Maria Bakalova (Bulgarian: Мария Бакалова [mɐˈrijɐ bɐˈkaɫovɐ]; born 4 June 1996) is a Bulgarian actress. She gained international attention for her role as Tutar Sagdiyev in the 2020 mockumentary Borat Subsequent Moviefilm.
|Born||4 June 1996|
|Known for||Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (2020)|
Bakalova was born in Burgas. She began singing lessons and playing the flute around age six. Bakalova majored in drama theater at the National School of Arts in Burgas. She majored in drama at the Krastyo Sarafov National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts in Sofia, graduating in 2019.
Bakalova started her career acting in Bulgarian films including 2018's Transgression and 2020's Last Call.
She was cast as Tutar Sagdiyev in the mockumentary Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, the daughter of fictional Kazakh reporter Borat Sagdiyev. Although initially credited as Irina Nowak, reports later revealed her involvement. Fellow Bulgarian Julian Kostov connected her with casting director Nancy Bishop for the role. Critics have praised Bakalova's performance, with Matt Fowler of IGN stating how "[t]he film's fantastic find, Maria Bakalova, every bit Sacha Baron Cohen’s on-screen equal, is who, and what, most people will be talking about in the wake of [the film]." Los Angeles Times film critic Justin Chang described Bakalova's performance as "terrific", praising her portrayal of her character’s journey "with madcap energy and touching conviction".
|2017||XIIa||Milena||Magdalena Ralcheva||Film debut|
|2019||Due to Unforeseen Circumstances||Girl in Taxi||Peter Chiviyski|
|2020||Last Call||Alexandra||Ivaylo Penchev|
|2020||Borat Subsequent Moviefilm||Tutar Sagdiyev||Jason Woliner|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2018||AltFF Alternative Film Festival||Best Actress||Transgression||Won|
|Queen Palm International Film Festival||Nominated|
|2020||Alliance of Women Film Journalists||Best Supporting Actress||Borat Subsequent Moviefilm||Nominated|
|Most Daring Performance Award||Won|
|Boston Online Film Critics Association Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Won|
|Chicago Film Critics Association Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Won|
|Most Promising Performer||Nominated|
|Chicago Indie Critics||Best Supporting Actress||Won|
|Columbus Film Critics Association||Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|
|Denver Film Critics||Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|
|Florida Film Critics Circle Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Won|
|Greater Western New York Film Critics Association||Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|
|Houston Film Critics Society||Best Supporting Actress||Won|
|Indiana Film Journalists Association Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Won|
|Breakout of the Year||Won|
|London Film Critics’ Circle||Best Supporting Actress||Pending|
|Music City Film Critics Association||Best Supporting Actress||Won|
|National Society of Film Critics||Best Supporting Actress||Won|
|New York Film Critics Circle Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Won|
|North Carolina Film Critics Association||Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|
|North Dakota Film Society||Best Supporting Actress||Won|
|Online Film Critics Society||Best Supporting Actress||Pending|
|Philadelphia Film Critics||Best Supporting Actress||Runner-up|
|San Diego Film Critics Society||Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|
|Best Comedic Performance||Runner-up|
|San Francisco Film Critics||Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|
|St. Louis Film Critics Association||Best Supporting Actress||Runner-up|
- Nolan, Emma (22 October 2020). "Meet Maria Bakalova—Borat's daughter is breakout star of Sacha Baron Cohen's special moviefilm second". Newsweek.
- Itzkoff, Dave (November 11, 2020). "Meet Maria Bakalova, the Breakout Star of the Borat Sequel". The New York Times. Retrieved November 12, 2020.
- Oré, Michella. "Who Plays Borat's Daughter?". Glamour.
- Rosen, Christopher. "Who Plays Borat's Daughter in Borat 2? Introducing Maria Bakalova". Vanity Fair.
- Chang, Justin (21 Oct 2020). "Review: Sacha Baron Cohen takes on Trump and coronavirus in clever, scattershot 'Borat' sequel". LA Times. Retrieved 21 Oct 2020.
- Shoard, Catherine. "Rudy Giuliani faces questions after compromising scene in new Borat film". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 October 2020.
- Nancy Bishop Casting (24 October 2020). "This is a special shout out to @juliankostov. Without him and his connections in Bulgaria, I never could have found Maria Bakalova for Borat. He is an actor who also excellent entrepreneurial instincts and saw a need to start an agency for Bulgarians". Retrieved 2 November 2020 – via Instagram.
- Fowler, Matt (22 October 2020). "Borat Subsequent Moviefilm Review". IGN. Retrieved 25 October 2020.
- Saad, Nardine (23 October 2020). "Meet Maria Bakalova, the 'Borat' star in that Giuliani scene". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 25 October 2020.
- Kroll, Justin (2020-11-10). "'Borat 2' Breakout Star Maria Bakalova Signs With CAA". Retrieved 2020-11-10.
- Molloy, Tim (22 October 2020). "Meet Maria Bakalova, the Actress Who Plays Borat's Daughter". moviemaker.com.