Chulpan Khamatova

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Chulpan Khamatova
Чулпан Хаматова
Khamatova in 2015
Chulpan Nailevna Khamatova

(1975-10-01) 1 October 1975 (age 48)
Alma materRussian Institute of Theatre Arts
Occupation(s)Actress, philanthropist, television personality
Years active1998–present
TitlePeople's Artist of Russia (2012)
  • Ivan Volkov
    (m. 1995; div. 2002)
  • Aleksandr Shein
    (m. 2009; div. 2017)

Chulpan Nailevna Khamatova (Russian: Чулпан Наилевна Хаматова; Tatar: Чулпан Наил кызы Хаматова; Latvian: Čulpana Hamatova, born 1 October 1975) is a Russian actress.[1][2][3]


Early life and theater career[edit]

Chulpan Nailevna Khamatova was born on 1 October 1975 in Kazan, Tatar ASSR, in what was then the Soviet Union. Her parents Marina Galimullovna Khamatova and Nail Khamatov are both engineers.[1][2] Her name, Chulpan, means "morning star" (i.e. Venus) in Tatar (she is of Volga Tatar origin). Her younger brother Shamil Khamatov [ru] is also an actor.[4]

As a child, she was engaged in figure skating and from the eighth grade studied at the mathematical school of the Kazan Federal University. She was accepted at the Kazan State Finance and Economics Institute but ended up changing her mind and entered the Kazan Theater School. Teachers Juno Kareva and Vadim Keshner, assessing the prospects of the beginning actress, advised and helped Khamatova continue her studies in Moscow, and she entered Russian Institute of Theatre Arts, the course of Alexei Borodin.[1][2]

Khamatova performed on the stages of several Moscow theaters: Russian Academic Youth Theater (Dunya Raskolnikova in Crime and Punishment and Anne Frank in Anne Frank's Diary), the Theater of the Moon, the Anton Chekhov Theater (Katya in Pose of the Immigrant), the Open Theater Julia Malakyants (Silvia).[1][2]

In 1998 she was invited to the troupe of the Moscow Sovremennik Theatre. She debuted in the role of Patricia Holman (Three Comrades by Erich Maria Remarque). She also received roles in the plays Three Sisters (Irina), Mamapapasynsobaka (Andria), The Storm (Katerina), The Naked Pioneer (Masha Mukhina) and Anthony and Cleopatra (Cleopatra), as well as the role of Masha in the new version of the play Three Sisters. In 2008, Khamatova took part in the performance of the Theatre of Nations Stories of Shukshin (directed by Alvis Hermanis), where she played nine of 10 stories.[1][2]

Film career[edit]

Khamatova has starred in a number of German-language films, and she is considered to be a leading Russian actress.[5][6]

In cinema, Khamatova started acting during the third year of GITISVadim Abdrashitov invited her for the role of Katya in the film Time of a Dancer (1997). Khamatova's breakthrough came with the crime drama Country of the Deaf (1998) by Valery Todorovsky where she played Rita. The picture was about deaf-mute people and Khamatova had to learn sign language for the role.[1][2]

Other notable films with Khamatova's participation include Bakhtiyar Khudoynazarov's picture Luna Papa (1999),[7] 72 Meters (2004) and The Fall of the Empire (2005) by Vladimir Khotinenko, Children of the Arbat (2004) by Andrei Eshpai and Garpastum (2005) by Aleksei German Jr.

She is best known internationally for starring in Good Bye, Lenin! (2003), as Lara, the girlfriend of the main character and his mother's nurse.

She was on the six-person jury, which was headed by Catherine Deneuve, at the 63rd Venice International Film Festival in 2006.

In 2007, together with professional ice dancer Roman Kostomarov, she took part and became the winner of the Channel One figure skating competition Ice Age.[2][3]

Personal life[edit]

Khamatova was married to the Russian actor and composer Ivan Volkov [ru] from 1995 to 2002. In 2003, she dated ballet dancer Aleksei Dubinin (Russian: Алексей Дубинин). On 1 October 2009, she married Russian actor and director Aleksandr Shein [ru]. She has three daughters: Arina Ivanovna Volkova (b. 4 April 2002), Asya Alekseievna Dubinina (b. 2003) and Iya Aleksandrovna Shein (b. 27 April 2010).[8][9][10] Her marriage to Shein ended in 2017.[citation needed]

She is fluent in Russian, German, Portuguese and English. She also speaks Latvian.

Philanthropy and politics[edit]

Khamatova is known for her social activities, she draws public attention to the problems of children with cancer. In 2005, she and Dina Korzun organized the concert "Give me life" at the stage of Sovremennik Theatre to help children with hematological diseases. In 2006, Khamatova became a co-founder of the Podari Zhizn ("Make the gift of Life") charity foundation which helps children suffering from oncological and hematological diseases. By the summer of 2009, the fund had collected and sent for treatment of these diseases more than 500 million rubles. One of the permanent sponsors of the fund is Armen Sargsyan[11][12][13]

In 2012, Khamatova publicly supported Russian president Vladimir Putin during the presidential election campaign. According to Russian journalists, Khamatova was put under pressure to save her charity foundation.[14][15][16] In 2019, Khamatova said that she would never have done that if she could imagine that he would start the war in Donbass.[17] On another occasion, she said that she is actually apolitical, but the charity in Russia is heavily dependant on the support from the state.[18]

In February 2022, Khamatova was one of signatories of the petition started by Mikhail Zygar to protest the Russian invasion of Ukraine.[19][20] On holiday when the war started, she accepted that she needed to stay in exile in Latvia, realising that she could not return to Russia without being forced to deny the war or apologize for not supporting it.[21][20][22] She stated that after she signed the petition, "it was made clear to me it would be undesirable for me to go back," adding "I know I am not a traitor. I love my motherland very much."[20] In April 2022, she publicly spoke at an anti-war rally in the Latvian capital of Riga.[23]


Awards and honors[edit]

  • 2001 – Award for best female role in the Viewers' View contest at the Kinotavar Film Festival (Lion's Share).[3]
  • 2002 – Award for best female role (Luna Papa) at the Brigantina Film Festival.[3]
  • 2002 – Viewer judgement panel award for best female role (Lunar Dad) at the Russian Sochi Film Festival.[3]
  • 2003 – Chayka Award in the Smile nomination for best comedic female role [3]
  • 2004 – Russian Federation national award for performances in Anne Frank's Diary, Three Comrades and Mamapapasynsobaka.[3]
  • 2004 – Awarded title of Honored Artist of the Russian Federation [3]
  • 2004 – Awarded the Golden Mask for role in Mamapapasynsobaka [3]
  • 2004 – Kumir Award [3]
  • 2006 – Coronation Award in the Brightest Star Category [3]
  • 2006 – TEFI Award in the Faces Category for best female role (Doctor Zhivago) [24]
  • 2006 – Golden Eagle Award for best female supporting role (Ellipsis)[25]
  • 2006 – Friendship Award [3]
  • 2007 – George 2007 Award (in honor of George Melyes) from Russian Live Journal [3]
  • 2007 – Acknowledged by Glamour Magazine as Woman of the Year [26]
  • 2008 – Awarded a star on the Alley of Fame at the Russian Film Star Square [3]
  • 2009 – George 2007 Award (in honor of George Melyes) from Russian Live Journal [3]
  • 2009 – Living Theater Award for best female role in Shukshin's Tales[3]
  • 2010 – Person of the Year 2009 Award in the nomination for Proactive Civil Initiative [3]
  • 2010 – In the Right Track Award in honor of V. Visotsky for years of work in the name of saving lives and helping preserve health in children, for asceticism, for spiritual generosity and for faith in humanity [3]
  • 2012 – Russian Federation National Artist Award for vast achievements in cinematography and theatrical arts [3]
  • 2012 – NIKA National Film Award for charitable work[27]
  • 2012 – Asteroid 279119 Khamatova, discovered by Russian amateur astronomer Timur Krjačko at the Zelenchukskaya Station in 2009, was named in her honor.[28] The official naming citation was published by the Minor Planet Center on 28 December 2012 (M.P.C. 81935).[29]
  • 2015 – State Prize of the Russian Federation[3]

Roles in theater[edit]

  • 1995 — «Young Robinson Dreams» O. Mikhailov (Pyatnitsa)
  • 1995 — «Fanta-Infanta» S. Prokhanov (Fanta)
  • 1996 — «The pose of the emigrant» G. Slutski (Katya)
  • 1997 — «Celebration» B. Slend (Sanny)
  • 1999 — «Three Comrades» E. M. Remarque (Patricia Holman)
  • 2000 — «The Diary of Anne Frank» F. Gudrich, A. Hakket (Anne Frank)
  • 2001 — «Three Sisters» G. Volchek (Irina)
  • 2003 — «Mamapapasinsobaka» («Mom & Dad & Son & Dog») B.Srblanovich (Andria)
  • 2003 — «Twelfth Night» Shakespeare (Perchtoldsdofer Sommerspiele, Austria) (Viola)
  • 2004 — «Thunderstorm» N. Chusova (Katerina)
  • 2005 — «Naked Pioneer Girl» M. Kononov (Mashsa)
  • 2006 — «Antony & Cleopatra. Version» O. Bogaev, K. Serebrennikov (Cleopatra)
  • 2008 — «Three Sisters» (Masha)
  • 2008 — «Shukshin Stories» A. Hermanis (9 roles)
  • 2009 — «Poor Liza» A. Sigalova, N. Simonov (Liza)
  • 2011 — «Miss Julie» T. Ostermeier (Julie)
  • 2011 — «Enemies: A Love Story» E. Arie (Mashsa)
  • 2012 — «Slightly Out of Focus» E. Arie (Sarah)

See also[edit]


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  4. ^ "Шамиль Хаматов". VokrugTV. Retrieved 23 March 2022.
  5. ^ "Actress and Activist Chulpan Khamatova Has Left Russia". The Moscow Times. 21 March 2022. Retrieved 17 May 2022.
  6. ^ Sarah L. Kaufman (1 April 2022). "What it's like to be a Russian artist now". The Washington Post (in Russian). Retrieved 17 May 2022.
  7. ^ Kozlov, Vladimir (21 April 2015). "Russian Director Bakhtyar Khudojnazarov Dies at 49". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 29 June 2023.
  8. ^ "Ошибки молодости Чулпан Хаматовой". Ekspress Gazeta.
  9. ^ "У дочки Чулпан Хаматовой открылся неожиданный талант".
  10. ^ Larisa Malyukova (13 December 2012). "Аромат любви Чулпан". Vogue (Russian ed.).
  11. ^ "Лотерея, спорт, IT, благотворительность: краткая биография бизнесмена Армена Саркисяна". Retrieved 23 March 2023.
  12. ^ "Армен Саркисян: последние новости, возраст, биография, личная жизнь, фото, соцсети". EG.RU (in Russian). Retrieved 23 March 2023.
  13. ^ "Армен Меружанович Саркисян: биография создатель холдинга S8 Capital". 100Biografiy - Сайт о биографиях знаменитостей (in Russian). 6 November 2020. Retrieved 23 March 2023.
  14. ^ ""Если бы не было фонда, я пошла бы на баррикады" - Чулпан Хаматова в интервью украинскому телеканалу" ["If there was no foundation and I had no children, I'll go to barricades", Chulpan Khamatova said in interview to Ukrainian TV chanel] (in Russian). RFI. 19 February 2012. Retrieved 16 July 2021.
  15. ^ "Заложница" [Held Hostage] (in Russian). OpenSpace. 15 February 2012. Retrieved 16 July 2021.
  16. ^ "Рунет спорит, почему Чулпан Хаматова агитирует за Путина" [Runet discussed why Khamatova supports Putin] (in Russian). BBC. 15 February 2012. Retrieved 16 July 2021.
  17. ^ "Чулпан Хаматова: как спасти детей и не оказаться для всех плохой" [Chulpan Khamatova: how to save the children and don't become bad for everyone] (in Russian). How about a talk. 13 June 2019. Archived from the original on 13 December 2021. Retrieved 16 July 2021.
  18. ^ "Чулпан Хаматова: меня не пытали и не принуждали" [Chulpan Khamatova: I wasn't tortured or forced [to support Putin]]. BBC. 9 April 2012. Retrieved 16 July 2021.
  19. ^ (registration required) [user-generated source]
  20. ^ a b c "Russian Actress Chulpan Khamatova In Exile Following Criticism Of Ukraine War". RFE/RL. 21 March 2022. Retrieved 23 March 2022.
  21. ^ Justina Ilkevičiūtė (1 April 2022). "Lithuanian actor Ingeborga Dapkūnaitė: I should have left Russia in 2014 – interview". Retrieved 2 May 2022.
  22. ^ Chulpan Khamatova, Katerina Gordeyeva (20 March 2022). Чулпан Хаматова: "Я очень люблю свою Родину" // "Скажи Гордеевой" [Chulpan Khamatova: "I love my homeland very much" // "Tell Gordeyeva"] (in Russian). Latvia: YouTube. Retrieved 22 March 2022.
  23. ^ "В Риге на митинге «Русский голос против войны» выступила актриса Чулпан Хаматова Фотография". Meduza. 23 April 2002. Retrieved 2 September 2022.
  24. ^ Igor Kozlov. "Олег янковский и чулпан хаматова получили "тэфи-2006" за блестящее исполнение главных ролей в сериале "доктор живаго"". Fakty i Kommentarii.
  25. ^ "Названы первые лауреаты премии "Золотой Орел"". 27 January 2007.
  26. ^ "Высшая лига: "Женщины года" в истории церемонии журнала Glamour". Glamour (Russian ed.).
  27. ^ Vladimir Kozlov (9 April 2012). "Andrei Smirnov's 'Zhila-Byla Odna Baba' Wins Best Russian Film at Nika Awards". The Hollywood Reporter.
  28. ^ "JPL Small-Body Database Browser: 279119 Khamatova (2009 OY1)" (24 April 2018 last obs.). Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Retrieved 9 September 2019.
  29. ^ "MPC/MPO/MPS Archive". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 9 September 2019.

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