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Keiko Kitagawa
北川 景子
Kitagawa at the Tokyo International Film Festival in October 2015
Born (1986-08-22) August 22, 1986 (age 37)
Alma materMeiji University
Years active2003–present
AgentStardust Promotion
Height1.60 m (5 ft 3 in)
(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),[1] and Akumu-chan (2012).


Kitagawa was born on August 22, 1986, in Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan.[2] She grew up in Kobe, and lost many friends in the Great Hanshin earthquake in 1995.[3] As a child, she wanted to be a doctor, but by the time she reached high school she was uncertain of what to do in the future.[4] 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.[5] She graduated from Meiji University in Tokyo in March 2009.[6]


Within a week of joining an agency, Kitagawa had been selected as both a model and an actress.[7] She was chosen as Miss Seventeen 2003,[8] which led to her working as a model with the Japanese Seventeen until she graduated from the magazine in September 2006.[9] In the latter part of the run, she had her own regular feature, "Keiko's Beauty Honey".[10]

As an actress, Kitagawa 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.[7] She initially concentrated on films, including the leading roles in Cherry Pie and Dear Friends.[10] In late 2007, she had her first leading role in a TV drama, in the late-night drama Mop Girl.[10] 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.[7]

Kitagawa 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.[11] From May to December 2007, she wrote a column entitled "Keytan Hakusho" for the Japanese weekly television listings magazine Weekly The Television.[10]

Kitagawa has described herself as a stay-at-home person who 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".[7] She is managed by Stardust Promotion.[10]

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).[10]

She appeared in the TV dramas Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon (2003-4), Mop Girl (lead role) (2007), Homeroom on the Beachside (2008), Buzzer Beat (2009),[12] and Moon Lovers (2010),[13] The After-Dinner Mysteries (2011), Hero (2014), and Detective versus Detectives (2015).

Personal life[edit]

In 2016, Kitagawa married singer-songwriter Daigo.[14] The same year, Kitagawa won the Japanese Television Academy Award for Best Actress for Ie Uru Onna.[15]

On April 22, 2020, she announced her first pregnancy. On September 7, she gave birth to her daughter.[16][17] On September 25, 2023, Kitagawa and her husband jointly announced through their agency that they are expecting their second child.[18]



Year Title Role Notes Ref(s)
2006 The Mamiya Brothers Yumi Honma
Mizu ni Sumu Hana Rikka Mizuchi
The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift Reiko American film
Cherry Pie Kiyohara Lead role
2007 Dear Friends Rina Takahashi Lead role
Say Hello for Me Momoka Katsuragi
Southbound Youko Uehara
Heat Island Nao
2008 The Handsome Suit Hiroko Hoshino
2009 Last Operations Under the Orion Shitsuko Arisawa/Izumi Kuramoto
It's On Me reporter Cameo
2010 After the Flowers Ito Lead role
Elevator to the Gallows Mikayo Matsumoto
Piecing Me Back Together Izumi Sonoda Lead role
2011 Paradise Kiss Yukari Hayasaka Lead role
2012 Magic Tree House Jack (voice)
2013 The After-Dinner Mysteries Hosho Reiko Lead role
Roommate Harumi Hagiwara Lead role
2014 Judge! Hikari Ota
I Just Wanna Hug You Tsukasa Yamamoto Lead role
Akumu-chan The Movie Ayami Mutoi Lead role
2015 The Pearls of the Stone Man Satoko Kobayashi
Something Like, Something Like It Yumi
Hero Chika Asagi
2017 Hamon: Yakuza Boogie Yuki
Let Me Eat Your Pancreas Kyōko (present days)
The Last Shot in the Bar Mari Misaki
2018 Punk Samurai Slash Down Ron
Hibiki Fumi Hanai [19]
Stolen Identity Asami Inaba Lead role
My Teacher, My Love Cameo
2019 The Hikita's Are Expecting! Sachi Hikita
2020 Stolen Identity 2 Asami Inaba Special appearance
The Legacy of Dr. Death: Black File Asuka Takachiho [20]
The Promised Neverland Mom Isabella [21]
2021 First Love Yuki Makabe Lead role [22]
It's a Flickering Life Sonoko Katsura [23]
The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window Keiko [24]
2022 Dreaming of the Meridian Arc Eimi Kobayashi / Ei [25]
Anpanman: Dororin and the Transforming Carnival Dororin (voice) [26]
Fragments of the Last Will Mojimi Yamamoto [27]
2023 Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Cosmos The Movie Sailor Cosmos (voice) [28]

Television drama[edit]

Year Title Network Role Notes Ref(s)
2003-2004 Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon CBS/TBS Sailor Mars/Rei Hino Tokusatsu drama based on the manga/anime Sailor Moon [28]
2007 Mop Girl TV Asahi Momoko Hasegawa Lead role
2008 Taiyo to Umi no Kyoshitsu Fuji TV Enokido Wakaba
2009 Buzzer Beat Fuji TV Riko Shirakawa Lead role
2010 Hostess with a Pen MBS/TBS Rie Saito Lead role; TV movie; based on a true story of Rie Saito
Tsuki no Koibito Fuji TV Ōnuki Yuzuki
2011 Lady: Saigo no Hanzai Profile TBS Kazuki Shōko Lead role
The After-Dinner Mysteries Fuji TV Reiko Hosho Lead role
Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni NTV Suzu Lead role; TV movie
2012 The After-Dinner Mysteries SP Fuji TV Reiko Hosho Lead role
My Little Nightmare NTV Mutoi Ayami Lead role
Mi o Tsukushi Ryoricho TV Asahi Mio Lead role
2013 A Swinging Single Fuji TV Haruno Yuki
2014 Mi o Tsukushi Ryoricho 2 TV Asahi Mio Lead role
Hero Fuji TV Chika Asagi
2015 Detective versus Detectives Fuji TV Rena Sasaki Lead role [29]
2016 Kuroi Jukai TV Asahi Shōko Kasahara Lead role; TV movie
Your Home is My Business! NTV Machi Sangen'ya Lead role
Hippocratic Oath Wowow Makoto Tsugano Lead role; Mini-series
2017 Happiness's Memory (literal title) TBS, MBS Nanami Tsushima TV movie [30]
Your Home is My Business! Returns NTV Machi Sangen'ya Lead role
Honto ni Atta Kowai Hanashi Fuji TV Fukagawa Kyoka Lead role
2018 Segodon NHK Atsuhime Taiga drama [31]
Shitei Bengoshi TV Asahi Yui Hitotsugi Lead role; TV movie [32]
Fake News NHK Itsuki Shinonome Lead role; Mini-series
2019 Your Home is My Business! 2nd Attack NTV Machi Sangen'ya Lead role
2021 How to Get a Divorce for the Whole Family! TBS Saki Mizuguchi Lead role [33]
2023 What Will You Do, Ieyasu? NHK Oichi and Yodo-dono Taiga drama [34]
Themis's Law School Classroom Fuji TV Shizuku Hiiragi Lead role [35]
Sunset Wowow Kaori Hasebe Lead role; Mini-series [36]


Year Title Network Notes
2012 Kagayaku On'na `Kitagawa Keiko' NHK BS Premium
2013 Kitagawa Keiko × Chichūkai Megami-tachi o Sagashite NHK BS Premium in 2 parts
2014 Kitagawa Keiko Yuukyuu No Miyako Turkey Istanbul -futari No Kougou Ai No Kiseki Wo Tadoru- BS Fuji
2015 The Premium Kitagawa Keiko Suichoku Time Travel in Rome NHK BS Premium in 2 parts
2018 Iyoiyo start! BS4K BS8K Kaikyoku Special NHK Broadcast in Rome
2019 Nihon ni koi shita Van Gogh ~ Kitagawa Keiko ga Aruku Tensai Gaka no Tabiji ~' BS Nippon Television
2020 NHK Special: `Ano Ni~Tsu kara 25-nen Daishinsai no Kodomo-tachi' NHK

Home Video[edit]

  • 2013 : Kitagaawa Keiko Making Documentary "27+" - Documentary


  • 2006 : Tanabata Nananenkai - As Naomi Setsuraku/Midori Fujikura


  • 2006: Stylish Street Book "I've been to Hollywood!"
  • 2007: Kitagawa Keiko Shashinshū Dear Friends
  • 2008: Actress Make Up
  • 2010: Actress Make Up II
  • 2011: Eiga "Paradise Kiss" official murasaki by Kitagawa Keiko Fashion Photo Book
  • 2013: Original 1st shashin-shū 27' (Ni Juna Na)
  • 2015: PARIGOT: Light in the Night in Marunouchi
  • 2016: Keiko Kitagawa 2nd shashin-shū 30 (Angel works)
  • 2023: Keiko Kitagawa Photobook: "37" 20th anniversary


  • 2004: Sakura Fubuki ("Cherry Blossom Storm")/Hoshi Furu Yoake ("Stars Fall at Dawn") (as Rei Hino)



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