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The Story of Light EP.3 - Taemin
Real Name Lee Tae-min (이태민)
Date of Birth July 18, 1993 (1993-07-18) (age 25)
Position Main Dancer, Vocalist
Specialties Can play the piano
Nicknames Taeminnie
Dancing Machine
Power Taem
Fairy Prince Taemin
External Links

Lee Tae-min (이태민), better known by his mononym Taemin (태민), is a South Korean idol, dancer, singer, actor, promotional model, and radio host. He is a member of the South Korean boy band SHINee, as the maknae, main dancer, and vocalist.


Taemin was discovered at the 2005 S.M Open Weekend Audition Casting where he picked his talent as dancing. His audition can be found, english subbed, on YouTube.


Taemin on Star King

Taemin debuted in SHINee at a very young age, 14 internationally and 15 by Korean standards. His young age and youthful appearance caused him to be the topic of several variety shows.

Because of his young age, Taemin was rather shy and only spoke when asked. His shyness eventually left him, yet speaking comfortably took some time. Even to this day, whenever Taemin talks to big crowds, he is seen to grasp onto his trousers or other members for support, or is seen to place his hand over his raging heart and letting out a deep breath after he is finished.

Taemin's parts in Replay were short, mainly cuts of him and the 'noona' yet his vocal cuts were limited. Taemin was struggling with his vocals as he was midway through puberty and his voice wasn't fully developed for long or high notes. Dance-wise, Taemin is nearly always in the center of their formation as he is the main dancer of the group.



Year Title Channel Role Note
2009 Tae Hee, Hye Kyo, Ji Hyun MBC Jun-su
2010 Athena: Goddess of War SBS Himself Cameo
2011 Moon Night '90 Mnet Kim Sung-jae
High Kick! 3 MBC Himself Cameo
2012 Salamander Guru and The Shadows SBS Master of Disguise
2013 Dating Agency: Cyrano tvN Ray/Yang Ho-yeol Ep.3-5
2017 Final Life: Even if You Disappear Tomorrow Amazon Son Sion


Year Title Role Note
2012 The Outback Johnny (voice-actor) Korean version
I AM. Himself Biographical film of SM Town
2015 SMTOWN The Stage Documentary of SM Town

TV Shows

Year Title Channel Role Note
2010 Dream Team KBS2 Main cast
2012 Immortal Songs 2 Contestant
2013-2014 We Got Married MBC Cast with Son Na-eun
2015 Match Made in Heaven Returns
Off to School JTBC Ep.40-43
2016 Hit the Stage Mnet Contestant Ep.1-2 (Winner)
2017 Idol Rebooting Project: The Unit KBS2 Mentor
2018 Why Not? The Dancer JTBC4 Cast
The Call Mnet 4th Line


Year Title Role Note
2014 Goong Prince Lee Shin Main role




Mini Album



  • Taemin (2018)

Mini Album




To view the Taemin gallery, click here.


  • He doesn't like his hands because he thinks they're too small.
  • He has often had to cross-dress as a girl due to his pretty, delicate features and slim body.