Oksana Lada

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Oksana Lada
Oksana Lada

(1979-03-03) March 3, 1979 (age 39)
Other namesOksana Babiy
OccupationActress, model
Years active1995–present

Oksana Lada (Ukrainian: Oксана Лада; born March 3, 1979) is a Ukrainian actress, best known for the role as Irina Peltsin, the mistress of Tony Soprano, on the HBO TV series The Sopranos. It was this role that made Lada familiar to national audiences. She also played Ulia in the Netflix Original Series Orange Is the New Black. Lada gained recognition as the lead in an Off-Broadway revival of Pentecost,[1] which was nominated for a Drama Desk Award in 2005.[2] She also had a role as a wedding dress saleswoman in 30 Rock in the first episode of the show's second season, "SeinfeldVision".[3]

Lada was born in Ivano Frankivsk, the Western region of Ukraine. At the age of 20, she studied economics and engineering in the National Technical University of Capital Oil And Gas and did some modeling before emigrating to the U.S.[4]

She is a fellow alumnus of W.H. Studios where she studied with Wynn Handman, the artistic director of The American Place Theatre, who tutored actors such as Denzel Washington, Alec Baldwin, James Caan, Richard Gere, and Michael Douglas.[citation needed]

Lada has made television appearances in the CBS police procedural drama NYC 22 and the Lifetime comedy-drama television series Drop Dead Diva. Most recently, she completed filming the feature film The Big Take starring Robert Forster. Other guest-star appearances include CSI: Miami, Hack, Law & Order, Deadline, and Lateline in LA MAMA stage productions of Water Reflections.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Levett, Karl (March 22, 2005). "Pentecost". Backstage. Retrieved October 19, 2018.
  2. ^ "Nominees and Recipients: 2005 Awards". DramaDesk.org. Retrieved October 19, 2018.
  3. ^ 30 Rock episode "SeinfeldVision" on IMDb
  4. ^ Grove, Lloyd; Morgan, Hudson (November 30, 2004). "Bio Has Dirt on Quentin". New York Daily News. Retrieved June 27, 2017.

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