“I'm happier being part of the development process and seeing an idea come to life on screen. It's the kind of professional anonymity behind the scenes I wanted, but failed completely to get after Bond.” Maryam d'Abo
London born Maryam d'Abo made her screen debut in the British horror film “Xtro” (1983). The blonde haired performer later rose to prominence portraying Kara Milovy, James Bond's cello playing Russian love interest, in “The Living Daylights” (1987), opposite Timothy Dalton. She continued to receive notice for her work in the TV miniseries “Something is Out There” (1988, as alien visitor Ta'Ra) and the festival screened “Leon the Pig Farmer” (1993, as glass artist Madeleine). Other film credits include “Shootfighter: Fight to the Death” (1992), “Tomcat: Dangerous Desires” (1993), “Double Obsession” (1994), “The Browning Version” (1994), “An American Affair” (1997), “The Point Men” (2001), “Trespassing” (2004) and the well received French drama “Enfer, L'” (2005). Apart from her memorable performance in “Something is Out There,” d'Abo has also acted in other TV miniseries like “If Tomorrow Comes” (1986), “Doctor Zhivago” (2002) and “Helen of Troy” (2003) and guest starred in such series as “Red Shoe Diaries” and “Murder, She Wrote.”
In 2002, d'Abo wrote, produced and hosted “Bond Girls Are Forever,” a tribute to her fellow Bond film costars.
d'Abo has been married to Academy Award nominated filmmaker Hugh Hudson since 2003.
Childhood and Family:
Maryam d'Abo was born on December 27, 1960, in London, England. Her father was Dutch and her mother was Georgian. She was raised in Paris, France, and Geneva, Switzerland. Maryam was trained as an actress at the Drama Centre in London. To pay the school fees, she worked as a model in commercials.
In November 2003, Maryam married movie director Hugh Hudson (born on August 25, 1936, in London, England), who was an Oscar nominee for 1981's “Chariots of Fire.” They had been together for three years prior to getting married.
Maryam is the first cousin of singer Mike d'Abo and second cousin to actress Olivia d'Abo.
Something is Out There
Maryam d'Abo knew she wanted to be an actress when she was 11 years old. First appearing in commercials, the former student of London’s Drama Centre ventured into the cinematic industry when she was cast as Analise Mercier, a French outlander who becomes an alien breeding chamber, on “Xtro” (1983), a low budget British science fiction film. She then played Dominique Masson in her miniseries debut, “Master of the Game” (CBS, 1984), was featured as Nathalie in the MGM drama “Until September” (1984), appeared with Malcolm McDowell and Candice Bergen in the made-for-TV film “Arthur the King” (1985), joined Helen Mirren and Isabella Rossellini for the Oscar winner for Best Music, “White Nights” (1985), and supported Tom Berenger, David Keith, Liam Neeson and John Laughlin in the miniseries “If Tomorrow Comes” (1986).
d'Abo, however, did not hit the big time until she landed the role of Kara Milovy in the James Bond film “The Living Daylights” (1987), which starred Timothy Dalton as 007. Playing the cellist and sniper who falls in love with Bond, her career subsequently took off. Later that same year, in September, she appeared on the cover of Playboy magazine.
A year later, d'Abo assumed the role of alien Ta'Ra in the science fiction miniseries “Something is Out There” (1988). She was then hired to reprise the role for the NBC series of the same name. Unfortunately for the blonde actress, the show had a short life. d'Abo went on to appear in such TV films as “Nightlife” (1990) and BBC's “Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less” (1990) and in episodes of the series “TECX” (1990), “Red Shoe Diaries” (1992), “Murder, She Wrote” (1992) and “Tales from the Crypt” (1993). She returned to the big screen in the horror film “Immortal Sins” (1991) and went on to star in the thriller “Money” (1992, with Eric Stoltz), the action movie “Shootfighter: Fight to the Death” (1992, opposite Bolo Yeung), the mystery “Tropical Heat” (1993, with Rick Rossovich) and the independent thriller “Tomcat: Dangerous Desires” (1993, with Richard Grieco and Natalie Radford), which was nominated for a Saturn for Best Genre Video Release.
Still in 1993, d'Abo earned rave reviews for her scene stealing role as an artist named Madeleine in the offbeat British comedy “Leon the Pig Farmer,” which was co-directed by Vadim Jean and Gary Sinyor.
The following years found d'Abo in Douglas Jackson's “Stalked” (1994), the lesbian themed “Double Obsession” (1994, opposite Margaux Hemingway), the Mike Figgis directed remake “The Browning Version” (1994, starred Albert Finney), the romantic comedy “Solitaire for 2” (1995, starred Mark Frankel and Amanda Pays) and the thrillers “Timelock” (1996, starred as Captain Jessie Teegs), “An American Affair” (1997, opposite Corbin Bernsen and Jayne Heitmeyer) and “Savage Hearts” (1997, with Jamie Harris). She then starred as Alison in “The Sea Change” and Sara in director-writer Kevin W. Smith's comedy “So This Is Romance” (both 1998).
After being reunited with her James Bond director, John Glen, for “The Point Men” (2001), an action film starring Christopher Lambert, d'Abo portrayed the mother of Keira Knightley in the TV miniseries version of “Doctor Zhivago” (2002) and Queen Hecuba in the Emmy nominated miniseries “Helen of Troy” (2003), which starred Sienna Guillory as the wife of Spartan King Menelaus. 2002 also saw the former Bond girl produce, write and narrate the documentary “Bond Girls Are Forever.”
d'Abo next acted in the based-on-novel “San-Antonio” (2004) opposite Gérard Lanvin and Gérard Depardieu, James Merendino's thriller “Trespassing” (2004), in which she starred opposite Jeff Galpin, and the French drama “Enfer, L',” which debuted at the Toronto Film Festival on September 9, 2005. She also portrayed Queen Rosalind in the direct-to-video installment “Prince & Me 2, The Royal Wedding” (2006), which starred Luke Mably and Kam Heskin.
d'Abo will play Gladys in the upcoming movie “Dorian Gray” (2009), which is based on the work of Oscar Wilde. Directed by Oliver Parker, the movie stars Colin Firth, Ben Barnes, Rachel Hurd-Wood and Ben Chaplin.