Sergey Bezrukov

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Sergey Vitalyevich Bezrukov (Russian: Серге́й Вита́льевич Безру́ков, born 18 October 1973) is a Soviet and Russian screen and stage actor, singer, People's Artist of Russia,[1] the laureate of the State Prize of the Russian Federation. He currently works at Tabakov Studio (the theatre of Oleg Tabakov).[2] He is a member of the Supreme Council of the party United Russia.

Sergey Bezrukov
Сергей Безруков
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Sergey Vitalyevich Bezrukov

(1973-10-18) 18 October 1973 (age 47)
Years active1994–present
Political partyUnited Russia
Parent(s)Vitali Bezrukov (father)
Natalia Bezrukova (mother)
AwardsPeople's Artist of Russia
Meritorious Artist of Russia
State Prize of the Russian Federation
WebsiteSergey Bezrukov


Early life and educationEdit

Sergei Bezrukov was born on 18 October 1973 in Moscow. His father was Vitali Bezrukov, an actor and director who worked at the Moscow Satire Theatre. Sergei's mother was Natalia Bezrukova (née Surova), she graduated from the Gorky College of Soviet Trade and worked as a shop manager.[3][4] Sergei Bezrukov was named in honor of his father's favorite poet, Sergei Yesenin.[5]

After graduating from secondary school No. 402 in the Perovsk district of Moscow in 1990, he entered the Moscow Art Theater School.[6] In 1994 he graduated from the acting department of the Moscow Art Theater School, with the specialization being Actor of Drama Theater and Cinema (Oleg Tabakov's workshop),[7] and was immediately accepted into the troupe of the Moscow Theater Studio under Oleg Tabakov.[8]


Sergei Bezrukov made his cinematic debut in Nocturne for Drum and Motorcycle.[9]

From 1995 until 2000, he worked on the satirical program Puppets which aired on the NTV channel. Puppets were used on the show to represent famous people, mainly politicians. He voiced twelve characters on the show, among them such famous personalities as Boris Yeltsin and Vladimir Zhirinovsky. Bezrukov gained more exposure as an actor with the show.[10]

In 2002 Bezrukov gained his big break; he got the role of gang leader Sasha Belov in the popular crime TV show Brigada. After the series aired Sergei Bezrukov became a household name in Russia.[10][11] In the same year Bezrukov played Ivan Brilling in the historical detective miniseries Azazel, based on The Winter Queen by Boris Akunin.

Other roles followed, such as Irakliy in The Irony of Fate 2, Kappel in Admiral, Sumarokov in High Security Vacation, and Rzhevskiy in The Ballad of Uhlans.

In 2005 Bezrukov fulfilled his childhood dream, when he portrayed the poet Sergei Yesenin, after whom he was named, in the 2005 miniseries Yesenin. It was based on the novel Yesenin. Story of a Murder written by his father, Vitaly, who also portrayed Yesenin in a 1969 film, titled Anna Snegina.

Another notable role was Yeshua Ha-Nozri in the 2005 series The Master and Margarita.

He voiced the title character of Prince Vladimir animated film. He is also known for his theatre role of Chichikov in Dead Souls (which won the Moskovskij Komsomolets' award). In 2006, he portrayed Alexander Pushkin, revered as the Russian language's greatest poet, in Pushkin: The Last Duel.

Sergei portrayed the popular Soviet singer Vladimir Vysotsky in the 2011 film Vysotsky. Thank You For Being Alive. CGI and heavy makeup was used to make the actor look like Vysotsky. Bezrukov was not credited for his role and it was only later revealed that he was the actor.

In 2017, Sergei acted in the film After You're Gone, directed by his wife Anna Matison. The comedy-drama told the story of a ballet dancer who suffered a spinal injury and decides to stage an original ballet performance.

According to the survey of ROMIR Monitoring, in Russia he was called the favorite actor of 2005.[12]

In March 2014 he signed a letter in support of the position of the President of Russia Vladimir Putin on Russia's military intervention in Ukraine.[13]

Sergei Bezrukov reads poetry at the National Control Center of Defense, June 2015

In 2020, he advocated 2020 amendments to the Constitution of Russia, which, in particular, are defining marriage as a relationship between one man and one woman. He explained his position by saying, that the terms 'parent 1 and parent 2' shouldn't be allowed to exist in Russia. "I propagate love between a man and a woman, and prefer not to have a deal with gender equality", he also said.[14]

Personal lifeEdit

From 2000 to 2015 he was married to actress Irina Bezrukova (to marry Bezrukov she broke up with actor Igor Livanov,[15] they became officially married when Sergei was acting in the TV series Brigada). In 2015 the couple separated.[16][17]

Sergei Bezrukov married director and screenwriter Anna Matison on 11 March 2016.[18] On 4 July 2016 they had a daughter, Maria.[19]

At the end of 2013, the media, citing Bezrukov's father, reported that Sergei has young children: daughter Alexandra and son Ivan; their mother was identified as a St. Petersburg actress by the name of Kristina Smirnova (born 1983 in Latvia).[20][21]

Selected filmographyEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1990 Stalin's Funeral
2003 One Life
2006 Kiss of a Butterfly Nikolai Orlanov
2006 Prince Vladimir Prince Vladimir voice, animated film
2007 The Irony of Fate 2 Irakliy Izmaylov
2008 Admiral General Kappel
2009 Taras Bulba Narrator voice
2009 High Security Vacation Viktor Sumarokov 'Sumrak'
2011 Vysotsky. Thank You For Being Alive Vladimir Vysotsky
2011 Yolki 2 Vladimir Snegiryov
2012 The Ballad of Uhlans Poruchik Gorzhevskiy
2016 Sheep and Wolves Magra voice
2016 After You're Gone Alexey Temnikov
2020 The Last Frontier
2021 Bender: The Beginning Ibragim Bender
Year Title Role Notes
2000 Chivalric Romance
2002 Azazel Ivan Brilling
2002 Brigada Alexander Nikolaevich Belov 'Sasha Bely'
2004 Moscow Saga Vasily Stalin
2005 Yesenin Sergey Yesenin
2005 The Master and Margarita Yeshua Ha-Nozri
2011 Black Wolves Pavel Khromov
2017 Trotsky Vladimir Skalon


  1. ^ "Указ Президента Российской Федерации от 12.06.2008 г. № 955". Kremlin.
  2. ^ "Tabakov Studio: Sergey Bezrukov" (in Russian). Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  3. ^ "Мать". Sergei Bezrukov – Official Website.
  4. ^ ""Сереженька, не вздумай жениться на актрисе"". kokina.
  5. ^ "Сергей Безруков: биография, фильмография, фото, личная жизнь" [Sergey Bezrukov biography and filmography]. Lifeactor.
  6. ^ "Автобиография". Sergei Bezrukov – Official Website.
  7. ^ "выпускники. 1990–е". Moscow Art Theater School.
  8. ^ "Сергей Безруков". Moscow Theater Studio under Oleg Tabakov.
  9. ^ "Ноктюрн для барабана и мотоцикла". Sergei Bezrukov – Official Website.
  10. ^ a b "Сергей Безруков". Russia-K.
  11. ^ "Сергей Безруков". Cosmopolitan.
  12. ^ Сергей Безруков – самый любимый актёр россиян (in Russian). RIA Novosti. 2 December 2005. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  13. ^ "Деятели культуры России — в поддержку позиции Президента по Украине и Крыму". Ministry for Culture of Russian Federation. Archived from the original on 11 March 2014.
  14. ^ «Это отвратительно: мне 47, а я все буду Саша Белый» (in Russian). Izvestia. 23 September 2020.
  15. ^ "Актер Игорь Ливанов пожалел Сергея Безрукова". KM.RU.
  16. ^ "Ирина Безрукова рассказала HELLO! о потерях и любви, которая никогда не кончается". Hello!.
  17. ^ "Ирина Безрукова — о разводе с мужем: Я дала ему возможность жить с чистого листа". Komsomolskaya Pravda.
  18. ^ "Сергей Безруков женился на Анне Матисон". 16 March 2016.
  19. ^ "У Сергея Безрукова родилась дочь". Известия. 7 July 2016. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  20. ^ "Сергей Безруков стал отцом дважды". Vechernyaya Moskva. 16 October 2013. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  21. ^ "Актёр Сергей Безруков почти год скрывает двойняшек". NTV. 12 October 2013. Retrieved 18 April 2016.

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