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Yuliya Viktorovna Snigir, née Siriskina (Russian: Ю́лия Ви́кторовна Сниги́рь, Сирискина; born 2 June 1983) is a Russian actress and model.

Life and career

Yuliya Snigir was born in Donskoy, Tula Oblast, Russia. She graduated from high school number 20 Donskoy. Hoping to get a good education, she went to Moscow and entered the Faculty of Foreign Languages of the Moscow State Pedagogical University (English department, specialty “English Philology”).

Snigir had to study and work at the same time to support herself financially. She was teaching English in the nursery school, when a friend showed photos of Yuliya to a representative from a Moscow modelling agency. While continuing her study program in University, Snigir became a successful model. She was offered a contract with a leading French jewellery brand and was planning to move to France when a casting-director saw her at the modeling agency and invited her to an audition. Her acting career started when she was accepted to the Vakhtangov Theatre Academy. Her cinematic debut was in the film The Last Slaughter, which was followed by Vaccine and Gloss

Her big break came when she was offered one of the leading roles in the Russian sci-fi blockbuster The Inhabited Island (2008) and the sequel The Inhabited Island: Skirmish. Yulia became the face of L’Oreal in Russia, as well as Mexx clothing and Mexx perfume.

She hosted the show Theory of Relativity on STS in 2009. In 2010 she became a TV presenter on the channel Petersburg – Channel 5.

She appeared in A Good Day to Die Hard (2013) alongside Bruce Willis. In the film, she played a Russian antagonist named Irina.

In 2015, Channel One released a 12-episode historical television series Catherine the Great, in which the actress played the main role. In the same year she played in the romantic comedy film About Love by Anna Melikian.

She starred as Ekaterina Smokovnikova in the television miniseries Road to Calvary, an adaptation of the eponymous novel by Aleksey Tolstoy. It aired on NTV channel in 2017. She also had a supporting role in the crime comedy Blockbuster by Roman Volobuyev in that year.

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