Ivan Urgant

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Ivan Urgant
Иван Ургант (3) на Алых парусах 2018 (cropped).jpg
Urgant at Scarlet Sails in Saint Petersburg, June 2018
Born (1978-04-16) 16 April 1978 (age 41)
Alma materSaint Petersburg State Theatre Arts Academy
  • Television host
  • comedian
  • actor
Years activeSince 1999
Known forEvening Urgant
Spouse(s)Natalia Kiknadze (m. 2007)

Ivan Andreevich Urgant (Russian: Ива́н Андре́евич У́ргант; (born 16 April 1978) is a Russian television host, presenter, actor, musician and producer.[1] His best known roles in film are Boris in the Yolki series and as Danila in Lucky Trouble. Since 2012 he has hosted Evening Urgant, a late-night talk show. According to the 2008 and 2011 surveys, Urgant is Russia's most popular TV presenter.[2]


Early life[edit]

Ivan Urgant was born in Leningrad into a family of actors, the son of Andrei Urgant and Valeriya Kiseleva. His paternal grandparents were actors Nina Urgant and Lev Milinder. Estonian surname Urgant comes from Nina's father, Nikolai Andreyevich Urgant, a NKVD Major from Luga and a son of Räpina-born Hindrik Urgand.[3][4] About a year after Ivan's birth the family separated. After his parents broke up, he lived with his mother and stepfather - Leningrad actor Dmitri Ladygin.[5]

Ivan studied at the Leningrad Children's Music School No. 18, at the Gymnasium at the State Russian Museum. He graduated from Saint Petersburg State Theatre Arts Academy.[6] After receiving his acting education, Ivan did not engage in theater as the main profession. He worked as a waiter, bartender, and then as a host in nightly shows in clubs. In 2018, it was reported he had taken Israeli citizenship.[7]


In 1999, Urgant managed to get a job at the St. Petersburg radio stations. In addition, he appeared on television, was the host of the program Petersburg Courier on Channel 5. Later, he was moved to Moscow and continued his career on the radio - first on Russian Radio, and then on "Hit-FM."

In May 2001, Ivan first appeared on Moscow television, on the television channel MTV Russia.[8] He received an invitation to a casting at a time when Olga Shelest and Anton Komolov were looking for a couple of hosts to team up with on the show Cheerful Morning.[8] Since 2002, after the departure of the original team of VJs of "MTV Russia", he began to host the programs Total Show[9] and Expresso.[10]

From 2003 to 2005 he was involved in a number of TV projects on the Russia-1: he was the host of TV show People's Artist and Pyramid.[2] He has been working on Channel One since 2005.[10][11] At the moment, Ivan is a TV presenter in the programs Gusto, Evening Urgant and Prozhektorperiskhilton.[12] Also he often conducts award ceremonies.

Starting from 2006, Urgant has appeared with Vladimir Posner in the travel documentary series titled Travels of Pozner and Urgant.[13]

In 2007, 2009, 2010 (2), 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016, Urgant was awarded TEFI.[14]

On 16 May 2009, he presented the finale of the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest with former Russian Eurovision participant Alsou.[15] In December 2017, Urgant was one of the hosts of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Team Draw Show, with Gary Lineker and Maria Komandnaya.[16]

Other ventures[edit]

From 2011, Urgant owns a restaurant The Sad (Russian: Сад; "Garden") together with Alexander Tsekalo in Moscow.[17] He has been a board member and co-owner of the elite real estate agency "W1Evans" since 2016.[17][18]




Urgant has hosted various TV shows, including:


Ivan Urgant plays guitar, piano and drums. In the late 1990s he acted under the pseudonym Vnuk (Russian: Внук - Grandson). In 2011 Ivan renewed his own singing career and now is acting under the pseudonym Grisha Urgant.


  • 1999 — "Star"
  • 2012 — "Estrada"


  1. ^ "Иван Ургант". Russia-1.
  2. ^ a b "Биография Ивана Урганта". RIA Novosti. 2013-04-16.
  3. ^ ""Наша Нинка–артистка!"". Vesti Segodnya.
  4. ^ "Hindrik Urgand". Geni.com.
  5. ^ "Отчим Ивана Урганта Дмитрий Ладыгин: Наша семья жила бедно, пока Ваня не стал звездой". Komsomolskaya Pravda.
  6. ^ "Тотальный ураган". Argumenty i Fakty. 2002-07-25.
  7. ^ Ivan Urgant repatriated to Israel 10.06.18, Vesty.co.il
  8. ^ a b "Иван Ургант: "На MTV я был бесплатным сотрудником". "А помнишь, какой ты был, когда с поезда сошел? А помнишь, как мы тебя на MTV испытывали? А помнишь?.." Иван Ургант и Ольга Шелест точно знают: давняя, верная дружба между мужчиной и женщиной — это абсолютно нормально!". 7 days. 2013-01-27.
  9. ^ "Памяти российского MTV : 20 главных эпизодов в истории канала от «Владивостока 2000» до сериала «Половинки» — Музыка — Журнал — Афиша". Retrieved 2013-04-05.
  10. ^ a b "Ургант, Иван. Телеведущий, музыкант". Lenta.ru.
  11. ^ "Иван Ургант поплатился за шуточки. У ведущего больше нет своей программы на Первом канале. Зато он съездил в Африку и ничем не заразился". Komsomolskaya Pravda. 2005-11-24.
  12. ^ "О проекте — Вечерний Ургант — Первый канал". 1tv.ru. Retrieved 2013-04-18.
  13. ^ "Путешествия Познера и Урганта". Channel One Russia.
  14. ^ "В погоне за Ургантом. Кто из петербуржцев завоевывал ТЭФИ?". Argumenty i Fakty.
  15. ^ "THE HOSTS OF MOSCOW 2009!". Eurovision.tv.
  16. ^ "Ivan Urgant to host Final Draw Show". FIFA. 29 November 2017. Retrieved 3 December 2017.
  17. ^ a b "Иван Ургант стал совладельцем агентства элитной недвижимости". RBC Information Systems.
  18. ^ "Иван Ургант оказался совладельцем агентства элитной недвижимости". Forbes.

External links[edit]

Media related to Ivan Urgant at Wikimedia Commons

Preceded by
Serbia Jovana Janković and Željko Joksimović
Eurovision Song Contest presenter
(Final, with Alsou)
Succeeded by
Norway Nadia Hasnaoui, Haddy Jatou N'jie
and Erik Solbakken