Katia Elizarova

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Katia Elizarova
Ekaterina Igorevna Elizarova

(1986-08-17) August 17, 1986 (age 32)
Other namesKatya Elizarova
Blair Metcalfe (m. 2016)
Modelling information
Height1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)[1][2]
Hair colourBlonde
Eye colourBlue / Green

Ekaterina Igorevna "Katia" Elizarova (Russian: Екатерина Игоревна "Катя" Елизарова; born August 17, 1986)[3] is a Russian model and actress.

Early life[edit]

Elizarova was born in Saratov, Soviet Union.[3] Her great-grandfather married Vladimir Lenin's sister,[4] and her grandfather was a former head of the KGB.[4] She has a sister, Alisa, who was a contestant on the fourth cycle of Top Model po-russki, the Russian adaptation of America's Next Top Model.[5]

She attended ballet classes during childhood, with the ambition of dancing with the Bolshoi Ballet.[3] When older, Elizarova studied Law at Queen Mary, University of London.[6]

Early career[edit]

At 14, Elizarova was spotted by modeling scout Guia Jikidze in her hometown,[7] after which she appeared on the cover of Jalouse and starred in Russian television commercials and campaigns for brands including Pepsi, Kirin, La Forêt and Sok Dobriy.[3] She went on to appear in Elle and Glamour magazines and to work with Versace, Valentino, and Preen.[8]

Full-time modeling[edit]

Elizarova became a full-time model after graduating from university in 2009. Clients and photographers Elizarova has worked with include Ellen Von Unwerth, Rankin, Kim Knott, Commes des Garcons, Guy Laroche, Kirin, Laforet, Calvin Klein, Chanel, Valentino, Versace, Ines Valentinitsch, Etienne Aigner, Karen Walker, Preen, Jasper Conran, DSquared², Ghost, Avon, Shu Uemura, Swarovski, New Look, Miss Selfridge, Fornarina, Victoria's Secret, Made by Niki, Babyliss, Trevor Sorbie, L'Oréal, and Wella.[9][10]

Elizarova has worked with several agencies, including Why Not Model Agency (Milan), City Models (Paris), M4 Models (Hamburg), View Management (Spain), Vivienne Model Management and Clear Model Management.[1][11][12]

Campaigns since 2010 include Esprit, Triumph, GHD, Toni & Guy,[13] and launching George Davies' luxury fashion brand GIVe. She has also appeared on the cover of Fabulous Magazine[14] and S Magazine and had features in InStyle Magazine, Marie Claire, T3, GQ,[15] Sky Showbiz.[8][16] In early 2011, Elizarova shot a television campaign for Rimmel London alongside actress Zooey Deschanel.

In August 2011 she signed with IMG Models.[17][18][19] In November, Elizarova was hired by US fashion company Max Studio as the brand's new face and first ambassador.[7] She replaced past faces of the brand Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Lily Cole.[20][21][22] Elizarova has fronted and creatively consulted on campaigns for Max Studio in its Spring/Summer 2012, Fall/Winter 2012 and Spring/Summer 2013 seasons supported by fellow brand models Erin O'Connor, Suki Waterhouse, and Victoria Zuban.[23][24][25][25][26]

Photographer David Bebber chose his photo of Elizarova taken during Spring/Summer 2014 London Fashion Week as his top picture for The Times' annual "Year in Pictures" feature in 2013.[10]

In 2015, Elizarova appeared with Sam Claflin fronting the On Arrival campaign for Ciroc and featuring in advertising shot by celebrated photographer Mario Testino.[27]


In 2006, she appeared in the Russian music video Sky by Diskoteka Avariya.[28]

Elizarova made her theatrical debut on the London stage in Belka Production's adaptation of Chekov and Bunin short stories Sunstroke, in August / September 2013.[29][30] She also appeared in Fox UK's reality show Meet the Russians, about Eastern Europeans living in London.[31]

In 2015, Elizarova worked with the BBC as a fashion and lifestyle expert featuring in its documentary series Rich, Russian and Living in London.[32]

Elizarova made her film debut in spring 2016, appearing alongside Ewan McGregor and Stellan Skarsgard in the Hollywood adaptation of the John Le Carre novel Our Kind of Traitor, playing the role of Katia.[27]

In October 2016, Elizarova appeared in "Bridget Jones's Baby", playing the role of Hugh Grant's character Daniel Clever's glamorous ex.[33]

Charity and social action[edit]

A campaigner for models' rights, she addressed the Oxford Union on the world of modelling, its pitfalls, rewards, and health issues in 2009.[34] She is a supporter of UK charity Fashion For Good and the Red Cross.[35][36] In October 2013, Elizarova addressed a forum in the British Parliament on the future of the fashion industry, focusing on support for young talent.[37]

Personal life[edit]

In September 2016, Elizarova married Blair Metcalfe, a businessman. The couple have been together since 2009.[38][39][40]


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  7. ^ a b Kay, Richard (2011-10-26). "Katia Who Got The Cream". Daily Mail. London. Retrieved 2011-10-26.
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  10. ^ a b The Times year in pictures 2013 | The Times
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  23. ^ Leon Max/Maxstudio Spring/Summer 2013 - YouTube
  24. ^ My Fashion Connect: Super models Erin O'Connor and Katia Elizarova fronting LEON MAX Ad campaign this winter
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  29. ^ "Sunstroke Review". Time Out London. 30 July 2013. Retrieved 8 January 2014.
  30. ^ Russian model Katia Elizarova stars in Chekhov adaptation Sunstroke - Theatre News - 14 Aug 2013
  31. ^ Peacock, Louisa (14 September 2013). "Meet the Russians: Beyond the wodka, fur and red lipstick, Russian girls are genuine and loveable". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 16 February 2014.
  32. ^ "Meet the characters". London. Retrieved 27 January 2016.
  33. ^ "Katia Elizarova - Bridget Jones Baby". London. Retrieved 4 October 2016.
  34. ^ Exclusive: Inside The Life Of A Modern Supermodel- Katia Elizarova – Part Two | Bohomoth
  35. ^ Exclusive: Inside The Life Of A Modern Supermodel- Katia Elizarova – Part One | Bohomoth
  36. ^ Ekaterina Elizarova - International model - Russian Personalities
  37. ^ ‘Katia E’, de supermodelo a superheroína | Gente | EL PAÍS
  38. ^ "Katia Elizarova". Instagram.
  39. ^ Kay, Richard. "Why Darcey says Strictly is OK-yah". Daily Mail. London.
  40. ^ Goncharova, Masha (28 November 2013). "Lifestyles of the Rich and Russian". The New York Times.

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