Anna Kovalchuk

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Anna Kovalchuk
Anna Kovalchuk at the Golden Soffit award ceremony, November 2015.jpg
Anna Kovalchuk in November 2015
Born Anna Leonidovna Kovalchuk
(1977-06-15)15 June 1977
Neustrelitz, East Germany
Nationality Russian
Occupation Actress
Years active 1998–present
Spouse(s) Anatoly Ilichenko
(1999 - 2005 divorced, 1 child)
Oleg Kapustin
(m. 2007, 1 child)
Awards Honored Artist of the Russian Federation

Anna Leonidovna Kovalchuk (Russian: А́нна Леони́довна Ковальчу́к; born 15 June 1977) is a Russian actress. The winner of the prize for the presentation of the image of "good character" in the international legal Festival "Law and Society" for the title role in the television series Tainy Sledstviya.


Anna Kovalchuk was born on 15 June 1977, in Neustrelitz (GDR), into a family of hereditary teachers. Anna's mother managed a kindergarten, her father was the teacher, and her grandfather was the principal. Anna has an older brother named Pavel.

During her school days, Kovalchuk lived in Leningrad. The future actress also spent parts of her childhood in Yerevan and Moscow. At school the exact sciences, in particular mathematics, were her favorite subjects. Upon termination of secondary school, Kovalchuk intended to enroll in the Leningrad Polytechnical Institute toward a career in cybernetics. But after a time, she instead chose an acting career and enrolled in the Leningrad Theatrical Institute of Music and Cinematography (the Ampere-second course. Shvedersky) During her theatrical studies, Anna got acquainted with her future first husband, Anatoly Ilchenko. While still a student, she became involved in a theatre troupe called Lensoveta where director Gennady Trostjanetsky was searching for an actress to play the young heroine for his production of «Imaginary Patient» based on Molière's comedy Le Malade imaginaire. The premiere of her performance took place almost at once after Kovulchuk received her diploma, and almost simultaneously with her wedding.


Graduated from St. Petersburg Academy of Theatre, Music and Cinema in 1998.

Member of Lensoveta Theatre since 1998. Plays leading roles in stage productions of Lensoveta Theatre.

Anna's general popularity came after the role of inspector Maria Shvetsova in a teleserial of Tainy Sledstviya (Secrecy of the Investigation) (2001) for which the actress won a prize for embodiment of an image of "hero" on the international legal film festival «the Law and a society».

After shooting of the first series of "Secrecy of the Investigation", it was revealed that the actress was pregnant and about to give birth. After considering and weighing this situation, the filmmakers decided not to hide Kovalchuk's pregnancy; and script writer Elena Topilsky urgently adapted the script as it concerned the private life of its heroine, Masha Shvetsova's inspector, to include this development. On 26 October 2000, the actress gave birth to Ilchenko's and her daughter, Zlata (meaning "Gold" in Russian); and the scene of sorts and her breast-feeding her baby were subsequently included in the teleserial.

In 2005 Anna Kovalchuk starred as Margarita in the highly acclaimed Vladimir Bortko-directed Russian television miniseries The Master and Margarita, a screen version of the epic Russian novel by Mikhail Bulgakov.

Private life[edit]

In 2000 Anna gave birth to a daughter and called her Zlata.

The role of Margarita brought Kovalchuk great popularity. Upon conclusion of the filming of «Master and Margarita» in June 2005, Kovalchuk announced her divorce from Anatoly Ilchenko. Her words were confirmed by her ex-husband, who also acted in the miniseries.

Soon thereafter, Kovulchuk began dating businessman Oleg Kapustin. After two years of relations, they married on 1 December 2007, in St. Petersburg. As a wedding gift, Oleg presented her with a thoroughbred racehorse. On 30 April 2010, the actress gave birth to the couple's son, Dobrynja.

Selected Filmography[edit]

  • 1998 Shallow Hal as princess
  • 2000 - 2016 Tainy Sledstviya (TV Series) as Maria Shvetsova
  • 2004 Against the stream (TV Series) as Anna
  • 2004 Usad'ba (The Manor) (TV Series) as Elena Semenova
  • 2005 The Master and Margarita (Miniseries) as Margarita
  • 2006 Rhymes with love as Olga
  • 2006 Rush Hour as Evgenya Arkhipova
  • 2008 Admiral as Sofia Kolchak
  • 2008 Can I call you mom? as Daria Semenova
  • 2009 Admiral (TV series) as Sofia Kolchak
  • 2009 And there was war as Elizabeth
  • 2009 Personal File captain Ryumin (TV series) as Lisa
  • 2011 Peter the Great: The Testament (Miniseries) as Anastasia Trubetskaya
  • 2016 About love as Tamara

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