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Lee Min-ho (Hangul: 이민호, born June 22, 1987 in Seoul, South Korea) is a South Korean actor, who rose to fame with his role as Gu Jun-pyo in Boys Over Flowers (2009). He is also well known for his work in City Hunter (2011), The Heirs (2013), and Gangnam Blues (2015).


Early life

Lee was born on June 22, 1987 in Seoul.[1] He has an older sister.[2] Lee was considered a "rising soccer star" when he was child. He was selected for a competitive class taught by professional Cha Bum-kun. At age twelve, he broke his arm during a game. His father subsequently pulled him out of soccer, instead focusing him on studying. In high school, Lee began aspiring to become an actor.[3]


In 2003, Lee had a bit part in the television series Sharp.[4] After graduating from Konkuk University, he began actively acting and made his official debut in Secret Campus (2006).[5] For about two years, Lee went by the stage name "Lee Min". He changed it back due to it being difficult to find himself in internet search results because of its similarity to the Korean word for immigration.[6] In August 2006, Lee and close friend Jung Il-woo were injured in a serious car accident. Lee's injuries required several months of hospital treatment.[7] After his recovery, Lee was cast in his first lead role in Mackerel Run (2007). The series was cut short at eight episodes due to low ratings.[8] His subsequent roles were on television, I Am Sam (2007) and Get Up (2008), and film, Public Enemy Returns and Our School's E.T. (both 2008).[9]

Lee beat out numerous hopefuls for the role of Gu Jun-pyo in Boys Over Flowers, which aired in 2009. He learned he won the part from reading a newspaper.[10] The drama's popularity launched Lee into stardom overnight throughout Asia.[11][12] He won multiple awards for Boys Over Flowers, including Best New Actor at the 45th Baeksang Arts Awards.[13] Lee's next role was in Personal Taste (2010) starring Son Ye-jin.[14] He won a MBC Drama Award for his performance.[15] In 2011, he starred in City Hunter which enjoyed high ratings[16] and earned Lee further accolades.[17] He starred in the historical fantasy series, Faith (2012), with Kim Hee-sun.[18] Lee followed with the immensely popular drama, The Heirs (2013), opposite Park Shin-hye. He won an award at the SBS Drama Awards for his role as Kim Tan.[19]

In 2015, Lee starred in his first film, Gangnam Blues, as a gangster in the 1970s.[20] It topped the box office on its first day.[21] Lee's next role was in a Korean-Chinese action-comedy film, Bounty Hunters (2016) starring alongside Wallace Chung.[22] The same year, he starred with Jun Ji-hyun in Legend of the Blue Sea, which was based on a classic Korean legend.[23] On May 12, 2017, Lee began his mandatory military service. He was exempt from active duty because of his 2006 car accident.[24] During his service, Lee hosted DMZ, The Wild, a documentary aired on MBC.[25] He was officially discharged on April 25, 2019.[26] Lee will make his comeback in the historical fantasy drama, The King: Eternal Monarch (2020).[27]

Personal life

Lee met actress Park Min-young on the set of I Am Sam (2007), but they started dating while filming City Hunter four years later in 2011.[28] Due to their busy schedules, they ended their relationship just a few months after going public.[29] Lee was in a high-profile relationship with former Miss A singer Bae Suzy from 2015 to 2017.[30] They were dubbed a "power couple" by the media.[31]


Television dramas

Year Title Role Notes
2003 Sharp Student
2004 Nonstop 5 MC Mong
2005 Recipe of Love Waiter
2006  Secret Campus Park Du-hyun
2007 Mackerel Run Cha Gong-chan
I Am Sam Heo Mo-se
2008  Get Up Min Wook-gi TV film
2009  Boys Over Flowers Gu Jun-pyo
2010 Personal Taste Jeon Jin-ho
2011  City Hunter Yoon-sung
2012  Faith Choi Young
2013  The Heirs Kim Tan
2016  Legend of the Blue Sea Kim Dam-ryeong/Heo Joon-jae
2020 The King: Eternal Monarch Lee Gon


Year Title Role Notes
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


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