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Ivan Filippovich Yankovsky (Russian: Иван Филиппович Янковский; born October 30, 1990) is a Russian actor, best known for his role in Rag Union. His father is actor/director Filipp Yankovsky, and his grandfather was the actor Oleg Yankovsky.[1][2]

Ivan Yankovsky
Ivan Filippovich Yankovsky

(1990-10-30) October 30, 1990 (age 28)
Years active2001–present
AwardsGolden Eagle Award (Russia)


Early life and educationEdit

Ivan Yankovsky was born in Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union. Ivan's parents are actor and director Filipp Yankovsky and actress Oksana Fandera. Younger sister Elizaveta is also an actress.

From the 8th grade he studied at the Moscow International Film School, after which he entered GITIS. In 2013 he graduated from the acting and directing department (workshop of Sergey Zhenovach).[3]


His cinematic debut was at the age of 10 in the film Come Look at Me (2001). And the first success and recognition among the public came to him after the role of Andrei Kalyaev in the picture "Indigo" (2008), which told the story of people with superpowers. In particular, the hero of Ivan Yankovsky can anticipate danger and other events.

He starred in the film Rag Union (2015) by director Mikhail Mestetskiy. According to Ivan Yankovsky, he can easily relate to the character he created on screen: This character is not frivolous - he is ideological, he collects and leads everyone, but when he realizes that all this does not make sense and that it is better to enter the institute, he decides: "Let's cancel everything". It is also close to me, this self-flagellation and soul-searching, which is innate for him.[4]

In 2015 he won a prize for "Best Actor" (together with Vasily Butkevitch, Aleksandr Pal and Pavel Chinarev) for the film Rag Union at the XXVI Open Russian Film Festival "Kinotavr".[5]

Among his other successful roles was Pasha Smolnikov in the Russian fantasy film Guardians of the Night (2016). His hero is a courier who works in the department of fighting werewolves and witches. As the actor noted, about working on the role in Guardians of the Night, in which there are many different tricks, his good physical preparation helped him: "I can for example hang and freeze up in the air upside down for a long time".[4]

In the thriller picture The Queen of Spades (2016), his character is Andrei, a young singer of an opera company, who yearns to get the role of Hermann in The Queen of Spades, which is his chance to become famous. Experienced woman and opera diva Anna decides to take advantage of his desire. She begins a fierce game with the participants of the play. For the work in the film The Queen of Spades (2016), the actor received the prize for the best male lead actor at the Golden Eagle awards.[6][7]

Selected filmographyEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2001 Come Look at Me The Boy with Banana Skin
2008 Indigo Andrei Kalyaev
2015 No Borders Artyom
2015 Rag Union Andrei
2016 Guardians of the Night Pasha Smolnikov
2016 The Queen of Spades Andrei
2018 The Factory Vovka
2019 Icaria Anton
2019 Union of Salvation Mikhail Bestuzhev-Ryumin,
Podporuchik of the Poltava Infantry Regiment
Films based on Union of Salvation


  1. ^ "Иван Янковский". VokrugTV.
  2. ^ "Иван Янковский, биография, новости, фото - узнай все!". uznayvse.
  3. ^ "Иван Янковский". Russia-1.
  4. ^ a b Gennadiy Ustiyan. "«Мне нравится падать и ударяться»". Interview.
  5. ^ "В Сочи завершился фестиваль "Кинотавр"". TASS.
  6. ^ "Иван Янковский получил кинопремию "Золотой орел" за лучшую мужскую роль". RIA Novosti.
  7. ^ Limited, Alamy. "Stock Photo - Moscow, Russia. 27th Jan, 2017. Russian actor Ivan Yankovsky who has won the Best Leading Actor award, Russian film director Kirill Pletnyov who has won the Best Short Film". Alamy.

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