Being acitive since 1984, Japanese actress and singer Youki Kudoh gained several achivements in her career when winning the award for best newcomer at the 6th Yokohama Film Festival for The Crazy Family (1984) and the award for best actress at the 16th Hochi Film Award for War and Youth (1991).
She began singing career at the age of 12. In addition, she learned English and French by herself.
Her father is singer Hachiro Izawa and she has a younger brother named Masaki Kudou, also a Japanese actor. She got married on 17 January, 1995 and divorced in 1998.