(井上 真央, born January 9, 1987 in Yokohama) is a Japanese actress. She was a popular U-15 idol from 1999; she was well known for her role as Imai Akane in the drama Kids War. Before that, she had had parts in several other dramas from the age of five, but it wasn't until the debut of Kids War in 1999 that Japanese audiences took notice of Inoue. In 2005, she was cast as the star of Hana Yori Dango on TBS. Inoue played Makino Tsukushi in the live-action adaptation of the manga and anime, a lower middle-class girl who is trying to survive unnoticed in an elite high school full of playboys and rich snobs. A sequel to the 2005 drama, Hana Yori Dango 2, was aired in the winter 2007 season.
At 19, Inoue was enrolled in Meiji University, studying theater and literature, with her second major being Mandarin. In 2006 she co-starred in the movie Check It Out, Yo! with Ichihara Hayato, Hiraoka Yuta, and Emoto Tasuku. The film was in theaters April 22nd, 2006. Inoue also co-starred in the summer 2007 drama First Kiss with "Check It Out, Yo!" co-star Hiraoka.
After the success of the two Hana Yori Dango dramas, a film was announced in August 2007, just months after the end of the 2007 sequel. It will be Inoue's first starring role in a movie, which is to be called Hana Yori Dango Final. Hana Yori Dango Final was a successful movie, opening in Japan on June 28, 2008 in Japan to packed crowds and is expected to gross a staggering 10 billion yen.
2009 - Tengoku de Kimi ni Aetara (TBS)
2009 - Karei naru Spy (NTV, ep1)
2009 - Anmitsu Hime 2 (Fuji TV)
2008 - Anmitsu Hime (Fuji TV)
2007 - Hanaikusa (Fuji TV)
2007 - First Kiss (Fuji TV)
2007 - Osama no Shinzo (NTV)
2007 - Hana Yori Dango 2 (TBS)
2005 - Hotaru no Haka (NTV)
2005 - Hana Yori Dango (TBS)
2005 - Kyumei Byoto 24 Ji 3 (Fuji TV)
2004 - Home Drama (TBS)
2003 - Kids War Special ~Kore de Final!
2003 - Kids War 5 ~Zaken na yo
2002 - Kids War Special
2002 - Kids War 4 ~Zaken na yo
2002 - Kids War Special ~Zaken na yo
2001 - Kids War 3 ~Zaken na yo
2000 - Kids War 2 ~Zaken na yo
1999 - Kids War ~Zaken na yo
1997 - Kin no Tamago (TBS)
1992 - Gakko ga Abunai (TBS)
2009 - Boku no Hatsukoi wo Kimi ni Sasagu
2008 - Hana Yori Dango -Final-
2007 - Kaidan
2007 - Gegege no Kitaro
2006 - Check It Out, Yo!
2007 - Panky
2007 - KAGOME
2006 - Dralion
206 - Kateikyoushi no Try
2006 - MIZUHO
16th Hashida Rookie of the Year Award for Hana Yori Dango 2 (2008)
MTV Student Voice Awards 2007: Best Student Voice Actress
10th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix (Jan-Mar 07): Best Actress for Hana Yori Dango 2
47th Television Drama Academy Awards: Best Actress for Hana Yori Dango (2005)