Vladimir Mashkov is a Russian actor, known to Western audiences for his work in the film Behind Enemy Lines (2001) and film Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011). Mashkov was a film director, producer and writer for the Russian film Papa (2004).
He was born on November 27, 1963 in Tula, Russia. Mashkov's mother was a puppet theater director and his father was an actor. In 1990, Vladimir graduated from the Moscow Art Theatre School. Now he works for Oleg Tabakov's theatre as an actor and the main stage director.
Vladimir has starred in many films. For the role in the film Limita (1994) he was awarded the Blue Sail Award at San Raphael Russian Cinema Festival, Best Actor Award at Sochi Open Russian Film Festival and International Jury Prize at Geneva Film Festival. For his role in the film The Thief (1997) he was awarded the Best Actor Award at Open CIS and Baltic Film Festival and got Sozvezdie and Nika Awards.
And for his film Papa (2004) Vladimir was awarded the Audience Award at Moscow International Film Festival.
Mashkov's first wife was an actress Shevchenko Elena. They have a daughter Maria Mashkova. Elena was hurt by her ex-husband. According to close Elena’s friends, when Mashkov was not famous, he sometimes beat his pregnant wife. Now Elena tries to speak about Vladimir with warmth.
However, when they were students at Novosibirsk drama school Elena complained to teachers at her husband. According to the rumors because of those complaints Mashkov was expelled from school, left his pregnant wife and moved to Moscow, where he entered the Moscow Art Theater School.
In Moscow, Vladimir met his new passion - Alena Khovanskaya. They were together for nine years.
After leaving Khovanskaya Mashkov began a series of short love affairs. At the same time he went to America, where he met journalist Ksenia Terentieva, who helped the actor to learn English.
In his personal life Mashkov had one more journalist Svetlana Bobrova. They met in 1994 when Mashkov came to Novosibirsk. At that time, Svetlana worked as costume designer in the theatre.
"Mashkov is my biggest love. Although in Novosibirsk he had one more woman, journalist Ella Chirkova, who even made a movie about him. I remember we were talking about Shevchenko. He said she was a fool and a traitor. I think he just uses and humiliates women. I was also humiliated by him". Despite this, Svetlana continues to love Mashkov.