Lee Min-ho (biographical article)

This is a Korean name; the family name is Lee.

Lee Min-ho (Hangul: 이민호; Hanja: 李敏鎬, born June 22, 1987) is a South Korean actor who is best known for his leading roles in Boys Over Flowers (2009) as Gu Jun-pyo, the leader of a group of students known as F4, and action drama City Hunter (2011).

Born: June 22, 1987 (age 25), Seoul
Height: 1.86 m
Weight: 71 kg
Nationality: South Korean
Education: Konkuk University


Min-ho was born in Heukseok-dong, Dongjak-gu, Seoul, South Korea on June 22, 1987. His family consists of his mother, father and one older sister. As a young child, Min-ho hoped to become a football (soccer) player, but an injury in the 5th grade of elementary school put an end to his dream. Min-ho, however, still keeps up with football and has stated that Cristiano Ronaldo is his favorite player.

In his second year of high school, Min-ho turned to acting. By his senior year in high school he had joined Starhaus Entertainment with the help of an acquaintance. After going through training, Min-ho started auditioning and landed small roles in several television dramas. In 2006, his acting career was put on hold for a year following a serious car accident in which he was severely injured. Childhood friend and fellow actor Jung Il-woo was also injured in the accident.
His breakthrough came in 2009 with the lead role of Gu Jun-pyo in Boys Over Flowers (KBS2), the Korean adaptation of the popular Japanese television drama Hana Yori Dango, which was based on the popular Shōjo manga, Boys Over Flowers (花より男子 Hana Yori Dango). Min-ho is majoring in Film & Art at Konkuk University.

In 2010 Lee followed up the success of Boys Over Flowers by staring in the MBC TV drama Personal Taste in which he played a ambitious perfectionist young architect who poses as a gay man to become roommates with a young woman leading to romantic complications. When asked about why he chose the role during an interview he responded "I think I would do a better job playing heavy and more defined roles when I am older. I think "Personal Taste" was perfect because it is bright, cheerful but you can also laugh and cry over it as well."[2] The series received above average ratings and after the series completed he served his mandatory military service.

In 2011, he starred in the hit action drama City Hunter. The drama's popularity throughout Asia has also contributed to Min-ho's growing popularity in Asia, most notably in Japan, Philippines and China. He took the number one spot for Best Hallyu Star in a Japanese magazine dedicated to Korean dramas in June of 2012.

On April 6, 2012, Min-ho announced on his Facebook page that he would appear in a new drama called Faith (Hangul: 신의, Rom.: Shinui), which aired from August to October 2012 in Korea.

YearTitleOriginal TitleRole
2008Public Enemy Returns강철중: 공공의 적 1-1Jung Ha-yeon
Our School E.T울학교 이티Oh Sang-hoon

Television drama
YearTitleOriginal TitleRoleNetwork
2003Sharp 1성장드라마 반올림1art institute studentKBS2
2005Nonstop 5논스톱 5guestMBC
Love Hymn (aka Recipe of Love)사랑찬가waiterMBC
2006Secret Campus비밀의 교정Park Du-hyunEBS
2007Mackerel Run달려라 고등어Cha Gong-chanSBS
I Am Sam아이엠샘Heo Mo-seKBS2
2008Get Up나도 잘 모르지만Min Wook-giMBC
2009Boys Over Flowers꽃보다 남자Gu Jun-pyoKBS2
2010Personal Taste개인의 취향Jeon Jin-hoMBC
2011City Hunter시티헌터Lee Yoon-sungSBS
2012Faith신의 (信義)Choi YoungSBS

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