Erika Sawajiri Wiki, Age, Biography, Height, Husband, Family, Images, And More

Erika Sawajiri Wiki, Age, Biography, Height, Husband, Family, Images, And More

Erika Sawajiri (Japanese:, Hepburn: Sawajiri) is a Japanese actress. Erika (born April 8, 1986) is a former Japanese actress, singer, and model. Sawajiri began her career as a junior model in 2001 and converted to acting in 2002, appearing in Break Through!, Shinobi: Heart Under Blade, and 1 Litre of Tears, for which she garnered multiple newcomer acting honors. Sawajiri debuted as a singer in the 2006 television serial Taiy no Uta, where her first commercially released song of the same name was certified Million by the Recording Industry Association of Japan. She then released solo material as Erika.

Sawajiri took a break in 2007 because her public image was harmed by her provocative utterances and personal connections. She later returned to acting in 2010 with Helter Skelter, for which she was nominated for Best Leading Actress at the 36th Japan Academy Film Prize. She was arrested on November 16, 2019, for drug possession, and during her trial in January 2020, she indicated that she had no plans to continue her profession.

Early years

Erika Sawajiri is the youngest of three children born in Nerima, Tokyo, to a Japanese father and an Algerian (Kabyle, raised in France) mother. Her father owned 16 racehorses, including Edonokoban (), providing her plenty of opportunities to ride horses as a child. Her father left when she was nine years old and returned when she was in her third year of junior high school, only to die of cancer the following year. Her second eldest brother perished in a car accident during her freshman year of high school. Her older brother used to be an actor. Her mother had a Mediterranean restaurant where she volunteered on occasion.

After graduating from elementary school in 1999, Sawajiri auditioned for Stardust. She joined the idol girl group Angel Eyes and started posing for junior fashion publications like Cutie and Nicola. She eventually won first place in the 2001 Seikore and became a regular on the BS news show Harajuku Launchers. Sawajiri began her film career in 2002, while also continuing her modeling career as a gravure idol. Mondai no nai Watashitachi was her first film.

Sawajiri was selected as one of Fuji TV's Visual Queens in 2002. She was a regular on the NTV variety show The Yoru mo Hit Parade from April to late June, shortly after departing the show for the CX news program Chou VIP Fortune no Tobira from mid-June to late August. She appeared on the CBC variety show Bijou Dokyuu and the TBS show B-1 in November. She landed a role in the TBS drama Hotman. Her most noteworthy part was in the 2005 film 1 Litre of Tears, in which she played a girl suffering from the degenerative disease spinocerebellar degeneration.

Sawajiri began her music career as "Kaoru Amane," the name of her character in her most recent drama, the TV adaption of A Song to the Sun. In its second and fourth weeks, the single reached number one. It received Triple Platinum certification for 750,000 cell phone downloads. Erika released her debut song "Free" as "Erika" on July 16, 2007. The single debuted at number one on the Oricon Charts on its first day. "Free" was certified Platinum for 250,000 cell phone downloads. According to Oricon, she is the first artist in 39 years to have their first two singles chart at number one since Hiroko Yakushimaru in 1983.

Sawajiri was supposed to attend the 12th Busan International Film Festival on October 6, 2007, however she had to cancel. Sawajiri and her mother both said that she would return to Japan and make a comeback as soon as late summer 2009. Sawajiri was supposed to star in the live-action film adaptation of Space Battleship Yamato in 2012, but she was replaced by Meisa Kuroki.

Sawajiri received Best Actress in a Leading Role at the 36th Japan Academy Awards in 2013 for her work in Helter Skelter.

Following Sawajiri's arrest in November 2019, she was replaced in the television drama Kirin ga Kuru by Haruna Kawaguchi. She later revealed that she had no plans to continue her profession in January 2020. Avex terminated her contract in February 2020.

Personal life

Sawajiri began dating Tsuyoshi Takashiro in October 2007. After nearly three months in London with Takashiro, she returned to Japan on March 29, 2008. She attended a language school in London and has grown fluent enough in English to hold a normal conversation. Sawajiri married Takashiro on January 20, 2009, at Meiji Shrine in Yoyogi, and their marriage was registered on January 7. They announced their divorce at a news conference on December 28, 2013.

Arrest and trial for drugs

Sawajiri was detained at her residence on November 16, 2019, on suspicion of having MDMA. She allegedly acknowledged to taking marijuana, LSD, and cocaine for the past ten years. Sawajiri pled guilty to the charges and admitting to using drugs since she was 19 years old at her criminal trial on January 31, 2020. The Tokyo District Court condemned her to 18 months in jail, suspended for three years, on February 6, 2020.

Public perception

During the Closed Note premiere on September 29, 2007, Sawajiri, who appeared dissatisfied with the picture, offered reporters harsh responses. As a result, her actions were heavily criticized for insulting her co-stars and the film's crew. She apologized on her website and in an interview with Super Morning, where she also disputed allegations that she had been suspended by her management. The incident, combined with Sawajiri's relationship with Takashiro, had a significant impact on her public image, and she canceled her attendance at the Busan International Film Festival as a result. She suddenly abruptly ended her acting career, and Stardust Promotion withdrew her as an act in 2009. In an interview with CNN Go on September 1, 2010, Sawajiri expressed sorrow for apologizing and said that her management had pressed her to do so. Since the event, one of her comments to the reporters, "None, really" (, Betsu ni), has become a viral phenomenon, and she was featured in a Snickers commercial in 2011 parodying herself.



2004Mondai no nai WatashitachiMaki Shintani
2005Break Through!Lee Kyung-ja
Ashurajō no HitomiYachi
Shinobi: Heart Under BladeHotarubi
2006Mamiya KyodaiNaomi Honma
Sugar & SpiceNoriko Watanabe
Ghost TrainNana
The Angel's EggNatsuki Saito
TegamiYumiko Iraishi
2007Closed NoteKae Horii   
2012Helter SkelterRiriko  
2015Shinjuku SwanAgeha  
2018Impossibility DefenseTada
The Cat In His ArmsSaori
Eating WomenKeiko Komugita
Million Dollar ManTowako Yasuda
2019No Longer HumanShizuko Ōta


2003HotmanSatsuki AkikawaTBS
Hitonatsu no Papa eSatsukiTBS
NorthPoint FriendsMami IwasaUHB
2004Sakura Saku madeNaoko HayashiMBS
Fuyuzora ni Tsuki wa KagayakuMisa TakanoCX
Cheers: Tenko e no OenkaYukari AkikawaNTV
2005AikurushiiHonoka KizakiTBS
1 Litre of TearsAya IkeuchiCXLead role
The Winds of GodMisaki OharaEX
2006Tenshi no HashigoNatsuki SaitoCX
Taiyō no UtaKaoru AmaneTBSLead role
2012L et M: Watashi ga Anata o Ai suru RiyuEru and EmuBeeTVLead role
Akujo ni TsuiteTomikoji Kimiko/Suzuki KimikoTBSLead role
2013Tokeiya no MusumeRyo MiyaharaTBSLead role
2014First ClassChinami YoshinariCXLead role
First Class 2Chinami YoshinariCXLead role
2015Yōkoso, Wagaya eAsuka KandoriCX
2016ŌokuOmiyo and UmeCXLead role
Moumoku no Yoshinori-sensei: Hikari wo Ushinatte Kokoro ga MietaMayumi AraiNTV
2017Haha ni NaruYui KashiwazakiNTVLead role
2018The VulturesTakako MatsudairaEX
2019Shiroi KyotōKeiko HanamoriEX

Music videos

2003KishidanSecret Love Story-
Zeebra feat. HiroBig Big Money-
2005Rip SlymeHey! BrotherTheme song of Mamiya kyodai
2006Kaoru AmaneA Song to the Sun (タイヨウのウタ, Taiyō no Uta)Theme song of A Song to the Sun
Kaoru AmaneStay With MeInsert song of A Song to the Sun
Miliyah KatoI WillTheme song of Otoshimono
SunSet SwishKimi ga Iru kara 君がいるからTheme song of Tentama
Hitomi TakahashiKomorebiTheme song of Tegami
2007YuiLove & TruthTheme song of Closed Note

Variety shows

YearVariety ShowBroadcasting Company
2001Harajuku Ronchazu-
2002The Night of Hit ParadeNihon Television
Super VIP-
2003–2004Aidoru wa-
UnknownMecha x2 Ikederu!-


2002Cava?Wani Book


YearBook titlePublisher
2003P-chu!Wani Book



TitleYearPeak chart positionsSalesAlbum
"Free"20071119,817+Non-album single
"Destination Nowhere"743,209+Non-album single
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Soundtrack appearances

TitleYearPeak chart positionsSalesAlbum
"Taiyō no Uta"
(credited as Kaoru Amane)
20071488,000+Non-album single
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Awards and accolades

2001Young Jump Uniform CollectionRunner up
2002Fuji TV Visual Queen of the YearVisual Queen of the Year
200518th Nikkan Sports Movie AwardBest Newcomer AwardBreak Through!
30th Hochi Movie Award
200627th Yokohama Film FestivalBest New TalentBreak Through!Shinobi: Heart Under Blade
79th Kinema Junpo AwardBest Newcomer Award [Female]Break Through!Ashurajō no HitomiShinobi: Heart Under Blade
29th Japan Academy Film PrizeBreak Through!
15th Tokyo Sports Movie AwardBest Newcomer AwardBreak Through!Shinobi: Heart Under Blade
2006 Elan d'or Awards1 Litre of Tears
43rd Golden Arrow Award
201336th Japan Academy Film PrizeBest Leading ActressHelter Skelter

Erika Sawajiri – Biography, Facts & Life Story

Body Measurements33-23-34 inches
Height5 feet 3 inches (1.61 m)
Weight50 kg (110 lbs)
Waist23 inches
Hair ColorDark Brown
Eye ColorDark Brown
Shoe Size8.5 US
Dress Size4 US
NicknameErika-Sama, Erika
Age37 years old (in 2023)
Date of BirthApril 8, 1986
Full NameErika Sawajiri
ProfessionActress, Model, Singer
BirthplaceNerima City, Tokyo, Japan
Zodiac SignAries

Erika Sawajiri Education

School: Attended Language School

Erika Sawajiri Career

Profession: Actress, Model, Singer

Known For: Starring in Break Through!, Shinobi: Heart Under Blade, and 1 Litre of Tears, for all of which she received several newcomer acting awards

Net Worth: USD $2 million (approx)

Family & Relatives

Father: Yoshikatsu Sawajiri

Mother: Lila Sawajiri

Marital Status: Divorced

Ex Spouse: Tsuyoshi Takashiro (m. 2009–2013)

Past Relationships: Shota Matsuda
Yosuke Kubozuka

Erika Sawajiri Favorites

Favorite Food: Cake

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