Haruka Kuroda

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Haruka Kuroda
Born 1977 (aged 37)
Kyoto, Japan
Occupation Actress, Voice Actress

Haruka Kuroda (黒田はるか Kuroda Haruka?) is a London based Japanese actress who is widely known for performing the voice of Noodle from Damon Albarn's and Jamie Hewlett's alternative rock virtual band Gorillaz during Phase 1. She was born in Kyoto, Japan.

She performed on all the Phase One tour dates as Noodle: She performed Noodle's speaking voice at all tour dates as well as Noodle's backing vocals, she was also playing the second guitar. (It is a popular misconception that Miho Hatori performed on the Gorillaz tour.) She is also the speaking voice of Noodle in Gorillaz' promotional interview CD, 'The Apex Tapes', as well as all live radio interviews and in all phase 1 'Gorilla bites'. Nobody else has spoken live 'as Noodle' to date.

She has also sung with JC Connington's rock group JUNKSTAR on the track Going Nowhere as well as featuring in various BBC productions. (Jonny Vegas's Ideal series 1,2 3,4,5 & 6 Jonathan Creek, Hiroshima & Brain-Jitsu). Her film credit includes Foster, Swinging with the Finkels, I Like London In the Rain & One Minute Past Midnight which won the short film of the year in 2005 at Chicago Film Festival.

Haruka had a constant role in kids' gaming show PXG in 2005, where she hosts alongside Kentaro Suyama as the voice of 'Game Girl'.

She works extensively as a voice-over artist like in the Gamecube's 2000 Battalion Wars as the Solar Empire empress.

Training[edit]

Haruka trained at the Guildford School of Acting. She is also a master of the martial art Sanjuro, teaching regularly in London

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

Year Films Role Note
2011 Random 11 Yuri Miyamoto
2011 Foster Translator
2011 Swinging with the Finkels Japanese Woman
2006 Gorillaz: Phase Two - Slowboat to Hades Noodle (voice) Video
2002 The Incredibly Strange People Show Slithis Girl #1 Video

Television[edit]

Year TV Series Role Note
2013 Hebburn Midwife
2005-2011 Ideal Yasuko
2009 Things Talk TV Remote voice (TV Movie)
2005 Hiroshima: BBC History of World War II Akiko Takakura TV Movie documentary
2005 Broken News Kyoko Ogura World Money Today
2002-2004 The Bill Nurse
2003 Grass Japanese Tourist
2003 Jonathan Creek Presenter

Video Games[edit]

Year Game Role Note
2015 Elite: Dangerous Imperial station voice voice
2012 Total War: Shogun 2: Fall of the Samurai voice
2011 Total War: Shogun 2 voice
2010 Just Cause 2 voice
2006 Genji: Days of the Blade Minazuru / Mystic / Kuyo (Orochi (Female)) voice
2005 Battalion Wars Empress Lei-qo voice
2005 Genji: Dawn of the Samurai Minazuru, Kuyo, Additional Voices English version, voice

Short Films[edit]

Year Short Film Role
2010 Buon Giorno Sayonara Kumiko
2004 One Minute Past Midnight Girl

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