Sofia Boutella

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Sofia Boutella
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Boutella in 2017
Born (1982-04-06) April 6, 1982 (age 35)
Bab El Oued, Algiers, Algeria
Nationality Algerian, French
Education Berklee College of Music
Years active 1998–present

Sofia Boutella (Arabic: صوفيا بوتلة‎; born April 3, 1982) is an Algerian-French[1] dancer, model, and actress. She is known mainly for her hip-hop and street dance, and for appearing in Nike Women's advertising campaigns. Boutella has starred as Eva in StreetDance 2 (2012), Ara in Monsters: Dark Continent (2014), Gazelle in Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015), an alien warrior named Jaylah in Star Trek Beyond (2016), and the main antagonist, Princess Ahmanet, in Universal's Dark Universe film The Mummy (2017).[2] Also in 2017, she starred alongside Charlize Theron in Atomic Blonde, the film adaptation of the graphic novel The Coldest City, as undercover French agent Delphine Lasalle.[3]

Early life[edit]

Boutella was born in the Bab El Oued district of Algiers, the daughter of jazz musician Safy Boutella and an architect mother.[4] She started classical dance education at the age of 5, and at the age of 10 in 1992, she left Algeria with her family, and moved to France, where she started rhythmic gymnastics, and joined 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. Sofia is a graduate of Berklee College of Music.[citation needed]

Boutella had 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]

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 in her career and led to more work alongside stars like Madonna, in her Confessions Tour, and Rihanna.[5][6]

Boutella auditioned for the Michael Jackson This Is It concerts but, although successful, 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 played the lead character Eva in the drama film StreetDance 2,[10] the sequel to StreetDance 3D, and co-starred in Kingsman: The Secret Service.[11] She appeared as the alien warrior Jaylah in Star Trek Beyond, released on July 22, 2016.[12]

Her influences include Fred Astaire, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Daniel Day-Lewis, and Bob Fosse.[13] In June 2017 she was cast in the HBO film Fahrenheit 451 which stars Michael B. Jordan and Michael Shannon.[14]

Music videos[edit]


Film and television performances
Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2002 Le Défi [15]
2004 Les Cordier, juge et flic Maya Episode: "Temps mort" [17]
2005 Permis D'Aimer Lila [15]
2006 Azur et Asmar La Fée des elfes Voice role [17]
2006 Megatánc (Megadance) [18][19]
2007 Supermodelo
2010 Dancing with the Stars Episode: "Macy's Stars of Dance"
2012 StreetDance 2 Eva [20]
2014 Monsters: Dark Continent Ara [21]
2015 Kingsman: The Secret Service Gazelle [22]
2016 Star Trek Beyond Jaylah [12][23]
2016 Tiger Raid Shadha
2016 Jet Trash Vix
2017 The Mummy Princess Ahmanet [24][25]
2017 Atomic Blonde Delphine Lasalle [26]
2017 Kingsman: The Golden Circle Gazelle Cameo (uncredited)
TBA Fahrenheit 451 Clarisse Filming; television film [27]
TBA Hotel Artemis Filming [28]


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  2. ^ Adam Chitwood. "'The Mummy': New Set Photos Reveal Sofia Boutella as the Resurrected Monster". Collider. 
  3. ^ "Atomic Blonde (2017)" – via 
  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. 
  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. 
  12. ^ a b Fleming Jr, Mike (2015-04-10). "'Kingsman's Sofia Boutella Lands Lead In 'Star Trek 3'". Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved 2016-02-28. 
  13. ^ 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. 
  14. ^ "'Mummy' Star Sofia Boutella Joins Michael B. Jordan in 'Fahrenheit 451'". Retrieved 18 July 2017. 
  15. ^ 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. 
  16. ^ 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. 
  17. ^ 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. 
  18. ^ "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. 
  19. ^ 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. 
  20. ^ 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. 
  21. ^ "Monsters: Dark Continent". Protagonist Pictures. 2013. Retrieved 2013-09-28. 
  22. ^ Failes, Ian (2015-02-16). "Kingsman: not so secret effects". Retrieved 2015-12-04. 
  23. ^ Yamato, Jen (2015-12-15). "‘Star Trek Beyond’ Director on Avoiding Plot Overlap with ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens.'" Retrieved 2016-02-28.
  24. ^ Kroll, Justin (January 21, 2016). "Tom Cruise's 'The Mummy' Gets New Release Date". Variety. Retrieved January 22, 2016. 
  25. ^ Kit, Borys; Ford, Rebecca (December 8, 2015). "'Kingsman' Actress Sofia Boutella in Talks to Star in 'The Mummy' (Exclusive)". Retrieved December 9, 2015. 
  26. ^ Sneider, Jeff (October 26, 2015). "'Kingsman' Breakout Sofia Boutella Joins Charlize Theron in Spy Thriller 'The Coldest City' (Exclusive)". Retrieved November 18, 2015. 
  27. ^ Hipes, Patrick (2017-06-07). "Sofia Boutella Joins HBO Films' 'Fahrenheit 451'". Deadline. Retrieved 2017-07-20. 
  28. ^ 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. 

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