Lee Min-ki

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Lee Min-ki
Lee Min-gi 2019-01-04.jpg
Born (1985-01-16) January 16, 1985 (age 34)
Alma materKonkuk University - Film Arts[1]
OccupationActor, singer, model
Years active2004–present
AgentGood Management
KT Music Korea
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Korean name
Revised RomanizationI Min-gi
McCune–ReischauerI Mingi

Lee Min-ki (born January 16, 1985) is a South Korean actor, singer and model. Lee played his first TV leading role in the 2005 sports drama Taereung National Village, followed by the romantic comedies Love Truly in 2006, Dal-ja's Spring in 2007, Because This Is My First Life in 2017 and The Beauty Inside in 2018. The actor has also starred in feature films, most notably in the box office hits Tidal Wave, Quick and Very Ordinary Couple.


Lee in 2014 at the premiere of Monster


After honing his acting in one-act dramas, Lee Min-ki first gained popularity on television in romantic comedies Love Truly (2006) and Dal-ja's Spring (2007).[2][3] He then starred in the quirky low-rated cult series Four Gold Chasers (2007)[4] and alternated mainstream films with indies such as Oishii Man (2009).[5][6] He gained favorable notices for his supporting roles in the thriller A Million as a hot-tempered Marine-turned-janitor who finds himself involved in a survival reality show;[7] and the disaster film Tidal Wave, in which he plays a lifeguard who makes a heartbreaking sacrifice when a fictional tsunami hits the Korean beach town of Haeundae.[8][9][10] Lee then solidified his bona fide movie star status with his leading roles in the action film Quick and romantic comedy Spellbound.[11][12][13]

Lee starred alongside Kim Min-hee in the relationship drama Very Ordinary Couple (2013), which was a hit at the box office and received rave views.[14][15] He followed with leading roles in thriller Monster (2014),[16][17] action noir For the Emperor (2014)[18] and drama film Shoot Me in the Heart (2015), based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Jeong Yu-jeong.[19][20]

In 2017, Lee was cast in the romantic-comedy drama Because This Is My First Life opposite Jung So-min; this is Lee's first television leading role in 10 years.[21] This was followed with the fantasy melodrama The Beauty Inside (2018), based on the 2015 romantic comedy film of the same name. He plays a man who suffers from Prosopagnosia.[22]

In 2019, Lee is set to return to small screen with the crime detective drama Everyone’s Lies playing a role of a detective.[23]


After performing a stylized version of "My Way" at the 2008 Mnet KM Music Festival, Lee lent his vocals to a track with Korean electronica/pop singer Sheean in a collaboration with Japanese electronica/Shibuya-kei artist FreeTEMPO. The song, titled "Power of Love," was released as a digital single, and Lee also appeared in the music video.[24] On August 11, 2009, he unveiled his musical debut No Kidding, a six track EP with a very indie-electro rock sound.[25] The album's title song "Eternal Summer" was the first and only single released.[26] In 2013, he released two singles titled "Those Days I Had with You" and "Everything" in collaboration with Gold Coast.[27]

Personal life[edit]

Lee enlisted for his mandatory military service on August 7, 2014, and was assigned as a public service worker.[28][29] He was discharged in August 2016.[30]



Year Title Role Ref.
2006 Riverbank Legends High school student #7 (cameo)
2007 A Good Day to Have an Affair College student [31]
2008 Humming Oh Chun-jae (cameo) [32]
Romantic Island Lee Jung-hwan [33]
2009 Oishii Man Kim Hyun-seok [5]
Tidal Wave Choi Hyeong-sik [34]
A Million Park Cheol-hee [7]
2011 Quick Han Ki-su [11]
Spellbound Ma Jo-goo [13]
2013 Very Ordinary Couple Lee Dong-hee [14]
2014 Monster Tae-soo [17]
For the Emperor Lee Hwan [18]
2015 Shoot Me in the Heart Seung-min [20]
2018 Detective K: Secret of the Living Dead Jeon In-kyul (Special appearance) [35]

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network Notes Ref.
2004 My Older Brother Kang Min-ki KBS2 Drama Special
2005 Oh! Sarah Kim Dong-kang
Be Strong, Geum-soon! Noh Tae-hwan MBC [36]
Booyong of Mt. Kyeryong Hyeong-soo KBS2 Drama Special [37]
Taereung National Village Hong Min-ki MBC [38]
Rainbow Romance Lee Min-ki [39]
2006 Love Truly Nam Bong-ki [3]
2007 Dal-ja's Spring Kang Tae-bong KBS2 [2]
Four Gold Chasers Park Mu-yeol [4]
2012 Flower Band Joo Byung-hee tvN (Guest, episodes 1-2) [40]
2017 Because This Is My First Life Nam Se-hee [21]
2018 What's Wrong with Secretary Kim young Mi-so's father Cameo [41]
The Beauty Inside Seo Do-jae JTBC [22]
2019 Everyone’s Lies Jo Tae-sik OCN [42]

Music video appearances[edit]

Year Song title Artist Ref.
2004 "Hit'm" Nina
2005 "Only One for Me" Soul Star
2007 "After... The Break-up" The Name feat. Choi Jin-yi [43]
2008 "My Girl" The One
2012 "The Day Before" Nell [44]
2013 "I'm Sorry" Han So-hyeon [45]



Album information Track listing
Power of Love
  • Single
  • Artist: FreeTEMPO feat. Sheean and Lee Min-ki
  • Released: September 26, 2008
  • Label:
Track listing
  1. Power of Love
Power of Love Part 2
  • Single
  • Artist: FreeTEMPO feat. Lee Min-ki
  • Released: November 14, 2008
  • Label:
Track listing
  1. Power of Love (3rd Coast Remix)
We Can't Forget the Reason
  • Single
  • Artist: Lee Min-ki feat. Weekenders
  • Released: December 10, 2008
  • Label:
Track listing
  1. We Can't Forget the Reason
  2. We Can't Forget the Reason (Inst.)
No Kidding
  • EP
  • Artist: Lee Min-ki
  • Released: August 11, 2009
  • Label: Locksmith by Shyoshyo Type/CJ E&M
Track listing
  1. 영원한 여름 (Eternal Summer)
  2. Dreaming
  3. Joujou (Let me see the love)
  4. Play My Way
  5. Tonite, Tonite
  6. Joujou (♥Minki Remix)
Those Days I Had with You
  • Single
  • Artist: Lee Min-ki feat. 3rd Coast
  • Released: March 14, 2013
  • Label: Go_od/CJ E&M
Track listing
  1. 지난날 (Those Days I Had with You)
  2. 지난날 (Those Days I Had with You) (Inst.)
  • Single
  • Artist: Lee Min-ki feat. 3rd Coast
  • Released: April 11, 2013
  • Label: Go_od/CJ E&M
Track listing
  1. Everything
  2. Everything (Inst.)


Year Song title Notes
2006 "Like Candy 2" Track from Love Truly OST
"Before Sadness Comes" Track from Rainbow Romance OST[46]
2009 "Frozen Mountain"
"Neanderthal Man II"
"Disappears Like That"
"A Match for You"
Tracks from Oishii Man OST[47]
2012 "Not in Love"
Track from Flower Band OST[48]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2004 KBS Drama Awards Best Actor in a Special/One-Act Drama My Older Brother Nominated
2005 KBS Drama Awards Best Actor in a Special/One-Act Drama Oh! Sarah, Booyong of Mt. Kyeryong Nominated
MBC Drama Awards Best New Actor Be Strong, Geum-soon! Won [49]
2007 43rd Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actor (TV) Love Truly Nominated
28th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best New Actor A Good Day to Have an Affair Nominated
KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Dal-ja's Spring, Four Gold Chasers Nominated
2009 2nd Style Icon Awards New Movie Icon N/A Won [50]
30th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Supporting Actor Haeundae Nominated
2010 46th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actor Won [51]


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