Eriko Tamura

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Eriko Tamura
Eriko Tamura RealTVfilms.jpg
Eriko Tamura interviewed by RealTVfilms in 2016
Native name 田村 英里子
Born (1973-01-16) January 16, 1973 (age 44)
Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan
Residence Los Angeles
Occupation actress, singer
Years active 1989–present
Agent Creative Artists Agency (U.S.)
Television Idol Densetsu Eriko
Musical career
Instruments Vocals

Eriko Tamura (田村 英里子 Tamura Eriko?, born in January 16, 1973 in Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan)[1] or simply Eriko is a Japanese actress and singer. Her anime series Idol Densetsu Eriko (Legendary Idol Eriko) has been syndicated world-wide, 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. Eriko (who speaks fluent English, German, and Japanese) has starred in over 20 films and television series in Japan. Eriko is a recording artist. She has released 10 original albums and 18 singles with record label EMI. Eriko has toured all over Japan, giving concert performances in such venues as the prestigious Nippon Budokan.

In the United States, Eriko has appeared in the NBCHeroes as Princess Yaeko, a love interest of Hiro Nakamura and Takeso Kensei.[2] In 2009, Eriko also played a leading role, Mai, the villainess in the 20th Century Fox feature Dragonball Evolution.[3][4] Also in 2009, Eriko 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 world-wide, airing in such countries as France, Italy, India and Spain.

Eriko 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.

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

Her first autobiography was published in Japan by Bungeishunjū in 2009. The book details her rise to fame and the struggles she faced when she moved to the States.


  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. 

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