Maria Bakalova

Maria Bakalova
Мария Бакалова
Born (1996-06-04) 4 June 1996 (age 24)
Burgas, Bulgaria[1]
  • Actress
Years active2015–present

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.

Early life

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.[2]

Acting career

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.[3][4][5] 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]."[6] 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".[7] As of October 2020, Sacha Baron Cohen is lobbying for Bakalova to be nominated for the 93rd Academy Awards in 2021.[8]



Maria Bakalova film work
Year Title Role Director(s) Notes
2017 XIIa Milena Magdalena Ralcheva Film debut
2018 Angels Angela Lachezar Petrov
2018 Transgression [bg] Yana Val Todorov
2019 Due to Unforeseen Circumstances Girl in Taxi Peter Chiviyski
2019 Dream_Girl Dream_Girl Peter Chiviyski
2019 The Father Valentina
  • Kristina Grozeva
  • Petar Valchanov
2020 Last Call Alexandra Ivaylo Penchev
2020 Borat Subsequent Moviefilm Tutar Sagdiyev Jason Woliner


Maria Bakalova television work
Year Title Role Notes
2015 Tipichno Maria 4 episodes
2017 Gomorrah Amica Elvana 1 episode

Awards and nominations

Award nominations for Maria Bakalova
Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2018 AltFF Alternative Film Festival[9] Best Actress Transgression Won
2018 Queen Palm International Film Festival[10] Best Actress Transgression Nominated


  1. ^ Nolan, Emma (22 October 2020). "Meet Maria Bakalova—Borat's daughter is breakout star of Sacha Baron Cohen's special moviefilm second". Newsweek.
  2. ^ Oré, Michella. "Who Plays Borat's Daughter?". Glamour.
  3. ^ Rosen, Christopher. "Who Plays Borat's Daughter in Borat 2? Introducing Maria Bakalova". Vanity Fair.
  4. ^ Chang, Justin (21 Oct 2020). "Review: Sacha Baron Cohen takes on Trump and coronavirus in clever, scattershot 'Borat' sequel". LA Times. Retrieved 21 Oct 2020.
  5. ^ Shoard, Catherine. "Rudy Giuliani faces questions after compromising scene in new Borat film". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 October 2020.
  6. ^ Fowler, Matt (October 22, 2020). "Borat Subsequent Moviefilm Review". IGN. Retrieved October 25, 2020.
  7. ^ Saad, Nardine (October 23, 2020). "Meet Maria Bakalova, the 'Borat' star in that Giuliani scene". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 25, 2020.
  8. ^ Periwal, Saahil Agnelo (2020-10-24). "'Oscar for Maria Bakalova': Twitter left in awe of Sacha Baron Cohen's Borat 2". Retrieved 2020-10-25.
  9. ^ Molloy, Tim (22 October 2020). "Meet Maria Bakalova, the Actress Who Plays Borat's Daughter".
  10. ^ Molloy, Tim (22 October 2020). "Meet Maria Bakalova, the Actress Who Plays Borat's Daughter".

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