Actress
 

 Why am i an actress? 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The answer is simple.

It’s all I wanted to be for as long as I remember. I was "that child" in the kindergarten, always in the front row singing enthusiastically at the top of their voice. My poor late grandmother was tasked to chauffeur me around the city of Kyoto (on the back of her bicycle!) to singing and acting classes when I was growing up. 

At the age of 11 I truly caught the "acting bug" when I got chosen out of over 800 children to play Little Cosette in the TOHO/Cameron Mackintosh production of Les Miserables in Osaka. 

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When I turned 16 my then mentor told me that England was where I could get world class acting training, and that was it! I packed my suitcases and got on the plane on my own even though I didn't speak a word of English

back then! 

Fast forward 28 years, I am proud to say that I have been a working actress for more than two decades in TV, Film and Theatre. I really feel that acting is in my blood after all this time, it’s a true part of who I am, and I’m truly grateful for all the support, guidance and love that I have received over the years from my family, friends and colleagues. 

At the beginning of my career, I simply wanted to become a "famous" actor. Now I understand that it’s always

the story that’s the star. It’s a privilege for me to be able to become a living, breathing part of whichever story

I’m telling.

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Usagi Yojimbo @ Southwark Playhouse

Wit @ Manchester Royal Exchange

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So what kind of an actress do I now want to be? 

I want to be an actress that makes audiences smile and feel joyous.

I want to take my audiences on a journey to find something new with the story I tell. 

I want my audiences to discover the joy of storytelling and its infinite creative possibilities.

As an actress, there is no "retirement age" and I hope to continue following my passion and choosing projects

and roles that are aligned with my values for many years to come.  

Height: 5"1/154cm   |   Eye Colour: Brown   |   Hair Colour: Dark Brown/Black

Language: English, Japanese   |   Accents: RP, London, General American   

Vehicle Licence: Car Driving Licence   |   Sports: Sanjuro Martial Arts, Swimming, Yoga  

 Special Skills 

I am an experienced actor and facilitator and have worked with various corporate roleplay training companies since 2001.
Clients for these training sessions include:  BDO, Haringey Council, Teijin, Phillip Morris International, Duetsche Bank, JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley, 

Barcley’s Global Investors, Credit Suiss, Goldman Sacks, ING, Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi, Virgin Media, United Nations, National Grid, National School of Government, Deloitte, Earnest & Young and more.

I am a certified Transformational Life coach and I have experience in one-to-one coaching, facilitation, forum theatre and bespoke roleplay.

I use my language skills to offer my services as a language and dialect coach and on-set interpreter.

I was the language coach for Alicia Vikander on Earthquake Bird (Netflix) and 

Sidse Babett Knudsen on The Accident (Channel 4), and 

the dialect coach for Will Sharpe on Giri/Haji (Netflix)and Togo Igawa on Tetris (Apple TV+). 

 Training & Workshops 

Guildford School of Acting   |   3-year Musical Theatre  

British Academy of Dramatic Combat   |   Teacher training

Suzuki Method with Ichiro Nakayama

Frantic Assembly Intermediate Actor Training

Upswing Ariel workshop

 recent credits 

Theater

London Arcola Tent  |  Amateraru-Out of Cave  |  Dir: Ailin Conant   |  2021  |  Emiko

Bristol Old Vic Ferment Festival  |   Bob   |   Dir: Amy Draper   |   2019  |   Actor

artsdepot & national tour |   The Little Mochi Man     |   Dir: Vicky Ireland    |    2018  |   Actor

Manchester Royal Exchange   |   WIT   |   Dir: Raz Shaw   |   2016  |   Lab Technician, Student 

 

Southwark Playhouse   |   Usagi Yojimbo   |   Dir: Amy Draper   |   2015  |   Mariko, Mifune

Film

Columbia Pic, Skydance Productions, Sony    |   LIFE   |   Dir: Daniel Espinosa   |  2017 

Supporting Role

National Theatre/ BBC Film/ Cuban Films   |   London Road   |  Dir: Rufus Norris   | 2014 

|  Ensemble

Kintop Pictures   |   Foster  |   Dir: Jonathan Newman   |  2011  |   Supporting Role

TV

FX  |  Better Things  |  Dir: Pamela Adlon  |  2021  | Guest Star

 

Apple TV  |  Lovely Little Farm  |  Dir: Jack Jameson  |  2021  |  Guest Star

 

BBC   |   EastEnders   |  Dir: Sarah Esdaile  |  2021  |   Guest Star

 

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