Lee Min-ho (actor, born 1993)

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Lee Min-ho
Lee Min Ho Running Man.jpg
Lee Min-ho on Running Man press premiere last March 26, 2013
Born (1993-06-28) June 28, 1993 (age 24)
Namyangju, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Education Chung-Ang University
(Theater and Film)
Occupation Actor
Years active 1998–present
Agent PI Entertainment
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)[1]
Korean name

Lee Min-ho (Hangul이민호; Hanja李敏豪) (born June 28, 1993) is a South Korean actor. He is well known for his role as young Yang Myung in Moon Embracing the Sun (2012) and Song Mang-boo in Rooftop Prince (2012).


Personal life[edit]

Lee Min-ho was born in Namyangju, South Korea on June 28, 1993. His family consists of his father, mother and one older sister. He finished his high school at Paikyang High School and is currently taking up theater major in Chung-Ang University's Institute of the Arts.[2]

Lee became an actor not because he wanted to, but because it was his father's dream before but couldn't pursue it. As a child, he thought arriving at a film set was just a fun trip instead of acting.[3] He started playing soccer as a rebellion against his parents who wanted him to pursue acting. He even became the captain of their soccer team back in middle school. He was awarded top score in 2008 Seoul FC Junior Championship Cup scoring 10 goals in a game. FC Seoul Lee Chung-Yong said that Lee was the best player in the Cup and was considered as soccer prodigy.[4] He loved soccer to the point where he wanted to become a professional soccer player, but eventually upon entering high school, he came to realize what acting was like and fully embraced it.[5]

Lee Min-ho considered using a stage name because many confused him with the City Hunter’s Lee Min-ho but his parents disapproved of the idea and said that instead of changing his name, he should work harder to be recognized.


Min-ho started his career as a child actor. He debuted at the age of five playing the role of Jung-bae in 1998 SBS daily sitcom Soonpoong Clinic, the show ran for 2 years.[6] In 2005, he starred with Yoo Seung-ho in KBS' Magic Warriors Mir & Gaon which gain them access to popularity among elementary students and their peers.[7]

In 2010, he was cast in the movie Ghost, he played the role of Park Chul-Min, a high school student, who can see ghosts but pretends not to see them and decided not to meddle with their affairs, until the ghost of a cute girl named Seo-Hee (Choi Hye-kyung) ask for his help. In same year he was cast opposite to Kim Yoo-jung in Grudge: The Revolt of Gumiho, in the drama they played as two young people who have affection with each other but their love end up with tragedy. After Gumiho, he had a brief cameo in Sungkyunkwan Scandal as a petty thief Bok-soo.

In 2012, Lee Min-ho played the role of young Yang Myung, the unrequited love of Kim Yoo-jung's character in Moon Embracing the Sun. Lee, who earned popularity with his deft portrayal of the young Yang Myung in the MBC drama, was cast as Song Kang-ho’s rebellious son in the movie Howling.[8] He appeared in the music video for 2BIC′s debut song I Made Another Girl Cry.[9]

After building up his profile as one of Korea's nation child star, he successfully transitioned in adult role through Rooftop Prince where he plays the role of Song Mang-boo, one of the 3 member of Yoochun's character entourage in search for the crown prince in the 21st century.[10] Following his stint in Rooftop Prince, he has been cast as Gi-hyuk, son of Shin Ha-kyun's character in the movie Running Man which is the first movie produced by Hollywood Major Studio 20th Century Fox Korea.[11]

In 2014, he had his first romantic lead role in the movie School of Youths with Bae Seul-ki. In June, Lee Min-ho along with f(x) Luna was appointed as 2015 Honorary Ambassadors for Confederation of Asian and Pacific Accountants. He also co-starred with Bae Noo-ri in a 4 episode web drama Teleport Lovers that was shown under Naver's TV Cast. The drama was produced by Korean organization K-Move! to promote overseas employment among Korean youth.

In 2015, he was cast as Kang Seung-bum, a high school student who gets involved in a case with his music teacher in Kwak Jae-yong's Time Renegade.



Year Title Role Note
2001 Waikiki Brothers young In-ki
2002 Show Show Show Eun-ryong
2007 Le Grand Chef young Sung-chan
2009 Actually, I am a Superman boy Independent short film
2010 Be With Me/Ghost Park Chul-min
2012 Howling Sang-gil's son
2013 Running Man Cha Gi-hyuk
2014 School of Youth Mok-won
2016 Time Renegades Kang Seung-beom
2017 The Bittersweet Xiao Ma Leading Actor
2017 Mysterious Fighter Lee Ang Leading Actor

Television dramas[edit]

Year Title Role Network Note
1998 Soonpoong Clinic Jung-bae SBS Debut as a child actor
Legend of Ambition Ha Seung-jun KBS2
The Great King's Road Eun Jeon-goon MBC
Sunflower Park Sun-deok son MBC
1999 Woman on Top SBS
2001 Empress Myeongseong young Sun-jong KBS2
2002 Jang Hee-bin Prince Yeoning (Yeong-jo) KBS2
People in the Zoo Jung Min-ho KBS2
2004 Jang Gil San Jung Do-ryeong SBS
2005 Magic Warriors Mir & Gaon Gaon KBS
2006 Love and Ambition Sang-woo SBS
Exhibition of Fireworks Bong-chang MBC
High Kick! young Soon-jae MBC
2007 Gangnam Mom Do Joon-yong SBS
2008 The Deacon and Deaconess Ye-jun CTS
2009 My Dad Loves Trouble Jin-soo KBS2 4-episode drama special
2010 Grudge: The Revolt of Gumiho Jo Jung-kyu KBS2
Sungkyunkwan Scandal Bok-soo KBS2 appeared on episodes 10 & 11
Stormy Lovers Lee Hyung-woo MBC
2011 The Thorn Birds young Lee Young-jo KBS2
Gyebaek teen Moo-geun MBC
A Thousand Kisses Moon Gi-joon MBC appeared on episode 22
TV Cultural Center - Eom Ji's Suk-ho KBS2
2012 Moon Embracing the Sun young Prince Yang-myung MBC
Rooftop Prince Song Man-bo SBS
The Great Seer King Woo SBS
2013 The Blade and Petal Crown Prince Hwangwon KBS2
The Prime Minister and I Park Hee-chul KBS2
2015 Splendid Politics Bongrim/King Hyojong MBC
2017 Housewife Detective Hwang Chul-min TBA

Web series[edit]

Year Title Role Network Note
2014 Teleport Lover Han Dong-hyeok Naver TV Cast 4-episode web series

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Singer
2012 I Made Another Girl Cry 2BiC

Musical theatre[edit]

Year Title Role
2005 Magic Warriors Mir & Gaon: The Musical Gaon
2006 Children Alchemist Santiago
2012 La Cage Aux Folles Jean-Michel[12]

Other activities[edit]


Year Product Note
1999 Lotte Samkang
Nongshim Noodle
Shany Pokémon Bread
2006 LG Electronics Canvas X
2012 G Shop Star Market Online Shop [13]
Samsung Galaxy Note with Eugene

Social contributions[edit]

Year Title Note
2012 Honorary Ambassador for Youth (Ministry of Gender Equality and Family) with Kim Yoo-jung.[14]
2015 Honorary Ambassador for CAPA (Confederation of Asian and Pacific Accountants) with f(x) Luna
Student Ambassador for Chung-Ang University with Jin Se-yeon

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2007 SBS Drama Awards Best Young Actor Gangnam Mom Nominated
2012 MBC Drama Awards Best Young Actor Moon Embracing the Sun Nominated


  1. ^ ""The Moon that Embraces the Sun" Lee Min Ho Reveals His Favorite Female Celeb". Soompi. Retrieved 21 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "Lee Min Ho is Favored by CF Happily". Sports Seoul. Dramahaven. Retrieved 4 April 2013. 
  3. ^ Lee, Kyung-nam (19 April 2012). "′Rooftop Prince′ Trio Lee Min Ho and Choi Woo Sik Discuss Past Roles". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 21 July 2014. 
  4. ^ Choi, Ji-eun (18 August 2010). "[INTERVIEW] Korean actor Lee Min-ho-I". 10Asia. Hancinema]. Retrieved 6 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "Lee Min Ho Interview in Vogue Girl English Translation". Vogue. Dramahaven. Retrieved 4 April 2013. 
  6. ^ "Flower Boy Lee Min Ho is Jung Bae of 1998′s Choonpoong Clinic". Newsen. Dramahaven. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  7. ^ "Magic Warriors Mir & Gaon". KBS.co.kr. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  8. ^ Choi, Eun-hwa (27 January 2012). "Lee Min Ho Moves to the Big Screen". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 21 July 2014. 
  9. ^ Kim, Ji-yeon (9 March 2012). "Lee Min Ho Shines in Music Video for 2BIC′s Debut Song". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 6 January 2013. 
  10. ^ Choi, Eun-hwa (20 February 2012). "Lee Min Ho is On A Horse". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 6 January 2013. 
  11. ^ "Sin Ha-gyoon and Lee Min-ho-I cast for movie "Running Man"". Daum. Hancinema. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  12. ^ "Lee Min-ho-I & 2AM's Changmin To Star In Musical". KBS. Hancinema. Retrieved 7 January 2013. 
  13. ^ "Lee Min Ho Chosen as Model for G-Market’s Star Shop". TvReport. Dramahaven. Retrieved 7 January 2013. 
  14. ^ Kamarudin, Syahida (3 May 2012). "Min-ho and Yoo-jung elected "Ambassadors of Youth"". Yahoo. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 

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