Choi Min-ho (better known by the mononym Minho), born 9 December 1991 in Incheon, is a South Korean singer. He debuted as a member of the South Korean boy group Shinee in May 2008.
Minho was discovered at the S.M. Casting System in 2006 and modeled for Ha Sang-beg’s Seoul Collection F/W 08-09 in March 2008. One month later, Minho was chosen as a member of the group Shinee, the five-member boy group debuted on 25 May 2008 on SBS’s Inkigayo. The group’s first mini-album, Replay was released on 22 May and debuted on the Korean music charts MIAK at #10 and peaked at #8.
In 2010, Minho made his acting debut in the KBS2’s drama special, entitled Pianist with actress Han Ji-hye. I n 2011, Minho was cast in SBS’s sitcom, Salamander Guru and The Shadows. He played the role of a genius hacker. In 2012, Minho was confirmed to be the lead role, alongside f(x)’s Sulli and Lee Hyun-woo, in To the Beautiful You, Korean adaptation of “Hana Kimi. In July 2013, Minho returned to the small screen with MBC’s Medical Top Team. In 2015, Minho was cast as the lead in OnStyle’s drama Because It’s The First Time together with actress Park So-dam, which was broadcast in September. It is the first drama premiered by OnStyle, with a total of eight episodes.
In early 2016, Minho extended his popularity as an actor. He was cast in several projects, including a historical Korean drama entitled Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth, which was aired on 19 December 2016 on KBS2. His debut movie project titled Canola was filmed in 2015 and was released on the big screen in May 2016. The second one is a supporting role in a film entitled The Princess and the Matchmaker, to be led by Lee Seung-gi and Shim Eun-kyung. The movie is the second installment in a planned trilogy by Jupiter Films after the 2013 box-office hit The Face Reader. Choi was then cast in the movie Derailedalongside veteran actor Ma Dong-seok, which is directed by Lee Seong-tae and premiered at 2016 Cannes Film Festival.
In 2011, he was named an Honorary Ambassador for Youth 2011. Three years later in 2014, Minho and Yoona were appointed as UNICEF Unihero Campaign Ambassadors “Giving Hope to the Children”. In the same year, Minho was listed among the Top Korean Stars, receiving 300 million won as his annual advertising rate. In 2016, Minho was part of UNICEF’s #IMAGINE campaign, which was first introduced in November 2014 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the United Nation’s Convention on the Rights of the Child.
In September 2017, Choi received the Special Award at the Indonesian Television Awards 2017 due to his wideapread popularity in the country as well as for his performances in various dramas. Minho was the first Korean artist to be presented an award at the show. On 15 November, Minho was included in Vogue’s list of “Sexiest Men Alive”.
In November 2017, Choi, together with the First Lady of the United States Melania Trump attended the “Girls Play 2” campaign at the US embassy in Korea, an event organised to promote 2018 Winter Olympics. It was during this event that he upstaged the first lady when one of his unsuspecting fans recognized him. https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=3VZCdk_ynG8