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Olga Kostiantynivna Kurylenko (real name is Olha) is a Ukrainian actress and model. She is perhaps best known as the Bond girl, Camille Montes, in the 22nd James Bond film, Quantum of Solace. She also portrayed Nika Boronina in the movie adaptation of the video game Hitman. She became a French citizen in 2001.
Olga Kurylenko was born in Berdyansk, Ukraine. Her father Konstantin is Ukrainian and her mother, Marina Alyabusheva, is an art teacher of Russian and Belarusian descent, who was born in Irkutsk Oblast, Russia.
In childhood Olga never had any fancy clothes, often wearing hand-me-downs and re-sewed torn sweaters instead of buying new ones. When Kurylenko was three years old, her parents divorced. That's why she was raised by her mother alone. She rarely contacted with her father, meeting him for the first time when she was eight years old, and later again when she was 13.
Kurylenko was discovered by a female model scout while on vacation in Moscow at the age of 13. When she was 17, she signed a contract with the Paris-based Madison modeling agency. By the age of 18, she had already appeared on the covers of Vogue and Elle. Catwalk work helped her to support her mother back home in Ukraine.
She also appeared on the covers of Madame Figaro and Marie Claire.
She became the face of Triumph lingerie, Lejaby lingerie, Bebe, Clarins, and Helena Rubinstein. Furthermore, she modelled for Roberto Cavalli and Kenzo, and appeared in the Victoria's Secret catalog.
Kurylenko's first acting appearance was in music video, 'Love's Divine' in 2003. Her film career began in France during 2005. She received the certificate of excellence award at the 2006 Brooklyn International Film Festival for her performance in L'Annulaire, and also starred in the Paris, je t'aime segment Quartier de la Madeleine opposite Elijah Wood. The same year she became the face of Kenzo's new fragrance, Kenzo Amour. She has appeared in all subsequent Kenzo Amour ads. In 2007, Kurylenko starred in Hitman alongside Timothy Olyphant, in which she did a full nude scene. She had a minor role in Max Payne as Natasha. She played Bond girl Camille Montes in the 2008 James Bond film, Quantum of Solace. The film was released in the United States on her 29th birthday.
The Saint Petersburg based Communist group KPLO has accused her of "moral and intellectual betrayal" in starring in a film about the "enemy of the Soviet people" (meaning James Bond) . In Ukraine the then-mayor of Berdyansk suggested early 2008 naming a street after her and Kurylenko and her mother met Ukraine's First Lady Kateryna Yushchenko in President Yushchenko's family country house.
In 2000, Kurylenko married French fashion photographer Cedric van Mol, but the couple divorced four years later. In 2006, she married American mobile phone accessory entrepreneur Damian Gabrielle. They divorced in late 2007. Kurylenko lived in Paris after leaving Ukraine in 1996 to pursue her modeling career, but moved to London in 2009. In 2001, she was granted French citizenship. She does not intend to move back to Ukraine.
Kurylenko speaks Ukrainian, Russian, English, French; she also claims she can speak Spanish and can understand Italian.
Kurylenko is a philanthropist noted for her work for the underprivileged, focusing on children in her native Ukraine.
Paris, je t'aime (2006)
Le Porte-bonheur (2006) (TV)
The Serpent (2006)
Suspectes (2007) (TV mini-series)
Max Payne (2008)
Quantum of Solace (2008)
Kirot - The Assassin Next Door (2009)
Land of Oblivion (2011) [in post-production]
Empires of the Deep (2011) [in post-production]
There Be Dragons (2011) [in post-production]
Untitled Terrence Malick Project (2011) [in post-production]
Terre Outragée (2011) [in post-production]
Singularity (2011) [in post-production]
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