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Kei Yunami (優波 慧 (ゆうなみ けい) Yūnami Kei, born June 7 in Ota, Tokyo, Japan) is a stage actress and member of the Takarazuka Revue. She played Akira Mimasaka in the 2019 Hana Yori Dango musical.

Biography

Early life

Yunami was born June 7 in the Ota ward of Tokyo, Japan.[1] She first came across the Takarazuka Revue, when she began planning to stage Elisabeth at her school.[2]

Career

In 2010, Yunami graduated from the Takarazuka Music School in the 96th class. Her debut performance was in The Scarlet Pimpernel.[2] The same year, she had a minor role in Code Hero starring Manato Asaka.[3] Further small and supporting roles followed in Phantom (2011),[4] Resurrection (2012),[5] Ocean's Eleven (2013),[6] The Poem of Love and Revolution (2013),[7] Elisabeth (2014),[8] and The New Tale of Genji (2015).[9] Yunami's first lead role was in the newcomer production (新人公演 () shinjin kouen) of Me and My Girl, which she shared with Hikari Ayaki, in 2016.[10] The same year, her final newcomer production was Golden Desert.[11]

Yunami appeared in Wind Over Yamataikoku[12] and Hanna's Florist in 2017.[13] The following year, she had a double role in The Poe Clan,[14] and supporting roles in Love Blooms Out on the Murasakino[15] and Messiah.[16] Following the end of Casanova in April 2019,[17] Yunami appeared in Hana Yori Dango as Akira Mimasaka.[18] She is currently appearing in A Fairy Tale starring Rio Asumi.[19]

Filmography

Stage

Year Title Role Notes
2010 The Scarlet Pimpernel Servant
Uruwashi no Sabrina / Exciter!!
Code Hero Thomas
2011 Prelude of Love / Le Paradis!!
Phantom Young Carriere / Follower
Canaria Young Demon
2012 Resurrection / Canon Mikhaylov
Saint-Exupéry / Conga!! Albert
Nagai Haru no Hate ni / Canon
Streak of Light
2013 Ocean's Eleven Linus Caldwell
Sengoku Basara
The Poem of Love and Revolution / Mr. Swing Charles-Michel de La Sabliere
/ Marie-Joseph Chénier
2014 The Love of the Last Tycoon / Dazzling Dreams Eric / Wylie White
Nocturne Maidonov
Elisabeth Black Angel / Rudolph
2015 Ernest in Love Londoners / Servants
Embraced by the Seas of Calista / Takarazuka Fantasia Roberto Gorgi
The New Tale of Genji / Melodia Yoshikiyo / Koremitsu
2016 Ernest in Love Teacher / Villager / Servant
Me and My Girl Bill Snibson
Romanesque Mask / Melodia Azolan
Snowflake Anthology / Golden Desert Raaj / Pipi
2017 Wind Over Yamataikoku / Santé!! Yuzuriha
Hanna's Florist Toomas Luik
2018 The Poe Clan Glenn Smith / Jack
Love Blooms Out on the Murasakino / Santé!! Saeki no Murajikomaro
Messiah / Beautiful Garden Watanabe Satarou
Delight Holiday
2019 Casanova Balbo Tomasi
Hana Yori Dango Akira Mimasaka
A Fairy Tale / Charme! Kevin Griffith
2020 Dance Olympia

References

  1. https://kageki.hankyu.co.jp/star/yunami_kei.html (Japanese)
  2. 2.0 2.1 http://with-takarazuka.com/fairy/2016/06/ (Japanese)
  3. http://archive.kageki.hankyu.co.jp/revue/backnumber/10/flower_bow_codehero/cast.html (Japanese)
  4. http://archive.kageki.hankyu.co.jp/revue/backnumber/11/flower_takarazuka_phantom/cast.html (Japanese)
  5. http://archive.kageki.hankyu.co.jp/revue/backnumber/12/flower_takarazuka_canon/cast.html (Japanese)
  6. http://archive.kageki.hankyu.co.jp/revue/backnumber/13/flower_takarazuka_oceans11/cast.html (Japanese)
  7. http://archive.kageki.hankyu.co.jp/revue/backnumber/13/flower_takarazuka_andreachenier/cast.html (Japanese)
  8. https://kageki.hankyu.co.jp/revue/2014/elisabeth/cast.html (Japanese)
  9. https://kageki.hankyu.co.jp/revue/2015/genji/cast.html (Japanese)
  10. https://www.sponichi.co.jp/entertainment/yomimono/takarazuka/kiji/K20160507012586700.html (Japanese)
  11. https://kageki.hankyu.co.jp/revue/2016/konjiki/cast.html (Japanese)
  12. https://kageki.hankyu.co.jp/revue/2017/yamataikokunokaze/cast.html (Japanese)
  13. https://kageki.hankyu.co.jp/revue/2017/hannasflorist/cast.html (Japanese)
  14. https://kageki.hankyu.co.jp/revue/2018/ponoichizoku/cast.html (Japanese)
  15. https://kageki.hankyu.co.jp/revue/2018/akanesasumurasakinohana/cast.html (Japanese)
  16. https://kageki.hankyu.co.jp/revue/2018/messiah/cast.html (Japanese)
  17. https://kageki.hankyu.co.jp/revue/2019/casanova/cast.html (Japanese)
  18. https://spice.eplus.jp/articles/227737 (Japanese)
  19. https://kageki.hankyu.co.jp/revue/2019/afairytale/cast.html (Japanese)

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