Yuko Takeuchi

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Yūko Takeuchi
竹内 結子
Takeuchi Yuko "The Inerasable" at Opening Ceremony of the 28th Tokyo International Film Festival (22417547052).jpg
Takeuchi at the 28th Tokyo International Film Festival, 2015
Born(1980-04-01)1 April 1980
Died27 September 2020(2020-09-27) (aged 40)
Tokyo, Japan
Cause of deathSuicide by hanging
Years active1996–2020
AgentStardust Promotion
Height1.64 m (5 ft 4+12 in)

Yūko Takeuchi (竹内 結子, Takeuchi Yūko, 1 April 1980 – 27 September 2020) was a Japanese actress. She is known for her roles in television series Asuka (1999), Pride (2004), FlashForward (2009), and Miss Sherlock (2018) as well as films such as Ring (1998), Yomigaeri (2003), and Dog in a Sidecar (2007).

Life and career[edit]

Takeuchi was born on 1 April 1980 in Urawa, Saitama, Japan.[1] She was "discovered" during spring break in Harajuku after junior high school.[2]

Takeuchi was married to Shidō Nakamura II (who had co-starred with Takeuchi in the film Be With You) from 10 May 2005, until their divorce on 29 February 2008.[3] She had a son with Nakamura who was born in November 2005. Prior to the couple's divorce, Nakamura had apologized for a drunk driving incident where he was with actress Aya Okamoto and later seen with actress Saki Takaoka. After the drunk driving incident, Takeuchi reportedly moved to live in her management office shortly before filing for divorce in October 2006.[4]

Takeuchi married actor Taiki Nakabayashi on 27 February 2019. Her son, in junior high school at the time, was reported to have actively encouraged her second marriage.[5] In November 2019, she announced she was pregnant, and gave birth to her second son in January 2020.[6][7][8]

Takeuchi was known for her earlier roles starring in Japanese television dramas such as Mukodono (My Husband), Lunch no Joō (The Queen of Lunch), Egao No Hōsoku, and Pride, as well as NHK's Asadora television series Asuka. In the romantic comedies Mukodono, she and Nagase Tomoya played newlyweds, and in Lunch no Joō, she played a girl with a mysterious past who loves her lunch. In drama Egao no Hōsoku, her character experiences meeting new people while supporting a manga writer, and, in Pride, her character is the love interest of a hockey player portrayed by Takuya Kimura.[citation needed]

Takeuchi's earlier films include Hoshi Ni Negaiwo, Yomigaeri and Be with You (Ima, Ai ni Yukimasu). Her performances in Yomigaeri (2003), Be With You (2004) and Spring Snow (2005) were recognized by the Japanese Academy Awards.[9] She later won the Best Supporting Actress Award at the Japanese Academy Awards for her role in the 2014 film Cape Nostalgia.[10]

In 2010, Takeuchi appeared on the science fiction American TV serial FlashForward, in two episodes (as a character portrayed in five). Director Michael Nankin called her "Japan's answer to Audrey Hepburn". Takeuchi's dialogue was in Japanese, but she said the experience caused her to make it a goal to master English, as she wished she had been able to communicate better with the other cast members and crew.[11]

In 2018, Takeuchi portrayed the titular character in Hulu/HBO Asia series Miss Sherlock, an adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes detective stories.[12]


On 27 September 2020, at 2:00 a.m. (JST), Takeuchi was found hanged[6] at her home in Shibuya, Tokyo.[13][14] She was taken to the hospital but died shortly afterwards.[5] No suicide note has been found. She was 40 years old.[15][16][17][18]



  • Cyborg (1996 Fuji TV)
  • Nice Guy (1997 Fuji TV)
  • Shin-D (1997 NTV)
  • Frozen Summer (1998 NTV) as Junko Moriguchi
  • Setsunai (1998 TV Asahi)
  • Dangerous Police Forever (1998 NTV) as Asuka Fubuki
  • Kantaro Terauchi's Family in autumn 1998 (1998 TBS) as Misuzu Kawachi
  • Nanisama (1998 TBS) as Yuri Kimura
  • Romance (1999 NTV) as Kotoe Kurasawa
  • Asuka (1999 NHK Asadora) as Asuka Miyamoto
  • Friends (2000 TBS) as Miyuki Matsuno
  • Stories of 100 Years in episode 2 (2000 TBS) as Toshiko Nagai
  • Style! (2000 TV Asahi) as Shiori Sakakibara
  • A White Shadow (2001 TBS) as Noriko Shimura
  • Mukodono! (2001 Fuji TV) as Sakura Arai
  • School Teacher (2001 TBS) as Motoko Asakura
  • Lunch no Joō (2002 Fuji TV) as Natsumi Mugita
  • The Law of the Smile (2003 TBS) as Yumi Kurasawa
  • Autumn in Warsaw (2003 YTV) as Yoko Aoki
  • Pride (2004 Fuji TV) as Aki Murase
  • New York Love Story (2004 Fuji TV) as Eiko Fujikura
  • Fukigen na Jiin (The Selfish Gene) (2005) as Yoshiko Aoi
  • Bara no nai Hanaya (2008) as Miou Shirato
  • FlashForward (2009 ABC) as Keiko Arahida
  • Natsu no Koi wa Nijiiro ni Kagayaku (2010) as Shiori Kitamura
  • Strawberry Night (2012) as Reiko Himekawa
  • cheap flight (2013)
  • Sanada Maru (2016 NHK) as Yodo-dono
  • Kamoshirenai Joyū tachi (2016 Fuji TV) as herself
  • A Life (2017 TBS) as Mifuyu Danjō
  • Miss Sherlock (2018 Hulu, HBO) as Sara “Sherlock” Shelly Futaba (Sherlock Holmes)
  • Innocent Days (2018 Wowow) as Yukino Tanaka
  • Queen (2019 Fuji TV)




  • Wonderful Spaceship Earth (2002 TV Asahi)
  • If the World is 100 Villages 6 (2009 TV Fuji)
  • The Nonfiction (2010 TV Fuji)
  • Eko's manners (2011 BS Asahi)

Dubbing roles[edit]



  • Nioi Fechi (2004 Pia)
  • Nioi Fechi 2 calorie off (2006 Pia)

Photo essay[edit]

  • Tabibon (travel diary of Tahiti) (2007 SDP)

Supplies-of-provisions catalog[edit]

  • Takeuchi Marche


Awards and nominations[edit]


  • 2001: 9th Hashida Best Newcomer Award
  • 2001: 31st the Television Drama Academy Award: Best Supporting Actress for Gakkou no Sensei
  • 2002: 34th the Television Drama Academy Award: Best Actress for Lunch no Joou
  • 2002: 26th Élan d'or Award: Newcomer of the Year
  • 2002-2003: 6th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix: Best Actress for Lunch no Joou
  • 2004: 13th Japan Movie Critics Award: Best Actress for Yomigaeri
  • 2005: 22nd Wakayama Citizen Movie festival: Best Actress for Ima, Ai ni Yukimasu
  • 2005: 9th NIFTY Film Award: Best Actress for Ima, Ai ni Yukimasu
  • 2005: Movie Walker Cinema Award: Best Actress for Ima, Ai ni Yukimasu
  • 2003-2004: 7th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix: Best Actress for Pride
  • 2007: Osaka Movie Press Club Best Movie Award: Best Actress for Sidecar ni Inu
  • 2007: 20th Nikkan Sports Film Award: Best Actress for Sidecar ni Inu
  • 2007: 31st Fumiko Yamaji Award: Best Actress for Sidecar ni Inu
  • 2008: 81st Kinema Junpo Award: Best Actress for Sidecar ni Inu, Closed Note, and Midnight Eagle
  • 2008: 17th Japan Movie Critics Award: Best Actress for Sidecar ni Inu
  • 2008: Yahoo! Japan Katteni Movie Award: Best Actress for Sidecar ni Inu and Closed Note
  • 2008: 56th the Television Drama Academy Award: Best Supporting Actress for Bara no nai Hanaya
  • 2010: 66th the Television Drama Academy Award: Best Supporting Actress for Natsu no Koi wa Nijiiro ni Kagayaku



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