Maki Horikita Wiki, Age, Biography, Height, Husband, Family, Images, And More

Maki Horikita Wiki, Age, Biography, Height, Husband, Family, Images, And More

Maki Horikita (, Horikita Maki, born October 6, 1988) is a former Japanese actress. From 2003 through 2017, she appeared in a number of Japanese television dramas, television and magazine advertising, and films, including Nobuta wo Produce, Hanazakari no Kimitachi e, and Umechan Sensei.

Horikita was born in Kiyose, Tokyo, Japan, on October 6, 1988. She is the middle child of three daughters. Horikita was a tomboy as a child, and she loved basketball and baseball. In junior high, she was the vice-captain of their basketball team. Horikita looked up to her mother despite her boyishness. This was discovered when she appeared on an episode of KAT-TUN's now-defunct variety show Cartoon KAT-TUN and remarked that when she was younger, she adored emulating her mother.

Print and television endorsements for a career

Horikita has appeared in periodicals and television commercials in addition to modelling for photobooks. She is most known for her television advertisements for Fujifilm (in which she co-starred with Japanese superstar Tomoya Nagase) and Lotte. She is also a Suntory and NTT DoCoMo image endorser. Horikita was named one of Japan's top endorsers in 2008 by Nihon Monitor at their annual Most Popular Personality in TV CMs.

Horikita had been hired in a number of drama series and films since 2003, but her appearances in Densha Otoko and Nobuta wo Produce were her breakout roles. Her promising performance in Nobuta wo Produce as the titular character earned her a Best Supporting Actress award from Japan's Television Academy Awards. Around the same time, she received the Japan Academy Awards' Newcomer Award for her portrayal as a student apprentice in Always: Sunset on Third Street.

She earned her second Best Supporting Actress award the following year for her performance in Kurosagi. Months later, she was cast as the protagonist in Teppan Shoujo Akane!! and as a bully behind a class uprising in Seito Shokun!, in which she co-starred with her agency senior Rina Uchiyama. She was also cast in One Missed Call: Final, the final part of the One Missed Call franchise, with agency colleague and best friend Meisa Kuroki and South Korean actor Jang Keun-suk.

Soon after, Horikita won her first Best Actress award for her portrayal as Mizuki Ashiya in Hana-Kimi, or Hanazakari no Kimitachi e, a Japanese drama adaption of the gender-bending manga Hana-Kimi. Horikita co-starred with Aoi Miyazaki in the Taiga drama Atsuhime, which was released the same year as Hana Kimi. In the same year, she played the protagonist character with multiple personality disorder in the suspense film Tokyo Shnen and returned her part as a student apprentice in the sequel to her breakout film, Always: Zoku Sanchome no Yuhi. Horikita's outstanding work was recognised by Vogue Nippon, which named her one of eleven Women of the Year in 2007.

In October of the following year, she appeared on television once more, this time alongside Yuzu's lead vocalist Yujin Kitagawa, as part of the cast of Fuji TV's golden time slot in the drama Innocent Love. She was cast as Naomi, the female protagonist of Dareka ga Watashi ni Kiss wo Shite or DareKiss, a Hollywood-Japan collaboration film directed by internationally acclaimed director and self-confessed Japanese culture fanatic Hans Canosa (based on Gabrielle Zevin's popular novel, Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac). One-third of her lines in the film were in English, it was revealed.

Horikita went on to appear in two television dramas following the completion of DareKiss filming: 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.

Horikita appeared in the film adaptation of Into the White Night, a widely read novel that was made into a television drama starring Haruka Ayase and Takayuki Yamada in 2006. WOWOW FILMS produced the film, which premiered in the Panorama section of the Berlin Film Festival.
Horikita was offered the lead role in an NHK asadora called Umechan Sensei in 2012. Horikita portrayed Umeko Shimomura in her carefree adolescent years until she developed into a dependable village doctor during the Showa era in the morning drama. Umechan Sensei received a 20.7% average audience rating, marking the first time in nine years that NHK earned an average audience rating above 20% for an asadora time slot. Horikita made her stage debut in a Joan of Arc production at the end of 2012.

Horikita has continued to accept main parts in numerous television and film projects since the popularity of her asadora, including the evening dramas Miss Pilot in 2013 and Masshiro in 2015, as well as the film Mugiko-san to in 2013.

Voice and radio acting

Horikita was one of six female celebrities that hosted Girls Locks!, a feature of the Japanese radio programme School of Locks on the Tokyo FM radio network. Horikita gave book recommendations to her listeners and phoned chosen letter-senders to discuss the questions they asked in their letters when she was the show. Every third or fourth week of the month, she worked at ten o'clock in the evening. She worked with Erika Toda, Yui Aragaki, Chiaki Kuriyama, Nana Eikura, and Kii Kitano until 2009, when she quit the programme.

Horikita has dabbled in voice acting, making her anime debut as a voice actress for one of the characters in Nobita and the Green Giant Legend 2008. Her most well-known project as a voice actress was for Professor Layton, in which she voiced the main character Luke.
She also voiced a character in the Belgian 3D animated film Nat's Space Adventure 3D/Fly Me to the Moon in early 2009. She dubbed the protagonist's voice, a young male fly determined to explore outer space.

Private life

Horikita's management agency revealed on August 22, 2015, that she had married actor Koji Yamamoto earlier that day. The couple met in May 2015 while portraying lovers in the theatre performance Arashi ga Oka (Wuthering Heights), and they began dating in June. She revealed her pregnancy on June 20, 2016. In December 2016, she gave birth to her first child. She announced her retirement from the entertainment world on February 28, 2017.


TV dramas

2003Dōbutsu no Oisha-sanTamako AnzaiTV Asahi
Keitai Deka Zenigata MaiMai ZenigataTBSLead role
Koi Suru NichiyōbiChikako ImamotoBS-iLead role; episode 16
2004Ningen no ShōmeiSayaka KooriFuji TV
Kaidan Shin MimibukuroMisuzu InamineTBSLead role
Division 1 HoukagoMayuko MichidaFuji TVLead role
Honkowa: True Horror StoriesYuka TamuraFuji TVLead role
2005Nobuta wo ProduceNobuko KotaniNTV
Densha OtokoAoi YamadaFuji TV
Akechi Kogoro VS Kindaichi KosukeMarina SaegusaTV AsahiTelevision film
2006Teppan Shoujo Akane!!Akane KaguraTBSLead role
Densha Otoko DeluxeAoi YamadaFuji TVTelevision film
KurosagiTsurara YoshikawaTBS
Tsubasa no Oreta TenshitachiYunaFuji TVLead role; television film
Honkowa: True Horror Stories: Summer 2006Arisa KuboFuji TVLead role
2007Koi no Kara Sawagi Drama Special: Love Stories IV
NTVLead role; short drama
GalileoRemi MorisakiFuji TVEpisode 6
Deru Toko Demasho!Shizuka KameiFuji TVLead role; television film
Hanazakari no Kimitachi eMizuki AshiyaFuji TVLead role
Seito Shokun!Juria KimuraTV Asahi
2008Danso no ReijinYoshiko Yamaguchi/Ri KouranTV AsahiTelevision film
Innocent LoveKanon AkiyamaFuji TVLead role
Hanazakari no Kimitachi e SPMizuki AshiyaFuji TVLead role; television film
Tokyo Air RaidHaruko SakuragiNTVLead role; miniseries
AtsuhimePrincess KazuNHKTaiga drama
2009My Boys: More Than Family But Less Than LoversChisato MinetaFuji TVLead role
Chance!Tamaki KawamuraFuji TVLead role; miniseries
2010KikokuYouko KasaiTBSTelevision film
Wagaya no RekishiNamiko YameFuji TVMiniseries
Legal Eagle, First ClassMisuzu SumiyoshiTBSLead role
2011UmareruManami HayashidaTBSLead role
2012Umechan SenseiUmeko ShimomuraNHKLead role; Asadora
2013Miss PilotTezuka HaruFuji TVLead role
2014FathersMifuyu MaruiTBSLead role; episode 5
Matsumoto Seichō Drama Special: Kiri no HataKiriko YanagidaTV AsahiLead role; television film
2015Nurses of the PalaceAkari ArimuraTBSLead role
2016HiganbanaKurumiya NagisaNTVLead role


YearTitleRoleDirected byNotes
2003Cosmic RescueAya MochizukiShinsuke Sato
Seventh AnniversaryNatsukiIsao Yukisada
2004The LockerAyano KuboKei Horie
The Locker 2Ayano KuboKei HorieLead role
Crying Out Love in the Center of the World
Isao YukisadaPhoto only
HirakataYui AsakawaYoshikazu Sugiyama
PremonitionSayuri WakakuboNorio Tsuruta
2005Gyakkyou NineAkiko TsukitaEiichirō Hasumi
Hinokio: Inter Galactic LoveEriko AkishimaTakahiko Akiyama
The Deep RedYoung KanakoTakashi Tsukinoki
Always: Sunset on Third StreetMutsuko HoshinoTakashi Yamazaki
2006Haru no IbashoMeikoMasatoshi AkiharaLead role
Trick: The Movie 2Misako NishidaYukihiko Tsutsumi
Mobile Detective: The MovieMai ZenigataHirohisa Sasaki
One Missed Call: FinalAsuka MatsudaManabu AsōLead role
2007Argentine HagMitsukoNaoki NagaoLead role
Last WordsNagisa NinomiyaRyūichi HirokiLead role
Always: Sunset on Third Street 2Mutsuko HoshinoTakashi Yamazaki
2008KurosagiTsurara YoshikawaYasuharui Ishii
Tokyo BoyMinato / NightShun'ichi HiranoLead role
Doraemon: Nobita and the Green Giant LegendPrincess Lire (voice)Ayumu Watanabe
2009Memoirs of a Teenage AmnesiacNaomi SukuseHans CanosaLead role
Professor Layton and the Eternal DivaLuke Triton (voice)Masakazu Hashimoto
2010The Lady Shogun and Her MenOnobuFuminori Kaneko
2011Into the White NightYukiho KarasawaYoshihiro FukagawaLead role
That's the Way!!Hatsumi TakedaHideaki SatōLead role
2012Always: Sunset on Third Street 3Mutsuko HoshinoTakashi Yamazaki
2013Hospitality DepartmentTaki MyojinYoshishige MiyakeLead role
SPEC: Close
Yukihiko TsutsumiCameo
My Little Sweet PeaMugikoKeisuke YoshidaLead role
2014A Samurai ChronicleToda KaoruTakashi Koizumi

Video games

  • Professor Layton series (Japanese) - Luke Triton
  • Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney - Luke Triton


  • Fantastic Four, Sue Storm / Invisible Woman (Kate Mara)


YearAwardCategoryNotable WorksResult
200527th Yokohama Film FestivalBest New TalentAlways: Sunset on Third StreetWon
200647th Television Drama Academy AwardsBest Supporting ActressNobuta wo ProduceWon
30th Elan d'or AwardsNewcomer AwardHerselfWon
10th Internet Movie AwardsBest NewcomerAlways: Sunset on Third StreetWon
15th TV Life Annual Drama AwardsBest Supporting ActressNobuta wo ProduceWon
TV Navi Drama AwardsBest NewcomerWon
29th Japan Academy Film PrizeRookie of the YearAlways: Sunset on Third StreetWon
43rd Golden Arrow AwardNewcomer AwardHerselfWon
48th Blue Ribbon AwardsBest Supporting ActressAlways: Sunset on Third StreetNominated
49th Television Drama Academy AwardsKurosagiWon
MTV Student Voice AwardsBest Teen ActressHerselfWon
200754th Television Drama Academy AwardsBest ActressHanazakari no Kimitachi EWon
4th Beauty Week AwardThe Best of BeautyHerselfWon
Vogue Nippon AwardsWomen of the YearWon
200817th TV Life AwardsBest ActressHanazakari no Kimitachi EWon
11th Nikkan Sports Annual Drama Grand PrixWon
31st Japan Academy Film PrizeBest Supporting ActressAlways: Sunset on Third Street 2Nominated
5th Cotton USA AwardsMiss Cotton USAHerselfWon
19th Japan Best Jewellery Wearer AwardsBest Jewellery WearerNominated
2009Vogue Nippon AwardsBest LeathernistWon
20109th Ms. Lily AwardsMiss Lily 2010Won
Gold Dream AwardsCulture & Entertainment CategoryWon
201216th Nikkan Sports Annual Drama Grand PrixBest ActressUmechan SenseiWon
16th Nikkan Sports Spring Drama Grand PrixWon
16th Nikkan Sports Summer Drama Grand PrixWon
74th Television Drama Academy AwardsWon
Fountain Pen Best Coordinate Award 2012Fountain Pen Best Coordinate AwardHerselfWon
20132nd Best Beautist AwardsActress CategoryWon

Maki Horikita Biography, Facts & Life Story

Body Measurements31-23-33 inches
Height5 feet 2½ inches (1.59 m)
Weight48 kg (105 lbs)
Waist23 inches
Hair ColorBlack
Eye ColorBlack
Shoe Size6.5 (US)
Dress Size8 (US)
Age34 years old (in 2023)
Date of BirthOctober 6, 1988
Full NameMarina Hara
BirthplaceKiyose, Tokyo, Japan
Zodiac SignLibra

Maki Horikita Education

Qualification: High School Graduate

Maki Horikita Career

Profession: Actress

Known For: Nobuta wo Produce, Hanazakari no Kimitachi e

Net Worth: $10 Million Approx

Family & Relatives

Marital Status: Married

Husband: Koji Yamamoto (m. 2015)

No. of Children: 2

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