Friday, 27 January 2012

Milla Jovovich

Date of Birth
17 December 1975, Kiev, Ukrainian SSR, USSR [now Ukraine]

Birth Name
Milica Natasha Jovovich

Height
5' 8½" (1.74 m)

Mini Biography
Milla Jovovich is an Ukrainian-born actress, supermodel, fashion designer, singer and public figure, who was on the cover of more than a hundred magazines, and starred in such films as The Fifth Element (1997), Ultraviolet (2006), and the 'Resident Evil' franchise.

She was born Milica Natasha Jovovich on December 17, 1975, in Kiev, Ukraine, Soviet Union (now Kiev, Ukraine). Her Serbian father, Bogdan Jovovich, was a medical doctor in Kiev. There he met her mother Galina Jovovich, a Russian actress. At the age of 5, in 1981, Milla with her parents emigrated from the Soviet Union, moving first to London, UK, then to Sacramento, California, and eventually settled in Los Angeles. There her parents worked as house-cleaners for the household of director Brian De Palma. Her parents separated, and eventually divorced, because her father was arrested and spent several years in prison.

Young Milla Jovovich was brought up by her single mother in Los Angeles. In addition to her native Russian, she also speaks Serbian and English. However, in spite of her cosmopolitan background, Milla was ostracized by some of her classmates, as a kid who emigrated from the Soviet Union amidst the paranoia of the Cold War. Many emotional scars had affected her behavior, but she eventually emerged as a resilient, multi-talented, albeit rebellious and risk-taking girl. She was coached by her actress mother since her childhood, first at home, then studied music, ballet, and acting in Los Angeles. In 1994 she appeared on the cover of 'High Times' in the UK, at the age of 18.

She shot to international fame after she was spotted by the photographer Richard Avedon at the age of 11, and was featured in Revlon's "Most Unforgettable Women in the World" advertisements, and on the cover of the Italian fashion magazine 'Lei' which was her first cover shoot. She made her first professional model contract at the age of 12, and soon made it to the cover of 'The Face', 'Vogue', 'Cosmopolitan' and many other magazines. The total number of her magazine covers worldwide was over one hundred by 2004, and keeps counting. In 2004 she made $10.4 million, becoming the highest paid supermodel in the world.

Milla Jovovich was torn between two professions, before she eventually became one of the very few supermodels who also developed a steady and serious film career. In 1988, at age 12, she made her film debut credited as Milla in a supporting role in Two Moon Junction (1988) by writer/director Zalman King. During the 1980s and early 1990s, she played several supporting roles as a teenage actress in film and on television, then starred in Return to the Blue Lagoon (1991). In 1997 she co-starred opposite Bruce Willis in the sci-if blockbuster The Fifth Element (1997), then she starred as the title character of The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc (1999). In the early 2000s, Milla had a few years of uncertainty in her acting career due to uneven quality of her films, as well as some hectic events in her private life. However, she managed to overcome her personal crisis. With the leading role as Alice in Resident Evil (2002) and its two sequels, she established herself as a film star, and her success in acting career eventually matched her success as a supermodel.

Outside of her acting and modeling professions, Milla Jovovich released several critically acclaimed musical recordings, making her debut as a singer, songwriter and musician with the 1994 release of 'The Divine Comedy'. She also gave several live performances with her band Plastic Has Memory and was featured on 'Hollywood Goes Wild'. Her vocal recordings appeared on soundtracks of several films. She has been writing music and lyrics to her song-demos, playing her guitar and sampling other sounds from her computer, and allowing free download and remix of her songs from her website.

For many years Milla Jovovich has been maintaining a healthier lifestyle, practicing yoga and meditation, trying to avoid junk food, and cooking for herself. Since she was a little girl, Milla has been writing a private diary, a habit she learned from her mother. She has been keeping a record of many good and bad facts of her life, her travels, her relationships, and all important ideas and events in her career, planning eventually to publish an autobiography. After dissolution of her two previous marriages, Milla Jovovich became engaged to film director Paul W.S. Anderson; their daughter, Ever Anderson, was born on November 3, 2007.
IMDb Mini Biography By: Steve Shelokhonov

Mini Biography
Milla Jovovich was born in 1975 in Kiev, Ukraine, to a Serbian pediatrician and a renowned Russian actress. Her family moved to the U.S. in 1981 and she began her remarkable modeling career at age nine. At age 12, she was chosen by legendary photographer Richard Avedon as one of Revlon's "Most Unforgettable Women in the World" and has since appeared on over 150 magazine covers around the world. Milla appeared in ad campaigns for Chanel, Versace, Emporio Armani, Donna Karen, DKNY, Celine, P&K, H&H, and continues her role as the worldwide spokesmodel for L'Oreal. Thanks to their continued success with Milla, Giorgio Armani chose her to be the face of his fragrance, Night. In addition to Armani's fragrance, Milla was the face for Calvin Klein's Obsession and Christian Dior's Poison for over 10 years and has most recently become the new face for Donna Karan's Cashmere Mist fragrance, which debuts in August 2009. Milla continues to shoot with the fashion industry's most sought after photographers, including Peter Lindbergh, Mario Sorrenti, Craig McDean and Inez & Vinoodh.

Milla made her acting debut in the Disney Channel movie The Night Train to Kathmandu (1988) (TV) and she made guest appearances on television series including "Married with Children" (1987) (in 1989 as a French exchange student), "Guns of Paradise" (1988) and "Parker Lewis" (1990) Her first feature film was Two Moon Junction (1988) with Sherilyn Fenn and starred in Return to the Blue Lagoon (1991) at age 15. She played opposite Christian Slater in Kuffs (1992) prior to appearing in Sir Richard Attenborough's critically-acclaimed Chaplin (1992), playing the silent screen legend's second wife, Mildred Harris, opposite Oscar nominee Robert Downey Jr.. Her film credits also include Richard Linklater's cult classic tale of 1970's high school slackers, _Dazed and Confused (1996)_.

Milla's breakthrough starring role in motion pictures came in 'Luc Besson''s science fiction thriller, The Fifth Element (1997) opposite Bruce Willis. Her portrayal of a "perfect being" who holds the key to preventing evil from destroying the world won the hearts of fans and critics alike. She followed that success with a role as a prostitute in Spike Lee's He Got Game (1998) with Denzel Washington. Next, Milla followed in the footsteps of such screen legends as Ingrid Bergman and Jean Seberg to achieve critical acclaim as Joan of Arc in the title role of Besson's The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc (1999).

She next appeared with Mel Gibson in Wim Wenders' The Million Dollar Hotel (2000) which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival. She went on to co-star with Wes Bentley and Sarah Polley in The Claim (2000) and in Ben Stiller's spoof of the world of models and high-fashion, Zoolander (2001).

Milla achieved box office success in the U.S. and around the world with the action-packed thriller, Resident Evil (2002), based on the wildly popular video game, Resident Evil. It was written and directed by 'Paul W.S. Anderson'. Milla reprised her role as the zombie slaying heroine, Alice, in Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004) and again in Resident Evil: Extinction (2007). She received glowing reviews opposite Oscar-winner Adrien Brody and Illeana Douglas in Dummy (2002) which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival. In the spring of 2006, Milla returned to the big screen as action heroine, Violet, in the futuristic film Ultraviolet (2006) directed by Kurt Wimmer.

Focusing on her personal sense of style, her love of fashion led Milla and her friend and business partner, Carmen Hawk, to launch their Jovovich-Hawk clothing line, which achieved instant acclaim in the domestic and international fashion world. The fresh, unique line garnered the attention of red carpet watchers and fashion magazines, including American Vogue, who featured Jovovich-Hawk on their coveted list of "10 Things To Watch Out For In 2005."

A student of voice and guitar since she was very young, Milla began writing songs for her first record at the age of 15. Her first album, "The Divine Comedy", was released by EMI Records in 1994. Informed by her experiences as a child growing up as a Russian emigrant in the Red-bashing Reagan era, the introspective European-folkish debut drew favorable reviews for Milla's songwriting and performing. Although, she has not released a follow-up album, she continues to write music, and has had songs featured on several film soundtracks.

Charitable work also plays a major part in Milla's life. She has served as Master of Ceremonies and co-chaired with Elizabeth Taylor for the amfAR and Cinema Against AIDS event at the Venice Film Festival, and has been heavily involved with The Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, as well as The Wildlands Project.
IMDb Mini Biography By: Brad Cafarelli, Publicist

Spouse
Paul W.S. Anderson (22 August 2009 - present) 1 child
Luc Besson (14 December 1997 - 12 June 1999) (divorced)
Shawn Andrews (2 October 1992 - 25 November 1992) (annulled)

Trivia
Name pronounced Mee-la Yo-vo-vitch.
She has bluish-green eyes and brown hair originally.
Mother is Russian actress Galina Jovovich.
Father is a Serbian pediatrician, from Belgrade Serbia, who moved to Russia and married her mother there.
Frequently attends big show business events such as celebrity parties, premieres, openings, fashion shows, and awards shows. Is a fixture in magazine paparazzi sections because of this.
Has been on the cover of more than one hundred magazines worldwide.
Once fronted a band called Plastic Has Memory.
Her native language is Ukrainian.
It was announced that she is currently engaged to Resident Evil (2002) and Mortal Kombat (1995) director Paul W.S. Anderson (March, 2003).
Voted the Sexiest Female Movie Star in the Australian Empire Magazine September 2002.
Measurements: 34B-22-33, as a 16-year-old model. But since matured to a 35B. (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)
While filming the movie Dazed and Confused (1993), she eloped with actor Shawn Andrews to Las Vegas. It was 1992 and a few months before she turned seventeen. Since she was only sixteen at the time, her mother had the marriage annulled.
Performed almost all of her own stunts in Resident Evil (2002).
Went to high school with Christina Applegate; then later made a guest appearance on "Married with Children" (1987).
Her music video, "The Gentleman Who Fell" is based on Maya Deren's short film Meshes of the Afternoon (1943).
Ranked #98 in FHM's 100 Sexiest Women in the World (2005).
She was #65 on VH1's 100 Most Hottest Celebrity bodies
Named #82 on the Maxim magazine "Hot 100 of 2005" list.
At the age of just eleven, she was used in Revlon's "Most Unforgettable Women in the World" advertisements, which were shot by Richard Avedon.
Has one sibling, a half-brother named Marco (born 1988).
She is also fluent in Serbian, English and French.
As a teenage girl she lived with her single mother, because her father spent seven years in prison, and her parents divorced.
She enjoys martial arts and she practices Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Daughter, Ever Anderson, born 3 November 2007. Father is her fiancé, Paul W.S. Anderson.
Divides her time between New York City and Los Angeles.
She owns a 5559-square-foot house in Los Angeles' Hollywood Hills that she purchased in 1998 for $775,000. A 4026-square-foot house in Beverly Hills that she paid $2,223,000 for in 2004. And a 3010-square-foot house in the Doral Isles St. Croix development in Doral, Florida (just outside Miami) that she purchased in 2005 for $910,000. [2009]
Sold her four-bedroom, 3582-square-foot house in Beverly Hills, Calif. for $2.750 million. She originally purchased the house in late 2001 for $1.8 million. [2009]
Returned to work four months after giving birth to her daughter Ever in order to begin filming A Perfect Getaway (2009).
Milla is left-handed but she plays guitar and shoots right-handed.
Her ethnicity is half Serbian (paternal) and half Russian (maternal).
Named one of the "Twenty Most Beautiful People of the Decade" by Interview magazine (2009).
Named #43 Sexiest Woman by the Spanish version of DT magazine (2011).

Personal Quotes
I think that's one of the only reasons God created celebrities. To help those who can't help themselves.
I worked like hell {on The Fifth Element (1997)}. No band practice, no clubs, no pot, nothing.
"If this movie was made in America they would have had a guy and we would have been his harem or entourage. Big studios don't trust that women will bring in that kind of audience, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) was really an exception to the rule. Most of the time, if you make a big action film there has to be a big action guy in it. It's very European to trust a woman to play that kind of a role" [on Resident Evil (2002)].
I'm a dribbler. [really meaning dabbler, English is not her first language, after all]
About Madonna: "Oh, my God! I used to ride my bicycle around for hours in the garage of our apartment building singing 'Material Girl'" (In Style magazine, Sept/2006).
[on Resident Evil (2002)] We've got really infantile mentalities on this movie. We're like: 'It's gross - cool! It's disgusting - print it!' You have to think like a fifteen -year-old. Wet dress. Zombies. Guns. Cool!".

Maria Kirilenko

Personal life

Born in the Soviet Union of paternal Ukrainian heritage, Kirilenko is a good friend to fellow WTA players Maria Sharapova, Daniela Hantuchová, Victoria Azarenka, Ana Ivanović, Agnieszka Radwańska, Nadia Petrova, and Marta Domachowska.
Kirilenko dated fellow Russian player, Igor Andreev for several years. In November, 2011, another fellow Russian, Washington Capitals hockey player Alexander Ovechkin announced on his Twitter account that he and Kirilenko were dating and posted a photograph of the two.

Tennis career

Junior career

Maria Kirilenko started showing a passion for tennis at age 5, but it was difficult to get practice in while still attending school. Her father enrolled her in a tennis school, and hours of training started to pay off as she won several tournaments.
When Kirilenko was 12 years old, an Honored Master of sports, Elena Brioukhovets, saw her while training. Brioukhovets watched Maria making progress and offered to work with her. A three-year program was set up, and a special team selected. In less than three years, Maria became no. 1 in her age group and no. 2 in the 18-and-under group. The well-known tennis-players who had created an organization supporting young tennis players included Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Andrei Olhovskiy, and Max Mirnyi.
In 2002, Kirilenko became one of the youngest winners of the Canadian Open and US Open junior tournaments.

Professional career

Kirilenko at the US Open in 2006
In 2002, Kirilenko started participating in WTA events. She began moving up the rankings, but was set back by an injury in 2004. At the end of 2005, she climbed back up the rankings and won her first title in Beijing. On 12 June 2006, she broke into the world's top 20 for the first time.
Kirilenko made her debut for Russia at the Fed Cup tournament in April 2006. In the World Group quarterfinal tie against Belgium, Kirilenko lost her singles match against 2005 US Open champion Kim Clijsters, but partnering with Dinara Safina, won her doubles match against Justine Henin and Clijsters. However, Russia ended up losing 3–2.
At the 2006 US Open, Kirilenko was seeded 20th and reached the third round, before losing to Aravane Rezaï.

2007

Kirilenko at Wimbledon 2007
In January 2007, she advanced to the third round of the 2007 Australian Open, before being defeated by third-seed Svetlana Kuznetsova. She then competed in the 2007 Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo, where she advanced to the second round, upsetting world no. 15 Shahar Pe'er of Israel, before being defeated by Ai Sugiyama. She then competed in the Dubai Tennis Championships, where she reached the second round, before losing in a close match to Daniela Hantuchová.
Kirilenko with her mixed doubles partner and then boyfriend, Igor Andreev, at the US Open
At the Acura Classic in San Diego, California, Kirilenko upset second seeded Jelena Janković of Serbia to advance to the quarterfinals, before losing to fellow Russian Elena Dementieva. At the East West Bank Classic in Los Angeles, she also reached the quarterfinals, upsetting sixth seed Marion Bartoli in straight sets.
Unseeded at the US Open, she defeated Martina Müller of Germany, and then 22nd seed Katarina Srebotnik of Slovenia. She then lost to unseeded Julia Vakulenko of Ukraine. After the US Open, she appeared in the Sunfeast Open. There, Kirilenko won her second WTA Tour singles title, defeating unseeded Mariya Koryttseva of Ukraine in straight sets. The next week at a tournament in Seoul, Kirilenko, as the fourth seed also reached the finals, but lost to top seed Venus Williams.

2008

At the Australian Open, Kirilenko reached the fourth round of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time in her career, beating sixth seed Anna Chakvetadze. Her next opponent was Daniela Hantuchová, to whom she lost, 6-1, 4-6, 4-6, after leading 6–1, 3–1.
Kirilenko then reached the second round of a Tier I event in Doha, beating Ekaterina Makarova, before losing to Anabel Medina Garrigues in three sets. Kirilenko then lost four matches in a row at Dubai, Bangalore, Indian Wells, and Miami. However, as the second seed, she reached the final of a Tier IV event at Estoril, where she defeated Iveta Benešová in straight sets. She also won the doubles title there, partnering with Flavia Pennetta. Kirilenko also won in Barcelona, defeating Martinez-Sanchez for her fourth career WTA title and the second of the year.
Kirilenko played at the Tier III tournament in Cincinnati in August, where she was third seed. She reached the semifinals, where she lost to eventual champion Nadia Petrova. She partnered with Petrova as the second seed doubles team and beat the top seed pair of Hsieh Su-wei and Yaroslava Shvedova in the finals.

2009

Kirilenko was seeded 27th at the Australian Open, but lost in the first round to unseeded Sara Errani of Italy in the tournament's first upset.
In the Dubai doubles tournament, Kirilenko partnered with Agnieszka Radwańska, and even though they were unseeded, they reached the final, eventually losing to Liezel Huber and Cara Black, the world no. 1 doubles pairing at that time.
At the 2009 French Open, Kirilenko was unseeded in the singles tournament, and lost to Olivia Rogowska of Australia in the first round. In the doubles tournament, Kirilenko and doubles partner Flavia Pennetta of Italy were seeded eighth. They made it to the third round, before losing to 11th seeded Anna-Lena Grönefeld of Germany and Patty Schnyder of Switzerland.
Kirilenko was unseeded at the 2009 Wimbledon Championships and made it to the second round, before losing to ninth seeded Caroline Wozniacki.
At the US Open, she made it to the third round, before losing to Li Na. She then competed in the 2009 Hansol Korea Open in Seoul, where she was the defending champion, but lost in the semifinals to eventual champion Kimiko Date Krumm.

2010 

Kirilenko began the year by competing in the 2010 ASB Classic, where she reached the quarterfinals, before losing to Shahar Pe'er. With a world ranking at that time of 58, Kirilenko was unseeded at the 2010 Australian Open, where in the first round she upset her friend, and former doubles partner, 14th seed Maria Sharapova, 7–6(4), 3–6, 6–4, in a 3-hour, 22-minute marathon. It was the second-longest women's match in Australian Open history. She advanced to the quarterfinals, before losing to Zheng Jie, who was also unseeded for this tournament. In the doubles portion, she and her partner, Agnieszka Radwańska, were seeded 15th and advanced to the semifinals, before losing to the world no. 1 pairing of Cara Black and Liezel Huber in three sets.
Kirilenko entered as 32nd seed at the 2010 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California. She made it to the third round, before losing to second seeded Caroline Wozniacki.
Kirilenko participated in the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami, Florida as 32nd seed. Like Indian Wells, she advanced to the third round, before again losing to Caroline Wozniacki.
Kirilenko played in Rome in the 2010 Internazionali BNL d'Italia, where she was unseeded. She advanced to the quarterfinals, before losing to world no. 1 Serena Williams.
Kirilenko's entered the French Open as 30th seed. She advanced to the round of 16 here for the first time in her career, before losing to 17th seed and eventual champion Francesca Schiavone. In the doubles draw of the French Open, Kirilenko and Agnieszka Radwańska were seeded 11th. They reached the quarterfinals, before losing to the eventual champions Serena and Venus Williams in straight sets.
At Wimbledon, she was 27th seed in the singles draw. She advanced to the third round, before losing to eighth seed Kim Clijsters. Kirilenko also paired up with Agnieszka Radwańska in the doubles draw, where they were seeded tenth.
Kirilenko made the quarterfinals of the 2010 Bank of the West Classic in Stanford, California. before losing to Agnieszka Radwańska. She entered the doubles tournament with Victoria Azarenka, but they lost in the semifinals.
She then reached the second rounds of 2010 Western & Southern Financial Group Women's Open and the 2010 Rogers Cup, losing to Vera Zvonareva and Victoria Azarenka, respectively. Then at the 2010 Pilot Pen Tennis, she reached the semifinals, before losing to Nadia Petrova.
She reached the third round of the 2010 US Open, losing to 11th seed Svetlana Kuznetsova.
She then reached the second rounds of 2010 Hansol Korea Open, losing to former world no. 1 Dinara Safina, and 2010 Toray Pan Pacific Open, losing to Flavia Pennetta. At the last Premier Mandatory event of the year, the 2010 China Open, she lost in the third round to eventual finalist and compatriot Vera Zvonareva. In the 2010 HP Open, she retired in the second round due to a left hip injury against Chang Kai-chen after losing the first set 4-6. Kirilenko reached the final of the 2010 Kremlin Cup, where she fell to Victoria Azarenka.
Kirilenko ended the 2010 season ranked no. 20 in the world.

2011

She competed at the Hong Kong Tennis Classic and won the Gold Group Championship with her compatriots Vera Zvonareva and Yevgeny Kafelnikov. At the Australian Open, she failed to defend her quarterfinal points by being knocked out in the second round. However, in the doubles competition, she reached the final, partnered with Victoria Azarenka, but lost to Pennetta and Dulko. She then fell early in the 2011 PTT Pattaya Open and 2011 Dubai Tennis Championships. She then reached the third round of both 2011 BNP Paribas Open and 2011 Sony Ericsson Open losing to Agnieszka Radwańska in both occasions. She then suffered three loses in a row in the second round of 2011 Family Circle Cup, and the first rounds of 2011 Mutua Madrid Open and 2011 Internazionali BNL d'Italia. However, she won doubles at the Mutua Madrid Open with Victoria Azarenka. At the 2011 French Open, she reached the fourth round losing to Andrea Petkovic 6-2, 2-6, 6-4
She then fell in the first round of 2011 UNICEF Open to Kimiko Date-Krumm, However she rebounded by reaching the third round of the 2011 Wimbledon, evenutally being stopped by the seventh seeded Serena Williams. She then failed to win back-to-back matches falling in the second rounds of 2011 Bank of the West Classic, 2011 Mercury Insurance Open, first round of 2011 Rogers Cup, and the second rounds of 2011 Western & Southern Open and 2011 Bank of the West Classic. She then rebounded at the 2011 US Open falling to eventual champion Samantha Stosur 6-2, 6-7(15), 6-3 in the fourth round.
She then reached her first semifinal of the year at the 2011 Guangzhou International Women's Open to Chanelle Scheepers 7-5, 5-7, 6-4. She then played at the 2011 Toray Pan Pacific Open and the 2011 China Open, where she defeated Samantha Stosur in three sets in both occasions in the second round, she also fell in the quarterfinals on both events losing to Vera Zvonareva and Monica Niculescu, respectively. She the played her last tournament of the year at the 2011 BGL Luxembourg Open, where she had to withdrew in the second round due to an ankle injury.

Playing style

Kirilenko is an aggressive baseliner, with both power and angle in her shots. She also has good speed around the court and can switch quickly between offensive and defensive play. Her forehand is her preferred shot, often setting up points and a great asset towards her game. Unlike many female players in recent years, Kirilenko is not afraid to come to the net. Her volleying skills are considered exceptional,[6] as she utilizes a drop volley, angled volley, and half volley all very well to quickly end the rally.

Fashion

In 2006, Kirilenko was selected to be the face of Adidas by Stella McCartney tennis range, designed by noted British fashion designer Stella McCartney and has played exclusively in the gear since the 2006 Australian Open.[7] In 2009, she was replaced by Caroline Wozniacki.
Like her good friend Maria Sharapova, she likes connecting athletics and fashion, and when she spoke to Teen Vogue in August 2006, she said of being dressed by McCartney for a banquet, "I felt so glamorous!"[8] She appeared in the 2009 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition alongside Daniela Hantuchová and Tatiana Golovin in a pictoral entitled Volley of the Dolls.[9]

Career statistics

Equipment

Currently Kirilenko is using the discontinued Yonex RQiS 2 Tour racquet. The racquet is an extended length model measuring 27.5 inches long and currently has no replacement. She is using Yonex Poly Tour Pro 1.25 typically strung around 57/53

Maria Kirilenko


Michelle Ryan



 
Michelle Ryan

Michelle Ryan at the 2009 BAFTA Awards in London
Born 22 April 1984 (age 27)
Enfield, Greater London, England
Occupation Actress
Years active 2000–present

Michelle Claire Ryan (born 22 April 1984) is an English actress.
She portrayed the role of Zoe Slater on BBC soap opera EastEnders. In 2007, she starred in the short lived American television series Bionic Woman. She has appeared as the evil sorceress Nimueh in the 2008 BBC TV series Merlin, and as Lady Christina de Souza in the Doctor Who episode "Planet of the Dead".

Contents

 
  • 1 Early life and career
  • 2 Prime time career and other works
  • 3 Selected filmography
    • 3.1 Television
    • 3.2 Film
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links

Early life and career

Michelle Ryan was born in Enfield, Greater London, and was a student at Chace Community School. A member of a local theatre group since she was 10, she was picked for her role in EastEnders when she was 15 and first appeared on the show in September 2000. She left the series in late 2005 and has since stated that she has no intention of returning to EastEnders.

Primetime career and other works

Ryan was given her first big break playing Sheylla Grands in the series TV show Chosen Ones in the first season and Zoe Slater in the BBC soap EastEnders.
During summer 2005, Ryan appeared in a run of Who's the Daddy? at the King's Head Theatre. The play by Toby Young and Lloyd Evans is based on the David Blunkett paternity case.
Ryan had a small role in an episode of Marple which screened in February 2006, and also appeared in a small independent film the same year, Cashback.
In early 2007, Ryan was seen as Maria in Mansfield Park opposite Billie Piper for ITV and also as Lila in the film I Want Candy, co-starring Carmen Electra and Mackenzie Crook. In February 2007, it was announced that she had been cast as the lead in the new drama Bionic Woman. The series began airing in the United States on the broadcast network NBC in September 2007. Ryan affects an American accent for the role of Jaime Sommers, except in the episode "The Education of Jaime Sommers" in which her character goes undercover as an English transfer student at a university; for this episode, she uses an Oxfordshire accent instead of her natural London accent. She has had professional dance training and attributes to it helping her with the physically demanding stunts required for the show. She also learned Krav Maga and sign language for the part (the latter because, as originally conceived, Ryan's character was to have had a hearing impaired sister, but this story element was abandoned). Ryan stated the show's cancellation came about because it kept changing direction, and stated it led to her being less ambitious about her career. "I'm more go-with-the-flow now," she said.
On Red Nose Day 2007, Ryan appeared in a brand new Mr. Bean sketch written and recorded for Comic Relief.
In May 2007, Ryan revealed she had auditioned the previous year for the role of Vesper Lynd in Casino Royale, eventually given to Eva Green. In late 2007 she appeared in Flick, a Welsh independent film co-starring Faye Dunaway and Leslie Phillips.
Prior to Bionic Woman, she appeared in Jekyll for the BBC, a modern day version of Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde starring James Nesbitt. It began its six-episode run on 16 June 2007 and was released on DVD in the United States on 18 September 2007, one week prior to her debut in Bionic Woman.
She has also appeared as the sorceress Nimueh in the BBC drama series Merlin, playing the role in several episodes of the show's first season.
Ryan is signed to Independent Models in London, and is also a patron of children's cancer charity CLIC Sargent.
Michelle Ryan also filmed an ITV romantic drama, Mister Eleven in 2008. It also stars Sean Maguire, Adam Garcia, Lynda Bellingham, Olivia Coleman and Denis Lawson.
In January 2009, the BBC announced that Ryan had been cast as Lady Christina de Souza in the Doctor Who special episode "Planet of the Dead", which was broadcast on 11 April 2009. She had been rumoured for a part beforehand, and is open to reprising the role in future, although "At the moment, when it comes to acting, I'm a bit of a commitment-phobe."
Ryan and Grey's Anatomy star Kevin McKidd are to star in a new one-off drama for BBC Scotland, One Night In Emergency, the story of one man's surreal search for his wife in an inner-city hospital. The cast also features Ewen Bremner, Gary Lewis, Sanjeev Kohli and David Hayman. The film is written by Gregory Burke, author of Black Watch. The drama, which begins filming in and around Glasgow, will be directed by Michael Offer.
Also in 2009, Ryan filmed 4.3.2.1, a crime thriller starring Emma Roberts, Noel Clarke, Tamsin Egerton and Ophelia Lovibond.
She starred in a stage production of The Talented Mr. Ripley at the Royal Theatre in Northampton until October 9, 2010.
In October 2010, she completed filming Cleanskin, a terrorist thriller starring Sean Bean, Charlotte Rampling, James Fox, Abhin Galeya and Tuppence Middleton.
In 2010 Ryan appeared in the comedy film Huge alongside Noel Clarke, Johnny Harris, Ralph Brown, Thandie Newton, and Tamsin Egerton, directed by Ben Miller. Another film, No Ordinary Trifle, is in post-production. Also in 2011, Ryan played Helena from A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the BBC Learning project, "Off By Heart Shakespeare" and delivered the speech: "Lo, she is one of this confederacy!"
Ryan also completed filming Cockneys vs Zombies, a comedy horror film about a team of bank robbers fighting the undead, directed by Matthias Hoene, alongside Georgia King, Rasmus Hardiker and Jack Doolan. The film is currently in post production and is slated to be released on autumn 2011.

Selected filmography

Television

Year Program Role Notes
2000 The Worst Witch Dolores Episode: "Fair Is Foul & Fouls Are Fair"
Burnside School Friend Episodes: "Exposed: Part 1" and "Exposed: Part 2"
2000–2005 EastEnders Zoe Slater Series regular
2003 EastEnders: Slaters in Detention Zoe Slater DVD special
Comic Relief 2003: The Big Hair Do Zoe Slater EastEnders sketch
2006 Marple Rose Water Episode: "By the Pricking of My Thumbs"
2007 Red Nose Day Kate "Mr. Bean's Wedding" segment
Mansfield Park Maria Bertram
Jekyll Katherine Reimer
Bionic Woman Jaime Sommers Lead Role
2008 Merlin Nimueh Episodes: "The Mark of Nimueh", "The Poisoned Chalice", "Excalibur", "Le Morte d'Arthur"
2009 Doctor Who Lady Christina de Souza Episode: "Planet of the Dead"
Mr Eleven Saz Paley Lead Role

Film

Year Film Role Notes
2006 Cashback Suzy Film debut
2007 I Want Candy Lila
2008 Flick Sandra Martin
2010 4.3.2.1 Kelly
Huge Cindy
No Ordinary Trifle Shauna
2011 Cleanskin Emma post production
Girl Walks Into a Bar Loretta
Cockneys vs. Zombies Katy post production
2012 The Man Inside Alexia Sinclair filming