Shota Matsuda (
Shota Matsuda was born on September 10, 1985 in Suginami, Tokyo, Japan to Japanese actors, Yusaku and Miyuki Matsuda. Matsuda has an older brother, actor Ryuhei Matsuda (born 1983); a younger sister, musician Yuki (born 1988); and an older half-sister from his father's previous marriage.
His father died on November 6, 1989 from bladder cancer, when Matsuda was four years old.
Matsuda debuted in 2005 in a television special, titled Yankee Bokou ni Kaeru. The same year, he gained popularity after costarring in Hana Yori Dango as Sojiro Nishikado. He appeared in two films, A Cheerful Gang Turns the Earth and A Long Walk, in 2006. The following year, Matsuda reprised his role as Sojiro Nishikado in the popular sequel, Hana Yori Dango Returns. Also in 2007, he starred opposite Erika Toda in psychological drama, Liar Game. Matsuda costarred in Hana Yori Dango Final and had supporting roles in the dramas, Bara no nai Hanaya and Atsuhime, in 2008.
In 2009, he had major roles in Love Shuffle, Meitantei no Okite, and Liar Game: Season 2. Matsuda went on to reprise his role in two Liar Game films, Liar Game: The Final Stage (2010) and Liar Game: Reborn (2012). He had a supporting role in the 2012 taiga drama, Taira no Kiyomori. In 2013, Matsuda starred in Clinic on the Sea with Emi Takei and Norika Fujiwara. The following year, he appeared in Musashi Miyamoto with Takuya Kimura. Matsuda starred in Dias Police: Ihou Keisatsu in 2016, and reprised his role in the film, Dias Police: Dirty Yellow Boys. In 2017, he starred in Final Life: Asu, Kimi ga Kietemo with Korean actor Lee Tae-min.
|2005||Yankee Bokou ni Kaeru||Noriyuki Takahashi|
|Hana Yori Dango||Sojiro Nishikado|
|2006||Aru Ai no Uta||Takumi Nanase||TV film|
|Top Caster||Shunpei Iga|
|2007||Hana Yori Dango Returns||Sojiro Nishikado|
|Liar Game||Shinichi Akiyama|
|2008||Rokumeikan||Hisao Kiyohara||TV film|
|Bara no nai Hanaya||Naoya Kudo|
|Atsuhime||Tokugawa Iemochi||Episode 23-50|
|2009||Love Shuffle||Ojiro Sera|
|Meitantei no Okite||Daigoro Tenkaichi|
|Liar Game: Season 2||Shinichi Akiyama|
|2010||Tsuki no Koibito||Kazami Sai|
|2011||Don Quixote||Masataka Shirota|
|2012||Taira no Kiyomori||Emperor Go-Shirakawa||Episode 9-50|
|2013||Sennyu Tantei Tokage||Toru Oribe|
|Clinic on the Sea||Sezaki Kota|
|2014||Musashi Miyamoto||Seijuro Yoshioka|
|2015||Koko ni Aru Shiawase||Hiroyuki Tachikawa|
|2016||Dias Police: Ihou Keisatsu||Saki Kubozuka|
|2017||Final Life: Asu, Kimi ga Kietemo||Ryo Kawakubo|
|2006||A Cheerful Gang Turns the Earth||Kuon|
|A Long Walk||Wataru|
|2008||Hana Yori Dango Final||Sojiro Nishikado|
|2009||Soul Red: Yusaku Matsuda||Himself|
|2010||Liar Game: The Final Stage||Shinichi Akiyama|
|Kenta to Jun to Kayo-chan no Kuni||Kenta|
|2012||Afro Tanaka||Hiroshi Tanaka|
|Liar Game: Reborn||Shinichi Akiyama|
|2014||Sweet Poolside||Mitsuhiko Oota|
|2016||Over Fence||Kazuhisa Daishima|
|Dias Police: Dirty Yellow Boys||Saki Kubozuka|
- Matsuda appeared in Tsuki no Koibito and Musashi Miyamoto with Takuya Kimura, who voiced Rui Hanazawa in the drama CDs.
- He starred in Don Quixote with Yuki Uchida, Tsukushi Makino in the 1995 film.
- Koji Yamamoto and Naohito Fujiki, who both portrayed Rui Hanazawa, appeared in Taira no Kiyomori with Matsuda.