Sofia Boutella

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Sofia Boutella
Sofia Boutella SDCC 2014.jpg
Boutella at the 2014 Comic-Con International
Born (1982-04-03) April 3, 1982 (age 34)
Bab El Oued, Algiers, Algeria
Residence Los Angeles, California, United States
Nationality Algerian, French
Education Canisius High School
Occupation Dancer, model, actress
Years active 1998–present

Sofia Boutella (born April 3, 1982) is an Algerian dancer, actress and musician, known mainly for hip-hop and street dance, and for Nike Women's advertising campaigns. Boutella is known for starring as Eva in StreetDance 2 (2012), Ara in Monsters: Dark Continent (2014), Gazelle in Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015), and an alien warrior named Jaylah in Star Trek Beyond (2016). She will be playing the title role in Universal's attempted reboot of The Mummy (2017).[1]

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.[2] 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.[3]


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.[3][4]

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.[4] This was a major boost in her career and led to more work alongside stars like Madonna, in her Confessions Tour, and Rihanna.[3][4]

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.[5] In February 2011, she was the main character in the music video for "Hollywood Tonight" by Michael Jackson.[6][7]

Boutella played the lead character Eva in the drama film StreetDance 2,[8] the sequel to StreetDance 3D, and co-starred in Kingsman: The Secret Service.[9] She appeared as the alien warrior Jaylah in Star Trek Beyond, released on July 22, 2016.[10]

Her influences include Fred Astaire, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Daniel Day-Lewis, and Bob Fosse.[11]

Music videos[edit]


Year Title Role Notes
2002 Le Défi [12]
2004 Les Cordier, juge et flic Maya Episode: "Temps mort"[14]
2005 Permis D'Aimer Lila [12]
2006 Azur et Asmar La Fée des elfes Voice[14]
2006 Megatánc (Megadance) [15][16]
2007 Supermodelo
2010 Dancing with the Stars Episode: "Macy's Stars of Dance"
2012 StreetDance 2 Eva [17]
2014 Monsters: Dark Continent Ara [18]
2015 Kingsman: The Secret Service Gazelle [19]
2016 Star Trek Beyond Jaylah [10][20]
2016 Tiger Raid Shadha
2016 Jet Trash Vix Post-production
2017 The Mummy Princess Ahmanet / The Mummy Post-production
2017 Atomic Blonde Post-production


  1. ^ Adam Chitwood. "'The Mummy': New Set Photos Reveal Sofia Boutella as the Resurrected Monster". Collider. 
  2. ^ "IndieLondon: Streetdance 2 – Sofia Boutella interview - Your London Reviews". 
  3. ^ a b c "Sofia Boutella Biography". Sofia Online. Retrieved August 27, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c "Biography of Sofia Boutella". African Success. Retrieved August 27, 2016. 
  5. ^ Vogel, Joe (March 14, 2011). "Exclusive: Inside Michael Jackson's "Hollywood"". Huffington Post. Retrieved June 9, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Michael Jackson - Hollywood Tonight". YouTube. michaeljacksonVEVO. March 9, 2011. 
  7. ^ 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. 
  8. ^ "All Street Dance Streetdance 2 (3D) Vertigo Films official press release". All Street Dance. 
  9. ^ Mike Fleming Jr. "Matthew Vaughn's 'The Secret Service' Gets A Femme Fatale In Sofia Boutella". Deadline. 
  10. ^ 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. 
  11. ^ 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. 
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Sofia BOUTELLA" (in French). Archived from the original on 2011-03-09. Retrieved 2011-03-09. 
  13. ^ 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 2015-01-18. Retrieved 2015-01-18. 
  14. ^ 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. 
  15. ^ "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. 
  16. ^ 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. 
  17. ^ Mitchell, Wendy (2011-05-14). "Vertigo ramps up StreetDance, Monsters sequels". Screen International. Archived from the original on 2012-03-28. Retrieved 2012-03-28. 
  18. ^ "Monsters: Dark Continent". Protagonist Pictures. 2013. Retrieved 2013-09-28. 
  19. ^ Failes, Ian (2015-02-16). "Kingsman: not so secret effects". Retrieved 2015-12-04. 
  20. ^ Yamato, Jen (2015-12-15). "‘Star Trek Beyond’ Director on Avoiding Plot Overlap with ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens.'" Retrieved 2016-02-28.

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