Aleksei Serebryakov (actor)

Aleksei Valeryevich Serebryakov, PAR, HOR (Russian: Алексей Валерьевич Серебряков; born 3 July 1964) is a Russian Canadian stage performer and film actor. He started acting at 13, and now he is one of the most popular and highly paid Russian actors.[1][2] He has appeared in Leviathan and McMafia.

Aleksei Serebryakov
Серебряков Алексей 2014.jpg
Aleksei Serebryakov in 2014
Aleksei Valeryevich Serebryakov

(1964-07-03) 3 July 1964 (age 56)
CitizenshipRussia & Canada


Early life and career beginningsEdit

Aleksei Valerevich Serebryakov was born on 3 July 1964 in Moscow. His father was an aircraft engineer and his mother worked as a doctor at the Gorky Film Studio. In his childhood, he attended a music school (class of accordion). He made his debut as an actor at 13, when his music teacher published a photo of him in the newspaper Vechernyaya Moskva. Serebryakov was noticed by casting directors Valery Uskov and Vladimir Krasnopolsky, who conducted castings for the Soviet TV series Eternal Call.

In 1986, he graduated from the Lunacharsky State Institute of Theatrical Art, where he went to the acting school of Oleg Tabakov, after which he played for several years at the Moscow Theatre-Studio "Tabakerka" directed by Oleg Tabakov. In 1991, he left the theater.

After graduating from the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts, Serebryakov starred in several films, including Silent Outpost (1986) and Accused of the Wedding (1986), and some others. He gained wide popularity due to his main character as a criminal fighter in Vladimir Feoktistov's movie Fan (1989).


In 1990, Serebryakov appeared in Afghan Breakdown, directed by Vladimir Bortko. He also starred in the 1990 film Accidental Waltz, for which he won the best actor prize at the Locarno Film Festival. In 1994, he appeared in the Sergey Livnov drama Hammer and Sickle.

Alexey Serebryakov at a press conference dedicated to the release of the film The PyraMMMid, 2011

Later in the decade, he also appeared in numerous TV series, including Bandit Petersburg, Empire under Attack, The White Guard and many others. Concurrently, he starred in the movies "Antikiller 2: Antiterror" and "Escape" by Yegor Konchalovsky, Dead Man's Bluff by Aleksei Balabanov, The 9th Company and Dark Planet by Fyodor Bondarchuk, Vadim Shmelev's The Apocalypse Code, Gloss by Andrei Konchalovsky, "Golden Section" by Sergei Debizhev, Once Upon a Time There Lived a Simple Woman by Andrei Smirnov, "Solo on the Saxophone" by Alexander Kirienko and the fantasy-anthology film Fairytale.Is.

He performed in Lenkom Theatre between 2009 and 2012.[citation needed] He played Sergei Mamontov in the partly biographical film The PyraMMMid (2011), a fictional story inspired by financier Sergei Mavrodi (the founder of MMM pyramid scheme). In 2014, Serebryakov played the lead role of Kolya in Andrei Zvyagintsev's internationally acclaimed drama Leviathan. After that, Serebryakov appeared in Sergei Puskepalis's directorial debut, Clinch.

In 2015–2016, he continued acting in TV series, including Fartsa and The Method. In 2017, he played role of Dr. Andrey Richter in Doctor Richter, a Russian remake of the American medical drama series, House. In the same year, he appeared in the historical fantasy feature film Furious. Serebryakov appeared in the 2018 BBC series McMafia, where he played Dmitri Godman, mafia boss father of protagonist Alex.

Political viewsEdit

In 2018, Serebryakov became embroiled in controversy over his statement in an interview that the most common traits of Russian people are "[brutal] force, rudeness and arrogance".[3][4][5] He also said in the interview that he does not like two things about Vladimir Putin—lies and thieving.[6] At a business forum in London later that year, he accused Russia of stirring up multiple wars.[7][8]

Personal lifeEdit

Serebryakov has been in a relationship with his wife Maria since the 1980s. They were married in the 1990s and have three children; one child from Maria's previous marriage and two whom they have adopted together.[9] In March 2012, Serebryakov emigrated to Canada with his family, citing corruption and political unrest in Russia as barriers to raising his children.[10][11]


  • 1990: Locarno Film Festival – Best Actor Award ("Accidental Waltz").
  • 1993: Sozvezdie Film Festival – special jury prize ("Higher measure").
  • 1994: Film Festival "Kinoshock" – prize for the best male role ("Hammer and Sickle").
  • 2000: Festival "Vivat, Cinema of Russia!" (St. Petersburg) – prize for the best male role ("Tests for Real Men").
  • 2006: Festival "Vivat Cinema of Russia!" (St. Petersburg) – prize for the best role ("Vanyukhin's Children").
  • 2014: "IFFI Best Actor Award (Male)" at 45th International Film Festival of India – (Leviathan).

Selected filmographyEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2021 Nobody Yulian Kuznetsov
2020 SPAGAT / ШПАГАТ Artem
2020 The Petrichor Igor
2019 Space Dogs Cosmic Voice Narrator
2019 Van Goghs Mark Ginsbourg Artist
2018 How Vitka Chesnok Took Lyokha Shtyr to the Home for Invalids Lyokha Shtyr
2017 Legend of Kolovrat Prince Yuri Grand prince of Ryazan
2016 Dr. Richter Dr. Andrey Richter Based on Dr. Gregory House
2015 Clinch Vitaly Feodorov Literature teacher.
2014 Leviathan Kolya Nominated-European Film Award for Best Actor
2011 The PyraMMMid Sergei Mamontov
2011 Once Upon a Time There Lived a Simple Woman Lebeda
2011 Fairytale.Is Dad
2010 Ivanov Nikolai Ivanov Ivanov's adaptation
2008 The Inhabited Island Strannik
2007 Tiski Major Dudaitis, from FSKN
Gloss Stasis
Konservy Usoltsev, Solyoniy
The Apocalypse Code Sergei
Cargo 200 Alexei Belov
2006 Transit Capt. Yurchenko
2005 The 9th Company Capt. from reconnaissance unit
2005 Dead Man's Bluff "Doctor"
2005 Run All Day Colonel Pakhomov
2003 Antikiller 2: Antiterror (ru) Uzhakh Aduev
1990 Accidental Waltz Sergei
1990 Afghan Breakdown Sgt. Arsyonov
Year Title Role Notes
2000 Empire under Attack Boris Savinkov
2000 Bandit Petersburg. Advocate Oleg Zvantsev. "White Advocate"
2003 Bayazet (ru) Lieutenant A.E. Karabanov
2003 World Wide 3 Makarius' father
2011 The White Guard Felix Nay-Tours, colonel of the Hussars
2011 Diamond Hunters Nikolai Shakhov
2018 McMafia Dimitri Godman


  1. ^ "Биография Алексея Серебрякова". RIA Novosti.
  2. ^ "Алексей Серебряков". VokrugTV.
  3. ^ Серебряков – об эмиграции, детях и законе подлецов [Serebryakov – about emigration, children and the law of scoundrels]. VDud.
  4. ^ Vladimir Kozlov. "'Leviathan' Star Stirs Controversy, Says Russians Are "Rude" and "Arrogant"". The Hollywood Reporter.
  5. ^ Nancy Tartaglione. "'Leviathan' & 'McMafia' Actor Under Fire For Anti-Russian Comments; Colleagues Respond". Deadline Hollywood.
  6. ^ "Серебряков о Путине: Мне не нравятся два "В": вранье и воровство" [Serebryakov on Putin: I do not like two "V"s (Vladimir Vladimirovich): lies (vranye) and thieving (vorovstvo)]. Gordon.
  7. ^ Алексей Серебряков – встреча в Лондоне [Alexey Serebryakov – meeting in London]. Elena Ringo.
  8. ^ Ivan Belyaev. ""Опустившийся актёришка": патриоты снова атакуют Алексея Серебрякова" ["Washed up actor": the patriots are attacking Alexei Serebryakov again]. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.
  9. ^ "Звезды, которые воспитывают приемных детей". 7days.
  10. ^ Актер Алексей Серебряков сбежал в Канаду, не выдержав жизни в России(in Russian)
  11. ^ Алексей Серебряков: После выборов власти придется "закручивать гайки" (in Russian). Argumenty i Fakty.

External linksEdit