Biography & Career



Russian film and stage actor, Daniil Aleksandrovich Strakhov was born on March 2, 1976 in Moscow, Russia. Daniil’s father is a philologist and his mother is a psychotherapist. Strakhov’s parents divorced when he was very young and he spent most of his childhood living with his grandparents. As a boy, Daniil became interested in acting and took part in productions of his school theater.

In 1997 Strakhov graduated from the Boris Shchukin Theatre Institute. During the same year, while a student, Daniil made his film debut in The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui. New Version (Kar'era Arturo Ui. Novaja versija), directed by Boris Blank. Strakhov’s first major theatrical performance after graduating from the Institute was in Andrei Bely’s Petersburg (Peterburg) staged at Gogol Theater in Moscow. The role of Nikolaj Ableukhov, a young man caught up in revolutionary politics of 1905 Russia and ordered to assassinate his own father - a government official, earned Daniil the Moscow Debuts Festival’s Best Actor in a Leading Role award in 1998. His other theatrical performances include Sebastian in The Twelfth Night, Chikatilo in Chikatilo on Death Row (Vyshka Chikatilo), Dorian Gray in The Picture of Dorian Gray, Caligula in Caligula, Paris in Romeo and Juliet, Mikhail Platonov in Orphanhood (Bezotsovschina), and others.


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