Olga Kurylenko

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Olga Kurylenko
Olga Kurylenko Berlin 2015.jpg
Kurylenko at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival, February 2015
Born Olga Kostantinivna Kurylenko
(1979-11-14) 14 November 1979 (age 35)
Berdyansk, Ukrainian SSR,
Soviet Union
Nationality French
Occupation Actress
Years active 2001–present
Spouse(s) Cedric van Mol (2000–2004)
Damian Gabrielle (2006–2007)
Modeling information
Height 176 cm (5 ft 9 in)

Olga Kostantinivna Kurylenko (Ukrainian: Ольга Костянтинівна Куриленко, Russian: Ольга Константиновна Куриленко; born 14 November 1979) is a French actress and model.[nb 1] She was discovered as a model at the age of 13 and at the age of 16 moved from Ukraine to Paris to pursue a modeling career.[1][2] Kurylenko started her acting career in 2005.[2] 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 Terrence Malick's To the Wonder (2012), and alongside Tom Cruise in Oblivion (2013) and Russell Crowe in The Water Diviner (2014).

Early life[edit]

Kurylenko was born in Berdyansk, 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.[3]

Her parents divorced when she was three and she was raised by her 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.[3][4]


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.[5] At the age of 16 she moved from Ukraine to Paris.[2] In 1996, she signed a contract with the Paris-based Madison modelling agency.[6] The following year, by the age of 18, she had appeared on the covers of Vogue and Elle magazines.[7] While working as a model in Paris, Kurylenko supported her mother in Ukraine.[1]

She also appeared on the covers of Madame Figaro and Marie Claire magazines.[8] She became the face of brands Bebe, Clarins, and Helena Rubinstein.[8] She has also modeled for Roberto Cavalli and Kenzo[9] and appeared in the Victoria's Secret catalogue.[10]

Her first acting appearance was in Seal's music video, "Love's Divine" in 2003,[11] but her film career began in France during 2005.[2] 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.[12] 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.[13] 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.[14]

She was featured on the cover of the December 2008 issue of the U.S. edition of Maxim magazine[15] and on the cover of the February 2009 issue of the Ukrainian edition of Maxim.[16] In Ukraine the mayor of Berdyansk suggested naming a street after her in early 2008,[17] and she and her mother[18] met Ukraine's First Lady Kateryna Yushchenko in President Yushchenko's family country house.[6][7]

Kurylenko appeared in Terrence Malick's To the Wonder, shot in fall 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 who is the main subject of the spy thriller, November Man.[21]

Kurylenko will star as Marie Curie in the Luc Besson-produced biopic RAD, now set for a release in late 2015 after being in development hell since 2011. French rugby player Sébastien Chabal will portray Pierre Curie.

Personal life[edit]

Kurylenko acquired French citizenship in 2001.[22] In 2008, her mother, Maryna Alyabusheva, said "She changed her citizenship from Ukrainian to French long ago."[23][dead link] She married French fashion photographer Cedric van Mol in 2000,[24][25] but the couple divorced four years later. Her marriage to American mobile phone accessory entrepreneur Damian Gabrielle took place in 2006,[5] but ended in divorce in late 2007.[26] She moved to London in 2009.[27]

Kurylenko is a philanthropist noted for her work for the underprivileged, focusing on children in her native Ukraine.[28]


Year Film Role Director Notes
2001 Largo Winch Carole TV series (1 Episode : "Contessa Vanessa")
2005 L'Annulaire Iris Diane Bertrand Certificate of Excellence – Best Actress
2006 Paris, je t'aime The Vampire Vincenzo Natali Segment : Quartier de la Madeleine
Le porte-bonheur Sophia Laurent Dussaux TV Movie
The Serpent Sofia Eric Barbier
2007 Suspectes Eva Pirès TV Mini-Series (7 Episodes)
Hitman Nika Boronina Xavier Gens
2008 À l'est de moi The Russian prostitute Bojena Horackova
Max Payne Natasha Sax John Moore
Quantum of Solace Camille Montes Marc Forster Nominated – Empire Award for Best Actress
Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
2009 Kirot Galia Danny Lerner
2010 Tyranny Mina Harud John Beck Hofmann TV series (5 Episodes)
Also writer
Centurion Etain Neil Marshall
2011 There Be Dragons Ildiko Roland Joffé
Land of Oblivion Anya Michale Boganim
2012 Erased Anna Brandt Philipp Stölzl
To the Wonder Marina Terrence Malick
Seven Psychopaths Angela Martin McDonagh Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cast
Nominated - San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Performance by an Ensemble
Magic City Vera Evans Mainly Ed Bianchi
Simon Cellan Jones
TV Series (16 Episodes)
2013 Oblivion Julia Rusakova Joseph Kosinski
2014 Vampire Academy Ellen Kirova Mark Waters
The November Man Alice Fournier/Mira Filipova Roger Donaldson
The Water Diviner Ayshe Russell Crowe
2015 A Perfect Day Katya Fernando León de Aranoa Post-production
Momentum Stephen S. Campanelli Post-production
Empires of the Deep Michael French
Scott Miller
Post-production, filmed in 2010


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


  1. ^ a b Hilton, Ruth (December 2008). "Olga Kurylenko: A View to a Thrill". Maxim 12 (12): 74. 
  2. ^ a b c d Oblivion's Olga Kurylenko, Los Angeles Confidential magazine (2013)
  3. ^ a b Sokolovskaya, Yanina (18 January 2008). "New Bond girl was discovered in a subway while on holidays with her mother in Moscow" (in Russian). Izvestia. Retrieved 4 September 2008. 
  4. ^ "Quantum of Solace: Olga Kurylenko on being the latest, beautiful Bond girl". London: Telegraph. 24 October 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. [dead link]
  5. ^ a b "The Ukranian girl discovered on Moscow's metro who grew up to become Bond's sexiest co-star yet". Daily Mail (UK). 14 January 2008. 
  6. ^ a b Kateryna Yushchenko Meets with Actress Olga Kurylenko | Ukraine 3000 International Charitable Fund. Ukraine3000.org.ua (10 October 2008). Retrieved on 4 September 2011.
  7. ^ a b "Talking Shop: Olga Kurylenko". BBC News. 31 October 2008. Retrieved 20 May 2010. 
  8. ^ a b Olga Kurylenko Zone – Devoted to model actress Olga Kurylenko with the latest wallpapers news photos and videos. Kurylenko-olga.com. Retrieved on 4 September 2011.
  9. ^ Olga Kurylenko Profile on FMD – Olga Kurylenko pictures / images. Fashionmodeldirectory.com. Retrieved on 4 September 2011.
  10. ^ "Hottest Victoria’s Secret Models – Olga Kurylenko". pop crunch.com. December 30, 2008. Retrieved 18 April 2013. 
  11. ^ "Seal - Love's Divine [Official Music Video]". YouTube. Retrieved 18 April 2013. 
  12. ^ "OLGA KURYLENKO - Kenzo Amour long version". YouTube. Retrieved 18 April 2013. 
  13. ^ "New Bond film title is confirmed". BBC News. 24 January 2008. 
  14. ^ The Bond Girl Olga Kuryelenko on. Thebondgirls.info. Retrieved on 4 September 2011.
  15. ^ "Olga Kurylenko: If her looks don’t knock you dead, trying to pronounce her last name might.". Maxim. December 2008. 
  16. ^ "Olga Kurylenko for magazine "Maxim" (photo)". Ukrainians.ca worldwide Ukrainian community. 23 January 2009. 
  17. ^ New Bond girl shows her Ukrainian roots, Russia Today (23 January 2008)
  18. ^ Photo, Daylife (9 October 2008)
  19. ^ Ford, Rebecca (4 April 2013). "Olga Kurylenko on Her Breakout Month With 'Oblivion' and 'To the Wonder' (Video)". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 18 April 2013. 
  20. ^ 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. 
  21. ^ "Cannes: Olga Kurylenko, Luke Bracey, Bill Smitrovich Join 'November Man'". The Hollywood Reporter. 17 May 2013. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  22. ^ (French)Olga Kurylenko: Confidences d'une James Bond Girl, Paris Match (11 November 2008)
  23. ^ "Naked Ukrainian Lover of James Bond" (in Ukrainian). Gazeta.ua. 10 January 2008. 
  24. ^ Agence de photographes. CJuliette. Retrieved on 4 September 2011.
  25. ^ Olga Kurylenko Biography – Actress – Olga Kurylenko Bio[dead link]. Kurylenko.org (14 November 1979). Retrieved on 4 September 2011.
  26. ^ Olga confirms she recently ended a relationship in December 2007. Timesofindia.indiatimes.com (11 December 2007). Retrieved on 4 September 2011.
  27. ^ (Russian) Ольга Куриленко: Из окна своей квартиры я вижу Эйфелеву башню, Komsomolskaya Pravda Ukraine (23 October 2009)
  28. ^ Interview – Olga Kurylenko . Alliancemagazine.org (1 December 2009). Retrieved on 4 September 2011.

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