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Xiumin at the Nature Republic fan meeting, February 2018
Kim Min-seok

(1990-03-26) March 26, 1990 (age 31)
Seoul, South Korea
EducationCatholic Kwandong University
  • Singer
  • actor
Musical career
Years active2012–present
Associated acts
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGim Min-seok
McCune–ReischauerKim Minsŏk
Stage name
Revised RomanizationSiumin

Kim Min-seok (born (1990-03-26)March 26, 1990), better known by his stage name Xiumin (Korean시우민; pronounced [ɕʰi.u.min]), is a South Korean singer and actor. He is best known as a member of the South Korean-Chinese boy band Exo, its sub-group Exo-M and its sub-unit Exo-CBX.


His stage name is a combination of the Chinese reading of hanja characters 秀 (xiù), which means great or show, and 珉 (mín) which is part of his birth name.[1]

Life and career[edit]

1990–2013: Early life and career beginnings[edit]

Xiumin was born on March 26, 1990 in Seoul and grew up in Gyuri, Gyeonggi Province.[2] He was a student at Catholic Kwandong University where he attended a seminar and gave a presentation for students in Applied Music. Xiumin learned martial arts and has a black belt in Kendo and Taekwondo. He also trained in Wushu and Fencing.[3] Xiumin is also known as an avid fan of football,[4] and is an honorary ambassador of the Korea Football Association.[5]

Before Xiumin's participation in SM's Everysing Contest, he had auditioned for JYP entertainment in 2008 but was rejected. In 2008, Xiumin won second place in the SM Everysing Contest. He later became a trainee through SM Entertainment's Casting System in the same year.

Xiumin was revealed as the seventh member of South Korean-Chinese boy group Exo in January 2012. The group debuted on April 8, 2012. In 2013, Xiumin made a guest appearance alongside actress Kim Yoo-jung in the music video for the song "Gone" by South Korean singer Jin, now a member of Lovelyz.[6]

2015–present: Acting roles and Exo-CBX[edit]

Xiumin at the Exo-CBX tour in Yokohama in May 2018

In January 2015, Xiumin made his musical theatre debut, playing the character of Aquila in the SM Entertainment musical School OZ alongside labelmates Changmin, Key, Luna, Suho and Seulgi.[7] In October 2015, Xiumin played the leading role opposite actress Kim So-eun in the web drama Falling for Challenge.[8] He also released his first solo song since debut titled "You Are the One" as a soundtrack of the web drama.[9] Falling for Challenge was the most watched web drama in South Korea in 2015, reaching 20 million views just after 17 days.[10]

In February 2016, Xiumin was featured in AOA member Jimin's solo single "Call You Bae", and appeared in its music video.[11] In July 2016, he made his big screen debut alongside Yoo Seung-ho in the South Korean film Seondal: The Man Who Sells the River.[12] In August 2016, he collaborated with fellow Exo members Chen, and Baekhyun on an original soundtrack titled "For You" for the television series Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo.[13] In October 2016, together with Chen and Baekhyun, Xiumin became a member of Exo's first official sub unit Exo-CBX.[14] The group made their debut with the extended play Hey Mama! on October 31.[15]

In July 2017, Xiumin collaborated with NCT member Mark on a single titled "Young & Free" for S.M. Entertainment's digital music project Station.[16] In August, he became a regular cast member on the MBC reality TV show It's Dangerous Beyond The Blankets.[17]

Xiumin enlisted for his mandatory military service on May 7, 2019, serving active duty.[18][19] He performed his final concerts before his enlistment with Exo-CBX's Magical Circus - Special Edition concert in Japan,[20] and his solo fan meeting concert, Xiuweet Time, at Jamsil Arena on May 4.[21] Following his enlistment, he released his debut solo single, "You", which is part of SM Station, on May 9.[20] In August 2019, it was reported that Xiumin would be starring in an army musical titled "Return: The Promise of That Day" together with Shinee member Onew and Yoon Ji-sung, which ran from October 22 to December 1 at the Olympic Park’s Woori Art Hall in Seoul.[22] Xiumin took his final military leave in November 2020, and did not return to the army due to the military's policy on COVID-19; he was discharged on December 6.[23]



Title Year Peak chart
Sales Album


As lead artist
"Breakin' Machine" 2014 N/A N/A Exology Chapter 1: The Lost Planet
"Beyond" 2019 Exo Planet 4 - The Elyxion (dot)
"You" (이유) 68 65 Non-album single
As featured artist
"Call You Bae"
(Jimin featuring Xiumin)
2016 5 N/A 5 Non-album single
"Young & Free"
(with Mark)
2017 31 N/A 6 Non-album single
Soundtrack appearances
"You Are the One" 2015 62 N/A Falling for Challenge OST
"For You"
(with Baekhyun and Chen)
2016 5 9 Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo OST
"To My One And Only You" (나의 유일한 너에게) 2021 81 N/A Mr. Queen OST
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.
K-pop Hot 100 was introduced in August 2011, discontinued in July 2014 and was re-established on December 30, 2017.



Title Year Role Notes
Seondal: The Man Who Sells the River 2016 Gyeon Supporting role


Title Year Network Role Notes
Exo Next Door 2015 Xiumin Web drama; minor role
Falling for Challenge Na Do-jeon Web drama; lead role


Title Year Network Note
Korea From Above 2017
Mountain TV
Narration with Suho

Television shows[edit]

Title Year Network Role Notes Ref.
Travel without Manager 2016 Cookat TV Main cast Episodes 1–8 [31]
It's Dangerous Beyond The Blankets 2017–2018 MBC Main cast Ep. 1–3 (Season 1)
Ep. 6–7 (Season 2)
With God 2021 Channel S Host Episodes 3–10 [33]
With God Season 2 [34]
Xiu Min’s Tennis King Tomorrow skyTV / Dumdumb Studio Main Cast with Jeon Mi-ra [35][36][37]

Music videos[edit]

Title Year
"Gone" (JIN) 2013
"You Are The One" 2015
"Call You Bae" (Jimin feat. Xiumin) 2016
"Young & Free" (with Mark (NCT)) 2017
"Beyond" (with Beatburger Project) 2018
"이유 (You)" 2019


Title Year Role Notes
School OZ 2015 Aquila Holographic musical; supporting role
Return: The Promise of That Day 2019 Kim Seung-ho Army musical
Return 2020 Hyun-min Army musical[38]
Hadestown 2021 Orpheus [39]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated Work Result Ref.
2015 4th APAN Star Awards Award for SNS Web Drama Falling for Challenge Won [40]
2017 Click! StarWars Awards Most Popular Singer N/A Won


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  4. ^ "What if idols were soccer players?". The Korea Herald. June 16, 2014.
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  7. ^ "TVXQ, SHINee, Exo, f(x) to star in hologram musical 'School OZ'". Kpop Herald. January 8, 2015.
  8. ^ "Exo's Xiumin, Kim So-eun cast as leads in Web series". Kpop Herald. October 2, 2015.
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  10. ^ "지난해 최고 인기 웹드는 '도전에 반하다'". Yonhap News (in Korean). Retrieved January 10, 2016.
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  24. ^ Charted songs on Billboard World Digital Song Sales:
  25. ^ Charted songs on Gaon Digital Chart:
  26. ^ Charted songs on Billboard Kpop Hot 100:
  27. ^ "2016 Yearly Gaon Download Chart". Gaon Chart. Korea Music Content Industry Association. Retrieved January 13, 2017.
  28. ^ Cumulative sales for "Young & Free":
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