Naoko Mori

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Naoko Mori (森 尚子, Mori Naoko) (born November 19, 1971) is a British actress known for roles as Sarah, Saffron's "odd" friend in Absolutely Fabulous, Mie Nishikawa in Casualty, and Toshiko Sato in Doctor Who and Torchwood. Mori was born in 1971 in Nagoya, Japan, and grew up in Japan, New Jersey, USA, and London. When Mori was twelve, she moved to England. Her father was sent back to Japan when Mori was fifteen. She was then given the choice of either staying in London or moving back with her father. She chose to stay in England, partly because she wanted to finish her GCSEs and gain some qualifications. She attended the Royal Russell School. Her father later opened a bank account for her, handed her a cheque book and told her to find a flat or a bed sit for herself to live in. Mori said that being on her own at such a young age helped her to be a very independent person, although it was still a scary world to be faced so young. From 1993–1994, Mori had a regular role on the hospital drama Casualty as the hospital receptionist Mie Nishikawa. Film roles followed, including appearances in Spiceworld: The Movie (1997) and Topsy-Turvy (1999), and a leading role in Running Time (2000).
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