Maria Bakalova (Bulgarian: Мария Бакалова [mɐˈrijɐ bɐˈkaɫovɐ]; born 4 June 1996) is a Bulgarian actress. She gained international attention for her role as Tutar Sagdiyev in the 2020 mockumentary Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.
Bakalova began singing lessons and playing the flute at the age of six. Bakalova majored in drama theater at the National School of Arts in Burgas. She majored in drama at the Krastyo Sarafov National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts, and graduated in 2019.
Bakalova started her career acting in Bulgarian films including 2018's Transgression and 2020's Last Call.
Her breakout role cast her as Tutar Sagdiyev in the mockumentary Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, playing the daughter of fictional Kazakh reporter Borat Sagdiyev. Critics have praised Bakalova's performance, with Matt Fowler of IGN stating how "[t]he film's fantastic find, Maria Bakalova, every bit Sacha Baron Cohen’s on-screen equal, is who, and what, most people will be talking about in the wake of [the film]." Los Angeles Times film critic Justin Chang described Bakalova's performance as "terrific", praising her portrayal of her character’s journey "with madcap energy and touching conviction". As of October 2020, Sacha Baron Cohen is lobbying for Bakalova to be nominated for the 93rd Academy Awards in 2021.
|2017||XIIa||Milena||Magdalena Ralcheva||Film debut|
|2019||Due to Unforeseen Circumstances||Girl in Taxi||Peter Chiviyski|
|2020||Last Call||Alexandra||Ivaylo Penchev|
|2020||Borat Subsequent Moviefilm||Tutar Sagdiyev||Jason Woliner|
|2017||Gomorrah||Amica Elvana||1 episode|
|2018||AltFF Alternative Film Festival||Best Actress||Transgression||Won|
|2018||Queen Palm International Film Festival||Best Actress||Transgression||Nominated|
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