Miho Kanno

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Miho Kanno
File:27th Tokyo International Film Festival Miho Kanno.jpg
Born (1977-08-22) August 22, 1977 (age 44)
Sakado, Saitama, Japan
Years active 1992–present
Spouse(s) Masato Sakai (m.2013-present)

Miho Kanno (菅野美穂 Kanno Miho?, born August 22, 1977) is a Japanese actress and J-Pop singer. Her nickname is Kanchan (菅ちゃん). She was born in Sakado, Saitama, Japan.


In 1992, Kanno made her debut as a member of a group called Sakurakko Kurabu Sakura Gumi (trans. Sakurakko Club Sakura Group) after passing the orientation for the TV variety show Sakurakko Kurabu. As a member of the Sakura Gumi, she started to participate actively from the group's second single DO-shite and on. Because the group was one that allowed its members to undertake their own individual endeavors, Kanno increased her level of work outside the variety show, while remaining as a regular in the show.

In 1993, she made her Japanese television drama debut in Twins Kyōshi (Twins Teacher), and has continued to appear in dramas ever since. In 1996, Kanno appeared in her break through drama, as her role as the heroine in the drama called Iguana no Musume (The Iguana's Daughter) is widely acclaimed by critics for her exceptional acting abilities. Although afterwards, she continued to take on lead roles in several TV and live stage dramas, the drama that she appeared in late 1997, called Kimi no Te ga Sasayaiteiru (Your Hand is Whispering) is said to be the most representative of Kanno's work thus far. Her role as a person trying to overcome hearing deficiencies while trying to build a family won the general public opinion vote, which later translated into several awards for her, such as the ATP Award and "Erando-ru New Talent" Award.

She made her solo debut on 24 March 1995 with "Koi wo shiyō!" (Let's Love!), after the Sakura Gumi disbanded. Her first album was released later that year. Moreover, she also participated in photography modeling. On her 20th birthday, a book featuring nude photos taken by Miyzawa Masaaki entitled "NUDITY" went on sale and was one of 1997 top-ten bestselling books in Japan.[1]

Besides starring in dramas, Kanno is also active in variety shows. In 2005, she featured in the Fuji TV show Burogu Taipu as a regular. While Kanno is mostly focused on acting, she still continues to sing.

Personal life

On 2 April 2013, Miho Kanno registered her marriage with fellow actor Masato Sakai in Tokyo.[1] and they had a son

Released works



  1. HAPPY ICE CREAM (2 August 1995)


  1. Koi wo shiyou! (24 March 1995)
  2. Taiyou ga suki! (21 June 1995)
  3. Makenai anataga suki (21 June 1996)
  4. Anoko jya nai (23 October 1996)
  5. ZOO~Ai wo kudasai~ (September 2000)



TV drama (serial) - Main Actress

TV drama (non-serial) - Main Actress

TV drama (serial) - Supporting Actress

Variety Shows

  • Merenge-no-Kimochi (メレンゲの気持ち Merengue Feelings / 1996-1998 NTV)
  • Sata-Suma (サタスマ Saturday's SMAP /1999-2002 Fuji TV Costars included Masahiro Nakai and Shingo Katori
  • Blog Type (ブログタイプ 2005 Fuji TV)



  • Best Actress, 26th Japanese Drama Academy Awards, for her role as Tohno Ririka/Hasui Shuka in Ai wo kudasai (2000)
  • Best Actress, 38th Japanese Drama Academy Awards, for her role as Tokuko in Ooku (2003)
  • Best Supporting Actress, Hochi Film Awards, for her role as Sawako in Dolls (2002)
  • New Talent Award Grand Prize, Elandor Awards (1998)
  • Best Picture (作品賞), 7th Hashida Awards (橋田賞), for the second TV drama Kimi no te ga sasayaiteiru starring Kanno Miho as Nobe Mieko (1999)
  • Grand Prix, ATP Awards, for the first TV drama Kimi no te ga sasayaiteiru starring Kanno Miho as Takeda Mieko (later Nobe Mieko) (1998)


  1. Photoguide Japan
  2. This drama is to be shown in three blocks; 5 episodes in 2009, 4 episodes in 2010, and 4 episodes in 2011, at the conclusion of each year's Taiga Drama.

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