Horikita made her debut in the 2003 movie "COSMIC RESCUE" at the age of 14 after winning the heroine's role at the audition and had appeared in many dramas and movies to date. Her signature works include 2005 drama "Nobuta wo Produce", 2007 drama "Hanazakari no kimitachi e Ikemen Paradise", NHK's 2012 morning drama "Ume-chan Sensei" and 2005 movie "ALWAYS Sanchome no Yuuhi". She got married to Yamamoto in August 2015 and gave birth to their first child last December. Ever since her last drama "Higanbana" in Winter 2016, she had not appeared publicly except for her TV CMs which ran till end of January this year.
Sources: Nikkansports / Sanspo / Yomiuri Hochi / Oricon