Elena Ksenofontova

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Date of Birth: 12/17/1972

Age: 43

Place of birth: Khromtau

Citizenship: Russia



Ksenofontova Elena was born in Kazakhstan in the family of a mining engineer. About his childhood Helen recalls: "I remember my mother`s shoes of brocade; her red wig; grandfather "Budenovskiy" mustache; nezhenskie grandmother`s hands, which always smelled of fresh milk; cud "Rot Front" factory; seedlings, which grandmother traded in the market; book "Kazakh folk tales" where Baba Yaga was called "Zhalmaus Kympyr"; snotty friend Kazachenko; and regular trips to the funeral of my grandmother`s friends and acquaintances of the dead, of which there were a myriad of ... "

Then Elena`s family moved to Moscow in Serpukhov. My mother tried hard to give his daughter a great, all-round education. And in this she succeeded. Elena is very good at school, where her favorite subjects were history and literature. In addition, she studied painting, music (four classes of music school in piano), sports (athletics), which reached fairly serious results ...

Initially, after school Elena decided to enter the Historical - Archival Institute. But in high school, she seriously "ill" theater. Elena was the winner of several competitions readers, organized a beauty contest and played the Baba Yaga in the play by Leonid Filatov "About Fedot Archer ..." in the school theater. This predetermined its future ...

Film Institute

However, since the end of the school year in 1990, and prior to entering the VGIK held for four years. Elena remembers that time: "I remember a communal on the 3rd Monetchikovsky Lane (there live cockroaches, which flowed in the veins of" blue "blood and the woman Katya, which pressed them, cockroaches, with their own hands); I remember the savings bank, which came a month to buy one - the only one lottery ticket (while other opportunity to get rich, I had not). I remember the theater - studio "Time", which was led by N.R.Eshbo. There I played her first role on the professional stage in the play "The Snow Maiden" on the play by Alexander Ostrovsky (by the way, the role - it was a very Maiden). "

Finally, in 1994, Helen entered the acting department VGIK. She had a chance to learn from the teacher Raihelgauz Joseph, who was also artistic director of the theater "School of Modern Play". He then invited Elena already on 1 course in his troupe.

Very soon the favorite pupil of his master got good roles in the theater. During the training period, it were played: Tatiana in the play "Mrs. Leo" Dulcinea in the play "Love, Don Quixote!" Her Majesty the Queen in the play "On the promise of oil." The graduation performance "Love Karlovna" Elena Ksenofontova starred Begonias. In 1998 (year of graduation VGIK), she played the role of Nina Zarechnaya in the immortal "The Seagull." Acting Elena Ksenofontova comprehended, speaking on the stage with such recognized masters as Eugene Dvorzhetsky, Lev Durov, Vladimir Steklov, Tatyana Vasileva, Irina Alferov, Michael Gluzsky Albert Filozov.

The work of the young actress was highly appreciated. In 1998, Elena Ksenofontova became the winner of the prize. Tamara Makarova "for his work in theater and film while studying at the institute."

Raihelgauz and Dzhigarkhanyan

After graduation, Helen Ksenofontova received an invitation directly from the 6 Moscow theaters, but chose to stay in the theater "School of Modern Play". It is true a year later, the actress decided to leave the company. His action is explained as follows: "After working for five years in the theater, I came to the conclusion that from the fans of my ability operated only one link. There comes a time when you feel like the bank ... "

The first attempt at the theater Armen Jigarkhanyan failed. The proposed character in the play "The Homecoming" Elena seemed uninteresting, and she chose to return to Raihelgauz. However, Dzhigarkhanyan not leave attempts to get a talented actress. As a result, Elena began to work on the two theaters.

Armen Dzhigarkhanyan Elena Ksenofontova played in the performances: "The heart is not a stone" (Vera Filippovna), "Crazy Day or The Marriage of Figaro" (Countess), "Close your eyes - to tell you fairy tales" (Jeanne), "Three Sisters" (Natasha) and etc.

The work in the theater Elena Ksenofontova says: "Theatre - it`s mine, if not all, then a lot. Port of Registry. Gym for rastelepunkivaniya sandwiched psychophysics. A place where dreams come true (though not yours, but still). The gas chamber, from which occasionally terrible headache. Advances distribution point. Temple. Theatre - this is my personal psychoanalyst, in the end. All that is born in the theater, then with impudent ease of use in the movie. Yes, the life of the theater is not worth it. But life without the theater, I can not imagine. "


For a long time Elena Ksenofontova was known only to theater-goers. Mass audience her name nothing to say. No, she was invited to star in a movie, and more than once, but the actress was too absorbed in the theater.

This popularity as a film actress, came to her only in 2002-2003. It all started with the series "Taiga", which persuaded her to withdraw producer Valeri Todorovski. In the movie, Elena showed fanatical love for their profession, not meneshe than in the theater. On the set of the series the actress refused to understudy. Not knowing how to swim, she was not afraid to jump into the raging mountain river. "Stuntmen pulled from the river then, swallowed water," - she admits. And the next series, "Heaven and Earth", which starred Helen Barbara, she had to run around on the ice and fall down in the snow at twenty degrees of frost. But by the time the actress was already eight months pregnant!

This was followed by roles in the series: "The best city in the world" (Marina Slutskaya), "The Red Chapel" (Helen), "Cadets" (Maria).

About his work in the series "Cadets" the actress said: "For me it was the main thing - not to lose face in front of grandparents who fought or worked on the home front during the war. Because I am about it I know nothing, not seen. I have just heard, read. It had to justify. Memoirs written P.Todorovsky, who saw it all, I participated. And all of us - young, all the hearsay, it stimulated us. Another main was teamwork. All, without exception, we wanted to make this film, and treated it not as a series, namely as to the cinema. "

The show was highly appreciated not only spectators, but also professionals. He was even nominated among the top four series for the prestigious "Emmy" (prize went to Danish television movie "Eagle").

No less interesting was the role of Helen in the "Red Orchestra". Elena Ksenofontova says: "We have come to be creative ... In this series, I participated not only as an actress, but as a co-writer. The original image is not in fact carrying any load: a certain function - woman, met on putigeroya reconnaissance. After his exposure, the authors decided they should go together to the USSR. But it is improbable! He is not an idiot to take a favorite to certain destruction. After Jean knew: the front - only the cellars of the Lubyanka. But Helen and push even save her Gilbert humanly could. She had to let go of his own. In short, the film`s finale, I totally invented. Incidentally, in a shootout in Helen Paris I have participated on my initiative. 16 series to shake the nerves of the Gestapo, the protagonist, the audience finally, and nothing to do - it`s just stupid. My favorite female protagonist can not only be a function. My arguments seemed convincing script authors, new scenes specifically for my character was invented. "

Recently Elena Ksenofontova removed very much. Among her roles: Anna Zhelezniak in the film "Theater of the Dead", Natalia Silanteva - "Cannon" Katherine - "Chief caliber," Joan Streshinskiy - "Hunting for genius" Countess Ekaterina Panina - "Satisfaction".

"What is the movie for me? .. - She says. - Gambling. Very dangerous, but incredibly addictive. an error of law is not - will not be possible to correct ... And the public is not stupid, and never to you it is not easy. And rightly so! Do not repeat itself, be evidence-based, like his hero, believing him to want to be able to - it is a principle that I try to stick to the very beginning of their relationship with this great art. And here is how I do it, to judge you. "


The first marriage of Elena Ksenofontova collapsed after 11 years. "It`s just outdated attitudes - she admits. - At some point we have established between the infinite calm. But I`m an actress, and to play, I needed emotional lift or emotional fall, but not calm! I care tragically - it`s tough, when 11 years old and everything is fine, life is arranged ... But we remained close friends. "

In 2002, during the shooting of "Taiga" the show she met her future second husband Ilya Neretina. They have a son, Timothy. However, the marriage broke up, "we`re not together now, but it is - a good father, - says Elena Ksenofontova. - One thing I can say when I look at his Timka, see - a child of love ... "

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