Yuko Takeuchi: Japanese actress found dead at home

SKY NEWS – Japanese actress Yuko Takeuchi has been found dead at her home in Tokyo, according to media in the country.

Police have launched an investigation and suspect the 40-year-old took her own life, The Japan Times has reported.

She is said to have been found by her husband, actor Taiki Nakabayashi, at their home on Sunday. Her death was confirmed at hospital.

Takeuchi was an award-winning actress who had featured in a number of films and TV shows during her career, and was well-known in Japan.

She was nominated for best actress in a leading category for three years in a row, from 2004 to 2007, at the Japanese Academy Awards.

In 2018, she played a female Sherlock Holmes in the HBO series Miss Sherlock, a female-led adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s detective stories.