2014 Cunning Single Lady Gil Yo-han MBC [10]
My Lovely Girl Shi-woo SBS [11]
2015 The Time We Were Not in Love Ki Sung-jae Cameo, Ep. 2–4 [31]
2016 The Day After We Broke Up Yoo Tan KBS2, KBS Japan & Netflix Drama special [15]
My Catman Jung Ho-yeon Tencent & MBC Web drama (unreleased) [14]
2017 The Emperor: Owner of the Mask Lee Sun MBC [16]
2018 Ms. Hammurabi Im Ba-reun JTBC [18]
2019 Angel's Last Mission: Love Kim Dan KBS2 [23]
2020 Welcome Hong-jo [25]

Publication[edit]

Photobook[edit]

Year Title Publisher Ref.
2013 L's Bravo Viewtiful Tokyo [8]
L's Bravo Viewtiful Part. 2 Tokyo

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2013 Korea Drama Awards Best Young Actor Master's Sun Nominated
2017 Seoul Webfest Awards Best Rising Star My Catman Nominated
Special Award Won [32]
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 [33]
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 [34]
3rd Asia Artist Awards Best Icon N/A Won [35]
2019 12th Korea Drama Awards Best New Actor Angel's Last Mission: Love Nominated [36]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Infinite profile". Woollim Entertainment. Archived from the original on 2017-07-30. Retrieved 2015-10-05.
  2. ^ Mark Russell (29 April 2014). K-Pop Now!: The Korean Music Revolution. Tuttle Publishing. p. 63. ISBN 978-1-4629-1411-1.
  3. ^ "5 Infinite Members to Graduate from University Together". enewsWorld. 15 February 2013.
  4. ^ 포토엔,인피니트,긴장되는 첫 무대~ (in Korean). Newsen. June 9, 2010. Retrieved March 15, 2010.
  5. ^ a b "인피니트 엘, 일드 시청률 1위 日 시끌". The Chosun Ilbo (in Korean). 9 August 2011.
  6. ^ a b 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.
  7. ^ a b "INFINITE's L may land a role in MBC sitcom". TenAsia. 3 September 2012.
  8. ^ a b "인피니트 엘 포토에세이, 하루만에 베스트셀러 등극". Star Daily (in Korean). 16 May 2013.
  9. ^ a b 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.
  10. ^ a b 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.
  11. ^ a b "'My Lovely Girl' blends K-pop eye-candy and romance". Kpop Herald. 15 September 2014.
  12. ^ "Infinite F unveils first Korean EP 'Love's Sign'". Kpop Herald. 15 December 2014.
  13. ^ "Infinite L to make silver screen debut". Kpop Herald. 18 August 2015.
  14. ^ a b "'마이캣맨' 임시완X엘, 채수빈 놓고 아슬아슬 삼각로맨스 '포착'". Xports News (in Korean). 24 September 2016.
  15. ^ a b "인피니트 측 "엘, 단막극으로 연기돌 도전…연기연습 중"". Osen (in Korean). 10 October 2016.
  16. ^ a b "Infinite's L to star in drama as Yoo Seung-ho's double". Kpop Herald. 24 November 2016.
  17. ^ "Korean actor Kim Myung Soo has crushes on anime characters with long, wavy hair". The Straits Times. 28 September 2017.
  18. ^ a b "'Miss Hammurabi' to search for warmhearted justice". Kpop Herald. 21 May 2018.
  19. ^ "JTBC '미스 함무라비' 고아라X김명수X성동일 캐스팅 확정". JTBC (in Korean). 15 January 2018.
  20. ^ "Kim Myung-soo receives praise for role in 'Miss Hammurabi'". Kpop Herald. 19 July 2018.
  21. ^ "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.
  22. ^ "[Interview] "Miss Hamurabi's" Kim Myung-soo (L) Talks about His Future as an Actor and Solo Music". Mwave. 18 July 2018.
  23. ^ a b "김명수, '단, 하나의 사랑' 출연 확정…천사 된다 [공식]". TV Report (in Korean). 17 December 2018.
  24. ^ "울림 측 "엘, 전속계약 종료‥인피니트 해체 NO"(공식입장 전문)". MBN (in Korean). 19 August 2019.
  25. ^ a b "L Confirms Role in KBS's "Welcome"". Hancinema. 26 August 2019.
  26. ^ Charted songs:
  27. ^ "Gaon Download Chart – March, 2012". Retrieved 2017-04-14.
  28. ^ "인피니트 엘, '와라! 편의점' 애니 캐릭터로 더빙도전". Ilgan Sports (in Korean). 14 January 2012.
  29. ^ Lee, Nancy. "Infinite Members Become Voice Actors for 'Wara! Store' Cartoon". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2015-05-31.
  30. ^ "용준형 도롱뇽도사 카메오, 인피니트 엘+민호와 '꽃도둑 3인방'". The Star (in Korean). 8 February 2012.
  31. ^ "Infinite's L talks about his role in weekend drama". Kpop Herald. 6 July 2015.
  32. ^ "'서울웹페스트 2017' 수상 후보 발표.. 30개국 124개 작품 경합". TenAsia (in Korean). 7 July 2017.
  33. ^ "Winners of the 2017 MBC Drama Awards". Hancinema. 30 December 2017.
  34. ^ "이병헌·손예진·아이유 APAN스타어워즈 노미네이트". Star News (in Korean). 27 September 2018.
  35. ^ "BTS win the Daesang at Asia Artist Awards 2018 – and are among Artists Of The Year". Metro. 28 November 2018.
  36. ^ "'2019코리아드라마어워즈(KDA)' 연기대상 후보..김해숙·최수종·염정아·조정석 등". Sedaily (in Korean). September 27, 2019.

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