Maki Horikita (堀北 真希, Horikita Maki, born October 6, 1988) is a Japanese former actress. During her career from 2003 until 2017, she starred in numerous Japanese television dramas, television and magazine advertisements, and movies, including roles in Nobuta wo Produce, Hanazakari no Kimitachi e and Umechan Sensei.

Maki Horikita
堀北 真希
Maki Horikita.jpg
原 麻里奈

(1988-10-06) October 6, 1988 (age 31)
Other names山本 麻里奈 (married)
OccupationActress, voice actress
Years active2003 (2003)–2017 (2017)
AgentSweet Power
Spouse(s)Koji Yamamoto (m. 2015)
FamilyNanami Hara (sister)

Early lifeEdit

Horikita was born on October 6, 1988 in Kiyose, Tokyo, Japan.[1] She is the eldest of three daughters. Considered a tomboy in her childhood, Horikita enjoyed playing basketball and baseball. She was the vice-captain of their basketball club in junior high.[1] Despite her boyishness, Horikita looked up to her mother. This was revealed when she appeared in an episode of KAT-TUN's now-defunct variety show Cartoon KAT-TUN where she mentioned that she liked imitating her mother when she was younger.[2]


Print & TV endorsementEdit

Apart from modeling for photobooks, Horikita has appeared in magazines and television advertisements. She is best remembered for her television commercials for Fujifilm (where she appeared alongside Japanese idol Tomoya Nagase) and Lotte.[citation needed] She is also a staple image endorser for Suntory and NTT DoCoMo. In 2008, Nihon Monitor recognized Horikita as one of Japan's top endorsers during its annual Most Popular Personality in TV CMs.[3]


Horikita had been cast in several drama series and movies since 2003 but her roles in Densha Otoko and Nobuta wo Produce became her breakthrough performances. Her promising portrayal of the titular character in Nobuta wo Produce won her a Best Supporting Actress award from Japan's Television Academy Awards. It was also around this time that she won the Newcomer Award from Japan Academy Awards for her role as a student apprentice in Always: Sunset on Third Street.

In the following year, she won her second Best Supporting Actress award for her role in Kurosagi. Months later, she was given the lead role for Teppan Shoujo Akane and the role of a bully who is behind a class rebellion in Seito Shokun! where she co-starred with her agency senior Rina Uchiyama. She was also cast in the horror movie, One Missed Call: Final, the last installment of the One Missed Call franchise with agency colleague and best friend Meisa Kuroki and South Korean actor Jang Keun-suk.

Soon after, Horikita was awarded her first Best Actress award for her role as Mizuki Ashiya in the Japanese drama adaptation of the gender-bender manga Hana-Kimi, or Hanazakari no Kimitachi e. In the same year that Hana Kimi was filmed, Horikita also starred in the Taiga drama Atsuhime with Aoi Miyazaki. In the same year, she played the lead character who has multiple personality disorder in the suspense movie Tokyo Shōnen and reprised her role as a student apprentice in Always: Zoku Sanchome no Yuhi, the sequel to her breakthrough movie. Horikita's exceptional work was recognized by Vogue Nippon which identified her as one of the eleven Women of the Year in 2007.[4]

On October of the following year, she was once again seen on television opposite Yuzu's lead vocalist Yujin Kitagawa, leading the cast of Fuji TV's golden time slot in the drama Innocent Love.[5] Towards the end of the year, she had been cast as Naomi, the female protagonist of Dareka ga Watashi ni Kiss wo Shite or DareKiss (based on Gabrielle Zevin's popular novel, Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac) a Hollywood-Japan collaboration film directed by internationally acclaimed director and self-confessed Japanese culture fanatic Hans Canosa.[6] It was revealed that one-third of her lines in the movie were in English.[7]

As soon as the filming for DareKiss ended, Horikita had gone on to appear in two television dramas: Atashinchi no Danshi in 2009 as an adoptive mother of six young men (played by Jun Kaname and Mukai Osamu among others) and Tokujo Kabachi!! in 2010 as an administrative scrivener opposite Arashi's Sho Sakurai.

In January 2011, Horikita starred in the movie adaptation of Into the White Night, a widely read novel that was adapted into a television drama in 2006 starring Haruka Ayase and Takayuki Yamada. Produced by WOWOW FILMS, the movie was screened at the Berlin Film Festival in the Panorama category.[8]

In 2012, Horikita was offered to lead the cast of an NHK asadora named Umechan Sensei .[9] The morning drama featured Horikita as Umeko Shimomura in her carefree teenage years until she blossomed into a dependable town doctor during the Showa era. For the first time in nine years, NHK recorded an average audience rating past 20% for an asadora time slot when Umechan Sensei garnered an average audience rating of 20.7%.[10] At the end of 2012, Horikita made her stage debut in a performance of Joan of Arc.[1]

After the success of her asadora, Horikita has continued accepting lead roles in more television and movie projects like in the evening dramas Miss Pilot in 2013 and Masshiro in 2015 as well as in the film Mugiko-san to in 2013.

Radio and voice actingEdit

Horikita was one of the six female celebrities taking turns to host Girls Locks!, a segment of the Japanese radio program School of Locks from the radio network Tokyo FM. When she was the host, Horikita provided book recommendations to her listeners and called selected letter-senders to discuss the questions they wrote in their letters. Her stint was at ten in the evening, every third or fourth week of the month. She took turns with Erika Toda, Yui Aragaki, Chiaki Kuriyama, Nana Eikura, and Kii Kitano until she left the program in 2009.[11]

Horikita had also ventured into voice acting, debuting as an anime voice actress for one of the characters in Nobita and the Green Giant Legend 2008.[12] Her highly featured project as a voice actress was for Professor Layton in which she provided the voice of the main character Luke.[13]

In early 2009, she also dubbed a character from the Belgian 3D animated movie Nat's Space Adventure 3D/Fly Me to the Moon. She dubbed the voice of the protagonist who is a young male fly who was determined to explore outer space.[14]

Personal lifeEdit

On 22 August 2015 Horikita's management agency announced that she had married actor Koji Yamamoto earlier that day.[15] The couple became close in May 2015 when playing the role of lovers in the theatrical production Arashi ga Oka (Wuthering Heights) and had commenced dating in June.[16] On June 20, 2016, she announced her pregnancy. She gave birth to her first child in December 2016.[17] On February 28, 2017, she announced her retirement from the entertainment industry.[18]


TV dramasEdit

Year Title Role Network
2003 Dōbutsu no Oisha-san Tamako Anzai TV Asahi
Keitai Deka Zenigata Mai Mai Zenigata TBS
Koi Suru Nichiyōbi "Densha" Chikako Imamoto BS-i
2004 Ningen no Shōmei Sayaka Koori Fuji TV
Kaidan Shin Mimibukuro Misuzu Inamine TBS
Division 1 Houkago Mayuko Michida Fuji TV
Honto ni Atta Kowai Hanashi Yuka Tamura Fuji TV
2005 Nobuta wo Produce Nobuko Kotani NTV
Densha Otoko Aoi Yamada Fuji TV
Akechi Kogoro VS Kindaichi Kosuke Marina Saegusa TV Asahi
2006 Teppan Shoujo Akane!! Akane Kagura TBS
Densha Otoko Deluxe Aoi Yamada Fuji TV
Kurosagi Tsurara Yoshikawa TBS
Tsubasa no Oreta Tenshitachi Yuna Fuji TV
Honto ni Atta Kowai Hanashi Arisa Kubo Fuji TV
2007 Koi no Kara Sawagi Drama Special:Love Stories IV NTV
Galileo Remi Morisaki Fuji TV
Deru Toko Demasho! Kamei Shizuka Fuji TV
Hanazakari no Kimitachi e Mizuki Ashiya Fuji TV
Seito Shokun! Juria Kimura TV Asahi
2008 Danso no Reijin Yoshiko Yamaguchi/Ri Kouran TV Asahi
Innocent Love Kanon Akiyama Fuji TV
Hanazakari no Kimitachi e SP Mizuki Ashiya Fuji TV
Tokyo Daikūshū Haruko Sakuragi NTV
Atsuhime Chikako Kazunomiya NHK
2009 Atashinchi no Danshi Chisato Mineta Fuji TV
Chance! Tamaki Kawamura Fuji TV
2010 Kikoku Youko Kasai TBS
Wagaya no Rekishi Namiko Yame Fuji TV
Tokujo Kabachi!! Misuzu Sumiyoshi TBS
2011 Umareru Manami Hayashida TBS
2012 Umechan Sensei Umeko Shimomura NHK
2013 Miss Pilot Tezuka Haru Fuji TV
2014 Oyaji no Senaka Episode 5[19] Mifuyu Marui TBS
2014 Matsumoto Seichō Drama Special: Kiri no Hata[20] Kiriko Yanagida TV Asahi
2015 Masshiro[21] Akari Arimura TBS
2016 Higanbana Kurumiya Nagisa NTV




Year Award Category Notable Works Result Ref.
2005 27th Yokohama Film Festival Best New Talent Always: Sunset on Third Street Won
2006 47th Television Drama Academy Awards Best Supporting Actress Nobuta wo Produce Won
Elan d'or Awards Newcomer Award Herself Won
10th Internet Movie Awards Best Newcomer Always: Sunset on Third Street Won
15th TV Life Annual Drama Awards Best Supporting Actress Nobuta wo Produce Won
TV Navi Drama Awards Best Newcomer Won
29th Japan Academy Awards Rookie of the Year Always: Sunset on Third Street Won
43rd Golden Arrow Award Newcomer Award Herself Won
48th Blue Ribbon Awards Best Supporting Actress Always: Sunset on Third Street Nominated
49th Television Drama Academy Awards Kurosagi Won
MTV Student Voice Awards Best Teen Actress Herself Won [22]
2007 54th Television Drama Academy Awards Best Actress Hanazakari no Kimitachi E Won
4th Beauty Week Award The Best of Beauty Herself Won [23]
Vogue Nippon Awards Women of the Year Won [24]
2008 17th TV Life Awards Best Actress Hanazakari no Kimitachi E Won
11th Nikkan Sports Annual Drama Grand Prix Won
31st Japan Academy Awards Outstanding Performance by an
Actress in a Supporting Role
Always: Sunset on Third Street 2 Nominated [25]
5th Cotton USA Awards Miss Cotton USA Herself Won [26][27]
19th Japan Best Jewellery Wearer Awards Best Jewellery Wearer Nominated [28]
2009 Vogue Nippon Awards Best Leathernist Won [24]
2010 9th Ms. Lily Awards Miss Lily 2010 Won [29]
Gold Dream Awards Culture & Entertainment Category Won [30]
2012 16th Nikkan Sports Annual Drama Grand Prix Best Actress Umechan Sensei Won [31]
16th Nikkan Sports Spring Drama Grand Prix Won [32]
16th Nikkan Sports Summer Drama Grand Prix Won
74th Television Drama Academy Awards Won [33]
Fountain Pen Best Coordinate Award 2012 Fountain Pen Best Coordinate Award Herself Won [34]
2013 2nd Best Beautist Awards Actress Category Won [35]


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