Facts of Noriko Watanabe

Full Name Noriko Watanabe
First Name Noriko
Last Name Watanabe
Profession Make-up artist
Birth City Tokyo
Birth Country Japan
Gender Identity Female
Sexual Orientation Straight
Marital Status Single
No Of Children 2
Insta Profile

Noriko Watanabe is a make-up artist by profession and was married to Sam Neill in the year 1989. 

Marriage And Husband

She was married to a famous New Zealand actor, Sam Neill, who is also a writer, producer, director, and vineyard proprietor. 

He was earlier married to Lisa Harrow, who is also New Zealand actress known for her roles in British theatre, Films, and Television. 

They have a son together named Tim, who was born in the year 1983. 

However, the duo’s relationship did not work out, and after nine years, the couple gets separated. 

Noriko Watanabe also has a daughter who was born from her previous marriage. 

Her name is Maiko Spencer, and she was born in 1981. 

The information related to her previous marriage is not available in the media.

Later after getting divorced from his (Sam Neill) previous marriage, he got married to Noriko in the year 1989. 

The couple got along and got to know each other on the set of Dead Clam, where she was working as a Make-up artist. 

The couple had a daughter together named Elena, who was born in the year 1991. 

Three years ago, the couple get separated from each other. 

The reason of getting divorced from each other is not out yet in the media. The couple got divorced in the year 2017. 

Her ex-husband Sam in his early twenty’s fathered a son named Andrew, who was adopted by someone else. 

In the year 2014, they got reunited with each other, and their reunion was much more grown-up than he was expected.


The picture below consists of her ex-husband with his grandson posing for the camera.  

This picture was shared by his ex-husband on his Instagram, and he captioned it as,

‘when I asked my grandson….’

Currently, there are rumors that her ex-husband (Sam Neill) is in a relationship with Laura Tingle, who is an Australian Journalist and author as well. 

She was earlier the political editor of The Australian Financial Review. 

They both started dating each other in the year 2017. 

It is said that they came to know each other through a mutual friend. 

Laura Tingle has previously married to her fellow journalist Alan Ramsey. They tied knots to each other in 1995. 

Laura and Alan have one daughter together. The couple split up in the year 2012.

The picture below consists of girlfriend of her ex-husband (Sham Neill). She captioned it as, 

‘Late winter……’


Her ex-husband was seen giving a kiss to another woman in Brisbane. 

There were rumors that woman was Byron Bay Business owner Miranda Cummings. 

Another rumor says that she is an Australian actress Rachael Brake who is married to actor Tony Martin. 

But there no confirmation from both sides.

Net Worth 

Noriko Watanabe’s net worth is not revealed yet, whereas her ex-husband Sam Neill is estimated to have a net worth of $18 million, which is a huge amount itself. 

He is one of the highest-paid actors in the world as per the People with Money reports. 

The seventy-two-year-old actor owns many restaurants like The Fat Neill Burger chain in Wellington, a Football team (The Omagh Angels), a fashion line named “Sam Neill Seduction. 

He also launched his vodka Brand named as Pure Wonderneill in New Zealand. 

He also endorses different brands like Covergirl Cosmetics. 

These are other sources that add up to his income besides acting.


She was born in Tokyo, Japan.Her ex-husband is the lead actor of the famous movie titled ‘Jurassic Park.’

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