Sofia Boutella

Sofia Boutella was a French-Algerian dancer and actress who broke out in America in 2017 with roles in the blockbuster action films "Atomic Blonde" (2017) and "The Mummy" (2017). Born in Algiers, Boutella grew up in a creatively fertile environment; her father was a notable jazz musician, while her mother worked as an architect. At the age of 10 Boutella moved with her family to France. It was there that she took up rhythmic gymnastics, and took an immediate liking to it. She spent all of her teens focused on gymnastics and by her late teens had made the French national gymnastics team. It was also during this time that Boutella caught the attention of commercial directors, who soon began casting her in television advertisements. She appeared in numerous television advertisements throughout her late teens and early 20s, before landing her first big break at the age of 24 when she was asked to appear as a dancer for an international commercial campaign for Nike. The success of that campaign led to work as a touring dancer for the likes of Rihanna and Madonna, and before long Boutella had ventured out into acting by nabbing a starring role in the dance film "StreetDance 2" (2012). By the mid-2010s she started landing more acting work in such high-profile films as "Kingsman: The Secret Service" (2014) and "Star Trek Beyond" (2016). Then in 2017 Boutella appeared in a supporting capacity in two of the most anticipated films of the summer, "Atomic Blonde" and "The Mummy," thus heightening her acting profile even further.