Elena Velikanova, Russian actress
Elena Velikanova is a Russian theater and film actress.
She was born on October 5, 1984 in Moscow. The girl was raised by her mother and stepfather. The mother worked as a director of the restaurant, and her stepfather was a producer, director, broadcaster and CEO of DTV channel.
In her childhood Elena was engaged in painting and attended music school where she studied singing and playing the piano. One time she was seriously involved in dancing. Along with the chorus, where Lena sang, she visited many countries.
After school Elena entered the Schepkin Theater school and graduated from it in 2005. The actress worked at Sphere and Hermitage theaters.
Her first role Velikanova played in 2000 in the TV series DMB. In 2005, she starred in the TV series about Dasha Vasilyeva as well as the television series I Won’t Be Back.
In 2007, Elena appeared as one of the main characters in the movie Vanya, where she had to play with an eight-month baby. For this role, Elena was awarded “Best Actress” award at the II Open Moscow Youth Films Festival in Zelenograd.
In the film “Best Film” the actress starred together with Pavel Volya and Garik Kharlamov.
In 2008, Elena was awarded Russian Youth Prize Triumph.
So happened that Velikanova usually plays provincials, though she is a native Muscovite.
In 2010, Velikanova married businessman Oleg and gave birth to a son.
In 2011, Elena played an unusual role for her – the role of a surrogate mother named Maria Pavlova in the movie “Terms of the contract”. Before filming Elena gave birth to a baby and it was easy for the actress to play the role of a surrogate mother.
Elena played a cameo role in the Hollywood thriller “Jack Ryan”, where she co-starred with Keira Knightley and Chris Pine.
Elena loves to travel, especially she likes mountains. As Vladimir Vysotsky said “Better than mountains can be only mountains”.
Her passion is snowboarding.
She is fond of horror films and American blockbusters.
Her favorite actresses are Audrey Hepburn and Brigitte Bardot.
2005 – I won’t be back
2006 – 9 months
2007 – He, she and I
2007 Best Film
2008 – long-awaited love
2009 – Whisper of orange clouds
2013 – Marry’s Fate
2014 – Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit