Russian/Czech beauty Maria Darkina is taking the international film scene by storm.
Born in Vladivostok, Russia, Maria moved with her family to Prague when she was a child. Among her acting achievements are numerous awards and wins for her participation in young talent competitions while in Russia, where she was recognized as a talented individual with a great potential. She attended and graduated from the British International School of Prague where she focused her studies on Theater and Drama, ranging her training from classical Shakespeare to contemporary performance. She also took a course on theater and acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, as well as vocal lessons with a former soloist of the great Bolshoi Theater. At 19, she relocated to Los Angeles to pursue her acting career, studying at the New York Film Academy where she earned an Associate of Fine Arts in Acting Degree. Fluent in English, Russian and Czech languages, Darkina is currently continuing her acting studies at UCLA.
While her introduction to the industry was in the theater, Darkina began auditioning for film roles at a very early age. Since her first film role in “Narnia: Prince Caspian,” the young actress knew that she was destined to pursue a professional career in acting. In recent years, she has appeared in student graduate film productions “Hard Target,” “Memory,” and “Abortion”; reality TV series host “Passport to Hollywood”; theatrical plays at the New York Film Academy and Prague British School, including “Women of Manhattan,” “Five Women Wearing The Same Dress,” “Katie and Frank,” “Closer,” “The Odd Couple: Female Version”, and a variety of Shakespearean productions ; as well as music videos and modeling assignments for top designers. She was featured in a cover story of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival edition of French magazine “Cote.” She has secured feature and cover stories in several top international luxury fashion and lifestyle magazines, set to be published later this year.
Recently, Emir Kusturica cast her in his new romance adventure feature “On The Milky Road.”, starring the legendary director himself and Italian actress Monica Bellucci. Kusturica also invited Darkina to join him and his band The No Smoking Orchestra on stage to perform on the Balkans Festival concert tour. Her first appearance took place in Paris and Luxembourg in April 2016, followed by other concerts in Russia.
Darkina also starred in a key role in the upcoming U.S. indie film “Storefront” alongside many great actors, including Golden Globe winner and Academy Award nominee Sally Kirkland and actor Jason London, to name the few. The film is set for release and will hit the festival circuit in early 2017.
Darkina was also invited to participate in the prestigious Young Talent Program at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.
An animal activist, Darkina works with Ace of Hearts, an association dedicated to the rescue of abandoned dogs.