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Ivan Urgant – TV presenter, actor

Ivan Urgant

Ivan Urgant – TV presenter, actor

Ivan Urgant is a Russian TV presenter, actor, musician and showman.
Ivan was born on April 16, 1978. His grandmother Nina Urgant was a famous actress, the star of the Soviet film “Belorussian Station”, his mum and dad also shone on the screen.
A year after the Ivan’s birth, his parents divorced. The future actor lived with his mum and stepfather, actor Dmitry Ladygin. But he also spent much time with his grandmother. Ivan called her simply Nina and sometimes mum.
As a child, Ivan had many hobbies – sport, music and Mikhail Boyarsky’s songs. At the age of 15 Ivan went to America as an exchange student.

Future celebrity graduated from Petersburg Academy of Dramatic Art, where he had played in “Macbeth” with Alisa Frendlikh. Theater, however, did not become Urgant’s main passion. Ivan decided that acting career was not able to feed him and he worked as a waiter, singer and show presenter in nightclubs.
Then, with the help of the singer Maxim Leonidov and his dad, in 1998 a young man recorded song album “Star”.
Then Ivan was invited to work on the radio. After the radio he began working as a TV presenter and moved from St. Petersburg to Moscow.

Urgant childhood

Urgant in his childhood

Urgant was a presenter of the project “People’s Artist” and even won in the category “Discovery of the Year” by the audience poll. Ivan became the new face of the “Russia” channel. However, he changed it into the First Channel. First, he was a host of the program “Grand Premiere” in 2005, a year after he led the author’s program “Spring with Ivan Urgant” and then replaced Andrei Makarevich in “Smack”. Then followed “Circus with the Stars”, “Prozhektorperiskhilton” (with Garik Martirosyan, Alexander Tsekalo, Sergei Svetlakov) and “Big difference” with Alexander Tsekalo.

Urgant starred in such films as “Cruel Time” (1996), “180 and up”, “1st fast”, TV series “The Streets of Broken Lights” (1999), “He, She and Me” (2007), “History of Black Cow”, “Tour de France”, “Christmas trees”, “Vysotsky” and many others. In total he starred in more than 20 films and TV series. He is a winner of three Taffy awards.

Personal life
At the age of 18 Urgant married his childhood friend 22-year-old Karina Avdeeva. A few months later the young couple understood that marriage was a mistake and they divorced.
Ivan and Tatiana Gevorgyan have been together for five years.

Urgant and Tatiana Gevorgyan

Urgant and Tatiana Gevorgyan

Now Urgant married Natalia Kiknadze. In 2008 their daughter Nina was born. By the way, Natalia has two children from her first marriage to businessman Timur Kutalev. Now children live in St. Petersburg with their grandparents.
Ivan says Natalia is his first and only love.

Urgant and Natalia Kiknadze

Urgant and Natalia Kiknadze

Interesting facts
1. Urgant loves to take pictures, but he does it just for pleasure.
2. Ivan can play the piano, guitar, drums, accordion and flute.
3. Since 2011 Ivan sings under the pseudonym “Grisha Urgant”.
4. Together with Alexander Tsekalo Urgant opened a restaurant “The Sad”.
5. He collects wine and guitars.
His official site: ivanurgant.com

Ivan Urgant – TV presenter, actor