Anna Ishii (石井 杏奈, Ishii Anna, born July 11, 1998) is a Japanese dancer and actress. She is a member of E-girls and is represented by LDH.
Ishii was born in Tokyo, Japan into a four-sibling family. She has a younger brother, an elder brother, and a younger sister named Chino Ishii, who is currently listed under bunnies, a trainee girl group under LDH management composed of EXPG students of junior high school age or younger. Ishii started dancing when she was in her second year of primary school at her mother's encouragement. She was later scouted to join the Exile Professional Gym (EXPG) in her fifth grade when she took part in a dance competition. She debuted as a model in the U-15 fashion magazine nico puchi in 2010 before joining E-girls.
In 2011, she was chosen through a nationwide audition process called "EXILE Presents VOCAL BATTLE AUDITION 3 ~For Girls~" in the dance performance category to be a member of a yet-to-debut dance and vocal group, bunny.
In October 2012, she officially joined E-girls line-up for their third single "Follow me".
In June 2014, due to scheduling conflicts with filming for Solomon's Perjury, Ishii announced that she would not participate in E-girls' first national tour, which was held between July and August that year.
Ishii's acting debut was a cameo appearance in the first episode of Shiritsu Bakaleya Koukou, a Nippon TV drama which premiered in April 2012.
In 2014, she portrayed a blind piano prodigy in Koibumi Biyori, a drama starring 10 members of E-girls and a live-action adaptation of a manga of the same name authored by George Asakura. She then auditioned for a role in Solomon's Perjury, a 2015 film directed by Izuru Narushima. The audition was held nationwide and attracted approximately 10,000 aspiring young actors and actresses. Ishii was chosen to play the role of Miyake Juri, a vengeful and low self-esteemed girl who was bullied by a group of school delinquents for having bad skin.
Ishii landed her first starring role in a film, Girls Step which hit theaters in September 2015. This marked the first time that a member of E-girls had a lead role in a film. For her roles in Girls Step and Solomon's Perjury, Ishii won the 58th Blue Ribbon Best Newcomer Award. In 2016, her portrayal of Nagisa Arima, the passionate and earnest leader of the brass band club in Aogeba Tōtoshi, earned her the 5th Confidence Drama Best Newcomer Award.
Ishii's first acting endeavor in 2017 is her appearance as Ayami Gotō, a problematic 17-year-old youth with family problems in an NHK drama, Okāsan, Musume wo Yamete ii desu ka?. Her next project is a four-episode NHK BS Premium mini drama starring Kenta Suga, Uso nante Hitotsu mo nai no, where she will play a woman with social anxiety disorder named Makoto Yamazaki. Kyota Fujimoto and Kentaro Hagiwara, who have previously teamed up for Shiseido's Maquillage face powder commercial short movie "Snow Beauty" starring Fumi Nikaido and Gen Hoshino, will be respectively in charge of the screenplay and the direction of the drama.
Ishii has appeared in a number of commercials, the most notable ones being her appearance as a countryside girl alongside Nana Komatsu in NTT DoCoMo d-Video CM directed by Tetsuya Nakashima, a Japanese film director known for his award-winning film, Confessions, and appearance in Japan Post CM with Masataka Kubota and Yoshiyoshi Arakawa.