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Anna Sedokova
Анна Седокова
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Sedokova in 2016
Born (1982-12-16) 16 December 1982 (age 40)
Kyiv, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Citizenship Ukraine
Occupation
  • Singer
  • actress
  • television presenter
Years active 2001–present
2002–present (as singer)
(2002–04 with Nu Virgos, 2006–present as solo singer)
Height 1.70 m (5.6 ft)
Spouse(s)
(m. 2004; div. 2006)

Maxim Chernyavsky
(m. 2011; div. 2013)

Jānis Timma
(m. 2020)
Partner(s) Artyom Komarov (2016–17)
Children 3
Musical career
Genres Pop
Labels
  • Monolit
  • Media Land
Associated acts Nu Virgos

Anna Vladimirovna Sedokova (Ukrainian: А́нна Володи́мирівна Сєдоко́ва; Russian: А́нна Влади́мировна Седоко́ва, born 16 December 1982) is a Ukrainian singer, actress and television presenter. Sedokova came to prominence in 2002 as a member of pop girl group Nu Virgos, known in the CIS countries as VIA Gra and in which she was nicknamed Anya (Ukrainian; Russian: Аня). Following two years in the "golden line-up" of the group, she pursued a solo music career in 2006. The singer released a string of singles until her debut album, Lichnoe, was released in 2016 to commercial success, peaking at number two in Russia.

Simultaneously to her music career, Sedokova achieved popular recognition as an actress and television presenter in Ukrainian and Russian productions. She now lives in Los Angeles with her three children.

Early life

Anna Sedokova's parents moved from Tomsk, Russia and divorced when she was young. She was born in Kyiv. She developed a childhood interest in music and dance, and she entered Kyiv National University of Culture and Arts when she was 17, and continued her studies, while also hosting television shows.

Career

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Sedokova in 2008

Her first TV project was work as a news anchor for the music TV channel, OTV. By the age of 18 she had worked in three TV programs: NEWS BLOK, Fashionable Life, and The Big Sunday News Digest. In 2001 she passed an audition for the morning show Podjem (“Waking up”), which had the highest ratings in the country, on Novyi Kanal (New Channel). Between 2002 and 2004 she was a member of the Nu Virgos pop group.

She appeared in a movie titled Cinderella and another based on a Gogol book, which was called The Evenings on the Homestead. Her 2006 role in The Tunguska Meteorite was a turning-point and in 2008 she acted in The Power of Attraction.

Sedokova also started a solo-singer career. Her first video for the song "My Heart" reached the top of the charts and gained her an Audience Appreciation Award at the 5 STARS Sotchi Music Festival. Afterwards, she did a video for her song "The Very Best Girl" and "I Am Getting Used". Both videos were huge hits in Russia and Ukraine. But TV wouldn't let Sedokova go. TVStar Superstar, the most expensive show in the country's history, aired on Ukraine in 2008. Every Sunday Sedokova was in the live broadcast of a 3-hour show with 400 participants.

In 2009, Sedokova was named the best TV Host of the country by Elle. Sedokova's TV career developed - she became one of the faces of Channel One, the biggest Russian-speaking channel in the world. She also became a host of the show King of the Ring. Sedokova hosted The New Songs About the Most Essential Thing - a big live concert in which the best 50 performers of the country participated. She also took part at Two Stars and Stars on Ice shows and entertained the public with a well received creative performance. These projects attracted tens of millions of viewers and became the highest rated shows on Russian TV.

In 2011, Sedokova was the host of Project Runway Russia. Also in 2011, The Pregnant, with Sedokova as lead actress, was a great success. ..... She was also named "The Most Desirable Female Performer" in Russia.

In 2014, the singer was criticised in Ukraine for having accepted awards in Russia while many Ukrainians believed their country was a victim of Russian aggression.

Personal life

Sedokova married Belarusian footballer Valyantsin Byalkevich in 2004. A few months after their marriage, their daughter Alina was born on 8 December. The couple divorced in 2006, because of his cheating. Sedokova was married to businessman Maxim Chernyavsky from February 2011 to February 2013; the two had one daughter, Monika. In May 2017, reports emerged that Sedokova would marry Artyom Komarov (Russian: Артём Комаров), a Russian businessman and the father of her third child, a son Hector. In August 2017, Sedokova announced that she had ended her relationship with Komarov. In September 2020, she married for the third time, to Latvian professional basketball player Jānis Timma.

In December 2010, Sedokova came out as bisexual during an online conference with the readers of the Ukrainian portal tochka.net. .....

In 2013, Sedokova criticized the so-called “gay propaganda” law adopted by the State Duma of the Russian Federation. In an interview with the radio station Echo of Moscow, the singer expressed bewilderment at the vague wording of the law, asking the question "what is propaganda?" Sedokova stated that the authors and supporters of the law “have no right to tell someone else whom to love and what to do”.

Discography

Anna Sedokova discography
Releases
Studio albums 1
Singles 21

Studio albums

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak charts positions
RUS
Lichnoe
(Личное)
  • Released: 1 March 2016
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: digital download
2

Singles

As lead artist

List of singles as lead artist, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
CIS
countries
UKR
RUS
"Moyo serdtse" ("Моё сердце") 2006 Non-album singles
"Samaya luchshaya devochka" ("Самая лучшая девочка") 2007
"Privykayu" ("Привыкаю") 2008 13 61 1371
"Mesyats may" ("Месяц май") 2009
"Tango" ("Танго")
"Drama" ("Драма") 123 512 1122
"Love U" 2011 174 84 443
"Taxi" ("Такси") 2012 225 732 766
"Chto ya nadelala" ("Что я наделала") 167 37 420
"Nebezolasno" ("Небезопасно")
(with Misha Krupin)
2013
"Udali" ("Удали")
"Samyy luchshiy" ("Самый лучший") 158 47 1266
"Mezhdu nami" ("Между нами")
(featuring Sender)
158 95 538
"Serdtse v bintakh" ("Сердце в бинтах") Lichnoe
"Dotron'sya" ("Дотронься") 2014 168 70 808 Non-album singles
"Piranyi" ("Пираньи")
"Tishe" ("Тише")
(with Monatik)
2015 Zvuchit
(Monatik album)
"Poka, milyy" ("Пока, милый") Non-album single
"O tebe" ("О тебе") 2016 195 446 1529 Lichnoe
"Ya budu" ("Я буду") 155 645 318 Non-album single
"—" denotes items which were not released in that country or failed to chart.

As a featured artist

List of singles as a featured artist, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
CIS
countries
UKR
RUS
"Kholodnoe serdtse" ("Холодное сердце")
(GeeGun featuring Anna Sedokova)
2009 181 34 87 Kholodnoe serdtse
(GeeGun album)

Music videos

List of music videos, showing year released and directors
Title Year Other artist(s) Director(s)
As lead artist
"O tebe" ("О тебе") 2016 None Stanislav Morozov

Movies

  • Cinderella, 2003
  • The Evenings On the Homestead, 2004
  • Tunguska Meteorite, 2007
  • The Power of Attraction, 2008
  • The Pregnant, 2011 (Box Office Record in Russia in 2011)

See also

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