Erika Sawajiri, is a Japanese actress, model, gravure idol and singer. She passed the Stardust audition in 1999 after graduating from elementary school. The following year she became part of the idol unit “ANGEL EYES” and began modelling for junior fashion magazines like CUTiE and nicola. In 2001 she won the Grand Prize for that year’s Seikore and became a regular on the BS news program Harajuku Launchers.
In 2002 Erika began taking on more tasks as an actress and gravure idol. She was one of Fuji TV’s Visual Queens for the year (along with Ichikawa Yui, Karina, and Yarita Ayano), and also had a part in the film Mondai no nai Watashitachi. She became a regular of the NTV music variety show THE YORU mo Hit Parade from April to late June, and shortly before leaving the program was on the CX News program Chou VIP Fortune no Tobira from mid-June to late August. In November she was on the CBC variety show Bijou Dokyuu and also on the TBS show B-1.
Erika continued her work into 2003, this time getting roles in PVs. She also began acting in various dramas, including a small role in the popular drama HOTMAN. In 2004 Erika continued to act in dramas, but it can be said she earned the most attention in 2005 for her portrayal of Ikeuchi Aya in the drama 1 Litre no Namida, a young girl with a degenerating brain disease that affects one’s motor skills. It was also in 2005 that she starred in the film PACCHIGI!.
Official Wbsite: http://www.erikatokyo.com/