Annus in theater costume, with wig.
21 February 1979
|Years active||2002 – present|
|Spouse(s)||Robert Annus (m. 2016)|
Maria Annus (until 2016, Maria Soomets; born 21 February 1979) is an Estonian stage, television and film actress.
Estonia, officially the Republic of Estonia, is a country in Northern Europe. It is bordered to the north by the Gulf of Finland with Finland on the other side, to the west by the Baltic Sea with Sweden on the other side, to the south by Latvia (343 km), and to the east by Lake Peipus and Russia (338.6 km). The territory of Estonia consists of a mainland and 2,222 islands in the Baltic Sea, covering a total area of 45,227 km2 (17,462 sq mi), water 2,839 km2 (1,096 sq mi), land area 42,388 km2 (16,366 sq mi), and is influenced by a humid continental climate. The official language of the country, Estonian, is the third most spoken Finno-Ugric language.
Maria Soomets was born in Tallinn on 21 February 1979. She has an older brother, Simmo Soomets, born in 1974. She attended primary and secondary schools in Tallinn and in her youth sang with the Ellerhein Girls' Choir.After secondary school, she studied acting at the EMA Higher Drama School (now, the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre), graduating in 2002. Among her graduating classmates were Priit Võigemast, Ott Aardam, Hele Kõrve, Karin Rask, Mart Toome, Evelin Võigemast, Elisabet Reinsalu, and Argo Aadli.
Tallinn is the capital and largest city of Estonia. It is on the northern coast of the country, on the shore of the Gulf of Finland in Harju County. From the 13th century until 1918, the city was known as Reval. Tallinn occupies an area of 159.2 km2 (61.5 sq mi) and has a population of 440,776.
The Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre began as a mixed choir of the Estonia Society Musical Department (EMD) on the eve of World War I. The assembly of the Estonia Society created the Tallinn Higher Music School on November 17, 1918. The opening ceremony took place on September 28, 1919. In 1923 the educational institution was renamed the Tallinn Conservatoire. In 1938 the State Drama School was opened. In 1993 the school was renamed the “Estonian Academy of Music”. In 1995 the Drama Faculty was renamed the Higher Theatre School.
Priit Võigemast is an Estonian film, television and stage actor. Between 2002 and 2007 he has performed in the Ugala, Tallinna Linnateater and other theatres. He is probably best known for the role of Henn Ahas in the 2002 war drama Names in Marble. He is married to actress Evelin Võigemast
Following graduation from EMA Higher Drama School, Annus (then, Soomets) became engaged as an actress at the Ugala theatre in Viljandi in 2002. Her first stage role at the Ugala was the character of Sonja in a 2002 production of Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya . She would remain an actress at the Ugala until 2007. Among her more memorable roles at the Ugala are in works by: Hella Wuolijoki, Woody Allen, August Gailit, Nikolai Gogol, Jean Anouilh, Brian Friel, Leo Tolstoy, Oskar Luts, Antonio Buero Vallejo, and Charles De Coster, among others.
Ugala is a theatre in the city of Viljandi in Estonia. It was founded in 1920 opening on January 10 of that year.
Viljandi is a town and municipality in southern Estonia with a population of 17,473 in 2013. It is the capital of Viljandi County. The town was first mentioned in 1283, upon being granted its town charter by Wilhelm von Endorpe. The town became a member of the Hanseatic League at the beginning of the 14th century, and is one of five Estonian towns and cities in the league. The once influential Estonian newspaper Sakala was founded in Viljandi in 1878.
Anton Pavlovich Chekhov was a Russian playwright and short-story writer, who is considered to be among the greatest writers of short fiction in history. His career as a playwright produced four classics, and his best short stories are held in high esteem by writers and critics. Along with Henrik Ibsen and August Strindberg, Chekhov is often referred to as one of the three seminal figures in the birth of early modernism in the theatre. Chekhov practiced as a medical doctor throughout most of his literary career: "Medicine is my lawful wife", he once said, "and literature is my mistress."
In May, 2008, Maria Annus became engaged at the Vanemuine theatre in Tartu. Her first role as an actress with the theatre was as Emma Kent in a production of Edward Taylor's 1992 thriller Murder by Misadventure. Annus would go on to perform in stage appearances in productions by such varied international authors and playwrights as: Shakespeare, Franz Kafka, Ödön von Horvath, Martin Crimp, Harper Lee, Ray Cooney, and Robert James Waller; as well as in roles by works of such Estonian authors and playwrights as: Uku Uusberg, Urmas Lennuk, Mihkel Raud, Tiina Laanem, Loone Ots, Janno Põldma, and Heiki Ernits.
Vanemuine is a theatre in Tartu, Estonia. It was the first Estonian language theatre.
Tartu is the second largest city of Estonia, after Estonia's political and financial capital Tallinn.
Edward Taylor, is a British dramatist and radio producer best known for the BBC Radio Comedy series The Men from the Ministry.
Annus has also performed as a stage actress in productions at Tallinn's R.A.A.A.M. theatre, the Tartu New Theatre, and the Luke Manor theatre in Nõo Parish.
Luke Manor is a manor near Tartu, Estonia. It is located in Luke village, Nõo Parish.
Nõo Parish is a rural municipality in Tartu County, Estonia.
Annus's first substantial television role was as the character Malvina in the Eesti Televisioon (ETV) children's television series Buratino tegutseb jälle in 2002; a role which she would play until the series ended in 2005. This was followed by the role of Anni on another ETV children's television series, Saame kokku Tomi juures, from 2006 until 2011. From 2007 until 2009, she also appeared as the character Ira on the TV3 drama Brigaad 3, which follows the work and lives of an ambulance crew.
Eesti Televisioon (ETV) is the free-to-air national public television station of Estonia. It made its first broadcast on 19 July 1955.
TV3 is a commercial television channel targeted at an Estonian language audience owned by Viasat (MTG). It was founded in 1996 after two recent television stations, EVTV and RTV joined.
Annus has also made a number of appearances on other television series, among them; the ETV crime drama series Ohtlik lend in 2007; the TV3 comedy-crime series Kättemaksukontor in 2012 and 2013; the ETV comedy series ENSV in 2012; and the Kanal 2 crime drama series Viimane võmm in 2016, among others.
In 2003, Annus made her screen debut in the Anu Aun directed drama Liivakellade parandaja for Exitfilm. The short film was based on the eponymously titled 2001 play penned by Urmas Lennuk. In 2013, she appeared as Roosi in the Hardi Volmer directed historical melodrama feature film Elavad pildid, which follows two Estonians, a girl and a boy, born at the beginning of the 20th-century in a Baltic German manor, through the coming decades and all of the revolutions, wars, military occupations, regime collapses, and new beginnings.In 2018, she appeared alongside her husband Robert in the Anu Aun directed family-Christmas film Eia jõulud Tondikakul.
On 22 June 2016, Maria Soomets married actor Robert Annus. The couple met during filming of the ETV children's television series Buratino tegutseb jälle and had been in a long-term relationship. They have one daughter, Noora, born in 2010, and reside in Tartu.Since her marriage, she has used her married name, Annus.
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