Volodymyr Oleksandrovych Zelensky is a Ukrainian politician, screenwriter, actor and director of Ukrainian film studio Kvartal 95 Zelensky is one of the leading candidates in the 2019 Ukrainian presidential election.Six months before he announced his candidacy on 31 December 2018, he was already one of the frontrunners in opinion polls for the election. Zelensky played the role of President of Ukraine in the hugely popular 2015 television series Servant of the People.The political party Servant of the People was created in March 2018 by people from the TV production company Kvartal 95 who also created the TV series of the same name.Zelensky was born 25 January 1978 in Kryvyi Rih, Ukrainian SSR (now Ukraine) to Jewish parents. His father Oleksandr Zelensky is a professor who heads an academic department of cybernetics and computing hardware at the Kryvyi Rih Institute of Economics, his mother Rimma Zelenska used to work as an engineer. Before entering grammar school he lived for four years in Mongolia in the city of Erdenet where his father worked.Zelensky studied law at the Kyiv National Economic University department in his native Kryvyi Rih, but he hasn’t worked professionally in the legal field.
At age 17, he joined the local KVN team (a comedy competition) and was soon invited to join the united Ukrainian team “Zaporizhia-Kryvyi Rih-Transit” which performed in the KVN’s Major League and eventually won in 1997. That same year, he created and headed the Kvartal 95 team which later transformed into the comedy outfit Kvartal 95. From 1998 to 2003, Kvartal 95 performed in the Major League and the highest open Ukrainian league of KVN, the team members spent a lot of the time in Moscow and constantly toured around post-Soviet countries.In 2003, Kvartal 95 started producing TV shows for the Ukrainian TV channel 1+1, and in 2005 the team moved to fellow Ukrainian TV channel Inter.Following Zelensky’s 2006 participation in the Ukrainian version of Dancing with the Stars, he became a household name in Ukraine.In 2008, he starred in the feature film Love in the Big City, and its sequel, Love in the Big City 2. Zelensky continued his movie career with the film Office Romance. Our Time in 2011 and with Rzhevsky Versus Napoleon in 2012. Love in the Big City 3 was released in January 2014. Zelensky also played the leading role in the 2012 film 8 First Dates and in sequels which were produced in 2015 and 2016.
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