Olga Kurylenko

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Olga Kurylenko
Kurylenko in 2019
Olga Kostyantynivna Kurylenko

(1979-11-14) 14 November 1979 (age 44)
Berdyansk, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
  • Ukraine
  • France (from 2001)
  • Actress
  • model
Years active1995–present
  • Cedric van Mol
    (m. 2000; div. 2004)
  • Damian Gabrielle
    (m. 2006; div. 2007)

Olga Kostyantynivna Kurylenko[1][2] (Ukrainian: Ольга Костянтинівна Куриленко; born 14 November 1979)[1][2][3] is a Ukrainian and French actress and former model.[4][5][6] Born and raised in Berdyansk, she moved to Paris at age 16 to pursue a modelling career. After starting her acting career in 2004,[7] Kurylenko had her breakthrough film role in the action-thriller Hitman (2007). She gained recognition as Bond girl Camille Montes in the James Bond film Quantum of Solace (2008) and as Taskmaster in the superhero film Black Widow (2021).

Kurylenko has also starred in Terrence Malick's To the Wonder (2012), Martin McDonagh's dark comedy Seven Psychopaths (2012), the science fiction film Oblivion (2013), Armando Iannucci's political satire The Death of Stalin (2017), Terry Gilliam's The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018), the Netflix miniseries Treason (2022), and the action film Extraction 2 (2023).

Early life[edit]

Kurylenko was born in Berdyansk, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union. Her father, Konstantin, is Ukrainian, and her mother, Marina Alyabusheva, who teaches art and is an exhibited artist, was born in Irkutsk Oblast, Russia, and is of Russian[8] and Belarusian ancestry.[9]

Her parents divorced when she was three and she was raised by her single 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.[9][10]


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

Kurylenko moved from native Berdyansk to Moscow at 15. At the age of 16, she moved to Paris.[6] In 1996, she signed a contract with the Paris-based Madison modelling agency where she met her publicist Valérie Rosen.[11] The following year, by the age of 18, she had appeared on the covers of Vogue and Elle magazines.[12] While working as a model in Paris, Kurylenko supported her mother in Ukraine.[5]

She also appeared on the covers of Madame Figaro and Marie Claire magazines.[13] She became the face of brands Bebe, Clarins, and Helena Rubinstein.[13] She has also modelled for Roberto Cavalli and Kenzo[14] and appeared in the Victoria's Secret catalogue.[15]

In 1998, she features in the music video of French Raï style singer Faudel called "Tellement Je T'aime".

One of her first acting appearances was in Seal's music video, "Love's Divine" in 2003,[16] but her film career truly began in France in 2004 when she shot her first feature film, The Ring Finger,[7] for which she received the certificate of excellence award at the 2006 Brooklyn International Film Festival for her performance. She next starred in the Paris, je t'aime (2006) 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.[17] She has appeared in all subsequent Kenzo Amour advertisements.[citation needed]

Kurylenko quit modelling in 2006, after over ten years of working in the industry and moved on to acting.[7]

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).[18] In the film she plays the role of Bolivian Secret Service agent Camille Montes, who teams up with Bond to stop a terrorist organization and avenge the death of her parents.[19][20]

She was featured on the cover of the December 2008 issue of the US edition of Maxim magazine[21] and on the cover of the February 2009 issue of the Ukrainian edition of Maxim.[22] In Ukraine the mayor of Berdyansk suggested naming a street after her in early 2008,[citation needed] and she and her mother met Ukraine's First Lady Kateryna Yushchenko in President Victor Yushchenko's family country house.[11][12]

Kurylenko at the Sitges Film Festival in 2019

Kurylenko appeared in Terrence Malick's romantic drama film To the Wonder starring Ben Affleck and Rachel McAdams. The film was shot in the fall of 2010 in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.[23] She also appeared in Oblivion, a science fiction film starring Tom Cruise and directed by Joseph Kosinski.[24] Kurylenko played Alice Fournier in the spy thriller November Man.[25] In 2014, Kurylenko starred in the historical drama film The Water Diviner alongside Russell Crowe (who made his directorial debut), Jacqueline McKenzie and Jai Courtney. She also played the headmistress in Vampire Academy. She later acted in films such as Momentum, Mara and The Bay of Silence.

In 2017, she appeared in Armando Iannucci's political satire film The Death of Stalin as the Soviet pianist Maria Yudina. The film was a critical success and starred Steve Buscemi, Simon Russell Beale, Jason Issacs, Michael Palin, and Jeffrey Tambor. The following year she starred in Terry Gilliam's epic adventure film The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018) starring Adam Driver and Jonathan Pryce where it premiered at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. She also appeared as Baroness Roxane de Giverny in The Emperor of Paris, and as the Russian spy in the Rowan Atkinson led comedy film Johnny English Strikes Again (2018).

In 2021, she starred in the action thriller film Sentinelle.[26] In the same year, she played Antonia Dreykov / Taskmaster in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) film Black Widow.[27][28] In October, she was cast in comedy heist film High Heat alongside Don Johnson.[29]

Personal life[edit]

Kurylenko acquired French citizenship in 2001,[30] which she called "a practical decision" because it was easier to travel with a French passport without a visa, as opposed to travelling with a Ukrainian passport.[31] She married French fashion photographer Cedric van Mol in 2000. The couple divorced four years later.[32] She married American mobile phone accessory entrepreneur Damian Gabrielle in 2006; the marriage ended in divorce in late 2007.[33] Kurylenko moved to London in 2009.[34][35][36]

Kurylenko and her former partner,[37] English actor and writer Max Benitz, have one son who was born in October 2015.[38]

On 24 February 2022, during the Russian invasion of Ukraine, which is part of the Russian-Ukrainian war, she expressed support for Ukraine.[39]



List of film performances by Olga Kurylenko
Year Title Role Director Notes
2005 The Ring Finger Iris Diane Bertrand
2006 Paris, je t'aime The Vampire Vincenzo Natali Segment: Quartier de la Madeleine
The Serpent Sofia Éric Barbier
2007 Hitman Nika Boronina Xavier Gens
2008 À l'est de moi The Russian prostitute Bojena Horackova
Max Payne Natasha Sax John Moore
Quantum of Solace Camille Montes Marc Forster
2009 Kirot (The Assassin Next Door) Galia Danny Lerner
2010 Centurion Etain Neil Marshall
2011 There Be Dragons Ildiko Roland Joffé
Land of Oblivion Anya Michale Boganim Also executive producer
2012 Erased Anna Brandt Philipp Stölzl
To the Wonder Marina Terrence Malick
Seven Psychopaths Angela Martin McDonagh
2013 Oblivion Julia Rusakova Harper Joseph Kosinski
2014 Vampire Academy Ellen Kirova Mark Waters
The November Man Alice Fournier/Mira Filipova Roger Donaldson
The Water Diviner Ayshe Russell Crowe
2015 A Perfect Day Katya Fernando León de Aranoa
Momentum Alex Farraday Stephen S. Campanelli
2016 The Correspondence Amy Giuseppe Tornatore
2017 The Death of Stalin Maria Yudina Armando Iannucci
Gun Shy[40] Sheila Simon West
2018 Just a Breath Away (Dans la brume) Anna Daniel Roby
The Man Who Killed Don Quixote Jacqui Terry Gilliam
Mara Kate Fuller Clive Tonge
Johnny English Strikes Again Ophelia David Kerr
The Emperor of Paris Baroness Roxane of Giverny Jean-François Richet
2019 L'Intervention Jane Anderson Fred Grivois
2019 The Room Kate Christian Volckman
The Courier The Courier Zackary Adler
The Translators Katerina Anisinova Rėgis Roinsard
2020 The Bay of Silence Rosalind Paula van der Oest
2021 Sentinelle[41] Klara Julien Leclercq
Black Widow[42] Antonia Dreykov / Taskmaster Cate Shortland
2022 Vanishing Alice Denis Dercourt Korean-French Film[43]
White Elephant Vanessa Flynn Jesse V. Johnson
The Princess Kai Le-Van Kiet
High Heat Ana Zach Golden
2023 Extraction 2 Mia Sam Hargrave
Boudica: The Queen of War Boudica Jesse V. Johnson
TBA Empires of the Deep The Mermaid Queen Jonathan Lawrence
Michael French
Scott Miller


List of television performances by Olga Kurylenko
Year Title Role Director Notes
2001 Largo Winch Carole TV series (1 Episode : "Contessa Vanessa")
2006 Le porte-bonheur Sophia Laurent Dussaux TV movie
2007 Suspectes Eva Pirès TV miniseries (7 episodes)
2010 Tyranny Mina Harud John Beck Hofmann TV series (5 episodes); also writer
2012–13 Magic City Vera Evans Mainly Ed Bianchi
Simon Cellan Jones
TV series (16 episodes)
2014 Mission Control NASA broadcasting news Will Ferrell Episode 13: Go Home
2020 Wonderland, the girl from the shore Alice Hervé Hadmar 6 episodes
2022 Treason Kara Yusova TV miniseries (5 episodes)
2023 Of Money and Blood Xavier Giannoli and Frederic Planchon TV miniseries

Video game[edit]

List of video game performances by Olga Kurylenko
Year Title Role Notes
2008 007: Quantum of Solace Camille Montes (voice)

Awards and nominations[edit]

List of Olga Kurylenko award nominations and awards won
Year Awards Category Recipient Outcome
2005 Brooklyn International Film Festival Best Actress The Ring Finger Won
2008 Saturn Award Best Supporting Actress Quantum of Solace Nominated
2009 Empire Awards Best Actress Quantum of Solace 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 Seven Psychopaths Nominated



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