Her other notable work includes Tarsem Singh's Emerald City (NBC) as Po, Russell T Davies's Cucumber (Channel 4) as Anna, BAFTA nominated thriller Cyberbully (Channel 4) as Jennifer Li, and the world's first interactive feature film Late Shift as May-Ling. She can soon be seen in BBC's Silent Witness in a guest star role and in Netflix's gripping new series Giri/Haji.
The Guardian noted in their review of Cyberbully that "Maisie Williams is a fine mix of adolescent belligerence, thoughtlessness and vulnerability ...The standout performance, though, comes from Haruka Abe as Jennifer Li ... between the two main actors and the directorial torque applied, it’s a desperately sad, fantastically menacing, wholly destabilising hour". (read the full article here: http://bit.ly/2h6Asii)
Haruka starred in the music video of the Grammy winning single Rather Be by Clean Bandit, viewed over 500 million times to date.
Late Shift in which Haruka plays the female lead won a Welsh BAFTA at BAFTA Cymru Awards 2018.
Born in Tokyo, Japan, Haruka spent her childhood split between New York,
London and Tokyo before settling in London, where she is currently based.
She is bilingual (English/Japanese), and enjoys traveling and working internationally.
Her passion for acting blossomed at a young age when she was cast as Bilbo Bagins in her school play adaptation of The Hobbit. Experiencing colour AND gender blind casting as a child was, in hindsight, what gave her the confidence to pursue her dream of becoming an actor. She trained with the prestigious Himawari Theatre Group in Tokyo as a teen before training at Rose Bruford, one of UK’s leading drama schools. She has since worked continuously across film, TV and theatre playing a strong and diverse range of roles.
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