Yūko Takeuchi

Yūko Takeuchi (竹内 結子, Takeuchi Yūko, April 1, 1980 – September 27, 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).

Yūko Takeuchi
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)April 1, 1980
DiedSeptember 27, 2020(2020-09-27) (aged 40)
Tokyo, Japan
Cause of deathSuicide (not confirmed)
Years active1996–2020
AgentStardust Promotion
Height1.64 m (5 ft 4 12 in)

Life and careerEdit

Takeuchi was born on April 1, 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 May 10, 2005, until their divorce on February 29, 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 February 27, 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 other the 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 September 27, 2020, at 2 am (JST), Takeuchi was found hanged[6] at her home in Shibuya, Tokyo.[13][14] She was taken to a hospital, but died shortly afterwards.[5] No suicide note has been found. She was 40 years old.[15][16][17][18]






Dubbing rolesEdit



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

Photo EssayEdit

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

Supplies-of-provisions catalogEdit

  • Takeuchi Marche

Awards and nominationsEdit




  1. ^ "Japanese actor and 'Ringu' star Yuko Takeuchi has died, aged 40". September 27, 2020.
  2. ^ "竹内結子". October 16, 2020 – via Wikipedia.
  3. ^ "Remembering Yuko Takeuchi Through 8 Of Her Most Memorable Roles". September 28, 2020.
  4. ^ "Speed Divorce for Shido, Yuko | Japan Zone".
  5. ^ a b ""I'm only nine months old"... Japanese top star Yuko Takeuchi shocks death | tellerreport.com". www.tellerreport.com.
  6. ^ a b "Japanese actress Yuko Takeuchi, 40, found dead at home in apparent suicide". Japan Today.
  7. ^ "竹内結子が第2子妊娠!中林大樹との子、来年2月出産へ". SANSPO.COM(サンスポ). August 29, 2019.
  8. ^ "竹内結子が第2子男児出産、母子とも健康すでに退院 - 芸能 : 日刊スポーツ". nikkansports.com.
  9. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (September 27, 2020). "Yuko Takeuchi Dies Aged 40: Japanese Actress Starred In 'Miss Sherlock' & 'The Ring'". Deadline. Retrieved September 27, 2020.
  10. ^ Schilling, Mark (September 27, 2020). "Takeuchi Yuko, Japanese Actress, Dies at 40". Variety. Retrieved September 27, 2020.
  11. ^ "Yuko Takeuchi goes on a flight of fantasy". Japan Today.
  12. ^ Smith, Alyssa I. (April 26, 2018). "Yuko Takeuchi steps into an iconic role on 'Miss Sherlock' with elementary ease". The Japan Times. Retrieved September 27, 2020.
  13. ^ "Japanese Actress Yuko Takeuchi Dies in Apparent Suicide". Nippon Communications Foundation. September 27, 2020. Retrieved September 28, 2020.
  14. ^ "Award-winning actress Yuko Takeuchi Found Dead". The Japan Times. September 27, 2020. Retrieved September 27, 2020.
  15. ^ "Japanese actress Yuko Takeuchi, 40, found dead at home in apparent suicide". September 27, 2020 – via Mainichi Daily News.
  16. ^ "Miss Sherlock actress Yuko Takeuchi found dead". BBC News. September 27, 2020. Retrieved September 27, 2020.
  17. ^ "Japan celebrity suicides spark cry for help in 'brutal' acting industry". South China Morning Post. September 30, 2020.
  18. ^ "Actress Yuko Takeuchi dies in apparent suicide at Tokyo home". The Asahi Shimbun. September 27, 2020.
  19. ^ ふしぎな岬の物語(2014). allcinema (in Japanese). Stingray. Retrieved October 23, 2014.

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