Haruka Abe stars as series regular Tippi in innovative 6-part drama series Kiss Me First.
The series is an adaptation of Lottie Moggach’s best-selling novel. Written by Bryan Elsely, the creator of Skins , it follows the story of Leila, a lonely 17-year-old girl who is addicted to a fictional online gaming site called Agora. While in Agora, Leila meets Tess, a cool and confident party girl who harbors a dark secret. In the real world, the two girls become friends, but after Tess disappears Leila decides to assume her friend’s identity and in doing so is quickly drawn into unravelling the mystery behind her disappearance. Combining live action with a computer-generated virtual world, the narrative provides a platform for exploring the loneliness and isolation experienced by young people, and the disparity between appearance and reality in the social media age.
Kiss Me First was first shown on Channel 4 and is now released on Netflix.
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.About Sainou
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