Charlie Heaton’s Ex and Bandmate – Who is Akiko Matsuura?


Akiko Matsuura Bio

She is a drummer and vocalist who has worked with numerous bands in the United Kingdom, however, Akiko Matsuura came into the spotlight playing with The Big Pink band, alongside Charlie Baker and Robbie Furze.

Born under the zodiac sign of Scorpio on 2 November 1980, Akiko is today aged 42. She was born in Tokyo, Japan, where she was raised by her parents who are the owners of a restaurant, which is all that’s known about them. Many of Akiko’s fans believe that she’s the only child of her parents, since she hasn’t spoken much about her family.

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When it comes to her educational background, Akiko attended a local high school, and upon matriculating in 1998, moved to the United Kingdom where she enrolled at London Art School, and briefly studied there before she decided to launch her music career.

She had an interest in music from an early age, and dreamed of becoming a famous drummer – while at the art school, she met her future bandmates, Charlie and Robbie, and they founded the band The Big Pink. The band was well-known in the London noise rock and punk scene.

Akiko was also the frontwoman of the band Comanechi, and played with the band called Divorce. While she was with The Big Pink band, Akiko had a side project, Sperm Javelin. Today, Akiko is the frontwoman of the band called PRE.


How Akiko met Charlie Heaton and all about their relationship

Akiko and Charlie met in 2013 when he joined the band Comanechi. During his tenure, the band toured for a year and a half presenting, their debut album all around England.

The two hid their relationship for a long time, but when Akiko found out that she was pregnant, they revealed that they are a couple. Akiko gave birth to their son, named Archie, in 2014. At that time, Charlie was 20 years old, while Akiko was 34.

Why did they split?

There have been rumors saying that Charlie was not ready to be a father, and that this is the reason why the two broke up. Archie, their son, was just a few months old when Akiko and Charlie separated. However, the two maintained their friendship because of their son. The boy lives with his mother, and Charlie visits them regularly.

What is Akiko doing now?

As mentioned, Akiko is the frontwoman of the band PRE, but when it comes to her personal life, Akiko seems to, at least judging by her Instagram photos, live in a relation between London and Tokyo.

On 19 February 2021, Akiko gave birth to a girl they named Emma, however, being secretive about her private life, Akiko hasn’t shared who the father of her baby is, nor if she’s married now.


Briefly about Charlie Heaton

He is a musician and actor with over 15 acting credits to his name, and rose to prominence thanks to his role as Jonathan Byers in the series “Stranger Things”, a fantasy horror-drama also starring Winona Ryder, Millie Bobby Brown, and Finn Wolfhard. The show had 292 award nominations and won 100, including 12 Primetime Emmys.

When it comes to Charlie, he was nominated for the Teen Choice Award for Choice: Scene Stealer in 2018, and he shares with the rest of the crew the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, and two nominations for the same award.

An interesting fact about Charlie is that the fans noticed similarities between him and the famous One Direction singer, Harry Styles, so many assumed that the two are related, which isn’t true.

Short bio

Born Charlie Ross Heaton under the zodiac sign of Aquarius on 6 February 1994, he recently celebrated his 29th birthday. He’s a native of Leeds, West Yorkshire, England where he was raised by his single mother in a council house. Charlie dropped out of high school aged 16 and moved to London, where he played in various bands before joining Akiko and her band, Comanechi.

Although he had no formal acting training, Charlie made his acting debut in the 2014 short movie “Life Needs Courage”, and in the following year, he landed a guest role in an episode of the series “DCI Banks”.


2015 was a pivotal year for Charlie, as he was seen in the series “Vera” and “Casualty”, and also made his big screen debut as a Dealer in the movie “Rise of the Footsoldier: Part II”, which was his first lead role, opposite Steven Berkoff and Nabil Elouahabi. The movie was nominated for two National Film Awards, UK (United Kingdom).

In the following year, Charlie was cast to play his most significant role to date, as Jonathan Byers in the series “Stranger Things”, appearing in 42 episodes of this worldwide popular show which follows the story of a boy who disappeared, and now his mother, his friends and police chief are confronting supernatural forces so they can get him back. Charlie will be seen in the announced 2024 season.

Concurrently with his role in “Stranger Things”, he was seen in movies such as “As You Are” (2016), “Marrowbone” (2017), “The New Mutants” (2020), and “No Future” (2021). Most recently, Charlie was seen as Jim in another 2021 movie, “The Souvenir: Part II”, also starring Tilda Swinton, which won numerous accolades and awards, including the London Critics Circle Film Award for British/Irish Film of the Year.

Charlie’s fans will be happy to hear that besides “Stranger Things” he’s working on a new project, a movie entitled “Billy Knight” which is currently in development.


Is Charlie dating someone?

Well, he is – Charlie has been in a relationship with his co-star from “Stranger Things” since 2016, Natalia Dyer, who in the series plays his character’s love interest, Nancy. The two met on the set, and their love story began soon afterwards. They prefer to keep their relationship away from the public eye, and have rarely been seen in public together, although the paparazzi have often photographed them on various occasions.

Olivia Wilson
Olivia Wilson
As the Freelance Writer at Net Worth Post, I steer producing riveting stories about the lives and triumphs of influencers. With an unwavering commitment to precision and a flair for weaving compelling tales, I guide our content creation, from the depths of research to the pinnacle of narrative excellence. My responsibilities encompass the full spectrum of editorial management, including the meticulous investigation, narrative development, and upholding the integrity and high standard of our output.


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