Olga Kurylenko

Age: 34
Birthplace: Berdyansk, USSR, Ukraine

Birth Name
Olga Konstantinovna Kurylenko

5' 9" (1.75 m)

Mini Biography

Olga Kurylenko, a Ukrainian-born actress and model who grew up in poverty sharing a Soviet flat with her aunt, uncle, grandparents and cousin, is now starring as Bond girl opposite Daniel Craig.

She was born Olga Konstantinovna Kurylenko on November 14, 1979, in Berdyansk, Ukraine, Soviet Union. Her mother, Marina Alyabysheva, divorced her father, Konstantin Kurylenko, soon after her birth. After the divorce, her mother struggled to survive as an art teacher. Young Olga Kurylenko was brought up by her mother and her grandmother, Raisa. During her youth, Olga had a humbling experience of living in poverty; she had no choice but to wear rags and had to darn the holes on her sweater. During the years in Ukraine she studied art, languages, did 7 years of musical school studying piano and went to a ballet studio until 13.

At age 13, Olga and her mother made a trip to Moscow. There she was scouted by an agent who approached her at a subway station and offered a job as a model. Initially, Olga's mother was suspicious, but eventually Olga made a good career choice and took training as a model in Moscow. By age 16, she was ready for the next step. She moved to Paris, learned French in six months, and was signed by the Madison agency. At age 18, Olga appeared on the cover of Glamour, then she graced magazine covers of Elle, Madame Figaro, Marie Claire, and Vogue, and also became the face of Lejaby lingerie, Bebe clothing, Clarins and Helena Rubinstein cosmetic companies.

In 1999, Olga married her friend, French photographer Cedric Van Mol and divorced him three and a half years later. One day Olga presented herself to an acting agency. Eventually, she swapped the catwalk for celluloid, and her acting career took off. In 2005 she made her film debut as Iris, a sensual beauty in L'annulaire (2005) by director Diane Bertrand.

Olga's cinematic roles have been notably steamy, and her natural beauty and explicit nudity attracted the attention of the male audiences. She appeared opposite Elijah Wood in Paris, je t'aime (2006) and as Sofia in Le serpent (2006), then co-starred as Russian beauty Nika Boronina opposite Timothy Olyphant in Hitman (2007/I). She also appears as Mina Harud in the indy surveillance-thriller "Tyranny" (2008) and is billed as Camille, the Bond girl in Quantum of Solace (2008), a sequel to Casino Royale (2006).

Movie Character Year
Qgfkh7pk3nzxscksisl0w6mna5c Paris, Je T'Aime La vampire (Quartier de la Madeleine) 2006
Sma8hnvh7hd1tqxwa2qhcyvijqa Hitman Nika Boronina 2007
7zb2usxrhcjn0nvk0wgbd2f7ml6 Max Payne Natasha 2008
Gxksxnwek3h8tvsdhbsrp5ggjak Quantum of Solace Camille 2008
Lwqs5dnvy9rhtb0rwescgzqppis Centurion Etain 2010
Mv5wrczjolhvoeofsnviuqfsav There Be Dragons Ildiko 2011
Aqwf0vje1y38ro9e6qdsd8eprog To the Wonder Marina 2012
Hlp9vu8ug0x0ehjlxlq1tvkexce Erased 2012
Ambtsoiw2mfcmif1ggyotykwjzy Seven Psychopaths Angela 2012
Yivotf8zoizmi9ycoyycjxks1se Oblivion Julia 2013
Y7hqwvymj2p0tjkvpxzf03b9dzz Empires of the Deep 2014
Dw6ezebugmpq9699p5hhozk9oiv Vampire Academy Kirova 2014