Maki Horikita (堀北 真希, Horikita Maki, born October 6, 1988, in Kiyose, Tokyo) is a Japanese actress. Maki Horikita started her acting career in 2003 as a U-15 idol and has since starred in a number of Japanese television dramas, TV and magazine ads, and films.
In 2003, Horikita started to model for various advertisements and star in TV dramas and films in supporting roles. Her first photobooks featured her as a mild-themed gravure model. However, her career in the said modeling field was indeed short-lived since she gradually dropped gravure-themed modeling when she started to get busy with TV appearances.
In 2005, she gained much recognition from her back-to-back TV dramas, Densha Otoko and Nobuta wo Produce.
Come 2007, her role as Ashiya Mizuki in the Japanese adaptation of the gender-bender manga Hana-Kimi, or Hanazakari Kimitachi e, earned her a Best Actress award, her first one to date. After filming the series, she has been attending press conferences for her three projects: the Taiga drama, Atsuhime; the suspense movie where she plays the lead character who has a multiple personality disorder, Tokyo Shōnen, and the sequel of her breakthrough movie, Always: Sunset on Third Street.
Horikita is also one of the six young female hosts of the radio show, GIRLS LOCKS!, a sub-portion of the Japanese radio program, SCHOOL OF LOCKS!.
Currently, Horikita is a constantly praised U-20 Japanese idol, her rise to fame seemingly gradual but certain.
-Sekai no Chuushin de Ai wo Sakebu
-Shibuya Ghost Story
-Shibuya Ghost Story 2
-Ghost Story New Mimifcro
-J-Horror Theater Prophecy
-Always Sanchōme no Yūhi
-Haru No Ibasho
-One Missed Call: Final
-Always Zoku Sanchōme no Yūhi
-Koisuru Nichiyoubi ~Watashi.Koishita
-Nobita and the Green Giant Legend 2008
-Keitai Deka Zenigata Mai
-Doubutsu no Oisha-san
-Division 1 - Stage 8 ("Houkago")
-Kaidan Shin Mimibukuro
-Ningen no Shoumei
-Nobuta. O Produce
-Tsubasa No Oreta Tenshitachi
-Densha Otoko DX~Saigo No Seizen
-Teppan Shoujo Akane
-Hanazakari no Kimitachi e
-Deru Toko Demasho!
-Koi no Karasawagi (Namaiki No Onna)
-Hanazakari no Kimitachi e SP
-Atashinchi no Danshi
* 47th Television Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actress (Nobuta Wo Produce)
* 49th Television Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actress (Kurosagi)
* 29th Japan Academy Awards: Best Newcomer (Always: Sunset on Third Street)
* MTV Student Voice Awards 2006: Best Teen Actress
* Japanese U-20 Scholar Idol Ranking 2007: Placed #4
* Beauty Week Award 2007: Most Stylish Hairstyle for Short Hair division
* 54th Television Academy Awards: Best Actress (Hanazakari no Kimitachi E)
* Vogue Nippon - Women of the Year 2007: One of the eleven recipients
* TV Life: Best Actress (Hanazakari no Kimitachi E)
* Bijomegane 2
* NS Eyes
* Shinkansen & Love