Tomoya Nagase

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Tomoya Nagase
長瀬 智也
Born (1978-11-07) November 7, 1978 (age 41)
OriginAoba-ku, Yokohama, Japan
  • Singer-songwriter
  • actor
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • harmonica
  • saxophone
Years active1993–present
Associated actsTokio

Tomoya Nagase (長瀬 智也, Nagase Tomoya, born November 7, 1978) is a Japanese singer and actor.[1][2] He is a member of Tokio, a Johnny & Associates musical group. He is the primary vocalist, in addition to playing the guitar alongside Tokio's leader, Shigeru Joshima.


As an artist[edit]

He was inspired by bands Hikaru Genji and SMAP to answer a recruiting call of Johnny & Associates and was accepted. In 1992, he played several stage plays (Playzone and Mask) together with other Tokio members. He first played tambourine during Tokio's early performances as SMAP's background dancers. Just prior to Tokio's debut, the band's rhythm guitarist, Hiromu Kojima, left the band and was replaced by Tomoya Nagase.

In 1997, Nagase collaborated with American R&B group 3T to record the Japanese version of Eternal Flame, which was used as the theme song for the Japanese drama D×D, in which he starred. The single was released under the artist name "Tomoya with 3T" and reached number 12 on the Oricon charts. Nagase lists Guns N' Roses as his favorite band.[3][4]

As an actor[edit]

Nagase has had parts in over 40 dramas. His first lead role was in Hakusen Nagashi (1996). More lead roles followed including Ikebukuro West Gate Park, Mukodono!, and Tiger & Dragon. Mukodono! was his first comedic role. In My Boss My Hero he had another comedic role. He received an "Ishihara Yuijiro Award" in 2002 as "The Best Newcomer" for his role in the movie Seoul. He also currently playing as a lead actor in a drama Unubore Deka


Nagase has endorsed many various brands with the band Tokio and by himself. He is currently a brand ambassador for Fujicolor and Lotte Toppo. With Tokio, he has endorsed among others Microsoft's Xbox 360 and Eneos, a brand for Nippon Oil. As an actor, he has also endorsed UFO Nissin noodles, Lotte Coolish drinks, Subaru, Morinaga, Suntory Dry beer, Mazda, All Nippon Airways, NTT docomo, Hitachi Wooo, and Uniqlo.


Year Title Medium Role Notes
1993 Twins Kyoshi TV
1994 Ari yo Sabara TV
1995 Saiko no Kataomoi TV
Kakeochi no Susume TV
Koibito Yo TV
1996 Hakusen Nagashi TV Wataru Ookouchi
Dear Woman TV
1997 Ryoma ga Yuku TV
Fuzoroi no Ringotachi 4 TV
D×D TV Shigeru Joshima and Tatsuya Yamaguchi also acted in this drama
Hakusen Nagashi: 19 no Haru TV Wataru Ookouchi
1998 Days TV
Love And Eros TV
1999 Ringu Saishusho TV Ryuji Takayama
Hakusen Nagashi: Hatachi no Kaze TV Wataru Ookouchi
Sea Side Love (Suna no ue no koibitotachi) TV Takano Akira
2000 Ikebukuro West Gate Park TV Majima Makoto
2001 Mukodono! TV Yuichiro Sakuraba Won Best Actor Award (29th Television Drama Academy Award)
Hakusen Nagashi: Tabidachi no Uta TV Wataru Ookouchi
Handoku TV Ichiban Hazama
2002 Seoul Film Hayase Yutaro Won Ishihara Yujiro New Actor Award (Nikkan Sports Film Awards)
Big Money TV Norimichi Shirato
Yan Papa TV Yuusaku Mabuchi
2003 Mukodono 2003 TV Yuichiro Sakuraba
Futari TV
Hakusen Nagashi: 25-sai TV Wataru Ookouchi
2004 Kanojo ga Shinjatta TV Hajime Ansai
Otouto TV Ishihara Shintaro
2005 Akechi Kogoro VS Kindaichi Kosuke TV Kindaichi Kosuke
Tiger & Dragon TV Kotora Yamazaki Won Best Actor Award (45th Television Drama Academy Award)
Hakusen Nagashi: Yume Miru Koro o Sugitemo TV Wataru Ookouchi
2006 My Boss My Hero TV Makio Sakaki
2007 Utahime TV Shimanto Taro, Akira Koizumi
Sword of the Stranger Film Nanashi ("Nameless") Voice (Original Japanese version)
2009 Karei naru Spy TV Kyosuke Yoroi
Heaven's Door Film Masato Aoyama
2010 Miporin no Ekubo TV Teruo Okazaki
Unubore Deka TV Unubore
2013 Kurokochi TV Kurokouchi Keita
Nakuna, Hara-chan TV Hara-chan
2016 Too Young To Die! Wakakushite Shinu Film Killer K Leading Role[5]
Fragile TV Keiichiro Kishi Won Best Actor Award (The 3rd CONFiDENCE AWARD DRAMA PRIZE)[6]
2017 Sorry, I Love You TV Okazaki Ritsu Leading Role
2018 Recall Film Akamatsu Tokuro Leading Role[7]


  • The 3rd CONFiDENCE AWARD DRAMA PRIZE: Best Actor for "Fragile" (2016)[6]
  • 45th Television Drama Academy Awards: Best Actor for "Tiger & Dragon" (2005)
  • Nikkan Sports Film Awards: Ishihara Yujiro New Actor Award for "Seoul" (2002)
  • 29th Television Drama Academy Awards: Best Actor for "Mukodono!" (2001)


  1. ^ "Johnny's Net Tokio Profiles" (in Japanese). Retrieved September 12, 2009.
  2. ^ "Tomoya Nagase on IMDB". Retrieved September 12, 2009.
  3. ^ "PuDDiNG's Tomoya Nagase World!". Retrieved September 12, 2009.
  4. ^ "Tomoya Nagase on Tomoya Online". Archived from the original on October 22, 2009. Retrieved September 12, 2009.
  5. ^ 長瀬智也、神木隆之介の成長に驚き 15年ぶり共演に「たくましくなっちゃって」 (in Japanese). oricon ME inc. Retrieved June 25, 2016.
  6. ^ a b "第3回「コンフィデンスアワード・ドラマ賞」| ORIGINAL CONFIDENCE". ORIGINAL CONFIDENCE (in Japanese). Retrieved October 23, 2017.
  7. ^ "映画『空飛ぶタイヤ』公式サイト|2018年全国公開". 映画『空飛ぶタイヤ』公式サイト (in Japanese). Retrieved October 23, 2017.

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