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 of bladder cancer on November 6, 1989 at the age of thirty-nine.
Matsuda debuted in 2005 in a television special, titled Yankee Bokou ni Kaeru. The same year, he gained popularity after appearing in Hana Yori Dango as Sojiro Nishikado. He reprised his role in the series' two sequels, Hana Yori Dango Returns (2007) and Hana Yori Dango Final (2008). Matsuda's first starring role was in the 2007 series, Liar Game, opposite Erika Toda. He also starred in the series' sequels, Liar Game: Season 2 (2009), Liar Game: The Final Stage (2010), and Liar Game: Reborn (2012). In 2008, Matsuda appeared in his first taiga drama, Atsuhime. In 2009, he had major roles in Love Shuffle and Meitantei no Okite. The same year, Matsuda and his brother Ryohei participated in a documentary about their father, titled Soul Red Matsuda Yusaku.
In 2010, he appeared in Tsuki no Koibito with Takuya Kimura, and Nagareboshi. Matsuda had a starring role in Don Quixote with Katsumi Takahashi in 2011. The same year, he was the lead in Hard Romantic-er as a loner who gets sucked into a violent chain of events. In 2012, he appeared in another taiga drama, Taira no Kiyomori as Emperor Go-Shirakawa. Matsuda starred in Clinic on the Sea with Emi Takei the following year. In 2015, he costarred in the film, Initiation Love, with Atsuko Maeda. Matsuda was the lead in Dias Police: Ihou Keisatsu, based on a manga, in 2016. He reprised the role in the film sequel, Dias Police: Dirty Yellow Boys (2016). In 2017, he costarred in the Amazon Original Final Life: Asu, Kimi ga Kietemo with Shinee's Lee Tae-min. Matsuda had a cameo as Sojiro in the Hana Yori Dango spin-off, Hana Nochi Hare (2018).
Matsuda began dating Japanese model Kozue Akimoto in November 2014, after meeting through a mutual acquaintance. She is the daughter of the late Chiyonofuji Mitsugu, a sumo grand champion. The couple was married on April 25, 2018 in a traditional Japanese ceremony. Akimoto is also friends with Shun Oguri's wife Yu Yamada.
|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|
|Sick's: Jo no Sho||Hiroyo Takakura||Web drama|
|Hana Nochi Hare: Hanadan Next Season||Sojiro Nishikado||Episode 10, 11|
|2019||Your Home is My Business!||Kenji Rusudo|||
|Sick's: Ha no Sho||Hiroyo Takakura||Web drama|
|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 the Fence||Kazuhisa Daishima|
|Dias Police: Dirty Yellow Boys||Saki Kubozuka|
|2019||Tokyo Ghoul 2||Shuu Tsukiyama|||
- Matsuda posted a photo of him with Shun Oguri and Tsuyoshi Abe celebrating his marriage in April 2018. He wrote in the caption that Jun Matsumoto took the picture.
- While filming Your Home is My Business!, he ran into Megumi Sato. She shared a photo of the reunion on Instagram.
- Matsuda appeared in Tsuki no Koibito and Musashi Miyamoto with Takuya Kimura, who voiced Rui in the drama CDs.
- He starred in Don Quixote with Yuki Uchida, who played Tsukushi in the 1995 film.
- Koji Yamamoto and Naohito Fujiki, who have both portrayed Rui, appeared in Taira no Kiyomori with Matsuda.
- He was going to appear in a film, titled 1905, with Tony Leung until production was cancelled due to various difficulties.