Ashida Mana

Mana Ashida (芦田 愛菜, often called "Mana-chan") is a Japanese child actress and Tarento from Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture. She first acted Asahi Broadcasting Corporation's ABC Short Movie 2, though she rose to prominence only after she starred in the popular television drama Mother as Reina Michiki, the young child abused by her mother. She later became the youngest lead star in Japanese drama history when she starred in the special drama Sayonara Bokutachi no Youchien. She also has the record of the youngest lead actor in a television serial drama when she acted in the serial drama Marumo no Okite on the spring of 2011. She is currently represented by JobbyKids.

In addition to television dramas, Mana Ashida also starred in films such as Confessions and Usagi Drop.

She made her singing debut in the spring of 2011, when she and co-actor Suzuki Fuku sang the theme song for the drama Marumo no Okite, which they starred in.



Mana Ashida made her debut appearance in Asahi Broadcasting Corporation's ABC Short Movie 2. Bokenmama in 2009.

However, she came into the spotlight after she starred in the award-winning television drama Mother. Mana Ashida won awards such as the Best Supporting Actress at the 14th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix and the Special Award at the 4th Tokyo Drama Awards for her role in this television drama.

She later became the youngest lead actress in a Japanese television drama at the age of 6 in the special television drama-cum-movie Sayonara Bokutachi no Youchien in 2011. In addition, she also became the youngest lead star in a drama series when she starred in the television drama Marumo no Okite. This popular television series received an average viewership ratings of 23.9% for the series' last episode.

On 2 August 2011, it was announced that Mana Ashida will be co-hosting the NTV variety and talk show Meringue no Kimochi. She will be co-hosting the show with the show's long-time host Hisamoto Masami and Ito Asako. This makes her the youngest regular host of a talk or variety show.



Mana Ashida made her first film debut when she starred in the live-action film adaptation of the manga Hanbun no Tsuki ga Noboru Sora in 2010. She also starred in the popular film Kokuhaku as Manami Moriguchi. In addition to acting, Mana Ashida also did voice-over roles for foreign films. She is the voice of Agnes in the Japanese version of the film Despicable Me, and the voice of the young Fang Deng in the Japanese version of Aftershock.

She later starred in the film Inu to Anata no Monogatari as Mana.



[wikipedia]

Drama & Films

Drama

Year
Title
#
Role
Rating
2014
1
Sasakura Kaoru Main Role
7.9
2014
1
Yasutake Hana Main Role
8.8
2014
9
Young Maho Supporting Role
7.7
2014
9
Post Main Role
8.6
2012
12
Kinoshita Miu Main Role
8.5
2012
1
Alice Supporting Role
7.4
2012
4
Alice Main Role
6.8
2011
1
Sasakura Kaoru Main Role
7.8
2011
1
Suzaki Ayaka Main Role
6.8
2011
1
Hojo Chizuru Supporting Role
7.9
2011
11
Sasakura Kaoru Main Role
8.2
2011
1
Yamazaki Kanna Main Role
8.0
2011
46
Chacha (child) Supporting Role
8.2
2011
1
Uemura Kana (child) Main Role
7.4
2010
11
Michiki Rena Main Role
8.9

Films

Year
Title
Role
Rating
2014
Kotoko "Kokko-chan" Uzuhara Main Role
N/A
2013
Toyo Shibata during childhood Main Role
N/A
2012
Chidori Supporting Role
8.5
2012
Alice Supporting Role
7.6
2011
Kaga Rin Main Role
8.3
2011
Hagiwara Ami Supporting Role
7.7
2011
Mana Supporting Role
7.3
2010
the Ghost child Supporting Role
7.4
2010
young Fang Deng (voice) Unknown Role
8.1
2010
Manami Moriguchi Supporting Role
8.6
2010
Natsume Mirai Supporting Role
7.2

Comments (41)

  • Login or Register to post comments
  • Reply
    MyriadsOfLights 29 days ago

    Add a shit ton of commercials and her music to this and she has done a lot more work than a lot of the adult actors. As much as I love watching her, I also hope she has enough free time to be a somewhat normal child.

  • Reply
    SOULSAN Jun 23, 2014

    Happy Birthday

  • Reply
    katrina21 Jun 23, 2014

    happy birthday

  • Reply
    PrincessDrama Jun 23, 2014

    Happy Birthday!!!!

  • Reply
    Kealohalani808 Jun 23, 2014

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!

  • Reply
    Ranchi Dec 3, 2013

    I’ve watched many shows with acting kids, I found many of them were very lovely, cute with great acting skill, etc, but in her acting, I found something called: Natural!

  • Reply
    holldoll32 Nov 22, 2013

    shes so cute!

  • Reply
    Shepard Jul 14, 2013

    I had no idea that she was gonna be in Pacific Rim. It took me awhile to recognize who she was while I was watching and I didn't actually realize it until after the movie was over. She does a really good job of playing a terrified of giant monster character.

    • Reply
      mszither May 3, 2014

      Lol I didn't realize that either! *straight away google it*

  • Reply
    Aeowina Jul 7, 2013

    I love this li'l girl! <3 She's my favorite child actress

  • Reply
    bokami Jun 23, 2013

    i love all who love Ashida-san <3

    • Reply
      winnie Dec 12, 2013

      Hugs to all who love Ashida Mana <3

    • Reply
      Bladey Jun 8, 2014

      Since as of today we can give hearts to actors on their pages, let's give Ashida lots of love ^_^

  • Reply
    Lyrical Jun 23, 2013

    Happy Birthday !!!

  • Reply
    Mocha Jun 23, 2013

    Happy Birthday! She was amazing in Mother!!

  • Reply
    Amanda Jun 23, 2013

    Happy Birthday~! ^-^

  • Reply
    LunaYue Jun 23, 2013

    Happy Birthday \(^o^)/

  • Reply
    Kealohalani808 Jun 23, 2013

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

Details

  • Name:

    Ashida Mana
  • Native name:

    芦田愛菜
  • Also Known as:

    Mana-chan
  • Nationality:

    Japanese
  • Gender:

    Female
  • Born:

    June 23, 2004
  • Age:

    10