Anne Watanabe

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Anne Watanabe
Anne Watanabe 2014.jpg
Watanabe at Narita-san Temple in Osaka, February 2014
Native name 渡辺 杏
Born (1986-04-14) 14 April 1986 (age 29)
Tokyo, Japan
Nationality Japanese
Occupation Fashion model, singer, actress, TV host
Years active 2010–present
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)[1]
Spouse(s) Masahiro Higashide (married 2015–)
Parent(s) Ken Watanabe

Anne Watanabe (渡辺 杏 Watanabe An?, born 14 April 1986 in Tokyo) is a Japanese fashion model, actress, and singer.[2] She is the daughter of film actor Ken Watanabe. In her modeling work, she is known by the mononym Anne.[3]


Watanabe's first high-profile modeling season was spring/summer 2006, in which she was featured in runway shows for Anna Sui, Diane von Furstenberg, Tommy Hilfiger, and Vivienne Tam, among others. She also walked for Baby Phat, Imitation of Christ, Karl Lagerfeld, Lacoste, Marc by Marc Jacobs, and Thakoon in subsequent seasons.

Watanabe has been featured in print advertisements for Anna Sui and NARS Cosmetics.[4]


TV drama[edit]

  • Tengoku to Jigoku (TV Asahi, 2007)
  • Tenchijin (NHK, 2009), Megohime
  • Karei Naru Spy (NTV, 2009)
  • Samurai High School (NTV, 2009)
  • Shinzanmono (TBS, 2010, ep1)
  • Naka nai to Kimeta Hi (Fuji TV, 2010)
  • Joker: Yurusarezaru Sōsakan (Fuji TV, 2010)
  • Namae o Nakushita Megami (Fuji TV, 2011)
  • Yokai Ningen Bem (NTV, 2011)
  • Taira no Kiyomori (NHK, 2012), Hōjō Masako
  • xxxHOLiC (WOWOW, 2013)
  • Kasuka na Kanojo (Fuji TV, 2013)
  • Gochisōsan (NHK, 2013)



  • Book Bar (2008–present, J-Wave)



  • Lights (2010, Epic/Sony)
  • Ai o Anata ni (2012, Epic/Sony)

Personal life[edit]

In Japan, Watanabe is also a well-known reki-jo (history girl) -- a female history otaku.[3]

In December 2014, she announced that she would be marrying actor Masahiro Higashide on 1 January 2015.[5]


  • 64th Television Drama Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actress for Naka nai to Kimeta Hi[6]


  1. ^ "Anne Watanabe". Fashion Model Directory. Retrieved 2014-12-17. 
  2. ^ "Anne to debut as a singer". Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Kuhn, Anthony. "For Japanese Women, The Past Is The Latest Fad"
  4. ^ "Anne Watanabe profile". Fashion Model Directory. Retrieved 20 January 2010. 
  5. ^ 杏&東出昌大が元日結婚!春には挙式・披露宴 熱愛発覚から1年 [Anne and Masahiro Higashide to marry on New Year's Day! ceremony to be held in spring]. Sponichi Annex (in Japanese). Japan: Sports Nippon Newspapers. 26 December 2014. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  6. ^ "テレビ番組表 - テレビ欄・番組表のSmartザテレビジョン". Smartザテレビジョン. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 

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