Her nicknames are Takako (from her real name: Takako Ōkawa (大川 貴子 Ōkawa Takako) and Wao.
She is the only Otokoyaku to be top in her class as well as the last otokoyaku top star to have joined the company during the Shōwa era.
She is born and raised in Osaka (according to Takarazuka Graph 2003 April issue).
Wao first attracted attention when she played the role of Oscar in the New Actor Show of 1989 Snow Production Rose of Versailles. Later on, she took the leading role in the New Actor Show of High and Low. After graduating from the New Actor Show cast, she progressed to playing solid supporting roles in the main troupe productions. One of her notable roles during the Maki Ichiro era is Elmer in the 1997 production of Elizabeth. When Kouju Tatsuki, who played Rudolf in the Grand Theater, changed troupes, Wao took the role for the Tokyo performance.
She got her first Takarazuka Bow Hall show (Grand Shanghai) in 1995 and the second one (Wuthering Heights) in 1997.
With the retirement of Maki Ichiro and her successor Fubuki Takane, Wao became the firm second man for Yū Todoroki in Snow Troupe before she was selected for the new Cosmos Troupe in 1998. She continued to be the second man in Cosmos Troupe until the resignation of Asato Shizuki. She became the top star of Cosmos Troupe in 2000 and when she retired in 2006, she had had the longest run ever as male-role top star of all time.
With a height of 174 cm, she was the tallest star among her peer top stars such as Mire Aika (Flower), Hibiki Takumi (Flower), Tsubasa Makoto (Moon), Jun Shibuki (Moon), Yū Todoroki (Snow), Yū Emao (Snow), Kō Minoru (Star) and Tatsuki Kōju (Star).
She is one of the three actresses to portray both Emperor Franz Joseph and Prince Rudolph in Elizabeth (the other are Sakiho Juri and Mao Ayabuki) and the only actress to portray Rudolf in two different musicals (Elizabeth and Mayerling)
In December 2005, she injured herself during the performance of W-Wing (her personal concert) but was able to come back for Never Say Goodbye, her last musical with Takarazuka.
In January 2007, she had her first personal concert since she left the company.
Right now, she is considered as an independent artist as she and her top star partner Mari Hanafusa have founded their own private office Wao Enterprise with Hanafusa as her manager. It is rare that top star partners who have left the company would continue to work together in such close relationship.
While having her second concert (New Yoka ～Rockin' Broadway～) at Tokyo in August 2007, she was the guest star for Russell Watson's concert at Tokyo later on. Watson and she performed at Rokuon-ji Temple.
Her first movie is Chacha: Tengai no Onna, which she plays as the leading actress in the role of Lady Chacha. The movie premiered in Japan in December, 22 2007. Also, she has been awarded as the Best Actress of Osaka Cinema Festival.
In 2008, it is announced that she will be Velma Kelly for the Japanese version of Chicago with Ryoko Yonekura as Roxie and Ryuichi Kawamura as Billy in October and November. This marks as her first musical drama outside Takarazuka.
|2007||Best Actress - Osaka Cinema Festival||Chacha: Tengai no Onna|
|2004||Kazuo Kikuta Drama Award||Boxman||shared with Mari Hanafusa|