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Olga Kurylenko

Olga Kurylenko, a Ukrainian-born actress and model who grew up in poverty sharing a Soviet flat with her aunt, uncle, grandparents and cousin, is now starring as Bond girl opposite Daniel Craig. She was born Olga Konstantinovna Kurylenko on November 14, 1979, in Berdyansk, Ukraine, Soviet Union. Her mother, Marina Alyabysheva, divorced her father, Konstantin Kurylenko, soon after her birth. After the divorce, her mother struggled to survive as an art teacher. Young Olga Kurylenko was brought up by her mother and her grandmother, Raisa. During her youth, Olga had a humbling experience of living in poverty; she had no choice but to wear rags and had to darn the holes on her sweater. During the years in Ukraine she studied art, languages, did 7 years of musical school studying piano and went to a ballet studio until 13. At age 13, Olga and her mother made a trip to Moscow. There she was scouted by an agent who approached her at a subway station and offered a job as a model. Initially, Olga's mother was suspicious, but eventually Olga made a good career choice and took training as a model in Moscow. By age 16, she was ready for the next step. She moved to Paris, learned French in six months, and was signed by the Madison agency. At age 18, Olga appeared on the cover of Glamour, then she graced magazine covers of Elle, Madame Figaro, Marie Claire, and Vogue, and also became the face of Lejaby lingerie, Bebe clothing, Clarins and Helena Rubinstein cosmetic companies. In 1999, Olga married her friend, French photographer Cedric Van Mol and divorced him three and a half years later. One day Olga presented herself to an acting agency. Eventually, she swapped the catwalk for celluloid, and her acting career took off. In 2005 she made her film debut as Iris, a sensual beauty in L'annulaire (2005) by director Diane Bertrand. Olga's cinematic roles have been notably steamy, and her natural beauty and explicit nudity attracted the attention of the male audiences. She appeared opposite Elijah Wood in Paris, je t'aime (2006) and as Sofia in Le serpent (2006), then co-starred as Russian beauty Nika Boronina opposite Timothy Olyphant in Hitman (2007/I). She also appears as Mina Harud in the indy surveillance-thriller "Tyranny" (2008) and is billed as Camille, the Bond girl in Quantum of Solace (2008), a sequel to Casino Royale (2006).


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Born:
Nov 14, 1979 In Berdyansk, USSR, Ukraine
Movie/TV Credits:
31
First Appeared:
In the movie Empires of the Deep
Latest Project:
Movie The Man Who Killed Don Quixote 2018-12-31
Known For
Poster of The Death of Stalin
Poster of The Water Diviner
Poster of The November Man
Poster of Tout le monde en parle
Filmography
Movie The Man Who Killed Don Quixote Jacqui 2018-12-31
Movie Empires of the Deep 2018
Series Tyranny Mina Harud 2017
Movie Gun Shy Sheila 2017-09-08
Movie The Death of Stalin Maria Yudina 2017-10-20
Movie The Correspondence Amy 2016-01-14
Movie Momentum Alexis Farraday 2015-08-01
Movie A Perfect Day Katya 2015-08-28
Movie The Water Diviner Ayshe 2014-12-25
Movie Vampire Academy Headmistress Kirova 2014-02-07
Movie The November Man Alice Fournier 2014-08-27
Movie To the Wonder Marina 2013-02-22
Movie Oblivion Julia Rusakova Harper 2013-04-10
Movie The Expatriate Unknown 2013-04-08
Series Magic City Vera Evans 2012-03-30
Movie Erased Anna Brandt 2012-09-27
Movie Seven Psychopaths Angela 2012-09-07
Movie There Be Dragons Ildiko 2011-03-25
Movie Land of Oblivion Anya 2011-09-04
Movie Centurion Etain 2010-02-15
Movie The Assassin Next Door Galia 2009-04-15
Movie Max Payne Natasha 2008-10-15
Movie Quantum of Solace Camille Montes 2008-10-30
Movie À l'est de moi La prostituée russe 2008-11-22
Movie Hitman Nika Boronina 2007-11-21
Movie Paris, je t'aime La vampire (Quartier de la Madeleine) 2006-05-16
Movie The Snake Sofia 2006-10-01
Series El Hormiguero Herself 2006-09-24
Movie The Ring Finger Iris 2005-06-08
Series Jimmy Kimmel Live! Unknown 2003-01-26
Series Tout le monde en parle Unknown 1998-09-05