Bond Girl Natalya
Poland born, Sweden raised Izabella Scorupco is best known for playing Bond girl Natalya Simonova in the blockbuster movie “GoldenEye” (1995), which starred Pierce Brosnan as 007. After her successful U.S. debut, she appeared in “Vertical Limit” (2000), “Reign of Fire (2002), “Exorcist: The Beginning” (2004) and “Cougar Club” (2007) as well as guest starred in the television series “Alias” (2005). Scorupco got her start as a teenage idol in Sweden with “There Is No Love Like Ours” (1988), which led to a brief modeling career in Europe. She also achieved success in Sweden as a singer in the late 1990s thanks to the hit singles “Substitute,” “I Write You a Love Song” and “Shame, Shame, Shame.”
A former media representative of the cosmetics company Oriflame, Scorupco has been married twice and is the mother of her daughter Julia (father is Mariusz Czerkawski) and son Jacob Martin Raymond (father is Jeffrey Raymond).
Childhood and Family:
Izabella Dorota Scorupco was born on June 4, 1970, in Bialystok, Poland. She is the daughter of Madgelena, a doctor, and Lech Scorupco, a jazz musician. Her parents divorced when she was one and she lived with her mother. Izabella’s nickname is Iza.
Iza and her mother relocated to Stockholm in Sweden in 1978 and she began taking acting and music classes. She also studied Swedish, English and French. At age 17, while at school, she was spotted by a Swedish film director who offered her a shot at stardom.
In 1991, Iza met Polish ice hockey player Mariusz Czerkawski (born 1972). They married on July 14, 1996, and their daughter, Julia, was born on September 16, 1997. The couple divorced in 1998. She then married an American man named Jeffrey Raymond, on December 30, 2003. Their son, Jacob Martin Raymond, was born on July 24, 2003.
Izabella Scorupco entered show business with the starring role of Annelie in a Swedish feature “There Is No Love Like Ours” (1988), which was directed by Staffan Hildebrand. Discovered by director Hildebrand while at school, she soon became a local teen idol after her performance in the film.
After school, Scorupco appeared in television commercials and occasionally modeled. Her face once graced the cover of “Italian Vogue.” She also developed a love for music and launched an ABBA inspired single titled “Substitute” in 1989. The song rose to No. 3 and achieved gold status in Sweden. Her debut album, “IZA,” was released in 1991 and peaked at No. 11 in Sweden. The album also produced the hit singles “I Write You a Love Song” (1991, #10), “Brando Moves” (1991, # 37) and “Shame, Shame, Shame” (1992, #3). A cover of Shirley & Company's 1974 hit song “Shame, Shame, Shame” was also a charted hit in Norway (#2), Austria (#22), Switzerland (#39) and Germany (#37). “IZA” was released in the U.S. as “Independence by IZA.”
Also in 1991, Scorupco returned to acting in the television miniseries “V som i viking” (“The Single Mother”). She resurfaced three years later with a guest spot in a Swedish TV series titled “Bert.” It was followed by a starring role in the short “Det var en mörk och stormig natt” (1995), for director/writer Lukas Moodysson, and as a con-artist in “The Tears of Saint Peter” (1995). She then moved to the United States with Mariusz Czerskawski, who began playing in the National Hockey League.
Scorupco's big break arrived when she was cast as Natalya Simonova, a Russian computer specialist, in Martin Campbell's “GoldenEye,” which starred Pierce Brosnan. Released on November 17, 1995, the film grossed over $352 million worldwide against a budget of $58 million.
After having a daughter, Scorupco resumed her acting career by starring in the Polish movie “With Fire and Sword” (1999), which was directed and co-written by Jerzy Hoffman. In the movie, she portrayed Helena Kurcewiczówna. “With Fire and Sword” became the biggest film production ever to be completed in Poland at that time. Also in 1999, Scorupco was chosen to be the spokesperson for the Swedish cosmetics company Oriflame.
Entering the new millennium, Scorupco starred with Stefan Sauk and Bjørn Floberg in the Swedish thriller “The Diver” (2000). She also rejoined Martin Campbell for the action thriller “Vertical Limit,” where she played a French Canadian mountain climber named Monique Aubertine. The film, starring Chris O'Donnell, Bill Paxton, Robin Tunney and Scott Glenn, opened at No. 2 at the North American box office. It went on to collect over $215 million worldwide against a budget of $75 million.
In 2002, Scorupco costarred with Christian Bale, Matthew McConaughey and Gerard Butler in “Reign of Fire,” a fantasy film directed by Rob Bowman. It grossed about $82 million against a $60 million budget and was nominated for a Saturn for Best Fantasy Film. Two years later, the actress played the role of Sarah in “Exorcist: The Beginning,” the prequel to the 1973 film “The Exorcist.” Helmed by Renny Harlin, the film received primarily negative reviews and was a flop at the box office. Costars of the film included Stellan Skarsgård, James D'Arcy and Ralph Brown.
Scorupco next made a guest appearance in the “Alias” episode “Pandora” (2005) before returning to the cinematic industry with the notable role of Paige Stack in “Cougar Club” (2007), a low budget comedy directed by Christopher Duddy. It was followed by a starring role in the Swedish dramatic feature “Sunstorm” (also 2007), which was directed by Leif Lindblom.
Recently, Scorupco starred as Cecilia, opposite Michael Nyqvist as Ernst and Tchéky Karyo as Walter, in the Swedish drama “Among Us” (2010). It was written and directed by Johan Brisinger.