Kim Min-seok (born (1990-03-26)March 26, 1990), better known by his stage name Xiumin, is a South Korean singer and actor. He is a member of the South Korean-Chinese boy group EXO, its sub-group EXO-M, and it's sub-unit EXO-CBX.

Early life

Xiumin was born in Guri, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea, on March 26, 1990. He was a student at Catholic Kwandong University where he attended a seminar and gave a presentation for students in Applied Music. Xiumin additionally went to the same high school as INFINITE's Dongwoo.

Xiumin learned martial arts and has a black belt in Kendo and Taekwondo. He additionally trained in Wushu and Fencing.

In 2008, Xiumin won second place in the S.M. Everysing Contest. He later became a trainee through S.M. Entertainment's Casting System in the same year when he was 18 years old.


2012–15: Career beginnings

Xiumin was revealed as the seventh member of South Korean-Chinese boy group EXO in January 2012. The group officially debuted on April 8, 2012. In 2013, Xiumin made a guest appearance alongside actress Kim Yoo-jung in the music video for the song "Gone" by South Korean singer Jin, now a member of Lovelyz.

In January 2015, Xiumin made his musical theatre debut, playing the character of Aquila in the S.M. Entertainment musical School OZ alongside labelmates Changmin, Key, Luna, Suho and Seulgi. In October 2015, Xiumin played the leading role opposite actress Kim So-eun in the web drama Falling for Challenge. He additionally released his first solo song after debut titled "You Are The One" as a soundtrack of the web drama. Falling for Challenge later went on to become the most watched web drama in South Korea in 2015.

2016–present: CBX's debut

In February 2016, Xiumin was featured in AOA member Jimin's solo single "Call You Bae", and appeared in its music video. In July 2016, he made his big screen debut with a main role alongside Yoo Seung-ho in the South Korean film Seondal: The Man Who Sells the River. In August 2016, he collaborated with fellow Exo members Chen, and Baekhyun on an original soundtrack titled "For You" for the television series Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo.

In October, 2016, S.M. Entertainment announced that together with Chen and Baekhyun, Xiumin would debut as Exo's first official sub unit EXO-CBX. They performed "For You" at the 2016 Busan One Asia Festival as their first act as EXO-CBX. Their debut extended play Hey Mama! was released on October 31.



TitleYearPeak chart positionsSales


"Call You Bae"
(Jimin featuring Xiumin)
  • KOR: 590,069
non-album single
Soundtrack appearances
"You Are The One"2015622
  • KOR: 26,196
Falling for Challenge OST
"For You"
(with Baekhyun & Chen)
  • KOR: 503,912+
Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo OST
"—" denotes releases that didn't chart or weren't released in that region.



2016Seondal: The Man Who Sells the RiverGyeonMain role


2015EXO Next DoorNaver TV CastXiuminRecurring; Fictional version of himself
Falling For ChallengeNa Do-jeonLead role

Television shows

2013Star KingSBSGuestEpisodes 323, 324 and 326
Beatles Code 2MnetEpisode 68
Running ManSBSEpisodes 171 and 172
Immortal Songs 2KBSEpisodes 116, 118 and 119
Idol Star Olympics ChampionshipsMBCCompetitor
Show! Music CoreGuest host
Show ChampionMBC Music
2014Idol Star Olympics ChampionshipsMBCCompetitor
Show! Music CoreGuest host
The Generation ShowShenzhen TVGuest
2015Guerilla DateKBS
Crime Scene 2JTBCEpisodes 5-7
The Mickey Mouse ClubDisney ChannelSpecial guestEpisodes 5 and 6
SBS Gayo DaejeonSBSGuest host
2016Idol Star Athletics ChampionshipsMBCCompetitorFutsal
Fantastic DuoSBSGuestEpisodes 3 and 4
Travel without ManagerCookat TVMain hostEpisodes 1-8 with Chen
Section TVMBCGuestwith Yoo Seung-ho, Cho Jae-hyun & Ra Mi-ran
Cool Kiz On The Block 阳光艺体能HBTVwith Baekhyun, Suho, Chanyeol, Chen and D.O.
The Return of SupermanKBSwith Chen visiting SoDa siblings

Radio shows

2013Shim Shim TapaSpecial DJMBC Standard FMwith Chanyeol
with Lay


2013Music BankSpecial MCKBSJune 7, 2013with D.O.
Show ChampionMBC MusicDecember 12, 2013with Suho & Amber
2014Show! Music CoreMBCJanuary 4, 2014with Sehun
July 14, 2014
2015SBS Gayo DaejeonSBSDecember 27, 2015

Music video appearances

2014"A Glass of Soju"Lim Chang-jungMV remake for Exo 90:2014
2016"Call You Bae"Jimin featuring Xiumin


2015School OZAquilaSupporting role

Awards and nominations

YearAwardCategoryNominated WorkResult
4th APAN Star Awards
Award for SNS Web DramaFalling for ChallengeWon