Yuki Furukawa (古川 雄輝 Furukawa Yūki?, born 18 December 1987) is a Japanese actor.
December 18, 1987
Born in Tokyo, Furukawa moved to Canada with his family at the age of 7. After graduating from junior high school, he went to America alone and became a boarder at Keio High School New York. While in high school, he would play basketball for three years and take up on break dancing as well. At the age of 19, Furukawa started studying for his bachelor's degree at Keio University, in the Faculty of Science and Technology. In March 2010, Furukawa received the jury's special award at the “Horipro’s 50th Anniversary Actor Audition” due to his performance and fluent English. During his university days, he also participated in a break dance group named Revolve. However, he eventually left the group due to his busy schedule and focus on acting.
The year 2013 was a breakthrough year for Furukawa when he landed a leading role as Irie Naoki in the hit television drama Mischievous Kiss: Love in Tokyo, which has also brought him fame in China. He successfully presented a new image of the classical manga role of Irie Naoki, and starred opposite of Miki Honoka who played his love interest. As a result of the internet simulcasts of this drama in China, he gained popularity among Chinese fans. In less than four months after coming on Weibo, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter, the number of his followers has rocketed to more than 600,000, and currently number more than one million. He is also followed by another 20,000+ fans on Twitter as of January 2014.
He is the first Japanese actor to have a fan meeting in Shanghai, China on July 21, 2013.