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Choi Min-ho (최민호), better known by the mononym Minho (민호), is a South Korean rapper, singer, actor, lyricist, dancer, MC, and model. He is a member of the Korean idol group SHINee.


He was born on December 9, 1991 in Incheon, South Korea.


Minho was discovered at the "2006 S.M. Casting System". Before debuting with SHINee, Minho modeled for Ha Sang Baek's "Seoul Collection F/W 08-09" in March. He made a cameo in Girls' Generation's music video "Gee".

2019: Enlistment

In February 2019 Minho went on an international solo fan meeting tour, Best CHOI's MINHO, which was held in Japan, Korea, Thailand and Taiwan. On 28 March 2019, Minho released his first solo Station song entitled "I'm Home", just before his encore solo fan meeting.

On April 15, 2019, he started his mandatory military service, after winning a place in the highly competitive ROK Marine Corps. Minho graduated bootcamp top of the class with medal honours, and went on to join the Airborn Marine Corps battalion as a Paratrooper. He was officially discharged on November 15, 2020.



Year Title Role Note
2012 I AM. as himself SMTOWN documentary
2015 SMTOWN The Stage as himself
2016 Canola (계춘할망) as Han-i
Derailed (두 남자) as Jin-il
Marital Harmony (궁합) as Prince Candidate
2018 In-rang as Kim Chul-jin
2019 The Battle of Jangsari as Choi Seung-pil


Year Title Channel Role Note
2008 My Precious You (내 사랑 금지옥엽) KBS2 as himself
2010 Pianist (피아니스트) as Oh Je-ro
2012 Salamander Guru and the Shadows (도롱뇽도사와 그림자 조작단) SBS as Choi Min-hyuk
To The Beautiful You (아름다운 그대에게) as Kang Tae-joon
2013 Medical Top Team (메디컬탑팀) MBC as Kim Seong-woo
2015 Because It's The First Time (처음이라서) OnStyle as Yoon Tae-oh
2016 Drinking Solo (혼술남녀) tvN as himself
2016-2017 Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth (화랑) KBS2 as Kim Soo-ho
2017 Somehow 18 (어쩌다 18) JTBC
Naver TV Cast
as Oh Kyung-hwi
The Most Beautiful Goodbye in the World (세상에서 가장 아름다운 이별) tvN as Jung Soo

TV Show

Year Title Channel Role Note
2009-2012 Let's Go Dream Team (출발 드림팀 시즌2) KBS2 Guest
2010 Oh! My School
2013 Mamma Mia (맘마미아)
Splash! (스플래시) MBC Contestant
2013-2015 Show! Music Core (쇼! 음악중심) Host
2015 Fluttering India (두근두근 인도) KBS2
2016 Running Man SBS Guest Episode 323
2017 Abnormal Summit JTBC Guest Episode 172 (with Taemin)
2018 Amazing Saturday tvN Guest Episode 29


To view the Minho gallery, click here.


  • He's the tallest member in SHINee (184 cm).
  • He's written the most lyrics for SHINee's group songs out of all the members.
  • He's widely considered to be very eloquent and good with words. He also often writes very long, detailed letters to his fans.
  • He is very competitive, energetic and athletic, and has frequently competed in amateur football and basketball matches.
  • He would turn back and glare at the steps if he trips over them.
  • He initially wanted to be a soccer player, but his dad (who was a professional player himself before becoming a soccer coach) dissuaded him from that career due to how tough life is for a soccer player. He didn't want Minho to experience that.
  • Once, Jonghyun's dog, Roo, pooped on Minho's bed. To make up for that Jonghyun let him name the dog. Minho said "She isn't that impressive, just call her ByulRoo."
  • During Idol Army (2PM w/ SHINee), he won the friendship ring with Nichkhun.
  • SHINee members think Minho looks best without makeup.
  • Minho thought that Taemin was older than him when they first met.
  • He was named one of the idols that had a "Funny And Surprising Way" of getting casted. Article