Nikita Dzhigurda – biography

Nikita Dzhigurda - biography

Nikita Dzhigurda was born on March 27, 1961 in Kiev in the family of engineers Boris Ivanovich Dzhigurda and Yadviga Ivanovna Mikhailova. Nikita has an older brother – Sergei (actor, poet), a younger brother (half-father) – Ruslan (actor, chansonnier) and sister Elena. After the parents’ divorce, the children were actually raised by their stepfather, Viktor Matveyevich Kravchuk.

From a young age, the future singer was seriously engaged in canoeing, having fulfilled the standard of a candidate for master of sports. Dzhigurda would be the champion of Ukraine and a member of the national canoeing team.

From the age of 13, Nikita began to sing with a guitar, considering his idol Vladimir Vysotsky. After graduating from school, he entered the Institute of Physical Education, which he dropped out a year later. During his studies, Dzhigurda married a classmate Nele, in marriage with whom they had a son, Vladimir. The second wife of the future singer was the actress Marina Esipenko, who soon left Dzhigurda and married the bard Oleg Mityaev.

Then, following the example of his older brother Sergei, who graduated from the Karpenko-Kary Kiev Theater Institute, Nikita entered the theater institute (course of N. Rushkovsky). A year later, Dzhigurda left the institute and began working as a loader, watchman, physical education instructor, assembler, stage lighting, and also wrote anti-Soviet songs and participated in underground concerts.

At the age of 20, Nikita Dzhigurda was admitted to a psychiatric hospital with a diagnosis of hypomanic psychosis. The quote is taken from “KatMovieHD

During one of his trips to Moscow, Dzhigurda auditioned for Yuri Lyubimov, on whose advice he entered the Shchukin Theater School (course of Evgeny Simonov). In Moscow, Nikita continued his rebellious activities, singing songs on memorable days at the grave of Vysotsky.

On January 25, 1984 (on Vysotsky’s birthday) Dzhigurda was arrested and expelled from the school for resisting the authorities, but later he was restored thanks to the intercession of Simonov.

After graduating from theater school in 1987, Nikita became an actor in the New Drama Theater.

In 1989, Dzhigurda moved to the Ruben Simonov Theater (“Bear”, “It’s not a sin to laugh right”), since 1991 he played on the stage of the theater “At Nikitskiye Vorota” (“A Novel about Girls”), and in 1993 – at the Theater Moon (“Byzantium”). Subsequently, he appeared on the stage mainly in entreprise: “Men’s fun”, “Love lesson in French.”

In 1987, Dzhigurda made his film debut, starring in the film “Wounded Stones”.

In 1993, Nikita tried his hand at the role of a film director and screenwriter, filming the thriller “Reluctant Superman, or Erotic Mutant”, where he also played the main role.

Another striking work of the actor was the role of the Cossack Ivan Koltso in the historical film “Ermak” (1996).

In the mid-1990s, Nikita Dzhigurda married the poetess Yana Pavelkovskaya, whom he met during a casting for his dance group. In 2001, the couple divorced, and in 2002 and 2008, already out of wedlock, sons Artemy-Dobrovlad and Ilya-Maximilian were born to Nikita and Yana.

Nikita Dzhigurda: “I never dreamed that this beautiful creature would get to me – we were separated for fifteen years, besides, I then had a common-law wife. I love Yasya very much and I want her to be happy. But how can you live in peace with such a madman like me? At any moment I can leave again. “

Fame came to Nikita Dzhigurda in 1995 after the release of Yevgeny Matveev’s film “Love in Russian”, and then its two sequels “Love in Russian 2” (1996) and “Love in Russian 3: The Governor” (1999 ).

Nikita also took part in the dubbing of the cartoons Niko: The Way to the Stars and Ronal the Barbarian, as well as the computer games Serious Sam: The Second Encounter and Vivisector: The Beast Within. In the film “Taras Bulba” he voiced the role of the ataman the Bearded – the last role in the cinema of Boris Khmelnitsky.

In total, Dzhigurda played about 20 roles in films and TV series, including: “The Revelation of John the First Printer” (1991), “Boku no Pico” (1995), “A Thin Thing” (1999), Prayer for Hetman Mazepa (2001), Looking Down (2002), Vladimirsky Central (2005), Madness: Challenge and Struggle (2007), Inspector Cooper (2011), etc.

Also Nikita Dzhigurda is a famous performer and author of poems and songs, performs on stage as a bard. The artist has recorded more than 30 albums and collections of songs, including: “Songs of Vladimir Vysotsky”, “Acceleration”, “Utopia”, “Glasnost”, “Pushing horizons”, “I am a hooligan, a hooligan” and others. His repertoire includes more than 20 songs on the verses of Yesenin.

In 2007, Dzhigurda, together with Marina Anisina, participated in the project of the TV channel “Russia” “Dancing on Ice. The Velvet season”.

Nikita Dzhigurda: “Marina almost got hysterical. And she immediately decided to abandon me. But I am not used to giving up, because according to the horoscope I am Aries and the Bull – a terribly stubborn creature, – and convinced Anisina: “Maybe we will not win – our competitors are strong, many skate well. But I promise: we will enter the top five ”.

On February 23, 2008 Nikita Dzhigurda married the Olympic champion in figure skating Marina Anisina, whom he met in 2007 on the set of the show “Dancing on Ice”. On May 4, the couple got married. In marriage, the star couple had a son, Mik-Angel Crist (01/07/2009) and a daughter, Eva-Vlada (01/23/2010).

Nikita Dzhigurda: “Marina Anisina is the first woman in my life whom I allow to speak harshly with me. There is only one reason – for some reason I like it. She swears, and I write her philosophical and erotic poems. “
The quote is taken from “Moviesflix

In the same Nikita Dzhigurda participated in the project of “Channel One” “King of the Ring” and became a participant in the reality show of Channel One “The Last Hero”, but dropped out on the very first day, refusing to jump into the sea.

In 2011, the singer took part in the project of the REN-TV channel “Who is the star here? The perfect interview. “

In 2013, Nikita Dzhigurda accepted an offer to appear alongside the young actress Tatyana Kosmacheva in a video by an aspiring singer Nastya Kudri, directed by Oleg Asadulin.

In the same year, the famous bard bought Facebook shares on the Internet for 100 thousand dollars and earned a million from them in a year.
Nikita Dzhigurda: “It’s true. I plunged into social networks and realized that I needed to invest in Facebook at that time, and I made a million. We have now purchased an apartment in Greece. “
The quote is taken from the site “”

In February 2015, it became known that figure skater Marina Anisina and famous showman Nikita Dzhigurda decided to dissolve their marriage.


▪ Honored Artist of Kabardino-Balkaria (1987)
▪ People’s Artist of the Chechen Republic (2008)

A family

First wife – Nelya, former classmate at the Institute of Physical Education
Second wife – Marina Esipenko actress
Third wife – Yana Pavelkovskaya, poet, photographer
Fourth wife – Marina Anisina, figure skater
Son – Vladimir, from marriage with Nelya
Sons – Artemy-Dobrovlad (2002) and Ilya -Maximilian (2008), from marriage with Yana Pavelkovskaya
Son – Mik-Angel Christ (07.01.2009), from Marina Anisina
Daughter – Eva-Vlada (23.01.2010), from Marina Anisina

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