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Biography of Elena Xenophon

Elena Yuryevna Ksenofontova - Honored Artist of Russia, laureate of the Tatyana Makarova Prize “For her work in the theater and cinema during her studies at the institute”, beloved by millions of actresses. People’s fame brought her the role of Eleonora Andreevna from the TV series “Kitchen” and “Hotel Eleon”.
Star of domestic TV series, actress Elena KsenofontovaStar of domestic TV series, actress Elena Ksenofontova

Childhood and adolescence

Elena was born in the family of a mining engineer in the small Kazakh town of Khromtau. Mother broke up with his father Elena before her birth. In her memories of childhood, the grandfather with the “budenovskiy” mustache and grandmother smelling of fresh milk are clearly preserved.
Soon, mother married a second time. The family moved to the suburban town of Serpukhov. Lenina’s sister Yulia was born there, and then brother Vitaly. Father was a real tyrant. After many years, faced with domestic violence in her own family, Elena confessed that her stepfather beat up the mother and children, while remaining unpunished, as he held a solid post.
Children's photo Elena KsenofontovoyChildren's photo Elena Ksenofontovoy
Despite the difficult situation in the family, the mother tried to give the children all the best. Elena studied at school, was fond of history, literature and painting, was engaged in playing the piano, and achieved serious results in athletics.
The desire to become an actress arose at school, therefore, having received a secondary education, she went to Moscow, where she applied for the Schepkin School and the Shchukin Theater Institute. Having failed the exams, the girl took a room and got a job in the studio-theater “Time”, where she played her first theatrical role in the play “The Snow Maiden”.
Elena Ksenofontova with classmatesElena Ksenofontova with classmates
However, a serious illness intervened in the plans of a talented girl. For three years, the future actress suffered from terrible headaches. Doctors have failed to diagnose her. Then she met her first husband Igor Lipatov, who supported Elena in this difficult period and insisted on her admission to VGIK. In 1994, Ksenofontova got into the course of Joseph Raikhelgauz and soon became the darling of the teacher. Maitre was the artistic director of the “School of Modern Play” theater, so the young student very soon received notable roles in his theater.She participated in performances with such masters of the stage as Lev Durov, Evgeny Dvorzhetsky, Tatiana Vasilyeva, Albert Filozov, Irina Alferova.
Elena Ksenofontova at the graduation of VGIK (1998)Elena Ksenofontova at the graduation of VGIK (1998)

Career

After graduation, six theaters offered a graduate from the VGIK. For a while she remained at Raikhelgauz, until in 2000 she moved to the Moscow Drama Theater under the direction of Armen Dzhikharkhanyan. There she played her best theatrical roles: Vera Fillipovna from the production “Heart is not a stone”, Countess from “The Marriage of Figaro”, Natasha from “The Three Sisters”.
Why Elena Ksenofontova left the theater
Over time, Elena increasingly began to think about the movie. By this time, her filmography included only a small role in the comedy “The Woman Man” (1992). And the very first serious film work with her participation, Valeri Todorovsky’s Taiga series, brought her fame.
The series "Taiga. The survival course "made Elena Xenofontov knownThe series "Taiga. The survival course "made Elena Xenofontov known
Work in the cinema fascinated the actress no less than the theater. There were roles in the TV series "Heaven and Earth", "The Best City of the Earth", "The Red Chapel", "Cadets". But the most memorable role was Eleonora Andreevna from the popular TV series “Kitchen”.

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