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Date of Birth 3 May 1985Moscow, RSFSR, USSR [now Russia]
Birth NameDanila Valerevich Kozlovskiy
Height 6' 0½" (1.84 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Danila Valerevich Kozlovsky is a Russian stage and screen actor. He was born in Moscow, USSR. From a very young age he was into music, dancing and playing football (soccer). He has two brothers, an elder Egor and a younger Ivan.

In 1996, at the age of 11, Danila, following his brothers, went to a special navy school preparing students for the Military Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In 2002 he graduated from the school, but eventually acting won him. However, he does not think that the years spent at the navy school were wasted.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Eleni Giannidou

Trivia (11)

He won the "Zolotoy Orel" ("Golden Eagle") Award for "Best Actor in a Film" in 2013 for his role as Maks in Roman Prygunov's Dukhless (2012) ("Soulless"). The "Golden Eagle" Awards are given annually by The National Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of Russia; they can be thought of as Russia's Golden Globe Awards.
Plays the saxophone and the piano.
With the The Maly Drama Theatre he has been part of tours all around the world: United Kingdom, Italy, France, Germany, Australia.
Has an older brother, Egor, and a younger brother, Ivan.
In 2002 he entered the St. Petersburg Academy of Theatrical Arts.
He won the "Zolotoy Sofit" ("Golden Floodlight") Theatrical Award for "Best Debut" in 2006 for his performance in the role of Edgar in a production of King Lear in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Studied in the Sea Cadet Corps (Marine Military Academy) in St Petersburg for 6 years, graduating in 2002.
Has taken singing and dancing lessons since childhood.
Was part of the Sea Cadet Corps chorus.
He won the "Belyy Slon" ("White Elephant") Award for "Best Actor in a Film" in 2005 for his role as Nikolay in Aleksey German's Garpastum (2005). The "White Elephant" Awards are given annually by The Russian Guild of Film Critics.
He was in a relationship with Russian model and actress Yuliya Snigir from 2012 to 2013.

Personal Quotes (7)

I hope to be continuing to work in my current profession. I am a very lucky person because I have a job that I love doing every day.
[on Movie Vampire Academy] I would like to take a moment to thank Richelle Mead for writing such a great, interesting character as Dimitri. It is very important for me to represent my country in this movie, as a man who loves, who has a good sense of humor, is passionate, and is a very interesting person -- a really good guy. Dimitri has been living in America for a long time and speaks with a slight Russian accent. He is a very reliable and, at the same time, a quite mysterious person. He listens to old music and reads cowboy books. He is a man who people say has old-fashioned values. I really enjoyed playing him. This is not the typical Russian stereotype role where guys are doing stupid or bad things.
I prefer not to discuss politics for one reason: I'm absolutely sure that I understand nothing about politics. I do not want to make a smart face and pretend that I am working in the Bely Dom [the Russian government's main administrative building in Moscow; literally translated as "White House"] but at the same time as a human being, I am pleased about the presidential pardons and to see that Pussy Riot and [Mikhail] Khodorkovsky have been freed. I have great respect for Khodorkovsky and feel happy when I see him as a free man.
It is essential to speak English fluently. Maybe it is also lack of exposure. Remember, we are a very young film industry in Russia. It really has only developed in the last 20 years, after everything collapsed with the end of the Soviet Union. The relationship between Russian and European filmmakers is an emerging one, just now beginning to evolve.
It's very important for me to be in Russia and continue working with Russian filmmakers because I am a Russian actor, and I am very thankful for having the chance to work with very talented people here in Russia. At the same time, it is very important for me to continue to improve and develop my career in the West. I enjoyed very much working on my first American film with such a wonderful cast and the great Mark Waters. Work globalization is here, and we have to use this for breaking barriers.
[on what Russia actors offers Western audiences] That's a difficult question! As for me, I always strive to do my best. I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered that young American actors respect and use the Stanislavsky system, which is still being used to this day, and other systems that are based on this approach. Using the possibilities of working with Russian and international actors will give us more opportunities, exposure and experience to learn and develop something new. We can exchange programs, methods and knowledge, to further improve the industry and, more importantly, everyone personally.
[on why so few Russian actors have "crossed over" to Hollywood] I don't like the fact that there are so few Russians in Hollywood, but it is understandable because of the historic relationship between America and Russia -- the Cold War history, for example. It is kind of a cliché, but it's still with us. But at the same time I'm very pleased that American filmmakers are now beginning to change their perceptions and attitudes.

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