Kim Myung-soo (Korean: 김명수; born March 13, 1992), known professionally as L, is a South Korean singer and actor. He debuted as a vocalist of boy band Infinite in 2010 and its sub-group Infinite F in 2014. He left Woollim Entertainment in August 2019 but is still a member of the group.
March 13, 1992
Seoul, South Korea
|Alma mater||Daekyung University|
|Revised Romanization||Gim Myeong-su|
Kim Myungsoo was born on March 13, 1992, in Seoul, South Korea. He has a brother who is two years younger than him. Kim attended Duk-soo High School and graduated from Daekyung University on February 15, 2013, majoring in practical music.
2010–2016: Music and acting careerEdit
As a high school student, L auditioned for Woollim Entertainment after being street cast for his good looks. He was selected as the first member of idol group Infinite. He made his debut as a vocalist of the boy group in June 2010. In 2011, he made his acting debut in Japanese drama Jiu Keishicho Tokushuhan Sousagakari, which aired on TV Asahi in July. In 2012, he was cast in tvN's romance comedy series Flower Band, as a guitarist of a rock group. He was also cast in MBC's sitcom What's The Deal, Mom?
On May 15, 2013, L released a photo essay book titled L's Bravo Viewtiful, showing photos taken by him on a 93-day journey. The book was a best-seller, and reached No. 1 in pre-orders on online bookstores such as Yes24 and Kyobo. In August 2013, he had a cameo in SBS's Master's Sun, playing the younger version of So Ji-sub's character.
With bandmates Sungyeol and Sungjong he comprised the subgroup Infinite F, which released a single album, Koi No Sign, in Japan on November 19, 2014, and a Korean album, Love Sign, in December 2014.
In 2015, he was cast in his first film Mister Shark, about a boy who befriends a shark.
2017–present: Rising popularityEdit
In 2017, L starred in MBC's historical drama The Emperor: Owner of the Mask. His portrayal of a commoner who stands in for the king earned viewers' approval, and he was named Actor of the Month in June by MBC Dramanet.
On February 22, 2021, L enlisted for his mandatory military service as a member of the Republic of Korea Marine Corps. Before his enlistment, he released his debut single album Memory on February 3. He also held an online fan meeting on February 20.
|Title||Details||Peak chart positions||Sales|
|Title||Year||Peak chart position||Sales||Album|
|As lead artist|
|"It's All For You"||2013||—||N/A||Non-album single|
|"Memory" (기억과 기억 사이)||2021||—[A]||Memory|
|"Love U Like U"
(with Kim Yerim)
||Flower Band OST|
|"It's Okay Even If It's Not Me" (내가 아니어도 좋아)||2017||—||N/A||The Emperor: Owner of the Mask OST|
|"The Nights That I Miss You" (널 그리는 밤)||2019||—||Angel's Last Mission: Love OST|
|"Go Get Her" (그녀를 잡아요)
(with Park Jae-jung)
|2016||—||N/A||King of Mask Singer Ep. 63|
|"In the Rain" (빗속에서)||—|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.|
Songwriting and producing creditsEdit
|2013||Non-album single||L||"It's All For You"||Yes||—||Yes||—|
|2018||Top Seed||L||"Reminisce"||Yes||Jeong Min-ji||No||—|
|2011||Jiu||Jiu||TV Asahi||Japanese drama|||
|Welcome to the Wara Store||Himself||Tooniverse||Voice only|||
|2012||Flower Band||Lee Hyun-soo||tvN|||
|Salamander Guru and The Shadows||Himself||SBS||Cameo, Ep. 3|||
|What is Mom?||Kim Myung-soo||MBC|||
|2013||Master's Sun||Joo Joong-won (young)||SBS|||
|2014||Cunning Single Lady||Gil Yo-han||MBC|||
|My Lovely Girl||Shi-woo||SBS|||
|2015||The Time We Were Not in Love||Ki Sung-jae||Cameo, Ep. 2–4|||
|2016||One More Time||Yoo Tan||KBS2, KBS Japan & Netflix||Drama special|||
|My Catman||Jung Ho-yeon||Tencent & MBC||Web drama (unreleased)|||
|2017||The Emperor: Owner of the Mask||Lee Sun||MBC|||
|2018||Ms. Hammurabi||Im Ba-reun||JTBC|||
|2019||Angel's Last Mission: Love||Kim Dan||KBS2|||
|2020||Meow, the Secret Boy||Hong-jo|||
|2020-2021||Royal Secret Agent||Sung yi-gyeom|||
|2013||L's Bravo Viewtiful||Tokyo|||
|L's Bravo Viewtiful Part. 2||Tokyo|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2013||Korea Drama Awards||Best Young Actor||Master's Sun||Nominated|
|2017||Seoul Webfest Awards||Best Rising Star||My Catman||Nominated|
|Korea Drama Awards||Best New Actor||The Emperor: Owner of the Mask||Nominated|
|The Seoul Awards||Popularity Award, actor||Nominated|
|MBC Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries||Nominated|
|Best New Actor||Nominated|
|Popularity Award, actor||Won|||
|Best Character Award, Fighting Spirit Acting||Won|
|Korea First Brand Awards||Male Acting Idol||N/A||Nominated|
|2018||12th Soompi Awards||Best Idol Actor||The Emperor: Owner of the Mask||Nominated|||
|6th APAN Star Awards||Best New Actor||Ms. Hammurabi||Nominated|||
|3rd Asia Artist Awards||Best Icon||N/A||Won|||
|2019||2019 Asia Model Award||Popular Star (Actor)||Angel's Last Mission: Love||Won|||
|12th Korea Drama Awards||Best New Actor||Angel's Last Mission: Love||Nominated|||
|33rd KBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries||Nominated|||
|Best New Actor||Won|
|Netizen Award, actor||Nominated|
|Best Couple Award with Shin Hye-sun||Won|
|K-Drama Hallyu Star||Won|
|2020||34th KBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries||Welcome||Nominated|
- Mark Russell (April 29, 2014). K-Pop Now!: The Korean Music Revolution. Tuttle Publishing. p. 63. ISBN 978-1-4629-1411-1.
- "5 Infinite Members to Graduate from University Together". enewsWorld. February 15, 2013.
- Park, Se-yeon (May 2, 2010). 신예 인피니트 엘(L), 김범 닮은꼴 '눈길'. Newsen (in Korean). Retrieved February 23, 2021.
- 포토엔,인피니트,긴장되는 첫 무대~ (in Korean). Newsen. June 9, 2010. Retrieved March 15, 2010.
- "인피니트 엘, 일드 시청률 1위 日 시끌". The Chosun Ilbo (in Korean). August 9, 2011.
- Lee, Nancy (January 6, 2012). "Infinite's L Rocks Out in Flower Boy Band Still Cuts". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Archived from the original on July 3, 2013. Retrieved May 30, 2013.
- "INFINITE's L may land a role in MBC sitcom". TenAsia. September 3, 2012.
- "인피니트 엘 포토에세이, 하루만에 베스트셀러 등극". Star Daily (in Korean). May 16, 2013.
- Lee, Eun-ah (July 17, 2013). "INFINITE's L to Make Cameo Appearance in So Ji-sub Drama". TenAsia. Archived from the original on March 28, 2014.
- Jeong, Jee-won (January 20, 2014). "Infinite's L Cast in Cunning Single Lady with Lee Min Jung and Joo Sang Wook". enewsWorld. Archived from the original on January 22, 2014. Retrieved February 21, 2014.
- "'My Lovely Girl' blends K-pop eye-candy and romance". Kpop Herald. September 15, 2014.
- "Infinite F unveils first Korean EP 'Love's Sign'". Kpop Herald. December 15, 2014.
- "Infinite L to make silver screen debut". Kpop Herald. August 18, 2015.
- "'마이캣맨' 임시완X엘, 채수빈 놓고 아슬아슬 삼각로맨스 '포착'". Xports News (in Korean). September 24, 2016.
- "인피니트 측 "엘, 단막극으로 연기돌 도전…연기연습 중"". Osen (in Korean). October 10, 2016.
- "Infinite's L to star in drama as Yoo Seung-ho's double". Kpop Herald. November 24, 2016.
- "Korean actor Kim Myung Soo has crushes on anime characters with long, wavy hair". The Straits Times. September 28, 2017.
- "'Miss Hammurabi' to search for warmhearted justice". Kpop Herald. May 21, 2018.
- "JTBC '미스 함무라비' 고아라X김명수X성동일 캐스팅 확정". JTBC (in Korean). January 15, 2018.
- "Kim Myung-soo receives praise for role in 'Miss Hammurabi'". Kpop Herald. July 19, 2018.
- "A career shift: From Infinite to beyond : After first lead role in a drama, Kim Myung-soo is ready to take on more". Korea JoongAng Daily. July 23, 2018.
- "[Interview] "Miss Hamurabi's" Kim Myung-soo (L) Talks about His Future as an Actor and Solo Music". Mwave. July 18, 2018.
- "김명수, '단, 하나의 사랑' 출연 확정…천사 된다 [공식]". TV Report (in Korean). December 17, 2018.
- "L Confirms Role in KBS's "Welcome"". Hancinema. August 26, 2019.
- "Kim Myung Soo and Shin Ye Eun talk about their co-stars in Welcome". JTBC Plus. March 25, 2020.
- "Kim Myung Soo, Kwon Nara, Lee Tae Hwan, and Lee Yi Kyung Will Star in New Drama 'Royal Secret Inspector'". ZAPZEE. September 10, 2020. Retrieved February 3, 2021.
- "[단독]김명수, 해병대 합격…내년 2월말 입소". Sports Seoul (in Korean). December 28, 2020.
- "[단독]김명수, 2월 22일 해병대 입대..'진짜 사나이' 된다". Spotv News (in Korean). January 22, 2021.
- "김명수, 2월 '해병대 입대' 전 온라인 팬미팅 연다 [단독]". Osen (in Korean). January 21, 2021.
- "Gaon Album Chart" (in Korean). Korea Music Content Industry Association.
- "Memory". January 31 – February 6, 2021. Retrieved April 29, 2021.
- "2021년 02월 Album Chart". Gaon (in Korean). Retrieved April 29, 2021.
- Charted songs:
- "Love U Like U". March 2012.
- "Memory". January 31 – February 6, 2021.
- "Gaon Download Chart – March, 2012". n.d. Retrieved April 14, 2017.
- "인피니트 엘, '와라! 편의점' 애니 캐릭터로 더빙도전". Ilgan Sports (in Korean). January 14, 2012.
- Lee, Nancy (n.d.). "Infinite Members Become Voice Actors for 'Wara! Store' Cartoon". enewsWorld. Archived from the original on December 15, 2015. Retrieved May 31, 2015.
- "용준형 도롱뇽도사 카메오, 인피니트 엘+민호와 '꽃도둑 3인방'". The Star (in Korean). February 8, 2012.
- "Infinite's L talks about his role in weekend drama". Kpop Herald. July 6, 2015.
- "김명수, '암행어사' 출연확정…현대판 킹스맨 암행어사". mk.co.kr (in Korean). Retrieved September 10, 2020.
- "'서울웹페스트 2017' 수상 후보 발표.. 30개국 124개 작품 경합". TenAsia (in Korean). July 7, 2017.
- "Winners of the 2017 MBC Drama Awards". Hancinema. December 30, 2017.
- "13th Annual Soompi Awards: The Winners". Soompi. April 16, 2018. Retrieved November 10, 2019.
- "이병헌·손예진·아이유 APAN스타어워즈 노미네이트". Star News (in Korean). September 27, 2018.
- "BTS win the Daesang at Asia Artist Awards 2018 – and are among Artists of the Year". Metro. November 28, 2018.
- "INFINITE's L, Lai Kuanlin, Stray Kids, Lovelyz, And More Win at 2019 Asia Model Awards". Soompi. June 9, 2019.
- "'2019코리아드라마어워즈(KDA)' 연기대상 후보..김해숙·최수종·염정아·조정석 등". Sedaily (in Korean). September 27, 2019.
- "Winners of the 2019 KBS Drama Awards". HanCinema. December 31, 2019. Archived from the original on April 6, 2020. Retrieved December 31, 2019.
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