Lee Min-ho was born in Heukseok-dong, Dongjak-gu, Seoul.
Lee first gained widespread fame with Boys Over Flowers as Gu Jun-pyo in 2009.
The role won him several awards, including the Best New Actor award in the category of television at the 45th Baeksang Arts Awards.
He starred in two future television shows: City Hunter (2011) – in which he was nominated for Most Popular Actor in the category of television at the 48th Baeksang Arts Awards as well as Outstanding Korean Actor at the 7th Seoul International Drama Awards – and The Heirs (2013), which garnered him another nomination for Most Popular Actor at the 50th Baeksang Arts Awards.
He is also known for his leading roles in the television dramas Personal Taste (2010) and Faith (2012).
The box office hit Gangnam Blues featured Lee in his first leading role in a film.