Danila Kozlovsky Biography

(Actor and Director Known for His Films: 'Soulless', ‘Vampire Academy’ and 'A Good Day to Die Hard')

Birthday: May 3, 1985 (Taurus)

Born In: Moscow, Russia

Danila Valeryevich Kozlovsky is a Russian actor, filmmaker, and screenwriter. He has garnered fame for portraying Nikolai in the historical-drama ‘Garpastum’, time-travelling grave robber and archaeologist Borman in the action-drama ‘Black Hunters’, drag queen Lusya in the comedy-drama ‘Jolly Fellows’, and young ambitious executive manager Max Andreev in ‘Dukhless’. A native of Moscow, Kozlovsky was a problem child and had to change schools multiple times because of it. He received dance and music lessons at a young age. After attending the Kronshtadt Naval Military School from 1996 to 2002, he enrolled at the Saint Petersburg State Theatre Arts Academy, where he was trained under Lev Dodin. During this period, he also became active in Saint Petersburg’s theatre scene. Kozlovsky made his screen debut in 1998 in the TV series ‘Simple Truth’. His cinematic debut occurred six years later, in ‘Garpastum’. He had his Hollywood debut in the 2014 comedy horror ‘Vampire Academy’. In 2018, Kozlovsky released his first directorial venture, sports drama ‘Trener’.
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Also Known As: Danila Valeryevich Kozlovsky

Age: 38 Years, 38 Year Old Males


Spouse/Ex-: Urszula Magdalena Małka (m. 2008–2011)

father: Valeriy Kozlovsky

mother: Nadezhda Zvenigorodskaya

siblings: Ivan Kozlovsky, Yegor Kozlovsky

Partner: Olya Zueva (2015–)

Actors Russian Men

Height: 5'11" (180 cm), 5'11" Males

Notable Alumni: Saint Petersburg State Theatre Arts Academy

City: Moscow, Russia

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education: Saint Petersburg State Theatre Arts Academy

awards: Golden Eagle Award
Nika Award

Childhood & Early Life
Born on May 3, 1985, in Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union, Danila Kozlovsky is the second of three sons of Nadezhda Zvenigorodskaya and Valery Kozlovsky. His older brother is Yegor and his younger brother is Ivan. His mother is a stage actress whereas, his father served as a professor at Moscow State University specializing in marketing and mass communications.
Kozlovsky dealt with weight issues as a child. He began learning music and dance when he was quite young and later became a proficient player of both the saxophone and the alto. He was also passionate about football. He had to change school multiple times as a youth, probably because of disciplinary issues.
In 1996, Kozlovsky enrolled at the Kronshtadt Naval Military School. He graduated from there in 2002 and subsequently began attending the Saint Petersburg State Theatre Arts Academy, where he received acting and directing lessons from Lev Dodin. In 2007, he graduated from theatre school.
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While Danila Kozlovsky was studying at the Saint Petersburg State Theatre Arts Academy, he began his acting career on stage. In 2006, he made his debut in Little Drama Theatre’s (Theatre de l’Europe) production of ‘King Lear’, portraying the role of Edger. His performance earned him a special prize of Expert Council of the "Golden Sofit" for Best Debut.
After he graduated from the Academy, he became an official member of the Little Drama Theatre and performed in the productions of ‘Intrigue and Love’, ‘The Cherry Orchard’, and the dramatic adaptation of ‘Lord of the Flies’.
Danila Kozlovsky made his first television appearance in 1998 or 1999 in the TV series ‘Simple Truth’. His debut big-screen appearance was in Aleksey German Jr’s directorial venture ‘Garpastum’ in 2005. He played Nikolai, who, along with his brother Andrei (Yevgeny Pronin), takes on the daunting task of building a football stadium. For his performance, Kozlovsky won the Russian Guild of Film Critics "White Elephant Award" for the best male lead actor.
He garnered widespread popularity after his outing as the time-travelling grave robber and archaeologist Borman in Andrey Malyukov’s action-drama ‘Black Hunters’ (2008). In 2009, he was cast as drag queen Lusya in the comedy-drama ‘Jolly Fellows’. In 2011, he lent his voice to Marcus Blackwell in the video game 'Need for Speed: The Run'.
While Danila Kozlovsky gained a solid footing in the Russian film industry as a film actor, he continued to make appearances in a number of TV shows. In 2007, he played a character named Sergei in the television miniseries ‘Lenin’s Legacy’. In 2013, he starred in the TV miniseries ‘Vsyo nachalos v Kharbine’. He also appeared in the 2014 miniseries ‘Dubrovsky’, which was based on Alexander Pushkin’s unfinished novel of the same name.
His 2012 film ‘The Spy’ was an adaptation of Boris Akunin’s novel ‘The Spy Novel’. In the following year, he starred in the hit film ‘Legend № 17’.
After making his debut Hollywood appearance in ‘Vampire Academy’ in 2014, he appeared in sci-fi action thriller ‘Hardcore Henry’ (2015), comedy ‘Friday’ (2016), disaster drama ‘Flight Crew’(2016) and historical action drama ‘Viking’(2016)
His 2017 film ‘Matilda’ garnered controversy when the State Duma deputy Natalia Poklonskaya launched a campaign to ban the film on religious grounds. He is set to portray Oleg of Novgorod in the upcoming sixth season of History’s ‘Vikings’.
Danila Kozlovsky wrote, directed, produced, and starred in the 2018 sports drama ‘Trener’ (Coach). He has also produced and acted in the 2016 romantic comedy ‘Status: Svoboden’ and the 2018 biographical thriller ‘In the Hood’.
Major Works
Danila Kozlovsky’s portrayal of Max Andreev in ‘Dukhless’ (2012) and its sequel ‘Dukhless 2’ (2015), secured his spot as one of the biggest stars in the Russian entertainment industry. The first film also brought him the Golden Eagle Award for Best Leading Actor in 2012.
Family & Personal Life
Danila Kozlovsky exchanged wedding vows with the Maly Drama Theatre actress, Urszula Małka, in the fall of 2008. The couple parted ways in 2011.
In 2013, he was in a relationship with his ‘Raspoutine’ co-star Yuliya Snigir. In 2015, it was reported that he was dating actress and director Olga Zuyeva.

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