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 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
2011 Korea Drama Festival Awards: Best Actor Award (City Hunter)
Korea Drama Festival Awards: Hallyu Star Award (City Hunter)
SBS Drama Awards: Top Ten Stars Award (City Hunter)
SBS Drama Awards: Netizen Popularity Award (City Hunter)
SBS Drama Awards: Top Excellence Award, Drama Special, Actor (City Hunter)
2010 MBC Drama Awards: Excellence Award - Actor (Personal Preference)
2009 KBS Drama Awards: Best New Actor Award (Boys Before Flowers)
KBS Drama Awards: Best Couple Award with Koo Hye Sun (Boys Before Flowers)
45th Baeksang Arts Awards: Best New Actor Award (Boys Before Flowers)
Honorary Ambassador for UNICEF's Love Net campaign to fight malaria (2009-2010)
Honorary Prosecutor, a PR ambassador for Korean prosecutors (2012)
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