Eriko Tamura

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Eriko Tamura
Eriko Tamura RealTVfilms.jpg
Eriko Tamura interviewed by RealTVfilms in 2009
Native name
田村 英里子
Born (1973-01-16) January 16, 1973 (age 46)
ResidenceLos Angeles
OccupationActress, singer
Years active1989–present
AgentCreative Artists Agency (U.S.)
TelevisionIdol Densetsu Eriko
Musical career

Eriko Tamura (田村 英里子, Tamura Eriko, born in January 16, 1973 in Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan),[1] sometimes credited only as Eriko, is a Japanese actress and singer. Her anime series Idol Densetsu Eriko (Legendary Idol Eriko) has been syndicated worldwide, airing in such countries as France, Italy, India and Spain. In live action series, she portrayed Princess Yaeko in the television show Heroes and Mai, the villainess in the feature film Dragonball Evolution.


Tamura grew up in Düsseldorf, Germany and lived there for six years with her family from the age of 8 to the age of 13. Tamura (who speaks fluent English, German and Japanese) has starred in over 20 films and television series in Japan. Tamura is a recording artist. She has released 10 original albums and 18 singles with record label EMI. Tamura has toured all over Japan, giving concert performances in such venues as the prestigious Nippon Budokan.

In the United States, Tamura has appeared in the NBC series, Heroes as Princess Yaeko, a love interest of Hiro Nakamura and Takeso Kensei.[2] In 2009, Tamura also played a leading role, Mai, the villainess in the 20th Century Fox feature Dragonball Evolution.[3][4] Also in 2009, Tamura played Sock's stepsister in season 2 of Reaper.

The anime series entitled Idol Densetsu Eriko (Legendary Idol Eriko) was created as a result of her popularity. The show has been translated into six languages and syndicated worldwide, airing in such countries as France, Italy, India and Spain.

Tamura won a celebrated American Idol-esque competition in Japan at the age of 14, soon after moving back to Japan from Germany. Winning this popular competition resulted her to join the cast of the prime-time television comedy Born to be Wild! as a series regular.

Tamura's first starring role was in the award-winning NHK mini-series, My Beloved Ultra Seven. Tamura was then cast in the highly regarded Taiga Drama television series Hideyoshi, in which she portrayed real-life historical figure, Hosokawa Gracia.

In 2007, Tamura filed a lawsuit against IMDb for invading her privacy by posting her birthday and full name online. The complaint was settled privately.[5]

Her first autobiography, Hollywood Dream (ハリウッド ドリーム, Hariuddo Dorīmu),[6] was published in Japan by Bungeishunjū in 2009.


  1. ^ "田村英里子のプロフィール". Retrieved 21 October 2016.
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  3. ^ Simmons, Leslie (2007-12-15). "Rossum roars onto 'Dragonball' cast". The Hollywood Reporter. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Archived from the original on 2014-09-04.
  4. ^ ハリウッド映画版「ドラゴンボール」出演、田村英里子から独占メッセージ. Variety Japan (in Japanese). 2007-12-24. Archived from the original on 2009-03-28. 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.
  5. ^ Eriq Gardner (2011-09-19). "Name of Actress Who Sued IMBD for Age May be Revealed (Analysis)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2016-01-13.
  6. ^ 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.

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