Yūya Yagira

Yūya Yagira
Native name 柳楽 優弥
Born (1990-03-26) March 26, 1990
Tokyo, Japan
Occupation Actor
Years active 2003-present
Agent Stardust Promotion
Spouse(s) Ellie Toyota

Yuya Yagira (柳楽 優弥 Yagira Yūya, born March 26, 1990) is a Japanese actor. His portrayal of 12-year-old Akira in the highly acclaimed Nobody Knows won him a Best Actor Award at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival.[1]


Yagira was 12 and not a professional actor when filming began on Nobody Knows in 2002.[2] He then immediately went on to television projects and other films. He co-starred with Eriko Sato in Akane Yamada's All to the Sea which was released in 2010[3] and co-starred with Kie Kitano in Taro Hyugaji's Under the Nagasaki Sky, released in 2013.[4]

Personal life

He was hospitalized on August 29, 2008 for a drug overdose, with early reports calling it a suicide attempt.[5][6] Yagira later denied that he had was trying to kill himself, noting that he was the one who called an ambulance after he began feeling ill from taking the pills.  According to his blog:

"The incident followed an argument with my family. In a fit of anger I took a larger than usual dosage of my prescription tranquilizers.
As a result I felt ill and asked for an ambulance to be called."[5]
Japan Zone 1 September 2008

On January 15, 2010, Yuya Yagira married TV personality Ellie Toyota at Tokyo's Meiji Shrine. They had registered their marriage on January 14.[7]






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  2. King, Susan (9 February 2005). "Hidden neglect brought to light". Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2011-06-02.
  3. Schilling, Mark (22 January 2010). "'Subete wa Umi ni Naru'". The Japan Times.
  4. Young, Deborah (23 June 2013). "Under the Nagasaki Sky (Nagasaki no sora): Shanghai Review". The Hollywood Reporter.
  5. 1 2 "Yagira Yuya Denies Suicide Attempt". Japan Zone - Entertainment. Japan Zone. 1 September 2008. Retrieved 16 February 2012.
  6. "Yuuya Yagira Denies Alleged Suicide Attempt Reports". Anime News Network. 2008-09-02. Retrieved 2008-09-02.
  7. "Yagira Yuya, Ellie Toyota Wed". Japan Zone - Entertainment News. Japan Zone. 15 January 2010. Retrieved 16 February 2012.
  8. ミッドナイト☆ドラマ「TOKYO23 ~サバイバルシティ」|WOWOWオンライン (in Japanese). WOWOW INC. Retrieved 2015-05-12.
  9. "Episode 5 on Official website" (in Japanese). Tokyo Broadcasting System Television, Inc. Retrieved 2015-05-12.
  10. "Galileo Official website" (in Japanese). Fuji Television Network, Inc. Retrieved 2015-05-12.
  11. "College Life Manga Aoi Honō Gets Live-Action Show". Anime News Network. 4 May 2014. Retrieved 5 May 2014.
  12. 「信長協奏曲」に藤木直人、濱田岳、夏帆、柳楽優弥ら 総勢11名の豪華キャスト発表! (in Japanese). IID Inc. Retrieved 2015-05-12.
  13. "Masshiro Official website" (in Japanese). Tokyo Broadcasting System Television, Inc. Retrieved 2015-05-12.
  14. "Mare Official website" (in Japanese). NHK. Retrieved 2015-05-12.
  15. "Festival de Cannes: Nobody Knows". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 11 November 2009.

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