Natasha Stefanenko

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Natasha Stefanenko
Natasha Stefanenko@Cosmoprof 2016.jpg
Stefanenko in 2016
Natalya Dmitrievna Stefanenko

(1969-04-18) April 18, 1969 (age 52)
  • Russian
  • Italian
  • Television personality
  • actress
  • model
Height1.83 m (6.0 ft)[1]
Spouse(s)Luca Sabbioni

Natalya Dmitrievna "Natasha" Stefanenko (Russian: Наталья Дмитриевна "Наташа" Стефаненко; born 18 April 1969) is a Russian-born Italian[2] actress, model, and television presenter who lives and works in both Italy and Russia.

Early years[edit]

Stefanenko was born in Yekaterinburg (then Sverdlovsk), the daughter of a nuclear engineer who worked in a secret unnamed city underground, close to the Ural Mountains. She lived with her family in a closed city and they also owned a dacha beside a lake.[3]

Stefanenko was also a swimming champion who swam with Alexander Popov; when she was a young girl she swam 10 kilometres a day.[4] In 1984, she almost joined the Soviet Olympic swim team, but preferred to continue with her education. As it turned out, the Soviet Union decided to boycott the 1984 Summer Olympics which were held in Los Angeles.

At the age of 16, Stefanenko went to study in Moscow where she eventually earned a degree in Metal Engineering.[5]


After winning the Look of the Year contest in Moscow in 1991, Stefanenko moved to Milan, where she obtained work as a model. After being discovered in a restaurant by director Beppe Recchia, she made her first television appearance on the variety show, La grande sfida, alongside host Gerry Scotti, without being able, at the time, to speak the Italian language.[6]

She commenced her acting career with the cinematographic film La grande prugna in 1999. She played the character Angela Cornelio, one of the protagonists in the television series Nebbie e delitti (Fog and Crimes), which aired on Rai Due from 2005 to 2009. She has also hosted many programmes, including the 2001 edition of Festivalbar, which is an annual series of televised summer concerts performed by both Italian and international pop groups in town squares throughout Italy; and Italia's Next Top Model in 2009. In the same year 2009, she had a role in Mediaset Canale 5's police drama series, Distretto di Polizia 9 (Police District 9). Since 2007, she is also a host of Russia's TV show "Snimite eto nemedlenno" which is based on the British programme What Not to Wear (UK).[7]

Personal life[edit]

In December 1995, Stefanenko married Italian entrepreneur and ex-model Luca Sabbioni, and they have one daughter, Sasha, who was born in 2000.



Year Title Role
1999 La grande prugna Natasha
2003 Do You Mind If I Kiss Mommy? Lena
2011 Ex 2: Still Friends? Olga
2020 La mia banda suona il pop


Year Title Role Notes
1992 La grande sfida Herself/ Co-host Game show (season 1)
1994 Casa dolce casa Claudia Episode: "Mi ritorni in mente"
1997, 2012 Per tutta la vita…? Herself/ Co-host Variety show (seasons 1 and 6)
1998–1999 Target Herself/ Host Talk show
1999–2002 Convenscion Herself/ Co-host Comedy show
2000 Gioco di specchi Anya Television film
2001 2001 Festivalbar Herself/ Co-host Annual music festival
2004 Le Iene Herself/ Guest host Variety show (March 30, 2004)
2005–2009 Nebbie e delitti Angela Cornelio Main role
2006 La festa della mamma Herself/ Host Annual event
2007 Camera Café [it] Herself Episode: "La grande occasione"
2007–2011 Italia's Next Top Model Herself/ Host Talent show
2009 7 vite Akina Recurring role (season 2)
Distretto di Polizia Nadja Rostova Recurring role (season 9)
2012 Miss Italia Herself/ Judge Annual beauty contest
2014 Top Model po-russki Herself/ Host Fashion show (season 5)


(A partial list)

  • La grande sfida (1992), variety show
  • Per tutta la vita (1997), matrimonial show
  • Gioco di specchio (2000), television film
  • Nebbie e delitti (2005–2009), television series
  • Festivalbar (2001), televised summer concerts; co-presenter
  • Italia's Next Top Model (2007–2011), reality show; presenter, judge
  • Снимите Это Немедленно (Russia, 2007–present), presenter
  • Camera Cafe (2007), sit-com
  • Quelli calcio (2007)
  • Distretto di Polizia 9 (2009), television series
  • 7 vite 2 (2009), sit-com
  • Съешьте это немедленно (Russia, 2011–present), presenter
  • Топ-модель по-русски: Международный сезон (2014), reality show; presenter, judge


  1. ^ Natasha Stefanenko at IMDb
  2. ^ "Ortopedia Perugia, elogi dalla Stefanenko". (in Italian). 6 November 2014.
  3. ^ Corriere della Sera, 21 April 2002, Interview with Claudio Sabelli Fioretti
  4. ^ Corriere della Sera
  5. ^ Corriere della Sera, 21 April 2002, Interview with Claudio Sabelli Fioretti.
  6. ^ Corriere della Sera
  7. ^ [1]
  • Natasha Stefanenko at the Internet Movie Database
  • Italian Wikipedia