Her other most recent 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 BAFTA Cymru winning interactive feature film/video game Late Shift as May-Ling (female lead). 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. She trained with the prestigious Himawari Theatre Group in Tokyo as a child before training at Rose Bruford, one of UK’s leading drama schools. She graduated from the latter with a 1st class Bachelor of Arts, and has since worked continuously across film, TV and theatre playing a strong and diverse range of roles.
Photo credit: Michael Shelford