Sofia Boutella

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Sofia Boutella
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Boutella in May 2017
Born (1982-04-03) April 3, 1982 (age 37)
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, U.S.
  • Algerian
  • French
Years active1998–present
Parent(s)Safy Boutella

Sofia Boutella (Arabic: صوفيا بوتلة‎; born April 3, 1982)[1] is an Algerian-French[2] dancer, model and actress. Boutella has starred as Gazelle in Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014), Jaylah in Star Trek Beyond (2016), Princess Ahmanet in The Mummy (2017) and appeared in Atomic Blonde (2017) and Climax (2018).

Early life and career beginnings[edit]

Boutella was born in the Bab El Oued district of Algiers,[3] the daughter of jazz musician Safy Boutella. Her mother is an Algerian architect.[4]

She started classical dance education when she was five years old. At the age of 10 in 1992, she left Algeria with her family and moved to France, where she started rhythmic gymnastics, joining the French national team at age 18.[5]

Boutella took up hip hop and street dance, and was part of a group called the Vagabond Crew, which won the Battle of the Year in 2006. She also participated in a group called "Chienne de Vie and Aphrodites" created by Momo from the Vagabond Crew.

Her breakthrough arrived in 2007, when she was picked for the Jamie King choreography for Nike as a role model of femininity and hip-hop.[6] This was a major boost to her career and led to more work alongside stars like Madonna, in her Confessions Tour, and Rihanna.[5][6]

Boutella successfully auditioned for the Michael Jackson This Is It concerts but could not attend due to the extension of the Madonna tour, whose dates coincided with the Jackson residency.[7] In February 2011, she was the main character in the music video for "Hollywood Tonight" by Michael Jackson.[8][9]


Boutella has been rehearsing since age 17 with choreographer Blanca Li. She has danced in several film and television appearances, as well as commercials and concert tours.[5][6]

She played the lead character Eva in the drama film StreetDance 2 (2012),[10] the sequel to StreetDance 3D.

In 2014, Boutella appeared in Kingsman: The Secret Service.[11] She appeared as the alien warrior Jaylah in Star Trek Beyond, released on July 22, 2016.[12]

In 2017, she portrayed a French secret agent in the David Leitch film Atomic Blonde, which also featured Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, John Goodman and Toby Jones.

In May 2018, Boutella appeared in the HBO drama film Fahrenheit 451, which stars Michael B. Jordan and Michael Shannon.[13]

In July 2018, she portrayed French contract killer 'Nice' in the near-future action crime thriller Hotel Artemis alongside Jodie Foster, Jeff Goldblum, and Dave Bautista. She is barely seen darting across the screen in a one second mid-credits ending scene hinting at a possible return in a sequel.

Personal life[edit]

Boutella has cited some of her influences which include Fred Astaire, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Daniel Day-Lewis, and Bob Fosse.[14]

She began a relationship with actor Robert Sheehan in March 2014. In October 2018, Sheehan revealed they had split.[15][16]

Music videos[edit]


Film and television performances
Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2002 Le Défi [17]
2004 Les Cordier, juge et flic Maya Episode: "Temps mort" [20]
2005 Permis D'Aimer Lila [17]
2006 Azur et Asmar La Fée des elfes Voice role [20]
2006 Megatánc (Megadance) [21][22]
2007 Supermodelo
2010 Dancing with the Stars Episode: "Macy's Stars of Dance"
2012 StreetDance 2 Eva [23]
2014 Monsters: Dark Continent Ara [24]
2014 Kingsman: The Secret Service Gazelle [25]
2016 Star Trek Beyond Jaylah [12][26]
2016 Tiger Raid Shadha
2016 Jet Trash Vix
2017 The Mummy Princess Ahmanet [27][28]
2017 Atomic Blonde Delphine Lasalle Nominated - ALOS Award for Best Supporting Actress [29]
2017 Kingsman: The Golden Circle Gazelle Archive footage
2018 Fahrenheit 451 Clarisse Television film [30]
2018 Climax Selva
2018 Hotel Artemis Nice [31]


  1. ^ "UPI Almanac for Wednesday, April 3, 2019". United Press International. April 3, 2019. Archived from the original on April 3, 2019. Retrieved September 15, 2019. dancer/actor Sofia Boutella in 1982 (age 37)
  2. ^ AlloCine. "Sofia Boutella". AlloCiné.
  3. ^ Lachichi, Mohamed-Chérif (August 21, 2016). "Sofia Boutella, de Bab El-Oued à Hollywood / Sofia Boutella, from Bab El-Oued to Hollywood". Liberté (in French). Algeria. Archived from the original on August 22, 2016. Retrieved September 15, 2019. Née le 3 avril 1982 à Alger, dans le quartier mythique de Bab El-Oued... / Born April 3, 1982 in Algiers, in the mythical district of Bab El-Oued...
  4. ^ "IndieLondon: Streetdance 2 – Sofia Boutella interview - Your London Reviews".
  5. ^ a b c "Sofia Boutella Biography". Sofia Online. Retrieved August 27, 2016.
  6. ^ a b c "Biography of Sofia Boutella". African Success. Retrieved August 27, 2016.
  7. ^ Vogel, Joe (March 14, 2011). "Exclusive: Inside Michael Jackson's "Hollywood"". Huffington Post. Retrieved June 9, 2016.
  8. ^ "Michael Jackson - Hollywood Tonight". YouTube. michaeljacksonVEVO. March 9, 2011.
  9. ^ a b Vogel, Joe (2011-03-14). "Exclusive: Inside Michael Jackson's "Hollywood"". The Huffington Post. Archived from the original on 2011-03-15. Retrieved 2011-03-14. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  10. ^ "All Street Dance Streetdance 2 (3D) Vertigo Films official press release". All Street Dance.
  11. ^ Mike Fleming Jr. "Matthew Vaughn's 'The Secret Service' Gets A Femme Fatale In Sofia Boutella". Deadline Hollywood.
  12. ^ a b Fleming Jr, Mike (2015-04-10). "'Kingsman's Sofia Boutella Lands Lead In 'Star Trek 3'". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved 2016-02-28.
  13. ^ "'Mummy' Star Sofia Boutella Joins Michael B. Jordan in 'Fahrenheit 451'". Retrieved 18 July 2017.
  14. ^ Gamboa, Shéyen (September–October 2009). Gamboa, Shéyen (ed.). "Sofia Boutella, la force et la beauté" [Sofia Boutella, strength and beauty] (PDF). Juste Debout (in French). Paris (24): 14–18. ISSN 1772-189X. Retrieved 2011-03-10.
  15. ^ O'Toole, Jason. "The Full Hot Press Interview with Robert Sheehan". Hotpress. Retrieved 2019-09-11.
  16. ^ "Robert Sheehan on girlfriend Sofia Boutella: 'You're staring at five months apart, but it always works out'". Retrieved 2019-09-11.
  17. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Sofia BOUTELLA" (in French). Archived from the original on 2011-03-10. Retrieved 2011-03-09. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  18. ^ Smith, Ryan (2015-01-13). "Take That become dapper Secret Service spies in the newly unveiled video for their track Get Ready For It". Daily Mail. Archived from the original on 2015-01-19. Retrieved 2015-01-18. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  19. ^ Furdyk, Brent (June 12, 2018). "Paris Jackson Gets Emotional In Thirty Seconds To Mars' New Video For 'Rescue Me'". Entertainment Tonight Canada. Retrieved June 15, 2018.
  20. ^ a b Leonard, Frédéric. "Sofia Boutella - Curiculum Vitae". In English via Google Translate (in French). EN TETE - Agence Artistique. Archived from the original on 2011-04-21. Retrieved 2011-03-10. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  21. ^ "Sofia Boutella: a múltad a jövõd!". In English via Google Translate (in Hungarian). Megatánc. 2006-11-24. Archived from the original on 2011-03-15. Retrieved 2011-03-10. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  22. ^ Barna, Marthy (2006-11-24). " exkluzív: Sofia Boutella titkai". In English via Google Translate (in Hungarian). Megatánc. Archived from the original on 2011-03-21. Retrieved 2011-03-10. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  23. ^ Mitchell, Wendy (2011-05-14). "Vertigo ramps up StreetDance, Monsters sequels". Screen International. Archived from the original on 2012-03-29. Retrieved 2012-03-28. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  24. ^ "Monsters: Dark Continent". Protagonist Pictures. 2013. Retrieved 2013-09-28.
  25. ^ Failes, Ian (2015-02-16). "Kingsman: not so secret effects". Retrieved 2015-12-04.
  26. ^ Yamato, Jen (2015-12-15). "‘Star Trek Beyond’ Director on Avoiding Plot Overlap with ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens.'" Retrieved 2016-02-28.
  27. ^ Kroll, Justin (January 21, 2016). "Tom Cruise's 'The Mummy' Gets New Release Date". Variety. Retrieved January 22, 2016.
  28. ^ Kit, Borys; Ford, Rebecca (December 8, 2015). "'Kingsman' Actress Sofia Boutella in Talks to Star in 'The Mummy' (Exclusive)". Retrieved December 9, 2015.
  29. ^ Sneider, Jeff (October 26, 2015). "'Kingsman' Breakout Sofia Boutella Joins Charlize Theron in Spy Thriller 'The Coldest City' (Exclusive)". Retrieved November 18, 2015.
  30. ^ Hipes, Patrick (2017-06-07). "Sofia Boutella Joins HBO Films' 'Fahrenheit 451'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2017-07-20.
  31. ^ Kroll, Justin (2017-04-28). "'The Mummy' Star Sofia Boutella in Talks to Join Jodie Foster for 'Hotel Artemis' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 2017-07-26.

Further reading[edit]

  • H. W. Wilson (2017). Current Biography Yearbook 2017 (78 ed.). Ipswich, Massachusetts: Grey House Publishing. ISBN 9781619258488.

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