Lee Min-ki Biography

South Korean actor, singer and modelFor the South Korean footballer, see Lee Min-ki (footballer).

In this Korean name, the family name is Lee.

Lee Min-ki (born January 16, 1985) is a South Korean actor, singer and model. Lee played his first TV leading role in the 2005 sports drama Taereung National Village, followed by the romantic comedies Love Truly in 2006, Dal-ja's Spring in 2007, Because This Is My First Life in 2017 and The Beauty Inside in 2018. The actor has also starred in feature films, most notably in the box office hits Tidal Wave, Quick and Very Ordinary Couple.


  • 1 Career
    • 1.1 Acting
    • 1.2 Singing
  • 2 Personal life
  • 3 Filmography
    • 3.1 Film
    • 3.2 Television series
    • 3.3 Music video appearances
  • 4 Discography
    • 4.1 Albums
    • 4.2 Soundtrack
  • 5 Awards and nominations
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links



After honing his acting in one-act dramas, Lee Min-ki first gained popularity on television in romantic comedies Love Truly (2006) and Dal-ja's Spring (2007). He then starred in the quirky low-rated cult series Evasive Inquiry Agency (2007) and alternated mainstream films with indies such as Oishii Man (2009). He gained favorable notices for his supporting roles in the thriller A Million as a hot-tempered Marine-turned-janitor who finds himself involved in a survival reality show; and the disaster film Tidal Wave, in which he plays a lifeguard who makes a heartbreaking sacrifice when a fictional tsunami hits the Korean beach town of Haeundae.Lee then solidified his bona fide movie star status with his leading roles in the action film Quick and romantic comedy Spellbound.

Lee starred alongside Kim Min-hee in the relationship drama Very Ordinary Couple (2013), which was a hit at the box office and received rave reviews. He followed with leading roles in thriller Monster (2014), action noir For the Emperor (2014) and drama film Shoot Me in the Heart (2015), based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Jeong Yu-jeong.

In 2017, Lee was cast in the romantic-comedy drama Because This Is My First Life opposite Jung So-min; this is Lee's first television leading role in 10 years. This was followed with the fantasy melodrama The Beauty Inside (2018), based on the 2015 romantic comedy film of the same name. He plays a man who suffers from Prosopagnosia.

In 2019, Lee returned to the small screen with the crime detective drama The Lies Within playing a role of a detective opposite Lee Yoo-young.

On January 13, 2020, it was announced that Lee would star in the occult thriller film Three Days alongside Park Shin-yang and Lee Re. On September 7, it was confirmed that he would be joining Nana in upcoming MBC romantic comedy Oh! Jooinnim, set to premiere in March 2021.

In september 2021 Lee signs a contract with Yeongsang ENT after his contract with the former agency expires.


After performing a stylized version of "My Way" at the 2008 Mnet KM Music Festival, Lee lent his vocals to a track with Korean electronica/pop singer Sheean in a collaboration with Japanese electronica/Shibuya-kei artist FreeTEMPO. The song, titled "Power of Love," was released as a digital single, and Lee also appeared in the music video. On August 11, 2009, he unveiled his musical debut No Kidding, a six track EP with a very indie-electro rock sound. The album's title song "Eternal Summer" was the first and only single released. In 2013, he released two singles titled "Those Days I Had with You" and "Everything" in collaboration with Gold Coast.

Personal life

Lee enlisted for his mandatory military service on August 7, 2014, and was assigned as a public service worker. He was discharged in August 2016.



Television series

Music video appearances




Awards and nominations


    External links

    • Official website (in Korean)
    • Lee Min-ki at HanCinema
    • Lee Min-ki at IMDb
    • Lee Min-ki at the Korean Movie Database
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