‘Torchwood’ Star Naoko Mori Appears on ‘Private Practice’

Naoko Mori on 'Private Practice'

Alex Kingston (River Song on Doctor Who) wasn’t the only resident of the Whoniverse on U.S. TV last night (January 6). Naoko Mori, formerly Toshiko Sato on Torchwood, had a dramatic guest spot on last night’s Private Practice, the ABC medical drama. She played Patricia, a Stanford-educated scientist whose husband, a genius-level engineer, suffers brain damage in a car accident. In the episode, Patricia won’t allow doctors to perform any surgery that might affect her husband’s abilities.

ginger_lizard tweeted a question to us last night: “Has Naoko Mori lived in the U.S. at all? Her American accent on Private Practice is excellent!” Mori has indeed lived in the States: the Japanese-born actress spent part of her childhood in New Jersey.

Here are a couple grabs from last night’s episode. You can watch it in full at ABC.com.

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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