Olga Kurylenko

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Olga Kurylenko
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Kurylenko during a Ford Ka presentation in Paris, October 2008
Born Olga Kostyantynivna Kurylenko
(1979-11-14) 14 November 1979 (age 34)
Berdyansk, Ukrainian SSR,
Soviet Union
Nationality French
Occupation Actress
Years active 2001–present

Cedric van Mol
(m. 2000–04)

Damian Gabrielle
(m. 2006–07)

Olga Kurylenko (born 14 November 1979) is a French actress and model.[nb 1] She was discovered as a model at the age of 14 and at the age of 16 moved from Ukraine to Paris to pursue a modelling 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).

Early life[edit]

Kurylenko was born Olga Kostyantynivna Kurylenko in Berdyansk, Ukraine, then part of the Soviet Union. Her father, Konstantyn, is Ukrainian, and her mother, Maryna Alyabusheva, was born in Irkutsk Oblast, Russia, and is of Russian and part Belarusian ancestry, Her mother teaches art.[3][4][5]

When Kurylenko was three years old her parents divorced, which led to her being raised by her mother. Kurylenko rarely had contact with her father, meeting him for the first time after the split when she was eight years old, and later when she was thirteen.[3][6]


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

Kurylenko was discovered by a female model scout while on vacation in Moscow at the age of 13.[7] At the age of 16 she moved from Ukraine to Paris, France.[2] In 1996, she signed a contract with the Paris-based Madison modeling agency.[8] The following year, by the age of 18, she had appeared on the covers of Vogue and Elle.[9] 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.[10] She became the face of brands Bebe, Clarins, and Helena Rubinstein.[10] She has also modeled for Roberto Cavalli and Kenzo[11] and appeared in the Victoria's Secret catalog.[12]

Kurylenko's first acting appearance was in Seal's music video, "Love's Divine" in 2003,[13] 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.[14] She has appeared in all subsequent Kenzo Amour ads. In 2007, Kurylenko 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.[15] 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.[16]

She was featured on the cover of the December 2008 issue of the U.S. edition of Maxim magazine[17] and on the cover of the February 2009 issue of the Ukrainian edition of Maxim.[18] In Ukraine the then-mayor of Berdyansk suggested naming a street after her in early 2008,[19] and Kurylenko and her mother[20] met Ukraine's First Lady Kateryna Yushchenko in President Yushchenko's family country house.[8][9]

Kurylenko appeared in Terrence Malick's To the Wonder, shot in fall 2010 in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, also starring Ben Affleck, Javier Bardem and Rachel McAdams.[21] She also appeared in Oblivion, a sci-fi project starring Tom Cruise and directed by Joseph Kosinski.[22] Kurylenko played Alice Fournier, who's the main subject of the upcoming spy thriller, November Man, which headlines former James Bond actor, Pierce Brosnan as a retired CIA operative called Devereaux, whose mission is to protect Fournier and prevent a world-wide conspiracy led by his former protege.[23]

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. Their dynamic has been described as similar to Han Solo and Princess Leia's in The Empire Strikes Back. The film will focus on Marie's discovery of radium and the couple's subsequent escape from German spies trying to steal the secret of the atomic bomb.

Personal life[edit]

Kurylenko acquired French citizenship in 2001;[24] in 2008, Maryna Alyabusheva, Kurylenko's mother said, "She changed her citizenship from Ukrainian to French long ago."[25] Kurylenko married French fashion photographer Cedric van Mol in 2000,[26][27] but the couple divorced four years later. Her marriage to American mobile phone accessory entrepreneur Damian Gabrielle took place in 2006,[7] divorcing in late 2007,[28] Kurylenko moved to London in 2009.[29] Kurylenko is a philanthropist noted for her work for the underprivileged, focusing on children in her native Ukraine.[30]


Year Film Role Notes
2001 Largo Winch Carole TV series: 1 episode
2005 Annulaire L'Annulaire Iris Certificate of Excellence – Best Actress
2006 Paris, je t'aime La Vampire Segment: Quartier de la Madeleine
2006 Porte-bonheur, LeLe Porte-bonheur Sophia TV
2006 Serpent, TheThe Serpent Sofia
2007 Secrets Eva Pirès TV mini-series: 7 episodes
2007 Hitman Nika Boronina
2008 À l'est de moi The Russian prostitute
2008 Max Payne Natasha Sax
2008 Quantum of Solace Camille Montes Nominated – Empire Award for Best Actress
Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
2009 Kirot – The Assassin Next Door Galia
2010 Tyranny Mina Harud TV series: 5 episodes
Also writer
2010 Centurion Etain
2011 There Be Dragons Ildiko
2011 Land of Oblivion[31] Anya
2011 Coronet Maryska
2012 Erased Anna Brandt
2012–2013 Magic City Vera Evans TV Series: 16 Episodes
2012 To the Wonder Marina
2012 Seven Psychopaths Angela
2013 Oblivion Julia Rusakova
2014 Vampire Academy[32] Headmistress Ellen Kirova
2014 November Man Alice Fournier Post-Production
2014 Empires of the Deep Post-production
2014 The Water Diviner Filming


  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. ^ Talaeva, Olena (2 February 2008). "Maryna Alyabusheva does not want to move to Paris" (in Ukrainian). Gazeta.ua. 
  5. ^ Campbell, Lori (2 November 2008). "Bond girl Olga Kurylenko was picked out by Daniel Craig". Daily Mirror (UK). Retrieved 14 November 2008. 
  6. ^ "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]
  7. ^ 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. 
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ a b "Talking Shop: Olga Kurylenko". BBC News. 31 October 2008. Retrieved 20 May 2010. 
  10. ^ 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.
  11. ^ Olga Kurylenko Profile on FMD – Olga Kurylenko pictures / images. Fashionmodeldirectory.com. Retrieved on 4 September 2011.
  12. ^ "Hottest Victoria’s Secret Models – Olga Kurylenko". pop crunch.com. December 30, 2008. Retrieved 18 April 2013. 
  13. ^ "Seal - Love's Divine [Official Music Video]". Youtube. Retrieved 18 April 2013. 
  14. ^ "OLGA KURYLENKO - Kenzo Amour long version". YouTube. Retrieved 18 April 2013. 
  15. ^ "New Bond film title is confirmed". BBC News. 24 January 2008. 
  16. ^ The Bond Girl Olga Kuryelenko on. Thebondgirls.info. Retrieved on 4 September 2011.
  17. ^ "Olga Kurylenko: If her looks don’t knock you dead, trying to pronounce her last name might.". Maxim. December 2008. 
  18. ^ "Olga Kurylenko for magazine "Maxim" (photo)". Ukrainians.ca worldwide Ukrainian community. 23 January 2009. 
  19. ^ New Bond girl shows her Ukrainian roots, Russia Yoday (23 January 2008)
  20. ^ Photo, Daylife (9 October 2008)
  21. ^ Ford, Rebecca (4 April 2013). "Olga Kurylenko on Her Breakout Month With 'Oblivion' and 'To the Wonder' (Video)". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 18 April 2013. 
  22. ^ 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. 
  23. ^ "Cannes: Olga Kurylenko, Luke Bracey, Bill Smitrovich Join 'November Man'". The Hollywood Reporter. 17 May 2013. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  24. ^ (French)Olga Kurylenko: Confidences d'une James Bond Girl, Paris Match (11 November 2008)
  25. ^ "Naked Ukrainian Lover of James Bond" (in Ukrainian). Gazeta.ua. 10 January 2008. 
  26. ^ Agence de photographes. CJuliette. Retrieved on 4 September 2011.
  27. ^ Olga Kurylenko Biography – Actress – Olga Kurylenko Bio. Kurylenko.org (14 November 1979). Retrieved on 4 September 2011.
  28. ^ Olga confirms she recently ended a relationship in December 2007. Timesofindia.indiatimes.com (11 December 2007). Retrieved on 4 September 2011.
  29. ^ (Russian) Ольга Куриленко: Из окна своей квартиры я вижу Эйфелеву башню, Komsomolskaya Pravda Ukraine (23 October 2009)
  30. ^ Interview – Olga Kurylenko . Alliancemagazine.org (1 December 2009). Retrieved on 4 September 2011.
  31. ^ Kyiv Post. Independence. Community. Trust – Lifestyle – News – Shooting of film about Chernobyl disaster, starring Olga Kurylenko, starts. Kyivpost.com (12 June 2010). Retrieved on 4 September 2011.
  32. ^ ‘Oblivion’s Olga Kurylenko Sinks Teeth Into ‘Vampire Academy’.. Retrieved on 30 April 2013.

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Preceded by
Eva Green
Bond girl
Succeeded by
Bérénice Marlohe