Eriko Tamura

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Eriko Tamura
Native name 田村 英里子
Born (1973-01-16) January 16, 1973 (age 43)
Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan
Residence Los Angeles
Occupation Japanese idol, 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 January 16, 1973, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan)[1] is a Japanese actress, singer, and former idol. She moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting. She portrayed a princess character in Heroes and Mai in the live-action Dragonball Evolution.


She grew up in Düsseldorf, Germany and lived there for six years with her family from the age of 8 to the age of 13. She currently lives in Los Angeles.

In the United States, Tamura has appeared in season 2 of NBC's Heroes as Yaeko (the Princess), the swordsmith's daughter.[2] In 2009, Tamura was cast as the leading role Mai in the 20th Century Fox feature Dragonball Evolution.[3][4] Also in 2009, she played Sock's stepsister in season 2 of Reaper.

Eriko (who speaks fluent English, German, and Japanese) has starred in over 20 films and television series in Japan. She has also released 10 original albums and 18 singles with record label EMI.

The anime television show 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 Spain, Italy, India and France.

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.

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]


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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. 

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