Keiko Kitagawa at the Tokyo International Film Festival in October 2015
|Native name||北川 景子|
August 22, 1986 |
|Height||1.60 m (5 ft 3 in)|
|Spouse(s)||Daigo (m. 2016)|
Keiko Kitagawa (北川 景子 Kitagawa Keiko?, born August 22, 1986) is a Japanese actress and former model. She was an exclusive model for the Japanese Seventeen magazine from late 2003 to mid-2006, and quit modeling when she left the magazine. Her first acting role was Sailor Mars in the Sailor Moon live action show Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon (2003-2004), and after her role in the film Mamiya Kyōdai, she left modeling to concentrate on acting. She has appeared in several films, including The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006) and Handsome Suit (2008), and has played leading roles in the TV Dramas Mop Girl (2007), Homeroom on the Beachside (2008), Buzzer Beat (2009), Lady Saigo no Hanzai Profile (2011), and Akumu-chan (2012).
Kitagawa was born on August 22, 1986 in Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan, and has a younger brother. She grew up in Kobe, and lost many friends in the Great Hanshin earthquake in 1995. As a child, she wanted to be a doctor, but by the time she reached high school she was uncertain as to whether she could do that, and not sure what to do in the future. At around this time, she was scouted by a talent agency, and she decided to try the entertainment world. Her parents were initially opposed, but they gave their permission, on two conditions: that she give up if she was making no progress within a year, and that she put her studies first and graduate from university. She has kept the second half of the promise, graduating in commercial science from Meiji University in Tokyo in March 2009.
The one year time limit did not prove to be a problem. Within a week or so of joining an agency, she had been selected as both a model and an actress. She was chosen as Miss Seventeen 2003, which led to her working as a model with the Japanese Seventeen until she graduated from the magazine in September 2006. In the latter part of the run, she had her own regular feature, "Keiko's Beauty Honey".
As an actress, she was given the role of Rei Hino in the live action television series of Sailor Moon, which began her acting career. Her first significant film role was in Mamiya Kyōdai, and as result of the influence of the director, Yoshimitsu Morita, she decided to concentrate on acting rather than modeling. She initially concentrated on films, including the leading roles in Cherry Pie and Dear Friends. In late 2007, she had her first leading role in a TV drama, in the late-night drama Mop Girl. In 2008, she was given the role of the heroine in Homeroom on the Beachside, Fuji Television's Monday 9pm drama for the summer season. As this is the headline drama slot for a major network, it represented a major step forward for her career.
She moved to Tokyo when she started working as an actress and model, and has lived there since. She traveled to California for the filming of The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, and returned there to study English for a couple of months early in 2006. At this time, she started a blog, which she continued until June 2007; the blog was deleted in July 2007. From May to December 2007, she wrote a column entitled Keytan Hakusho for the Japanese weekly television listings magazine Weekly The Television. ("Kii-tan" was her nickname at elementary school. "Hakusho" means "white paper".) She started a new blog at the end of May 2008, shortly before her role in Homeroom on the Beachside was announced.
She describes herself as a stay-at-home person, and likes watching DVDs, listening to music, and reading books. When asked what she would do if the world was going to end tomorrow, she said "read books". She also likes swimming, particularly backstroke. She has a pet (male) cat, called Jill.
She has appeared in the films Mizu ni Sumu Hana (2006), Mamiya Kyōdai (2006), The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006), Cherry Pie (lead role) (2006), Dear Friends (lead role) (2007), Sono Toki ha Kare ni Yoroshiku (2007), Southbound (2007), Heat Island (2007), Handsome Suit (2008), Orion in Midsummer (2009), I'll Pay (2009), After the Flowers (lead role) (2010), and Matataki (lead role) (2010), and Elevator to the Scaffold (2010).
|2006||Mamiya Kyōdai||Yumi Honma||Supporting role|
|Mizu ni Sumu Hana||Rikka Mizuchi||Main role|
|The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift||Reiko||Minor role|
|Cherry Pie||Kiyohara||Main role|
|2007||Dear Friends (film)||Rina Takahashi||Main role|
|Sono Toki ha Kare ni Yoroshiku||Momoka Katsuragi||Supporting role|
|Southbound||Youko Uehara||Supporting role|
|Heat Island||Nao||Supporting role|
|2008||Handsome Suit||Hiroko Hoshino||Main role|
|2009||Orion in Midsummer||Shitsuko Arisawa/Izumi Kuramoto||Main role|
|I'll Pay||reporter (cameo)||Supporting role|
|2010||After the Flowers||Ito||Main role|
|Elevator to the Gallows (film)||Mikayo Matsumoto|
|2011||Paradise Kiss||Yukari Hayasaka||Main role|
|2012||Magic Tree House||Jack (voice)||Main role|
|2013||Nazotoki wa Dinner no Ato de||Hosho Reiko||Main role|
|Roommate (film)||Harumi Hagiwara||Main role|
|2014||Judge! (film)||Hikari Ota||Main role|
|Dakishimetai (film)||Tsukasa||Main role|
|Akumu-chan The Movie||Ayami||Main role|
|2015||Ai o Tsumu Hito||Satoko Kobayashi||Main role|
|No Yona Mono no Yona Mono (film)||Yumi||Main role|
|Hero||Chika Asagi||Main role|
|2003||Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon||CBS/TBS||Sailor Mars/Rei Hino||Main role; Tokusatsu drama based on the manga/anime Sailor Moon|
|2007||Mop Girl||TV Asahi||Momoko Hasegawa||Main role|
|2008||Taiyo to Umi no Kyoshitsu||Fuji TV||Enokido Wakaba||Main role|
|2009||Buzzer Beat||Fuji TV||Riko Shirakawa||Main role|
|2010||Hostess with a Pen||MBS/TBS||Rie Saito||Main role; special drama; based on a true story of Rie Saito|
|Tsuki no Koibito||Fuji TV||Ōnuki Yuzuki||Main role|
|2011||Lady: Saigo no Hanzai Profile||TBS||Kazuki Shōko||Main role|
|Nazotoki wa Dinner no Ato de||Fuji TV||Reiko Hosho||Main role; special drama|
|Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni||NTV||Suzu||Main role; television movie|
|2012||Akumu-chan||NTV||Mutoi Ayami||Main role|
|Mi o Tsukushi Ryoricho||TV Asahi||Mio||Main role|
|2013||Dokushin Kizoku||Fuji TV||Haruno Yuki||Main role|
|2014||Mi o Tsukushi Ryoricho 2||TV Asahi||Mio||Main role|
|Hero||Fuji TV||Chika Asagi||Main role|
|2015||Tantei no Tantei||Fuji TV||Rena Sasaki||Main role|
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