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LiLiCo (far left) at a film screening in 2014
Born Ann-Sophie Lennerfors
(1970-11-16) 16 November 1970 (age 47)
Stockholm, Sweden
Residence Japan
Nationality Swedish
Occupation TV personality, actress, professional wrestler, and film critic
Years active 1989-present
Agent Plan Chime
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)

Ann-Sophie Lennerfors (born 16 November 1970) is a Swedish TV personality and film critic who lives and works in Japan, best known under the stage name LiLiCo.


Early life

LiLiCo was born Ann-Sophie Lennerfors in Stockholm, Sweden, to a Japanese mother and a Swedish father.[1][2] As a biracial child in Sweden, LiLiCo was bullied while at school.[2] Her father left the family when LiLiCo was 9 years old.[2]

Career in Japan

LiLiCo with actor Tetsuya Bessho at the Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia in Tokyo, 2013

LiLiCo moved to Japan in 1988 at the age of 18, initially staying with her grandmother in Katsushika, Tokyo.[2] In May 1989, LiLiCo embarked on a career as a singer,[2] releasing her first single in 1992.[3] In 2001, she was offered a job as a film critic on TBS's Saturday morning King's Brunch programme.[2]

Professional wrestling

In 2014, LiLiCo began working for Japanese professional wrestling company Dramatic Dream Team (DDT), where, over the next three years, she won the Ironman Heavymetalweight Championship twice and the DDT Extreme Division Championship once, while also becoming part of the inaugural KO-D 10-Man Tag Team Champions.[4][5][6][7]



TV drama

  • Woman of Maruho (マルホの女) (2014, TV Tokyo), Ryoko Azuma


LiLiCo voices the character of Eric Cartman in the Japanese version of the American animated series South Park.[2]


  • LiLiCo no Eiga-teki Seikatsu (LiLiCoの映画的生活, English translation: LiLiCo's Film-like Life) (2007, Goma Books), ISBN 978-4777107056
  • I Love Sweden (2008, Goma Books), ISBN 978-4777111213
  • Zarigani to Himawari (ザリガニとひまわり, English translation: Crayfish and Sunflowers) (2010, Kodansha), ISBN 978-4062165389


  1. ^ Nilsson-Yamanaka, Stefan (28 October 2014). "Svenskan som blev stjärna i mormors Japan". Dagens PS (in Swedish). Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Osumi, Magdalena (18 December 2014). "For TV celeb LiLiCo, success flows from adversity and preparation". The Japan Times. The Japan Times Ltd. p. 3. Retrieved 18 December 2014.
  3. ^ Hernon, Matthew (14 March 2014). "Television Talent LiLiCo Talks about Her Rocky Road to Success". Japan: Tokyo Weekender. Retrieved 18 December 2014.
  4. ^ LiLiCoがまさかのプロレス王者に!「誰でもかかって来い」. Tokyo Sports (in Japanese). August 17, 2014. Retrieved May 29, 2016.
  5. ^ 赤井沙希まさか!LiLiCoにアイアンマン王座奪われた. Tokyo Sports (in Japanese). January 4, 2016. Retrieved May 29, 2016.
  6. ^ LiLiCo、プロレス業に充実感「人生で一番幸せ」. Oricon (in Japanese). May 31, 2016. Retrieved June 1, 2016.
  7. ^ LiLiCoが初代KO―D10人タッグ王座奪取 股間握らせ投げ技発射. Tokyo Sports (in Japanese). August 20, 2017. Retrieved August 20, 2017.
  8. ^ Elley, Derek (2 March 2014). "Kiki's Delivery Service". Film Business Asia. Film Business Asia Limited. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 18 December 2014.

External links

  • Official agency profile (in Japanese)
  • Official blog (in Japanese)
  • LiLiCo on IMDb
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