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Sergey Svetlakov – popular Russian actor

Sergey Svetlakov

Sergey Svetlakov – popular Russian actor


Sergey Svetlakov is a popular Russian actor, writer, comedian, former member of the KVN team.
The boy was born on December 12, 1977 in Sverdlovsk into a family of railway workers. He has elder brother Dmitri Svetlakov (born in 1970). You know, Sergey played football and basketball, and he even became a candidate for the master of sports in handball. Every summer, the whole family went to the village, where Sergey loved fishing.
In 2000, he graduated from the Urals State University of Railway Transport. By the way, Svetlakov was awarded the title of Knight of the University. He was the captain of the university KVN team. They became the coolest persons in Yekaterinburg after their participation in the KVN festival in Sochi.
Together with Garik Martirosyan, Semyon Slepakov, Arthur Tumasyan and Sergey Ershov, Svetlakov wrote scripts for the KVN teams. This creative people started the Comedy Club in Russia.
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Mikhail Galustyan – Russian comedian

Mikhail Galustyan

Mikhail Galustyan – Russian comedian


Mikhail Galustyan is one of the most famous Russian comedians and TV presenters, writer, producer and actor. You know, his real name is Nshan Galustyan.
The boy was born on October 25, 1979 in Sochi, USSR into the family of a cook and a nurse. He has brother David, who is seven years younger.
Mikhail has always been a creative person. In the kindergarten the future humorist participated in all matinees, he sang, danced and recited poems. The boy learned to play the piano at a music school, was engaged in a puppet theater studio and judo. His first role was at school, the boy played Winnie-the-Pooh.
In 1996, Galustyan left the school and entered the medical school. After graduation, he continued his studies at the Sochi State University for Tourism and Recreation.
The boy with good sense of humor took part in KVN. In 1998 his KVN team participated in the Voronezh League Start and after the victory Burnt by the Sun was invited to Moscow. During that time, Mikhail was expelled from the institute.
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Oskar Kuchera – actor, TV presenter

Oskar Kuchera

Oskar Kuchera – actor, TV presenter


Oskar Kuchera is a Russian actor, musician, TV and radio host. His real name is Evgeny Bogolyubov.
The boy was born on August 11, 1974 in Moscow. His father, Alexander Bogolyubov, was animated and feature film director, and his mother Tatiana Bogolyubova (maiden name Kuchera, half Italian) worked as an editor in chief of the Cinema Propaganda Bureau. Oskar has elder sister Yulia.
In 1996 Kuchera graduated from the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts (GITIS). Since 1995, he worked at the Silver Rain radio station, was an author and the host of many different programs, including the Soundtrack and Radioruletka.
In 1999 he began working at Autoradio, where he was the host of the program Curly Evening. Later, in 2001, Kuchera became VJ on Muz-TV. There he was a presenter of the program Siesta.
In 2002 Oskar won the Ovation award.
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Maxim Galkin – Russian comedian, presenter

Maxim Galkin

Maxim Galkin – Russian comedian, presenter


Maxim Galkin is a popular Russian impersonator, comedian, presenter, actor and singer. By the way, he is Russian Primadonna Alla Pugacheva’s fifth husband.
Maxim was born on June 18, 1976 in Naro-Fominsk district, Moscow. His father Alexander Alexandrovich was a Colonel-General, from 1987 to 1997 he headed the Main Armored Directorate of the Russian Federation Ministry of Defense. And his mother Natalie Grigorievna worked at the Institute of Earthquake Prediction Theory and Mathematical Geophysics.
His family moved often because his father was a military man. When Maxim was 3 years old, they lived in Germany, then moved to Odessa, where Maxim graduated from elementary school, and then the family moved to Baikal, Ulan-Ude. Finally, they returned to Moscow.
Maxim was a very talented boy. In school plays Galkin played different roles – the old alcoholic, Ostap Bender, King Solomon, Count Nulin, Don Carlos.
At the age of 13 Maxim saw Gennady Khazanov on TV, who parodied Mikhail Gorbachev. Immediately the boy showed ability to portray the first president of the USSR not worse than the eminent humorist.
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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. Today, he is known as the main presenter of the first Russian night-show Evening Urgant.
The boy was born on April 16, 1978. His grandmother Nina Urgant was a famous actress, the star of the Soviet film Belorussian Station. And his mum and dad are also actors.
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 the boy went to America as an exchange student.
Future celebrity graduated from the St. Petersburg State Theatre Arts Academy, where he had played in Macbeth along with Alisa Freindlikh. 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.
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Igor Vernik – Russian actor, TV presenter

Igor Vernik

Igor Vernik – Russian actor, TV presenter


Russian actor and popular TV presenter Igor Vernik was born on October 11, 1963 in Moscow into a family of Union Radio director, People’s Artist of Russia, and music teacher. In his childhood Igor studied at music school.
Vernik successfully entered the Moscow Art Theater and after graduation he was invited to work at the Moscow Art Theatre. Igor has played in King Lear, The Pickwick Club, The Pit, Tartuffe etc. Besides, he has starred in more than a dozen films. But he became popular among viewers as a presenter of different television shows. He took part in the TV program It’s Easy on TVC channel, then there were such programs as For You, Nightlife Cities In The World, Seventh Sense, Good Morning, Saturday Night with Star, Rec-time.
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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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