Nakama Yukie is a Japanese actress born on October 30, 1979 in Urasoe City, Okinawa, Japan. She is one of the rare few young Japanese celebrities that have been able to break free from their teeny-bopper image and emerge as one of the country’s most popular and well-respected actresses.She appeared in bit roles until she appeared in “Love & Pop (1998)”. She was a ‘gravure’ (swimsuit photo book) idol for a few years until she got the lead role as Sadako for “Ring 0: Birthday (2000)”, which gave her career a big break.Nakama afterwards starred in several TV Dramas, notably “Trick (2000)” which demonstrated her talent in comedic roles. The program was such a hit that it had two more seasons (Trick 2 (2002) and Trick 3 (2003)). However, the top-rating TV series “Gokusen (2002)”, a live-action version of the popular manga (comics), established her as one of Japan’s most bankable and popular actresses.Her notable movies include “Ring 0: Birthday (2000)”, “Trick Movie (2002)”, “G@me (2003)”, “Shinobi: Heart Under Blade (2005)” and “Oh Oku (2006)”She has also proven her bankability through commercial endorsements, such as Nissin, Glico, Lotte, Asahi, Shiseido and au by KDDI. Nakama is one the most watched celebrity endorsers, a regular face at billboards and subway stations, and has even served as a spokesperson for the Japanese Tax Agency and Japan Railways. She is managed by Production Ogi (Japanese celebrities are handled by talent agencies, and are rarely independent).