|Native name||山田 優|
July 5, 1984 |
|Occupation||Model, actress, singer, TV personality|
|Spouse(s)||Shun Oguri (2012-present)|
Yamada graduated from Okinawa Actors School. In 1999, while working as a model for the Japanese fashion magazine CanCam under an exclusive contract, she also worked as a singer in the group y'z factory (formed with two other students of the Okinawa Actors School) and released a total of six singles and one album, but in 2002 the group disbanded.
Following the group's break up, she moved to television, making her acting debut in the 2001 drama series Kabachitare! which led to many other drama roles such as in Kange! Danjiki Goikkosama, and Orange Days as well as hosting jobs for NTV’s Minna no Terebi and Fuji TV’s F1 Grand Prix.
|"Eyes on Me"
|"Fly So High"
|"Leave All Behind"
- Route 58 (2003) as Rin
- Kiseki wa Sora Kara Futte Kuru (2005) as Reiko Aoyama
- Akihabara@Deep (2006) as Akira
- Pulukogi (2007)
- Surf's Up (Japanese dub) (2007) as Lani Aliikai
- Kanna-san, Daiseiko Desu! (2008) as Kanna
- Kabachitare! (2001)
- Kindaichi Shounen no Jikenbo (2001)
- Kangei Danjiki Goikkou-sama (2001)
- Shiawase no Shippo (2002)
- Cosmetic (2003)
- Aisuru Tame ni Aisaretai Loved to Love (2003)
- Sore wa, Totsuzen, Arashi no youni... (2004)
- Orange Days (2004)
- Be-Bop High School (2004)
- Nihon no Kowai Yoru "Daiseikubi" (2004)
- X'mas Nante Daikirai (2004)
- Tales of Japan (2004)
- Be-Bop High School 2 (2005)
- Fukigen na Gene (2005)
- Yume de Aimashou (2005)
- Yonimo Kimyona Monogatari "Happunkan" (2005)
- Satomi Hakenden" (2006)
- Tsubasa no Oreta Tenshitachi "Actress" (2006)
- Zenibana (2006)
- Damens' Walker (2006)
- Karei ni Naru Ichizoku (2007)
- Zenibana 2 (2007)
- Nodame Cantabile in Europe (2008)
- Gokusen 3 (2008)
- Binbō Danshi (2008)
- Seigi no Mikata (2008)
- Akuma no Temari Uta (2009)
- Mei-chan no Shitsuji (2009)
- Gakeppuchi no Eri (2010)
- Paradise Kiss (2005) as Yukari Hayasaka
- "Oguri Shun, Yamada Yu to marry on March 14". Tokyograph. 2012-03-12. Retrieved 2012-03-18.
- '“Fly So High”'. (September 2007) Newtype USA. Volume 6, Number 9, page 126.