Izabella Miko

Izabella Miko

Birth name: Izabella Anna Mikołajczak
Born: January 21, 1981
Age: 42
Birthplace: Łódź, Poland
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Izabella Miko (born Izabella Anna Mikołajczak; 21 January 1981) is a Polish actress, dancer, producer, and environmental activist. She is best known for starring in the musical comedy-drama film Coyote Ugly and the music videos "Mr. Brightside" and "Miss Atomic Bomb" by The Killers. While a dance student in Poland, Miko was recruited to study at the New York City Ballet at age fifteen and later studied acting at the Lee Strasberg Institute. She made her American film debut in Coyote Ugly (2000), followed by a starring part in the vampire thriller The Forsaken (2001).

Miko has also had recurring roles on the television series Deadwood, The Cape, and Chicago Fire, in addition to roles in dance films such as Save the Last Dance 2 (2006), Make Your Move (2013), and Step Up: All In (2014). She made her debut as a film producer on the British biographical drama Desert Dancer in 2014. She is also known as an environmental activist. She has a sustainable candle line called EkoMiko Candles, as well as an eco foundation called EkoMiko.[1]

Miko was born Izabella Anna Mikołajczak in Łódź, Poland, the daughter of actors Grażyna Dyląg and Aleksander Mikołajczak. She grew up in Warsaw, where she studied to be a ballerina at the Chopin Music School. An American choreographer invited her to study in New York City on a scholarship with the School of American Ballet, and she later enrolled at the Lee Strasberg Institute to study acting.[2] After sustaining a back injury, Miko left New York City and returned to Poland.[2]



In the late 1990s, Miko returned to the United States and landed a role in the film Coyote Ugly in 2000. This was followed with a lead role in the 2001 vampire horror film The Forsaken, playing a young woman infected by a vampiric virus. In 2005, Miko appeared in a multi-episode story arc on the HBO series Deadwood; the same year, she appeared in the music video for "Mr. Brightside" by The Killers (she would again collaborate with the band for the video of their 2012 single "Miss Atomic Bomb", breaking her foot during filming).[3] In 2006, she had a lead role in Save the Last Dance 2, replacing Julia Stiles from the original film.

Miko would appear in several independent films in the late 2000s, including Park (2007) opposite Melanie Lynskey and the comedy Flakes (2007) opposite Aaron Stanford and Zooey Deschanel, the latter of which premiered at the South by Southwest Film Festival.[4] The following year, she appeared as a seductive nightclub singer in Dark Streets (2008), an adaptation of the play of the same name by Glenn M. Stewart. She also appeared in the crime thriller Double Identity (2009) in a lead role opposite Val Kilmer and in the big-budget remake Clash of the Titans (2010) as Athena. She was also in a supporting role as an acrobat named Raia in the short lived television series The Cape, followed by a supporting role as a spy in the British war thriller Age of Heroes, based on the formation of Ian Fleming's No. 30 Commando during World War II.

In 2012, Miko appeared opposite Danny Huston and Sienna Miller in the period drama Two Jacks, directed by Bernard Rose, and in the South Korean dance film Make Your Move in 2013. Miko appeared in Billy Idol's music video for "Can't Break Me Down", and also had a supporting role in Step Up: All In, both in 2014. Also in 2014, she had a small role in the TV show Supernatural, episode "Ask Jeeves" of season 10, where she portrays a shape shifter working for a rich heiress who has died. In 2015, Miko co-produced the autobiographical film Desert Dancer, which tells the story of Iranian choreographer Afshin Ghaffarian. The same year, she had guest appearances in the television series Blue Bloods and Scorpion, as well as a recurring role in the NBC action-drama series Chicago Fire.

Personal life

Miko supports green politics and keeps a video blog titled Eko Miko to talk about her current concerns.[5] She has supported Global Green USA, an environmentalist group and organization that constitutes the American branch of Green Cross International.[6][7]



Year Title Role Notes
1988 Pan Kleks w Kosmosie The Girl with the Matches
1991 Niech zyje milosc Kuba's Daughter
2000 Coyote Ugly Cammie
2001 The Forsaken Megan
2002 Minimal Knowledge Renee
2005 Bye Bye Blackbird Alice
The Shore Kaliope
2006 Park Krysta
The House of Usher Jill Michaelson
Save the Last Dance 2 Sara Johnson Video
2007 Crashing Kristen
Flakes Strawberry
Waiting Young Woman Short film
2008 Dark Streets Madelaine
2009 Love and Dance Hania
Double Identity Katrine
2010 Clash of the Titans Athena
Repo Timmy
2011 Mother Nature: First MILF Mother Nature Video short
Age of Heroes Jensen
2012 Two Jacks Dana
2013 Make Your Move Tatianna
2014 The Mundane Goddess Aphrodite Short film
Step Up: All In Alexxa Brava
Desert Dancer Producer
Thinspiration Teagan / ButterflyAna
2015 The Frontier Gloria
2018 The Rake Cassie


Year Title Role Notes
1993 Kuchnia polska Zuzia Szymanko Television Mini-Series
2004 Gramercy Park Sophie Mansour Television film
2005 Deadwood Carrie "Requiem for a Gleet", "Complications", "Something Very Expensive"
2008 Skip Tracer Ludmila Television film
2011 The Cape Raia Recurring role
Chaos Greta "Deep Cover Band"
Love Bites Audrey "Boys to Men"
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Lena "Russian Brides"
2014 Supernatural Olivia "Ask Jeeves"
Anger Management Mary Kathleen "Charlie Gets Tied Up with a Catholic Girl"
Sensitive Men Jenn Television film
2015 Blue Bloods Milena "Payback"[8]
Scorpion Sonia Balasevic "Cuba Libre"
Chicago Fire Katya Recurring role
2016 Paradise Pictures Norma Jean Television film
2017 The Mick Yulia "The Wolf"
2018 Twoja twarz brzmi znajomo Prince / Geri Halliwell / Hans van Vondelen 3 episodes
SNL Polska Herself / Special Guest / Host "Episode #1.15", "Episode #1.14"

Music videos

Year Title Artist Notes
2000 ”Can't Fight the Moonlight” Leann Rimes
2005 ”Mr. Brightside” The Killers
2012 ”Miss Atomic Bomb” The Killers
2014 ”Can't Break Me Down” Billy Idol

[ Source: Wikipedia ]

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