Keiko Kitagawa is a famous Japanese actress and a former model. She has been active in the modeling industry for the Japanese Seventeen magazine for few years. However, she quit modeling as soon as she left working for the magazine. Keiko has done a lot of work in the industry but her first prominent role was in Sailor Mars’s live-action show Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon. The role in the famous film Mamiya Kyōdai made her very prominent. She decided to quit modeling to concentrate on acting. Her fans have loved her in several films that include The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006) and Handsome Suit (2008). If you are interested to know more about this talented actress here are the details.
Bio and Early Life
Keiko was born on August 22, 1986, in Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan. While growing up she made a lot of friends. Unfortunately Great Hanshin earthquake she lost many of her friends. As a child, she wanted to be a doctor and didn’t have acting in mind. By the time she reached high school, she was not sure what to do. Around her college days, she was called by a talent agency. As the feedback was positive he decided to try acting in the entertainment field. Her parents didn’t like the idea initially but approved of her decision. They imposed the restriction that if she doesn’t make it big she will have to quit. Keiko graduated from Meiji University in Tokyo and started concentrating on acting.
Keiko got her first role as the talent agency helped her. She did the role of Rei Hino in the live-action television series Sailor Moon. Her most prominent role happens to be in the movie Mamiya Kyōdai. The prominent director Yoshimitsu Morita was impressed with his acting skills. He told her to concentrate on acting and quit modeling for good. She decided to concentrate on acting rather than modeling. Her initial roles in Cherry Pie and Dear Friends gave her more success. The first leading role in a TV drama in the late-night drama Mop Girl also became popular. She had to travel to California for the filming of The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. It gave her a chance to explore other parts of the world.
Keiko stayed in California for some time so she could learn English. If this isn’t enough she wrote a column entitled Keytan Hakusho. The Japanese weekly television listings magazine is a popular magazine and whatever she wrote was liked too. You will be surprised to know that Kitagawa likes to stay at home. Her most favorite hobbies include watching DVDs, listening to music, and reading books. Keiko got married to singer-songwriter Daigo and a year later she announced her pregnancy.
- Mizu ni Sumu Hana (2006)
- Mamiya Kyōdai (2006)
- The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006)
- Cherry Pie
- Dear Friends
- Sono Toki ha Kare ni Yoroshiku
- Heat Island
- Handsome Suit
- Orion in Midsummer
- I’ll pay
- After the Flowers and Matataki
- Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon
- Mop Girl
- Homeroom on the Beachside
- Buzzer Beat
- The After-Dinner Mysteries
Awards and Net Worth
The total net worth of Keiko happens to be around $1-$5 million. She has won several awards due to her acting talent. The Television Drama Academy Awards and Elan d’Or Awards for Newcomer of the Year are her most prominent awards.