Rie Kitahara(北原里英,Kitahara Rie?, born June 24, 1991 in Ichinomiya, Aichi) is a Japanese singer, actor and voice actor; she is a member of the Japanese idol group AKB48 and former member of SKE48. She debuted in 2008 in Team A and now is in Team K. She has sung on many of the groups' main singles, having been voted number 13, 16, 13 and 13 in the AKB48 general elections. Since 2011, Kitahara is also a member of the AKB48 subgroup Not Yet.
In AKB48's 2012 general election, Kitahara placed 13th with 26,531 votes.
Rie Kitahara made her true acting debut in the movie, Graffreeter Toki, which was released on July 14, 2012 in Japan.
On August 24, 2012, the first day of AKB48's 3-Tokyo-Dome-concert series, the group announced a reorganization, which placed Kitahara from Team B to Team K, and also made her a concurrent member of AKB48 and SKE48. She debuted with Team S on February 13, 2013. She was transferred from Team S to Team KII, but did not debut with the new team.. In April, SKE48 announced it was ending Kitahara's concurrency with the group, which leaves her only with AKB48's Team K.
Kitahara played the lead role in the Japanese horror movie Joker Game, which was released on December 22, 2012. She appears in the drama remake, Kazoku Game, which aired on Fuji TV starting April 2013, as a girlfriend of a son of a prominent family member.
Debut as concurrent member of AKB48 Team K and SKE48. Did not sing on title track; lineup was determined by rock-paper-scissors tournament. Sang on "Totteoki Christmas"; on "Tsuyogari Tokei" as SKE48; and on "Eien Yori Tsuzuku Yo Ni" as OKL48.