Olga Kurylenko

14 Nov 1979

Actor

Birth Name
Olga Konstantinovna Kurylenko

Height
5' 9" (1.75 m)

Mini Biography

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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Filmography (27 titles)

(movie, 2018)
···Johnny English Strikes Again
Genre: Adventure, Family, Action, Comedy
Role: Actor (as Ophelia Bhulatova)
(movie, 2018)
···Mara
Genre: Crime, Horror, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Kate)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
Role: Actor (as Jacqui)
(movie, 2018)
···Dans la brume
Genre: Science Fiction
Role: Actor (as Anna)
(movie, 2017)
···The Death of Stalin
Genre: Comedy, History
Role: Actor (as Maria Yudina)
(movie, 2017)
···Gun Shy
Genre: Comedy, Action, Adventure
Role: Actor (as Sheila)
(movie, 2016)
···La corrispondenza
Genre: Romance, Drama
Role: Actor (as Amy)
(movie, 2015)
···A Perfect Day
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Katya)
(movie, 2015)
···Momentum
Genre: Thriller, Action
Role: Actor (as Alex Farraday)
(movie, 2014)
···The Water Diviner
Genre: War, Drama
Role: Actor (as Ayshe)
(movie, 2014)
···The November Man
Genre: Crime, Action, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Alice Fournier)
(movie, 2014)
···Vampire Academy
Genre: Comedy, Action, Fantasy
Role: Actor (as Headmistress Kirova)
(movie, 2014)
···Empires of the Deep
Genre: Science Fiction
Role: Actor
(movie, 2013)
···Oblivion
Genre: Action, Science Fiction, Adventure, Mystery
Role: Actor (as Julia Rusakova Harper)
(movie, 2013)
···To the Wonder
Genre: Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Marina)
(movie, 2012)
···Erased
Genre: Action, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Anna Brandt)
(movie, 2012)
···Seven Psychopaths
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Angela)
(movie, 2012)
···The Expatriate
Genre: Action, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Anna Brandt)
(movie, 2011)
···There Be Dragons
Genre: Drama, War
Role: Actor (as Ildiko)
(movie, 2011)
···La terre outragée
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Anya)
(movie, 2010)
7.3Centurion
Genre: Adventure, Action, Drama
Role: Actor (as Etain)
(movie, 2009)
···Kirot
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Galia)
(movie, 2008)
···Quantum of Solace
Genre: Adventure, Action, Thriller, Crime
Role: Actor (as Camille Montes)
(movie, 2008)
···Max Payne
Genre: Action, Drama
Role: Actor (as Natasha)
(movie, 2007)
···Hitman
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Nika Boronina)
(movie, 2005)
···L'annulaire
Genre: Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Iris)