Lee Min-ho

  • I. Introduction

    Lee Min-ho, born June 22, 1987 is a renowned actor, singer, and model. He gained widespread fame worldwide with his role as Gu Jun-pyo in Boys Over Flowers which also earned him the Best New Actor award at the 45th Baeksang Arts Awards. His notable lead roles in television series include Personal Taste, City Hunter, The Heirs, Legend of the Blue Sea and The King: Eternal Monarch. Apart from his television career, Lee featured in the first lead role in the film Gangnam Blues. This was followed by his first China-produced film Bounty Hunters and the mini-romance-web-series Line Romance.

    Born in Heukseok-dong, Dongjak-gu, Seoul, Lee hoped to become a professional football player. He was selected for the youth football class of South Korean manager and former professional player Cha Bum-Kun, but an injury during his 5th grade of elementary school put an end to his aspiration. In his second year of high school, Lee turned to acting. He completed majors in Film & Art at Konkuk University.

    Besides, his rich repertoire in acting, Min-ho is also the most followed actor on social media. Moreover, he became the first Korean celebrity to have a wax figure made in his image at Madame Tussauds, with figures being unveiled in Shanghai in 2013, and Hong Kong in 2014. Lee established himself as one of the highest paid actor in South Korea.

    In 2020, Lee was cast as the lead in Apple's series Pachinko.

    II. Filmography

    Year Title Role
    2008 Public Enemy Returns Jung Ha-yeon
    ... Our School's E.T. Oh Sang-hoon
    2015 Gangnam Blues

    Kim Jong-dae
    2016 Bounty Hunters

    Yi San

    III. Television Series

    Year Title Role Network
    2003 Sharp Student KBS2
    2004 Nonstop 5 MC Mong MBC
    2005 Recipe of Love
    Waiter ...
    2006 Secret Campus
    Park Du-hyun
    2007 Mackerel Run Cha Gong-chan SBS
    ... I Am Sam Heo Mo-se KBS2
    2008 Get Up Min Wook-gi MBC
    2009 Boys Over Flowers

    Gu Jun-pyo KBS2
    2010 Personal Taste

    Jeon Jin-ho MBC
    2011 City Hunter

    Lee Yoon-sung SBS
    2012 Faith Choi Young ...
    2013 The Heirs

    Kim Tan ...
    2016 Legend of the Blue Sea

    Kim Dam-ryeong / Heo Joon-jae ...
    2017 DMZ, the Wild Himself MBC
    2020 The King: Eternal Monarch

    Emperor Lee Gon SBS

    IV. Web Series

    Year Title Role Network
    2011 Toyota Camry
    The One and Only
    Joon / Kwon
    2012 ... ...
    ... Innisfree First Love Innisfree CEO
    2014 Line Romance
    Min-ho iQiyi
    2015 Innisfree Summer Love
    Lee Min-ho YouTube Innisfree Channel, Insight TV
    2016 7 First Kisses Naver TV Cast
    2021 Pachinko Hansu AppleTV

    V. Accolades

    Year Award Category Nominated Work
    2011 SBS Drama Awards Best Actor City Hunter
    ... ... Best Netizen Award ...
    ... ... Ten Star Award ...
    2012 ... Best Actor Faith
    ... ... Ten Star Award ...
    2013 ... Best Actor The Heirs
    ... ... Ten Star Award ...
    ... ... Best Netizen Award ...
    ... ... Best Dressed Award ...
    ... ... Best Couple Award ...
    ... 12th China Fashion Awards Best Popular Asian Actor Award
    2015 51st Baeksang Arts Awards Most Popular Actor Gangnam Blues
    ... 52nd Daejong Film Awards Best New Actor ...
    ... 36th Blue Dragon Film Awards Popularity Awards
    2016 SBS Drama Awards Best Actor The Legend of the Blue Sea
    ... ... Ten Star Award ...
    ... ... Best Couple Award ...
    2020 ... Best Actor The King: Eternal Monarch


    - Lee has been nicknamed by the Korean media as the "Hallyu King" and the "King of K-drama".