Olga Kurylenko

Olga Konstiantinivna Kurylenko (Ukrainian: О́льга Костянти́нівна Куриле́нко, Russian: Ольга Константиновна Куриленко; born 14 November 1979) is a Ukrainian-French actress and model.[1][lower-alpha 1] 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[2][3] and started her acting career in 2005.[3] She found success as an actress for her role as Nika Boronina in the film adaptation of the video game Hitman (2007), and then mainstream prominence with the role of Bond girl Camille Montes in the 22nd James Bond film, Quantum of Solace (2008).

Olga Kurylenko
Kurylenko at the Cabourg Film Festival in 2018
Born
Olga Konstantynivna Kurylenko

(1979-11-14) 14 November 1979
Nationality
  • Ukrainian
  • French
OccupationActress
Years active1995–present
Spouse(s)
  • Cedric van Mol
    (m. 2000; div. 2004)
  • Damian Gabrielle
    (m. 2006; div. 2007)
Children1
Modeling information
AgencyVRConsultingartists (Paris)

More recently she starred in Stephen S. Campanelli's Momentum (2015), Terrence Malick's To the Wonder (2012), Martin McDonagh's dark comedy Seven Psychopaths (2012), the Tom Cruise science fiction film Oblivion (2013), Armando Iannucci's political satire film The Death of Stalin (2017), the Rowan Atkinson spy comedy film Johnny English Strikes Again (2018), Terry Gilliam's The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018), The Room (2019) and the upcoming Marvel Studios action film Black Widow (2021).

Early life

Kurylenko was born in Berdyansk, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union. Her father, Konstantin, is Ukrainian, and her mother, Marina Alyabusheva, who teaches art and is an exhibited artist, was born in Irkutsk Oblast, Russia, and is of Russian[4] and Belarusian ancestry.[5]

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.[5][6]

Career

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

Kurylenko moved from native Berdyansk to Moscow at 15. At the age of 16, she moved to Paris.[3] In 1996, she signed a contract with the Paris-based Madison modelling agency where she met her publicist Valérie Rosen.[7] The following year, by the age of 18, she had appeared on the covers of Vogue and Elle magazines.[8] While working as a model in Paris, Kurylenko supported her mother in Ukraine.[2]

She also appeared on the covers of Madame Figaro and Marie Claire magazines.[9] She became the face of brands Bebe, Clarins, and Helena Rubinstein.[9] She has also modelled for Roberto Cavalli and Kenzo[10] and appeared in the Victoria's Secret catalogue.[11]

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,[12] but her film career truly began in France during 2005.[3] 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.[13] 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).[14] In the film she plays the role of Bolivian Secret Service agent Camille Montes, who teams up with Bond to avenge the death of her parents.[15]

She was featured on the cover of the December 2008 issue of the US edition of Maxim magazine[16] and on the cover of the February 2009 issue of the Ukrainian edition of Maxim.[17] In Ukraine the mayor of Berdyansk suggested naming a street after her in early 2008, and she and her mother[18] met Ukraine's First Lady Kateryna Yushchenko in President Victor Yushchenko's family country house.[7][8]

Olga at the Sitges Film Festival in 2019

Kurylenko appeared in Terrence Malick's romantic drama film To the Wonder starring Ben Affleck and Rachel McAdams. The film was shot in the fall of 2010 in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.[19] She also appeared in Oblivion, a science fiction film starring Tom Cruise and directed by Joseph Kosinski.[20] Kurylenko played Alice Fournier in the spy thriller November Man.[21] In 2014, Kurylenko starred in the historical drama film The Water Diviner alongside Russell Crowe (who made his directorial debut), Jacqueline McKenzie and Jai Courtney.[22] She also played the headmistress in Vampire Academy. She later acted in films such as Momentum, Mara and The Bay of Silence. In 2021, she starred in the action thriller film Sentinelle.[23]

In 2017 she appeared in Armando Iannucci's political satire film The Death of Stalin as the Soviet pianist Maria Yudina. The film was a critical success and starred Steve Buscemi, Simon Russell Beale, Jason Issacs, Michael Palin, and Jeffrey Tambor. The following year she starred in Terry Gilliam's epic adventure film The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018) starring Adam Driver and Jonathan Pryce where it premiered at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. She also appeared as the Russian spy in the Rowan Atkinson led comedy film Johnny English Strikes Again (2018). She is currently set to appear in the Marvel Studios action film Black Widow (2021) starring Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, David Harbour, and Rachel Weisz

Personal life

Kurylenko acquired French citizenship in 2001.[24] She married French fashion photographer Cedric van Mol in 2000,[25][26] 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.[27] Kurylenko moved to London in 2009.[28]

Kurylenko and her former partner, English actor and writer Max Benitz, have one son.[29]

On 15 March 2020, Kurylenko announced she had tested positive for COVID-19.[30] On 22 March, she said that she had fully recovered.[31]

Filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleDirectorNotes
2005 L'Annulaire Iris Diane Bertrand
2006 Paris, je t'aime The Vampire Vincenzo Natali Segment : Quartier de la Madeleine
2006 The Serpent Sofia Eric Barbier
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 (The Assassin Next Door) Galia Danny Lerner
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
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 The Water Diviner Ayshe Russell Crowe
2015 A Perfect Day Katya Fernando León de Aranoa
2015 Momentum Alex Farraday Stephen S. Campanelli
2016 The Correspondence Amy Giuseppe Tornatore
2017 The Death of Stalin Maria Yudina Armando Iannucci
2017 Gun Shy[32] Sheila Simon West
2018 Just a Breath Away (Dans la brume) Anna Daniel Roby
2018 The Man Who Killed Don Quixote Jacqui Terry Gilliam
2018 Mara Kate Fuller Clive Tonge
2018 Johnny English Strikes Again Ophelia David Kerr
2018 The Emperor of Paris Baroness Roxane of Giverny Jean-François Richet
2019 L'Intervention Jane Anderson Fred Grivois
2019 The Room Kate Christian Volckman
2019 The Courier The Courier Zackary Adler
2019 The Translators Katerina Anisinova Regis Roinsard
2020 The Bay of Silence Rosalind Paula van der Oest
2021 Sentinelle [33] Klara Julien Leclercq
Black Widow[34] Cate Shortland Post-production
TBA Empires of the Deep Michael French
Scott Miller
Post-production
TBA White Elephant Jesse V. Johnson Filming

Television

YearTitleRoleDirectorNotes
2001 Largo Winch Carole TV series (1 Episode : "Contessa Vanessa")
2006 Le porte-bonheur Sophia Laurent Dussaux TV movie
2007 Suspectes Eva Pirès TV miniseries (7 episodes)
2010 Tyranny Mina Harud John Beck Hofmann TV series (5 episodes); also writer
2012–13 Magic City Vera Evans Mainly Ed Bianchi
Simon Cellan Jones
TV series (16 episodes)
2014 Mission Control NASA broadcasting news Will Ferrell Episode 13: Go Home
2020 Wonderland, the girl from the shore Alice Hervé Hadmar 6 episodes

Video game

YearTitleRoleNotes
2008 007: Quantum of Solace Camille Montes

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 Quantum of Solace 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 Seven Psychopaths Nominated

Notes

  1. Kurylenko became a French citizen in 2001 (source: Olga Kurylenko: Confidences d'une James Bond Girl Paris Match (30 October 2008))

References

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  3. Oblivion's Olga Kurylenko, Los Angeles Confidential magazine (2013)
  4. «Новую подругу Бонда нашли в московском метро». iz.ru (in Russian). 18 January 2008. Retrieved 28 July 2020.
  5. Sokolovskaya, Yanina (18 January 2008). "New Bond girl was discovered in a subway while on holidays with her mother in Moscow". Izvestia (in Russian). Retrieved 4 September 2008.
  6. "Quantum of Solace: Olga Kurylenko on being the latest, beautiful Bond girl". The Daily Telegraph. London. 24 October 2008. Archived from the original on 5 November 2008. Retrieved 11 November 2008. The French capital has been the actress's home for 12 years, since she left Ukraine as a 16-year-old modeling hopeful in 1996.
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