Emily Piggford of WARIGAMI is CBC's New Strong Female Character to Watch

Updated: Jul 14, 2019

Emily Piggford and Kai Bradbury Star in Warigami

CBC Gem original series for young adults and contemporary samurai saga WARIGAMI launched all 10 episodes this Friday, July 12, for on-demand viewing via the free CBC Gem streaming service.

Wendy Ohata (Emily Piggford) has just made three startling realizations: One, she has a twin brother named Vincent (Kai Bradbury). Two, she’s a kami-jin - a descendent of an ancient Japanese people who can turn paper into deadly weapons. And three, there’s a kami-jin warrior named Sadako (Miho Suzuki) hunting her down for reasons she doesn’t understand.

Stars Wendy (Emily Piggford) and her brother Vincent (Kai Bradbury).

CBC announced the launch of a new slate of content created for young adults between the ages of 13 and 24 that will be available on the CBC Gem streaming service. Select titles will be available beginning of July month with more titles to come, building on the national public broadcaster’s commitment to offer expanded content for younger audiences in Canada.

Wendy’s grandfather (Hiro Kanagawa) confronts the intruders.

The new slate includes CBC Gem original series WARIGAMI, a contemporary samurai saga starring Emily Piggford (The Girlfriend Experience, Michael: Every Day), produced in partnership with The CW, First Love Films and New Form, and four short films produced as part of the CBC New Indigenous Voices training program, presented by the National Screen Institute, in support of emerging Indigenous filmmakers and creators. CBC will continue to add new original series to the slate each month.

Wendy (Emily Piggford) hides from Sadako (Miho Suzuki).

“Our new slate of programming for young adults will help us build stronger relationships with a broader range of Canadians, by providing them with content that reflects their interests and perspectives and is available to stream whenever and wherever they want,” said Gave Lindo, Executive Director, OTT Programming, CBC

Sadako (Miho Suzuki) and Wendy (Emily Piggford) battle.

WARIGAMI (Drama produced by First Love Films and distributed by New Form - a CBC Gem original series in partnership with The CW) – All episodes begin streaming Friday, July 12 Wendy Ohata (Piggford) has just made three startling realizations: One, she has a twin brother; two, she’s a kami-jin - a descendent of an ancient Japanese people who can turn paper into deadly weapons;  and three, there’s a kami-jin warrior hunting her down for reasons she doesn’t understand. The series is created by Eddie Kim and directed by Jason Lapeyre, with showrunner Andrew Allen. Starring Piggford, Kai Bradbury (The Terror), Akiel Julien (The Next Step), Miho Suzuki (Colossal), and David Hewlett (Stargate: Atlantis). 

Exclusive Interview With Emily Piggford

Canadian-Japanese star Emily Piggford plays Wendy in Waragami, photo courtesy of CBC

​Emily Piggford is a Canadian Screen Award nominated actress born in Victoria, British Columbia, based in Toronto, and of Japanese and British descent. Directly following university, Emily starred in the short film Frost, which premiered at TIFF and was nominated for Best Live Action Short at the inaugural Canadian Screen Awards. Since then, Emily has recurred in two Netflix Original series (Hemlock Grove and The Umbrella Academy), appeared in Niels Arden Oplev’s remake of Flatliners (Columbia Pictures), recurred in series such as The Girlfriend Experience (STARZ), Killjoys (Space/SYFY), and lent her voice to several animated characters, including two in the hilarious CSA-nominated series, Gary and His Demons(CBC/VRV). Emily also produced and starred in D.W. Waterson’s award-winning digital series, That’s My DJ, which has screened at festivals across the globe. Her roots in theatre have taken her to Belgium, New York and Los Angeles with the revolutionary film noir play, Helen Lawrence. Emily holds a BFA in theatre from the University of Victoria and is a graduate of the Canadian Film Centre’s CBC Actors Conservatory. Look for Emily next in Hudson & Rex (CityTV) and starring in the action-fantasy series, WARIGAMI (CW/CBC).

WARIGAMI screened its premiere at Cannes Series and Emily and some of the other cast attended, and she shared it was an amazing experience. She is excited for all the CBC fans to see the show!

Listen to her interview on iTunes and Podomatic!

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Stars Wendy (Emily Piggford) and her brother Vincent (Kai Bradbury). Photo courtesy of CBC PR.

Kai Bradbury is a screen and stage actor, born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He is of Japanese and Scottish descent and comes from a family of multidisciplinary artists. Kai is a graduate of Capilano University's Musical Theatre Program where he trained as a singer and dancer as well. He has appeared many times around the Vancouver Lower Mainland in musicals, plays and improv since 2009. He has performed in both the Vancouver and Edinburgh International Fringe Festivals. In film and TV, he has appeared in projects with Netflix, Amazon Studios, AMC, The CW, FOX, CBC, TLC and Lifetime.​

Akiel Julien | Mark | Warigami

Akiel Julien was born in Grenada and grew up in Toronto, Canada. He attended wexford collegiate school for the arts where he majored in Musical Theatre and the Drama Intensive Program where graduated with honors. Soon after graduation, Akiel has gone onto to book his first ever recurring role, for T.V., on Family Channel’s hit drama series The Next Step. Since then, he’s made a few other appearances on reputable shows such as The Boys and Wayne.

Miho Suzuki | Sadako | Warigami

Miho Suzuki originated from Tokyo, Japan, but currently resides in Canada. She is a multi-faceted artist who specializes in dance performances and acting in theatre, film and television. Miho is known for many films, such as Colossal (2016), Cafe Mephisto by Adam Doquiatan Vancouver (2016), I Am a Hero (2015), Summer Leaf Drop by Naoki Matsumura, lead actress in Breathe by Guillaume Tauveron, Tokyo (2014), Tokyo Fiancée (2014), Marshmallow x Pain by Miyuki Fukuda (2013), Sorano Shitano Katamari by Mitsuhito Nakaya (2012), lead actress in Daughter and the Father by Yuta Kobayashi (2012), and more. 

Not only is she talented in the areas of performance arts, she also extends her artistic expression in photography, painting and sculpting. Miho is even a Guinness World Record holder!​

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