Maria Kozhevnikova – Russian actress, politician
Maria Kozhevnikova is a Russian actress, member of Putin’s United Russia party, she represents Siberian city Tomsk in Russian parliament.
Kozhevnikova, star of the television series “Univer”, was Russian Playboy’s front-page girl in 2009 and was voted the country’s sexiest woman by Maxim magazine.
Maria was born on November 14, 1984 in Moscow in the family of a Soviet ice hockey player Alexander Kozhevnikov, two-time Olympic champion and Merited Master of Sports. Mother of the future actress and politician worked as an English teacher.
Maria was born in the Soviet Union, but grew up in Europe, because her father, hockey player, played in England, Sweden and Switzerland. The family traveled with him. In England and Sweden, Maria immediately made friends with classmates, but in Switzerland, there were many problems. The Swiss did not like immigrants and the girl had to fight with bullies.
Several times Maria was literally on the verge of death. 11-year-old girl was incorrectly diagnosed with peritonitis, interns took her to surgery and removed healthy appendix. The next time Maria was training for several hours without a break and fainted. Falling down she hit her head badly and broke her arm. A few years ago Kozhevnikova miraculously survived after car-truck crash.
Since childhood, Maria was engaged in gymnastics. She is Master of Sports in Rhythmic Gymnastics, Champion of Moscow. Then she decided to become an actress and in 2006 graduated from GITIS.
Before acting career, Maria was a soloist of the band called Love Stories.
In 2008, Maria played the role of Irina, a difficult teenage girl who stayed with her younger brother after parents’ death, in the TV series “Borodin. General’s Return”.
In the TV series “The Kremlin cadets” Maria starred as Anna Prokhorova. In 2010 she played the role of Vika in the film “Dark World”. In 2011 Maria starred as Kristina in the film “The Wedding Exchange”.
In 2012 she had played several roles: Katia in “Just Married”, nurse in “Sklif”, villain Diana in the historical-adventure film “Treasure OK” and Zhenya in the TV series about war “Red Mountain”.
TV series “University” brought her national fame and love. But it was hard for a metropolitan princess with European education to play a role of a little bit stupid provincial girl Alla Grishko. Kozhevnikova had to go to restaurants and meet there with “Oligarch seekers” to watch their gestures, facial expressions, manner of speech and dress. She played her role brilliantly that after watching TV series, it’s hard to believe that Maria is quite different in real life.
For the role in a film about World War I “Battalion of Death” she shaved bald right in the frame. Not to shock the conservative deputies of the State Duma she put on a wig.
Kozhevnikova had love affair with the deputy Ilya Mitelman.
In September 2013, Maria and her beloved Eugene married in the St. Nicholas Cathedral in Nice.
Maria is pregnant and her father is waiting for a grandson and wants him to become a hockey player.
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