Hiroko Hatano

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Hatano Hiroko
Born (1975-11-23) November 23, 1975 (age 41)
Saitama, Japan
Occupation Actress, Model
Years active 1994 – present

Hiroko Hatano (畑野 ひろ子, Hatano Hiroko ; also known as 畑野 浩子) (born November 23, 1975) is a Japanese model[1] and actress. As an 18-year-old, she made her model debut on Japanese fashion magazine JJ in March 1994. She was one of the top models for the magazine[citation needed] until 2001, when she temporarily quit modelling to concentrate on her acting career. She is now working for the fashion magazine, CLASSY.


Hatano was born in the Saitama prefecture in 1975. She attended Urawa Gakuin high school, in Urawa, Saitama, and began her modelling career during her high school days by appearing in JJ. She graduated from the Bunka Women's University (文化女子大学) in Tokyo with a degree in figurative arts.


For several years she was one of the top fashion models in Japan.[citation needed] Standing 168 cm tall she was one of the tallest Japanese models at her time.[citation needed]

Hatano made her TV debut in the drama Beach Boys (ビ−チボ−イズ), in 1997, playing a small role. Some of the dramas she appeared became instant hits in Japan,[citation needed] helping her to establish herself in the Japanese TV industry.

Some of the TV dramas she appeared.

  • Fuji TV (フジテレビ のだめ カンタービレ nodame kantabire)
  • TBS (弁護士のくず 12話, Bengoshi no kuzu)
  • Asahi TV (テレビ朝日, 警視庁捜査一課9係, keishi cho sosa ikka 9 gakari)
  • Asahi TV (テレビ朝日 サトラレ, Satorare)
  • TBS (日曜劇場 ヨイショの男, Yoisho no otoko)
  • Fuji TV (フジテレビ 初体験, Hatsu thaiken)

She is starring in the drama series, 東京 Love Collection (東京 ラブコレ2).

Private life[edit]

She enjoys Japanese Traditional Dance (日本舞踊(菊城流名取) and folk songs (民謡). Playing piano is one of her favourite pastimes. In 2004 she married Takashi Kashiwabara, also an actor, and temporarily quit her acting career. But the marriage soon ended in a divorce and in 2005 she was back in the entertainment industry. Before the marriage, she was known as Hatano Hiroko (畑野 浩子) but after her come back she decided to change her name and adopted the name Hatano Hiroko (畑野 ひろ子).

On August 21, 2008, Hatano announced her intention to marry footballer Keita Suzuki, by whom she has been pregnant for two months beforehand.

References and further reading[edit]

  1. ^ "Kashiwabara, Hatano divorce peacefully". SINA. 2 February 2006. Retrieved 2 April 2011. 

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