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Olga Kurylenko

Olga Kurylenko French actress and model

French actress and model
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro French actress and model
Is Actor Film actor Model
From Ukraine France Russia
Type Fashion Film, Television, Stage and Radio
Gender female
Birth 14 November 1979, Berdiansk, Zaporizhzhya Oblast, Ukraine
Age: 40 years
Stats
Height: 1.7272 m
The details
Biography

Ólga Konstantínovna Kurylénko (Russian: О́льга Константи́новна Куриле́нко), born Ólha Konstantýnivna Kurylénko (Ukrainian: О́льга Костянти́нівна Куриле́нко; born 14 November 1979), is a French actress and model of Ukrainian origin.

She was discovered as a model in Moscow at the age of 13. She moved to Paris to pursue a modelling career at the age of 16. Kurylenko started her acting career in 2005. She found success as an actress for her role as Nika Boronina in the movie adaptation of the video game Hitman (2007), and then rose to fame by playing Bond girl Camille Montes in the 22nd James Bond film, Quantum of Solace (2008). More recently she starred in Stephen S. Campanelli's Momentum (2015), and Terrence Malick's To the Wonder (2012), and alongside Tom Cruise in Oblivion (2013) and Russell Crowe in The Water Diviner (2014).

Early life and education

Kurylenko was born in Berdiansk, Ukraine, then part of the Soviet Union. Her father, Konstantin, is Ukrainian, and her mother, Marina Alyabysheva, who teaches art, was born in Irkutsk Oblast, Russia, and is of Russian and Belarusian ancestry.

Her parents divorced when she was three and she was raised by her single mother. Kurylenko rarely had contact with her father, meeting him for the first time after the split when she was eight, and later when she was thirteen.

Career

Kurylenko at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival premiere of Seven Psychopaths.

Kurylenko was discovered by a female model scout while on holiday in Moscow at the age of 13. Aged 15 she moved from Ukraine to Moscow. At the age of 16 she moved to Paris. In 1996, she signed a contract with the Paris-based Madison modelling agency. The following year, by the age of 18, she had appeared on the covers of Vogue and Elle magazines. While working as a model in Paris, Kurylenko supported her mother in Ukraine.

She also appeared on the covers of Madame Figaro and Marie Claire magazines. She became the face of brands Bebe, Clarins, and Helena Rubinstein. She has also modelled for Roberto Cavalli and Kenzo and appeared in the Victoria's Secret catalogue.

In 1998, she features in the music video of French-Algerian Raï style singer Faudel called "Tellement Je T'aime".

One of her first acting appearances was in Seal's music video, "Love's Divine" in 2003, but her film career truly began in France during 2005. She received the certificate of excellence award at the 2006 Brooklyn International Film Festival for her performance in L'Annulaire, and also starred in the Paris, je t'aime segment "Quartier de la Madeleine" opposite Elijah Wood. That same year, she was selected to be the face of Kenzo's new fragrance, Kenzo Amour. She has appeared in all subsequent Kenzo Amour advertisements.

In 2007, she starred in Hitman alongside Timothy Olyphant. She had a minor role in Max Payne as Natasha. She played Bond girl Camille Montes in the 2008 James Bond film, Quantum of Solace (after beating out Gal Gadot in the auditions). In the film she plays the role of a Bolivian Secret Service agent named Camille, who teams up with James Bond to avenge the death of her parents.

She was featured on the cover of the December 2008 issue of the US edition of Maxim magazine and on the cover of the February 2009 issue of the Ukrainian edition of Maxim. In Ukraine the mayor of Berdyansk suggested naming a street after her in early 2008, and she and her mother met Ukraine's First Lady Kateryna Yushchenko in President Yushchenko's family country house.

Kurylenko appeared in Terrence Malick's To the Wonder, shot in fall 2010 in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. She also appeared in Oblivion, a science fiction film starring Tom Cruise and directed by Joseph Kosinski. Kurylenko played Alice Fournier who is the main subject of the spy thriller, November Man.

Personal life

Olga Kurylenko acquired French citizenship in 2001. She married French fashion photographer Cedric van Mol in 2000, but the couple divorced four years later. She married American mobile phone accessory entrepreneur Damian Gabrielle in 2006, but that marriage ended in divorce in late 2007. Kurylenko moved to London in 2009.

She dated Magic City co-star Danny Huston for approximately a year. Kurylenko and her partner Max Benitz have one son, Alexander Max Horatio, born on 3 October 2015.

Kurylenko is a philanthropist noted for her work for the underprivileged, focusing on children in her native Ukraine.

Filmography

Olga Kurylenko in May 2013.
Year Film Role Director Notes
2001 Largo Winch Carole TV series (1 Episode : "Contessa Vanessa")
2005 L'Annulaire Iris Diane Bertrand
2006 Paris, je t'aime The Vampire Vincenzo Natali Segment : Quartier de la Madeleine
2006 Le porte-bonheur Sophia Laurent Dussaux TV movie
2006 The Serpent Sofia Eric Barbier
2007 Suspectes Eva Pirès TV miniseries (7 episodes)
2007 Hitman Nika Boronina Xavier Gens
2008 À l'est de moi The Russian prostitute Bojena Horackova
2008 Max Payne Natasha Sax John Moore
2008 Quantum of Solace Camille Montes Marc Forster
2009 Kirot Galia Danny Lerner
2010 Tyranny Mina Harud John Beck Hofmann TV series (5 episodes); also writer
2010 Centurion Etain Neil Marshall
2011 There Be Dragons Ildiko Roland Joffé
2011 Land of Oblivion Anya Michale Boganim
2012 Erased Anna Brandt Philipp Stölzl
2012 To the Wonder Marina Terrence Malick
2012 Seven Psychopaths Angela Martin McDonagh
2012 Magic City Vera Evans Mainly Ed Bianchi
Simon Cellan Jones
TV series (16 episodes)
2013 Oblivion Julia Rusakova Harper Joseph Kosinski
2014 Vampire Academy Ellen Kirova Mark Waters
2014 The November Man Alice Fournier/Mira Filipova Roger Donaldson
2014 Mission Control NASA broadcasting news Will Ferrell Episode 13: Go Home
2014 The Water Diviner Ayshe Russell Crowe
2015 A Perfect Day Katya Fernando León de Aranoa
2015 Momentum Alex Farraday Stephen S. Campanelli Completed
2016 The Correspondence Amy Giuseppe Tornatore
2017 The Death of Stalin Maria Yudina Armando Iannucci Post-production
2017 Gun Shy Sheila Simon West Post-production
2018 Johnny English 3 TBA David Kerr Filming
TBD The Man Who Killed Don Quixote Terry Gilliam Filming
2018 15 Minutes de guerre Fred Grivois Post-production
TBA Empires of the Deep Michael French
Scott Miller
Post-production, filmed in 2010

Awards and nominations

Year Awards Category Recipient Outcome
2005 Brooklyn international film festival Best actress L'Annulaire Won
2008 Saturn Award Best Supporting Actress Quantum of Solace Nominated
2009 Empire Awards Best Actress Nominated
2012 Boston Society of Film Critics Award Best Cast Seven Psychopaths Won
2012 San Diego Film Critics Society Award Best Performance by an Ensemble Nominated
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