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Kim Myung-soo (Korean김명수; 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.[1]

2019 아시아모델어워즈 김명수 (2).jpg
L in 2019
Kim Myung-soo

(1992-03-13) March 13, 1992 (age 29)
Seoul, South Korea
Alma materDaekyung University
  • Singer
  • actor
Musical career
  • Vocal
  • Guitar
Years active2010–present
Associated acts
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGim Myeong-su
McCune–ReischauerKim Myŏng-su


Kim Myungsoo was born on March 13, 1992,[2] 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.[3]


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.[4] He made his debut as a vocalist of the boy group in June 2010.[5] In 2011, he made his acting debut in Japanese drama Jiu Keishicho Tokushuhan Sousagakari, which aired on TV Asahi in July.[6] In 2012, he was cast in tvN's romance comedy series Flower Band, as a guitarist of a rock group.[7] He was also cast in MBC's sitcom What's The Deal, Mom?[8]

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 [ko] and Kyobo.[9] In August 2013, he had a cameo in SBS's Master's Sun, playing the younger version of So Ji-sub's character.[10]

In 2014, he was cast in supporting roles in MBC's Cunning Single Lady and SBS's My Lovely Girl.[11][12]

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.[13]

In 2015, he was cast in his first film Mister Shark, about a boy who befriends a shark.[14]

In 2016, L was cast in the Korean-Chinese web drama My Catman.[15] He also starred in the drama special The Day After We Broke Up, which was his first lead role.[16]

2017–present: Rising popularityEdit

In 2017, L starred in MBC's historical drama The Emperor: Owner of the Mask.[17] 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.[18]

In 2018, L starred in the legal drama Ms. Hammurabi portraying a judge.[19][20] His performance in the series was well-received, earning him increased recognition.[21][22][23]

In 2019, L starred in the fantasy romance drama Angel's Last Mission: Love.[24] In August 2019, L left Woollim.[1]

In 2020, L is set to star in the fantasy romance drama Meow, the Secret Boy as a cat who turns into a human male.[25][26] In December 2020, L starred in historical comedy Royal Secret Agent.[27]

On February 22, 2021, L enlisted for his mandatory military service as a member of the Republic of Korea Marine Corps.[28][29] Before his enlistment, he released his debut single album Memory on February 3. He also held an online fan meeting on February 20.[30]


Single albumsEdit

Title Details Peak chart positions Sales
Memory 5


Title Year Peak chart position Sales Album
As lead artist
"It's All For You" 2013 N/A Non-album single
"Reminisce" 2018 Top Seed
"Memory" (기억과 기억 사이) 2021 [A] Memory
Soundtrack appearances
"Love U Like U"
(with Kim Yerim)
2012 27 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

Year Album Artist Song Lyrics Music
Credited With Credited With
2013 Non-album single L "It's All For You" Yes Yes
2018 Top Seed L "Reminisce" Yes Jeong Min-ji No


Television seriesEdit

Year Title Role Network Notes Ref.
2011 Jiu Jiu TV Asahi Japanese drama [6]
Welcome to the Wara Store Himself Tooniverse Voice only [36][37]
2012 Flower Band Lee Hyun-soo tvN [7]
Salamander Guru and The Shadows Himself SBS Cameo, Ep. 3 [38]
What is Mom? Kim Myung-soo MBC [8]
2013 Master's Sun Joo Joong-won (young) SBS [10]
2014 Cunning Single Lady Gil Yo-han MBC [11]
My Lovely Girl Shi-woo SBS [12]
2015 The Time We Were Not in Love Ki Sung-jae Cameo, Ep. 2–4 [39]
2016 One More Time Yoo Tan KBS2, KBS Japan & Netflix Drama special [16]
My Catman Jung Ho-yeon Tencent & MBC Web drama (unreleased) [15]
2017 The Emperor: Owner of the Mask Lee Sun MBC [17]
2018 Ms. Hammurabi Im Ba-reun JTBC [19]
2019 Angel's Last Mission: Love Kim Dan KBS2 [24]
2020 Meow, the Secret Boy Hong-jo [25]
2020-2021 Royal Secret Agent Sung yi-gyeom [40]



Year Title Publisher Ref.
2013 L's Bravo Viewtiful Tokyo [9]
L's Bravo Viewtiful Part. 2 Tokyo

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2013 Korea Drama Awards Best Young Actor Master's Sun Nominated
2017 Seoul Webfest Awards Best Rising Star My Catman Nominated
Special Award Won [41]
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 [42]
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 [43]
6th APAN Star Awards Best New Actor Ms. Hammurabi Nominated [44]
3rd Asia Artist Awards Best Icon N/A Won [45]
2019 2019 Asia Model Award Popular Star (Actor) Angel's Last Mission: Love Won [46]
12th Korea Drama Awards Best New Actor Angel's Last Mission: Love Nominated [47]
33rd KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Nominated [48]
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


  1. ^ "Memory" did not enter Gaon Digital Chart, but debuted and peaked at number 62 on Gaon Download Chart.[34]


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