Juri Ueno is an award-winning Japanese actress. She was one of six actors to receive the “Newcomer of the Year” prize at the Japanese Academy Awards in 2005 for her role in Swing Girls. Ueno made her television debut in 2002 at the age of 16 in NHK series, Seizon, before making her first film major appearance in 2003 in Chirosoku no Natsu which won her the Sponichi Grand Prize New Talent Award at the Mainichi Film Awards along with her performance in the 2004 film, Swing Girls. Swing Girls proved to be a breakthrough when she received critical acclaim and awards for Best Newcomer at the Yokohama Film Festival (she was also honored for her performance in Joze to Tora to Sakana Tachi) and the Japanese Academy Awards. Ueno’s popularity rose further when she was cast as Megumi Noda (”Nodame”) in the 2006 live-action television adaptation of the popular manga, Nodame Cantabile. Ueno’s portrayal as the eccentric and disorganized but yet extremely affable and talented pianist won her “Best Lead Actress” at the 51st Television Drama Academy Awards while the show won “Best Drama”. The show was also recognized overseas at the 2nd Seoul Drama Festival where it was awarded “Best Miniseries”. Ueno and Tamaki reprised their roles in 2007 in the two-part special, Nodame Cantabile Shinshun Special in Europe, which chronicles their individual struggles to achieve success on Europe’s storied classical music stage whilst being away from each other. In 2008, Ueno reunited with Nodame co-stars, Eita and Asami Mizukawa, in Fuji TV’s drama, Last Friends, as Ruka Kishimoto, a talented motocross racer with a hidden secret she cannot discuss with friends or family. Ueno won “Best Supporting Actress” at the 12th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix and The 57th Television Drama Academy Awards for her role. She was recognised as “Best Student Voice Actress” at the 2008 MTV Student Voice Awards for her role in Wanko. The Japanese version of Vogue named her as one of the “Women of the Year 2008″. On December 9, 2008, it was announced that Ueno will again reprise her role as “Nodame” in a new Nodame Cantabile two-movie sequel slated for release in 2010. Filming is set to start in May 2009.
Name: 上野樹里 (うえの じゅり)
Name (romaji): Ueno Juri
Date of birth: 1986-May-25
Place of birth: Kakogawa, Hyogo, Japan
Blood type: A