23 October 1987
|Height||1.57 m (5 ft 2 in)|
Naomi Watanabe (渡辺 直美, Watanabe Naomi, born 23 October 1987) is a Japanese comedian, actress, and fashion designer. She rose to fame in 2008 for her imitation of Beyoncé, after which she was given the title "the Japanese Beyoncé".
Watanabe does impersonations of popular artists in Japanese culture, among which her imitation of Beyoncé singing "Dreamgirls" and "Crazy in Love" quickly became popular. She has also launched her own fashion line called Punyus (loosely translated to "chubby" in English), and played the role of Mabel in the musical Fame and Tracy Turnblad in the musical Hairspray. Her Instagram account is followed by 7.9m people as of 18 April 2018.
Watanabe was seen as a guest in the 2013 anime movie Crayon Shin-chan: Very Tasty! B-class Gourmet Survival!!. In 2016, she voiced the character of Ashima in the Japanese language dub of the Thomas & Friends film The Great Race. In 2019, she was featured in Queer Eye: We're in Japan! Season 1, Episode 3, The Ideal Woman.
|2010–14||Waratte Iitomo!||Fuji TV|
|2011||Saturday Night Live Japan||Fuji TV|
|2012||Tug of War!|
|2018||Sunny: Our Hearts Beat Together||Ume|
|2020||The Untold Tale of the Three Kingdoms||Diaochan|||
|The Promised Neverland||Krone|
|Yūsha Yoshihiko||TV Tokyo|
|2014||A Time of Love||TVB Jade|
|2016||The Hiddens||Astro Wah Lai Toi|
|2013||Crayon Shin-chan: Very Tasty! B-class Gourmet Survival!!||Film|
|2015||Chibi Maruko-chan: A Boy from Italy||Film|
|2020||Doraemon: Nobita's New Dinosaur||Natalie||Film|
|2021||Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Eternal: The Movie -Part 1&2-||Zirconia||2-Part film,
Season 4 of Sailor Moon Crystal
|Year||Title||Role||Voice dub for||Notes||Ref(s)|
|2016||Ghostbusters||Dr. Abigail L. "Abby" Yates||Melissa McCarthy|
|2018||I Feel Pretty||Renee Bennett||Amy Schumer|
|2016||Thomas & Friends: The Great Race||Ashima|
- "和製ビヨンセ・渡辺直美、美空ひばりさんのモノマネ初披露". Oricon (in Japanese). 23 August 2008. Retrieved 12 March 2010.
- "和製ビヨンセ・渡辺直美が激白？「椎名桔平に口説かれたら芸人辞めます！」". Cinema Today (in Japanese). 2 May 2008. Retrieved 12 March 2010.
- Hou, Kathleen. "Make Some Room For Naomi Watanabe The unstoppable Japanese comedian is coming for America and the world". The Cut. Retrieved 2 August 2019.
- Inagaki, Kana. "Comedian Naomi Watanabe on luxury, loneliness and being plus-size in Japan" (April 18, 2018). Financial Times.
- Inagaki, Kana. "Comedian Naomi Watanabe on luxury, loneliness and being plus-size in Japan". Financial Times.
- Hou, Kathleen (1 August 2019). "Make Some Room For Naomi Watanabe". The Cut. Retrieved 1 August 2019.
- "渡辺直美は8.5kg減 「肉食ダイエット」がいいかも". Ameba News (in Japanese). 25 November 2009. Archived from the original on 30 December 2009. Retrieved 10 March 2010.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 22 January 2013. Retrieved 15 January 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- "映画 きかんしゃトーマス「走れ！世界のなかまたち THE GREAT RACE」" (in Japanese).
- "Queer Eye: We're in Japan! | Netflix Official Site". www.netflix.com. Retrieved 7 November 2019.
- "『新解釈・三國志』"自称イケメン将軍"岩田剛典＆"絶世の美女"渡辺直美が参戦". Crank-in!. Retrieved 3 August 2020.
- "劇場版「美少女戦士セーラームーンEternal」 ジルコニアのキャストが発表！". Sailor Moon Official (in Japanese). 10 September 2020. Retrieved 10 September 2020.