Izabella Miko

Active - 2000 - 2015  |   Born - Jan 21, 1981 in Lodz, Poland  |   Genres - Drama, Horror, Comedy, Fantasy, Thriller

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Biography by Jason Buchanan

A blonde beauty who began her career as a ballerina, Izabella Miko moved between Poland and America before establishing herself in the Hollywood scene with roles in such popular features as Coyote Ugly (2000) and The Forsaken (2001).

Born in Lodz, Poland, in 1981, Miko studied ballet, voice, and piano at Poland's Chopin Music School before a choreographer recruited her at the age of 14 to move abroad and join the School of American Ballet. Relocating to New York, Miko studied at the New York City Ballet and the Lee Strasberg Institute before a back injury brought her dancing career to a halt. Moving back to Poland and appearing in numerous films in the following few years, Miko moved back to the United States in the mid-'90s and, with her acting experiences intact, began to make a bid for the big time on the silver screens of Hollywood. She had a small recurring role on the HBO western series Deadwood, and went on to appear in Save the Last Dance 2, Dark Streets, The Spiderwick Chronicles, and 2010's big-budget spectacle Clash of the Titans.

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  • Was born in Communist Poland.
  • Was dancing before she could walk, and grew up wanting to be a ballerina.
  • Studied ballet for years in Warsaw, Poland, and in New York City; injuries to her vertebrae, knees and ankles ended her dreams of a career in dance.
  • Returning to Poland, she was cast in Lithuania You're My Motherland, a silent TV movie, and caught the acting bug.
  • Made her American movie debut in Coyote Ugly (2000).
  • Has a line of luxury candles, which she uses to raise money for her environmental foundation EkoMiko.
  • Enjoys cooking and studying languages.