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Russian Personalities

People well-known in art, sport, film, fashion

Russian actors in western TV series

Russian actors in western TV series

Russian actors in western TV series

Russian actors and actresses in western TV series
In the fourth season of Game of Thrones one of the roles is performed by Russian actor Yuriy Kolokolnikov.
Here are Russian actors and actresses who played in the English-language television series.

Yuriy Kolokolnikov

Yuriy Kolokolnikov

Vladimir Mashkov

Vladimir Mashkov

Vladimir Mashkov


Alias (2001 – 2006) – U.S. Action, 5 seasons, 105 episodes, ABC channel.
Mashkov appeared in the fourth season of Alias as a terrorist leader named Milos Kradich, who led the subversive activities across Europe. Series creator J.J. Abrams noticed Mashkov for the upcoming fourth part of Mission Impossible.

Alla Klyuka – Schaffer

Alla Klyuka

Alla Klyuka


The Sopranos (1999 – 2007) – U.S. Drama, 6 seasons, 86 episodes, HBO channel.
Alla Klyuka is a Russian actress, who played in Clouds Paradise and Eulampia Romanova. She studied in the New York theater school. Alla is married to an American scientist.
Klyuka starred in TV series The Sopranos and Law & Order. In the gangster saga The Sopranos Klyuka played a sister of Tony Soprano’s Russian mistress.

Elena Solovey also starred in several episodes of The Sopranos.

Elena Solovey

Elena Solovey

Saveliy Kramarov

Saveliy Kramarov

Saveliy Kramarov


The Fall Guy (1981 – 1986) – U.S. Action, 6 seasons, 113 episodes.
The great Russian actor, who starred in the comedy Gentlemen of Fortune and Ivan Vasilievich, had to emigrate to the United States and satisfy unremarkable roles in Hollywood. He played the role of a Yugoslav taxi driver in The Fall Guy, where brave heroes caught the criminals during the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo.

Igor Zhizhikin

Igor Zhizhikin

Igor Zhizhikin


Political Animals (2012) – Drama, 1 season, 6 episodes, USA Network Channel.
Zhizhikin, a circus gymnast, who during the American tour stayed in the U.S., managed to make a career in Hollywood. In addition to the movies he starred in the TV series, for example, Alias, where he played Quentin Tarantino’s accomplice. Zhizhikin had a role in the miniseries Political Animals – he played the Russian Foreign Minister, who was trying to have the affair with U.S. Secretary.

Natalia Andreychenko

Natalia Andreychenko

Natalia Andreychenko


Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman (1993 – 1998) – Western, 6 seasons, 150 series, CBS channel.
Russian Mary Poppins also left her mark on American television – she starred in Undead, a horror film about vampires, in the TV series Dr. Quinn and NYPD Blue. In Dr. Quinn Andreychenko played a role of Russian princess Nizimova having psychic abilities.

Eugene Lazarev

Eugene Lazarev

Eugene Lazarev


24 hours (2001 – 2010) – U.S. Action, 8 seasons, 192 series, Fox channel.
Soviet actor with roles from a scout in Seventeen Moments of Spring to the emperor in Turkish Gambit went to Los Angeles in the 90s. Among his achievements in Hollywood there are roles in the films Lord of War and Iron Man 2, and in the TV series The West Wing, Alias and 24 – where his partner was Dennis Hopper.

Oleg Taktarov

Oleg Taktarov

Oleg Taktarov


Alias (2001 – 2006) – U.S. Action, 5 seasons, 105 episodes, ABC channel.
Another Russian actor in the role of Russian villain in Alias by J.J. Abrams. Oleg Taktarov, an exemplary fighter in The President’s Plane and Predator, played the leader of the gang Soyuz.

Alexander Kuznetsov

Alexander Kuznetsov

Alexander Kuznetsov


Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990 – 2000) – Melodrama, 10 seasons, 296 episodes, Fox channel.
Russian actor managed to star in such series as 24, NYPD Blue, Alias, Girls With Character. However, Kuznetsov began with the funny episode in the popular youth TV show Beverly Hills, 90210.

Elya Baskin

Elya Baskin

Elya Baskin


Heroes (2006 – 2010) – Fiction, 4 seasons, 77 episodes, NBC channel.
Baskin, another Soviet emigre actor, appeared in the TV series Quantum Leap, Walker, Texas Ranger, The West Wing, Cold Case, The Closer and many others. In Heroes Baskin played former superheroes’ mentor named Ivan Spector.

Mikhail Baryshnikov

Mikhail Baryshnikov

Mikhail Baryshnikov


Sex and the City (1998 – 2004) – 6 seasons, 94 series, HBO channel.
After several roles in Hollywood celebrated choreographer Mikhail Baryshnikov appeared as one of the key characters in the last season of Sex and the City – Russian artist Aleksandr Petrovsky.

Ingeborga Dapkunaite

Ingeborga Dapkunaite

Ingeborga Dapkunaite


Wallander (2008) – Britain, Sweden Detectives, 4 seasons, 12 episodes.
The star of Burnt by the Sun, Inter girl and Wars, the most Russian of all Lithuanian actresses, Ingeborga Dapkunayte appeared in an episode of the British TV series Wallander in 2012.

Oleg Menshikov played in Prime Suspect.

Oleg Menshikov

Oleg Menshikov

In the TV series Revenge Margarita Levieva plays the role of Amanda Clarke.

Margarita Levieva

Margarita Levieva

Mikhail Mamaev starred in Red Shoe Diaries

Mikhail Mamaev

Mikhail Mamaev