Ingeborga Dapkūnaitė

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Ingeborga Dapkūnaitė
Dapkūnaitė in 2017
Ingeborga Edmundovna Dapkūnaitė

(1963-01-20) 20 January 1963 (age 60)
Occupation(s)Actress, TV presenter, theater producer
Years active1983–present
AwardsState Prize of the Russian Federation
Nika Award - 1994, Russia

Ingeborga Dapkūnaitė (Lithuanian: Ingeborga Dapkūnaitė; born 20 January 1963) is а Lithuanian theatre and cinema actress,[1] who has appeared mostly in Russian films. In 1994, she won Russia's Nika Award for Best Actress.

Early life[edit]

Dapkūnaitė was born in Vilnius, Lithuania. Her father was a diplomat and her mother was a meteorologist. For many years her parents worked in Moscow, and she saw them only on holidays. She was cared for by her grandparents and an uncle and aunt, musicians in a theatre orchestra, during her parents' long absences.

Dapkūnaitė first appeared on stage at age four in the Puccini opera Madam Butterfly, watched by her grandmother, the administrator of the Vilnius opera theatre. After her opera debut, she at first seemed to have little interest in the dramatic arts, dance, singing, or music. For her childhood and youth, it seemed she might pursue a career in sports; she figure-skated and played basketball, popular in Lithuania. She graduated from the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre under Jonas Vaitkus in 1985 and joined the Kaunas State Drama Theatre.


She has had a number of minor roles in some top Hollywood movies including Mission: Impossible (1996) and Seven Years in Tibet (1997), the latter of which featured her as the wife of Heinrich Harrer (played by Brad Pitt). She is best known for her portrayal of Maroussia, the wife of Colonel Sergei Kotov (portrayed by Nikita Mikhalkov) in Mikhalkov's Academy Award-winning film Burnt by the Sun (1994). In 2001 she was a member of the jury at the 23rd Moscow International Film Festival.[2]

She also portrayed the Russian Tsaritsa Imperatritsa Aleksandra Fyodorovna Romanova in the 2003 British mini-series The Lost Prince, and was mother to Thomas Harris's fictional cannibal and serial killer, also known to be of Lithuanian origin, Hannibal Lecter, in Hannibal Rising (2007).[3]

On television, she plays the role of top Russian diplomat Irina Sidorova in the Norwegian hit show Okkupert (Occupied), broadcast in the US by Netflix. She was featured as a skating partner to Alexander Zhulin in Ice Age. In the first season of the BBC series Bodies, she played nurse Katya Bredova. In addition, she portrays a Bosnian refugee named Jasmina Blekic in Prime Suspect 6, co-starring Helen Mirren and in 2012 played Kenneth Branagh's love interest in the Wallander TV episode "Dogs of Riga". She also starred in Branded. She also portrayed the role of Mrs Hudson in Russia's Sherlock Holmes.

Personal life[edit]

Dapkūnaitė has been married three times. Her first husband was Lithuanian actor Arūnas Sakalauskas, her groupmate at the Vilnius Conservatory. Her second husband was British director Simon Stokes, whom she divorced in 2009. Her third husband was Russian lawyer and businessman Dmitry Yampolsky.[4] They divorced in 2017.

In 2022 Dapkūnaitė voiced her opposition to the Russian invasion of Ukraine and left Russia.[5]


Year Title Role Notes
1984 My Little Wife Aukse
1985 Zodiac TV
1985 Night Whispers Inga
1986 Game chameleon Veronica
1987 The mysterious heir Asya Tikhonova
The confluence of circumstances Veronica Bergs
The 13th Apostle Mariya
1988 Autumn, Chertanovo ... Mariya Zavarzina
Crossing Kama-Basia Zalevskaya
1989 Intergirl Kisulya
F minor Katya
1990 Nikolai Vavilov Natalia Karlovna Lemke Mini-series
1991 Cynics Olga
1992-93 The Good Guys Sanda TV series
1993 Fatal Deception: Mrs. Lee Harvey Oswald Lubya TV
The Alaska Kid Salli TV series
1994 Katya Ismailova (russian title: Near Moscow Nights) Katya Ismailova
Burnt by the Sun Maroussia
1995 Thief Takers TV series
1996 On Dangerous Ground Asta TV
Mission: Impossible Hannah Williams
Letters from the East Marie / Mother
1997 Seven Years in Tibet Ingrid Harrer
1998 CI5: The New Professionals Elkie TV series
1999-01 Big Bad World Natalia TV series
1999 Sunburn Carolyn Kramer
2000 Moscow Masha
Rostov-dad Elya TV series
Shadow of the Vampire Micheline
2002 War Margaret
2002 Stereoblood Mariya
2003 The Lost Prince Tsaritsa Alexandra Feodorovna TV
The Suit Asya
Kiss of Life Helen
Coming Up Olesya Muratseva TV series
Prime Suspect 6: The Last Witness Jasmina Blekic Mini-series
2004 25 Degrees in Winter Sonia
2004-06 Bodies Katya Bredova TV series
2005 Graveyard Shift wife of the owner
2006 Silent Witness Dr. Caroline Anscombe TV series
2007 Hannibal Rising Mother Lecter
In Transit Vera
2008 Morphine Anna
Terra Nova Marta
2009 L'affaire Farewell Natasha
Jolly Fellows Margo
Volunteer Lena Mini-series
Katya: Military history Mariya Barsukova TV series
2010 Orange Juice Dasha
Cadenzas Liza
2011 Heavenly Court Morpheus Mini-series
2012 30 Beats The Call-Girl - Alice
Branded Guru's Associate Dubcek
Wallander – "The Dogs of Riga" Baiba Liepa TV series
Heavenly Court Morpheus Film
2013 Antalya
Sherlock Holmes Mrs. Hudson TV series
2014 Rather "Moscow-Russia" conductor Anna
Gregory R. Empress Alexandra Feodorovna TV series
Heavenly Court. Continued Morpheus Mini-series
2015-19 Occupied Irina Sidorova TV series
2015 Men's Life in Autumn
2016 Wallander – "A Lesson in Love" Baiba Liepa TV series
Artist Kills Self Clarissa Stearn
2017 Jeanne Jeanne
Matilda Maria Feodorovna (Dagmar of Denmark)
Most Inga Veermaa, Homicide detective from Estonian Police TV series
2019 Union of Salvation Princess Belskaya
Dark like the Night. Karenina-2019 journalist short film
2022 Generation of Evil Rasa Kymantaite, the mayor


  1. ^ Pond, Steve (26 July 2010). "Taymor's 'Tempest' to Close Venice Fest". The Wrap. Retrieved 21 September 2011.
  2. ^ "23rd Moscow International Film Festival (2001)". MIFF. Archived from the original on 28 March 2013. Retrieved 29 March 2013.
  3. ^ "Интервью: Ингеборга Дапкунайте" (in Russian). Time Out. 5 February 2007. Retrieved 2 May 2022.
  4. ^ правды», Анастасия ПЛЕШАКОВА | Сайт «Комсомольской (18 February 2013). "Избранником Ингеборги Дапкунайте стал адвокат и ресторатор Дмитрий Ямпольский". - Сайт «Комсомольской правды». Retrieved 7 September 2020.
  5. ^ Justina Ilkevičiūtė (1 April 2022). "Lithuanian actor Ingeborga Dapkūnaitė: I should have left Russia in 2014 – interview". Retrieved 2 May 2022.

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