• Natalya Rudakova is a Russian actress born in 1985 in Leningrad, Russia
• She was discovered in New York while working as a hairdresser and cast in the 2008 film “Transporter 3”
• She has starred in various films, including “The One”, “A Novel Romance”, “Darkest Before Dawn”, “Main Justice” and “Roads to Olympia”
• Aside from acting, she is also a model and has a passion for fashion and interior design
• As of January 2023, her net worth is estimated at $5 million
Early life, family, educational background
Russian actress Natalya Rudakova was born on 14 February 1985, in Leningrad, Russia, making her an Aquarius. She spent her childhood acting and drawing, as her mother ignited her love for acting, going to theatres together. When she was 17 years old, she moved with her parents to New York, after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Nothing is known about her parents, or whether or not she has any siblings.
“Transporter 3”’s co-writer, Luc Besson discovered Natalya while she was crossing a road in New York; Natalya was working as a hairdresser at the time. Luc provided her with acting lessons, and then cast her in 2008’s “Transporter 3” as the female lead Valentina Vasilev, starring Jason Statham as Frank Martin, returning to the role which he held in 2002, and 2005. In the third installment, Frank’s mission is to deliver Valentina to the Black Sea – she was originally kidnapped due to her father being a Ukrainian government official. The adventure-action thriller series received a Rotten Tomatoes rating of 54% for its first film, 52% for the second, and 40% for the third; indicating that critics and audiences were enjoying the sequels less and less.
In 2011, Natalya played Alex in “The One,” a romantic comedy film which starred Jon Prescott as Daniel, Margaret Anne Florence as Jen, and Ian Novick as Tommy; Caytha Jentis wrote and directed the film. The movie received a rating of 5.8/10, with one three-star review praising the acting, but criticizing the writing, stating that the end was hugely unsatisfactory – ‘Even the best of actors couldn’t make this film believable or plausible.’ She played Shelly Dubinski in another romantic dramedy, “A Novel Romance,” written and directed by Allie Dvorin, and starring Shannon Elizabeth as Adi Schwartz, Steve Guttenberg as Nate Shepard, and Milena Govich as Jenny Sparks.
In 2014 Natalya was cast as Adele in “Waiting For A Train,” a short dramedy rated 7.5/10, and starring Katie Trubetsky as Colette, Vic Bagratuni as Ryan, and Robin Haden as a mother; the story was co-written and directed by Alex Vetrov and Uladzimir Taukachou – ‘Two people meet on a train station. Life is full of surprises. You never know where you will meet your soulmate.’ The following year, she guest-appeared as Hostage 4 in an episode of the television series, “Blindspot”. That same year, she played Kitty in the short film entitled “Darkest Before Dawn,” and Natalie in the drama, “Before the Snow” – Ryan Wesen played the lead, Chris, Dennis Brito the Young Father, and Hays Wellford was Isaac. The movie received a 6.8/10 rating, and was written and directed by Peter Lisowsky, and Mark Clauburg. In the short drama, “Darkest Before Dawn,” Natalya was accompanied by Pusha T who played Push, Rotimi as Manny, and George Katt as Damian. The 90% rated short film was written by Cartier Court Brown and Cartier Brown and was directed by Kid Art.
In 2019, Natalya was Judith Delfont in the legal drama television movie “Main Justice,” which was inspired by the life and career of former US Attorney General, Eric Holder. It was written by Sascha Penn, and directed by David Semel, Bokeem Woodbine portrayed Miles Blair, Deborah Ayorinde played Ursula, and Timothy Hutton appeared as Thomas Yarrow. That year, she also portrayed Yana in the sports drama, “Roads to Olympia,” which received a favorable 85% rating. Daniel Alexander played the lead character Roma, with Pascale Seigneurie as Muna, Alexander Rapoport as Nikolai, and Antônio Carlos as Manuel. Ramazan Nanayev directed and co-wrote the film, with Francisco Sebastian Muñoz as his co-writer.
Natalya is set to portray Detective Miller in the Australian horror-thriller and crime movie “Coffee Cafe,” the first instalment in the trilogy. She stars alongside Julianne Michelle as Sarah and Susan Gallagher as Sue. The movie was written and directed by S.J. Hardy as it was also based on her novel trilogy. According to IMDB, S.J. Hardy, ‘… you are introduced to some pretty messed up characters, who could all be someone you know. Throw a deranged creative killer or two in the mix, and nightmares that are set to terrify and you have yourself a non-stop horror.’ The movie was meant to be released in 2020, but S.J. Hardy and the crew are still working to get funding for the film, which is currently budgeted at $2 million.
Aside from her love for acting, Natalya has a passion for fashion, and is often photographed attending fashion shows. When she is not acting, she is modelling – her profile can be found on Bella Agency’s website, as they represent her.
According to Natalya’s Instagram posts, she dated industrial designer, Krasimir Alaykov; in February 2018, she posted a photo of them cuddling with the caption, ‘Wordless.’ They didn’t remain together, and Krasimir ended up marrying another woman and having a child with her. Reportedly, Natalya then went out with Australian “Blindspot” co-star, Sullivan Stapleton, but adamantly denied the rumors, insisting that they never shared a romantic relationship.
On 2 December 2019, she started dating fellow actor Colin Molloy, and on 27 April 2020, posted a photo of them together along with the caption, ‘Perfect quarantine day; how do you like my new face tattoo?’ They have continued posting photos of each other, and on 3 November 2021, Natalya shared that their first child was only a few weeks away from entering the world. On 28 November, they welcomed their daughter who they named Hazel. The family of three currently resides in New York.
Natalya’s religion is unconfirmed, but it’s assumed that she’s Russian Orthodox, and based on her dating history, she appears to be straight.
Hobbies, favorite things and interesting facts
She is not very active on her social media accounts, but does have a small following on them. Natalya enjoys interior designing, and is a skilled painter – she particularly likes painting Lord Buddha.
When she’s not working, she likes to go out for coffee with her friends, and loves seafood, red apples, and Italian street food. She has also shared that her favorite flowers are red roses.
She never goes out in the sun without a hat on; like most redheads, she is quite sensitive to the sun’s UV rays.
In preparation for her role in “Transporter 3,” she took racing lessons; Natayla is an expert driver of both moppets and cars.
She stands at 5ft 9in (175cm) tall, weighs 128lb (58kgs), and has red hair, blue eyes, and freckles. Her vital statistics are 29-24-33, she wears a US size 8 shoe, and a US size 4 dress. She has a tattoo on the back of her neck, but it’s unknown if she has any others, or piercings.
Net worth and salary
According to multiple sources, as of January 2023, her net worth is estimated at $5 million, which is rather impressive. She earns most of her money through her films, and endorsements of companies.