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Kirill Safonov, Russian actor

Kirill Safonov
Kirill Safonov was born on June 21, 1973 in the village Ermakovskoe, Krasnoyarsk Territory. Later the family moved to Ukrainian city Lvov, where the future actor spent his childhood and school years.
Kirill is a Russian actor, known mostly for his roles in television series such as “Tatiana Day” (2007), “Bear Corner” (2009), “Conditions of Contract” (2011), “A short course of a happy life”.
When he was 12 years old, his parents divorced. Kirill’s mother, Russian language and literature teacher, raised three children alone. Kirill has two older sisters. Safonov always wanted to be an actor. His first role was in a school play.
In the early 1990s, Kirill returned to Krasnoyarsk, where he entered the Krasnoyarsk Institute of Arts. But there he studied for a year and transferred to Moscow GITIS. In 1997, the actor did not play a monologue and was expelled from the institute. After leaving GITIS, Safonov found work in the Mayakovsky Theater, then in Stanislavsky Theater.
In 1999, Kirill began to work in the Israeli theater “Gesher” (Tel Aviv).

The film “Half-Russian love” by Eitan Anner was presented at the Moscow Film Festival in 2006. The film tells about the first love, bitterness, betrayal and relations between Jews and Russian.
Interesting facts
Safonov sings professionally and plays the guitar. He is fluent in Russian, Polish, Ukrainian, German.
He voiced more than a thousand films.

Personal life
He married his first wife Elena at a young age. At first, the family lived in a student dormitory. Later Safonov was given a room. But he did not have enough money to support his wife and child. So, he had to work as a taxi driver at night. It was hard to combine two works. Safonov was very tired and fell asleep during rehearsals in the theater. He even fell asleep while driving. Fortunately, he could awake in time.
When Safonov was invited to play in the Israeli theater “Gesher”, the whole family moved to Israel. The actor necessarily had to learn Hebrew.
One day Elena left her husband. Kirill was depressed, but managed to keep friendly relations with her. In Israeli theater Kirill worked until 2001.
From his first marriage, Kirill Safonov has a daughter Anastasia (born 1995), who lives with her mother in Israel. Kirill loves his daughter very much, calls her Princess. Nastya is really very beautiful and talented. She began to act in films being a little girl, and now she quite successfully builds her modeling career.
On April 17, 2010 he secretly married the lead singer of “Factory” Alexandra Savelieva. They met at a nightclub in 2009. Next day, Kirill phoned her. It was love at first sight. Initially, they hid their relationships, because the actor was afraid that teenage daughter would be against stepmother. But they became friends.

Kirill Safonov, Russian actor