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Maksim Averin, Russian actor

Maxim Averin

Maksim Averin, Russian actor


Maksim Averin is a Russian film and theater actor, who became popular after the main role in the television series Glukhar.
The boy was born on November 26, 1975 in Moscow. His mother was a simple dressmaker. And his father worked as a set designer at Mosfilm, but his lifelong dream was to become an actor. And Maxim fulfilled his father’s dream. The boy chose the profession of an actor in early childhood. At the age of six he debuted on the silver screen. The father took him to Makhachkala, where the movie The Adventures of Count Nevzorov (1982) was filmed. Little Maxim played a cameo role. 9-year-old actor performed in the play Brandenburg Gate in the Theater of Miniatures. At school he was interested only in literature and history. Once in the second grade Maxim refused to write a math test and said that he did not need it at drama school.
In 1997 he graduated from the Shchukin Theatre School.
In the Satyricon Theatre he played in Macbeth, Richard III, King Lear, Lion in Winter, Hamlet, Hedda Gabler and others.
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Kirill Safonov, Russian actor

Kirill Safonov

Kirill Safonov, Russian actor


Kirill Safonov is a Russian actor, known mostly for his roles in television series, including Tatiana Day (2007), Bear Corner (2009), Conditions of Contract (2011), Brief Course of Happy Life.
The boy was born on June 21, 1973 in Ermakovskoe village, Krasnoyarsk Krai. Later the family moved to Ukrainian city Lvov, where the future actor spent his childhood and school years.
When the boy was 12 years old, his parents divorced. The mother, Russian language and literature teacher, raised three children alone. Kirill has two elder 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 the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts (GITIS). In 1997, the actor did not play a monologue and was expelled from the institute. After leaving GITIS, Safonov found work at the Mayakovsky Theater, then at the Stanislavsky Theater.
In 1999, Kirill began to work at the Israeli theater Gesher in Tel Aviv.
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Igor Talkov – rock musician

igor talkov

Igor Talkov – rock musician


Talented poet and musician Igor Talkov was born on November 4, 1956 in a poor family. His parents met in prison. The singer came from a noble family (his uncles served as officers of the tsarist army), and the father and the mother of the musician were repressed. They met in the village of Orlov-Rozovo, Kemerovo region. Their first son Vladimir (Igor’s elder brother) was born there. After rehabilitation, family was sent to Schekino (Tula region) and they weren’t allowed to move somewhere. So, Schekino became the birthplace of the singer, rock musician, poet and actor.
Talkov began to write poems studying in elementary school. He was a self-taught musician, played the guitar, the piano, the bass guitar, the violin and the drums. It is interesting that he didn’t play his most beloved musical instrument, saxophone, but adored listening to it.
He was a very open and sociable person, but he hadn’t real friends.
His life was short but very intense – as if anticipating an early death, he was always in a hurry, wanted to make as much as possible.
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Sergei Stolyarov, Soviet cinema superstar

Sergei Stolyarov, Soviet cinema superstar

Soviet cinema superstar


Sergei Stolyarov was a real superstar of the USSR in the first half of the 20th century. He was an actor, who created unique images of Alyosha Popovich, Sadko, Nikita Kozhemyaka and Soviet submarine commanders and pilots.
Nobody knew the exact date of Stolyarov’s birth. He was born in 1911 into the family of gamekeeper Dmitry Stolyarov. Three years later the head of the family went to the First World War, where he died. After the October revolution, the family was on the verge of poverty and hunger. So the mother decided to send her sons to the City of Bread – Tashkent. Sergei’s metric was lost and he decided to have birthday on November 1. Only at the beginning of the two thousandth historians were able to establish the correct date – July 17 (or the Fourth of July, old style), 1911.
On the road to Tashkent young Stolyarov fell ill with typhoid fever and was sent to orphanage in Kursk, where Sergei joined the drama club. After moving to Moscow in the late 20s, the future actor worked on the Kiev railway, devoting his spare time to drama school for the workers at the Moscow Art Theater, organized by actor Alexei Dikiy. There Stolyarov was advised to enter the Moscow Art Theatre.
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Russian actresses in Hollywood

Russian actresses in Hollywood

Russian actresses in Hollywood


Russian actresses in Hollywood
Yelena Solovey
The great star of Soviet cinema glittered brightly in the 70 – 80s in films by Nikita Mikhalkov (Slave of Love, Unfinished Piece) and Vladimir Bortko (Blonde Around the Corner). She left Leningrad in the early nineties and settled in New York City. Her American filmography is not too plentiful, but impressive: three episodes in The Sopranos and quite a prominent role in the drama We Own the Night by one of the best contemporary directors James Gray. Last Solovey’s project was a film Immigrants by the same director, with Joaquin Phoenix and Cotillard Mariyon as partners.
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Elena Berkova

Elena Berkova

Elena Berkova


Elena Berkova is a Russian actress and a former participant of the television show Dom -2, singer, actress, television personality, DJ and model.
Pretty girl was born on March 11, 1985 in Murmansk (Russia). But soon her family moved to Nikolaev (Ukrainian SSR). In 2004 Berkova came to St. Petersburg. For 56 days she was a participant of the reality show Dom-2.
Elena began her career in late 2003 at the studio Sinsational / Sineplex. Her last role in the movie for adults was in the film directed by Bob Jack in 2006.
You know, she was a cover girl for many popular magazines (FHM, Penthouse, Sim). The girl was a radio presenter of the program No Doubt on the Megapolis radio station.
Moreover, Elena starred in the TV series Gangster Petersburg, in the film Yulia, The Territory of Jah and some others.
Also Berkova starred in various music videos for the songs of such bands as MinNet, BeZB, Delta Pro. In the music video for Andrey Leffler’s song I’m Sorry Elena acted along with another popular online person Svetlana Kuritsyna from Ivanovo.
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Natalia Negoda – Little Vera

Natalya Negoda

Natalia Negoda – well-known Little Vera


Natalia Negoda is a Soviet, Russian and American actress. She is probably best known for her role in the Soviet film Little Vera (1988) directed by Vasily Pichul. The film was one of the best movies of the late 1980s. It won numerous awards at international festivals. The film was awarded Grand Prix Golden Hugo for best film at the 1988 International Film Festival in Chicago, Grand Special Jury Prize at the International Film Festival in Montreal, FIPRESCI Prize at the International Film Festival in Venice. Also it was awarded the Blue Beach prize at the 1989 International Film Festival in Troy, the Grand Prix for the best film at the 1989 International film Festival in Angers and others.
Negoda was awarded Nika Academy Award and received awards at the 1988 International Film Festival in Bogota and at the 1989 International Film Festival in Geneva as Best Actress.
After the film beautiful actress became a sex symbol. In the late 1980s she appeared in American Playboy, becoming the first Soviet model of this iconic magazine. A few months later slogan From Russia With Love became the most popular in the western world.
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