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Olga Konstantynivna Kurylenko[a] (born 14 November 1979), is a Ukrainian-French actress and model.[2][b] 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.[3][4] Kurylenko started her acting career in 2005.[4] 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
Bond girl
Camille Montes in the 22nd James Bond
James Bond
film, Quantum of Solace
Quantum of Solace
(2008). More recently she starred in Stephen S. Campanelli's Momentum (2015), and Terrence Malick's To the Wonder
To the Wonder
(2012), and alongside Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise
in Oblivion (2013) and Russell Crowe
Russell Crowe
in The Water Diviner
The Water Diviner
(2014) and the upcoming comedy British film Johnny English Strikes Again
Johnny English Strikes Again
alongside Rowan Atkinson.

Contents

1 Early life and education 2 Career 3 Personal life 4 Filmography

4.1 Awards and nominations

5 Notes 6 References 7 External links

Early life and education[edit] 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 and is an exhibited artist[5], was born in Irkutsk Oblast, Russia, and is of Russian and Belarusian ancestry.[6] 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.[6][7] Career[edit]

Kurylenko at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival
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.[8] Aged 15 she moved from Ukraine
Ukraine
to Moscow. At the age of 16 she moved to Paris.[4] In 1996, she signed a contract with the Paris-based Madison modelling agency.[9] The following year, by the age of 18, she had appeared on the covers of Vogue and Elle magazines.[10] While working as a model in Paris, Kurylenko supported her mother in Ukraine.[3] She also appeared on the covers of Madame Figaro and Marie Claire magazines.[11] She became the face of brands Bebe, Clarins, and Helena Rubinstein.[11] She has also modelled for Roberto Cavalli
Roberto Cavalli
and Kenzo[12] and appeared in the Victoria's Secret
Victoria's Secret
catalogue.[13] In 1998, she features in the music video of French-Algerian Raï
Raï
style singer Faudel
Faudel
called "Tellement Je T'aime". One of her first acting appearances was in Seal's music video, "Love's Divine" in 2003,[14] but her film career truly began in France
France
during 2005.[4] 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
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.[15] 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
Bond girl
Camille Montes in the 2008 James Bond
James Bond
film, Quantum of Solace
Quantum of Solace
(after beating out Gal Gadot
Gal Gadot
in the auditions).[16] 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.[17] She was featured on the cover of the December 2008 issue of the US edition of Maxim magazine[18] and on the cover of the February 2009 issue of the Ukrainian edition of Maxim.[19] In Ukraine
Ukraine
the mayor of Berdyansk
Berdyansk
suggested naming a street after her in early 2008,[20] and she and her mother[21] met Ukraine's First Lady
First Lady
Kateryna Yushchenko
Kateryna Yushchenko
in President Yushchenko's family country house.[9][10] Kurylenko appeared in Terrence Malick's To the Wonder, shot in autumn-time 2010 in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.[22] She also appeared in Oblivion, a science fiction film starring Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise
and directed by Joseph Kosinski.[23] Kurylenko played Alice Fournier who is the main subject of the spy thriller, November Man.[24] In 2014, Kurylenko starred in the historical drama film The Water Diviner alongside Russell Crowe
Russell Crowe
(who made his directorial debut), Jacqueline McKenzie
Jacqueline McKenzie
and Jai Courtney.[25] Personal life[edit] Kurylenko acquired French citizenship in 2001.[26] She married French fashion photographer Cedric van Mol in 2000,[27][28] but the couple divorced four years later. She married American mobile phone accessory entrepreneur Damian Gabrielle in 2006,[8] but that marriage ended in divorce in late 2007.[29] Kurylenko moved to London
London
in 2009.[30] She dated Magic City co-star Danny Huston
Danny Huston
for approximately a year.[31][32] Kurylenko and her partner Max Benitz have one son, Alexander Max Horatio, born on 3 October 2015.[33] Kurylenko is a philanthropist noted for her work for the underprivileged, focusing on children in her native Ukraine.[34][35] Filmography[edit]

Olga Kurylenko
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

2017 Gun Shy[36] Sheila Simon West Post-production

2018 Johnny English Strikes Again Ophelia 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[edit]

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

Notes[edit]

^ Ukrainian: О́льга Костянти́нівна Куриле́нко ^ Kurylenko became a French citizen in 2001 (source: Olga Kurylenko: Confidences d'une James Bond
James Bond
Girl Paris Match
Paris Match
(30 October 2008))

References[edit]

^ http://www.imgmodels.com/olgakurylenko/london/women/ ^ Revealed: Cruise nearly killed while filming in Iceland - Icenews, April 12, 2013 ^ a b Hilton, Ruth (December 2008). "Olga Kurylenko: A View to a Thrill". Maxim. 12 (12): 74.  ^ a b c d Oblivion's Olga Kurylenko, Los Angeles Confidential magazine (2013) ^ "Ikon London
London
Magazine coverage of Marina Alyabusheva Exhibition Private View". Ikon London
London
Magazine. 5 February 2015. Retrieved 3 March 2018.  ^ a b Sokolovskaya, Yanina (18 January 2008). "New Bond girl
Bond girl
was discovered in a subway while on holidays with her mother in Moscow". Izvestia
Izvestia
(in Russian). Retrieved 4 September 2008.  ^ "Quantum of Solace: Olga Kurylenko
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
Ukraine
as a 16-year-old modeling hopeful in 1996.  ^ a b "The Ukranian girl discovered on Moscow's metro who grew up to become Bond's sexiest co-star yet". Daily Mail. London. 14 January 2008.  ^ a b Kateryna Yushchenko
Kateryna Yushchenko
Meets with Actress Olga Kurylenko
Olga Kurylenko
Ukraine 3000 International Charitable Fund. Ukraine3000.org.ua (10 October 2008). Retrieved 4 September 2011. ^ a b "Talking Shop: Olga Kurylenko". BBC News. 31 October 2008. Retrieved 20 May 2010.  ^ a b Olga Kurylenko
Olga Kurylenko
Zone – Devoted to model actress Olga Kurylenko with the latest wallpapers news photos and videos. Kurylenko-olga.com. Retrieved 4 September 2011. ^ Olga Kurylenko
Olga Kurylenko
Profile on FMD – Olga Kurylenko
Olga Kurylenko
pictures / images. Fashionmodeldirectory.com. Retrieved 4 September 2011. ^ "Hottest Victoria's Secret
Victoria's Secret
Models – Olga Kurylenko". pop crunch.com. 30 December 2008. Retrieved 18 April 2013.  ^ "Seal – Love's Divine
Love's Divine
[Official Music Video]". YouTube. Retrieved 18 April 2013.  ^ "OLGA KURYLENKO – Kenzo Amour long version". YouTube. Retrieved 18 April 2013.  ^ "New Bond film title is confirmed". BBC News. 24 January 2008.  ^ The Bond Girl Olga Kuryelenko on. Thebondgirls.info. Retrieved 4 September 2011. ^ "Olga Kurylenko: If her looks don't knock you dead, trying to pronounce her last name might". Maxim. December 2008.  ^ " Olga Kurylenko
Olga Kurylenko
for magazine "Maxim" (photo)". Ukrainians.ca worldwide Ukrainian community. 23 January 2009.  ^ New Bond girl
Bond girl
shows her Ukrainian roots, Russia Today (23 January 2008) ^ Photo, Daylife (9 October 2008) ^ Ford, Rebecca (4 April 2013). " Olga Kurylenko
Olga Kurylenko
on Her Breakout Month With 'Oblivion' and 'To the Wonder' (Video)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 18 April 2013.  ^ Kit, Borys (19 January 2012). "'W.E.' Star Andrea Riseborough, Olga Kurylenko Join Tom Cruise's Sci-Fi Thriller". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 20 January 2012.  ^ "Cannes: Olga Kurylenko, Luke Bracey, Bill Smitrovich Join 'November Man'". The Hollywood Reporter. 17 May 2013. Retrieved 23 September 2013.  ^ Crowe, Russell (2014-12-26), The Water Diviner, Russell Crowe, Olga Kurylenko, Jai Courtney, retrieved 2018-02-12  ^ (in French)Olga Kurylenko: Confidences d'une James Bond
James Bond
Girl, Paris Match (11 November 2008) ^ Agence de photographes. CJuliette. Retrieved 4 September 2011. ^ Olga Kurylenko
Olga Kurylenko
Biography – Actress – Olga Kurylenko
Olga Kurylenko
Bio. Kurylenko.org (14 November 1979). Retrieved 4 September 2011. Archived 24 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine. ^ Olga confirms she recently ended a relationship in December 2007. The Times of India. (11 December 2007). Retrieved 4 September 2011. ^ (in Russian) Ольга Куриленко: Из окна своей квартиры я вижу Эйфелеву башню, Komsomolskaya Pravda Ukraine
Ukraine
(23 October 2009) ^ Churcher, Sharon (25 October 2008). "English beauty dies in roof plunge after her marriage split from John Huston's Son". Daily Mail(UK). Retrieved 10 January 2015.  ^ Paylor, Juliet (7 November 2013). "Quantum of Solace's Olga Kurylenko set to lead cast in supernatural horror film Mara". Daily Mail. London.  ^ " Bond girl
Bond girl
Olga Kurylenko
Olga Kurylenko
is a new mother". The Belfast Telegraph. 3 November 2015. Retrieved 18 December 2015.  ^ Hartnell, Caroline (1 December 200). "Interview – Olga Kurylenko". Alliance. ^ https://fadeinonline.com/olga-kurylenko-interview.html ^ "Saban Films Acquires Simon West's 'Gun Shy' Starring Antonio Banderas". Deadline. Retrieved 8 June 2017. 

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