Eriko Tamura

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Eriko Tamura
Born Eriko Sakamoto (坂本 絵理子 Sakamoto Eriko?)
(1973-01-16) January 16, 1973 (age 42)
Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan
Other names Elilin, Eriko
Occupation Actress, Singer, Author, Television personality, Radio personality, Host
Years active 1989–present
Agent Creative Artists Agency (US)
Height 5'4"

Eriko Tamura (田村 英里子 Tamura Eriko?, born January 16, 1973), Eriko Sakamoto, or simply Eriko is a Japanese actress and singer. The animated television show Idol Densetsu Eriko (Legendary Idol Eriko) was created as a result of her popularity. The show has been syndicated world-wide, airing in such countries as Spain, Italy, and France. She grew up in Düsseldorf, Germany and lived there for six years with her family from the age of 8 to the age of 13. She currently lives in Los Angeles, California.


Tamura (who speaks fluent English, German, and Japanese) has starred in over 15 films and television series in Japan.

She has had success as a singer as well, having released 10 original albums and 15 singles with EMI Music Japan. She has given concerts and toured all over Japan.

In the US, Tamura has appeared in season 2 of NBC's Heroes as Yaeko (the Princess),[1] the swordsmith's daughter. In 2009, Tamura was cast as a leading role Mai, in the 20th Century Fox feature Dragonball Evolution.[2][3] Also in 2009, she played Sock's stepsister in season 2 of Reaper.

She is also a producer and host for JATV.

Her first autobiography, Hollywood Dream (ハリウッド ドリーム Hariuddo Dorīmu?),[4] was published in Japan by Bungeishunjū in 2009. The book details her rise to fame and the struggles she faced when she moved to the States.

Legal Issues[edit]

In March 2007, Tamura filed suit against the Internet Movie Database for disclosing her birth name and birth date.[5] She withdrew her suit the following month.[5]


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  2. ^ Leslie Simmons (2007-12-15). "Rossum roars onto 'Dragonball' cast". The Hollywood Reporter (Nielsen Business Media, Inc.). [dead link]
  3. ^ "Variety Japan". I feel deeply honored to have been cast in the role of Mai because Akira Toriyama's manga Dragonball is so incredibly well-known among the people of Japan and brings together such a rich mythology of characters. The film has already begun shooting in Mexico and although we have a lot of work ahead of us, I look forward to a successful collaboration with filmmakers James Wong and Stephen Chow. Dragonball is a very exciting project for all of us. [dead link]
  4. ^ Tamuro, Eriko (2009). ハリウッド ドリーム [Hollywood Dream] (in Japanese). Tokyo: 文芸春秋 (Bungei Shunjū). ISBN 978-4-16-371120-1. OCLC 314023677. 
  5. ^ a b Heller, Matthew (March 20, 2007). "Actress Blames Fear of Fan Attacks on Web Site". On Point News. Retrieved October 16, 2011. 

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