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Maryam d'Abo (born 27 December 1960) is an English film and television actress, perhaps best known as Bond girl Kara Milovy in the 1987 James Bond film The Living Daylights.

Maryam d'Abo
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Maryam d'Abo in July 1987.
Born (1960-12-27) 27 December 1960 (age 58)
Hammersmith, London, England, United Kingdom
Years active1983–present
Hugh Hudson (m. 2003)


Early lifeEdit

Born in London to Georgian mother Nino Kvinitadze (born 1920), a daughter of Giorgi Kvinitadze, and Anglo-Dutch father Peter Claude Holland d'Abo (1917–1995), d'Abo was raised in Paris and Geneva.[1]

She decided to be an actress at the age of 11.[2] She studied at Drama Centre London, while working as an advertising model.[citation needed]


D'Abo made her screen debut in the low-budget science fiction horror film Xtro (1982), playing Analise Mercier, a French au pair, who becomes a human incubator for an alien. She appeared in the film Until September (1984), and had small roles in Master of the Game (1984), White Nights (1985) and Arthur the King (1985).

D'Abo had a starring role in The Living Daylights (1987) as Kara Milovy, the sweet and vulnerable Czechoslovakian cellist and sniper who falls for James Bond. As a tie-in with the film, she also appeared in a Bond-themed Playboy cover and multi-page pictorial in the September 1987 issue, but later said "I wouldn't do those pictures now... I've learned a lot since then" in an interview with People.[1]

On television, D'Abo played Ta'Ra, an alien medical officer in the science fiction miniseries Something Is Out There (1988), which was followed by a six-episode NBC mini-series of the same name, and played Anne Summerton in the TV adaptation of Jeffrey Archer's novel Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less (1990).

D'Abo had a supporting role as a pretentious stained-glass artist in the low-budget British comedy Leon the Pig Farmer (1992). She appeared in the 1994 film The Browning Version and starred in Timelock (1996).

D'Abo has had roles in various low-budget, straight-to-video action, horror and fantasy films such as Tomcat: Dangerous Desires (1992), as well as guest roles on television shows Tales From the Crypt (1993), Red Shoe Diaries (1992) and Murder, She Wrote (1992).

She reunited with her James Bond director John Glen for a guest-starring role on the television series Space Precinct and for the feature film The Point Men (2001). Glen later claimed that the reason he cast her in three different projects was because she was one of his favourite actresses.[3] She played the mother of Lara (played by Keira Knightley) in the television miniseries version of Doctor Zhivago (2002), and she was Queen Hecuba in the Emmy-nominated miniseries Helen of Troy (2003). She had a small role in the French film L'Enfer (Hell, 2005), whose stars included fellow Bond Girl Carole Bouquet.

D'Abo and John Cork wrote the book Bond Girls Are Forever, published in 2002, which is a tribute to the women who have played the role of a Bond Girl. The book formed the basis for a documentary, featuring d'Abo and other Bond girls, including Ursula Andress. The documentary appeared on the American AMC network in 2002, timed to coincide with the theatrical release of Die Another Day. It was later included as a gift with the purchase of Die Another Day on DVD by some retailers. In 2006, a new version of the documentary, updated to include interviews with cast from Casino Royale (2006) was again aired on the AMC network and later released as a bonus feature on the March 2007 Blu-ray Disc and DVD release of Casino Royale.

After recovering from a brain haemorrhage in 2007, D'Abo was inspired to meet other people who had similar experiences, working on a 2009 documentary on the topic.[4]

In 2009, d'Abo had a supporting role in British period fantasy-thriller Dorian Gray. She appeared in the 2014 Indian film Tigers.[5]

Maryam d'Abo is signed to Models 1.[6] In 2015, she modeled for fashion retailer JD Williams' AW 15 collection that includes clothing for women in their 50s.[7]

Personal lifeEdit

D'Abo is the cousin of Mike d'Abo, a singer and member of 1960s group Manfred Mann.[8] This makes her first cousin once removed of actress Olivia d'Abo.[9] Maryam and Olivia once lived together in Los Angeles, buying a house together in 1988, after Olivia turned 19.[10]

D'Abo is the granddaughter (on her mother's side) of the anti-communist Georgian General Giorgi Kvinitadze.[11]

In November 2003, d'Abo married Hugh Hudson, the Oscar-nominated British director of Chariots of Fire (1981).

In 2007, d'Abo had surgery for a brain haemorrhage from which she recovered.[2][4]


  1. ^ a b Alexander, Michael (24 August 1987). "Maryam D'Abo Hopes to Bring the James Bond Girl Out of the Dark Ages in The Living Daylights". People. Archived from the original on 10 January 2011.
  2. ^ a b Levin, Angela (7 July 2012). ""Bond Girl Maryam d'Abo talks about the brain haemorrhage that almost killed her"". Daily Mail. Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  3. ^ Vienne, Marie-France; Frejdh, Anders. "John Glen". Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  4. ^ a b D'Abo, Maryam (31 May 2009). "Maryam d'Abo: 'An electric thunderstorm exploded in my head'". Daily Mail. Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  5. ^ Young, Deborah (7 September 2014). ""Tigers": Toronto Review". Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  6. ^ "Maryam D'Abo". Models 1. Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  7. ^ Challis, Carla (7 September 2015). "Remember her? Ex-Bond girl Maryam D'Abo turns model for over-50s fashion range". BT. Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  8. ^ Olivia d'Abo Biography at
  9. ^ D'Abo, Olivia (21 December 2015). "Olivia d'Abo confirms she is the cousin of Maryam d'Abo (Dec 21, 2015)". Twitter. Retrieved 21 December 2015.
  10. ^ Sanz, Cynthia; Sheff, Vicki (21 May 1990). "D'abo, Teen Rebel of Wonder Years, Handles Fame and a Romance with Julian Lennon Just Like a Grown-Up". People. Retrieved 14 December 2014.
  11. ^ Ferrand, Jacques (1983), Familles princières de Géorgie: essai de reconstitution généalogique (1880–1983) de 21 familles reconnues princières par l'Empire de Russie, p. 125. Montreuil, France: J. Ferrand.

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