Maria Bakalova is a Bulgarian actress. She is best known for her role as Tutar Sagdiyev in the 2020 mockumentary Borat Subsequent Moviefilm. For her performance in the film, she won the Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Best Supporting Actress, and received nominations at the Academy Awards, the BAFTA Film Awards, the Golden Globe Awards and the Screen Actors Guild Awards.
- Birth Name: Maria Valcheva Bakalova
- Born: June 4, 1996 in Burgas, Bulgaria
- Height: 1.65 m (5′ 5″)
Born and raised in Burgas, Bakalova began her career in Bulgarian cinema by starring in film productions while attending the National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts in Sofia. She appeared in films such as Transgression (2017), The Father (2019), Last Call (2020) and Women Do Cry (2021). Since her international breakthrough in 2020, she has been a part of several American productions including Judd Apatow’s The Bubble (2022) and the A24 slasher film Bodies Bodies Bodies (2022). She will make her voice acting debut in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (2023) as the voice of Cosmo the Spacedog.
In March 2021, Bakalova announced that she and her producing partner Julian Kostov were in the early stages of developing a period drama miniseries with the working title Freedom or Death, based on the 1877–1878 Russo-Turkish War. In August 2021, it was announced that she had been cast as the lead in Dean Craig’s upcoming rom-com The Honeymoon, which she is also set to co-produce. She will also feature in the true crime film Branded alongside Alex Pettyfer, based on an article by David Grann for The New Yorker.
In June 2022, it was announced that Bakalova had joined the cast of the 2023 superhero film Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. She will voice a gender-swapped Cosmo the Spacedog.
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