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.
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
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
Usagi Yojimbo @ Southwark Playhouse
Wit @ Manchester Royal Exchange
SpotBots for CBeebies
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
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
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
Columbia Pic, Skydance Productions, Sony | LIFE | Dir: Daniel Espinosa | 2017
| Supporting Role
National Theatre/ BBC Film/ Cuban Films | London Road | Dir: Rufus Norris | 2014
Kintop Pictures | Foster | Dir: Jonathan Newman | 2011 | Supporting Role
BBC | EastEnders | Dir: Sarah Esdaile | 2021 | Guest Star
SKY | Heart to Heart | Dir: Lilah Vandedburgh | 2018 | Series Regular
CBBC | Officially Amazing | Dir: Rob Tamime | 2017 | Presenter
BBC/ Sid Gentle Films | Killing Eve | Dir: Jon East | 2017 | Co-Star
CBeebies | Spot Bots | Dir: Tom Cousins | 2017 | Series Regular
BBC | Ideal | Dir: Dan Zeff, Ben Gosling Fuller, Ben Wheatley & BenGregor |
2005-2011 | Series Regular