Lee Min-ho 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).
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 starring 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." The series received above average ratings.
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.
On March 29, 2013, Min-ho revealed that he will be returning to the small screen with a new drama titled "The Heirs"(tentative title). This will be aired in the autumn in Korea. His new project is gaining attention, because he is going to work with the top-notch writer of Secret Garden." And he will release his first album and also be meeting his fans through a 10-city tour in Asia, before starting to shoot his new drama.
In July 2012, Min-ho was chosen as the most attractive male celebrity in TV commercials for cosmetics brands. The community portal site DC Inside carried out a survey on “The most attractive male celebrities in TV commercials for cosmetics brands, who make women open their wallets” from June 26 to July 3. As a result, Min-ho ranked first. On July 4, DC Inside reported Min-ho had received 17,532 (38.9%) out of 45,049 votes.
Since Min-ho was selected as a model for Innisfree in February 2012, he has been active as a cosmetics brand model in and out of Korea. Before Innisfree launched the brand in China, Min-ho had shot a social movie called “Cho Ryun”, whose concept was “Anyone can be Lee Min Ho’s first love.”
As soon as the movie was released, the hosting server went down several times because of the high number of people, that visited the site to watch it.