is a model
, and singer best known from her modeling work with CanCam
Yamada graduated from Okinawa Actor's School
. In 1999, while working as a model for the Japanese fashion magazine CanCam
under an exclusive contract, she also worked as a singer in the group y'z factory
(formed with two other students of the Okinawa Actor's School
) and released a total of six singles and one album, but in 2002 the group disbanded.
Following the group's break up, Yamada moved to television, making her acting debut in the 2001 drama series Kabachitare! which led to many other drama roles such as in Kange! Danjiki Goikkosama, and Orange Days as well as hosting jobs for NTV’s Minna no Terebi and Fuji TV’s F1 Grand Prix. She has also starred in a few films acting alongside many prominent young stars including, Ryuhei Matsuda, Hiroki Narimiya and Shugo Oshinari.
Yamada has also appeared in advertisements for Nissin instant foods, Ezaki Glico, Vodafone cellular phones, Kanebo line of cosmetics, Canon and most recently Fujitsu Ten navigation systems.
In 2006 Yamada debuted as a solo artist with the single "REAL YOU" which was used as the theme song for the movie Akihabara@DEEP (starring Yamada herself) and peaked at #10 on the Oricon Charts
Recently had been confirmed that she is dating Oguri Shun her co-star in the drama Binbō Danshi.
- ROUTE 58 (2003) as Rin
- Kiseki wa Sora Kara Futte Kuru (2005) as Reiko Aoyama
- Akihabara@DEEP (2006) as Akira
- Pulukogi (2007)
- Surf's Up (Japanese dub) (2007) as Lani Aliikai
- Kanna-san, Daiseiko Desu! (2008) as Kanna
- Kabachitare! (2001)
- Kindaichi Shounen no Jikenbo (2001)
- Kangei Danjiki Goikkou-sama (2001)
- Shiawase no Shippo (2002)
- Cosmetic (2003)
- Aisuru Tame ni Aisaretai Loved to Love (2003)
- Sore wa, Totsuzen, Arashi no youni... (2004)
- Orange Days (2004)
- Be-Bop High School (2004)
- Nihon no Kowai Yoru "Daiseikubi" (2004)
- X'mas Nante Daikirai (2004)
- Tales of Japan (2004)
- Be-Bop High School 2 (2005)
- Fukigen na Gene (2005)
- Yume de Aimashou (2005)
- Yonimo Kimyona Monogatari "Happunkan" (2005)
- ''Satomi Hakenden" (2006)
- Tsubasa no Oreta Tenshitachi "Actress" (2006)
- Zenibana (2006)
- Damens' Walker (2006)
- Karei ni Naru Ichizoku (2007)
- Zenibana 2 (2007)
- Nodame Cantabile in Europe (2008)
- Binbō Danshi (2008)
- Seigi no Mikata (2008)
- Her mother, Yamada Mikako, was the first "Miss Okinawa".
- Her brother, Yamada Shintaro, debuted as a model in July 2006 and recently as actor in June 2007.
- She is the eldest of three children, her brother Shintaro comes second and she has another younger brother.