Olga Kurylenko

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Olga Kurylenko
Olga Kurylenko Berlin 2015.jpg
Kurylenko at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival, February 2015
Born Olga Kostiantinovna Kurylenko
(1979-11-14) 14 November 1979 (age 37)
Berdiansk, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Residence London, UK
Citizenship French
Occupation Actress
Years active 1995–present
Spouse(s) Cedric van Mol (2000–2004)
Damian Gabrielle (2006–2007)
Partner(s) Max Benitz
Children 1
Modeling information
Height 176 cm (5 ft 9 in)

Olga Kostantinovna Kurylenko (Ukrainian: Ольга Костянтинівна Куриленко, Russian: Ольга Константиновна Куриленко; born 14 November 1979) is a French actress and model.[nb 1] She was discovered as a model in Moscow at the age of 13. She moved to Paris to pursue a modeling career at the age of 16.[1][2] Kurylenko started her acting career in 2005.[2] She found success as an actress for her role as Nika Boronina in the movie adaptation of the video game Hitman (2007), and then rose to fame by playing Bond girl Camille Montes in the 22nd James Bond film, Quantum of Solace (2008). More recently she starred in Stephen S. Campanelli's Momentum (2015), and Terrence Malick's To the Wonder (2012), and alongside Tom Cruise in Oblivion (2013) and Russell Crowe in The Water Diviner (2014).

Early life and education[edit]

Kurylenko was born in Berdiansk, Ukraine, then part of the Soviet Union. Her father, Konstantin, is Ukrainian, and her mother, Marina Alyabysheva, who teaches art, was born in Irkutsk Oblast, Russia, and is of Russian and Belarusian ancestry.[3]

Her parents divorced when she was three and she was raised by her mother. Kurylenko rarely had contact with her father, meeting him for the first time after the split when she was eight, and later when she was thirteen.[3][4]


Kurylenko at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival premiere of Seven Psychopaths

Kurylenko was discovered by a female model scout while on holiday in Moscow at the age of 13.[5] Aged 15 she moved from Ukraine to Moscow. At the age of 16 she moved to Paris.[2] In 1996, she signed a contract with the Paris-based Madison modelling agency.[6] The following year, by the age of 18, she had appeared on the covers of Vogue and Elle magazines.[7] While working as a model in Paris, Kurylenko supported her mother in Ukraine.[1]

She also appeared on the covers of Madame Figaro and Marie Claire magazines.[8] She became the face of brands Bebe, Clarins, and Helena Rubinstein.[8] She has also modeled for Roberto Cavalli and Kenzo[9] and appeared in the Victoria's Secret catalogue.[10]

One of her first acting appearances was in Seal's music video, "Love's Divine" in 2003,[11] but her film career truly began in France during 2005.[2] She received the certificate of excellence award at the 2006 Brooklyn International Film Festival for her performance in L'Annulaire, and also starred in the Paris, je t'aime segment "Quartier de la Madeleine" opposite Elijah Wood. That same year, she was selected to be the face of Kenzo's new fragrance, Kenzo Amour.[12] She has appeared in all subsequent Kenzo Amour advertisements.

In 2007, she starred in Hitman alongside Timothy Olyphant. She had a minor role in Max Payne as Natasha. She played Bond girl Camille Montes in the 2008 James Bond film, Quantum of Solace (after beating out Gal Gadot in the auditions).[13] In the film she plays the role of a Bolivian Secret Service agent named Camille, who teams up with James Bond to avenge the death of her parents.[14]

She was featured on the cover of the December 2008 issue of the U.S. edition of Maxim magazine[15] and on the cover of the February 2009 issue of the Ukrainian edition of Maxim.[16] In Ukraine the mayor of Berdyansk suggested naming a street after her in early 2008,[17] and she and her mother[18] met Ukraine's First Lady Kateryna Yushchenko in President Yushchenko's family country house.[6][7]

Kurylenko appeared in Terrence Malick's To the Wonder, shot in fall 2010 in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.[19] She also appeared in Oblivion, a science fiction film starring Tom Cruise and directed by Joseph Kosinski.[20] Kurylenko played Alice Fournier who is the main subject of the spy thriller, November Man.[21]

Personal life[edit]

Kurylenko acquired French citizenship in 2001.[22] She married French fashion photographer Cedric van Mol in 2000,[23][24] but the couple divorced four years later. She married American mobile phone accessory entrepreneur Damian Gabrielle in 2006,[5] but that marriage ended in divorce in late 2007.[25] Kurylenko moved to London in 2009.[26]

She dated Magic City co-star Danny Huston for approximately a year.[27][28] Kurylenko and her partner Max Benitz have one son, Alexander Max Horatio, born on October 3, 2015.[29]

Kurylenko is a philanthropist noted for her work for the underprivileged, focusing on children in her native Ukraine.[30]


Kurylenko in May 2013
Year Film Role Director Notes
2001 Largo Winch Carole TV series (1 Episode : "Contessa Vanessa")
2005 L'Annulaire Iris Diane Bertrand
2006 Paris, je t'aime The Vampire Vincenzo Natali Segment : Quartier de la Madeleine
2006 Le porte-bonheur Sophia Laurent Dussaux TV movie
2006 The Serpent Sofia Eric Barbier
2007 Suspectes Eva Pirès TV miniseries (7 episodes)
2007 Hitman Nika Boronina Xavier Gens
2008 À l'est de moi The Russian prostitute Bojena Horackova
2008 Max Payne Natasha Sax John Moore
2008 Quantum of Solace Camille Montes Marc Forster
2009 Kirot Galia Danny Lerner
2010 Tyranny Mina Harud John Beck Hofmann TV series (5 episodes); also writer
2010 Centurion Etain Neil Marshall
2011 There Be Dragons Ildiko Roland Joffé
2011 Land of Oblivion Anya Michale Boganim
2012 Erased Anna Brandt Philipp Stölzl
2012 To the Wonder Marina Terrence Malick
2012 Seven Psychopaths Angela Martin McDonagh
2012 Magic City Vera Evans Mainly Ed Bianchi
Simon Cellan Jones
TV series (16 episodes)
2013 Oblivion Julia Rusakova Harper Joseph Kosinski
2014 Vampire Academy Ellen Kirova Mark Waters
2014 The November Man Alice Fournier/Mira Filipova Roger Donaldson
2014 Mission Control NASA broadcasting news Will Ferrell Episode 13: Go Home
2014 The Water Diviner Ayshe Russell Crowe
2015 A Perfect Day Katya Fernando León de Aranoa
2015 Momentum Alex Farraday Stephen S. Campanelli Completed
2016 The Correspondence Amy Giuseppe Tornatore
TBA The Death of Stalin Armando Iannucci
TBA Empires of the Deep Michael French
Scott Miller
Post-production, filmed in 2010

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Awards Category Recipient Outcome
2005 Brooklyn international film festival Best actress L'Annulaire Won
2008 Saturn Award Best Supporting Actress Quantum of Solace Nominated
2009 Empire Awards Best Actress Nominated
2012 Boston Society of Film Critics Award Best Cast Seven Psychopaths Won
2012 San Diego Film Critics Society Award Best Performance by an Ensemble Nominated


  1. ^ Kurylenko became a French citizen in 2001 (source: Olga Kurylenko: Confidences d'une James Bond Girl Paris Match (30 October 2008))


  1. ^ a b Hilton, Ruth (December 2008). "Olga Kurylenko: A View to a Thrill". Maxim. 12 (12): 74. 
  2. ^ a b c d Oblivion's Olga Kurylenko, Los Angeles Confidential magazine (2013)
  3. ^ a b Sokolovskaya, Yanina (18 January 2008). "New Bond girl was discovered in a subway while on holidays with her mother in Moscow" (in Russian). Izvestia. Retrieved 4 September 2008. 
  4. ^ "Quantum of Solace: Olga Kurylenko on being the latest, beautiful Bond girl". London: Telegraph. 24 October 2008. Archived from the original on 5 November 2008. Retrieved 11 November 2008. The French capital has been the actress's home for 12 years, since she left Ukraine as a 16-year-old modeling hopeful in 1996. 
  5. ^ a b "The Ukranian girl discovered on Moscow's metro who grew up to become Bond's sexiest co-star yet". Daily Mail. London. 14 January 2008. 
  6. ^ a b Kateryna Yushchenko Meets with Actress Olga Kurylenko | Ukraine 3000 International Charitable Fund. Ukraine3000.org.ua (10 October 2008). Retrieved on 4 September 2011.
  7. ^ a b "Talking Shop: Olga Kurylenko". BBC News. 31 October 2008. Retrieved 20 May 2010. 
  8. ^ a b Olga Kurylenko Zone – Devoted to model actress Olga Kurylenko with the latest wallpapers news photos and videos. Kurylenko-olga.com. Retrieved on 4 September 2011.
  9. ^ Olga Kurylenko Profile on FMD – Olga Kurylenko pictures / images. Fashionmodeldirectory.com. Retrieved on 4 September 2011.
  10. ^ "Hottest Victoria's Secret Models – Olga Kurylenko". pop crunch.com. 30 December 2008. Retrieved 18 April 2013. 
  11. ^ "Seal - Love's Divine [Official Music Video]". YouTube. Retrieved 18 April 2013. 
  12. ^ "OLGA KURYLENKO - Kenzo Amour long version". YouTube. Retrieved 18 April 2013. 
  13. ^ "New Bond film title is confirmed". BBC News. 24 January 2008. 
  14. ^ The Bond Girl Olga Kuryelenko on. Thebondgirls.info. Retrieved on 4 September 2011.
  15. ^ "Olga Kurylenko: If her looks don't knock you dead, trying to pronounce her last name might.". Maxim. December 2008. 
  16. ^ "Olga Kurylenko for magazine "Maxim" (photo)". Ukrainians.ca worldwide Ukrainian community. 23 January 2009. 
  17. ^ New Bond girl shows her Ukrainian roots, Russia Today (23 January 2008)
  18. ^ Photo, Daylife (9 October 2008)
  19. ^ Ford, Rebecca (4 April 2013). "Olga Kurylenko on Her Breakout Month With 'Oblivion' and 'To the Wonder' (Video)". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 18 April 2013. 
  20. ^ Kit, Borys (19 January 2012). "'W.E.' Star Andrea Riseborough, Olga Kurylenko Join Tom Cruise's Sci-Fi Thriller". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  21. ^ "Cannes: Olga Kurylenko, Luke Bracey, Bill Smitrovich Join 'November Man'". The Hollywood Reporter. 17 May 2013. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  22. ^ (French)Olga Kurylenko: Confidences d'une James Bond Girl, Paris Match (11 November 2008)
  23. ^ Agence de photographes. CJuliette. Retrieved on 4 September 2011.
  24. ^ Olga Kurylenko Biography – Actress – Olga Kurylenko Bio. Kurylenko.org (14 November 1979). Retrieved on 4 September 2011. Archived 24 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  25. ^ Olga confirms she recently ended a relationship in December 2007. Timesofindia.indiatimes.com (11 December 2007). Retrieved on 4 September 2011.
  26. ^ (Russian) Ольга Куриленко: Из окна своей квартиры я вижу Эйфелеву башню, Komsomolskaya Pravda Ukraine (23 October 2009)
  27. ^ Churcher, Sharon (25 October 2008). "English beauty dies in roof plunge after her marriage split from John Huston's Son". Daily Mail(UK). Retrieved 10 January 2015. 
  28. ^ Paylor, Juliet (November 7, 2013). "Quantum Of Solace's Olga Kurylenko set to lead cast in supernatural horror film Mara". London: Daily Mail. 
  29. ^ "Bond girl Olga Kurylenko is a new mother". Belfast Telegraph. 3 November 2015. Retrieved 18 December 2015. 
  30. ^ Hartnell, Caroline (1 December 200). "Interview – Olga Kurylenko". Alliance.

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