Japanese actress and singer who won a Television Drama Academy Award in the Best Supporting Actress category for her role in the 2007 television series Galileo.
She was born with the name Yukie Yamamura and was discovered by a talent agent at the age of 14.
Her stage name was taken from her favorite manga series character.
She has been labeled the Glamorous Queen of Drama due to her persona and her repeated relationships with bad boys.
She starred with Keanu Reeves in the film 47 Ronin, which was based on the Chushingura story.