Lee Min Ho: Complete Guide To His Dramas, Awards & Career

Lee Min Ho is one of the most popular actors who is known for his looks and dramas around the world. Here is the complete guide.

Lee Min Ho is a well-known South Korean actor who is known as a top hallyu star and is the most followed South Korean actor on social media. Boys Over Flowers made him famous all over the world for his role as Gu Jun Pyo.

He is the younger of his parents’ two children. When he was younger, he wanted to be a professional football player. He was chosen for the junior football class when he was in elementary school. But he couldn’t reach his goal because he hurt himself in fifth grade.

In 2006, he had a serious car accident while riding in the back of a car with another actor, Jung Il Woo. Because of this accident, he couldn’t act for a year. Two of their friends who were in the front seat died right away. He was hurt badly and had to stay in bed for a few months.

Hangul Name이민호
Date Of BirthJune 22, 1987
NationalitySouth Korean
AgencyMYM Entertainment
Recent DramaPachinko

He went to a high school for boys only. There, he found out that he really liked acting. By the time he was in his senior year, he had joined Starhaus Entertainment, which would become his long-time agency.

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Korean Dramas & Movies

His official debut role was in an EBS series, Secret Campus (2006). His major breakthrough came in 2009 with the lead role of Gu Jun Pyo in KBS’ Boys Over Flowers, the Korean adaptation of the popular manga of the same name.

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1. Pachinko

Hangul: 파친코

Year: 2022

The drama shows the hopes and dreams of four generations of a Korean immigrant family. The drama is about a forbidden love and shows a timeline of war and peace, separation, success, and judgment in Korea, Japan, and the United States.

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4 star rating

Main Cast (Characters):

  • Youn Yuh Jung as Kim Sun Ja
  • Lee Min Ho as Koh Han Su
  • Jin Ha as Baek Solomon
  • Kim Min Ha as Kim Sun Ja (young)

No. Of Episodes: 8 (54 min. each)

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2. The King: Eternal Monarch

Hangul: 더 킹: 영원의 군주

Year: 2020

The drama takes place in two parallel worlds, and it’s about Emperor Lee Gon of the Kingdom of Corea. After walking through a mythical door, he finds a different reality where the Republic of Korea appears instead of the Kingdom.

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3 5 star rating

Main Cast (Characters):

  • Lee Min Ho as Lee Gon
  • Kim Go Eun as Jung Tae Eul
  • Woo Do Hwan as Jo Young
  • Lee Jung Jin as Yi Rim

No. Of Episodes: 16 (70 min. each)

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3. The Legend Of The Blue Sea

The series centers on the love story of Shim Chung, a mermaid, and Joon Jae, a witty con artist. Focusing on rebirth, fate, and unrequited love, their tale is shown with the parallel story of their Joseon-era incarnations, the mermaid, Se Hwa, and town head, Dam Leong.

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Cast –

  • Lee Min Ho as Heo Joon Jae
  • Jun Ji Hyun as Shim Chung
  • Lee Hee Joon as Jo Nam Doo
  • Shin Won Ho as Tae Oh

No. Of Episodes – 20

Watch On – Netflix, Viki

4. The Heirs

Hangul: 상속자들

Year: 2013

Kim Tan, who is in the U.S., is the owner to Empire Group. Cha Eun Sang, who is looking for her older sister, is one of the people he meets. He can’t help but like her more and more. They meet again at a high school attended by richest people.

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3 star rating

Main Cast (Characters):

  • Lee Min Ho as Kim Tan
  • Park Shin Hye as Cha Eun Sang
  • Kim Woo Bin as Choi Yeong Do
  • Kim Ji Won as Yoo Rachel

No. Of Episodes: 20 (60 min. each)

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5. Faith

The drama depicts the relationship between Choi Young, a warrior from the Goryeo Period and Eun Soo, a 21st century female plastic surgeon kidnapped & brought for her healing powers, and their love transcending time and space.

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Cast –

  • Kim Hee Sun as Yoo Eun Soo
  • Lee Min Ho as Choi Young
  • Ryu Deok Hwan as King Gong Min
  • Park Se Young as Noh Goog

No. Of Episodes – 24

Watch On – Viki

6. City Hunter

Hangul: 시티헌터

Year: 2011

Lee Yoon Sung is a smart graduate of MIT who works on the Blue House’s international communications team. He makes plans with his surrogate father Lee Jin Pyo to get back at the five politicians who killed his father and becomes a “City Hunter.”

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4 star rating

Main Cast (Characters):

  • Lee Min Ho as Lee Yoon Sung
  • Park Min Young as Kim Na Na
  • Lee Joon Hyuk as Kim Young Joo
  • Kim Sang Joong as Lee Jin Pyo

No. Of Episodes: 20 (70 min. each)

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7. Personal Taste

Jin Ho is a very stylish young man with the perfect looks, self-centered and obsessed with cleanliness. He then comes across Gae In Park, a woman hurt by love and is now looking for a gay roommate. Jin Ho wanting to live with the woman then pretends to be gay.

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Cast –

  • Lee Min Ho as Jeon Jin Ho
  • Son Ye Jin as Park Gae In
  • Kim Ji Suk as Han Chang Ryul
  • Wang Ji Hye as Kim In Hee

No. Of Episodes – 16

Watch On – Viki

8. Boys Over Flowers

Hangul: 꽃보다 남자

Year: 2009

Poor Jan Di goes to Shin Hwa High, where F4’s leader, Joon Pyo, picks on her (the four richest and most gorgeous boys). Joon Pyo starts to like Jan Di, but Jan Di likes Ji Hoo, who is Joon Pyo’s best friend. The drama revolves around these characters.

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3 star rating

Main Cast (Characters):

  • Lee Min Ho as Goo Joon Pyo
  • Gu Hye Seon as Geum Jan Di
  • Kim Hyun Joong as Yoon Ji Hoo
  • Kim Bum as So Yi Jung

No. Of Episodes: 25 (65 min. each)

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9. Mackerel Run

Hangul: 달려라 고등어

Year: 2007

Gong Chan gets into high school because of his soccer skills. But when he quits the sport, he starts cutting class. One day, a new girl transfers to the school, & he falls for her. He promises that he won’t give up on either his school life or his love.

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3 star rating

Main Cast (Characters):

  • Lee Min Ho as Cha Gong Chan
  • Moon Chae Won as Min Yoon Seo
  • Kwon Yool as Baek Hyun
  • Jung Yoon Jo as Yoon Sae Mi

No. Of Episodes: 8 (50 min. each)

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10. Secret Campus

This school-centered drama depicts the lives and relationships of six high school students, each of whom has different goals and dreams which they struggle to achieve, despite trials and tribulations.

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Cast –

  • Lee Do Hyun as Oh Su Ah
  • Lee Min Ho as Park Du Hyeon
  • Sul Sung Min as Seo Jin Woo
  • Shin Hyun Ho as Jang Dong Cheol

No. Of Episodes – 24

Watch On – Free Streaming Sites

Movies – Bounty Hunters, Gangnam Blues, Our School’s E.T, Public Enemy Returns

Awards & Achievements

Lee Min Ho has received numerous awards for excellent acting in his dramas. His awards and achievements are mentioned below.


  • Best Drama Actor, Breakthrough Performer of the Year – 2022 Gold Derby Awards

The King: Eternal Monarch

  • Top Excellence Award – 2020 SBS Drama Awards

The Legend Of The Blue Sea

  • Top Excellence Award, Best Couple, Top 10 Stars – 2016 SBS Drama Awards

The Heirs

  • Top Excellence Award, Popularity, Top 10 Stars, Best Couple, Best Dressed – 2013 SBS Drama Awards


  • Top Excellence Award, Top 10 Stars – 2012 SBS Drama Awards

City Hunter

  • Top Excellence, Popularity, Top 10 Stars – 2011 SBS Drama Awards

Personal Taste

  • Excellence Award – 2010 MBC Drama Awards

Boys Over Flowers

  • Best New Actor – 2009 Baeksang Arts Awards
  • Best New Actor, Best Couple – 2009 KBS Drama Awards

In April 2013, Lee Min Ho’s wax figure was unveiled at the Madame Tussauds in Shanghai. In January 2014, Madame Tussauds Hong Kong unveiled a second wax figure of Lee. He was the first Korean celebrity to perform at China’s CCTV Lunar New Year Gala on January 30.

At the 5th Korean Popular Culture and Arts Awards, Lee Min Ho got the Prime Minister’s Commendation for his work on Hallyu. In 2017, fans of the Korean wave in the United States voted him the “Most Favored Korean Actor.”

Wrapping Up

So this was the complete guide about Lee Min Ho that will help you get to know more about her. He is the heartthrob of all the girls who watch dramas is considered one of the most successful Korean actor of all time.

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