Chulpan Khamatova is a Russian theater and film actress, TV presenter, People’s Artist of Russia (2012), Laureate of the State Prize of Russia (2004), the leading actress of the Moscow theater Sovremennik, winner of numerous theater and cinema awards. She is one of the founders of the charity fund “Give Life”. Khamatova was a member of the Public Chamber of Russian Federation.
Chulpan was born on October 1, 1975 in Kazan, USSR into the family of engineers. Chulpan means the “dawn star” in Tatar. She has younger brother Shamil (born in 1985), who is also an actor. In her childhood the future actress was engaged in figure skating. After graduating from school she entered the Kazan theater school. Later, her teachers advised to continue her studies in Moscow and Chulpan entered GITIS.
In 1998, the young actress was invited to join the Moscow theater “Sovremennik”. The role of Patricia Holman in “Three Comrades” by Erich Maria Remarque was her debut one.
Her debut role in the movie was in Vadim Abdrashitov’s film “The Time of the Dancer”. For this role Chulpan was nominated for Nika as Best Actress. The role of Rita in Valeri Todorovski’s “Land of the Deaf” was one of the brightest. For this role Chulpan even learned sign language. She was recognized as one of the most talented young actresses of the Russian cinema.
In 2000, she was a presenter of the talk show Another Life, as well as co-host of the program Sight. In 2005 she was a co-host of the TV program Wait for me.
In 2007, Khamatova participated in the TV show “Ice Age” paired with figure skater Roman Kostomarov and they became winners.
In November 2012, the actress starred in DDT’s music video for the song “Where are we going”. In 2013 she starred in Night Snipers’ music video for the song “Come to me”.
In 2012 the asteroid (279119) was named after the actress – Khamatova.
In 2014 at the Olympic Games in Sochi she was one of those who carried the flag at the Olympics opening ceremony.
Her first husband (1995-2002) was Ivan Volkov (1974), actor, son of the actress Olga Volkova and actor Nikolai Volkov. On April 4, 2002 Chulpan gave birth to a daughter Arina.
Ballet dancer Alex Dubinin became her second husband. In 2003 their daughter Asya was born.
The third husband is an actor and director Alexander Shein. On April 27, 2010 the actress gave birth to her third daughter Iya.