Since he was young, Chanyeol, one of the members of the nine-member K-pop boy band EXO, has shown his artistic talent and intense passion for music.

After being inspired by watching the comedy film, School of Rock – featuring actor Jack Black as a fanatical music teacher – Chanyeol, whose real name is Park Chan-yeol, has learned to play a number of different musical instruments, such as the drums, guitar and piano.

As the talented star celebrates his 26th birthday on Tuesday, we’ve picked four recent highlights from his career – not just in music, but also in acting.  

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EXO’s latest album ‘Don’t Mess Up My Tempo’ 

Released this month, the 11-track “Don’t Mess Up My Tempo” – the boy band’s fifth studio album, showcases Chanyeol’s musical prowess.

He co-wrote the lyrics for the electro pop track, Gravity – a song about attracting a girl’s attention like gravity – and wrote and composed the rhythm and blues track With You – a song about falling for someone after spending time with them.

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Of course, being an ever-charming rapper, the birthday boy also features on songs such as Tempo. 

“Don’t Mess Up My Tempo” is EXO’s highest-ranking album on the Billboard 200 chart to date, after peaking at 23rd on the chart on November 17.

‘Stay with Me’ from TV’s ‘Guardian: The Lonely and Great God’  

Chanyeol has also enjoyed performing away from the band.

He collaborated with singer Punch by singing on the song Stay with Me – which has gained 130 million views on YouTube – featured on the soundtrack of the hit 2016 Korean television drama series, Guardian: The Lonely and Great Gods, starring heartthrob actor Gong Yoo.

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Chanyeol provides a charming rap section during the touching love song, with his magnetic voice blending perfectly with Punch on the gentle track’s harmonies. 

Leading role in Chinese film ‘So I Married an Anti-fan’ 

Chanyeol shows off his language skills – by speaking Mandarin – and also his acting talents in the leading role in the Chinese 2016 romantic comedy film, So I Married an Anti-fan.

He plays a Korean celebrity working in Shanghai who is forced to team up with a Chinese reporter, played by Yuan Shanshan – the staunch “anti-fan” of the title – on a reality television show.  

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Inevitably, the two “enemies” later fall in love.

Co-star of forthcoming Netflix series ‘Memories of the Alhambra’  

Chanyeol has a supporting role in the highly anticipated 16-episode suspense-romance television drama, Memories of the Alhambra, starring Hyun Bin and Park Shin-hye.

The series, which will be aired on Netflix in December, sees Chanyeol play the younger brother – a genius computer programmer – of Park Shin-hye’s character.

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The series is about an investment company CEO, played by Hyun, who travels to Granada, in Spain, on business, but becomes drawn to mysterious events involving augmented reality games after meeting the owner of the hotel (Park) where he is staying.

Chanyeol appears to be playing a rather mysterious role in the series; in the trailer, he’s seen on the run from something terrifying.

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