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Kurylenko at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival, February 2015
Olga Kostantinovna Kurylenko (Ukrainian: Ольга Костянтинівна Куриленко, Russian: Ольга Константиновна Куриленко; born 14 November 1979) is a French actress and model. 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. Kurylenko started her acting career in 2005 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), and Terrence Malick’s To the Wonder (2012), and alongside Tom Cruise in Oblivion (2013) and Russell Crowe in The Water Diviner (2014).
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, was born in Irkutsk Oblast, Russia, and is of Russian and Belarusian ancestry.
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.
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. Aged 15 she moved from Ukraine to Moscow. At the age of 16 she moved to Paris. In 1996, she signed a contract with the Paris-based Madison modelling agency. The following year, by the age of 18, she had appeared on the covers of Vogue and Elle magazines. While working as a model in Paris, Kurylenko supported her mother in Ukraine.
She also appeared on the covers of Madame Figaro and Marie Claire magazines. She became the face of brands Bebe, Clarins, and Helena Rubinstein. She has also modelled for Roberto Cavalli and Kenzo and appeared in the Victoria’s Secret catalogue.
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, but her film career truly began in France during 2005. 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. 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). 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.
She was featured on the cover of the December 2008 issue of the US edition of Maxim magazine and on the cover of the February 2009 issue of the Ukrainian edition of Maxim. In Ukraine the mayor of Berdyansk suggested naming a street after her in early 2008, and she and her mother met Ukraine’s First Lady Kateryna Yushchenko in President Yushchenko’s family country house.
Kurylenko appeared in Terrence Malick’s To the Wonder, shot in fall 2010 in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. She also appeared in Oblivion, a science fiction film starring Tom Cruise and directed by Joseph Kosinski. Kurylenko played Alice Fournier who is the main subject of the spy thriller, November Man.
Kurylenko acquired French citizenship in 2001. She married French fashion photographer Cedric van Mol in 2000, but the couple divorced four years later. She married American mobile phone accessory entrepreneur Damian Gabrielle in 2006, but that marriage ended in divorce in late 2007. Kurylenko moved to London in 2009.
She dated Magic City co-star Danny Huston for approximately a year. Kurylenko and her partner Max Benitz have one son, Alexander Max Horatio, born on 3 October 2015.
Kurylenko is a philanthropist noted for her work for the underprivileged, focusing on children in her native Ukraine.
Kurylenko in May 2013
Year Film Role
2001 Largo Winch Carole
2005 L’Annulaire Iris
2006 Paris, je t’aime The Vampire
2006 Le porte-bonheur Sophia
2006 The Serpent Sofia
2007 Suspectes Eva Pirès
2007 Hitman Nika Boronina
2008 À l’est de moi The Russian prostitute
2008 Max Payne Natasha Sax
2008 Quantum of Solace Camille Montes
2009 Kirot Galia
2010 Tyranny Mina Harud
2010 Centurion Etain
2011 There Be Dragons Ildiko
2011 Land of Oblivion Anya
2012 Erased Anna Brandt
2012 To the Wonder Marina
2012 Seven Psychopaths Angela
2012 Magic City Vera Evans
2013 Oblivion Julia Rusakova Harper
2014 Vampire Academe Ellen Kirova
2014 The November Man
Alice Fournier/Mira Filipova
2014 Mission Control NASA broadcasting news
2014 The Water Diviner Ayshe
2015 A Perfect Day Katya
2015 Momentum Alex Farraday
2016 The Correspondence Amy
2017 The Death of Stalin Maria Yudina
2017 Gun Shy Turk Henry’s wife
2018 The Man Who Killed Don Quixote
TBA Empires of the Deep