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Saeko (サエコ, born November 16, 1986 in Miyazaki, Japan), also credited sometimes as Saeko Dokyu (道休冴子 Saeko Dōkyū) and Saeko Darvish (ダルビッシュサエコ Darubisshu Saeko), is a Japanese actress. She plays mostly supporting roles in dramas and films. She portrayed Sachiko Kawamura in the first Nana film.

She married Yu Darvish on November 11, 2007. Then had their formal wedding in Hawaii in January 2008. They have two sons together, but divorced in 2012.


Early life

Saeko was born on November 16, 1986 in Miyazaki City, Miyazaki Prefecture, Japan. She is a graduate of Horikoshi High School a private high school in Nakano, Tokyo. Horikoshi High School is famous for being attended by many Japanese celebrities.


After graduating she started her career as an actress and model where she became known simply by her first name Saeko. She became famous when she starred in the 2003 movie, One Missed Call. She co-hosted and performed a cover song at the annual GIRL POP FACTORY show in the summer of 2004. Saeko enrolled at Waseda University, considered one of the most prestigious universities in Japan, in Tokyo in 2006, and began a major in Communications.



Year Title Role Notes
2003 Fune wo Oritara Kanojo no Shima Tsuru-hime
Sen o Furitara Kanojo no Shima
2004 One Missed Call Schoolgirl
2005 Zoo Mari Supporting role
Nana Sachiko Kawamura Supporting
2006 Lovehotels Ai Urasaka
Backdancers! Aiko Nagakura Supporting
Sugar and Spice Sae Supporting
2007 Like a Dragon Yui
Closed Note Hana Ikeuchi Supporting
2008 Gachi Boy Asako Asaoka Supporting

Television dramas

Year Title Role Notes
2004 Natsu no Hikari
Tenka Yuka Satou Supporting
Aijou Ippon Mirin Shibata Supporting
2005 Be Bop High School 2 Maki Supporting
Dragon Zakura Maki Kobayashi Supporting
Konya Hitori no Beddo De Maiko Terao Supporting
2006 Oishii Proposal Michiru Asakura Supporting
Drama Complex
Nodame Cantabile Sakura Saku Supporting
Takusan no Ai wo Arigato
Honto ni Atta Kowai Hanashi Soko ni Iru! Sayaka Nagamori
Saigo no Nightingale Etsuko Nakane Supporting
The Hit Parade Yoshiko Tanaka Supporting
2007 Good Job Tomomi Nioka
Hotelier Akane Morimoto Supporting
Marumaru Chibi Maruko-chan Tama-chan Supporting
2012 Chô Saigen! Mystery Herself Emcee