Naoko Mori

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Born in Nagoya, Japan NAOKO MORI has worked extensively in Theatre, TV, Radio and Film in the UK and overseas, and in 2000 she was named as a ‘Neo Japanese of the Millennium’ by Newsweek Japan. Naoko’s most notable work includes the high grossing Universal Pictures biopic feature film EVEREST as the climber Yasuko Namba, alongside Jason Clarke and Josh Brolin, 'Mori’s Yasuko...stands out as a figure of sweet yet unshakable determination' - VARIETY. Naoko was also the first ever Japanese National to play a lead role in the West End when she joined the original London production of MISS SAIGON.

On TV, she is best known as Toshiko Sato in the hit BBC drama series TORCHWOOD and as Saffy’s best friend Sarah in the long-running BBC comedy series ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS alongside Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley. She has also played regular roles in BBC’s CASUALTY, Channel 4’s PSYCHOS and Yoko Ono opposite Christopher Eccleston’s John Lennon in LENNON NAKED for the BBC.

Her other film appearances include; LIFE alongside Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds, Mike Leigh’s TOPSY TURVY, SUSPENSION OF DISBELIEF and the cult classic SPICE WORLD THE MOVIE.

Most recently Naoko appeared in the Regent’s Open Air theatre production of the classic musical ON THE TOWN as Lucy Schmeeler, with other theatre credits including the west end and international production of hit musical AVENUE Q, the lead role of Sheila in HAIR and SNAKE IN FRIDGE at The Royal Exchange. This summer Naoko joins the cast of the multi-award winning and critically acclaimed Lincoln Centre Theatre production of Roger and Hammerstein’s THE KING AND I at the London Palladium, where she will share the role of Lady Thiang.