Victoria Koblenko

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Victoria Koblenko
Victoria Koblenko - face shot.jpg
Born Victoria Koblenko
(1980-12-19) 19 December 1980 (age 33)
Vinnitsa, Soviet Union
Occupation actress
presenter
columnist
Years active 2000–present
Spouse(s) Yevhen Levchenko (2004-2008)[1]
Website
http://www.victoriakoblenko.nl/

Victoria Koblenko (Ukrainian: Вікторія Кобленко; Russian: Виктория Кобленко) (born 19 December 1980, in Vinnitsa, Soviet Union) is a Dutch actress, presenter and columnist of Ukrainian descent.

Biography[edit]

Victoria Koblenko was born and raised in Ukraine as an only child. It was not until 1992 when she was 12 that she and her parents moved to the Netherlands. Settling down in a faraway Western European country with an entirely different atmosphere, culture and language was a formative experience in her life and very much served to broaden her horizons. Koblenko adapted swiftly to life in her newly adopted country, learning to speak fluent Dutch. Attending a gymnasium (college preparatory school) in the Netherlands, she also mastered English, German and French, plus classical Latin and Greek, while maintaining her command of Russian and Ukrainian. She had the best grade for Latin and scored eight out of 10 for Dutch. At the age of 18, she began studying Political science at Leiden University.

Career[edit]

Although as a child Victoria never entertained the ambition of becoming an actress one day, she was featured in several TV commercials in her early teens. Koblenko achieved stardom when she played Isabella Kortenaer in the Netherlands' most popular and longest-running TV soap opera, "Goede Tijden, Slechte Tijden" ("Good Times, Bad Times"), from 2000 to 2010. Her first major film role was that of Marieke in the psychological thriller "Stille Nacht" (2004) which earned her the Favorite Actress Award at the 2004 edition of the Dutch Film Festival.[2] The film was also enthusiastically received at the European Film Festival in Tuscany.

In August 2005, Victoria was cast in the horror film "Doodeind" (2006).[3] She also starred in the short film "American Dreams" (2006),[4] playing the Russian wife of Lee Harvey Oswald. The film was shown at the International Film Festival Rotterdam and was named Best Short Film at the Hollywood Film Festival, which boosted her career even further. October 2006 saw the release of another film showcasing Victoria's talents, the horror movie "Sl8n8". After several guest appearances in the TV series "Van Speijk"[5] and "Boks", Victoria played Kim van Meegen in the 12-part Dutch drama series "Vuurzee" ("Sea of Fire").[6]

Drawing on her Eastern European background, she landed her first Russian-speaking role in TV series "Heritage". In 2009 she got her second Russian-speaking role in the TV series "Sisters" which aired on the 1st Channel in Russia.

In 2009 Koblenko started shooting for the first season Dutch TV drama series entitled "Bloedverwanten" ("Blood Relatives"). Victoria plays the role of Laura in this series which was first aired on AVRO in 2010.

In 2010 she starred in an on-line mockumentary called "Nigel & Victoria". In this series of eight short episodes, broadcast on YouTube, Victoria played herself in the role of an on-camera spokesperson. She made her stage debut in September 2010 with the theatre play "Retour Hollandse Spoor" from the National Theatre directed by Johan Doesburg.

Production of the TV film "Van God Los" started March 2011. Victoria played the part of Miranda. The film is directed by David Lammers for the BNN network. In 2012 another drama series voor BNN, "FEUTEN" has been filmed. Currently Victoria is shooting a third season Dutch TV drama series entitled "Bloedverwanten" ("Blood Relatives").[timeframe?]

Koblenko has appeared on several Dutch talk shows and entertainment programs, among them "The Weakest Link" and "Celebrity Mole". She keeps close tabs on global developments, writing a column for the daily newspaper "Trouw" and reporting on events in, for example, Uganda and Ukraine, where she also served as an election observer.

Charitable work[edit]

Koblenko supports several humanitarian organizations, including Amnesty International and UNICEF. She took her involvement one step further when she teamed up with Doctors Without Borders to produce a TV documentary about AIDS in her native Ukraine. Another case in point is her visit to the site of the Chernobyl disaster, in her capacity of goodwill ambassador for a local organization. Koblenko has been working to raise awareness for the Millennium Development Goals.

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Film Role
2004 Stille Nacht Marieke Kopermolen
2006 American Dreams Marina
2006 Doodeind Laura
2006 Sl8n8 Kristel Lodema
2011 Van God Los (telefilm) Miranda
2012 De Club van Sinterklaas of het geheim van de Speelgoeddokter Nicole
Television
Year Title Role Season Broadcast facility
2005 Wie is... de Mol? Participant 5 AVRO
2005 Shockdoc Host 3 RTL 5
2005 Thuis Host 1 Talpa
2006 Ranking The Stars Panellid 1 BNN
2007–2008 Landroof Host 2 VPRO
2008 De Uitlaatklep Host 2 RTV Noord
Roles in television
Title Season Year Role Episode Broadcastfacility
Goede tijden, slechte tijden 11-15, 20- 2000–2005, 2010- Isabella Kortenaer > 500 RTL 4
Costa! de Serie 1 2001 Quirine 1 episode BNN
Het Glazen Huis 1 2004 Danielle 1 episode RTL 4
Van Speijk 1 2006 Charmaine 9 episodes Talpa
Boks 1 2006 Anke 2 episodes Talpa
Sorry, Minister 1 2009 Ellen 1 episode VPRO
Vuurzee 1 2009 Kim van Megen 12 episodes VARA
Сёстры Королевы 1 2008-09 Лена 12 episodes Channel One
Bloedverwanten I 1 2009–2010 Laura 12 episodes AVRO
Bloedverwanten II 1 2011 Laura 10 episodes AVRO
FEUTEN 1 2012 Anne Fleur 10 episodes BNN
Bloedverwanten III 1 2013 Laura 10 episodes AVRO

References[edit]

  1. ^ Victoria Koblenko weer vrijgezel
  2. ^ Awards for Victoria Koblenko" at IMDb
  3. ^ "Dood Eind (2006)" at IMDb
  4. ^ "American Dreams". Marcelvisbeen.nl. Retrieved 26 December 2011.
  5. ^ "Van Speijk (TV Series 2006–2007)" at IMDb
  6. ^ "Vara's Vuurzee". Vuurzee.web-log.nl. Retrieved 26 December 2011.

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