Kazuya Kamenashi was born in 1986, on february 23. He is a Japanese idol, singer–songwriter, actor, television personality, producer, radio host, and occasional model. Born and raised in Edogawa, Tokyo, he joined the Japanese talent agency, Johnny & Associates, at the age of 12. He was drafted as a member and co-lead vocalist of the popular J-pop group KAT-TUN in 2001. He is also one half of the temporary group, Shūji to Akira, whose only single "Seishun Amigo" became the best-selling single of 2005 in Japan. In 2009, Kamenashi was cast in a live-action adaptation of a wine-themed manga, “Kami no Shizuku”, as the leading actor. Voters awarded him, his co-stars (Riisa Naka and Seiichi Tanabe) and the drama a near clean sweep of the winter edition of the Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix Awards in March 2009. He made a guest appearance as a doctor on the third episode of TBS drama series, Mr. Brain, opposite his talent agency senior Takuya Kimura. Kamenashi also made his film debut on July 11, 2009, reprising his role of Ryū Odagiri, now a trainee teacher in “Gokusen The Movie”. In 2010, he was cast in the leading role of Kyohei Takano for a live-action adaptation of popular manga, “Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge”, which aired on NTV. In 2011, he took on a role as Bem from the adaptation of anime “Yōkai Ningen Bem”. He received Best Actor award from Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix and Television Drama Academy Awards that year. In 2013, Kamenashi starred in the movie “It's Me, It's Me”. In 2016, Kamenashi was cast in the drama, “The Mysterious Thief Yamaneko”, which was based on the novel "Kaito Tantei Yamaneko Series" by Manabu Kaminaga as Yamaneko. He currently appears in the drama “Boku unmei no hito desu” alongside his former co-star from Nobuta wo produce, Yamashita Tomohisa.
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