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.
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.
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Sales|
|"Call You Bae"|
(Jimin featuring Xiumin)
|"You Are The One"||2015||62||2||Falling for Challenge OST|
(with Baekhyun & Chen)
|2016||5||—||Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo OST|
|"—" denotes releases that didn't chart or weren't released in that region.|
|2016||Seondal: The Man Who Sells the River||Gyeon||Main role|
|2015||EXO Next Door||Naver TV Cast||Xiumin||Recurring; Fictional version of himself|
|Falling For Challenge||Na Do-jeon||Lead role|
|2013||Star King||SBS||Guest||Episodes 323, 324 and 326|
|Beatles Code 2||Mnet||Episode 68|
|Running Man||SBS||Episodes 171 and 172|
|Immortal Songs 2||KBS||Episodes 116, 118 and 119|
|Idol Star Olympics Championships||MBC||Competitor|
|Show! Music Core||Guest host|
|Show Champion||MBC Music|
|2014||Idol Star Olympics Championships||MBC||Competitor|
|Show! Music Core||Guest host|
|The Generation Show||Shenzhen TV||Guest|
|Crime Scene 2||JTBC||Episodes 5-7|
|The Mickey Mouse Club||Disney Channel||Special guest||Episodes 5 and 6|
|SBS Gayo Daejeon||SBS||Guest host|
|2016||Idol Star Athletics Championships||MBC||Competitor||Futsal|
|Fantastic Duo||SBS||Guest||Episodes 3 and 4|
|Travel without Manager||Cookat TV||Main host||Episodes 1-8 with Chen|
|Section TV||MBC||Guest||with Yoo Seung-ho, Cho Jae-hyun & Ra Mi-ran|
|Cool Kiz On The Block 阳光艺体能||HBTV||with Baekhyun, Suho, Chanyeol, Chen and D.O.|
|The Return of Superman||KBS||with Chen visiting SoDa siblings|
|2013||Shim Shim Tapa||Special DJ||MBC Standard FM||with Chanyeol|
|2013||Music Bank||Special MC||KBS||June 7, 2013||with D.O.|
|Show Champion||MBC Music||December 12, 2013||with Suho & Amber|
|2014||Show! Music Core||MBC||January 4, 2014||with Sehun|
|July 14, 2014|
|2015||SBS Gayo Daejeon||SBS||December 27, 2015|
Music video appearances
|2014||"A Glass of Soju"||Lim Chang-jung||MV remake for Exo 90:2014|
|2016||"Call You Bae"||Jimin featuring Xiumin|
|2015||School OZ||Aquila||Supporting role|
Awards and nominations
|2015||Award for SNS Web Drama||Falling for Challenge||Won|