Maryam d'Abo

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Maryam d'Abo
Maryam d'Abo.jpg
Maryam d'Abo in July 1987
Born (1960-12-27) 27 December 1960 (age 59)
Hammersmith, London, UK
Years active1983–present
Hugh Hudson (m. 2003)

Maryam d'Abo (born 27 December 1960) is an English film and television actress, perhaps best known as Bond girl Kara Milovy in the 1987 James Bond film The Living Daylights.

Early life[edit]

Born in London to Georgian mother Nino Kvinitadze (born 1920), daughter of General Giorgi Kvinitadze, and Anglo-Dutch father Peter Claude Holland d'Abo (1917–1995), d'Abo was raised in Paris and Geneva.[1]

a’Abo was drawing from the age of eight, but by 13 wanted to become an actress; she joined an amateur theatre company while at school in Geneva. She decided to do a foundation course at the London College of Printing at 18, but abandoned those studies in order to go to drama school at Drama Centre London. She left after one term in order to make her film debut.


d'Abo made her screen debut in the low-budget science fiction horror film Xtro (1982), playing Analise Mercier, a French au pair, who becomes a human incubator for an alien. She appeared in the film Until September (1984), and had small roles in Master of the Game (1984), White Nights (1985) and Arthur the King (1985).

She worked on the French stage in Lyon playing Varinia in Spartacus directed by Jacques Weber in 1981, played Roxane in Cyrano de Bergerac at the Grenier de Toulouse in 1982, then worked in a 1987 French TV movie, Les Idiots (The Idiots), written by Gérard Brach, with Jean Carmet and Jean-Pierre Marielle.

d'Abo had a starring role in The Living Daylights (1987) as Kara Milovy, the sweet and vulnerable Czechoslovakian cellist and would-be sniper who falls for James Bond. As a tie-in with the film, she also appeared in a Bond-themed Playboy cover and multi-page pictorial in the September 1987 issue, but later said in an interview with People magazine that "I wouldn't do those pictures now... I've learned a lot since then".[1]

On television, d'Abo played Ta'Ra, an alien medical officer in the science fiction miniseries Something Is Out There (1988), which was followed by a six-episode NBC mini-series of the same name, and she played Anne Summerton in the TV adaptation of Jeffrey Archer's novel Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less (1990) directed by Clive Donner.

d'Abo had a supporting role as a pretentious stained-glass artist in the low-budget British comedy Leon the Pig Farmer (1992). She appeared in the 1994 film The Browning Version and starred in Timelock (1996).

d'Abo has had roles in various low-budget, straight-to-video action, horror and fantasy films such as Tomcat: Dangerous Desires (1992), as well as guest roles on television shows Tales from the Crypt (1993), Red Shoe Diaries (1992) and Murder, She Wrote (1992).

She reunited with her James Bond director John Glen for a guest-starring role on the television series Space Precinct and for the feature film The Point Men (2001). Glen later claimed that the reason he cast her in three different projects was because she was one of his favourite actresses.[2] She played the mother of Lara (played by Keira Knightley) in the television miniseries version of Doctor Zhivago (2002), and she was Queen Hecuba in the Emmy-nominated miniseries Helen of Troy (2003). She had a small role in the French film L'Enfer (Hell, 2005), directed by Danis Tanovic whose stars included fellow Bond Girl Carole Bouquet.

d'Abo and John Cork wrote the book Bond Girls Are Forever, published in 2002, which is a tribute to the women who have played the role of a Bond girl. It was inspired by the documentary Bond Girls Are Forever, which she produced with Planetgrande, featuring d'Abo and other Bond girls, including Ursula Andress. The documentary appeared on the American AMC network in 2002, timed to coincide with the theatrical release of Die Another Day. It was later included as a gift with the purchase of Die Another Day on DVD by some retailers. In 2006, a new version of the documentary, updated to include interviews with cast from Casino Royale (2006) was again aired on the AMC network and later released as a bonus feature on the March 2007 Blu-ray disc and DVD release of Casino Royale.

In 2004 d’Abo wrote and, with Cabin Creek Films, co-produced the documentary film Bearing Witness, about five female war reporters featuring Marie Colvin and Janine di Giovanni, which Barbara Kopple and Marijana Wotton directed for A&E. The feature documentary premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.

In 2007, d'Abo had surgery for a brain hemorrhage; after recovering, she was inspired to meet other people who had similar experiences. She worked on and produced a 2009 documentary on the topic.

In 2009, d'Abo had a supporting role in British period fantasy-thriller Dorian Gray. She appeared in the 2014 Indian film Tigers directed by Danis Tanovic .[3]

Maryam d'Abo is signed to Models 1.[4] In 2015, she modeled for fashion retailer JD Williams' AW 15 collection that includes clothing for women in their 50s.[5]

Personal life[edit]

d'Abo is the cousin of Mike d'Abo, a singer and member of 1960s group Manfred Mann.[6] This makes her first cousin once removed of actress Olivia d'Abo.[7] Maryam and Olivia once lived together in Los Angeles, buying a house together in 1988, after Olivia turned 19.[8]

d'Abo is the granddaughter (on her mother's side) of the anti-communist Georgian General Giorgi Kvinitadze.[9]

In November 2003, d'Abo married Hugh Hudson, the Oscar-nominated British director of Chariots of Fire (1981).

In 2007, d'Abo had surgery for a brain hemorrhage from which she recovered.


Year Title Role Notes
1982 Xtro Analise Mercier
1984 Master of the Game Dominique Masson Television miniseries
1984 Until September Nathalie
1985 Arthur the King 2nd Court Lady Television film
1985 White Nights French Girlfriend
1985 Behind Enemy Lines Claudie DeBrille Television film
1987 The Living Daylights Kara Milovy
1988 Something Is Out There Ta'Ra Television series, Main role
1989 Nightlife Angelique Television film, Main role
1990 Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less Anne Summerton Television film
1990 Money Sarah Wilkins
1991 Immortal Sins Susan
1992 Murder, She Wrote Barbara Calloway Television series, episode: "The Monte Carlo Murders"
1992 Leon the Pig Farmer Madeleine
1992 Double Obsession Claire Burke Filmed in Boulder. Distributed by Tri-Star. Directed by Eduardo Montes-Bradley
1992 Red Shoe Diaries Zoe Television series, episode: "Another Woman's Lipstick"
1993 Shootfighter: Fight to the Death Cheryl Walker
1993 Tropical Heat Beverly
1993 Tomcat: Dangerous Desires Jacki
1994 The Browning Version Diana
1994 Stalked Brooke
1994 Solitaire for 2 Caroline
1995 Savage Hearts Beatrice Baxter
1996 Timelock Teegs
1997 So This Is Romance? Sarah II
1997 An American Affair Geneveve
1998 The Sea Change Alison
1998 Mowgli: The New Adventures of the Jungle Book Elaine Bendel Television series, 3 episodes
2001 The Point Men Francie Koln
2002 Doctor Zhivago Amalia Guishar Television miniseries
2003 Helen of Troy Queen Hecuba Television miniseries
2004 Trespassing Linda Bryce
2005 Hell Julie Original title: L'enfer
2006 The Prince & Me II: The Royal Wedding Queen Rosalind Direct-to-video
2009 Dorian Gray Gladys
2012 13 Steps Down Madame Odette Television miniseries
2014 Tigers Maggie
2015 X Company Madame Sournis Television series, episode: "Kiss of Death"
2016 Altamira Elena


  1. ^ a b Alexander, Michael (24 August 1987). "Maryam D'Abo Hopes to Bring the James Bond Girl Out of the Dark Ages in The Living Daylights". People. Archived from the original on 10 January 2011.
  2. ^ Vienne, Marie-France; Frejdh, Anders. "John Glen". Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  3. ^ Young, Deborah (7 September 2014). ""Tigers": Toronto Review". Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  4. ^ "Maryam D'Abo". Models 1. Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  5. ^ Challis, Carla (7 September 2015). "Remember her? Ex-Bond girl Maryam D'Abo turns model for over-50s fashion range". BT. Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  6. ^ Olivia d'Abo Biography at
  7. ^ D'Abo, Olivia (21 December 2015). "Olivia d'Abo confirms she is the cousin of Maryam d'Abo (Dec 21, 2015)". Twitter. Retrieved 21 December 2015.
  8. ^ Sanz, Cynthia; Sheff, Vicki (21 May 1990). "D'abo, Teen Rebel of Wonder Years, Handles Fame and a Romance with Julian Lennon Just Like a Grown-Up". People. Retrieved 14 December 2014.
  9. ^ Ferrand, Jacques (1983), Familles princières de Géorgie: essai de reconstitution généalogique (1880–1983) de 21 familles reconnues princières par l'Empire de Russie, p. 125. Montreuil, France: J. Ferrand.

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