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Olga Kurylenko
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Kurylenko at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival, February 2015
Olga Konstantynivna Kurylenko

(1979-11-14) 14 November 1979 (age 39)
Residence London, England
Years active1995–present
Cedric van Mol
(m. 2000;div. 2004)

Damian Gabrielle
(m. 2006;div. 2007)
Modeling information
Height1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)
Agency VRConsultingartists (Paris) [1]

Olga Konstiantinivna Kurylenko [lower-alpha 1] (Ukrainian: О́льга Констянти́нівна Куриле́нко; born 14 November 1979) is a French-Ukrainian actress and model. [2] [lower-alpha 2]

Ukrainian language language member of the East Slavic subgroup of the Slavic languages

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Ukraine Sovereign state in Eastern Europe

Ukraine, sometimes called the Ukraine, is a country in Eastern Europe. Excluding Crimea, Ukraine has a population of about 42.5 million, making it the 32nd most populous country in the world. Its capital and largest city is Kiev. Ukrainian is the official language and its alphabet is Cyrillic. The dominant religions in the country are Eastern Orthodoxy and Greek Catholicism. Ukraine is currently in a territorial dispute with Russia over the Crimean Peninsula, which Russia annexed in 2014. Including Crimea, Ukraine has an area of 603,628 km2 (233,062 sq mi), making it the largest country entirely within Europe and the 46th largest country in the world.


She was discovered as a model in Moscow at the age of 13. She moved to Paris to pursue a modelling career at the age of 16 [3] [4] and started her acting career in 2005. [4] She found success as an actress for her role as Nika Boronina in the movie adaptation of the video game Hitman (2007), and then rose to fame by playing Bond girl Camille Montes in the 22nd James Bond film, Quantum of Solace (2008). More recently she starred in Stephen S. Campanelli's Momentum (2015), Terrence Malick's To the Wonder (2012), alongside Tom Cruise in Oblivion (2013), with Russell Crowe in The Water Diviner (2014) and alongside Rowan Atkinson in the spy comedy film Johnny English Strikes Again (2018).

Hitman is a stealth video game series developed by the Danish company IO Interactive, previously published by Eidos Interactive and Square Enix. IO Interactive remained a subsidiary of Square Enix until 2017, when Square Enix started seeking sellers for the studio, IO Interactive completed a management buyout, regaining their independent status and retaining the rights for Hitman, in June 2017. The series is available on Microsoft Windows as well as several video game consoles, including the PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The franchise also includes two novels and a graphic novel: Hitman: Enemy Within written by William C. Dietz, followed by Hitman: Damnation written by Raymond Benson, as well as a comic prequel Agent 47: Birth Of A Hitman.

<i>Hitman</i> (2007 film) 2007 French-American action thriller film directed by Xavier Gens

Hitman is a 2007 French-American-British action-thriller film directed by Xavier Gens and based on the video game series of the same name. The story revolves around Agent 47, a professional hitman, who was engineered to be an assassin by the group known as "The Organization". He becomes ensnared in a political conspiracy and finds himself pursued by both Interpol and Russian intelligence. The film stars Timothy Olyphant, Olga Kurylenko and Dougray Scott and was released on November 21, 2007 in the United States, November 30, 2007 in the United Kingdom and December 26, 2007 in France. Though critically not well-received, it was a financial success, grossing $99 million against a $24 million budget.

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Early life and education

Kurylenko was born in Berdiansk, Ukraine, then part of the Soviet Union. Her father, Konstantin, is Ukrainian, and her mother, Marina Alyabysheva, who teaches art and is an exhibited artist, was born in Irkutsk Oblast, Russia, and is of Russian and Belarusian ancestry. [5]

Soviet Union 1922–1991 country in Europe and Asia

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Irkutsk Oblast First-level administrative division of Russia

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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. [5] [6]


Kurylenko at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival premiere of Seven Psychopaths. Olga Kurylenko TIFF 2012.jpg
Kurylenko at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival premiere of Seven Psychopaths .

Kurylenko was discovered by a female model scout while on holiday in Moscow at the age of 13. [7] Aged 15 she moved from Ukraine to Moscow. At the age of 16 she moved to Paris. [4] In 1996, she signed a contract with the Paris-based Madison modelling agency where she met her publicist Valérie Rosen. [8] The following year, by the age of 18, she had appeared on the covers of Vogue and Elle magazines. [9] While working as a model in Paris, Kurylenko supported her mother in Ukraine. [3]

Vogue is a fashion and lifestyle magazine covering many topics including fashion, beauty, culture, living, and runway. Vogue began as a weekly newspaper in 1892 in the United States, before becoming a monthly publication years later.

<i>Elle</i> (magazine) worldwide lifestyle magazine

Elle is a worldwide lifestyle magazine of French origin that focuses on fashion, beauty, health, and entertainment. It was founded in 1945 by Hélène Gordon-Lazareff and her husband, the writer Pierre Lazareff. The title means "she" or "her," in French.

She also appeared on the covers of Madame Figaro and Marie Claire magazines. [10] She became the face of brands Bebe, Clarins, and Helena Rubinstein. [10] She has also modelled for Roberto Cavalli and Kenzo [11] and appeared in the Victoria's Secret catalogue. [12]

<i>Le Figaro</i> French daily newspaper

Le Figaro is a French daily morning newspaper founded in 1826 and published in Paris. Le Figaro is the oldest national daily in France and is one of the three French newspapers of record, along with Le Monde and Libération.

<i>Marie Claire</i> womens magazine

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Clarins French luxury cosmetics company

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In 1998, she features in the music video of French-Algerian 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, [13] but her film career truly began in France during 2005. [4] She received the certificate of excellence award at the 2006 Brooklyn International Film Festival for her performance in L'Annulaire , and also starred in the Paris, je t'aime 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. [14] She has appeared in all subsequent Kenzo Amour advertisements.

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). [15] In the film she plays the role of a Bolivian Secret Service agent named Camille, who teams up with James Bond to avenge the death of her parents. [16]

She was featured on the cover of the December 2008 issue of the US edition of Maxim magazine [17] and on the cover of the February 2009 issue of the Ukrainian edition of Maxim. [18] In Ukraine the mayor of Berdyansk suggested naming a street after her in early 2008, [19] and she and her mother [20] met Ukraine's First Lady Kateryna Yushchenko in President Yushchenko's family country house. [8] [9]

Kurylenko appeared in Terrence Malick's To the Wonder , shot in autumn-time 2010 in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. [21] She also appeared in Oblivion , a science fiction film starring Tom Cruise and directed by Joseph Kosinski. [22] Kurylenko played Alice Fournier who is the main subject of the spy thriller November Man . [23]

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. [24] She also played the headmistress in Vampire Academy.

Personal life

Kurylenko acquired French citizenship in 2001. [25] She married French fashion photographer Cedric van Mol in 2000, [26] [27] but the couple divorced four years later. She married American mobile phone accessory entrepreneur Damian Gabrielle in 2006, [7] but that marriage ended in divorce in late 2007. [28] Kurylenko moved to London in 2009. [29]

Kurylenko and her former partner Max Benitz have one son, Alexander Max Horatio, born on 3 October 2015. [30]

As of 2018, Kurylenko lived in London with her boyfriend, actor Ben Cura, and her son. [31]


Olga Kurylenko in May 2013 Olga Kurilenko 2.jpg
Olga Kurylenko in May 2013
2001 Largo Winch CaroleTV series (1 Episode : "Contessa Vanessa")
2005 L'Annulaire Iris Diane Bertrand
2006 Paris, je t'aime The Vampire Vincenzo Natali Segment : Quartier de la Madeleine
2006Le porte-bonheurSophiaLaurent DussauxTV movie
2006 The Serpent SofiaEric Barbier
2007SuspectesEva PirèsTV miniseries (7 episodes)
2007 Hitman Nika Boronina Xavier Gens
2008À l'est de moiThe Russian prostituteBojena Horackova
2008 Max Payne Natasha Sax John Moore
2008 Quantum of Solace Camille Montes Marc Forster
2009 Kirot GaliaDanny Lerner
2010 Tyranny Mina Harud John Beck Hofmann TV series (5 episodes); also writer
2010 Centurion Etain Neil Marshall
2011 There Be Dragons Ildiko Roland Joffé
2011 Land of Oblivion Anya Michale Boganim
2012 Erased Anna Brandt Philipp Stölzl
2012 To the Wonder Marina Terrence Malick
2012 Seven Psychopaths Angela Martin McDonagh
2012 Magic City Vera EvansMainly Ed Bianchi
Simon Cellan Jones
TV series (16 episodes)
2013 Oblivion Julia Rusakova Harper Joseph Kosinski
2014 Vampire Academy Ellen Kirova Mark Waters
2014 The November Man Alice Fournier/Mira Filipova Roger Donaldson
2014Mission ControlNASA broadcasting news Will Ferrell Episode 13: Go Home
2014 The Water Diviner Ayshe Russell Crowe
2015 A Perfect Day Katya Fernando León de Aranoa
2015 Momentum Alex FarradayStephen S. Campanelli
2016 The Correspondence Amy Giuseppe Tornatore
2017 The Death of Stalin Maria Yudina Armando Iannucci
2017 Gun Shy [32] Sheila Simon West
2018 Just a Breath Away (Dans la brume)Anna Daniel Roby
2018 The Man Who Killed Don Quixote Jacqui Terry Gilliam
2018 Mara Kate FullerClive Tonge
2018 Johnny English Strikes Again Ophelia David Kerr
2019 15 minutes de guerre Jane Anderson Fred Grivois
TBA Empires of the Deep Michael French
Scott Miller
TBA The Courier Zackary AdlerFilming

Awards and nominations

2005 Brooklyn international film festival Best actress L'Annulaire Won
2008 Saturn Award Best Supporting Actress Quantum of Solace Nominated
2009 Empire Awards Best Actress 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 Nominated


  1. Ukrainian: О́льга Констянти́нівна Куриле́нко
  2. Kurylenko became a French citizen in 2001 (source: Olga Kurylenko: Confidences d'une James Bond Girl Paris Match (30 October 2008))

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