Haruka Abe: Zapped!

Date - 27 October, 2016, All News Comedy Television

Haruka Abe continues her recurring role in new comedy Zapped!, produced by Steve Coogan and also starring James Buckley (Inbetweeners), Paul Kaye (Game Of Thrones) and Sharon Rooney (My Mad Fat Diary).

The new fantasy comedy focuses on an online data marketing assistant called Brian Weaver, who finds himself transported to a parallel world of weird magical powers and psychopathic.

Steve Coogan is executive producer in the series, and will also guest star. He said he was looking forward to bringing Zapped! to life. “Zapped! is fantasy, heightened reality, lots of escapism, with one foot firmly in the real world,” he said.

“It has all the requisite elements to take the audience on a journey to this slightly mad world; from wizards and spells to mermaids, psychopathic fairies, smartphones and then back to the boring office job. We have a great cast on board, led by the brilliant James Buckley.”

The series is written by Dan Gaster, Will Ing and Paul Powell.


Japanese born Haruka Abe spent her youth split between Tokyo and New York before settling in London.

She gained UK wide recognition playing the role of Miko in all 5 series of the hit comedy Ideal opposite Johnny Vegas and My Phone Genie for ITV1.

Other notable screen credits include Cucumber, About Time for Working Title Films, 47 Ronin for Universal Pictures, The Knife That Killed Me, Random 11 for Vertigo Films, Emerald City for NBC. Most recently she has played series regular Tippi in Kiss me First for Netflix/Channel 4, Tomoko in Channel 4 comedy Stath Lets Flats, May-Ling in BAFTA Cymru nominated Late Shift and Suzume in Giri/Haju for the BBC/Netflix.

Her multi award winning short films Stanley Pickle and Yuki have won worldwide critical acclaim.

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