Eleanor Matsuura

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Eleanor Matsuura
Eleanor Matsuura by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Born (1983-07-16) 16 July 1983 (age 37)[citation needed]
Tokyo, Japan
Alma materCentral School of Speech and Drama
Years active2005–present
m. 2014)

Eleanor Matsuura (born 16 July 1983) is a Japanese-born British actress, who is best known for her roles as Yumiko in The Walking Dead, Hannah Santo in Spooks: The Greater Good, Bev in Utopia[1] and as PC Donna Prager in Cuffs.

Early life[edit]

Matsuura was born in Tokyo and raised in Hertfordshire, England. She was trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama and graduated in 2004.[2][3] She is trained in Modern and Period dance.[4]


Matsuura worked on stage at the Royal Court Theatre, Old Vic Theatre and several West End theatres. She has also appeared in several British TV dramas, including EastEnders, Thorne, Extras, Holby City, Lead Balloon, Doctor Who and Hustle and British films.[2][5] She currently appears as Isobel in Bull at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield.[6]

Matsuura is in the fourth series of the hit BBC One drama series Sherlock, playing the role of Detective Inspector Hopkins. She has done voice acting for video games such as Mass Effect: Andromeda and Dreamfall Chapters.[7] She portrays Yumiko on the hit TV Show The Walking Dead based on the comic book of the same name.

Personal life[edit]

Matsuura is of half British and half Japanese descent and does not speak Japanese.[8] She is an animal rights supporter and works closely with the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.

Matsuura married Canadian actor Trevor White in 2014.[9] They live in London.[10] In November 2017, Matsuura gave birth to a baby girl, the couple's first child.[8]


Year Title Role Notes
2005 Hustle Receptionist Episode: "The Lesson"
2005 Holby City Suzie Ford Episode: "Damage Limitation"
2005 Extras Producer's Wife Episode: "Ben Stiller"
2005 A Very Social Secretary Luz TV Movie
2006 EastEnders Dr. Thorne Episode: "Episode dated 5 January 2006"
2006 9/11: The Twin Towers Operator #1
2006 Breaking and Entering Ruby
2006 After the Rain Lian Short
2006; 2008 Doctors Diana Coverly
Erika Simms
Episode: "The Real Thing"
Episode: "Hidden Demons"
2007 Party Animals Sally Episode: "Episode #1.1"
2007 After You've Gone Miss Murray Episode: "Ripped Off"
2007 Magicians Waitress
2008 Trail & Retribution Angela Clarkson Episodes: "Conviction: Part 1"
"Conviction: Part 2"
2008 Doctor Who Jo Nakashima Episode: "The Sontaran Stratagem"
2008 My Family Doctor Episode: "Neighbour Wars"
2008 Lead Balloon Izzy Episode: "Mistake"
2008; 2012 Casualty Janie Newark
Kelly Leese
Episode: "Someone's Lucky Night"
Episode: "Duty of Care"
2009 Hunter DI Zoe Larson Episodes: "Episode #1.1"
"Episode #1.2"
2009 The Old Guys Marianne Episode: "Marriage"
2009 FM Jess Episode: "System Addict"
2010 Money Cherry Episode: "Episode #1.1"
2010 Doctor Who: The Adventure Game – Shadows of the Vashta Nerada Dana Tanaka (voice) Video Game
2011 Lunch Monkeys Miss Fox Episode: "Big Trouble in Little Cranford"
2011 Sirens Tracy Kadam Episode: "Two Man Race"
2011 New Tricks Tiffany Hayes Episode: "Old Fossils"
2011 The Fades Vicky 4 episodes
Mini Series
2011–2012 The Royal Bodyguard Dana Episodes: "The Limping Assassin"
"Bullets over Broad Street"
2012 Hacks Ho Chi Mao Feast TV Movie
2012 The Grind Charlie (Young Lady)
2012 Twenty Twelve Doctor Episode: "Inclusivity Day"
2012 Vexed Emma Episode: "Episode #2.1"
2013 Utopia Bev Episodes: "Episode #1.1"
"Episode #1.2"
"Episode #1.3"
2013 Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa TV Reporter
2013 Law & Order: UK Sophie Cohen Episode: "Fatherly Love"
2013 The Love Punch Michaela
2014 The Smoke Cindy Episode: “Episode #1.3”
2014 Silk Elizabeth Forester Episode: “Episode #3.4”
2014 Blood Moon Black Deer
2014 Dreamfall Chapters Saga (Age 35) (voice) Video Game
2015 Residue Angela Rossi 3 episodes
Mini Series
2015 Spooks: The Greater Good Hannah Santo
2015 Dirty Bomb Kira (voice) Video Game
2015 Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward Ranger of Darkness / Yugiri (voice) Video Game
2015 The Lady in the Van Interviewer
2015 Burn Burn Burn Pandora
2015 Da Vinci's Demons Madame Singh 6 episodes
Recurring (Season 3)
2015 Star Wars: Battlefront Unknown (voice) Video Game
2015 Cuffs PC Donna Prager 8 episodes
Mini Series
2016 The Comic Strip Presents Redtop Wendi Deng TV Movie
2016 The Complete Walk: Antony and Cleopatra Unknown Short
2016 Homefront: The Revolution Unknown (voice) Video Game
2016 A Midsummer Night's Dream Hippolyta TV Movie
2016 The 101-Year-Old Man Who Skipped Out on the Bill and Disappeared Rebecca
2017 Sherlock DI Hopkins Episode: "The Six Thatchers"
2017 Lost in London Laura
2017 Ghost Recon: Wildlands Weaver (Female) (voice) Video Game
2017 Mass Effect: Andromeda Additional Voices (voice) Video Game
2017 Wonder Woman Epione
2017 Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood Yugiri (English version, voice) Video Game
2017 Justice League Epione (uncredited)
2017 Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 Unknown (voice) Video Game
2017 Star Wars: Battlefront II Unknown (voice) Video Game
2017 Planet of the Apes: Last Frontier Oaka (voice) Video Game
2017–2019 Into the Badlands Baron Juliet Chau 6 episodes
Recurring role (Seasons 2–3)
2018 Juliet, Naked Cat
2018 Shetland DI Jessie Cole Episode: "Episode #4.5"
"Episode #4.6"
2018 World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth Unknown (voice) Video Game
2018–present The Walking Dead Yumiko Recurring (Season 9)
Also Starring (Season 10–present)
17 episodes
2019 The Rook Claudia Clifton Episodes: "Chapter 1"
"Chapter 2"
2020 The One and Only Ivan Canface McAfee Post-Production
TBA Squadron 42 August Beck (voice) Video Game


  1. ^ "New Client: Eleanor Matsuura". meetthejoneses.co.uk. Retrieved 1 November 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Profile: Eleanor Matsuura". Chichester Festival Theatre. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 2013-02-14.
  3. ^ "Eleanor Matsuura". National Theatre. Archived from the original on 8 December 2015. Retrieved 1 November 2015.
  4. ^ "Eleanor Matsuura" (PDF). Amanda Howard Associates, Ltd. Retrieved 14 February 2013.
  5. ^ "BBC - Press Office - Hunter press pack: Eleanor Matsuura". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 1 November 2015.
  6. ^ "Eleanor's role as a raging Bull". sheffieldtelegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 1 November 2015.
  7. ^ "Eleanor Matsuura Video Game Credits and Biography - MobyGames". MobyGames.
  8. ^ a b Dara Chau: Getting to Know Film & TV Actress Eleanor Matsuura. Prestige, 4 March 2019
  9. ^ "Real life couple starring in play about adultery at the Bush Theatre". Evening Standard. 22 September 2016. Retrieved 9 July 2019.
  10. ^ Rashid Razaq: Real life couple starring in play about adultery at the Bush Theatre say it made them reflect on marriage. Evening Standard, 22 September 2016

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